April 26, 2011

Guest Post - An Amazing Pirate Room

First of all, I wanted to say thank you SO much for all the kind comments about my music.  It really meant a lot to me.  Music has been something that hasn't really fit into my life in the last couple of years, so I'm really excited to be getting to do a lot with it this week.  It's also fun to be back in my home town.

Today I have a guest post that will not disappoint.  Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs is in the house.  She is super cute, really kind, and Canadian.  (Frankly, I don't think I've even met a Canadian I didn't like.)  She placed second in our Let's Hear It for the Boys Contest with her rocker t-shirts.  She recently finished a pirate-themed room for her kids and she's going to give you a tour today.  Welcome Heather!

Hi everyone! 
I can't even begin to tell you how absolutely thrilled I am to be Guest Posting here at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar!!  Cheri is one amazingly creative momma ~ I am constantly inspired by her fabulous tutorials and thoughtful posts. She has rocked my world with her Cool Cuff Tutorial, Good Deed Advent Calendar and Freezer Paper Stenciling.  Are you with me?  I love being here.

Dragonfly Designs
My name is Heather and my little corner of the blog-o-sphere is Twin Dragonfly Designs.  I am a Program Coordinator with a passion for Inspiring Creativity.  I love all things home made.  If you grab a warm fuzzy blanket, a mug of hot chocolate and browse around awhile you will find;  crazy party ideas, tried and true recipes, epic craft projects and tutorials for just about all of it.  Oh and did I mention?  I have twin, three year old boys {so they're involved in pretty much everything}.
I would like to give you a little tour of the Pirate Ship Room that we created for our boys. 
Welcome Aboard!

Before {March 2010} After {March 2011}
This room has been about a year in the making.  I started by painting and decorating last winter.  My handy husband and I just completed it with a set of DIY Toddler Beds this spring.
{I'm not the only one with projects that seem endless right?}

I began by painting the room to look like a Pirate Ship.  There is a lot of inspiration on the Internet and it was really quite easy once I had an idea in mind.  I created the wooden boards by first painting a base coat of brown.  Then I added a little bit of yellow and white to my brown and dry brushed it onto the wall.  I left spaces between the 'boards' and added my original brown colour for the little nails afterwards. 

Then {the truly fun part} I decorated with a sail, pirate flag, wheel, netting and other nautical accessories.
Sail ~ an old curtain, stapled to a bulletin board
Pirate Flag ~ gift from Grandma
Wheel ~ purchased at Michaels and painted
Netting ~ a fab find from a fisherman {say that three times fast}

The boys finally grew out of their cribs so we made these fabulous toddler beds for them!
I have some cute video on my blog of the boys' candid opinions of their new room.
{And I will be posting a full tutorial for these beds soon}

Of course, I had to make personalized throw pillows to match. I even snuck some ruffles in there!  {Seaweed right?}

After a few other fab finds my guys have a completed Pirate Ship Room.
Arrg me matey!

I have become a bit of a vlogger {if 'vlogger' were a word}. So conveniently, I have this video with a complete 360 degree tour.  Now try not to laugh at my "questioning" inflection.  "Here's the sail?" lol

If you watch the video you'll see this little unfinished cubby hole {oops I guess this project is endless} that I'm looking for help with.  Do you have any suggestions for what to do with it?  Or have you decorated something like this for your children?  Please share!
Well thank you Cheri, for having me.  I am so grateful to be able to share this project with your readers!  Please stop by Twin Dragonfly Designs for more photos, videos and tutorials from this fun Pirate Ship Room.
Or just pop in to say hi and browse around a bit ~ you might like what you see ;)  Have a wonderful day! 

Thanks for sharing your fabulous room with us Heather.  You can leave comments for Heather here or you can visit her blog HERE to share some comment love.  Thanks for dropping in.


  1. This is such a cute and unique room! Love the net hanging up on the ceiling with the fish on it! Great job!

  2. What a fun room! I'm having a pirate party this weekend, it's definitely given me some more ideas! I can't believe the walls. They totally make the room!

  3. This is so great! We are going to do a Pirate room for my 2 1/2 yr old son when we move! Great inspiration! :)

  4. LOVE IT! Well done:) Those kinda projects can be really hard to do because you don't see instant results. But in the end it is OH so worth it.

  5. I love this room so much and have been trying to come up with a way to do something similar in our apartment.

  6. That is a fun room! I bet your boys love it.

  7. Cute, cute, cute! When I saw the cubby, I started thinking, that needs a plank (my boys are jumpers, can you tell?). A reading nook would be great

  8. Great room! The first thing I thought of when I saw the cubby was jail cell! If you could have a little custom iron door made you could 'lock them up' in their reading nook... Or a knotted rope, secured from the ceiling would make a fun way to climb in and out of the secret reading lair. :) Great job!

  9. I absolutely love it!

  10. How about a chest of gold for the cubby and come of those fun water/oil water wave toys?

  11. Adorable! That little fish painted on the wall looks like the incredible Mr Limpett, a movie Don Knots was in when I was a kid. Too cute!

  12. Cute! And my kid's room is STILL an ongoing project.

    As for the cubby: Perhaps a treasure chest (from Hobby Lobby?) with lots of pirate treasures?

    I'm thinking eye patches, bandanas, cooky hats, sashes, a few treasure maps, wooden swords, a telescope and some treasure (thrift store jewelry and gold coins?).

  13. What a great room. I am going to go and check out her blog.

  14. This is fantastic! I'm preggers and have been trying to decide on nursery themes. (I still don't know what the baby is yet). This definitely gives me some inspiration. :D

  15. Completely adorable!

  16. I'm with those that suggested a treasure chest. Only, it doesn't have to be just pirate's treasure. You could throw some family pictures, books, or art projects in there too.


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