Sunday, February 19, 2012

An Old Wives Tale

Well, my baby girl is growing up too fast; she started rolling over this week! And wouldn't you know that it would happen while I was at work.

She was at home with Cory on Friday afternoon, he had her lying on the couch, he left the room to get some fresh clothes for her, and he returned to find her lying in the floor screaming.  My poor baby!! And her mommy wasn't there to comfort her. Ok, so maybe it would've comforted me more than her, but I was heartbroken.

That was until I was talking with a client of mine, who happens to be a Physician's Assistant, and I told her my horrifying tale. She reassured me that it's an Old Wive's tale that if a child rolls onto the floor before the age of 1,  he'll live a long life! I think someone made that up to make Mother's feel better, but it worked!! And Harper is fearless because the next day she practiced rolling over continuously!

I think we're going to be in trouble soon with her being so active.

I hope everyone's Valentine's Day was wonderful. Our's was with this Love!

xoxo, Natalie

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Glider Rocker Upholstered, Modge-Podged Canvas, and Embroidery Hoops!

Cory and I were overly blessed by friends and family giving us stuff for the baby once I got pregnant. My good friend, Kaylee- mother of twins, told me to come over and she'd load my car up. She just wanted the stuff out of her house!!! So, over I went. One item that she gave me was a glider rocker! It was already white, which I loved, but the cushions needed recovering. Having only ever sewn a pillow in home-ec class, I bought some fabric and went to town.

I was so pleased with the outcome! I Hope to be singing "Rockabye Baby" in this Beaut!

I then needed to balance the attention in that corner of the room opposing the mural. I wanted your eye to be drawn up in the same way that the tree drew the eye. So, I purchased some colorful paper lanterns and hung them in the corner. Then, I took an old mirror that Cory's grandmother had, taped it off, painted it, and hung it above the rocker! I LOVE the balance and the different pops of color!

Harper has several cousins. The oldest on her Dad's side, Zoe, gave us a changing table, white! To bring color and pattern to the wall that the changing table is on, I saw embroidery hoops hung in various sizes on Pinterest. This was the easiest, most inexpensive project for the impact that it made! Then, I jazzed up an old lamp with a little hot glue and ribbon!

The last corner of the room is the smallest space due to the closet, but it needed something. I had bought a wall decal kit from Target but I was at a loss as for what to do with it. I felt that using it in any way would take away from the beauty of the hand-painted mural. Then, an idea hit me! I decided to modge-podge some leftover fabric, card stock, and the wall decals to a canvas. Add a little ribbon for hanging, and here's the result!

I like that the fabrics give this room some what of an antique-ish feel while still maintaining a youthfulness!

I hope you've enjoyed! Please comment, and I'd love advise with blogging!

Xoxo, Natalie

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Harper's Nursery Mural and Custom Dresser

Yesterday, I posted the bedding and wall mural, which was the basis for her room. If you missed it, here it is again. 

Next, I saw an awesome book shelf/dresser in Pottery Barn Kids.
It was out of my budget and I already had a dresser, just needed the shelf. So I summoned help from dad and grandpa to build it for me. Here is a picture mid-process.

And the after...

Then, I decided it was too stark; it needed more color. So, I modge-podged fabric to the backs of the shelving, and added some decor. Ta-da!!!! 


And a special thanks to Studio205 for the photo!

More to come on HK's nursery....

XOXO, Natalie

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tree Mural w/ Birds and Owls!

As the Black Eyed Peas said, "Let's Get It Started." I have absolutely no idea how to do this blog thing, but I recently had my first child, Harper, and during the nesting stage of pregnancy I became a sort of "mad woman" to DIY projects. A lot of them were inspired by projects that I saw on Pinterest and it encouraged me to share with others. Most of my attention has been focused on my little girl's room. Here's how it took shape.

From the time I found out that I was pregnant, I started browsing through my Pottery Barn Kids catalogues. I completely fell in love with the Brooke Bedding collection. At the time I did not realize how popular owls were. I probably wouldn't have picked it had I known, but my mother purchased it and I then started compiling my creations to center around that.

 We inherited a shotgun home from Cory's sweet grandmother that was built around the 40's; so, I wanted to keep her room playful but still have an antique-ish feel to it. I spotted a wall decal on Pinterest-- I'm sorry I don't have the link-- and wanted to purchase it but daddy said, "NO". He was afraid that it would pull the sheetrock off if we ever decided to remove it. So I told him I'd paint it. He said, "you don't know how to paint!" My reply was, "WATCH ME!"

I'm stubborn in nature and LOVE a good challenge. It took me several steps but here is my journey....

I first outlined the empty space with painter's tape. I thought it'd be cute to put our initials, but when Cory got home he reminded me that it was Harper's room, not ours! lol So I made a few changes, painted the trunk, let it dry--I'm not patient--, and removed my tape!

Then, I eyeballed the branches, let dry, added my blooms, little birds to match the birds on the bedding, and then added some owls that matched some decals I bought from Target!

Here's the finished product. 
Cory ate his words!

XOXO, Natalie