I'm nesting at the moment. Cleaning and writing lists and spending insane amounts of time surfing around the internet looking for "things". Half the time I'm not even sure what I'm looking for, but it's an interesting process trying to work out what one 'needs' and what one 'wants' when welcoming a little person into your world for the first time.
One of my biggest wants was been an wall mural for the Bean's room. We're planning on turning our currently (small) guest room into Bean's room, but are keeping the guest bed in there so that we can still have people stay for the weekend. While the Bean is still small I figure s/he won't mind where s/he sleeps and giving up the room up for an aunty, grandparent or dear friend for a night or two won't be too much of a bother. Whether said guest will want to stay in a small apartment with a newborn is another question entirely. But I digress. The wall mural. You'd think finding a gender neutral, not too kitch and bilingual friendly wall mural wouldn't be too hard. Ha! Guessed wrong. This task has kept me busy for far longer than I'll choose to admit and even had me thinking about designing my own English-German friendly alphabet mural myself. That was until I stumbled across Rebecca Peragine's shop on Etsy and her website Children Inspire Design.
Rebecca creates all of her artwork from recycled magazines and prints her Number Wall Cards and Alphabet Poster in eleven languages - most of the European languages plus Chinese and Hebrew. I almost did a happy dance when I stumbled on her sight.
Her pictures are simple and cute but not too twee, I like the neutral colours and love the nature theme. Now I just need to decide whether I should get the Alphabet in English and the Numbers in German, visa versa, the numbers in both languages... oh the possibilities are endless and will keep me nesting unproductively for a little while yet.
If numbers, language and the alphabet aren't really your thing - Children Inspire Design also create some very cute nature and doll prints too!