Sunday, March 18, 2012

Nursery Room Reveal

At last, here is Isabel's lonnnnng awaited Nursery Room reveal...

Isabel is still sleeping in our room in a portable crib, but once she starts sleeping through the night more regularly, we plan to move her to her room. I have to confess I am a weeeee bit nervous about this move. Will I hear her wake up in the morning or night before she reaches full melt down and needs a bottle pronto? We have a baby monitor of course, but still. I'm a new mom, so I can't help but worry about these things :)

Here is her room as you enter it from the door. I kept the walls the same blue they were when the room was the guest bedroom, and added punches of pink, aqua, green, yellow and orange through accessories.

Another view of the room through the mirrored closet doors. My husband was holding her the other day up to the mirrored doors and Isabel was checking herself out. It was rather cute!

Crib and rocker/ottoman was purchased from Pottery Barn, and the aqua Chevron rug (yes, I too have caught the Chevron bug!) was purchased from Urban Outfitters.

Here's a close-up of the fabric hoops I made. And here again is the tutorial. I realize that once Isabel learns to stand up in her crib I will either need to relocate the hoops or hang them much, much higher!

Across from the crib is her dresser. The dresser once belonged to my father inlaw, and then was in my husband's room growing up, so I decided to not paint it but instead dressed it up with some acrylic knobs from Target.

Above the dresser I spray painted some frames blue, pink and yellow, and created art I found on Pinterest. (with the exception of the cream frame - that was purchased at a furniture store many moons ago)

'LOVE' was created using scrapbook paper from my stash.

'Each Day I Love You More' was created using chipboard letters,which I painted white and pink.
(excuse the glare)

'Butterflies' was created with a Martha Stewart butterfly punch, dictionary pages, and Close To My Heart pearl drops.
(again, please excuse the glare)

To the right of the dresser are some shadow boxes that I purchased at Kohl's and then created fabric covered backs for (again inspired by good old Pinterest!). I used the same fabric I used on the hoops above the crib.

Below is the bookcase my husband built back in high school and which I chose to spray paint pink and repurpose as a changing table. I purchased the changing pad cover after I had painted the bookcase, and it coincidentally was the same shade of pink! With what basic sewing skills I do have, I sewed a curtain to hide the lower shelves and all that they store.

I found this floor lamp at Target and covered the plain jane lamp shade with some leftover green and white polka dot fabric and added pom pom trim that I purchased on Etsy.

Pom poms! (Did I ever tell you that I was a cheerleader back in 8th grade? Well, I was.) I purchased these 7 tissue pom poms on Etsy and hung them with fishing line to the ceiling above the rocker.

I plucked this fun gold frame from the bargain bin at my local craft store and painted the glass with chalk board paint. Voila! A tres chic chalk board for whatever quote my heart desires. Currently the quote is "You are the one and only ever you" from the book 'On The Night You Were Born". I just love this quote.

My mother gave me this print as a gift for Isabel's nursery. She remembers it hanging in her grandparents home when she was a little girl.

And here is probably my favorite part of her room. The book ledges! My ever so talented (and handsome) husband built and hung these right before Isabel was born. She has quite the book collection already!

Because the top ledge is so high, and both Isabel and I would need a ladder to retrieve a book from the top ledge (unless of course we raise a little monkey who decides to climb!), I made these fabric READ letters to remind little Miss Isabel to read. My next post will be a DIY on how I created these fun letters.

So there it is. Isabel's Nursery Room at last. I hope it was worth the wait :)


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Isabel's Birth Announcement

Greetings from mommyhood! 
I had not intended to neglect my blog for so long, but being a new mom, I was not prepared for a lot of things.
Like how little sleep I would be required to function on.
Or how some days I would still be in my pj's with wild hair and unbrushed teeth well into the afternoon.
And that I would find myself making up songs, even singing commercial jingles, to entertain the baby.
Or how a simple little smile from Isabel would send my heart soaring.
Being a mommy has changed my life in so many ways. 
I did not know it was possible to love someone as much as I love her.

I finally got around to taking photos for Isabel's birth announcement. I had meant to take them much earlier but didn't get around to it until she was 10 weeks. And I'm kinda glad I had waited because as you can tell from the photos she was alert and smiling and so fun to take pictures of.

Upcoming posts...

Nursery Reveal (finally!)
DIY Fabric Covered Letters
Valentines Collage (better late than never!)

I return to work on April 2nd and should be able to resume to normal blogging again since I will be able to post on my lunch break without the interruption of little-miss-cutie-patootie!

I hope all is well with you my dear readers. I have missed you so!



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