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Nursery Progress: Art Wall, Shelf, & Bassinet

Okay, this will be a short one tonight (*gasp* I know!) as I’ll mostly let the pictures do the talking.  Finally got the art/collage wall mostly complete.  Have 3.5 to finish.  I won’t go into details as I will post a complete picture of the wall once all is done.  The wall with the dresser got a shelf, still needs one more, plus a small mirror, and then we need to hang our boat “port” window my mom gave us (again – you’ll see that later).  Dan’s working on his art for above the crib and some other touches that he wants to add.

The latest steal of a deal my mom found at Goodwill!  Bassinet for Finn while he sleeps in our room.  Eddie Bauer wooden bassinet brand new = +$200.  Mom got it for $27 with her senior discount.  Sahweeeeet!  We added the blue ribbon and she’ll be making some mattress pad covers to match it once we get the mattress which is the only thing it was missing.

Shelf with the start of his book library, some knick knacks, our lamp, and I framed our beautiful shower invitations that Julie made because I loved them so much!  Oh and the baby book Dan got me for Christmas to fill out.  And the wooden train mom gave me.

Aaaaand our art wall.  Too tired to go into too much detail about it.  I will make a whole another post on each picture’s special meaning.  And as you can seem 3 pictures aren’t even done.  1 is only halfway done, but you wouldn’t know it.  Yay!  ALMOST COMPLETELY DONE WITH THE ROOM. I can’t believe it.  But am so happy and excited.

Nursery Progress: Okay, NOW We Have Curtains

Don’t worry, you’ll get a better picture of the whole room soon enough.  Today (among other things going on in our lives which will be a whole separate post) I am working on hanging shelves and working on the art/collage wall behind the door.  I finished my big “art” project for it last night.  Well, I guess it was more of a craft since that’s what I’m better at.  But it was something I’d been wanting to finish for quite a while and I can’t wait to share it on here.

Dan is going to start working on his portion of the art in the room.  He’s painting a big picture to put above the crib and then we’ll have to both figure out what else we are going to do there.  It’s all coming down to the finishing touches of the room.  I’m so happy that we started so early in the room because I really got to take my time and make it just the way I wanted it.  I got a lot of comments about how “early” we started and “why?”.  Well, because now here I am almost 8 months pregnant and am getting very tired and worn out so the thought of doing all the work that we finished early on does NOT sound appealing at all.  I think if I were just starting, it just wouldn’t get done.  Then baby would be here and things REALLY wouldn’t get done.  So, I’m so glad that I got the excitement bug early on and feel that I’m finishing at a good time in the pregnancy.  Although I use “finish” relatively since, really, will I ever truly be finished with it?  No, probably not.  Things are going to keep coming to me up until he arrives.  Which is a good thing since that will help satisfy my “nesting” urge that I am TOTALLY in right now.  And Dan.  ;)  He’s been organizing our nightmare of a storage/miscellaneous room upstairs a little bit each week as he wants it to be more organized by the time baby arrives, as well as working on his office/guest room.

I have more updates to come including what is going on in our lives (other than baby’s room) and a new pregnancy pic.  Stay tuned for those later!

Nursery Progress: Lamp, Valance, and Decorations

Wow, it’s almost been a whole month since I updated on the baby’s room.  For anybody reading this that wasn’t reading it for baby updates – well I did pretty good!  But the countdown is back on and we have to get things done!  That includes sharing it on here.

I just have to say before I say anything else, my mom is awesome, and amazing, and I don’t think there’s a thing she can’t do.  She’s done SO unbelievably much for Dan and I since the very beginning of the pregnancy.  She’s been such an integral part of the entire experience and an invaluable resource when it has come to designing the baby’s room and making it come to life.  She has such a good eye and always has great ideas for making anything and everything we do even better.  She is constantly buying things for Finn, helping me with projects, and been really good at being overall excited for and with us as we are near embarking on this new journey.  Thanks, Mom, you are seriously appreciated and the absolute best.

What have we been doing?  Painted over the old blue with this new blue.  May be hard to tell from pictures, and it’s still not *perfect*, but it’s good enough and is staying.  We got the bedding back, as you know, but it needed a little bit more work.  I had a girl make the crib bumper, crib skirt, changing pad, and a sheet (so that we could see how it’s done and make a few more ourselves).  It turned out lovely, as you know again, but after the fact we thought of a few things we could add to the set.  We made 2 more sheets out of some beautiful fabric I purchased.  You will see one sheet on the crib the next time I post a picture of it.  I *attempted* to learn to sew, but pretty much learned that I can’t sew a straight line.  Mom to the rescue!  I’m an excellent elastic puller, though!

The changing pad was originally just the blue dot and yellow minky, but my mom’s keen eye thought we needed some coral so we went to our local ribbon shop and bought this, which she sewed right on.  Turned out awesome, I love it!  Oh and what’s that to the right of the changing pad you ask (Ok, humor me here, I’m really excited.)?

Why, that’s our beautiful lamp which we made by hand!  Mom found a lamp shade at Goodwill.  She whipped up the fabric cover to go over it (lining it with a coral colored fabric on the inside so it really shows through when the lamp is on – see, she’s all about the details!) with her sewing machine (again), and Dan and I helped with feeding the elastic through the top and bottom so we can say we contributed!  She also sewed the brown pom pom trim to the ribbon so that I could then take it home and glue it on the shade.  Mom then found a glass lamp base, again at Goodwill, and I painstakingly filled it with these tiny shells one by one (the hole was very small), glued the ribbon around the base of the lamp (harder than it seems), and wah lah!  We have light!  I love it, love it, love it.

See, Dan snapped a picture of me hard at work.  Stuffed this bad boy with shells til 1am on Sunday night.  Let’s see, what else have we been up to.  Oh yes, the curtain valance as the title of this blog suggests.  Well, you can’t see it yet.  I thought it was done, but turns out it’s not.  Mom had another brilliant idea to add to it and so she came by my house today and confiscated the what I thought was finished curtains and took them back to her house.  I am confident they are going to look “cute as a button” (hint hint?!) and you will love them, too.  Just take my word, we do have curtains, you just can’t see them yet.  Sorry.

What you can see is this – another piece of the nursery that mom found for us at Goodwill.  Our glider.  In perfect shape other than needing a few screws tightened.  It was originally going to go in the nursery for late night feedings, but we decided since Finn will be sleeping in our room for the first few weeks or so (more to come on that later!), and our room is located downstairs, that putting the glider upstairs in the nursery was a little impractical.  It’s not like I am going to wake up in the middle of the night to feed and run upstairs (with baby in arms) to rock in the glider.  Since our living room is right outside the master bedroom, we have it in there for now for those late night feedings and rockings by the tv.  Once Finn is sleeping in his room, we’ll move it up there since at that point I *will* be going up and down the stairs to take care of business and having the glider then will make much more sense.

And here is the start of the decorations.  I know there wasn’t much underwater/whale stuff before… but it’s starting to trickle in.  This neat little coral tree is actually something my mom bought for our wedding to use as a center piece which we were unable to use since we ended up having the wedding in Cancun!  So, I got to re-purpose it in Finn’s nursery.  Dan hung this shelf, mom stuck a few starfish in the tree and we have a few little knick knacks next to it (that are ever changing).

There is plenty more to come.  Still working on the art/collage wall (behind the door which has yet to be shown on this blog), organizing the closet, hanging other shelves, mirrors, and decorations around above the dresser and crib, and the mobile.  But it’s shaping up quite nicely!  Oh and of course filling up the nursery with all the baby gear!

  • Paint
  • Furniture
  • Bedding
  • Mattress
  • Repaint the blue on the walls
  • Closet organizers
  • Drawer liners
  • Art wall
  • Lamp & shade
  • Curtains
  • Shelving unit?
  • Baby book – Dan got me one for Christmas!
  • Pocket shelves
  • Mobile
  • Find a glider!
  • Sheets
  • Baby quilt w/ mom
  • Lighting
  • Fan

Up next??? BABY SHOWER.  Can’t believe it – never thought I’d be having one, but I am.  Next weekend.  Well, BABY BBQ is more like it.  Not having a typical shower.  But more on that in another post, this one is all about the nursery, baby!

Baby Project #2: Drawer Liners

This blog has been so overly baby related lately.  I do apologize.  I promise there are other things going on in Dan and I’s lives, baby is just so much the focal point for us right now.  I do have plans for a post about one of our highlights from the Europe trip and last weekend’s big GoDaddy party – so if you aren’t here for baby updates, stay tuned for those.  If you are here for baby updates (or both), check out my latest project below!

These drawer liners are another thing that are not anywhere near being a necessity for the nursery (along with the closet organizers).  It’s just something cute and fun I saw online and decided to do.  That blog I linked to is one that I actually get a lot of inspiration from so don’t be surprised if you see me link to some of their other projects in the near future.  I thought it would be nice anytime we open up the dresser drawers to grab diapers, socks, or anything else, to see these bright or interesting papers that make us smile.

Our dresser has 3 small drawers along the top, and 2 larger, deeper drawers on the bottom.  We picked out 3 kinds of scrapbook papers that we liked at the craft store for the top 3 drawers.  We’ll have to find some wrapping paper somewhere else (looked in the store and didn’t find any we liked so far so we may end up ordering some sheets online) for the 2 larger drawers.  It was hard enough to piece the 2 sheets together for the smaller drawers, I don’t think I want to try it for the larger drawers.  We wanted to pick paper that could somewhat “grow” with Finn and not be too childish.  I would have loved to line it all with little whales, star fish, and fishies, but since this crib/dresser set is convertible and could potentially be the furniture he ends up using through college, I didn’t want to take it that far.  His room won’t *always” be undersea creatures, after all!  We chose a bright plaid, a newsprint, and a robot print.  The robots could be a little kiddish, but Dan thought it was “badass” and he’s 29, so I thought that one could last a little longer than fishies.  ;)

Step 1: Trim the paper and get all the lines to match up perfectly (not!) to fit the size of the drawer.  After wiping out the drawer for any dust or animal hair of course.  This was the toughest step.  Have to pick your papers very carefully to pull this off.

Step 2: Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the drawer, but just thick enough that the paper will stick to it.

Step 3: Apply paper to drawer, paying special attention to smooth it out as it was being pressed so that there were no bubbles or lines.  I wasn’t perfect at it, but I did pretty well.  I think I’m more worried about attempting the larger drawers with the thinner wrapping paper.  =/

Step 4: Wait 3-4 hours for Mod Podge to completely dry and then apply another thin layer over the top of the papers to seal everything in and protect the paper.

I love the finished product.  Just as a side note, the robot print paper did not work out so well.  I didn’t take my time with it like I did the others and so there were quite a few bubbles and lines.  But oh well, like I said, me and Dan are likely the only ones to see it.  :)

Baby Project #1: Closet Organizers

Originally I was looking at something like this for sorting the clothing sizes, since we’re hoping to be stocked up to at least 12 months of baby clothes.  But then I found this nifty little DIY project for closet organizers.  Absolutely not a necessity for the nursery, but something totally fun.  And easy.  And cute.  Really, nobody will see it but Dan or I, so it was just a personal project I wanted to do.  And I did it tonight.  Yay!

Step 1: Got all my supplies: Mod Podge, foam brushes, scrapbook paper, stickered #’s, acrylic paint, wooden “O’s”, and of course scissors and an X-Acto knife.

Step 2 (not pictured): The project.  lol.  Painted the “O’s”, glued paper to them, cut them out, placed stickers, Mod Podge-d over the top, waited for them to dry.

Finished Product: Adorable.

Step 3: Hang in closet.  Yay!

So there you have it.  My first baby craft project completed.  All in one night.  And it just makes me smile.  It was quick, easy, painless, and fun to do.

Bento: Day 2

Day 2

For tomorrow’ lunch I made a yummy garden salad complete with cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, carrots, and cheese.  Then we have my left over burrito from Macayo’s and because I have such an abundance of Tabbouleh… I will have that again with some multi-grain chips.  No fruit you say?  I will be having my daily fruit allotment for breakfast.  More spicy cantaloupe and possibly a blueberry-chocolate protein shake.

I hope to mix these up further in the coming days/weeks.  I just know that I need to use up our leftovers and what a perfect way!

Bento Box Lunch Special

I’ve been reading for quite some time about these Bento boxes and have been wanting to start doing them.  Really, the Japanese are amazing.  So cool.  This is my new thing at the moment.  I’m hoping to try to make up a pretty little Bento box every night for work the next day.  It works great with P90X as it is all about portions and portion control, so I think it will really help me.

Yummy Bento!

For my first Bento box lunch, I decided to stay safe but I plan on being more creative later on.  I got these recipes from this great website.  I made a turkey sandwich with feta cheese, Cantaloupe with Chili Powder and Honey, Tabbouleh, Strawberries, and Grape Tomatoes with Garlic Hummus.  Dan and I went on our usual grocery shopping to Costco, Sprouts, and Fry’s and then came home and went to work!  Oh yeah and I found this great little Bento box at Target.  So cute.  I’m already thinking about buying more.  They have some for breakfast cereals and salads, too!

Here’s how I made them:

IngredientsIMG_3548

Ingredients
1 cup bulgur wheat (fine-medium grind)
2 cups hot water
1 pound ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 bunch green onions, white and green part, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 hothouse cucumber, halved, seeded and diced (about 2 cups)
2 large bunches fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves finely chopped (about 2 cups)
1 bunch fresh mint leaves, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Directions
Put the bulgur in a large bowl and pour in the hot water. Cover with a dish or plastic wrap and let stand for about 30 to 45 minutes to rehydrate. Drain in a strainer, pressing with the back of a wooden spoon to squeeze out as much water as possible.
In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, onions, cucumber, parsley, and mint. Toss the salad well to incorporate the ingredients; season with cumin, salt and pepper. Add the bulgur; moisten with the lemon juice and olive oil. Fold everything together to incorporate the ingredients. The flavor will improve if the tabbouleh sits for a few hours. Serve at room temperature.

Tabbouleh

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bulgur wheat (fine-medium grind)
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 bunch green onions, white and green part, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, halved, seeded and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 large bunches fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves finely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Put the bulgur in a large bowl and pour in the hot water. Cover with a dish or plastic wrap and let stand for about 30 to 45 minutes to rehydrate. Drain in a strainer, pressing with the back of a wooden spoon to squeeze out as much water as possible.

In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, onions, cucumber, parsley, and mint. Toss the salad well to incorporate the ingredients; season with cumin, salt and pepper. Add the bulgur; moisten with the lemon juice and olive oil. Fold everything together to incorporate the ingredients. The flavor will improve if the tabbouleh sits for a few hours. Serve at room temperature.

Tabbouleh

Cantaloupe with Chili Powder and Honey

  • 1 Cantaloupe (balled)
  • 2 t locally harvested Honey and Mint
  • 1-2 t chili powder

Method:

Mix it all together and enjoy!