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Last Minute Nesting

The baby is due any minute, and I’ve been looking for pretty little things to add to the bookshelf in her room. I found this precious bird at Home Goods on clearance for $6.

I thought she’d look great on the top shelf, but unfortunately she disappeared with all those patterns:

So I found an old piece of wood in a closet, cut up an old pillow case, and stapled it to the wood. Then we attached the bird with some screws, added a little stand to the back, and now she sits proudly (and so pretty!) on the shelf.

Love it! A $6, 20-minute project!


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Baby’s Room

Our newest little one is scheduled to arrive in about two weeks, and her room is all ready for her! Here’s her nursery:

This is what you see when you walk in the door:

The room used to be Gloria’s under the sea room. I kept a lot of the same elements, like the paint color and curtains (which took me forever to make). I was so glad that the baby was a girl JUST so I could keep these curtains! Notice that I put big, fake flowers in the ends of the rods rather than the little decorative things that came with them.

When it was Gloria’s room, I refinished that toy box and added Gloria’s initial and starfish. To make it work for the baby’s room, I used the same color paint and added all of the girls’ initials, two sweet little hearts that I found in the wood section of the craft store, and a pillow. I plan to add a few more pillows and maybe a cushion.

Her little rocking area has a white bookshelf that was originally a bathroom cabinet. I added pink polka dot craft paper to the back and changed out the pulls — they’re now pretty pink glass rather than white plastic. Here’s what it looks like now,

and here’s the cabinet before the mini makeover.

Here’s her changing area. Normally I wouldn’t love all the big pieces of furniture pushed together, but I think it works because it fits perfectly, has that gradual step-up feel, and since I don’t love the furniture anymore, I like that it’s kind of tucked away and out of sight when you walk in.

The baby can look at pictures while I change her — they’re hung on a clothes line with birdie clips and two birdhouses, which I got for $12 at Target.

There’s also a spot to hang all of her little hair bows. I got this from Etsy seller LindsaysWhimsiesTutu (look under Bow and Clip Holders).

Here’s her red crib! I just love this crib. The decal behind it is from Etsy seller walldecors, although I don’t really recommend it. The flowers are curling up away from the wall, which I’ve never experienced with any other decal. I was going to paint over the “seaweed” painting that we did when this was Gloria’s room, but I think it works. We just won’t call it seaweed anymore — now they’re just cool plants!

Her bedding is also from Target. I was nervous about mixing pink bedding with the red crib, but I think it works. Notice the adorable owls on her boppy.

And her name will be Clara! I made these letters from round wooden circles that I got at AC Moore. I glued scrapbook paper to them to make her name.

Each letter has three different papers: a fun background, white letters with little white hearts on them, and a little purple shadow.

And that’s it! All I need now is the baby…

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I fought the Singer, and I won!

One of my resolutions this year was to learn to sew, and it has not been going well. I just cannot figure it out. But finally, I finished my first major sewing project: curtains for Gloria’s room. My machine constantly comes unthreaded, the underside of my fabric is always too loose, my bobbin door thing now doesn’t seem to close properly, and I can’t seem to cut in a straight line. It’s just one problem after another, but I’m determined! Here are G’s curtains (notice I put flowers on the rod ends instead of the hardware that came with them — a cute way to bring in some color!):

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DIY: Upholstered Headboard

Finally, I’m starting to work on our bedroom! Your own room is always the last project on the list, right? This weekend I finished making an upholstered headboard. It was easy: I got half inch plywood cut to size at Home Depot. I covered the plywood with a layer of foam, then batting, then fabric. I stapled it all together in the back, and that’s it. A padded, upholstered headboard.

Here was the work in progress:

And here’s the finished product:

I wish we hung it a bit lower, and I need to get decorative pillows for the bed now. Above the headboard are 3 1920’s lithograph prints of Venice, Florence, and Rome, the three stops on our honeymoon.

I can’t decide if I should add a little something to it. I went with a plain (but so soft) fabric, because I love the print of the blanket. But I might add nail head trim. Or maybe frame it with moulding? Or leave it simple? I haven’t decided just yet.

Now I’m on the Craigslist hunt for a dresser next to my side of the bed, and then the room will be pretty much done. Stay tuned for before and afters…

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DIY Chair Makeover

This month’s Martha Stewart magazine featured an article about painting and reupholstering dining room chairs. Within 4 seconds of reading it, I was sanding a chair that we had sitting in our basement, left here by our previous owners. Here’s the transformation!

Before, a plain ol’ chair:

After! I painted it a grey/blue color, reupholstered the seat, and added pewter nail head trim.

Its new home is at the desk in our kitchen.

Here’s a detail of the amazing fabric that I am so in love with. It’s a taupe print with a little surprise of a robin.

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DIY: French Memo Boards

I made french memo boards to go above the kids’ art table in the play room:


The room is starting to pull together!

These were easy to make. I got plywood cut to size at Home Depot. Then I covered it with batting (I wish I used two layers) and then fabric, using a staple gun to attach it all to the wood. I stapled the ribbon in place, and then used decorative nail heads on the front each time the ribbon crossed.  They’ll be even prettier when the kids’ art projects and photos are slipped on!

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We’ve been working hard on Charlie’s room. I had a garden theme in mind. The piece de resistance is the custom picket fence that Bryan and Clarence built. We bought sections of birdhouse fencing from our local Mill Store, and Bryan and Clarence spent several hours making a custom fit.  It’s gorgeous! Add a few wall decals and some garden art, and we have a garden growing…

Here’s the before, with the previous owners’ furnishings:


And here’s the after. The walls are B. Moore Potpourri Green. I’m looking for a big, round rug for the middle (I found it!). See the letters above her crib? They were made by the extremely talented Katrina Pitt.


Pretty butterflies hang above a rocking chair in the corner:


The picket fence:


These wall cards are from the Land of Nod. Each letter has a different type of flower. They’re 8×10 heavy card stock and are absolutely gorgeous! Rather than hang the whole alphabet, I wanted to spell out her name. I added the ribbon (my sister-in-law tied the bows) and now we have pretty (and educational!) wall art. I highly recommend them. At Land of Nod they’re $30, but I got them for $20 on Amazon!


And finally, Cai’s bear has a special spot on Charlie’s dresser:


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