Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our Nursery - A Vintage Circus Theme

I started working on the nursery when we first moved in to our house almost two months ago, but due to illness and other stuff going on it has only just been deemed 'completed'.  Well, it's almost complete.  I am pretty sure I am going to do another couple of small things before the baby gets here!

Anyway, here is a view of the nursery as you walk in the door:

As the theme is vintage circus, it of course meant that we needed a string of bunting flags.  Gosh how I love bunting flags!  

The ones below are made out of paper.  The flags with the Circus hot air balloons are actually made out of an Italian wrapping paper.  Such a lovely, lovely paper and well worth the effort it took to find someone in Australia that stocked it.  The rest of the flags are just made out of your run-of-the-mill scrapbooking paper:

Next we have the feeding and reading nook.  An Ikea Lillberg Rocking Chair equipped with a cushion made from the fabric I designed....

and a woolen crocheted granny stripe blanket I made a while back for those cold, cold nights:

On the toy box next to the rocking chair there is a lamp and a copy of Mary Poppins, which I plan to read to our little baby in the weeks prior to their arrival:

Did you see those lovely Goki Wooden Mouse Skittles?  They are my gift to the baby:

Over the change table are the tiny circus elephants, ready to delight and amuse the little one:


and to the side is a vintage frame I painted, which houses a set of old crazy 8 cards I picked up on Etsy (yep, the cards are stuck directly to the wall):

Look at the detail in the frame.  Lovely!:

Next up is the cot quilt.  Warning:  If you are a 'real' quilter, divert your eyes NOW as the following images may offend.... I'm not kidding.  I am definitely NOT a quilter by any means and I don't claim to be.  I'm just creating a quilt for my baby, and taking the imperfections as they come!

The quilt is based off a drawing I did a while back and I think I will end up embroidering the baby's name on it once we know it!

Next to the cot we have magoo sitting in his new shiny wagon that I picked up for $2 in a garage sale:

A bit of spray paint and she's looking as good as new! 

There are some more vintage images in the frames above him:

This time from a vintage book I picked up for $1 titled "In the Circus":


And finally, the bit everyone has been waiting for I'm sure.  The mural I painted on the wall:

Isn't he the cutest little thing with his party hat on!


*Phew* I am tired just showing you around!  Surely I deserve the rest of the week off now! lol!

I hope you enjoyed the tour : )


  1. You are so clever, I love it.

  2. Super impressive. Can't wait to see it in the flesh.

    Kelly :)

  3. Oh Michelle,this looks fabulous.
    What a clever cookie - your little one will love it. Great to see what you did with that little cheapie book, too. I hope you are feeling well now. BTW, the little owls are now living happily in Kiwiland and were much admired. thanks again!

  4. Michelle, it's looks absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on creating such a delightful masterpiece for your little masterpiece. T.

  5. Looks great! I'll bet it feels good to have it finished!
    Rach x

  6. Awhhhh I love all of the amazing details! So so so great and I LOVE your quilt :o) I couldn't even imagine attempting a quilt so it looks AMAZING to me! :o) Sooo sweet! all of it!

  7. This is one of the loveliest nurseries I have ever seen! You should be so pleased with yourself. Thank you for visiting and your nice comment on my blog too. xx

  8. What a wonderful nursery to bring your little one home to! I love all your work.

    gertie @ www.theoldblockhouse.blogspot.com

  9. Charming nursery, Michelle! Love the mice!

  10. I love your nursery! Especially the vintage circus pictures. I'm also doing a vintage circus theme for my son's room. Would you happen to know who the author was of the book you got the pictures from? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi There! Unfortunately I don't have the rest of the book anymore, so I can't check who the author was. So sorry!


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