Friday, February 6, 2015

High 5 for Friday!

1. I sewed up some of my last projects for the new baby's arrival!

2. I spent lots of time with the cutie! 

3. We safely made it to Jackson and back from my 36 week appt! So thankful for a safe, reliable vehicle!

4. James was napping and we had a few minutes to burn before the appt so we took a short drive on the national elk refuge! We saw elk, deer, big horn sheep and antelope in a matter of minutes!

5. We ate way too many red velvet

Happy Friday!! 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

A nursery for Miss H!

As I set out on the journey of creating a nursery for a little girl, I knew I wanted it to be feminine, but not pink everywhere you set your eyes. 

James' nursery was tan, aqua and red. The reds were in the curtains, changing table and rocking chair. If you have ever painted a changing table, you know why Miss H has red in her room, too! haha

The rocker now lives in our church nursery, but the changing table and curtains are still in our home. When I decorated James' Big Boy Room I tossed around the idea of keeping his red curtains vs. buying new ones. (We use blackout curtains in the kid's rooms, so it was just deciding which kid got the new ones.) In the end, I decided that since the changing table, which obviously goes in the nursery, is bright red, the red was going to be for Miss H, and James would get new ones! 

We were given two La-Z-Boy recliners when we moved to WY, so I put one in the nursery. I think it will be much more comfortable than the rocker was that I used when James was a bitty baby.

We hung these shelves above the changing table because baskets are no longer organized, enter two year old boy! The shelves have my books, burp clothes, headbands, diapers for both kids and extra wipes. Everything is in my reach and out of James!

If I was a better seamstress, I would tell you how I made this crib skirt, but I winged it... and it's not worth anyone every doing it the way I did! I love it, though, and all it's ruffly goodness!

I made this mobile, too. I went to our local thrift store and bought all of the coordinating bias tape, ribbon and lace I could get my hands on, as well as an embroidery ring.  I just tied them all on and cut the ends to the length I wanted. I think it turned out great, we will see if she likes it or if I end up with a store bought one that spins and plays music!

Some of you may remember this teething bumper I made for James. He gnawed the crib to slivers... so I covered it up... and then he destroyed the teething bumper, too. He tore out all of the batting I put on the back. This time around, I reused the whole thing, I just added new batting, a backing piece of fabric to keep little fingers away from the stuffing and sewed on new ties!

(Yes, the vacuum lives in the nursery.)

"Sissy's" room has become a favorite hang out...

The bins in the closet house onsies, pants, misc baby things and all the different wraps and carriers I have. 

Thats it! I adore this room. It is feminine, yet classy and vibrant! 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Week 4 : Entry or Foyer

Hi All!

Sorry for my silence lately, I ended up having the opportunity to go spend some time in Las Vegas with my family last week, and jumped on a plane to the desert! It was wonderful to spend some time with my mom, aunt and great grandma!

That being said.. I did not get my pantry organized. I hope you spruced yours up a bit, even though I didn't.

And on the note of me not getting stuff done, I'de like to share my expectations for the next month! I am due on March 2nd. I plan to keep up with the challenge until then (which completes the 7 weeks) but if the baby decides to come early, the challenge will go out the window!

I imagine I will be blogging more once she arrives as I will want to share her cute little face with everyone, but we will see! :)

Ok enough house keeping, here is out entry way!

When we moved in there was a big white door on the basement steps which made it feel so tight and dark. Most people who had been in the home didn't even know the house HAD a basement! After that door was removed, we put up a swing baby gate. We got this one at WalMart and plan on staining it to match the house at some point!

We think that when the home was built, the hallway was an open entry to the living room, but we aren't positive. Now that there is doorway, however, the hall was SO dark! We wired in a new light in the ceiling and now its nice a bright! (Once I get my screen door, I can just feel the cool summer breeze sweeping down the hall!!)

I put hooks all along the wall for coats. This isn't ideal as it can easily look messy and cluttered, but we need practical and there is not front closet. I put a lower set for the kiddos and and higher set for jimmy and I. We also have some hooks in the corner that we try to keep clear for guests!

I found this old bench in the garage! I plan to paint it... but I love that James has somewhere to sit while I put his shoes and jacket on.

With the coats taking up one side of the hall, I thought a gallery wall would be fun for the opposite wall... I tossed around alot of ideas and after looking through what wall decor I had left laying around, discovered basically EVERYTHING had print on it.. it was like reading a novel just to get inside... not quite what I wanted.

At this same time, James started coloring...I know some people think "he isn't even two...its random scribbles..." but I just love them! I know, I know I'm his momma and its my job, but I want to enjoy every step and I want to encourage him! So I decided to do a "rotating gallery" this will be where I put his and eventually his sisters art. I think it's a fun way to showcase his latest work without cluttering up my fridge.

Next was figuring out HOW to do it. I like the clean lines of frames, I like the versatility for clothes pins or clips on a wires.. off it Pinterest!

The last photo seems so elegant... but would require staining, cutting, etc...

The third photo is nice and clean, but I wasn't sure I wanted THAT many on the wall, or something that permenant...

Photo two looks easy to change out pieces and could fit pieces of every shape and size, but it looks messy...

and the first photo...well it has both the clean lines of frames and the versatility of clips!

Off to the garage I go to see what we have laying around to complete the task..

I ended up having a TON of frames laying around, alot without glass, which was perfect for the project. I ended up going with photo #1's idea...

I love it! 

Jimmy got me the decal for Christmas and It greets guests immediately after they enter our home.

This room serves us well, it makes a a nice barrier to the cold air when someone opens the front door, provides jacket storage, a gallery and also give our pups somewhere to sleep! We lock them in here at night (they have a nice comfy bed hiding behind the door!) that way they can play, stretch out and still not be all over the house like the crazy puppies they are! :) 

The only things I hope to do at this point is paint the bench & figure out some shelving somewhere to keep leashes, gloves, mittens etc. But for now, its perfect and does it's job!