I've learned so many things since becoming a mommy. On-the-job training is as good as it gets. One of the lessons I've learned is that sleeping is majorly important for our little princess to be happy. I thought baby girl's nursery was finished before she was born (see here) but I've learned that she sleeps so much better in the dark. So I used my developing sewing skills to make her some blackout drapes. I used the tutorial from here, which is super easy to follow.
Loving how they make the room look fit for a queen and keep our little one sleeping well (and happy)!
Life has been hectic lately with my due date inching...creeping...closer and the start of the school year. (I'm more than a little excited to meet baby girl.) I teach fifth grade and going back to school at the end of the summer can be quite the kick in the pants normally but especially when 36, 37, 38 weeks preggo. All that to say, the blog has been a little neglected lately. However, we have been busy bees with last minute nursery details and even some fun house projects I'll share soon. Here she is in all her glory, just IMpatiently waiting for her little sugar lump to arrive.
Little additions above include the sweet stuffed bunny peeking out of the crib from Finklestein's (seriously the sweetest little animal creatures ever and so soft), the white faux sheepskin on the ottoman, and the sweet quilt made by hub's grandma using the fabric from the drapes and crib skirt. She even monogrammed it with baby girl's name. After a baby class offered by the hospital, I decided against the white ruffled crib pad I've had my eye on for safety reasons. Aaaannnndddd the overprotective mama is coming out already.
In searching for a mobile or something interesting to hang over Baby Girl's glider I discovered that mobiles are crazy expensive considering the flimsy string and dinky creatures that hang from them. The ones I liked were around $100!?! Do babies even look at mobiles or are they just booby traps for new parents to hit their heads on during late night feedings and diaper changes?
On my recent trip to a local antique mall I saw this guy.
I liked his size and shape, but wasn't sure about his purpose. The shape did get me thinking of the crib mobile and I thought of snagging it and painting it pink for the nursery. My only hang up: this thing was $40 and I didn't know if I would like it in the end. I had the idea of creating my own orb mobile. I headed to Michael's and bought cross stitch hoops in three different sizes, 12", 8" and 4". I wanted three of each size, but they are sold in pairs so I had an extra in each size. We'll call it insurance.
The hoops were about 2.50 per pair and I had a 15% off coupon so total for the hoops was about $14 with tax. I grabbed some E6000 multi-purpose adhesive and planned to use some paint I had on hand. Total for the project=$18.
To start the project I lined up the hoops by size and marked the center point on each one with a small blue dot (you can see in photo 2 above). You will notice that one hoop in all three sets has the adjustor metal piece at the top. This hoop should go on the outside and be used to make the hoop large enough for the other two to fit inside and then tightened closed during the glue step. I started with the 12" hoops and put the two with no metal closure inside one another and lined up the dots that note center. I applied glue here and at the top midpoint. I clamped them together with some wood(?) clips we had in the garage. I let them dry for about 30 minutes to make sure the glue would hold before the next step. Turns out, this isn't necessary. The glue is powerful!
So yesterday was a big day at our house! The last piece of furniture made its way into the nursery: the crib! After a backorder scare that had me thinking I was going to have to choose a different crib, it came!
Hubs' parents gifted baby girl her crib and we are so thankful! Babies are quite the undertaking in more ways than one, but definitely in the pocketbook department. Your formerly fat and happy Kate Spade wallet will soon turn thin and shriveled after just a couple purchases. I set out to find the crib that I have imagined for our baby in my mind. I was hoping to find a vintage-look crib in white with dainty spindles. While I really like mid-century modern furniture and clean lines on most pieces, I wanted something traditional in a crib. I found several options made by Jenny-Lind that had everything I wanted, but I wasn't a fan of the construction materials. I really wanted real wood construction because I plan to use this crib as our family's forever-crib. So I looked in all the usual places and found some good options at Pottery Barn Kids and our local Baby Furniture Plus but cribs with solid wood frames ran around $700. Too much for me. I kept looking and came upon this pretty thing at Serena and Lily. It has a 100% poplar frame and metal slats for the mattress and it was less than $500! Thank you Franklin and Ben! We got lucky and ordered it during the summer promotion and got it for $100 off. I mentioned a backorder scare, but luckily we dodged a bullet there and it came on time! I could kiss the lady at Serena and Lily!!! Sidenote: Serena and Lily also has this awesome modern style crib with clean lines that totally resembles the crib Kourtney Kardashian put in Penelope Disick's super chic nursery.