Every day I lay Jack down in his crib to take 2 naps. He hates it. He’s just not good at soothing himself to sleep. So I decided to add a mobile to see if it would keep him occupied. I didn’t need much. We already have a nightlight, white noise, music, diffuser, etc. Basically we just needed something for him to look at. Once I found this on amazon I decided to go ahead and make the rest!
It was REALLY simple, but a little time consuming. First, I had to decide what to put on there. I wanted something not heavy that would be easy to hang on string. So paper! The theme in his room is Peter Pan ‘ish’ with lots of animals, blues, and green. That led me to arrows. After a quick etsy search, these were on their way to me.
Each string is 12″ long and has 5 arrows on it. Once they were cut and tied on, I simply glued two arrows back to back to attach them to the string. All done!
I wish the actual movile was not so large. It’s just this giant white robot arm on the crib now, but the rest of it is adorable. Best part, it’s helping the little man soothe himself down for his naps!
With baby Jack at home, it feels like every day I find something new we need to babyproof! The most important is our tv stand. We have a great tv stand that I love currently, but the sound system sits on separate stands that are not sturdy. So once little man starts crawling they will be a major problem. The husband and I are taking care of the problem within the next month so I’m looking for all the ideas now.Our tv stand now is from ikea and it’s perfect! It was just a little longer to fit the speakers it would be perfect. It’s good quality, inexpensive, and easy to clean. Sure it could be better quality if we spent more money, but with a little man around and hopefully more kids down the line inexpensive and easy to clean wins out.
I’ve made the decision to use the besta for our new tv stand from ikea as well. It’s almost the same as our current, and it’s longer. I just need to decide which style to use it in. That’s the great thing and also the worst part of ikea. There are so many different doors and shelves and knobs and so many other things for each base. I love the individuality that you can chose for each piece. But it also gets a little overwhelming. So I’ve found a few things on pinterest to give me ideas, and I wanted to get our opinions!
I like the simplicity of this one. The butcher block top also gives it a little personality, a little structure, and some ‘rusticness’ to it. This one is simple and sleek so the rest of the pieces in the living room stand out.
Again this one is sleek and simple, but the personality comes in with the feet and the handles. It would be cheaper and easier than getting a butcher block top most likely, but no rustic qualities.
I guess all of my choices are simple and sleek, huh?! The personality with this one comes in the cabinet doors, tho.
Which is your favorite?
This is probably the first year ever that when I look around my house at all the christmas decor . . . I’m completely happy. Just completely and utterly happy. Years past, I would think well if I had more . . . or that I needed to move something. I was constantly moving things around to make it perfect. But not this year. And that is thanks to oriental trading .
In our small house, all we have to decorate is the tree, ‘mantel’, dining room table, a small buffet table, and the front door. I’ve loved our tree for a few years now ever since I got the thick burlap garland. Specifically that it’s a thick garland is why I like it. This year I added some gingham black and white fabric as a skirt to make it a bit more modern. Plus it makes the ‘holly jolly’ match! My favorite addition to the mantel is of course our new stockings! We had to get new ones because of our new family member! (stockings, holders, and holly jolly are from Target – trees are all old – ornaments and burlap garland are old from etsy).
What really brings it all together and makes me so perfectly happy with our christmas decor this year, is the bottle brush tree centerpiece I made from items at oriental trading! I’ve craved bottle brush trees for two whole years now, and I finally broke down to get some this year! To make mine I used two of the pine boxes with cardboard (cut from the boxes they came in) to make a stand and white tissue paper (from the boxes they came in) to create the ‘snow’. Easiest centerpiece ever . . .
This weekend I’m having a cookie exchange party, and this will be the perfect table for the cookies to be around! Like a little christmas woodland town full of trees and cookies! What could be better this time of year! Oriental trading also has the perfect cookie boxes for my guests! I chose the paint cans and to be festive I hot glued some cardboard stars on the side! Be sure to check out instagram this weekend for all those details!
*I received some items from Oriental Trading in exchange for this post, but all opinion are my own
Every year I make a new ornament for our tree! The goal is to have it commemorate the big event of the year. I call it the ornament event! Of course, when something big happens I do say out loud ‘is this our ornament event!?’ But this year I knew pretty early on what our ornament event would be. I knew on January 27th – the day I found out I was preggo with baby Jack! So this year I decided to make a diy initial ornament! It’s the first holiday craft for my baby boy, and it was super quick, inexpensive, and easy! Just the way I like it!
What you need:
flowers/decor to accent
hot glue and gun
- First, trace your initial onto your scrapbook paper. Then cut it out.
- Second, use your sponge brush and cover the back and front of paper with mod podge as well as the top of the initial. Then place it perfectly on top.
- Once the mod podge is dry, cut a piece of washi tape to fit where you’d like. Then place it carefully.
- Next up, write a phrase, date, or little diddy on the washi tape!
- Then hot glue your accents in place!
- Finally, cut a piece of string to use as a hook and staple it to the back of the initial.
Jack’s nursery is finally done! I’m always ahead of the game. But not with little man’s room. I had to wait for his blanket to be made! However, it was completely worth it. It is my favorite blanket ever, and my favorite room ever. At first I was a little overwhelmed with what to do in here. Then I rode the peter pan ride at Disney World after 12 weeks of pregnancy. So I decided for that to be the base. However, I didn’t want the whole thing to be peter pan. Since we’re moving early next year I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Finally, I decided to just go with what I felt and not have a major theme. Without further adieu, here’s Jack’s nursery . . .
The room is actually pretty close to my inspiration board! I’m really happy with the small peter pan references. Especially since I never wanted it to go overboard. I went back and forth for a long time on what color crib to get. Most of the wooden furniture in our house is white. There are some stained pieces, but they are mostly accents. I decided to go with the stained for Jacks nursery because he’s a boy. I wanted the room to be a little different than the rest of the house and be obviously for a little boy. The darker crib gives it that old school manly study feel.
I included some not great pictures of his closet. Since his room is shared with our guest bed (tiny house) I really had to use that space wisely. So it includes my craft supplies, the vacuum, and his diaper changing station. Now that he’s getting bigger we’re cloth diapering, and I plan on doing a post about our system including how I store our stash later. Since that dress is all things diapers it also includes his bibs, burp clothes, and extra blankets. So more on that later! Finally, The other dresser is for his clothes that do not need hung up and his accessories like shoes and hats. I can’t wait for him to fit in his shoe collection!
Links for everything is below! If something is not listed, I or someone who loves Jack made it! But I listed most of hose as well just in case! Let me know if I missed something!
rocker – thrift shop
navy pillow – pillow cover I made with clearance fabric at Joann’s
white and gold pillow
hexagon blanket – gramma made it 🙂
bowling pin – thrift shop
wreath – made it
lost boys print (in old frame from Target)
wooden frames – made,
be brave print – made
scrabble canvas – made
arrow canvas – made
peter pan prints
chalkboard – made
basset hound art – picture of Barney the basset hound printed on shutterfly canvas
black dots canvas – made with fabric from Joann’s
black frame (target),
beach baby print (made)
Around our house we make new decor for the front door on all major holidays and for all major seasons. Since birthdays are considered holidays I even make them for those. However, the husband says that’s overboard. But he couldn’t stop me from making some new decor for a NEW birthday! and guess what, We love it most of all! We love it so much that we put it inside. Now, let’s talk about how to make your own.
Roll of cork/sheet foam board
14″ embroidery hoop
10″ embroidery hoop
1/2 yard fabric of choice
White pen or pencil
Instructions for your embroidery hoop wreath:
- First, Lay out hoops on top of cork or your foam board and trace around the outside edges of the hoops with white pen/pencil.
- Then, Cut ring out of cork.
- Repeat same steps with fabric.
- Once that’s done, Use mod podge to adhere fabric to cork ring.
- Then, Hot glue hoops to the edges of fabric/cork ring.
- Finally, Hot glue flowers onto the bottom right section of your wreath
Tips: Once the hoops are glued to the cork ring, you will probably have to trim around the edges of your cork/fabric in order to make it fit right. It was kind of just trial and error for me!
Are you as obsessed with front door decor as I am? Since the door is the first thing everyone sees I think it’s super important to have a good first impression. Maybe if we all join together we can convince the haters front door decor is worth it!
For our new nursery, I wanted to use a lot of what we already had for the decor. We’ll be moving when he’s 5 months old or younger (please pray for us, ha!), so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. But I know who I am as a person. That person has a nursery ready for her son when she’s 8 months pregnant. We’re about 2 weeks away from being 8 months pregnant, and the nursery is almost done (right on schedule). The end result is my favorite room I’ve ever decorated, and I will probably use everything in his room at the new house. My current favorite piece is the 3D arrow art I made about a month ago, and I had to share it with all of you.
Here’s what you’ll need ::
a canvas – any size, but a rectangle shape will probably be better
fabric or paint of your choice to cover canvas
arrows – I got mine here
acrylic paints of your choice – and paint brushes
water and paper towels
burlap string/twine/ribbon of your choice
The how to ::
- Get arrows prepped – Paint your arrows in any random design you like. I wanted mine to be like brother and sister – related, but different. So I kept the same idea and color scheme, but used a different design on each. You will be including your string in the design so remember to think of where you’d like it incorporated.
- Get canvas prepped – While the paint dries, it’s time to get the canvas ready. Mine was an old canvas with an old design that needed covered. I chose to cover it with fabric since it would completely cover the design and do it easily. All I did was wrap the canvas like a gift with the fabric – very tightly, and staple it on the back.
- Attach arrows to canvas – Place your arrows where you want them on the canvas, once they’re dry. Choose 2 to 3 places on each arrow to add string and mark each spot with a small x. Make a small cut with your exacto knife on each x. Loop your string through each hole numerous times and tie together in the back to hold the arrows to the canvas.
That’s it! Now just hang your canvas! I like the idea of arrows for a baby boy (or girl, really) because it makes me think of going your own way, staying true to yourself. That’s definitely something I want to teach my boy. Peter Pan is also a small theme in the nursery and he carried a bow and arrow (among other things). What about you? Anyone else working on nursery crafts?
The nursery is well underway. There is still so much work to do, and my crazy type a self feels like I’m behind schedule already. I have 3.5 months before he’ll be here. I admitted I was crazy. We have a 2 bedroom house right now. Since he’ll be sleeping in a bassinet in our room for the first few months of his life, and we’ll be moving in the first few months of 2017 (he’ll be born in October), we’ve decided to make a combo guest/nursery room.
That room is already a guest room, but I had just thrown all of our random outcasts in there when we moved in – it had no real theme or purpose other than a bed for our guests. But to finish it up was easy. I needed a bed, some decor, and a little table by the bed! I’d loved to have dresser or bigger table for our guests to put their bags on, but that’ll have to be on the list for our new house! All of this was already in the guest room so I just had to bring it all together.
Our entire house and the nursery has lots of blues, greys, greens, and white added in to bring the light so it was easy to feature those colors in this room! I grabbed this duvet insert to give that down comforter feel, but keep it cool since we’re in Florida. I figure I can also easily add a duvet cover to change things up if I ever feel like it. The pillows are from our couch that we don’t use in the living room, but you can find similar ones here. The floral pillow is fabric from Joann’s clearance bin that I made a cover from. Once those things were set, the room was all ready for decoration!
For the wall decor, I made a little gallery wall of old family heirlooms and pictures surrounding this mirror from Target that everyone has. The nightstand I kept it simple. I’ve had the eiffel tower lamp for years – like 15 years. I love it so, so much, and it represents a lifelong dream for me so I’ll never throw it away. You can find similar ones on amazon, but none that are silver.
So there it is! The half guest room of our house! I love the way everything came together and how bright and happy it looks. That is how I want all of our guests to feel when they visit. Anyone else have a guest room/nursery?
Somebody asked me the other day what my nursery inspiration was, and my exact words were “a picture of a basset hound named Barney Fyfe”. And that is 50% true. My best friend surprised me with a picture of her basset hound in a flower crown for Jack’s nursery where it will hold a place of pride until Jack tells me to throw it away. And then it will move to a place of pride in another room of my choosing. Bernard as I call him is my favorite dog on the face of the planet even though he bruises my legs terribly every time I see him. It’s part of his charm – that and the fact that he does not listen.
The other half of the inspiration for the nursery comes from a trip to Disney I took while 12 weeks pregnant. Our first ride that day was Peter Pan and inspiration struck. That also happens to be one of the rides that I can hold him on while he’s an infant so it will be his first ride in the womb and out of the womb. My friend Liz and I will probably ride it twice together so we can both hold him once while riding. That’s how we roll. I don’t want to go overboard with the Peter Pan, and his nursery will need to be a guest room for the first few months of his life. Then we’ll move and he’ll get a whole new room! Ha! So the overall theme is just modern rustic with blues, greys, hints of green, a little Peter pan, and Barney Fyfe thrown in. I promise it’ll all make sense when it’s done. But until then here’s the main pieces I have my eye on.
crib . rug . rocker . dresser . quilt . peter pan print
What are your must haves for a nursery?
First of all, and very important . . . if your name is Emma, you know me personally, and you are graduating from high school this year STOP READING! No seriously, stop reading. I’ll tell you all about it later.
And now . . . I can’t believe that I have another nephew graduating from high school. If they could all just stop aging that’d be fine by me. But another will graduate in just a few days along with his darling girlfriend. He’s a boy so he just gets a boring check or maybe a gift card I haven’t decided yet. But his girlfriend gets something a little more special. So I made her a gift card booklet! Here’s the how to . . .
2 pieces of scrapbook/construction/card stock paper
embellishments for front
Fold first piece of paper in half and glue all sides together
take half sheet and fold in thirds – make sure all edges are crisply folded
cut second sheet into 3 or 4 (3″ x8″) sheets
fold the bottom 3 inches of each sheet up to make a pocket. glue it on the inside ‘sides’ of the card.
glue the corners of the pocket together – so that’ll it hold the gift card – and repeat until finished. be sure to only glue pockets to the inside ‘sides so the outside resembles a card.
Once all your pockets are glued on and ready for their gift cards, decorate the front with any embellishments you want and add the gift cards to their pockets!
All done! What’s your go to graduation gift?