Ever since Iris was a year old, one of her favorite pastimes has been putting her baby dolls to bed. She gently lays blankets on them and pats their backs (sometimes lovingly, sometimes vigorously). Early on I made her a little baby doll quilt, but we've made do over the last few years by using cloth napkins as well.
Naturally for Iris's 3rd birthday I thought it would be a great idea to gift her a special doll bed so that her dolls could really sleep in style. No more napping on floors, covered in napkins! I wanted something special but was really opposed to the idea of spending a lot of money, especially since cost does not always equal quality these days. My greatest desire was to find the perfect inexpensive antique doll bed that I could refurbish. Months of scouring Etsy, flea markets, and antique stores left me empty-handed, but I eventually found one when I was back in Iowa visiting. Unfortunately I was unable to get it back to Oregon without spending a fortune, so I sold it at an antique shop before I left.
A little heartbroken and with an impending deadline, I decided to buy a new doll bed made from unfinished wood that I could paint. I'm amazed at how hard it is to find a simple wood doll bed! I finally found this one by Goki online, but it was much cheaper when I bought it. Not sure why the price has gone up. It's made of cheap wood, but at least it's light enough for Iris to lift by herself.
My favorite thing about this project is that it was a team effort by my sister, my husband, and me. We poured some love into it, and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I hated seeing the screws at the ends of the bed, so I filled the holes with wood filler before Mindy sanded and Joe painted. We used leftover paint from our dining room in Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. There are 3 categories of blue according to Iris: regular blue, "better blue", and "much better blue". She doesn't care for regular blue, but this one fell into the "better blue" category.
My favorite part was going to Modern Domestic with my sister, where we brainstormed fabric combinations that Iris would approve. All we knew is that it had to be bright, and it had to be pink. We ended up choosing Penny Arcade by Kim Kight, Carousel Pink by Rifle Paper Co., and Treasure in Lipstick by Anna Maria Horner. Then we did some googling and some math and cut and sewed up the mattress, pillow, and quilt.
The project took a bit of effort and more time than I anticipated, but it was really fun and the end product was a hit! Especially according to my cats. They just love sleeping in it. Ha!
The darling little PDC Floppy Bear is one of our most special toys, and it gives me happy memories of the trade I did with Jen Murphy when I was pregnant with Iris. I say "our" because it's mostly mine. ; )