A Serene Room in Waiting

A Serene Room in Waiting

Carrie McBride
May 17, 2012

Name: TBD Adopted Son/Daughter
Location: Bay Area, CA

We were recently approved as adoptive parents, but we have no idea when we will be matched with a child or what gender to expect. Being a chronic preparer, I couldn't help but dive into setting up the nursery anyway.

I found a nursery created by Susan Weinroth for her surprise gender baby and I thought the colors were perfect for a fun gender neutral nursery. I adapted the wall color and white band for our nursery and embraced the color scheme.

In order to pass the time while we worked through a mountain of paperwork and interviews, I started working on handmade projects, rather than purchasing off the shelf items.

The jumping off point for the theme was the quilt. I picked up the hibiscus print on a vacation to Hawaii and coordinated with fabrics at my local fabric store. I also made a pillow for the rocking chair, the crib skirt. and basket liner using the same fabrics. These fabrics scattered around the room tie the room together.

I also summoned up the knitting lessons my paternal grandmother gave me when I was seven and my mother-in-law gave me a refresher so that I could knit the teal blanket.

I had a difficult time finding off the shelf frames for several acrylic seashore paintings we inherited and I couldn't bring myself to order custom frames. So instead, I picked up some crown molding and an old-school miter box at the hardware store and made my own. It took more elbow grease then I expected, but they turned out great. I peppered around a few of my own photographs that fit into the theme, including a canvas of yellow kelp and a black and white print of a hibiscus flower from our trip to Hawaii.

My favorite part of the room though, are all the heirloom pieces that I saved growing up. The yellow and white zigzag crochet blanket in the crib was made for me as a baby by my maternal grandmother. The quilt on the rocking chair was a graduation present from my aunt. The word blocks she included are selected scriptures from the Bible. I have my first Christmas dress folded up in the dresser, just in case we're matched with girl.

The room is just swimming in projects made with love. It a beautiful place to sit and wonder when our baby will be brought into our lives.

Thanks Christy and good luck! Readers, you can find Christy at her blog Daniel and Christy: Waiting for the Miracle of Adoption.


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