We, of course, are anxiously counting down the days until our mini-Dreamer’s arrival. But we’re not alone.

The wee one will be the first grandchild on both sides (we know, we know – we’ll never have to buy the bambino a Christmas gift ourselves!)… and all four grandparents are getting very excited to meet him/her.

Mrs. Dreamer’s Mom is channeling some of that anxious energy into the nursery. We’ve already mentioned what an accomplished artist she is – and you can check out her paintings here. We have several of her originals hanging throughout the Dream. Here are just a couple of examples:

adorable pet portrait of one of our bulldogs, Bowdoin

the Portland Headlight in Maine - the state where the Dreamers met and got engaged (awe....)

and here she is herself with her "first" grandbaby of the four-legged variety... Bowdoin at 4 months

Yes, a “Grandreama” original will hang in the nursery… more on that in a minute. But first, her artistic skills expand beyond the paintbrush and canvas… to the sewing machine. So, after several ill-fated attempts at making pillows, Mrs. Dreamer realized that DIY’ing the pillows might induce pre-term labor… so she called in the expert. And, boy oh boy are we glad she did! Check it out:

The Dream came equipped with this fantastic bay window in the nursery. In fact, the seat opens and doubles as a toy chest. How AWESOME is that?!

We don’t want the wee one climbing in/out of there just yet – so, for now, we’re utilizing the space as a bay window. We think these awesome gray, silver, white and yellow pillows are just what was needed to fill in that space. THANKS, MOM!

A couple of the pillows have cool stories…

This one started life as a HUGE table cloth on clearance at Home Goods. We got enough fabric for this pillow and many more future projects. Since it’s a little “girly” we’re going to wait and see if we use the rest of the fabric in the nursery or elsewhere.

This one is made from leftovers from the valance and ill-fated curtain projects. Talk about recycling!

We are THRILLED with how all of these fantastic pillows came out… aren’t you?

Of course, we really want to hang an original painting in this room as well…. and the arteest graciously gave us two adorable options from her collection:

Aren’t they precious?

Unfortunately, after careful consideration and consultation with the artist – there is just not a spot for them in this room. While they are adorable – they don’t match the overall theme. So, we’ve commissioned a different one – which is going to be AMAZING. We can’t wait to reveal it… soon!

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.

3 Responses to Grandreama