Ryan spotted the map on Craigslist before we were pregnant. I’ve always been drawn to the old pull-down maps, so he alerted me. Within 30 minutes, it was ours for $50 – which, if you’ve looked at any of these maps online, you know is a steal. (It’s so fabulous to have a hubby who regularly hunts Craigslist. And who’s willing to hop in the car and grab it before anyone else can steal it away.) It’s a Rand McNally. I’m not sure how old it is, but it’s definitely not new. It has that old-map smell. 😉
It is also Made in the USA, which made my baby-daddy giddy. We spent some time on Sunday checking out all the different countries and trying to figure out when it was made. Short answer – we have no clue. But, Detroit still had more than one million people and there was still a Soviet Union. We’re regular sleuths over here. Call us Inspector Gadget.
The bottom of the map is a little rough. It’s pulling away from the pull-down bar and there is a good deal of green that must have pulled out of the bar at some point. But, I just rolled it up and paper-clipped it for now and I think it looks pretty swell. The pull-down mechanism still works really well. I hope that it will straighten out a little now that it’s hung.
In other news, the nursery curtain fabric arrived and it’s quite lovely.
As a reminder, it’s the Dwell Studio Bella Porta fabric in Twilight. I purchased it from fabric.com with a coupon. With that said, it’s not a cheap fabric and I had to buy a lot of it for four panels. But, I think it will be worth it and it looks like it may be my main splurge in the room.
I think I’ve justified it because the fabric can easily transition into a big boy room or even another room in the house.
And, this fabric is gorgeous. The texture is almost like a nubby linen and I may or may not just want to roll myself up in it like an eggroll (mmmmm… eggrolls) because it’s just so darn nice. That was too much information. I know. It happens to me a lot.
I also picked up solid Kona fabrics in indigo and white for the houndstooth quilt. I think I’m going to back it with a mini navy dot. But, I will not allow myself to begin this project until the curtains lined, sewn and up. Hold me to it, okay?
What do you think?