diy {doll cradle update}

There was a time when I enjoyed having a bunch of projects going on at the same time. I’d start a project before I finished one. My creative juices were on overdrive and I could crank out projects at lightening speeds.ย  I’m out of that phase – for now. I just want to finish all my big projects and not keep adding to the list. Saturday I decided it was time to check the girls room off my list.

Months ago I was searching for an affordable wallpaper option and found the perfect rolls from The Classic Butterfly on etsy. For $40.00 I got two double rolls of perfectly perfect wallpaper for the girls room. That wallpaper has been sitting since I bought it. Until now. FireCracker ALWAYS wants to help me with projects, so this month she learned to hang wallpaper in a MacGyver fashion. Here are some peeks I had posted on Instagram the last few days….

I’m waiting on a couple new pictures of the girls to arrive and then I’ll post a full tour of their new room. My friend Meg sent me the incredible cow canvas – I share more details on it when I do the tour. Their room was full of little projects I needed to just do. One was updating the doll cradle my grandpa had built me as a girl. One of the bottom pieces had been replaced, so I could either stain it or do what comes naturally – paint it.

The cradle had a thick sealer coat, so we lightly sanded it. Little One is a big fan of helping me with projects too. My parents always let me join in on big projects, teaching me as they did it. That has completely affected the way I parent my kids. If they show interest, I want to be willing and available to teach them. I want to help them gain the skills and confidence to tackle whatever it is they are wanting to achieve or try.

I bought about 10 Behr paint samples from Home Depot a little while back. My plan was to paint stripes on the girls bunkbeds. However, it was going to take too long so I used washi tape and just saved the paint. A doll cradle makeover seemed like a good reason to bust it out.

Another little paint helper. Actually all but my oldest helped me paint this project. The perfectionist in me was forced to be silent. On a different note, this girl has such spunk and sparkle. The outfits she picks out make me smile and laugh and pray that nothing steals that sparkle.

Musical chairs.

At first I was going to recover the original mattress, but I changed my mind. It is kind of perfect.

Why put a small, subtle flower clip in your hair when you can use one like this?

Aren’t the paint colors for the cradle beautiful? I can’t take any credit for those. I’ve been following Amanda Rydell’s blog and instagram for a while. The girls have tons of her adorable hair clips (that purple flower is not hers!). Everything she does is so inspiring to me. I’m not in a stage to craft a lot, but I love seeing all she creates. I could wallpaper my house with her instagram feed. It is the perfect combination of white, colors and creativity. Just so pretty! I am just sure so many of you would enjoy following her blog and instagram, so I wanted to take a minute to share those links today.

You can find her here: Blog, Instagram, Etsy

Amanda, my sister, and Allison of Our Vintage Love are hosting a craft workshop in town next month. It is on a day that I’ll be on the football sidelines cheering on three boys, so I can’t go. So bummed to miss. Lesley has been working hard and I know the event is going to be crazy good. Those three will just have to host another one in the future!

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  • natalie - girl, i almost fell out of my seat when you posted the link to the wallpaper. the classic butterfly is my pastor’s wife. OF COURSE i shared the link with her! she is going to be thrilled to see the wallpaper in action ๐Ÿ™‚

    also, i cannot wait to hit up the craft workshop. it’s going to be a blast to meet these ladies. have a wonderful day, lady!

  • AshleyAnn - Natalie – really?!!! That is crazy. Thanks for sharing the link with her. I need to visit your farm…

  • kimberly oyler - i’ve always been scared of wallpaper, but ashley, you may have changed my mind.

  • Vanessa - Oh my goodness…what a small world! Then again, I’m not surprised…I go out to coffee with Natalie and she spends half the time saying hello to everyone she knows : ) And frankly, everyone needs to know Natalie.

    This made my heart sing this morning. This is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping someone would do with that wallpaper. It looks amazing. Thanks a bunch for sharing the pictures!

  • kelly Keitzer - I know that you have posted about it before but where is the kitchen set from? I am in love with it and need it for our playroom?

    Thank you!

  • AshleyAnn - Kelly – I got it from an antique store in Tulsa

  • Monica - It is beautiful. I love that your parents keep all your stuff when you were little. I just have a few things in my mom house. Some toys , barbies that I used to play a lot with them (but they are in mexico) probably next trip I will try to get them. But I don’t have any of my girl dresses that my mom use to sew for me. :(. I wish I have all that now to share with my girls. I enjoy and make me happy see your post everyday. Inspire me to be a better person, a better mom. Even sometimes I loose my patient and you came to my mind and ask my self , how Ashley does that? Did she loose her patient sometimes? I wish I can spend one day with you and see how you do that. I feel you are a super natural person. LOL. Well I guess I wrote top much. Have a wonderful day!

  • Tara Brady - As soon as I saw your paint colors I thought of Amanda Rydell’s Instagram! Such a great inspiration. I just love her creations and palette! I am coming to Tulsa for Be Crafty!!! Have some friends from TN that are coming too!!! Can’t wait!

  • Izzy - What a sweet cradle and I love the colours! It’s great that you let them all help, I think one of my favourite pictures is of Little One sanding! Firecracker’s dress is gorgeous too!

  • - Oh boy! More awesome crafty ladies to follow!

  • Gwen, The Makerista - those scallops on the crib are just too much! so beautiful and fun that you let the girls help.

  • natalie - you & that sweet fam of yours are invited to the farm anytime! let me know when you’re in northwest arkansas… it’s only a hop & a skip from you! <3

  • Emma - Oh, that cradle is adorable!! My daughter has an antique one very similar to your original. Thanks for the inspiration to paint it! The scallops are inspired. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa - I just love your oldest daughter’s style…she is such a fashion plate! Does she pick out her own outfits? Where do you purchase most of your girls’ clothing from? I have an almost two year old and I love finding girly but not run of the mill clothes for her. : )

  • merry - I love that your oldest reads a lot. Would you ever mind listing any titles you’ve found that he loves? If not I totally understand. Thanks for sharing this post!

  • angie - i love seeing homeschool work mixed up in the lovely scenes of everyday life. It’s beautiful and inspiring. We are just starting our journey with our kinder. i know hs is a bit of a private area especially due to strong opinions but I would love if you ever felt to post about curriculum you’ve used, what has worked for you and your kids, struggles, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep on keeping on, girl

  • Emma - Winter fresh… Such a pretty colour! I would want splashes of it all over my house!

  • Betty - Beautiful detail, those kids looks very smart ๐Ÿ˜€