The Nursery is Ready!

16 August 2013

Our house is kinda silly.  It’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but for all its square footage, it’s really only a two bedroom house.  We have the basement which houses my craft room, vodka room (yep……it’s where I do all the infusions), a general playroom type area and a guest room (legally, however, it can’t be considered a bedroom because of the lack of proper windows). We also have the pool house which is where most of our guests get to stay – and one of my favorite places to relax.  This presented a little bit of a challenge when it came to figuring out where to put Baby Banks.  We ended up settling on putting him in the office that is off the living room – far from ideal, but certainly workable.  The doors are dummy doors (they don’t latch), so the dogs can open them very easily; we’re having the door guys change that and I put my little touches to soften things up a bit.  I will admit that I love that we’ll have the sliding glass doors looking out over the lake. I can breastfeed baby boy while looking out on a beautiful view!

The former office has beautiful dark wood paneling, so I needed to keep the decor warm but light.  Inspiration struck when I came across the perfect fabric at Goodnight Room – a local children’s boutique shop.  And so it came to be…..greys and blues and greens and cream would be accented with jungle wildlife.  I decided that draperies were far too big of a project for me to tackle while pregnant, so I did something out of character and had them custom made.  Yeah. I know. Who am I?


Things came together pretty quickly after that. My Pinterest addiction had led me to a fun project for wall art that was a perfect way to include Ellie in on the fun.  We spent a few weekends tackling a canvas at a time.




The process is almost foolproof! First we painted each canvas the color we wanted the letters or shapes to be.  Then we used my Silhouette  machine to cut the letters and shapes out of adhesive vinyl.  After the canvas dried, we placed the vinyl on them and painted the entire thing the main color.  When THAT dried, we peeled off the vinyl and there you have it – perfect little wall art. Ellie loves that she was involved with the artwork in her brother’s room; she even created her own (though I don’t have photos of it yet)!

I also hung Jeffrey’s Donald Duck Rock Climbing frame that I had done years ago for him.  It’s pretty cool to have something of his childhood hanging and part creating of Banks’ memories! And the colors work decently enough!


Not long after ordering the draperies, I found several different fabrics at Joann’s and Portland’s Mill’s End Fabric Outlet that I absolutely loved.  Before I knew it, I was sewing and sewing and sewing and sewing some more!  I made bedskirts and blankets and burp cloths and rail guards. Until finally, everything seemed to be covered.


The dresser is a family heirloom – though I did change the pulls




The queen size bed will be in there until he’s sleeping through the night. Once I don’t have to get up every 3 hours, we’ll put the twin size bed back in, and the lamp won’t be covering the built ins anymore! (You can see Ellie’s rainbow canvas in the corner by the bed)

I found the rug at Home Goods for $150 and it’s the most cuddly, comfy, cushy thing ever. I love it! It’s far more comfy cozy than I thought it would be, and once the queen size bed is out, I’ll be able to put the rocking chair in the corner and it’ll be perfect.

With no closet I was faced with a little bit of a dilemma of where to put his clothes, but the built ins are darn convenient!  I simply removed a shelf and am using a tension shower rod for the few clothes that he has that need to be hung.  There is so much storage in this room, I have more than I need – even with the extra diapers, clothes, blankets and toys!



I found the wood bins at Fred Meyers for $7/each. I love them – I just wish they had had more!


The Burlap elephants and giraffes were a TJ Max find

SO there you have it. The nursery……in pieces!







Ellie’s Creative Spot

14 August 2013

It’s funny how things come about sometimes…especially with a smart, spirited little 5-year-old girl around. For instance………….

Last week,  Ellie’s behavior took a turn — for the worse.  I have no idea who or what took over my sweet, witty child, but let me tell you – it was NOT pretty. After trying the usual consequences and disciplines, I had had ENOUGH! After her throwing one too many fits and destroying one too many toys, I informed her that the next consequence would be that every single one of the toys in her room would be packed up and disappear. She didn’t believe me, and the next thing I knew I was hauling all her things into the living room to be packed.

This did NOT have the effect I had hoped it would. In fact, within minutes, she was helping me – happily reminding me of toys that were tucked away in this spot or that spot, and reminding me that there were toys in the living room underneath the coffee table.  I had no idea what to do with this child…but I couldn’t stop, and so she went to bed in a bedroom void of toys…but oddly full of smiles. When she woke in the morning, she was still unfazed, and while her behavior didn’t necessarily improve, she kept expressing how much she loved her “clean room” and how now she had room to “run around.” I’m still not sure whether or not she was just trying to get my goat or if she genuinely was happy about the lack of entertainment.  That being said, with some modifications to her schedule and activities, her behavior HAS improved and quite frankly, the lack of toys has been the farthest thing from difficult to manage.  She now spends most of her time drawing, writing and reading quietly in her room – rather than hauling her toys into the living room and spreading them all over.

The lack of clutter has, however, highlighted the need to put some finishing touches on her room – she picked out a rug from Pottery Barn Kids that she LOVES – and she has decided that she wants to “earn it.” She’s gonna have to work pretty darn hard and butter up more than just me to get it – I told her she might have to call in some favors from Santa Claus!



With her using her desk so much, I realized that  kindergarten is just around the corner, and she’ll be needing a good, quiet space to read and write and study – not to mention a place to hang her artwork. And so my next project was born….a place to hang all her awesome artwork and future homework.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and so was she! She loved having all her art supplies right there on her desk, and was so proud of the things she chose to display!  She even wrote a little “book about Friendship” to hang!



The artist hard at workZSC_1820

I started with an $8 cork board from Target and a piece of material from my fabric cupboard (it happens to be the same fabric I used to cover her chair).



I then used the staple gun (with light-duty staples) to secure the fabric to the cork.


you can see the random staples along the edge of the frame

Next I attached the decorative nail trim – this stuff is perfect for projects like this.  I’m not a big fan of using it for upholstery as it gives a “homemade” feel to larger pieces of furniture, but for projects like this, it makes things SOOOO much easier.  You only have to put in an upholstery nail every few inches, and it keeps the nails even.



After nailing in the trim, I flipped the board over and stapled finishing board along the edges…this covered the points of the nails that were poking through the other side, and gave a decent looking finished edge on the back side.  I like a good looking backside. Hee hee.

I buy this at Joann's fabric in the upholstery department along side the Nailhead Trim

I buy this at Joann’s fabric in the upholstery department along side the Nailhead Trim

And that’s it. I hung it, and voila everything is hunky-dory, and I have a happy little girl with a place to display whatever her heart desires!


Buckets are from Target’s $1 bins


I did NOT choose the pink carpet, but it works…one of these days we’ll have to replace it.

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