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Decided that between the piles of grading I had to do this weekend, I was going to finish the nursery.

Started by spraying the room with acrylic.

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When I was wandering around the country this summer, I stopped by a wonderful little shop in Indiana, called Jeeper’s Dollhouse Miniatures (http://www.jeepersminiatures.com).

There I started a conversation with the lovely owner of the store. She warned me that dollhouse wallpaper fades very quickly, especially when it’s printed at home (different quality ink and paper) and highly recommended I buy some of this particular brand of matte acrylic spray, that would help protect the colors.

Finally bought the spray and went back and sprayed all the wallpapered rooms in the house today…

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Thank you for the tip!

Next I made the second set of nursery curtains and hung them up.

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I wanted to add a small canopy on the cradle and I found these plastic pieces that were left over from a set of plastic cups and plates I had bought.  I cut out part of the framework to make the post…

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…painted it black…

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..and cut out the cloth for the canopy.  Couldn’t find a transparent enough cloth at the fabric store, but this scarf was on clearance for $1.50 and it did the trick.

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Had to hem three of the sides…

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And there you go…still needs a little ribbon to tie back the sides here (I added it before some of the later photos).

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Then I started on the tie-backs for the curtains…used a bit of ribbon and a tiny brass nail.

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Put the room back together…

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…then added a clock, so the kids could learn to tell time and the nursemaid could keep to some sort of a schedule.

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Then I figured it was time to re-frame the watercolor painting I had received as a child…my first miniature ever!

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Likewise, I wanted to add a print by one of my friends, Vincent Desjardins, who is an illustrator of children’s books (http://vincentdesjardins.com/).  He graciously allowed me to chose whichever I wanted, so I took this wonderful image of a mama hedgehog feeding her child at home…

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…and printed it really small to fit the other frame. Thank you, Vince!

Also painted the frames brown to match the room better.

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The printer was messing up, so I will need to try to print it again later, but for now, this copy is temporarily in the frame and the pictures are up on the wall.

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Finally, I had found this Victorian print of a fowler snare online a while ago…

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…and thought it would go well in the nursery. Printed it out, but I’m out of frames for now. Nonetheless, I fixed it above the fireplace to show where it will go and I’ll get a frame later.

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So there you are…looks like the nursery is ready for its tiny inhabitants. Still need to make a quilt and some blankets and a pillow or two when I find the time, but for now…finally…I am declaring this room finished!

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Six rooms down, only 16 to go…

Good night.