Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dr. Seuss Nursery

One of the first things I began to plan when Papa Bear and I found out there would be a little Baby Bear was the nursery. There were so many cute, gender-neutral themes and color schemes to choose from! In spite of Papa Bear's protests, we did not find out if we were having a boy or a girl until the day Baby Bear was born.

One day, while searching the Babies R Us site for the umpteenth time, I came across a Dr. Seuss crib bedding set, and I was in love! It was a little on the boyish side, but deep down I was pretty sure our Baby Bear was a boy, anyway. This led me to search for pictures other people had posted of Seuss-themed nurseries, which led me to projecting and painting my own images on the nursery walls.

I began by choosing the images I wanted to include. Then, I connected a projector to my laptop and projected the images one at a time where I wanted to paint them. I stenciled the outline of where each color would go in pencil. Next, I painted each color (it looked like a bunch of color blobs at this point). Finally, I carefully reprojected the images onto the wall so that I could trace all the details in black Sharpie. For the quotes above two of the pictures I just used letter stencils and paint. My wrists ached, and I must have gone through almost two dozen Sharpies, but I had fun, and it was a great way to pass the time during my third trimester.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 peeking out from the sides of the window. I had to manipulate these images a little on my computer before projecting them to get them at these angles.


Crib with Cat in the Hat bedding (I used a different sheet because I thought the one that came with it was too busy). I also framed some flashcards themed from Dr. Seuss's ABC's to spell Baby Bear's name above the crib.
Balloon guy

You can find these decor items and more at and at I was pleased to discover the other day that the Seuss Land site has added many more items to their store. What a great way to share a love of reading with a baby right from the start!

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