This post was going to be about finally finishing the endtable for Emily's room. She had borrowed the end table from the porch to arrange her many special things a few months back and Leila had asked me to make her a replacement table. I decided to make this one - from a design in Thos. Moser's book on Shaker furniture, with some simplifications. It took me longer to finish this than I dare admit, since it was still in pieces for Christmas, but I am quite proud of it. The drawer sticks a little and I compromised and screwed the drawer together instead of attempting the called for dove tails.
But, when I went to take pictures of the endtable, I was drawn in to Emily's intense decoration of her room. When I was about her age, I shared a room with my sister Anna. We put the bunkbeds in the center of the room and hung curtains on the bunkbed to divide the room so that we each had our own private spaces. I moved my rocks and microscope into the closet and decorated it with pictures cut out of my Ranger Rick and Boy's life magazines.
Emily has built on the same decorating bedrock, but out done anything I had ever attempted. Most of the pictures are from the National Geographic, but include bits and pieces from the Economist, the Scientist, the New Era, candy wrappers, part of an eggnog box, crafts she made in school, for holidays, and a large environmental poster.
The hanging bats were from Halloween and haunt one corner
Her cartoon characters, doodled on scraps of paper during church and school.