Handmade Nursery, Part One.

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We love our nursery. What I especially love about it are all the handmade details in it that are unique and special.  I have posted about the nursery before, but I wanted to share some of our darling details.  You should know, my mom did ALL of the sewing, and most of the manual labor of putting the room together (with help from my aunt) since I was lazy 36 week pregnant at the time.  I art-directed; she implemented.

By far my favorite item in the room is the quilt of 1940’s vintage reproduction fabric, lovingly hand-pieced especially for Baby B by my mom.  We covered the plywood headboard with batting and green polka dot fabric.

She also sewed the curtains, which are patterned with a whimsical cityscape that feels like you’re looking at the pages of a storybook.

The prints were a serendipitous discovery.  My mom had spotted a trio of framed vintage prints of illustrated nursery rhymes, and picked them up for a song at an estate sale.  When we took them out to paint the frames yellow, we discovered these limited edition vintage bird lithographs by J. Gould and W. Hart, hidden behind the nursery rhymes.  Turns out they’re worth more than a song.  We had some lengthy discussion about whether to hang the nursery rhymes or the bird prints, and in the end, the richly-colored birds won out.

I made the crochet heart bunting.

The bookshelf holds our collection of handmade baby quilts, children’s books, and toys. I made the bird painting in 2006.  The crochet octopus is by Dorklandia.  Er, pretend you can’t see the thermostat.

Some of the quilts were my baby quilts made by my great aunt, others were made more recently and given to us by friends and family.

This hand-embroidered bunny is one I originally saw on Bleubird, and it turns out she got hers at a little boutique not far from where we live.  I had to have one.

We love our wooden blocks from House Industries.  They’re made of sustainable wood and non-toxic inks.

And what children’s book collection is complete without a Wizard of Oz pop-up book?

August 10, 2011 10:04 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, For the Home | Tags: , ,

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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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