A Quick Hello!

Let’s me be quite honest. For the past few months there has’t really been a lot of baking going on at my house. Surprised? I doubt it.

In fact, there hasn’t really been a lot of free time at all. What little free time I do have I’m definitely not thinking about baking; I’m probably either sleeping, doing the laundry, washing the dishes, you know, all the other things that have to get done so that our house doesn’t look like it’s been hit by a tornado.

So please forgive me if I have no new recipes to post for you. These days I’m lucky if I look presentable but hang in there. Now that I’m working again I’ll get into some sort of rhythm.

Until then, here’s a cute Baby picture.

Or two.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Totoro Nursery Mural

When we found out we were having a baby it was pretty much a given that the nursery was going to be Totoro themed. If you have no idea what I’m talking about you’re not alone; both my Mother and my Step Mom gave me blank stares when I announced it and that’s okay. Not everyone is up and up on their Japanese movies and I’d hardly expect everyone to be.

Totoro is a movie from 1988 by Hayao Miyazaki (of the famed Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky)¬†and according to IMDB it focuses on, “When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby”. Here’s the TRAILER and if you’re so inclines and want to watch the whole movie there’s a dubbed version below.

My Neighbor Totoro

The Husband immediately latched onto the idea of painting a mural and using four still images from the movie and Photoshop he was able to come up with a pretty kick butt image. From there he was able to pare down the colors to 10 and ta-dah, it was ready to be projected onto the wall and traced.

I make it sound easy but the hardest part of all of this was clearing out the Craft Room to make room for a nursery but that story is for another post.

Here’s the mural in the making.

It’s been a labor of love and it’s a true work of art. I’m so lucky to have this guy for a Husband and an awesome artist Friend who didn’t mind trading a few hours of his time for a home-cooked dinner and cookies.

Don’t you think the whole thing turned out phenomenal? This Baby isn’t here yet and already he’s got dibs on the coolest room in the house.

Yours Truly,

Mel