Sunday, March 31, 2013

Nursery Progress: Part 2

Well, I made a little progress on the nursery this weekend, so I'll just give a quick update: 

First, I made a painting to go above the changing table....I was inspired by this image that my friend Emily pinned on Pinterest. I just love the pinks in the background and felt that this room needed some pink accents! 

I haven't hung it up yet, but we'll get to that...Sometimes I like to place the artwork in different locations and walk by it a few times before making a final decision. I'm still leaning towards hanging it above the changing table, because I've ordered a few prints for other spots in the room. 

Check them out: 

First up - this mini-print from GrittyCityGoods on Etsy - how cute is this little guy?! I just love him and can't wait for him to arrive!

Next, I ordered the feather print from a recent post about nursery artwork. It's from the etsy shop, Snoogs & Wilde. I'm thinking of hanging it above the daybed.....

And then last, I found these adorable little owl hooks at Hobby Lobby for half-off! Not really sure where they are going yet, but they were too cute to pass up. 

I'm excited to see everything coming together, but I have to admit I've stalled a little on the bedding..........ugh...I really don't enjoy making a crib I'm hoping to get it done before the baby comes, but I'm not too inspired. :)

Well, that's all for now! 


New dress for an (almost) 5 year old

My sweet girl will turning 5 soon, and I seriously can't believe it. She wants to have a circus party this year, which should be lots of fun....we've made plans for a 'ring of fire', a pinata, a photo booth and lots of other backyard fun. (I'm hoping I can pull it off since I'll be almost 9 months pregnant!) I thought a new dress for her party might be fun, and since she was on board with the idea, a 'Circus Clown' dress was made.

 I used the Brownie Goose 'Betsy' Pattern for the dress and just made a few adjustments ~ (shortened the sleeves and added the apron and clown applique).  The clown is not showing up too well in the photos above, so here is a close - up shot of the apron: 

And how 'bout just one more photo of my sweet girl? Why does she have to be so big?!

I'll be sure to post pictures after the party too! 

P.S. The backdrop for these photos is the new wallpaper in the nursery - I know I've said this a million times, but I just love it!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Nursery Artwork: Thinking Pink

I've been pondering what artwork to either purchase or make for the new baby's nursery......I'm pretty settled on the fact that I need to bring a little more pink into the space. I absolutely love what we have going on right now with the aqua blue/green/black & white color scheme, but I need to 'girl' it up a little bit! Here are some options that could really look great in the room especially on the wall with the bird wallpaper. 

Nursery Artwork

1. Paule Marrot Feathers Artwork
2. Feather print from Snoogs and Wilde
3. Lys by Aurelie Alvarez
4. Flamingo Art Print from Calamari Studio
5. Single Ladies by United Thread
6. Pink Flamingo Photo from Apples and Oats
7. Not sure of this source - it was pinned from
8. Feather Art from Snoogs and Wilde

I didn't intend on a bird theme for this room, as I typically don't care for themed rooms of any kind. It just happens that a lot of the pink art that I saw had flamingos...... I won't be using all of the art above, so I don't think it will become the 'bird room' when I'm finished - at least I hope not! 

Just to give you an idea of the rest of the room, here is the nursery idea board I did a few months ago for this post:

Baby Girl Nursery

We've already hung the bird wallpaper, and I'm loving it so much! 

And the green changing table is the same one we had in E & C's nursery, so we are just re-using it. The crib is the one we've always had too, and I'm making progress on the bedding. I made the crib skirt out of pale pink linen with the most awesome trim ever - here is a not-so-good phone photo of the fabrics together: 

I just need to get to work on the bumper and then I'll be finished with the bedding! Hooray for progress! 

So.........mostly all that's left to do is add artwork and little things here and there.  Which I'm not stressing about because the baby won't even sleep in her own room for a while. (Gotta keep my precious nugget right next to me for a little bit! :) )

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mini Make-over: The Living Room Mantel

Hi there, friends! Since the weather is beginning to feel more Spring-like, I've been itching to re-arrange or freshen up nearly every room in the house. I'm trying to force myself not to over-do it, so I thought I could start with little mini-makeovers ~ These don't require any heavy lifting or very much moolah! Here is what my mantel has looked like for at least a year or so: 


Not the greatest photo, I know! But this is when I'd just started this blog and was learning a few things (I still am). So, pretty simple and not too cluttered. During Christmastime, I moved the yellow paintings and the gold sunburst and hung them somewhere else, so I didn't have those to put back above the mantel. 

And since I wanted a little change-up anyways, I gathered a few other items from around the house and enlisted the help of my fam (John hung up the artwork, and we all trekked over to the nearest Bradford pear tree to cut off a few branches for our fancy floral arrangement).  The artwork is a watercolor by none other than my big girl, and she is quite proud to have it displayed in such a place of honor.  I was really looking for a landscape painting to go in that spot, but I haven't found one that I like that is in my price-range yet (so for now, will go with a 2 yr old's watercolor! I know I'm very sophisticated ;) ). Most of the glassware has been giving to me over time, but the 2 large vases are from the clearance section from Target. They give some much-needed height to the display and are large enough to hold branches, which is one of my favorite things to use as decoration.   


I don't think the whole living room is quite ready for a big-reveal, but I will show you the gorgeous new sofa pillows that I got for Christmas ~ The aqua blue on the mantel ties in with the pillows and makes the living room so cheerful!  

 The floral pillows are from Caitlin Wilson's collection, her pillows and textiles are just gorgeous and I wish I could have one of everything! The green trellis pillows are from ElemenOPillows on Etsy, a great shop with lots of different colors & patterns to choose from and very reasonable prices.  

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