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DIY Nursery Art: BOYS WILL BE BOYS sign

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Another kid-related post today. One of these days, I will be making the shift over to some holiday goodies! I seriously can’t wait to start bedazzling the house with Christmas sparkle and spreading holiday cheer!

But first, shame on me. After I shared Simon’s Nursery reveal and several other DIY nursery projects, I failed to post about one in particular. The one that so many of you have emailed me about.

The “BOYS WILL BE BOYS” sign on his pegboard gallery wall

I am sorry! I never got around to posting about it mainly because I never took any pictures while I was making it. #badblogger Baby boy nursery | nursery pegboard gallery wall | diy nursery decor | navy green gray nursery | nursery inspiration | This is our BlissToday, I will give you the bare bones tutorial on how I created it. Please forgive me, but this isn’t going to be one of my most detailed posts to-date!
Nursery word art - Etsy printable - navy lime aqua - gallery wall - pegboard gallery wall - This is our BlissWhile selecting the pieces that were going to make up the pegboard, I knew I wanted to use some word art because I love it so. I made this nursery word art piece and framed it, and had a few other frames already purchased, so just needed to figure out what was going to go in them.
Nursery pegboard gallery wall - round frames with fabric - thrifted frames - this is our blissI opted to frame up some fabric pieces that matched his bedding in my thrifted round plate holders…and had set aside another frame to put a picture in (I later went with the one of our hospital bracelets)…
Little boy nursery pegboard gallery wall - DIY nursery decor - navy green & gray - This is our Bliss 6I had recently finished up the mustache shadow box and bought the IKEA basket and rail, but I still needed something else…something bigger – a focal point. I didn’t want just another frame, so when I found a large, rectangular piece of white cardboard – an idea formed!
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The cardboard was unique in that it sort of had a lip, which made it almost 3-D. I used my Silhouette Cameo to design “BOYS WILL BE BOYS” and once I had the sizing determined, I did a trial run with plain paper so I could check out spacing on the sign. After I had the size of the font where I wanted it, I had it cut the letters out on navy blue cardstock paper.
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That was it! When it came time to hang it on the pegboard, I placed 2 pegboard hooks on the pegboard evenly spaced apart, then held the sign up. Once I had the sign centered across the 2 hooks, I poked the hooks through the back of the sign (while still hooked to the pegboard) to ensure the holes were properly placed.

There you have it!
boys will be boys printable - nursery word art printable - This is our BlissSince my directions are a little bit…well, sub-par, I have another option for you! I received several inquiries for a “Boys will be Boys” printable in my etsy shop, so I recently created one in a similar font to the sign on Simon’s pegboard – you can check it out here! (Please note: The gray brick is just a background and not part of the actual printable)

This instant download printable is formatted to be printed and cut down to an 8″x10″ or you can leave it as-is on the 8.5″x11″ paper. I recommend using cardstock paper to print and even taking the PDF file to your local copy or print shop. FedEx kinkos charges $1.50 for colored printing on white cardstock paper. Just a thought if you aren’t into this DIY idea with cardboard! Another great option would be to create a wood sign with a stencil or Silhouette Cameo or other die cutting tool, like a Cricut cutting machine.

Give it a shot! You might surprise yourself. I didn’t know what I was doing before I received my Cameo for Christmas, but after a some pinterest research browsing and reading up on the instruction manual, I figured it out! Add it to your wish list, you will love it!

If you have any questions at all, please leave me a note in the comments section below. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you will come right on back here tomorrow! I am sharing the details on the 3 stacked frame gallery wall in our playroom!

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Nursery Closet Details: Part 2 [Accessories + Labels]

Ready for more details on this bright and bold little boy nursery closet?! I am sharing all the scoop today, so now that you know how we built the main components of the closet – the shelves, the drawers, the rods, etc., you can see how its organized!

Below, you can view more photos, sources [+ a couple new ones], and a tiny bit more DIY instruction, so LET’S GO!

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These “milk crates” are from Target, but are no longer available. The labels are simply printed on patterned scrapbook paper, cut out, laminated using this one here and then attached with a small 1 inch square of Velcro.

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Unfortunately, these plastic tubs from Target are no longer available either! The labels were made by printing on white cardstock, punching out the circle with a large, round paper punch (2″ punch I believe) from Michaels, laminated and then clipped on with small decorative clothespins, also from Michaels.

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(man I love that thing!) and I did it the exact same way as the DIY holiday art I created last year. This was inspired by a piece I saw on minted and wanted to give it a shot on my own!

Nursery closet details - DIY nursery closet - accessories and labels - This is our Bliss - navy green and grayI just loved this little decorative navy & white suitcase when I spotted it and once I got it home, it just so happened to fit just right on the shelf. The custom birth stats board was a gift from my aunt who also gave one to Henry when he was born. Love them so 🙂

Nursery closet details - DIY nursery closet - accessories and labels - navy striped bin - This is our Bliss - navy green and grayOnce again, this navy striped plastic bin was a Target find! I have 2 of them, one for Holiday gear and the other for extras. The holiday gear bin has come in handy – once each holiday is over, I washed the pj’s & outfits for the last time and packed them away in here. When Halloween rolled around this year, I hated digging through the clothing bins looking for something I was just sure Henry wore in a size ____, but it was actually a size ___. Now, I have it all right here, to pull out for upcoming holidays for Simon to sport or for future baby #3. my FAVORITE labels worked great on the bins and the pull-out drawers.

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The personalized “Simon” burp cloth above was a gift from embroider moore. She is THEE sweetest gal and has created THEE cutest gifts for so many of my friends’ babies. You must check her out! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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In order to keep Simon’s clothes in size order, I knew I wanted clothing rod labels, but couldn’t seem to find any that matched or that I liked. I decided to purchase plain white clothing dividers and make my own. I found this digital scrapbook paper on etsy, and after purchasing them, I had the files printed at FedEx / kinkos. I selected which prints I wanted to use for my labels and then traced the outline of the divider on the paper. Next, I cut along my lines, placed the cut-out paper on the divider and then applied mod podge with a foam brush. After I let it sit for 24 hours, I created a label with my label maker, using clear label tape and then pressed it on the front of the divider.

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Oh and I almost forgot to mention, the most popular question lately seems to be, “Where is the shoe cubby / organizer in the right-hand corner from?” The one thing I realized I didn’t include in the source list from the reveal! It was actually mine from years ago. When we had a custom closet installed in our master closet a couple of years ago, we moved this cubby to the hall closet where it lived temporarily. While working on the nursery, I decided I needed something to stick in the corner of the closet that would provide some function, so there it went. It just so happened to fit perfectly in that space and now is the home for his itty bitty shoe collection, compliments of big brother, Henry 🙂

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I think [and hope] I covered it all from top to bottom. If I did miss something, please feel free to email me for more information. I said this before, but I will say it again, I am a firm believer in the ability to keep a space neat and tidy if everything in it has a home. Labels help, too, but most importantly, when the room or closet is in disarray, I take 5 minutes to put all strewn about items back where they belong. Everything has a spot, otherwise things would get haphazardly shoved from drawer to drawer or shelf to shelf and I would never find anything. Trust me. That happens in other places in our house, but not in here!

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you back here next week! Thanks for reading and goodnight!

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Nursery Closet Details: Part I [DIY shelves + drawers + rods]

As my blog’s traffic has started to increase, so have the number of emails I receive. Although it is coming up on one year since I revealed Simon’s Nursery, it is still by far, the main attraction. The Pegboard Gallery wall and the nursery closet have created most of the buzz, thanks to Pinterest and a feature at IHeart Organizing last month. Both sites have really given my blog a boost and I am so very thankful.
The readers I hear from sometimes write in with super sweet notes telling me how his nursery is the inspiration for their soon-to-be little one’s sleeping quarters. Talk about humbling! Many other readers have questions about something they have seen and need more information and quite often, it is pertaining to the closet details…

…”How did you hang your large shelves?” “Where did you find that shoe storage organizer on the bottom right?!” “Do you still like the PAX unit today?”…

After realizing I probably need to get some more info out there, I decided it might be a good idea to revisit the closet in a 2 (possibly 3) part mini series, where I will dish on some of the closet components – How we painted it, installed the DIY closet system and the deets on the accessories and labels. I do my very best to reply back to the emails in a timely fashion and I DO love hearing from all of you, but I am hoping to cover enough content in this series so you all don’t have to go searching everywhere, scouring all of my posts and then end up having to email me because you can’t find something. My apologies!

Let’s start from the beginning. Here is what the closet looked like before:

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The first thing we did was empty the closet and remove the old wire shelving. The next step was patching the screw holes in the drywall. We waited 24 hours and then sanded down the patches to try to create a flat, smooth surface for painting.

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Oh and then we removed the doors in hopes that the closet would come out looking so good we wouldn’t need to hide anything away! Next, we tested a couple of paint samples and then selected “Can’t Miss Lime” by Valspar and applied 2 coats.

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The entire closet was built around the IKEA PAX Wardrobe frame. What we loved about the PAX system is the ability to pick and choose what interior organizers would work best for our needs. I knew I wanted to store bibs, burp cloths, swaddle blankets, etc. in the closet and then have shelving for storage bins and decorative accessories, too. The frame size we chose is the 19 5/8″ x 13 3/4″ x 93 1/8″ and we purchased 4 KOMPLEMENT drawers and 3 KOMPLEMENT shelves to fit inside the frame.

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After this middle unit was assembled and installed, we built out to the left & right of it. We determined we wanted 4 shelves (longer version of IKEA KOMPLEMENT shelves) and 4 clothing rods outside of the middle unit, so we needed support blocks to hold them securely in place. We bought 1″ x 3.5″ pieces of plywood and cut them down to measure 23 1/4″ long. They were painted to match the walls and then were drilled into the sides of the closet – 2 on the left and 2 on the right.

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We purchased the 39 3/8″ x 13 3/4″ shelves which we cut down to be 35″ in length. These shelves rest on top of the plywood support blocks on the “wall” side and on the frame side, we inserted the white clip / pegs that came with the shelves, which fit into the pre-cut holes on the underside of the shelf. Then we drilled the screw into the outer side of the frame.

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The clothing bars are actually 1″ dowel rods from Lowes which we spray painted white and cut down to fit in between the side of the PAX frame and the wall itself. They are held up by these rod holders, which we drilled into the frame and support blocks on the wall.

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This is what it looked like after all of the parts were assembled and installed.

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After the main components / foundation of the closet was successfully assembled and installed, then the fun began. Since the “after” has already been revealed in other posts, I will leave you with some shots of the closet in all of its bright & cheery glory.

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If you have any questions or comments, please leave me a note! I do have to say, Simon’s closet, our recently spruced up linen closet and our pantry are the only three closets that actually stay clean & organized.

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It might have something to do with the fact I put forth the time and effort on the front-end to purge, design, create and organize the space, so I know just how it is supposed to look like when it is in tip-top shape. So even if it does get a little messy, it is a quick fix to get it back to an eye-pleasing and organized state. Give it a try. You’ll be surprised how a little bit of work in an itty bitty space can make such a big impact.

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Part 2 of the Nursery Closet Details mini series focuses on the organization & labels you see in the photos above. Every little thing has a home [and a label :)] and that’s just the way I like it.

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Have you tackled any closets lately? What are your tips and tricks for keeping them neat & tidy?

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This is our Bliss @ IHeart Organizing

Hello! Today is an incredibly exciting day for me! Simon’s Nursery is being featured over at IHeart Organizing as a part of the “Reader Space” series, where Jen Jones features a particular reader’s project in a Q & A format and shares several “feature” photos.

Jen is without a doubt, the DIY & organizational QUEEN and I am so humbled and honored that she reached out to me about Simon’s Nursery. I honestly did a double-take when I first saw her email pop up in my inbox 🙂 She is one of the super talented gals who inspired me to take the leap and actually start blogging in the first place! All I can say is, WOW. Major WOW.

If you are visiting today from IHeart Organizing, welcome! I am so glad you stopped by. Please stay awhile and have a look around! There are plenty of nursery goodies to check out, but if you are looking for other ideas & DIY projects, take a peek here!

If you are in the midst of a nursery project and looking for a little inspiration, then you are in luck!

Here are the links to all of my Nursery DIY projects + photos.

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DIY Silver Dinosaurs
DIY Curtains from bedsheets
A to Z Bookends
DIY Lampshade
Nursery Mobile

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Mustache Shadowbox
“S” Marquee

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Nursery Closet Makeover
DIY Nursery Closet Part I
DIY Nursery Closet Part II

Looking for more?! You can check out additional kid-friendly space ideas from some of my Playroom projects here.

DIY Playroom Reading Nook + no sew Bench seat cushion + DIY shelves

Thank you for hanging out over here today! Tomorrow I will be sharing the Linen Closet Reveal so be sure to pop in for a visit. If today was your first time here, I sincerely hope you will come back again!

I would love to hang out more often, so be sure to follow This is our Bliss on social media and also, sign up to follow along by email. You can receive new posts delivered straight to your inbox!

   

Thanks again and have a great day 🙂

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WOW, Pinners! Thank you!

Just a quick pop in today to say thank you to all of my new (and old) Pinterest Followers! My most popular pin http://www.pinterest.com/pin/145804106661211627/ just hit 1,000 repins over the weekend.  When I wrote the pegboard post, I was excited to be nearing 100. So incredible! #letsgoviral

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Simon’s nursery was by far, the biggest transformation of any room in our whole house to-date.

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I put a ton of TLC into each and every detail starting with the design, planning, shopping and all throughout the DIY projects. I can’t forget to mention, Ted, my dad & father-in-law shed some blood, sweat and tears in there, too! Our little man now sleeps well in his crib and typically wakes up pretty darn happy. When we spend time in his room, I feel proud of my work, but above all, I feel lucky. It is a privilege each and every day to be able to hold him, rock him and play with him. The most important thing is for him to feel safe and loved in that space and I strongly believe we accomplished just that.

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Thanks for pinning and re-pinning and especially for visiting This is our Bliss. I love hearing from you and I appreciate all of you who have reached out via email with questions or sweet comments and to those who have left replies on my posts, I have done my best to get back to you with answers to your questions, too!

If you are decorating a nursery or just like a simple craft every now and then, please come back and visit. Hopefully you leave here with a little inspiration!

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Nursery Word Art

Hello!!

If you are new to This is our Bliss, welcome! I am so glad you have stopped by!

Many readers have been very interested in the Nursery Word Art that is framed on the Pegboard Gallery Wall in Simon’s Nursery. I originally created this Nursery word art piece because I loved they saying, but couldn’t find it just the way I envisioned it – with his precise colors and all. So, what does any true DIY’er do? Make it herself, I suppose!

You can visit my new etsy shop, where the word art is available and customizable, too!

If you are looking for cute & inexpensive art to adorn a gallery wall (aren’t we all?!) in a little one’s nursery, then you have come to the right place.  Whether you are creating a nursery gallery wall for one of your own children or seeking a baby gift for a new mom or mom-to-be.

It is formatted to fit inside an 8″ x 10″ frame or a larger frame with a mat fit for an 8″  x 10″ photo. I had mine printed at the local FedEx/Kinkos for $1.50 on white cardstock and then placed it behind a mat in a white 11″ x 14″ frame. Then I hung it on the pegboard using one a hook from this set.

This pegboard book set is also a great option for hanging a variety of things on a pegboard wall too!
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Click here for the rest of my DIY projects from the nursery and here for all other DIY projects!

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See you back here soon! As always, thank you so so much for reading.

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Nursery Project: Pegboard Gallery Wall

Hello! So I mentioned last week that I am working on some plans for our little playroom just off the family room.  I spent a couple hours last week going through toys – sorting them, pitching them, searching for them.  Lets just say we needed to do some organizing in there or I was going to lose my mind!  I know it is not going to be a room that stays clean, but as long as everything in it has a home, it will eventually make it back there someday 🙂 Along with some organizational strategizing, I began to do some decorative strategizing!  A shelf we had in the room with some art and books on it…well… came crashing down a couple of weeks ago and I am not going to be putting the shelf back up.  In its place, I am thinking I will put together a little gallery wall with a mix of art, photos and typography.  While pondering the design today, it got me thinking… I have had quite a few people ask me about the pegboard gallery wall I did in Simon’s nursery and I never really did a follow-up post with the deets, so thought it might be a good idea to revisit the nursery and give everyone some info on one of my favorite walls in the house.

The photo of this wall has been my most popular pin on Pinterest so far!

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So, here we go…

I first went to Lowes & picked up a 4′ x 4′ pegboard.  I think it was about $8. I also bought a small foam roller and a few paint samples.  I went with shades of dark gray to test out.

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I ended up mixing all 3 of the paints together until I got the color I was aiming for.  It took about 3 – 4 coats of paint for complete coverage.

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Next we cut 2 pieces of plywood (1″ x 4″) and laid them across the back horizontally.  We placed a couple of screws in each piece of wood to secure them to the pegboard.  We then measured our wall, found our studs and marked the wall where we wanted to drill.  We were able to drill into the plywood pieces from the front with long extra long screws, enter the wall and catch the stud.  The plywood allowed us to secure the pegboard firmly to the wall and also act as a spacer between the pegboard and the wall in order to be able to hang things on it from the front.

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We used screws to hang the Bygel rail & basket and we placed them so they hit the lower piece of plywood. Everything else was hung with pegboard hooks (see link in source list below)

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There it is!  We hung the pegboard on the wall before attaching any of the frames, etc.  I am not one to lay out my frames on the floor beforehand and I definitely don’t take the time to trace out the frames and tape them on the wall in order to determine my placement.  I guess you could say I just wing it.  I need to get better about my planning when nailing into the wall, but the nice thing about working with a pegboard as your backdrop is you don’t have to worry about random nail holes in the wall! Not that I ever put 2 or 3 holes behind each picture before I get it where I want it or anything 🙂

Here is my source list from the original nursery post:

 

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S is for Simon {DIY Marquee Letter}

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to read and especially to those who took the time to comment on Simon’s Nursery Reveal post.  The response was huge for me and my little ol’ blog!  I am having such a great time working on our home and now being able to share it with and hopefully inspire others, has made what I do even sweeter.  My next few posts will feature some of the DIY nursery projects that were not posted prior to the reveal.  Today I am going to share the grand “S” Marquee light project.  It was something I saw on Pinterest months ago and just knew I had to have a bright & shining S hanging in the nursery.

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 Here is what we started with:

 22.5 inch Paper Mache Letter “S” – Hobby Lobby

Set of Globe Lights (25 count) – Target

Can of metallic silver spray paint

6 ft. indoor extension cord – Target

Here is what we did:

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Removed backing…it just peeled/ripped off at the creases

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I measured the inside of the “S” and divided the measurement by 25 to determine the placement of each of the 25 bulbs.  It was approximately 1.25 inches, so I marked a small circle every 1.25 inches along the inside of the “S” to indicate to my husband where to drill out a circle to fit each bulb.  The drilling part was definitely trial & error.  He had to go back and increase the circle size on a few holes to fit the light.  There was no science to this part whatsoever!

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Next, I gave the “S” several coats of metallic silver spray paint.  It instantly transformed the cardboard / paper mache look to a metal look.  The metallic sheen helped to hide some of the imperfections from the drilling.

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Then, I removed the globe off of the light bulb & poked it through the “S” from the back.  After it was pushed through, I screwed the globe back on to secure it to the “S”.  I wove the light string throughout the inside of the letter, by using the clips on the back of each bulb to hold the string in place.  Again, there was no science to this part.  I basically just tried to keep the strand concealed and tight within the “S”.

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Lastly, we connected a white extension cord to the end of the light strand and plugged it into the wall to test out.  Each bulb was working properly, so we held it up on the wall where we wanted it placed and then attached the blue shelf to the wall with the white cord running down the wall behind it.

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We tacked  1 nail at the top of the “S” and 1 nail in the middle to secure it to the wall a bit better.

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And finally…

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A perfectly lit little “S” for my little Simon 🙂

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Striped curtains | Nursery closet | lampshade | Mustache shadow box | A to Z bookends | Silver Dinosaurs | Nursery Mobile

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed this little project!

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Simon’s Nursery Reveal [A Bright & Bold Room for Baby #2]

Now that Simon has arrived and I have finished taking pictures of the nursery, I am finally ready to show you!

If you’ve been reading over here then you know I have been working on this room for months… back in March I was creating the ever-evolving, never-ending checklist which I am proud to say is completed and I couldn’t be happier with how the room turned out. Simon will be sleeping in a bassinet in our room for awhile, but having the room done & ready is such a good feeling.
We change him on the changing pad in his room throughout the night… & T and I have both sat in the glider to rock him to sleep… His little outfits are hung up in the closet & folded in the drawers…And the art and photos are hanging [untouched for now!] on his cute little pegboard gallery wall.
It is definitely a happy place for us (and Simon, too, I hope)! Continue reading

Mama’s Day Recap & the Nursery Mobile :)

I am pretty sure my heart is still swollen & my cheeks still sore from smiling and laughing. I had such an awesome weekend. Saturday, we bought & planted flowers, shopped for patio furniture, went out to lunch, met friends for dinner and then ended the night listening to music out on the deck eating ice cream (me), while he had a drink :). Sunday was Starbucks in bed, coffee outside and an amazing beverage tub filled with presents & goodies. Ted then surprised me with Mother’s Day brunch reservations, insisted I take a post-meal nap and then picked up my favorite pizza for dinner. I realize I am very preggo, so the fact that I am extremely hormonal & emotional goes without saying, but he made me feel so incredibly special this Mother’s Day. He does an amazing job of thanking me regularly for all I do and telling me how lucky he is, but hearing those things really struck a chord yesterday. I also realized it was my last Mother’s Day as a “Mom of 1″…Sigh… #pampered #thankful #sappy #tearsofjoy haha! That pretty much sums it up.

Yesterday at Brunch

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 Mother’s Day 2013… my very first…

{My mom, Henry & Me}

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I wasn’t able to spend the weekend with my own mom, but was lucky enough to have her here for a couple of days last week and my mother-in-law was here for a night last week as well. They are both amazing women and I am very fortunate to have them in my life.  Henry and BBB#2 are 2 lucky little boys to have such a wonderful Mimi and GG too.

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My Mom (left), me, Henry & my Mother-in-law (right) taken in AZ, February 2014

Now for this so-called DIY Nursery Mobile I have been talking about & promising to post for weeks now!  It is done AND hung, so I am ready to show you 🙂

I started with the following:

  • 2 sheets each of  gray, navy, lime green & aqua 12″x12″ scrapbook paper
  • a 2″ round paper punch
  • clear thread / fishing line
  • craft glue
  • small round mirror discs (various sizes)
  • 9″ embroidery hoop (inside hoop only)
  • white craft paint
  • ceiling mount hook (outdoor hanging plant hook painted white)
  • *** All supplies were purchased at Michaels except the hook which I had

I will let the pictures do most of the talking for this tutorial…

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I basically did alternating strands of colors and number of circles and sizes of mirrors.  I chose to do 3 circles, then a large mirror, then 2 circles and a medium mirror.  The next strand was 2 circles, a large mirror, 2 circles, a large mirror, 2 circles and a small mirror at the bottom.  I am not sure if this makes sense, but it was a random decision, so I just went with it!  I was able to cut approximately 30 circles per 12″x12″ sheet of paper and since I cut 60 of each color, I had plenty left over.  Each circle was doubled up since I glued the clear strands between 2 circles.   There were 3 strands of each of the 4 colors evenly spaced & tied around the embroidery hoop.  I tied 4 strands from the top of the hoop together in a knot and then made another 3 inch loop above it.  This is the loop that was hung from the ceiling hook.  We hung it just above the side rail of the crib, so it is not directly over the mattress or crib itself.  I think he’ll have a pretty good view, especially with the shiny, sparkly mirrors.  Those will most definitely catch his little eyes 🙂

There are so many DIY Mobile tutorials on Pinterest and the internet.  I browsed several and then combined techniques to come up with my design.  Some people do different colored circles on each strand or varying shades of one color for the ombre´ look. Others do all strands the same length (mine varied slightly)…If you decide to make one of these, the possibilities are endless.  I also realized it doesn’t have to be perfect because it gently sways/twirls/spins from the ceiling so flaws are easy to hide…my kind of project.

I hope to see you back here again soon!

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