“My very own little, round rug.”

    Over the last few weeks I have been pinteresting ideas to spruce up my daughters little living space in our dorm apartment. As it is, we share a room that gives very little privacy or options for either of us. She is five and a half now, on the edge between baby and little girl. I knew princesses and Dora would not satisfy her forever. I wanted her new space to represent her personality but also be inspirational and functional. So I pinned ideas, went shopping at Michael’s and got to work!
    My first idea was to put her toddler bed up against the wall like a day bed. It helps give kids space to play and move around with a daybed. So I got her a little floor rug, which matches the whole theme and serves its purpose. I also decided to get simple sheets and a very ultra soft pink throw blanket. I found a very nice one at home goods for $5.00 on clearance. The kind that is all fur and meant, as the cashier said, to “be thrown at the edge of a bed to look elegant”. I smiled and nodded but what I really thought was “Um lady, this blanket is the softest thing I have ever felt in my life and its five bucks. My kid will cuddle with that shit, not stare at it on the edge of her feet”.  I also got together frames and wood cut outs from Michaels clearance which resembled the fancy ones from pottery barn kids and pinterest little girls bedrooms ideas. It was a success.
    After having time to paint for a few days and create, I was able to rearrange her room side and put all my ideas into action. Of course, I am not allowed to have anything screwed in or a fire hazard. I also cannot have curtains, hooks or coat hanger racks made of wood. Or shelves. Or hanging material mesh like the ones that hang from a loop on the ceiling to create a bug net affect( they are weird looking anyways). I was limited.
         

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    I took forever picking out themes and colors but finally landed on a collage idea with pastels and horses of course. So I painted up frames and canvases to be hung with some office supply pushpins. No rule about that. And tiny holes. I’m a genius. All in all it came out great. While my daughter played in the living room, I got everything settled. I was excited to see the end result and thriller I got every idea I wanted from my pinned ideas to the room!
   

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     I chose to play with different shapes and objects so it wouldn’t be so neat and aligned. The supplies cost about $18.00 total. Paint and all. I was able to buy a hanging wood mirror which I painted and made into a necklace and headband holder. I also made a hanging hair clip frame above it. My canvas idea worked out great except for the hanging them up part. I hammered my finger only once though. That was a plus.
      

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    I thought it would be totally cool to use the spot by her closet as a get ready area. Although I still help her get stressed and ready in the mornings, it helps to have clothing laid out and options minimal. Ever try having a preschool choose something? Yeah. Could be a nightmare. So I found a great idea on Facebook and utilized the push pins (broke a few though while hammering. Cracked the damn plastic).   

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  This was probably my favorite idea of all.”What will I wear?”  Of course I wanted a frame and nice hand writing.
But then I remembered she is five and doesn’t give a crap what form I use.
  Finally I made up her bed with sheets and her cuddle blanket. Threw down the round rug and stepped back for a final glance. I don’t have a before image but one can imagine what lurks under a kids bed and the walls just had some princess decals and a puzzle hanging.
Finally I called her in to see.

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   Yup. Just what everyone expected.

Gasps.
“Omgosh. Mommy. My very own little, round rug!”

     So two hours of setup, many days of planning and about fourty dollars in total- my daughter loves her new rug. 🙂

Kids are funny-aren’t they?

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