handmade birdie print

I wanted to share another BEAUTIFUL handmade gift that’s hanging on the wall in Gwen’s room.  It’s this lovely birdie print that was made by one my dearest girlfriends Nicole.

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When I was pregnant and didn’t know the sex yet of the baby, Nicole showed me a page from the recent Pottery Barn Kids catalog and told me she’d be painting this print for the baby (if it was a girl).  It’s a very lovely print, I was completely surprised & excited by her generous offer.

Once it was confirmed that we were indeed going to be having a girl Nicole asked me to pick out the paper that she should use for the birds, flowers, and butterfly.   I selected the Lemonade collection paper by BasicGrey.  It’s the same paper that was also used by Michelle when making the baby girl banner I shared yesterday.  This design is really interesting because it uses a combination of paint & pattern paper to make the birds & flowers.  The patterned paper gives the print much more detail than what you’d get with just paint alone.    

I am so amazed with how beautiful the final print turned out!  Nicole is one talented girl to be able to paint a picture like this.  I have no painting abilities so I really appreciate & admire people who have painting/drawing skills.  It’s not an easy thing to do.  I sure LOVE having talented friends that have strong abilities to create beautiful crafty items!   

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Close ups showing the detail on the birds, flowers & butterfly: 

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I asked Nicole how she made the birds & other shapes….here’s what she said: 

“I did it all freehand, starting big and then “shaving down” the shapes to be the right shape and size…better to start big and go smaller from there.  

It’s ONE of my favorites because it was for your baby girl.  And I even told you when I saw the catalog that I would paint it for you.   Just spoke to me! 

Also, I’d like to give the original artist props for the design/color combinations and hopefully a compliment that I wanted to re create it for your room with original materials.”

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I had so much fun searching for the perfect paper to match the green paint (Benjamin Moore- potpourri green) that was going to be used on the walls.

Original Picture-  Here’s a picture of the print Nicole used as the design from Pottery Barn Kids catalog.  (thank you to the original artist-we love your creation and hope it’s a compliment that we wanted to paint your beautiful print!!)

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Here’s what it looks like in the room hanging above the bookcase. 

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THANK YOU Nicole for creating a beautiful picture we’ll treasure for years! 


There were five paper options that I narrowed it down to when picking the perfect pattern for Nicole & Michelle to use on the handmade items for Gwen’s room:

1. American Crafts-City Park

Love the blue, yellow, light pink & dark pinks used in this line. The brown is great as this is an accent color in some of the bedding. I didn’t end up choosing this one but the colors here are very close to the one I did use. I did get some of this paper to do a few layouts in her baby album that I can’t wait to use.

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2. Fancy Pants Designs-Wishful thinking

I like the pink, blue & yellows that are in this line. I like the sanded/cloudy effects of these papers that make them look lighter. But there’s red here and that’s not a color that’s being used in the room.

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4. American Crafts-Backyard

The pink, yellow, blue, brown and green are great colors but almost match too much with the colors in the room. I needed to have two shades of pink and the patterns have bigger shapes that won’t work on smaller items.

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4. BasicGrey- Urban Prairie

I liked the solid colors as they matched the colors of the room very closely: the bright blue, green, yellow & pink. However, the black/browns were a bit too dark and this was an older line so it might have been hard to get ahold of.

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5. Basic Gray-Lemonade

This collection has six solid prints in the perfect colors: a bright fuchsia, light pink, crème, light yellow, green and teal blue. It also had 12 pattern papers that give so many options. I knew that this line was going to be perfect for Nicole to use when creating the birdie print. These colors/patterns are so lovely & uplifting!

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  • canvas (24×36)
  • acrylic paint
  • modge podge (to make it shiny & the paper thicker)
  • Basic Grey pattern paper (Lemonade collection)

baby girl pennant banner

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I wanted to share a beautiful gift that was given to me a year ago for Gwen’s birth.   It’s a pennant style banner that says “Gwenyth”  and is decorating the wall in her baby room

It was a special handmade baby shower gift by my special friend Michelle.  She’s been making these for others and I was thrilled to be the recipient for one of her lovely baby banners. 

I picked paper that would match the colors I was using in her room for the wall color and accents (light green, light pink, blue, brown, etc). 

Fits just perfectly above the closet door:

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  • Michelle used die cuts at Ben Franklin to cut most of the shapes:  the triangle for the pennant (7 wide at top & 9 1/2 in height), 4 inch circle scallops for the letters to sit in side (2 1/2 inches tall). 
  • All of the pattern papers used are from the BasicGrey Lemonade Collection.  I made sure to get two of the collection packs so that it could be used for both the handmade gifts being made for the baby room.   I am planning to use this paper to make some baby girl scrapbook layouts in Gwen’s baby album too.


  • Ribbon is sewed across the top to give it great stability.  It’s bunched up to create a beautiful look.  Short pieces of ribbon is also tied in between each pennant. 

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close up of the ribbon: 


Close up detail of the full pennants:

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Here’s a photo taken by Michelle at my shower after I opened the banner.  Thank you Michelle for the beautiful gift that looks so lovely in Gwen’s room!   We love it!!   

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baby Girl Room

I’ve finally finished up the baby girl room.  I am chuckling because Gwen’s already three months old but you know it’s better late than never.  I definitely procrastinated and didn’t really start doing anything until 1 month before she arrived in May.  In the months since she was born, I would work on it as I could but the first two months there wasn’t much spare time.   The first week of September I hung the last mirrors on the wall and then Gwen & I took these photos so that we can remember & share with friends.

Thank you to grandma & grandpa who came over to paint the room in May.  I was thrilled that they volunteered to help out and got the painting done in one day.  It would have taken me much, much longer to complete the job.  Gavin also enjoyed helping out with the painting, vacuuming and climbing the ladder anytime he could sneak into Gwen’s room.

I had so much fun selecting all of the items for Gwen’s room.  I knew that I couldn’t possibly paint the walls pink, I had to tread into the baby girl arena slowly so I choose something that’s more neutral & soothing.  Potpourri Green (Benjamin Moore) is on the walls, the curtains are green polka dot and the comforter is primarily green too.  I found just about everything in the room at Pottery Barn Kids.  The two cute plush owls "Penny & Joy" inspired me to use the owl theme.  Gavin loves that Gwen’s owl (small pink one) has the same name as their grandmother Penny.   Next, Nicole offered to paint a beautiful bird print for the wall that was going to fit perfectly with the owl theme from the sheets & quilt.    From there everything else was super easy to select.

throughout the room, I used pink as an accent color and surprisingly choose a bright pink chenille rug to contrast with the green. I got a white crib from Susan, which saved me hours from having to sand & repaint Gavin’s crib white.  After hearing about Michelle’s beautiful banners for so long and knowing her great scrapbook pages I asked her to make one for the room.  She made a beautiful "Gwenyth" pennant banner using the Basic Grey paper that I selected (same paper Nicole used for the birds/flowers in the painting).   Shawna gifted a sweet "baby Gwen" banner, cute pink/green felt owls and custom block set spelling "Gwenyth" for the shower that fit perfectly into the room.

One thing that I love about all the elements around the room is that so many different friends & family have contributed to make such a loving space for our baby girl.  I think of you every time we play and use her room.  I am so pleased with how it’s turned out and enjoy the time I sit in the rocking chair with Gwen.  She started sleeping in her own room at 2 1/2 months and we are thrilled to all be getting more sleep.  🙂


  • painting Mom & Dad
  • "Gwenyth" Banner-Michelle
  • Pooh Bear-Kathy Bear
  • Sliver Bird Paper Weights-Cally
  • Large pink chenille rug-Aunt Liz & Aunt Kathie (Jones Family)
  • Green Frames (need photos)-Amy
  • Mini Felt Owls-Shawna
  • Large Handmade Painting-Nicole
  • Bao Bear-Bansi
  • "Gwenyth" wooden blocks-Shawna
  • Brown Mini Monkey-Gavin picked this out for Gwen
  • Mini Pink Puppy-Annett
  • "G" Owl Pillow (in crib)-Amy
  • Second "G" Owl Pillow (in brown chair or flipped over to show flower pattern in crib) -Tara
  • Tiny Owl & Tree Pillowcase for twin bed-Tara
  • "Baby Gwen" Owl banner-Shawna
  • White Crib-Susan
  • Board Books-big Brother Gavin
  • Butterfly print storage box-Jody
  • Tutu Princess Bear-Zoe & Nyah
  • Handmade baby blankets-Grandma Susan, Grandma Penny & Great-Grandma Louise
  • Baby Blankets-Bansi, Kevin/Tricia, Cally/Trudi/Toby, Annett
  • blue, green and white baby blankets-big Brother Gavin is sharing with baby Gwen
  • baby Clothes-Nicole G, Kathy, Jen/Nick, Leslie, Jody, Pam, my work, Linda, Nicole C, Kim/Jayden, Maryanne, Julie, Andrea S, Anya, Bree/Jen T, Lexy, Diane/Josie, and Pam
  • pink elephants-Gavin & Mommy
  • pink/brown polka dot bear-June/Audra
  • barista Valentines Day Bear-Mommy from SBUX at work


  • "Penny & Joy" owls- PBK (first stuffed animals after finding out we were having a girl).  Small owl is named Penny; large owl is named Joy.
  • Brooke Quilted Nursery Bedding-PBK
  • Curtains,Rug, Bird Mirrors-PBK
  • Green lowercase "g"-Anthropologie
  • Bird Decals-PBK
  • Bird Fabric Mobile-PBK
  • Wooden Bird Houses-JoAnns
  • Green/Pink Eyes Sweet Tweet lil Hoot Pillow- Etsy
  • Dresser & Bookcase- Sansaco (thanks Wendy)
  • Jeannie Pink Giraffe-Hallmark (next to Evergreen, just like Gavin’s blue Dewberry elephant)
  • Brown Chair & Ottoman- Sansaco (used with Gavin)

Here are the photos of the room & items above:

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