I must have gotten yesterday confused with Labor Day, as I spent eight hours cleaning, decluttering, and rearranging Little Miss VJIMT's bedroom instead of enjoying a leisurely picnic somewhere.
Most everything in this room was either discovered at a flea market or a yard sale, trashpicked, recycled, or handmade.
(I just realized the cat rug, which was a catalogue purchase over fifteen years ago, looks exactly like our less-than-a-year old feline, Stella.)
Like this $3 pink bookcase I scored just a couple of weeks ago. It replaces a bigger blue cupboard from another part of the room, that, although larger, was not working out as storage for all the treasures an almost 8-year old girl can accumulate.
Especially when her mother drags her to yard sales! Here it is holding her many art projects.
I moved the bed away from the wall a couple of feet to create this little reading nook. Luckily, she loves it! Whew.
Got this new-in-package ribbon memo board for $2 (yard sale). I am relieved she was agreeable to removing all the papers she had been taping to her wall to put here instead. Although the wall behind the entrance door is still available for that purpose.
Cute little white shelf ($1 yard sale find) filled with miscellaneous yard sale treasures.
Another art project.
A sweet Cinderella illustration, free from a friend's yard sale years ago.
When Little Miss VJIMT was born, we started collecting prints of little girls and their animals to hang in her room. Love the frame on this huge one discovered at the Bouckville show years ago.
The subject matter is pretty adorable too. Is she wiping a tear from that poor dog's eye?
This was once a plain white shelf, again a yard sale find. A couple of years ago I painted it pink and green to match her room and added some stamped flower images and buttons to hide the screws. Someone had no trouble filling it with stuff. I'm sure I have no idea where she gets that from.
This display of vintage children's clothes has been hanging here since she was an infant. I painted the clouds on the ceiling 15 years ago when it was the teenaged Mr. VJIMT's baby room.
I don't remember where we got this one. Love the cat's glare!
This is one of the two tiny closets in her room. I've been itching to remove the door to at least one of them for a while, and was finally inspired to do it after seeing a similar treatment in a friend's home. The beads used to be in her front doorway. This closet is her hideout, complete with pillows and blankets on the floor and dress-up clothes on the back rod.
In case there was any doubt.
Another print; this St. Bernard stands guard over his sleeping mistress.
This vintage biscuit tin with glass lid holds my favorite childhood stuffed animal and roller skating doll. Fluffy was an appropriately-named squirrel, until I got ahold of a pair of scissors and gave him a fur cut. He's also missing one leg and the alternating arm. And has markered-on eyelashes.
They sit on a green bureau trashpicked by the Mister.
Mr. VJIMT found this wonderful flapper-era child's dance costume at a local antique store a long time ago, already framed in a shadow box.
I got this framed dog and cat children's book at, you guessed it, Madison-Bouckville -- way before I was a vintage blogger.
Another little white bookcase full of stuff.
This is a shot of the room looking back towards the entrance. The bedspread and sham were my only splurge, from Pottery Barn Kids when she was a baby. Mr. VJIMT made the fence bed thirteen years ago when the boy was a toddler.
Stella enjoys the crocheted afghan made by Mom-Mom Grace for our baby girl.
And appears exhausted from all the activity.