Monday, November 11, 2013

Roscoe's Room: Part 1

Alisha started work on Roscoe's room early this year before we knew if it was a boy/girl and before she was even pregnant. Luckily she chose a neutral theme that would work equally well for a boy or girl, so the switch from Dottie to Roscoe wasn't as big of an adjustment for us. As she worked on the room, we'd keep it closed and when people visited we'd make excuses about the room being cluttered as we gave them a tour of the house so they wouldn't ask questions about why we had a baby room and no baby.

We thought it would be good to share pictures of what she's done so far on his room so everyone can get introduced to where Roscoe will live once he comes home (hopefully mid-to-late December). There is lots to show, so rather than dump it all into a single post I decided to split it over two days to appreciate the details of all the work she's put in.

As with anything Alisha does, the first step is colors. She even boiled it down to a color palette:

The theme of the room is "Adventure", which means we planned to either have a boy who climbed trees or a girl who threw rocks at boys who climbed trees. As you walk into the room, the first thing you see is this:
Alisha made the curtains from fabric that is orange and while stripes and looks like an old circus tent. She has a baby scale that she's used in photo shoots on top of the dresser. The dresser was restored by a client of hers and we both love the work they did. The dresser was off-white when we got it, so Alisha painted the insets a light blue to match the room. On top of the dresser there's a "be Brave" print that Alisha got from etsy:
She had the print hanging in her hospital room before Roscoe was born. Next to the print is a Disney postcard that I got from my grandparents when I was a toddler in 1978. The magnifying glass looks old, but it's just a reproduction from World Market.

Next to the dresser is a vintage quiver filled with arrows that we got at an estate sale. Most of the arrows are blunt practice arrows, but some are actually razor-tipped hunting arrows. We'll figure out how to keep him from shooting them at us by the time he gets home. Michael Fancher was the first to point out that this reminded him of this bible verse:
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. - Psalm 127:4-5

On the wall to the left of the dresser is a collage that Alisha made from various things we've picked up or made:
The big safety pin is one in a set of 3 that my sister got us. In the thick white frame is Alisha's grandfather's 7th grade report card (which was heavily modified by her grandfather after he got it from the teachers). I made the painting of water and trees a while ago while being taught by a great man named Don Domenigoni. Alisha made the board which contains Psalm 139:13 for Avonlee Mackey's baby shower, but it fits Roscoe pretty well too. Alisha also made cloth liners for the wall baskets where we'll hold clean diapers or other baby clutter. The rest of the stuff we got from various yard sales and Alisha put it together in her artistic way to make it look much better than the sellers originally envisioned.

Click any of the above pictures for a more detailed view of that part of the room. Tomorrow I'll post some pictures of Roscoe's bed and also of my favorite corner in his room. Trust me, you'll like it!


  1. It looks awesome!
    Can't wait to see the rest!
    PS - You may now refer to me as "Roscoe's Aunt Tif" more of this "my sister" stuff. Haha. ;o)

  2. Sooooo very thoughtful!! Love all the details! :-)