Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"T" is for Transformation

I'm joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday and our assignment for this week is the letter "T".  My granddaughter, Lillian, will be 2 in October so I decided to transform a 30 year old doll cradle that my daughter used when she was little so Lillian can put her "babies" down for a nap!  Lately Lillian has shown a real interest in her baby dolls so this little project seemed like the perfect choice for a transformation.  

This plain white cradle was a gift from my father along with a cute table and chair set that is also white.  The table and chairs are also in need of a transformation but that will have to wait.  At any rate, I never did anything with this doll cradle when my daughter was younger, so it just sat and collected dirt and dust as she got older.

Since Lillian's room decor includes some pink and green, I decided to incorporate those colors (along with a butter yellow) into painting the cradle.


I decided to personalize the doll cradle so I added Lillian's name along with some embellishments that I found at Michael's.

I also added the word "baby" because Lillian uses it so often in her vocabulary.  She takes her "babies" for walks around the house, and now she will have a place for them to go "night-night" while she takes a nap!

The trim at the bottom of the cradle is actually duct tape in a new snazzy design!

I'm not crazy about this side of the cradle and I wish I was more creative in using the self-adhesive embellishments.  I'm the type of person that has to see something and "borrow" ideas...I just can't seem to create on my own!

Please visit Jenny's blog and enjoy the "T" posts from other participants.

14 comments:

Esther Joy said...

You are so creative! The transformation looks great!

The Cello Strings said...

cute..
awesome shots.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the flowers! This is really cute!

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

Beautifully done. She will treasure that for years, I'm sure, and probably be the envy of all her little play friends.

Annesphamily said...

I love the transformation! Lillian is going to love it! I have a cradle handed down from my mom's phamily. My late uncle, who was born in 1908 says he was the first born so his mom kept him in that cradle. We all used the cradle and my mom gave it to me when my first child was born! It is in storage but I would love to restore it! I love your blog and the photos you post too! Hugs Anne

taylorsoutback said...

What a delightful way to "transform" your treasure. It turned out beautifully.

Stacia said...

Love the snazzy duct tape! And what a wonderful project for you and Lillian. I know her babies love having such a beautiful place to sleep in. =>

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

This is beyond ADORABLE! Oh my gosh! Will you be my Grandma???

Monica said...

Oh, it turned out so cute! She will love it!

beckyp said...

I think you did a great job on the cradle I wish I was that creative

Birgit said...

That is just a sweet doll cradle -- your granddaughter will love it! :)

Greetings from Germany,
Birgit

PS: See my T post here! :)

Cheryl D. said...

I love what you did--it's so pretty! I can't believe that beautiful polka dot trim is duct tape! Wow!

Jenny said...

Oh, wow. Baby is going to sleep sweetly in that adorable crib. It would be fun to write on the bottom of the little cradle the story behind it. Just for 'someday'.

This was a terrific link! Hope you're staying cool!

Thanks for linking up.

A+

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I missed your post last week. I think the cradle turned out lovely. You're very creative!

Are you doing a U post this week? Thanks for coming by and visiting.