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    Emily Malone

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    A Look Back.

Nursery Progress: The Wall Decal Goes Up!

A while back I told you guys that we had ordered a wall decal for our nursery.  For the past month it’s been sitting in its tube staring at me, waiting for me to do something with it.  The whole point of a decal is that is supposed to be quick and easy to do right?  For some reason it scared me.

Sarah and I had planned to do it last weekend, but after looking at the instructions we enlisted Casey to help us at least get started. 

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Good thing we solicited some extra help – it was a little more involved than I had originally anticipated! 

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We started with the tree trunk base…

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While Sarah cut decal pieces apart and served as official photographer.

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The trunk goes up.  Decal excitement begins!

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Indy was a little nervous about the whole process.  He isn’t quite sure what to make of the nursery just yet.

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But apparently he did not find it to be as exciting as I did.

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Matching the delicate branches up to the tree base was the hardest part.  Ten million points to Casey for doing this flawlessly.

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Sarah and I watched and cheered from the nursery floor.

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Once the tree base was finished, little birdies were placed.  Ladies, I tell ya.  Nothing melts a heart more than watching your husband put birdie decals on the wall for his unborn baby boy.  Seriously, nothing

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While dad applied birds, mom cut out leaves.

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But we called it a day because it was late and we were all hungry.  Very good progress for day one!

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A few days later, Sarah and I picked up where Casey left off.  He took care of the trees and birds, so we took charge of the leaves.

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It looks like it would be as simple as sticking on a sticker, but it didn’t quite work that way.  There were multiple layers that needed to be peeled away, and a mini squeegee was involved.  Fun stuff.

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Sarah and I spent waaaaay too much time deciding on letter placement, making sure we didn’t accidentally spell something weird.

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While we worked, we also danced and sang to a totally awesome 90s boy band Pandora playlist.  I assure you, two people have never had this much fun applying a wall decal.

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The big brothers supervised.  (Ugly car accident scar, boooo.)

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And with the final placement of a flying bird in the corner…

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It was DONE!  Doesn’t it look adorable?  I am so proud.  Twenty points to the first person who can spot the secret message in the trees…  There are two intentional hidden words (and a few unintentional ones – whoops!).

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We are one step closer to finishing our nursery, and with every project I get more and more excited!  You can see our other easy dresser drawer project over on Babble

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Now we just need the glider to arrive so that we can finally put the room together!  Thirteen weeks to go, and I have a feeling they are going to go quickly…

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Balancing Sylvia     at 7:06 pm

It looks wonderful Emily! Great job to the three of you My inner 16 year old thinks rocking out to NSync sounds like a party :D


Katie Jo     at 7:12 pm

Huey and Indy!!

The decal looks great! I have a decal too…putting it up was definitely not as easy as I thought it was going to be.


Emily Malone Reply:

Twenty points!! I tried to keep it subtle but still have fun with it. :)


Eve Reply:

Aw man, I thought I had one pegged with ‘windy’. Love the dog names!


Brenda@ Baby on the Way     at 7:20 pm

Love the wall decal and *NSync!


Casie     at 7:25 pm

The decal looks fab.
I love the teeny tiny clothes hanging up in the wardrobe too!


Lauren     at 7:26 pm

Hahaha I found “nerdy” and “swine” :p I love it!


Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)     at 7:27 pm

Love your tree decal!! I wish mine filled up the wall more, like your’s does, but still love it nonetheless :)

Did you get the Dutailer glider, too? I keep going up and sitting in mine. So ridiculously comfy :)


Emily Malone Reply:

I did! Looks like the same one from your nursery post. :) I want mine to get here soooon, but I think it’s going to take quite a bit longer…


Maggie     at 7:29 pm

Aww, love that the big brothers Huey and Indy are in there! Great job!


katherine     at 7:30 pm

Huey and Indy! Awesome! They should love the room now since they’re represented! :~)


kathleen     at 7:30 pm

i see bat and nerd!


Mama Pea Reply:

Those are the only two I saw too!


Kimliveshealthy     at 7:31 pm

QUERY is in there too!


Emily Malone Reply:

JQUERY! Total accident – we spotted it afterwards. :)


Chase     at 7:31 pm

It looks wonderful! I cheated and saw what Katie Jo said so I didn’t figure it out :) If you stretch, you can find “run” and “love” too


Rachel     at 7:31 pm

Huey & Indy!


Girl In The Pink     at 7:33 pm

too cute! :)


Shayla @ The Good Life     at 7:33 pm

I spot Indy and Huey!! Too cute, I absolutely love it :)


Jessi @ Quirky Cookery     at 7:38 pm

Before all the leaves were put up, I was wondering if you seriously put up a tree just for Twitter birds. :P


Emily Malone Reply:

Haha they do look like Twitter birds!! Definitely not the intention though. :)


Jessi @ Quirky Cookery Reply:

Hehe, yeah, after the rest of it was put together, I didn’t even notice them as such. But the first one? Oh yeah, definitely Twitter connections, lol.


Sara     at 7:40 pm

I see Indy and Huey! So cute!! :)


Lee     at 7:41 pm

Super cute. I cheated and looked in the comments for the words!


Mai     at 7:45 pm

too cute, love it!


Ashley     at 7:46 pm

You also have thunder!


Emily Malone Reply:

Omg I hadn’t seen that one! It’s like a word search! Love it.


Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups     at 7:56 pm

Looks great! You guys did a great job!


Rebecca     at 7:56 pm

The decal is SO precious! It looks really lovely and you’re absolutely glowing. Congrats on the impending arrival!


Eve     at 7:57 pm

This is beautiful, and so adorable! :)


Socal Rachel     at 7:57 pm

Win doc


Hannah (Running In Freedom)     at 7:58 pm

So adorable! I love the pupps names in there. I’m sure you’ll be finding words all the time for a while! ;)


Katie KS     at 8:00 pm

Bath math swine windy winery find


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen     at 8:02 pm

I see Indy and Huey in there!
Looks great, love the decal :)


Jessie     at 8:13 pm

I spotted Indy right away and now I see Huey too. Great job! Do you have textured or flat walls? Cause ours are textured and I held off on decals because I wasn’t sure it would stick properly.


Shannon @ My Place In The Race     at 8:16 pm

Gah! That has to be one of the cutest things I have ever seen! Great job!! :)


Audrey     at 8:17 pm

I couldn’t stop the words myself but I peeked in the comments. :)

I love the shirt you are wearing in the last picture (and in some of the ones before it). SO cute!!! It kind of matches the room, too.

I’ve really enjoyed following your pregnancy. It makes me know what to expect more know when I found out I was going to become an aunt (so excited).

I know you will both be great parents! :D Can’t wait for Baby C to arrive.


Audrey Reply:

I meant “*spot* the words”…not *stop*


colleen     at 8:19 pm

Love it! It looks great!


Kath     at 8:22 pm

INDY + HUEY!!!!!!!

Oh darn, I wasn’t the first!


Elizabeth     at 8:24 pm

That is so cute! It’s bigger than I thought it was going to be. How much was that? I wonder if that saves you a lot of money versus buying and framing some art pieces. It’s definitely different and beautifully unique.


Jess@atasteofconfidence     at 8:27 pm

It looks so good, I love it!


reader     at 8:27 pm

This is beautiful and unique, I love it! You guys did a wonderful job. At first I thought the hidden word was Cody!


sarah     at 8:29 pm

I see “INDY”…


sarah     at 8:30 pm

…and there’s HUEY…


sarah     at 8:31 pm

…and of course, “QUERY”, your no-longer secret third dog…


Megan @ On the Road Again     at 8:32 pm

Hi there, new reader here! I came across your blog after seeing retweets and #FF on twitter :)

I’m also pregnant and a runner, so I love following your progress! And that wall decal is super cute. My husband and I have been thinking of doing some kind of trees theme in the nursery, too.


Brittany     at 8:38 pm

I love it! I love how you put the dogs names on there!! My initals are also on there… BAT :)


Lauren     at 8:38 pm

The room looks great!!! I can’t get over it. :)


Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats     at 8:38 pm

Aww :) I love how you incorporated the dogs’ names into the tree. It makes something so simple so personal! Looks great!


Sarah     at 8:41 pm

I see “Huey” and “Indy” in there!


Marci     at 8:50 pm

That looks awesome and the hidden words are fun! I think “query” and “nerd” were subconscious ones! Did you buy on Etsy? I don’t remember. The letters and numbers theme is super awesome.


Lindsay Loves Veggies     at 8:51 pm

I see puppy names!! I tried to find a baby boy name, but failed. It looks great though!


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn     at 9:09 pm

Um. I will come babysit every day. First of all, that wall decal is adorable ( you have good taste ) and you listen to 90′s boy bands. You are going to have one amazing child.


Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me     at 9:15 pm

Wow I didn’t realize they were so in-depth. I wanted to do a wall decal in my kitchen but I have yet to find something I love. The nursery is coming out adorable!


Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep     at 9:18 pm

Love the decal! So cute you put Indy and Huey in there. I also found “find” and “finder”.

I’m wearing those same shorts right now :)


Lisa     at 9:20 pm

Indy and Huey! Saw them right away :-) Love that you hid their names in the tree. The whole thing looks fantastic!


Emily @ Comfortable Home Life     at 9:22 pm

The first word I saw was “bat”. Love the decal — you might could use it as a personality test of sorts. Whichever word you see first describes your personality? No? ha!

It looks so good! Good choice on the Pandora station! ;)


Kristin     at 9:39 pm

I see the word BATH in there too. It looks great.


Alaina     at 9:47 pm

Too too adorable!

I love rocking out to boy bands. It keeps me young. :-)


Divya Vikram     at 9:50 pm

Nice Decal. i see the words BAT and NERD!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat)     at 9:51 pm

I see Nerd and Bat! Something tells me those are the unintentional ones!


Krystina (Organically Me)     at 10:05 pm

This is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen in a nursery!


Alex     at 10:12 pm

Huey & Indy! Super cute!
(I intentionally didn’t look at the comments so I could figure it out by myself!)


Alayna @ Thyme Bombe     at 10:18 pm

Nicely done! I love that you included your other two babies in the decal. ;)


Julie (A Case of the Runs)     at 10:27 pm

Really cute decal! It went on really smoothly!


Carla @ I Run, You Run     at 10:33 pm

Love your decal. Is it sad that I could totally see that in my own room? (No, we have no nursery, or even kids on the way. Ooops.)


Dynamics     at 10:43 pm

I had so much fun. I found 11 words. Great, fantastic idea putting Indy and Huey’s names on the tree. I was wondering if the baby’s name would be on the tree also. Are you naming him Ren!


ashley @ cooking for john     at 10:48 pm

i see math!


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef     at 10:49 pm

love it! it looks so great. :)


Nina     at 10:53 pm

I see “windy” and “thunder”! Cute decal. :)


Ashley     at 10:59 pm

Definitely found, emily – casey – huey – indy – malone. I’m guessing baby’s name is in there too! Such a cute decal. Good thing you don’t have textured walls!


Allison     at 11:15 pm

Looks amazing!!


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com     at 11:20 pm

Y’all did a great job with the wall decal. It’s so cute :)


EleanorFriedman     at 11:36 pm

Score one for your extended family – Huey and Indy…sent by El, Baby Garnish Boy’s Great Aunt!!!!


Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde     at 11:44 pm

So beautiful, i love the birds and the colours and the leaves, at first i thought you were starting to spell out baby boys name :)


M     at 11:50 pm

Hmm….C for cody?!


kerr     at 12:18 am

I spy Indy and Huey in there! So cute!


Jackie @ That Deep Breath     at 1:34 am

I found “find” and “red”…I love the wall decal! I’m on the hunt for ones for my apartment. there are so many great ones


Hayley @ Oat Couture     at 3:23 am

Ahh it looks so cute! And love Indy and Huey sneaked in there! Although I can see LOADS now I’m looking! haha! It’s keeping me thoroughly entertained! :D Well done you two for getting it up so perfectly! That must have took some serious patience! :)


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts     at 5:30 am

Bonus points to all of you – this looks amazing. Although I looked and looked for the messages without avail (at least no odd ones leap out!).


Cassie @ Back to Her Roots     at 6:05 am

BEAUTIFUL car accident scar that shows how strong, resilient, and totally awesome you are.


Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East     at 6:23 am

I’m LOVING the decal! It looks so great! I cant wait to see the finished nursery!


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker     at 7:11 am

Very cute! I love it!


Sarah     at 7:31 am

I see MATH NERD! :)


Shari     at 8:07 am

It looks fantastic!! :)


Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family     at 8:13 am

I see Indy, Huey, Diner, Red, Wind, Bat, Pod, Query, Fine, and Finer

What great fun. You, Sarah, and Casey did a wonderful job :)


Heather     at 8:42 am

Nerdy! Looks great Emily, Casey and Sarah!


Kimberley     at 9:05 am

I love that you included the pooches’ names! I also see Cody…hmmmm….:)

I also love the little outfit with the bunny tail hanging in the closet. Too cute!


Jess     at 9:10 am

I spot “Indy” and “Huey” :)

I love how the decal is super cute without being too baby-ish.


Colleen     at 9:20 am

I spotted Indy right away.
Very cute! Great idea.


Kristen @ The Concrete Runner     at 9:44 am

So cute! Can’t wait to see the finished product! Baby C (!!!) is a lucky little boy!


Brooke @ bittersweetBrooke     at 9:51 am

I could only find Indy (I’ve never been very good at that haha) but what a cute way to incorporate your dogs in the nursery! And that decal is awesome because it will be age approperiate for a long time.


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite     at 10:01 am

This is just about the most adorable thing of all time! So exciting :)


Cindy Robinson     at 10:21 am

Awe, it looks adorable! Great job guys :)


stella     at 10:59 am

Wow that looks amazing, cant wait to see what your little boy looks like! No doubt he will be adorable!
Do you have any other great ice cream recipes? thanks


Avery     at 12:04 pm

WOW!! That looks so good! Can’t wait to see the whole room put together! :)


karin (allpointswhole)     at 12:08 pm

Love the decal and love your beautiful glow…we have a few different decals too…putting the nursery together is so much fun!


Anna @ Acquainted With The Night     at 12:12 pm

Love the decals! So awesome!
PS I have a Jessica Simpson “With You” playlist on Pandora! *NSync came on yesterday! :D


Amber K     at 12:18 pm

It’s totally like a word search, but a cute one!


Rachel C     at 12:36 pm

I see “soy”


Kate @ NaturaStride Reply:

Looks amazing!! And hard work! Well worth the effort. Loving the progress.


Nathalie     at 12:59 pm

Cute decal! Love that you incorporated the pups names ;-) And I thought “math” and “nerd” was very funny! Also spotted ‘hund’ which is german for dog. Haha, I just spent far too much time on this…


Michaela     at 1:17 pm

this looks sooooooooooo cute and I love the pictures of the whole process :)
it´s very sweet you spelled the dog´s names. also, I spotted “Hund”, bc I am German :D fits so well!


Kristen     at 1:54 pm

I see Huey and Indy!


kathryn     at 3:22 pm

I want one of these in my room! So adorable.


Katherine     at 3:41 pm

It looks amazing!

Quick question, I know I should probably know, but who is Sarah?


Lu     at 4:31 pm

Huey & Indy. I love that decal. It is gorgeous!! Great job!


Lynne     at 5:38 pm

Emily! That looks awesome :) So sweet. You and Casey are going to be amazing parents! Stay well.


Heidi - Apples Under My Bed     at 7:02 pm

Oh! You guys must have had so much fun putting this together, it looks beautiful!!
Heidi xo


Holly     at 7:15 pm

I see Cody :)


Marie-Pier     at 9:00 pm

Is it possible that the baby’s name is also there ;)?


Charlie     at 10:19 am

The tree looks awesome! I really want to add a wall decal in my living room but I’m scared I’ll mess it up lol :).


Luna     at 10:52 am

The decal is so nice, I want to do it too when, well, the time comes ;) It is so lovely and so “you” and I like that you put the pups’ names on it!


Heather     at 11:33 am

So beautiful; I can’t wait to get one for myself when the time comes. Looks like a lot of fun when you have company, too. =)

Ah, cheated on the words, but found “Friendly” and “Friends” if you jump between the F and R a little. =)


Heather     at 7:02 pm

So cute, I love you included the pups names in the tree! Yall have way more patience than me, I probably would have given up trying to get that thing on the wall!


Heather     at 4:46 pm

LOVE YOUR BLOG! I am 9 weeks pregnant & have used your BLOG as an inspiration to do my own :)
I love the tree decal? Where did you order it from & how much?


Canal Winchester, Ohio


jodie     at 1:04 pm

hi this is amazing can i ask where u got the tree wall art decal from this is exactly what ive been looking for!!
many thanks



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Christina     at 12:14 am

Your wall decal is really fresh and cute!!!


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Great wall design. You can check out my site to see more wall decals.


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