Remember that time when I talked about how much Abe loves his Fisher Price Discovery Cottage and assured you all that Fisher Price was not compensating me for the shout out via a time portal from 1985?
Yeah, well, I don’t think you’re ever going to believe me after this post.
See, what happened was that I realized Abe’s new room, despite being similar in size to Abe’s old room, has a ton more wall space. Old room had one wall that was mostly windows, one wall with board and batten, and one “wall” that was actually a curtain room divider.
I had to think fast.
…with pictures of Lego mini-figures blown up as engineering prints.
Those two ideas swirled around together in my brain for awhile, and then it spat out a new idea: prints of some of Abe’s very favorite toys to fill some of that real estate in his new room. It didn’t hurt that his favorite toys happen to be adorable and vintage (and, in the case of the tricycle, the perfect colors for his nursery).
I picked up some white foam core board (I think that’s what it’s called) to make a back drop. I’ve recreated the scene for you here, since I didn’t take pictures of myself taking pictures at the time. Basically, I set the toys up on the backdrop in the sunroom, snapped a bunch of pictures (I would have used my 50mm lens instead of the kit lens had I been thinking about it. Apparently I wasn’t, but it turned out okay). Then edited (I use Photoscape) until I was happy with them.
I ordered 11 by 14 prints from Mpix for around $8 each and then picked up white frames at Hobby Lobby during half price frame week (which is every other week). The frames were $15 each, so the project wound up being not super cheap, but, of course, I can reuse the frames for something else when Abe outgrows his Little People (but let’s not think about that ever happening just yet).
Abe was delighted when he saw these. He thought they were the funniest things ever. Blew his little mind, in a good way.
We hung them up over his dresser in his new room. I had originally thought they’d go over the crib, but then I got too nervous about glass hanging out right over my sleeping baby.
Taking pictures of the pictures (in that darkish, smallish room with a window on one side) proved much more challenging than taking pictures of the actual toys. But I persevered, making use of the timer on my camera and a baby blanket to cut the glare from the window. Self portrait with Little People:
One wall down, three to go!
Truth be told, I might be almost as delighted with these as Abe is. I sure do love me some Little People.