design curveball

What do you do when life throws you a design curveball? Usually, when we put Henry down for his nap he chatters away to himself for about 5 to 10 minutes before he falls asleep on his own. The other day however I could tell that he really was not tired. He was singing, talking, bouncing up and down, kicking his legs and doing pretty much everything but falling asleep. I went in and checked on him and told him it was time for his nap and left again. Everything seemed fine until I heard the sound of paper ripping. My mind quickly raced through all the possible things that might make that noise when I thought - oh no, it's his wallpaper tree.

Sure enough, I was right.

Henry had ripped the wallpaper right off the wall in three different places. Calmly, I collected the scraps of wallpaper from his crib and left the room. Luckily, for me and him he fall asleep a few minutes later.

The first thing we did after he woke up was move his crib to the other side of the room far away from the wallpaper tree. As you can see, he has another tree here (this one inhabited by cats eating hot dogs, I kid you not!)

Then, I got to work trying to come up with a solution for fixing his tree. Luckily, most of the scraps I rescued from his crib were intact and could be re-wallpapered back on but there was one patch that was missing. Then I remembered that Inke Heiland made small wallpaper birds. I had used them before in his room and thought they would be the perfect fix.

Each packet comes with two birds and a little bag of adhesive. Putting these up couldn't be any easier. You literally paint on some adhesive and apply it to the wall. It doesn't set up right away so you have a bit of time to get the placement just right. After I re-glued the ripped tree parts, I added one bird to the part that was missing some bark and the other above the hooks on the wall.

I thought the one on the tree looked a bit funny just floating there in space so I went outside and got him a little branch to sit on.

I'm actually pretty happy with the way it turned out. When it happened I thought his tree was ruined for good but I actually think it looks better now. I'm sure this won't be the last design curveball Henry throws my way! Let's hope the others are as fixable.