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January 2, 2011

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

I found this book written by  Carmela LaVigna Coyle at the library one day when my girls were little - I thought it was a perfect book - cause my girls spent an awful lot of time like this:

but also a lot of time like this:

The book also provided some inspiration when it came to painting their room in 2002 when we remodeled our home.  I lovingly and painstakingly painted 3 walls distinctly different patterns(plaid, polka dots and flowers) to coordinate with their matching quilts.  Their original headboards were picket fence panels painted white (really cute), then I found these iron beds that I just loved on Craig's List and traded out the picket fence panels.

I lovingly and painstakingly cut their names out of wood with my own two hands, well and a router!

 I lovingly and painstakingly painted a big plaid wall!

I painstakingly and lovingly painted a pink polka dot wall - all the dots are different sizes and a random pattern - a random pattern is hard!

And for My Cowgirl - I lovingly and painstakingly hand painted over 100 little white daisy's with yellow centers (once again notice the random pattern - very hard)!

BUT 7 years later they have informed me they are ready to move on and grow up - oh they tried to be nice about it:

They probably said something like: "Mom we really LOVE our room but we are growing up"

But all I heard was "Yeah Mom for a couple gallons of paint we can grow up right before your eyes and paint over all your love and time that you put into our room and then it will finally look really cool!"

So in true New Years fashion we are doing out with the old and in with the new!


  1. I'm waiting for the day when the girls' sunset room doesn't please someone. They are sharing a room right now, and I am kind of preying they will hang in there a few more years until I get you-know-who talked in to building a master bedroom downstairs. Start praying for me now! ;-)

    Love your loving touch to the girls' room. Keep the pictures; they will understand it all down the road!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Ha! That should have been prAying. the other word puts a nasty little twist on it all ;-)

  3. One thing you can't do is keep them from growing up. I would say that is one of the signs. You just have to grow with them. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

  4. Oh, I love your girls' room! Can't wait to see the new walls.