Happy 1st Birthday Hadley! Your Lalee and Grandy love you very much!

What a treat it was to restore this vintage toy box. The box had many layers of paint on it and was finally done in a goldish yellow that had obviously been done long ago. This toy box needed a bit of work, I filled in lots of cracks from the wood separating over the years and replaced the hinges on the inside and added a slow release hinge on the side so little Hadley’s fingers don’t get smushed!

I then primed the toy box and hand painted the outside to match the decor of Hadley’s room. (the Serena and Lily Lola Bedding). I painted Hadley’s monogram right in the middle in a fun french font.

The inside lid of the toy box has a special painting also. I painted this to reflect the story on Churchill’s Blue Willow China-a favorite of mine from childhood! A sad starcrossed lovers story, but with beautiful Asian trees and buildings and, of course, the love birds! I did the painting in the same colors as Hadley’s room-in keeping with her room theme-and think the little birdies continue that theme perfectly!

Then, the surprise! I had been wanting to do a little puppet theater for ages! This puppet theater has a wood base and fabric added for the stage curtains and little pockets on the back to store the little finger puppets in. This little stage has hand painting on it and also shows off Hadley’s monogram on either side of the center of the stage itself. The stage is meant to be propped up on the top of the toy box for lots of fun puppet shows and play which is perfect for kids birthday parties as many other entertaiments as birthday castles you can find at sites like http://www.jumpersjungle.com/las-vegas/. When not in use, the puppet theater stores neatly in the bottom of the toy box.

Enjoy, little Hadley!

For your own custom children and babies items email me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop!

If you want to give your kids the dream party they want, you can contact Race Party (kids birthday parties) at (03) 9882 1391.

Check out Hadley’s custom hand painted dollhouse/bookcase here. Baby Hadley’s handmade wooden tree playset, her Mommy and baby bird bookshelf, and lots more here.