Nursery

Found Objects: “Call Me Ishmael” Bookends

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I found these vintage children’s bookends in a box of paraphernalia that came from my grandmother’s house.  I fell in love with their little mischievous faces.  I also find it hilarious that their boat is named “Pequod,” which is the name of Ishmael’s boat in _Moby Dick_ that tragically sinks and leaves Ishmael the only survivor.  So I guess these guys must be Ishmaels.  True to their name, they have survived culling; I have saved them and given them a home on the bookshelf in Baby T’s room.  Which, incidentally, is starting to come together.  I love it when I find little gems like my Ishmaels.

 

 

March 4, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: For the Home, Found Objects, Nursery | Tags: ,

A Peek at Little B’s Room

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After sharing Baby T’s room, I thought it would be fun to show you B’s room also. It’s all about vibrant, playful patterns, and of course, handmade details.

As in T’s nursery, I deviated from my white-walls-only policy and, at the risk of being cliche’, chose pink for the wall color.  I wanted the palest shade of pink I could find, and I have ended up really liking it; it’s so pale it reads neutral and allows the vibrant colors and patterns to pop, but adds just a fluttery hint of extra femininity to the room.

 

Many of the elements from her original San Francisco nursery (also here) have made it to her new room in Texas, and are right at home in their new setting — the framed prints by Erin, my grandmother’s needlepoint footstool, my handmade crochet heart bunting, the vintage bird prints, and the lantern/pom installation, to name a few.  But I’ve added and re-purposed some elements as well.  One new item is the ubiquitous Expedit shelf unit, which makes for great toy storage.

The dresser was my own childhood dresser.  A basket on top makes for a convenient place to keep shoes (keeping them out of toddler reach means they are strewn about less of the time. The map of SF was  gift from my aunt; I framed it and gave it a home here because B is our San Francisco baby.

The rug is a family heirloom that belonged to my great grandmother.  The rocker is the twin to the one in T’s nursery.  And I chose a playful floral for the window valances, which were sewn by, you guessed it, my mom.  The little hand-painted porcelain shoe was a gift from a family friend, inscribed with her name and date of birth.

 

These bookshelves are a DIY a la Pinterest, made from vinyl window gutters.  I was dubious about them at first, but they work well.  I even added an extra one by the rocker for the special bedtime books.  You may recall the “sugar and spice” cross stitch from a previous post.  The play kitchen is from Ikea.

We just love all the special details in this room. It’s a pleasant place to play and rest.

 

February 4, 2013 10:19 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Design, Handmade, Nursery | Tags: , ,

A Peek at Baby T’s Nursery

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I’m really happy with the way Baby T’s nursery has turned out, and I’m so excited to share it with you today! It took me awhile to get it here, and of course my mom gave input and help as well, but I finally feel like it’s finished enough to share.  Not 100% finished, but close.

I decided to deviate from my normal white walls only rule, and paint the walls a pale shade of gray with just a tiny hint of blue in it.  It’s Behr “Reflecting Pool,” and it give just enough contrast to make the white trim and furniture pop. I don’t usually go by a color pallete; typically I like white walls and pops of color. But one definitely emerged in this room: aqua and red and gray. Regardless, I stayed true to form with lots of handmade details and mostly re-purposed items.

The rocker will eventually be replaced by one that works better with the decor of the room, but for now we have this golden-yellow one.  Pretend it’s gray. The book shelves are picture ledges from Ikea. The rug is also Ikea – we’ve all seen it around. And the chevron pouf is handmade by Aletafae. The curtains you may remember from B’s San Francisco nursery, along with the matching crib skirt.  My mom made both, which I still love and really like in this new space.  My mom was kind enough to replace the old blue rick rack on the curtains with a bright red.  She also painted the round side table as well as spray-painted the curtain rod, previously black, red; since I was preggo at the time.  I could not have gotten this room done without her — she’s a pretty bangup crafter and decorator.

This built-in cabinet is a great feature in the room.  I don’t have the shelves styled properly yet, though; I’m still looking around for the right stuff.

The crib is the Ikea Gulliver crib, the second that we own; B has one just like it in her room.  I’m not one to spend a bucket of money on a crib.  This one has clean lines, is sturdy and affordable, and can be converted to a toddler bed. The large Mary Cassat poster was in my room when I was growing up; my mom had it lying around and I gave it a new frame and a new home.  I think it’s especially sweet now that I have two little girls.

The “Texas Love” print is from Austin-based Etsy shop, Owl U Need Is Love.  I embroidered the “Practically Perfect” hoop myself after I was inspired by this one — I just free-handed the letters and umbrella. I always love a nod to Mary Poppins. And I love BlaBla dolls.

This dresser is a hand-me-down that Jordan and I have had since we were first married (10 years this year!).  It has been many colors and served many purposes in our home: buffet/sideboard, console, office supply storage, clothes dresser, and now baby changing station.  Strangely enough, I had already painted it this bright aqua color several years back, and had been meaning to repaint it a different color for a while.  But the aqua ended up working well for T’s nursery.

Hopefully you’ll remember the mobile I made from wool felt balls.  We hung a simple Ikea shelf to hold an old lamp I had hanging around (also from Ikea) and some baby supplies.  The Raggedy Ann plate is one I found at a thrift store some years ago for about ten cents.  And Aurelia picked up the sweet sheep collage by Cate and Levi Collection in a boutique on a trip to Portland; it’s made from recycled and re-purposed wool sweaters.  I framed one of our baby party invitations, which you may also remember.

I’m so happy with our sweet nursery.  T doesn’t actually sleep there yet except for naps, but as she transitions to sleeping in her own room I think we’ll love the room even more.   So far it lives well and has a cozy, fresh feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 21, 2013 9:13 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Nursery | Tags: , , ,

Alphabet Quilt

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My mom made this adorable little quilt for Baby T.

She picked up the vintage reproduction alphabet squares at a quilt show.  She knows I like vintage reproduction fabrics.  I just love the quaint little illustrations.

I think the quilt is especially cute topped with a baby in a strawberry hat.  But that’s just me.

January 7, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Handmade, Nursery | Tags: , , ,

My first pieced together quilt

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Introducing, my first ever pieced together quilt! I made it as a baby gift for my childhood friend’s first sweet baby. She wanted purples and blues, so here’s what I came up with. My amazing mom-in-law helped me EVERY step of the way. I couldn’t have done it without her!

My mother-in-law added these sweet frills: the baby’s monogram, a surprise cupcake stitch, and a patch on the back of the quilt with all the important info. :) Very nice!

December 17, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Handmade, Nursery | Tags: , , ,

DIY Felt Ball Mobile

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Here’s a project I’ve been trying to share for about six weeks now :) I had all of the materials assembled and ready to put together on the night before Baby T was born.  Then of course she was born and I am only recently getting around to completing and photographing it. I’m rather proud of it a) because it’s really cute in Baby T’s room – colorful and whimsical – and b) because I have never seen a mobile like it so maybe there’s a chance in this overly-pinterested era that I actually invented an original project.  Maybe.  I will admit to having been inspired by this felt ball garland project on ARMommy, but the rest is imagined by me.  I think.

I give you, my DIY Felt Ball Mobile.

Pardon the poorly-lit photos.  The good light and I aren’t on the same nap schedule.  Also, upon further reflection, I should have turned the hoop so that the clasp faces the wall.  Sigh.  I don’t sleep so much these days.

 

All you need to make this are:

  • felt balls in whatever colorway you prefer (I got mine here.  They took for-stinking-ever to get here from Nepal. I ordered the 100 ct pack and have some left over to use for another project I have in the hopper)
  • embroidery hoop (I painted mine silver)
  • ribbon for hanging the hoop (I chose silver to match my hoop)
  • embroidery floss for stringing the felt balls (I used gray)
  • a needle to string the felt balls
  • scissors
  • whimsical charms (found in the jewelry section of the craft store)

Once you have the materials, assembling the mobile is straightforward.  I don’t have to go through each step, do I?  You all are smart and can see the obvious.  String balls on floss using needle to make garlands of varying lengths.  Tie garlands to hoop (only on the inner one, so that the overall look is cleaner). Attach charms to ends of garlands.  You get it.  (Am I assuming too much? Ask questions if not.)

I just love the bright, whimsical effect it has in the room.  When B first saw it, she said “ooooooh!  touch it!”  I have now fallen in love with wool felt balls and am thinking of all kinds of things to do with them.  Ooh ooh, Christmas tree garland!

December 11, 2012 2:45 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY, Nursery, Tutorials | Tags: , , ,

Keepin’ It Frill

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Why, Fran, where have you been? Well, exhaustedly pregnant to tell you the truth.  At this point, getting anything done beyond basic necessary tasks and childcare is just… hard.  My plan each day is to get through each day, and hopefully that involves taking a nap.  Ugh, I don’t want to be the lazy, exhausted pregnant lady, but there I am.

That isn’t to say I haven’t done anything at all FRILLING or creative or fun lately.  I have, just more slowly.  Like…


…sewing up some FRILLING curtains for the girls’ bathroom


…creating healthy appealing toddler meals in our PlanetBox lunchbox, complete with Raw Cookie Dough Bites


…slowly getting Baby T’s room ready with help from my own childhood Raggedy Ann and Andy…


…knitting up another little hat…


…and teaching Little B how to peel clementimes (“Kem-times”) (blurry photo, sorry)…

Keepin’ it Frill, people.  That’s what it’s all about.

September 17, 2012 11:42 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Food, Handmade, Lifestyle, Nursery | Tags: , , ,

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