Saturday, May 17, 2008

Show and Tell

This was the wallpaper mural in my room when I was between 3-12 years old.

I mentioned to my mom that, in thinking about how to decorate my baby's room I was thinking about that mural and wondered if I could find it or something similar. I was working off of my memory of the wall. I have many fond memories of looking at the wall and using my imagination. I thought it was the coolest room on the planet! I also had wonderful yellow walls that I loved. The only reason I moved out of that room is when I hit junior high I wanted to be farther away from my parents, so I moved into the biggest bedroom in the house, which happened to be in the basement. My childhood room remained yellow with the great wallpaper. In fact, even when my parents sold the house they just freshened up the paint and kept the wallpaper so that another kid could enjoy the room.

Anyway, when I mentioned to my mom that I was thinking about that mural, she said she had some ideas about where I might find it. Next thing I know, my dad has pulled out this box from the garage... The same box they received the original mural in! There are even some left over pieces of wall paper still in the box! Frankly, I was speechless... until I started laughing my butt off! I couldn't believe my mom kept it, even through a major move! She said that she hadn't planned on keeping it at the time (28 years ago!) but that I loved the wall paper so much as a kid she decided to hold onto it "just in case..." The picture up above is from the side of the box so I guess it came in handy... =)

So, now that we have the box we know the company that originally made the mural (although the artist's name isn't anywhere on the box). My mom contacted the company to see if they still carried this mural. They don't. However, my mom seems to have made a friend with one of the secretaries at the company (Wanda). Wanda, apparently, is trying to track down a copy of this for me (even if it is just a poster). Honestly, I never expected my innocent wondering about that mural to have had such a big reaction! If Wanda does manage to find a way to get this as a mural I basically have to buy it because she went above and beyond.

I do still like the mural, but not as much as I thought I would. I remembered it having more colors. I have looked through a lot of kid room murals lately (in the search for this particular one) so I have seen a lot of really great options. I like the idea of putting a solar system mural on the ceiling. Hubby suggested doing a kind of layered effect where we would have under the sea (at the bottom), above the water (in the middle), sky (on top) and solar system (on the ceiling). I do kind of like the idea of that. We have 10ft ceilings so we have some height on the wall to work with. This would all only be on one wall so hopefully it wouldn't be too overwhelming. Of course, we would need to find the right murals to work with so they would flow together somewhat. I guess we'll just have to see what happens. In any case, now you know what my childhood bedroom looked like.


JuliaS said...

I really like that mural! Looks very relaxing.

Have you thought about looking into having an art student from a local college maybe paint/reproduce the mural for you? :0)

Congratulations on the baby - my sister is due in Oct also. I have had low lying placentas in two pgs. The first one didn't move up and I delivered at 33 weeks. (She was and is totally fine and 11 years old now) The second one moved up by 28 weeks and was not an issue. My doc told me 50% of women they scan at 20 weeks will show a low lying placenta - but only 2% actually going on to have a previa at delivery.

Sorry this got long!

The Town Criers said...

That is so cool that she still had a piece of it. My friend had this great mural on her wall of different popsicles and I remember thinking it was the greatest border of all time. I wonder what I would think if I saw her room now.

chicklet said...

That's super cool she still had the piece - wow. that's so long to have kept it!

JamieD said...

That is awesome!! My bedroom was yellow growing up and I thought it was the coolest.

If your parents still had the original box for your mural, I bet the odds are in your favor of finding another!

Alyson & Ford said...

Very cool mural! My Mom allowed me to hand paint my walls (2 of them) with Snoopy and Peanuts. I was sad when we sold the house 10 years later.

Happy Show & Tell!
Alyson LID 01/27/06

Fertilized said...

How Awesome is your Mom!

Amy said...

It is amazing what our parents keep! The mural idea is so great - and don't feel pressured to use that one if you find something you like better - you can BE the demanding pg woman...and get away with it!

Kathy V said...

That is the coolest thing. It would be neat to grow up with a room like that. How exciting.