Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DIY Elephant Mobile

I was going back and forth on whether I wanted a mobile for the nursery.  Sure they're cute and all but I don't remember my daughter being over excited for hers when she was a baby.  I was doing a Pinterest search for nurseries and came across several DIY versions.  

There is this one with just circles that is cute.


I also happened to come across this one.  It was the same concept but used elephants instead.  I love it and it totally goes with the bedding.

I knew I could make my own version. (please excuse the night time photography)

I headed to Michael's to get some scrapbook paper and an embroidery hoop.

I found an elephant shape that I liked online, printed it out, and traced onto my scrapbook paper.  When tracing, I made two mirror copies, one for the front and one for the back.

To attach my elephants to the string I layed right side down and put a drop of glue with my string down the middle.  Lay the other side on top to secure.

I randomly put them on a string but making sure I had some that were long and some that were short.  Once you have all your strings ready, it's time to attach them to the hoop.

I stained my hoop dark since I had it on hand.  I positioned the string on the hoop and used a dot of hot glue to hold it on.

Once all my strings were attached, I tied more string in a criss cross across the top.  I tied one long string in the middle of them and attached to the ceiling with a push pin.

Yay!  Another project down.  Have you tried a mobile yet?


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Toy Storage Ideas

I've been thinking about the storage elements for the nursery.  Although there aren't any toys yet, I know they will be soon coming.  We're gonna need a place to corral all of them.  In my daughter's room we went with the Trofast from Ikea.  The white color was perfect to match her other furniture and we were able to choose from an assortment of colors in the interchangeable bins.

I love the idea of turning an Ikea Expedit into a storage and upholstering it for seating.  I'm thinking a window seat yes?  We could use colorful bins to go with the room decor and hide all the little toys that may end up scattered around the room.

We've seen some wooden crates in Home Depot that would be great as well.  It wood be fun to paint them orange and line them up along a wall.  As the baby grows older, he can just toss the toys in easily and quickly since there's no lid.

How about putting that bad boy on casters so he can be moved all over the room?

There is the classic toy storage bench.  They have changed over the years and look a little more modern.  I would prefer a stained one like this so it doesn't look so kiddy.

How cute are these colorful toy bins?  Their soft and the handles for carrying around are a plus.

You got any good toy storage ideas to share?

For more nursery progress:
Nursery Plans


Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Nursery Light

I came to a decision on the light for the nursery.  I jumped in the car and made a quick trip to Ikea.  I decided on the Alang in the larger 18" size.

It has that modern shape I was looking for without spending a ton of money.  Here it is right out of the box.  It has a woven texture which I thought was plastic in the store but it's actually cloth.  The light comes with the diffuser so that's an added bonus.  I also got some orange ribbon from Michael's to jazz it up a bit.

I first measured two pieces of ribbon to go around the top and bottom edge of the drum.  I melted the edges to keep them from fraying.

Using my hot glue gun, I made a dot about every six inches to attach my ribbon to the outside seams.  This way if I wasn't completely satisfied, I could rip off the ribbon and try something else.  I thought about adding a third row of ribbon in the middle but didn't want to cover up the textured surface.

Here's the part I just learned about Ikea lights, they don't seem to come with any screws or wire covers.  Good thing I had plenty extra in my tool box.

I like the added pop of orange above my head.  Not too much but it pulls your eye up.

Things are moving right along in this room.  I gotta keep up the pace before I run out of energy.  Only 13 more weeks and this kid will be here.  

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Let's Talk Lights

Back in November we had overhead lighting installed in the nursery.  We used a temporary light until the right light came along.

This what the light was looking like.

Pretty boring right?  I know I want some sort of drum light in there so I started looking around.  My first stop was Shades of Light.  I had read good things about them around blogland.  I entered orange in my search and this came up.

It's the same one from my mood board.  I love the orange but we know I am not paying $159 for a light.  This one also caught my eye.

Something about the pattern stuck out to me.  Again, at $149 not really an option.  I did notice it comes in just the drum shade by itself for $69 which is more reasonable.  I figure it wouldn't be too hard to make my own.  I made the drum pendant in the breakfast room with a pendant kit and shade.  I would just have to cover it with some funky fabric.

I've also seen a few options in Ikea that I liked.

The Alang is very much like a drum pendant and would be super easy to paint or cover with fabric.  It also would be less expensive than buying a separate pendant kit and drum shade, in which the shade itself can be pricey for the size I want.

I also like the look of the Boja.  The straw shade would add a natural element to the room.

I know I have some time to figure it out but I've already taken the boob light down and want a new fixture fast.

For more nursery progress:
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Glow Stick Valentines

So I told you Monday we had not done the class valentine cards yet.  Well I can check them off my list now.  As always, I was checking the Target dollar spot and came across these glow sticks.  There were 15 sticks in each pack.  Sweet deal!  I grabbed two.  I love the idea of the kid making her own cards instead of store bought.  They're just a little more personal.  Plus, she gets to use her crafting skills.  I was also trying to get away from giving candy.  We always end up with so much of it so I was thinking maybe the other parents would appreciate the gester.

I made these cards in Picmonkey and printed them on card stock.  

We punched holes and inserted the glow sticks.  

Super simple and easy on the pocket.  Nothing like saying you made it yourself.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Easy Valentine Heart Garland

I don't do the decorate for Valentine's Day thing, but wanted to do something to keep the kid occupied for a minute.  She keeps mentioning the class Valentine's party this week, which I haven't bought cards or snacks for yet.  I figured a Valentine craft would be perfect to get her geared up for the upcoming week. 

A few weeks ago, we bought a pack of valentine scrapbook paper in Target's dollar section.  One dollar for ten sheets ain't bad if you ask me.  

Since I wanted all my hearts the same size, I cut out a heart from a folder I had laying around.  Using it as a template, I folded and cut out all my hearts.

I used a hole punch to put holes in the corners, strung them on a ribbon, and hung it on her door.  I like how the pink goes with her decor so who knows how long it will stay there.


We've got eight sheets left to make something else.  Perhaps Valentine cards for the class.  I better get moving.  Only a few days left.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Nursery Chairs

In the original plan for the nursery, I have the Poang from Ikea.  We bought it before as a family room option but I didn't care for it because it looked too much like a nursery chair.  I like the clean lines of the chair but not sure how comfy it's gonna be sitting for long periods of time.  Also, the arms aren't padded.  I wanted to check around for more options before I settled on the Poang. 

I like the look of the cradle rockers but I don't think hubby is feeling the retro vibe of it.   To me, they're cute and simple.


We had a version of this in my daughter's nursery.  It was a gift so we just went with it.  It doesn't exactly have the modern lines we are going for this time, so I'll try to stay clear.

This glider is definitely a nice one.  It looks so comfy.  It's very modern and made of microsuede so it would be good for spills.  At $349 it's a little out of my budget.

I think I drool every time I see one of these gliders in nursery photos.  Something about it makes it look so luxurious.  I just can't imagine spending so much money though.

I guess I'll keep checking the stores and browsing Craigslist.  I can't break the bank on this one.  Do you have a Poang in the nursery?  How do you like it?

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