More than three years ago now I started designing a nursery for our first child. At the time, the sex of our baby was unknown since my husband and I decided to wait to see what we were having. (I was convinced we were having a girl, so I was very surprised when my husband exclaimed, “It’s a boy!” in the delivery room.) Since we didn’t know the sex of the baby, I needed to design a nursery neutral enough to become a little boy’s or a little girl’s room. This was a challenge since most nursery items are geared toward one sex, but I had fun with it and it worked to our benefit financially speaking since everything could be used again for a second child, regardless of the next baby’s sex.
Once the gender neutral color scheme of beige and cream was chosen (I know, I know, I went wild with the colors!), I purchased A Set of Seven Cute Birds wall decals from Dali Decals in a coordinating color. However, after our son was born, the bird decals I ordered didn’t seem to fit the style of the room anymore. The heart and rainbow cutouts seemed more appropriate for a little girl’s room. So, the bird decals were put on a shelf to collect dust with hopes that one day they would be used for a baby girl.
Fast forward a couple of years and we were fortunate enough to be blessed with a daughter. In order to prepare the room for our newest bundle of joy, I replaced the blue accents I added to our son’s room with pink and added a few ruffles here and there – very simple and inexpensive changes. However, I ran into a roadblock when it came to the wall decor. When the nursery belonged to our son, I had four Pottery Barn Frames with pictures of him at various ages hanging on the walls. I wanted to switch out the photos, but with our daughter still on the way, we didn’t have any photos of her yet to replace them. Leaving pictures of our son up in her room just didn’t feel right since he already has a knack for hogging the spotlight, but I didn’t want to leave the frames empty either.
Then one day while putting away laundry, I remembered the bird decals tucked up on the top shelf of the closet! While the decals were meant to go directly on the wall, I knew they were the perfect items to put in the frames. I just needed a backdrop for the birds. My late mother-in-law was an extremely talented scrapbooker, and an all around crafty woman, and after she passed we inherited a large box of her scrapbook paper. Feeling very excited and certain I would be able to find a coordinating, and now very meaningful, paper to serve as the backdrop for the bird decals I rushed to the box in search of the perfect pattern. I spent a number of hours looking through the box, pulling out different sheets of paper I thought would work. However, nothing seemed to be the right fit. Plus, I was finding that there were typically only two sheets of the same pattern and I needed four. I really, really wanted to use some my husband’s mother’s paper, but it didn’t seem to be working out.
Feeling extremely disappointed, I went on a mission to two different Michael’s locations and then to our local Joann Fabric and Craft Store in search of a fitting background. My quest did not prove fruitful. So, in my frustrated state I said a little prayer that went something like this:
Hi, Mary Lu. It’s Dawn. I’m in the process of decorating the baby’s room and I would love to use some of your scrapbooking paper for her picture frames. It would mean a lot to all of us if we were able to incorporate a little bit of you into her room, especially since you didn’t get to meet her. I’m going to check the box again tomorrow – would you please help me out? We love and miss you!
True to my word, I waited until the next day to check the box. I am a very impatient person and when I want something done, I want it done yesterday. However, it didn’t take a lot of patience for me to wait to look again because I looked through that box at least a dozen times and came up empty handed each time. I really didn’t believe looking again would help me find what I was looking for. However, when I looked again the next day, I found EXACTLY what I was looking for AND there were four sheets of it! I couldn’t believe my eyes – it was as though the paper was made to match the new accent colors of our daughter’s room! I believe the paper was left for our little angel, by an angel.
Thanks for paper Mary Lu – we love and miss you!
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