Fall Yarn Wreath 2014

I have to admit that fall just came up out of nowhere for me. I guess it’s here’s since it’s getting colder and all the leaves are turning and falling off the trees. That being said my yarn wreaths still had spring flowers from when I switched out the last time (which still had fall leaves on them from last year).

Since my fall wreaths stayed on the front porch until last spring the paper didn’t really survive very well. I ended up just throwing away all the decor I used last year.

This year I just wanted to do something really quick and inexpensive.

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I ended up gathering a few fall colored papers I already had on hand and then just cut a few leaves and a bow shape out using my Silhouette Portrait. The only thing I had to purchase was the bow shape from the Silhouette store since I already had the leave shapes from last year.

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They may not look amazing but they were really quick and only cost a dollar to make.

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Now I guess I can forget about them until next spring like last year.

If you’re interested you can find the leaf cut outs here and here and the bow cut out here.

Woodland Animal Nursery Reveal

Here it is. The nursery reveal! I’m calling it finished . . . at least for now. Lets take a little tour of how it all turned out and I’ll mention all the sources I can along the way.

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First up I’ll start behind the door on the left hand side of the room.

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These two paintings were made by a good friend of mine Christina. They are just so cute and match the theme of the room perfectly.

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Rounding the corner we’ve got a bunch of things going on.

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I made the shelves back when this room was the sewing room. (Info here). The decor on the shelves is a mix of things from Hobby Lobby, Target, Ikea and some things I already had.

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The mobile in the corner was a decoration from one of my baby showers and it was made by another friend Callie.

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Moving down is the Ikea Poang chair frame in black brown with the DIY cushions I made. I’ve also got a couple of throw pillows I made on the chair. Instead of an ottoman I made a fabric pouf to throw around. I’m using the Ikea Raskog cart as an end table and it’s pretty much just got a few nursing items on it that I think might be useful. On top of the cart I’ve got one of the Ikea Ekarp lamp bases with the Umfors shade.

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It’s a little hard to see but the fabric basket I made is tucked in between the chair and the crib. The crib is the Ikea Sundvik and the mattress sheet and crib skirt were both made by me. The flag garland above the crib is another DIY project that I finished up recently.

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In the window is the roman shade I made a while ago as well as the new curtains. I’ve even got the garland that matches the mobile hanging in the window for now.

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Under the window is the Ikea Expedit (Kallax) shelving that we added the 4 1/2″ Ikea Capita legs to. Inside the shelves are a bunch of the Drona boxes also from Ikea.

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On the last wall is the DIY laundry basket that’s hiding in the corner. Next to the basket is the baby dresser and the Ikea Hemnes dresser that we repainted and added new knobs to. The taller dresser is holding clothes and a few blankets. Hidden inside the other dresser is diapers and a whole bunch of miscellaneous stuff organized in a few sets of the Ikea Skubb boxes.

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The woodland animal art I made is hanging above both of the dressers. Whenever I take photos of them they look like they are spaced and hanging awkwardly. In person it looks better but it’s hard to get a good angle in this small room.

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Lastly I’ve got a couple of the Ikea Vackert containers holding pacifiers on top of the dresser and some of the Y weave baskets from Target holding diapering things. The changing pad is from BabiesRUs and the cover was another DIY project.

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The room was painted over a year ago now and the walls are Zinc (MSL267) and the ceiling is Sunken Pool (MSL126), more info here.

So that’s it. It’s a little crowed with everything but it’s hard to maximize storage without a closet. So far I haven’t quite filled up all the drawers and boxes. I’ve got some boxes in the shelves and some space in the shorter dresser to put more things. Now all that’s left is bringing home our new baby boy and see how the room works. I have no doubt things will be reorganized and moved around once we see how everything gets used.

Woodland Animal Canvas for the Nursery

Back when I created the nursery mood board I mentioned that I had found some really cute woodland animal cutouts from the Silhouette store. I knew that I wanted to incorporate them somehow and I finally decided on making some art to hang on the nursery.

I picked up six flat canvas boards to use as backgrounds. I also picked out three paint colors that matched the papers I picked out as well and the rest of the room colors. The colors I grabbed where Indian Turquoise Barn Wood and Irish Moss.

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To give the canvas a sharp border I used a one inch frog tape around the edges of the canvas. It’s pretty similar to what the creator of the cutouts did on her blog post here.

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It took about three coats to get a good full coverage of the colors. Once they were dry I just peeled off the tape.

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As for the animals I just adjusted the sizes and cut them out using my silhouette. I used glue to assemble the layers of the animals and then I used sticky glue dots to attach them to the canvas.

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I love how all the animals turned out. I think they are just so cute and fill up this wall without being too much.

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Chris helped me line everything up over the dressers and we used 3m velcro tabs to hang up all the canvases.

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I think that pretty much concludes the nursery! Stay tuned for the final reveal. I’ve finally picked up and I’ve got a few more fun decorative finishes to share.

If you’re interested in the cutouts here’s the links: fox, raccoon, hedgehog, deer, owl, skunk.

Nursery Flag Garland

I’m so very close to calling this room done. At least for now. All I really have left to talk about are a couple of decorative projects I’ve finished.

One of these projects is a flag garland I sewed for over the crib. All over the internet I have seen flag garlands and I thought it would be a fun way to decorate the space above the crib.

With a little research and planning it was a really simple project. All it took was some triangles of fabric and a length of double fold bias tape. I think the triangles I made were close to 6 1/2″ long and about 6 1/2″ wide. The fabrics are the same ones that I’ve been using all over the nursery.

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I love the way it turned out and I think it nicely fills the blank space on the wall.

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You may not remember from my nursery to do list but I actually mentioned that I wanted to have a monogram or something with the baby’s name over the crib. Well we decided on a name and I cut out letters using my silhouette and appliqued them on the flags. They are currently hiding on the back side for the flag garland. Sorry Grandma Dixie we still aren’t sharing but we’re getting close to the due date so you’ll find out soon. :)

DIY Contoured Changing Pad Cover

Another quick sewing project I did for the nursery was to make a couple of changing pad covers. I found this tutorial online about how to make a countered changing pad cover.

I ended up piecing together two different covers using some minky and cotton fabrics that I had left over from other projects. They weren’t my first choice of fabrics but I wanted to work with what I had.

Here’s the first one I made. . .

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and the second.

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The directions aren’t to complicated but it did involve me having to create my own pattern for the ends which I didn’t love doing. The pattern ended  up being a little lopsided but it did turn out ok.

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For the top all I had to do was piece my fabrics together to get the dimensions I needed.

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The most confusing part of the process was actually sewing the top to the side pieces.

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As a side note: With my first cover I used cotton on one end which doesn’t stretch at all. I found it really frustrating and nearly impossible to get lined up with the length of the top. The corners were also really hard to get to come out smoothly. That’s the reason I switched to using the minky on both ends of the second one.

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Once everything was sewn together I serged the edges to finish them and then just created a casing for the elastic. I did find that since I used some cotton fabric the covers didn’t stretch quite as well over the pad. I think on the second cover I did use a longer piece of elastic than the tutorial suggested.

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I know the color choices and fabrics may not be ideal for a changing pad but at least we’ve got a few covers to start out with.

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Folding Laundry Bag for the Nursery

Since I still had an over abundance of left over fabrics I wanted to figure out a laundry basket that I could make instead of buy. I found a tutorial on Make it and Love it of a wooden framed laundry bag. Nursery Laundry Basket 8

The tutorial is really detailed so I don’t have a whole lot to add to it. If you’re interested in making your own go check that out.

Since the laundry bag is reversible I chose two different fabrics to use. One is a heaver weight home decor fabric left over from the pouf and the other is a lightweight cotton. Nursery Laundry Basket 1

The only difference I made from the original pattern was making the straps so that they have a different fabric on each side. Nursery Laundry Basket 2

For the frame Chris cut some 1×2’s for me following the sizes in the pattern. Then I just used some of the Minwax express stain in onyx to give it some color. Nursery Laundry Basket 3

After the stain dried Chris assembled the frame. Nursery Laundry Basket 4

Then all that was left to do was hang the bag on the frame. Nursery Laundry Basket 5

Here’s the chevron side out. . .

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and the green side out.

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I’m happy with how it turned out. Right now I’ve got it tucked in a corner and since it’s foldable it’s really easy to move around. I think the only change I would make if I did it over would be to make the straps a little shorter and make the shorter sides of the bag a little wider. I’m not sure what it is but it doesn’t seem to fit the frame quite right.

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There’s another nursery project done and up on the blog! I’ve still got a few more projects to share before I’m ready for the final reveal but I’m getting close.

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The nursery is pretty close to being finished! I’ve only got a few smaller things to wrap up but I’ve fallen a bit behind on sharing the projects on the blog so here’s one of those projects that’s been done for a while.

After I started putting the nursery together I thought it would be nice to have a storage basket to put next to the chair. That way I can throw in a blanket or anything else that I might want near me that doesn’t work on the cart.

I found an easy to follow tutorial on the blog Make it and Love it. The tutorial explains it well so I don’t really have a whole lot to add. I’ll just add a few comments as to what I did. I used the same supplies suggested and cut the fabric to the same sizes. The main green fabric I used is left over from the ottoman, lined with a stiff fusible interfacing and the lining fabric is just a thick muslin.

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Other than gathering all the needed supplies I pretty much just followed the tutorial from there. As you can see I already sewed the bottom corners to make the box shape and then pinned the tops together, right sides facing out.

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If I remember correctly I did go ahead and serge the top of the bag before turning it twice for the top hem.

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Once the basket was together I installed the eyelets using the directions that came in the package.

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All that was left after that was to tie on the handles.

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For now I’ve just got some stuffed animals and blankets inside for show but we’ll see how it ends up getting used.

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This is the first fabric basket I’ve ever made and I’m surprised with how quick and easy it was. I still have enough eyelets left for another basket so maybe I’ll make a second one later.

Don’t forget to check out the tutorial I linked at the top of the post if you want to make your own. There are a lot more detailed instructions there.

Throw Pillows for the Nursery

I thought it would be nice to have a couple of throw pillows for the chair in the nursery. I don’t know if I’ll end up using them but this way I can if I want to.

I came up with a pretty simple pattern using fabrics that I had left from the other nursery projects.

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Then I just serged the pieces together to make the top of the pillow cases.

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For the back I used some of the minky that I had left over from another couple projects.

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Once they were sewn together and the pillows inside they turned out pretty cute.

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Another quick project to mark off the to do list. I’m almost done decorating the room! Just a few more things to wrap up.

DIY Crib Sheet

Although I didn’t put it on my to do list I figured if I had enough fabric left over from other projects I would try to make a couple crib sheets.

I found a pretty generic tutorial on the blog View from the Fridge. It’s pretty simple; just cut a piece of fabric to 45″x69″ and then cut out 9″ squares from each corner. Sew up the corners and then make a casing around the edges for the elastic to slip into.

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They were surprisingly quick to make but I will say that the sheets ended up being really tight. I did the full 9″ corners but only did a 1/2″ casing since I serged the edges before I made the casing. The finished sheets takes a lot of maneuvering to get on the mattress.

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The teal blue chevron is the first one I made and I used the suggested 62″ of elastic and it was really really tight and hard to get on. The next time around I did use up to 24″ more of elastic and it helped a little but I’m not sure that it helped a lot.

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I don’t know if I just needed to make smaller corner cutouts or what but the sheets are not very easy to put on and I’m a little afraid they won’t last very long since there it so much stress on the corners. They did turn out pretty cute though and I like that they match the room. Worst case I’ll just end up buying a sheet or two if I need to later.

Has anyone else made a crib sheet and had good luck with it?

Painting the Nursery Dressers

You may not have really noticed yet but the room we are using as the nursery doesn’t have a closet. It’s not really a bedroom but more of an office space. The reason we are using it is because it’s the only other enclosed room on the main level,  which is where our master bedroom is. (For a better picture check out the floor plan page)

I say all of this to explain why I wanted two separate dressers in the nursery. I’m trying to get as much storage as possible in the small space.

The first dresser is actually a baby dresser. My grandfather made it many years ago when my uncle was born. It has 6 drawers and it has a hanging rod behind the larger door.

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I also wanted another shorter dresser that I could double as a changing table. I debated about what to get as a second dresser and originally considered buying something new. In the end I remembered that we had an extra Hemnes dresser that we weren’t really using in the guest room. It didn’t seem like too much extra work to paint it at the same time as the other dresser.

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To get started we brought everything out into the garage and gave all the surfaces we wanted to paint a sanding.

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We didn’t sand down to bare wood. We were really just looking to degloss the surfaces.

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Then we just used foam rollers to apply one coat of primer. As you can see we really only painted the visible surfaces. The primer we used was Miller paint’s stain blocking primer.

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After talking to the guy at the paint store we decided to just paint one coat of the primer even though it wasn’t very opaque.

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Then we came back with the final paint and painted away. We painted the drawers faces with left over flagtone grey (MSL247) from the guest room painting.

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For the main part of the cabinets I picked up some new white paint in the Kelly Moore Dura-Poxy. The color I had it tinted to was Miller Paint’s Cyprus Spring (0411). The baby dresser really only needed two coats of paint but I think we might have done three anyway.

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As for the short black dresser it really needed the three coats. In hindsight we should have done at least two coats of the primer but it still worked out fine.

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Once everything was thoroughly dried we brought the cabinets inside and put on the new hardware.

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I was worried that the two different styles wouldn’t look very good together but once they were painted and sitting side by side I think they look pretty good.

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All the knobs came from Hobby Lobby and it’s so nice that they all match and look more updated than the original ones.

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I added some drawer liners to the bottom of the drawers since they were a little rough and I thought it would protect whatever we put inside them. I found this drawer liner on amazon and I really liked the pattern and colors. (It may still be available so here’s the link I used) The liner wasn’t perfect because it was a little shorter than the drawer depth. If I rotated the pattern I could have filled the whole drawer but I didn’t think it was worth it with the pattern. Just something to consider if you’re thinking about buying this drawer liner since it has a directional pattern.

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I even ended up adding some drawer liner to the bottom of the closet area so that it would match. Chris also installed a second closet rod in the cabinet. I’m not sure that it’s really going to be tall enough to hang things on but we can always just take it out later.

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Beside the chair cushions this was probably the most time consuming project for the nursery. I’m glad they are finally done and ready to use. I am getting so close to being finished with this room. I can’t wait to finally feel like the room is ready.