Ever since Amelia could crawl, she has been clutching some little scrap in her fist. It started out as something edible, but now it’s usually a wad of tissue, a barrette, or a pebble. I also find these in her pockets, along with, leaves, twigs and a hundred tiny bits of paper. Although she isn’t into toys at all and never has been, she just likes keeping stuff. I prefer the term “mouse” to pack rat. Except in her room, it’s more like a family of mice have been living in there, collecting things, chewing them into tiny bits.
Since she was about four, I don’t clean her room. Jeff and I have seen what happens when left alone, however, so cleaning her room has been part of her daily routine for the last two years. Oddly enough, she does enjoy a tidy space. She is really good at cleaning her room now, although we do have to check under her bed, in the oven, and inside drawers for dirty socks and bits of everything. She takes special pride in making her bed, exploring the creative possibilities with her blankets, pillows and stuffed animals.
|For Amelia, the dearest thing in her space is Zebra (her pet zebra) who has been with her on ALL of her adventures. In fact, this spunky little animal has taken some of her own adventures, including spending the week on her own at the library, or wandering all over Seattle by herself until she got shipped back to us by mail (Surprise! A cleaner, softer, newer version of herself!) In honor of our good and courageous traveling pet, I painted a zebra portrait for Amelia for Christmas.|
For a little mouse-child, the most important thing is drawers and cupboards. And boxes, and pencil holders. Ever since Amelia started learning to read and write, she has been obsessively working on paper projects. These drawers are full of teeny tiny cut up bits of paper, plastic, and ribbon, as well as nubs of crayons and anything else she can find to stuff in there.
Little mice also love bags. Purses, backpacks, shopping bags, book bags, baggies. (We try to discourage the baggies, which inevitably end up filled with dirt, bursting indoors. On the carpet, usually.) It’s important to have places to hang all the bags up.
|Isn’t that little backpack adorable? Jeff’s mom made it for Amelia!|
This little water color was made by Jeff’s grandma, and has been in her rooms ever since she was born.
Here’s a piece of artwork she picked out herself. Of all the fun prints from vintage books we were looking at, she wanted this one with the little girl crying. I think she likes it for the stories she can ascribe to the scene!
While we’ve never really been able to get Amelia to play with toys, books have always been her biggest obsession. She loves all stories, and makes them up, too. Books are something we hold onto, and I just rotate them through these shelves in this little reading corner. By the way, for traveling families, I highly recommend the book on the lower left : Around the World with Mouk. It is the cutest book, and I got it for Amelia a few months before we set off for our big adventure. It has really helped nurture her curiosity about the world, and appreciation for cultural differences– and it is just a super cool book!
|The print with the fox on the vespa is something I won in a drawing on Traveling Mama, and is made by Ink & Wit. And yes, your eyes do not deceive you– that really is a mustachioed snowman in a technicolor top hat on the lower right!|
Amelia’s other great love, of course, is food. We got her a little toy kitchen for Christmas last year, and she has played with it and little dishes more than anything else. But I think it’s almost time to move the kitchen on out. Now that she is cooking for real in our kitchen, the pretend version doesn’t really do it for her any more. But it’s been fun!
I just painted this little plate rack, which is yet another flohmarkt find, and really love how it came out!
And… Our biggest challenge! This room is very tiny (think walk-in closet) and it has no closet. My daughter’s clothes storage situation is a disaster. The nook here is too small for a regular chest of drawers, so we are doing our best with baskets and shelves. This isn’t even most of her clothes– they’re all in some stage of being laundered. Believe it or not, this is worlds better than it was before we put the shelves in this weekend. I need to get some more baskets, and sort through her clothes again. But the goal is for her to have a reasonable way to keep them organized and tidy on her own.
And that’s where I’ll leave you. It was fun taking pictures of this little girl’s room. Much of it is stuff she picked out to decorate with (the lamp and piggy bank, for example) and it really reveals all of her passions and interests.
|I love this painted German cabinet, which was also her bedside table in Amberg.|
Thanks for the visit! Amelia is thrilled that other people are seeing her room!