Mallory Erin Makes

Holding on to God, my Hubs, Kiddo and Hot Glue Gun

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When I started planning for my daughter’s nursery, I knew that I wanted to include “It’s a Small World” in the decor. As I started collecting things, I realized that I wanted to include even more Disneyland attractions throughout the room. These two ideas came together to make a Disneyland themed nursery with Mary Blair era flair. I love all things Disneyland but didn’t want the room to look like an explosion of Disney merch. I've embraced minimalism more and more this year while being at home so much. I’ve learned that I like big wall statements opposed to lots of little frames and decor. I’m moving through our house trying to adopt this technique in each space, but the nursery was the first full room that I got to refresh completely.

With this being my second kiddo, the room focus definitely shifted to functionality. Space for all of the toys, books, incoming clothes, etc.

I love the Montessori Storage look, and found this perfect cube organizer at Ikea that is really sturdy and works great. The little basket trays that display a few toys and books came as a box set at Ikea. Baskets hide some of the loose teething toys, swaddles and a play mat.

This little Fantasyland section was inspired by this art print I found on Etsy. I loved the retro look of it and that it was downloadable! The vintage looking scalloped shelves were found at Hobby Lobby to tie in the fantasyland vibes. A sweet homemade crown from my Aunt, some sparkling slippers and beautiful Mary Blair books to tie it all together.

Some Adventureland fun and a sweet view of the ferris wheel! My sister found those cute mini stuffed animals in the Target dollar section before we knew what we were having. I knew immediately I wanted to have some Jungle Cruise fun with them. I painted the Ikea Flisat shelf as the boat and two of the Target dollar section scallop shelves as the canopy. The cute Adventureland print was another Etsy find, and comes in lots of different Land options. You can find the tutorial for the Mickey Ferris Wheel made from the Ikea prize wheel here.

One of the first wall installations I planned for the room were these Mickey balloons. I originally planned to purchase balloon wall lights but because of the price, came up with this alternative. There are lots of fun knit wall names and shapes on Pinterest and I thought I could use the same technique to make the Mickey balloons. You can find a video tutorial on that here. I love the whimsy and softness that they add to this blank slate wall.

Libby’s name banner was inspired by this Disney family tutorial. My awesome sister made it out of felt and stitched it together as a special gift for our girl.

Crib Sheet is by Copper Pearl in Camel.

Why are rugs soooo hard to find??? The right amount of pattern, the color, the size, and the prices, yikes! I searched and searched until I found this retro rug on Overstock and waited for a sale. It Is unbelievably soft and plush. So happy with it!

The Monorail Mural! This has become my favorite wall in the whole house. This has been the one benefit to pregnancy insomnia because this idea came to me at 3am. I love banyan bridges stripes and have incorporated them in projects throughout our house. I knew I wanted some kind of wall installment that would break up the wall at about 3/4 of the way up. I considered board and batten, shiplap, and a paint barrier but then I came across this picture on pinterest.

I loved that it added dimension to the wall and created a good ledge shelf. This one was made to function as a radiator cover. We didn’t need to cover anything and making a smaller version cut down the cost, so we decide on this mini version. It’s made from MDF pieces and painted the same color as the wall. Below is a look of the shelf unpainted.

This magical mobile is made out of embroidery hoops, trims and Christmas ornaments! If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to make a mobile, felt Christmas ornaments are a great way to cut costs. These cute cotton candies came from the Hobby Lobby Christmas section. The print is from the gallery in Downtown Disney. The Matterhorn is one of my favorite rides, and I loved the coloring that was used for this print!

The chandelier is from a shop that I adore, Sazerac Stitches! Their work is so unique and beautiful. The best part is that everything they make is made to order and they’ll work with you to make a custom piece. This chartreuse color was perfect to tie everything together. This piece is their Loa Carousel fixture. We are getting so excited to see Libby in this space! Hoping that it inspires her to be creative and dream big!

Mallory Erin

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Sponsored post with The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

As a little girl arriving at my grandma’s house, I would race for the drawer of VHS tapes and immediately pull out The Sound of Music. She would laugh about me picking it for the 100th time in a row. We’d sit in her studio with Mac n cheese and I’d get lost in the magic of this film. As an adult, I look forward to an annual outing with my girlfriends to see The Sound of Music singalong at the Hollywood Bowl. It’s beautiful, timeless, and more personally for me, a sweet memory.

Our Hollywood Bowl outing is cancelled this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring the magic of this film home! When The Rodgers &. Hammerstein Organization asked me to partner with them on a Sound of Music craft, it was a dream come true!

My toddler loves guitars and is fascinated by taking things in and out of cases. Maria’s case was the perfect thing to introduce him to the fun and playfulness of this film. This is a great at home project that your kids can customize completely. Depending on their age, combine it with a little music lesson by listening or watching the “Do-Re-Mi” scene. Gather a few supplies and experience the magic of the film together! Even make one for yourself!

So “Let’s start at the very beginning”.


- cardboard

- posterboard

- exacto knife

- hot glue

- paint

- ribbon

- embellishments: stickers, washi tape, markers etc.


1) Trace your guitar case shape onto cardboard. For the adult size case, I used a standard ukelele size.

2) Cut out shape using an exact knife and trace your second piece. Tracing will make the new piece slightly larger, perfect for the lid!

3) Choose how deep you want the case to be, and cut out identical strips of poster board. These will be the sidings for your case.

4) Use hot glue to wrap your poster board siding around the case. I used two strips for each lid and just overlapped them with hot glue.

5) Paint or spray paint both sides of your case to cover cardboard.

6) Decorate with paint, stickers, paper cutouts, washi tape or with these patches from the “Do-Re-Mi” coloring sheet.

7) Cuts slits through the top of your case lid to attach ribbon for strap. Add a dot of hot glue to hold in place.

You can check out more great family activities over at The Sound of Music Crafting Corner HERE.

I hope this brings some joy into your time at home with your family! Excited to see what you make together!

Mallory Erin

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When I chose "voice" for my word for 2020, I knew immediately that I would need to tell this story. One that has been forming for over a decade. I wasn't sure what it would look like to pour out the words of this story without melting into a blubbering puddle in the first syllables. A few weeks ago on the beach with my husband, I began with these words, "I have dreamed of a moment like this my entire life, but the past 10 years of our marriage have exceeded anything I could have ever dreamed up or asked for..." He has always been the person I pictured, but our wedding day 10 years ago, was not what I had ever pictured.

During our wedding ceremony I passed out and headed with my new husband to the ER while our wedding continued. I was entering marriage at 21 and found myself facing grief head on. That one day has triggered a long road of healing. Not in the ways you may imagine either. I didn't miss the cake, the dancing, the toasts. Throughout the years people have expressed feeling sorry for me over missing those experiences, but those weren't the real issue. All I wanted was for people to forget. Forget the whole day entirely. See, my core desire my whole life had been to not look weak in front of anyone, ever. It has guided basically everything I've done. Yet, in this moment I felt like the vision I had of myself and the one that I had created for people, was shattered into a million pieces at that altar, even though it was something completely out of my control. This was too memorable to ever be repaired. I had taught myself to forget hard experiences, but I knew I couldn't make 250 of our closest friends and family forget.

I didn't feel angry with God. I was just always confused on how this story was going to weave into our lives in a purposeful way. I couldn't see it. In no way do I believe that this was the day God planned for us. I also know that He is the best story spinner to ever be and that He can make anything speak to glorify him. I have written here before that I struggled with anxiety and depression as a kid and teen. Going into marriage at 21, I thought that period of my life was done. I didn't know it at the time, but this event triggered things that had been growing inside of me for years. Now, in my early 20's anxiety came back head on with panic attacks along with it. I would manage the best that I could, with help from my amazing husband, and then it would pass. I cycled through periods like this for years on and off. In the spring of 2015 after my Grandma died, the anxiety and panic attacks I was experiencing were starting to show signs of becoming debilitating. I knew I needed external help. I started therapy, and God used it to shift my life. It only took the first 15 minutes of my session for me to mention my wedding experience. Much of my panic attacks and anxiety were triggered at public/social events. Quick breathing, shallow breaths, my hands would go numb and I felt like I just needed to bolt out of the room. Always afraid to look weak again or to ruin someone else's day. As therapy progressed I could tell that the healing was about so much more than this one event, as almost everything is. I started to get many strategies from my therapist, and God did so much heart work in this time. I slowly decreased the amount of time I saw her over two years as I was learning how to manage better on my own.

Fastforward to a few months ago. We had just celebrated 10 years of marriage and have an incredible two year old son. It hadn't been the most amazing year for me personally, but thankfully for the hard heart work from counseling I was doing surprisingly well and managing in situations that would have used to sent me spiraling. I was reorganizing our bedroom when I came across a framed wedding picture that we have kept out on and off in our home depending on how I'm feeling about it. I immediately started bawling. After all of this time I thought that I would have an epiphany day where I would be brave enough to display these pictures throughout my home for people to see. It had been 10 years and I still didn't feel that way. In that moment with God I let down my guard and allowed myself to be okay with it not being okay. I didn't want to see a daily reminder of what that day looked like, even though I adore the person that was with me in it. God immediately showed me a new dream of us on a beach doing this again. He began speaking to me about the healing he was bringing, and my word for the year "Voice" was born out of this moment.

My sweet husband was all in, and we planned to have this be in the first month of 2020 to start our year. An amazing woman from our church did photography for us, and was the perfect peaceful presence. That day on the beach I didn't experience any of the looming feelings that I thought I would. We laughed, danced, listened to our son play his guitar, and ran into the water together.

So this is me breaking the silence and exposing the shattered pieces of my life to an even larger group. Why? Because this is what God does, taking the broken pieces of life and building something better than we could ever plan on our own. I don't know what life would have looked like if the first day had gone perfectly. I do know that it caused enough anxiety in my heart and mind to finally make the choice to seek help with things I had been trying to manage my whole life. Then I added counseling tools (my husband and I still agree that counseling is some of the best money we've ever spent #plug) and was able to manage at a higher level. I was not being brought down by things that would used to have thrown me. The theme of all of this being managing. Then comes God, meeting me right where I'm at, cleaning in my bedroom and giving me a gift that brings me beyond managing and into thriving. He is true transformation. The only one that knows me well enough to offer the exact healing my heart needs. I find myself already growing in appreciation for details of our first wedding day. I appreciate our incredible families that support us every day, our amazing friends who we still love doing life with, even the photos that remind us of the sweet person who took them who is now with Jesus, and for the same person I'm standing next to in each one who dreams big and is willing to run into the waves with me.

Mallory Erin

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