nursery


JUST KIDDING!!!!!

But I did have two wonderful showers last weekend… Baby showers that is!!!! On Saturday I had a shower with Jason’s side of the family. It was a yummy yummy brunch! decorated with adorable outfits, and little froggies.  It was really cute.

Muffins, Fruit, Parfaits, Egg casserole, Granola and Juice/punch.
Muffins, Fruit, Parfaits, Egg casserole, Granola and Juice/punch.

Just look at this delicious spread!!!!! It makes my mouth water just thinking about it….

clothes1Some of the cute outfits I got, I can’t wait to put them on “Sully”.

The baby doesn't look so comfortable... but the clothes pins on the shirt is very creative!
The baby doesn’t look so comfortable… but the clothes pins on the shirt is very creative!
Ahhh I have a feeling I will be stealing this idea from Kelly and use a front pack or sling for when I hang out the laundry.
Ahhh I have a feeling I will be stealing this idea from Kelly and use a front pack or sling for when I hang out the laundry.

One of the games we played was holding a baby (doll – thank goodness) talking on a phone and hanging up laundry and seeing who could do it the fastest. It was a little worrysome that occasionally the baby went flying, or the phone, but it sure was fun!!!! Great Aunt B was the winner with a time of 23 seconds (I think) (For more on the shower you can check it out here)

Look at all these gifts! I am glad Ang was recording everything for me!
Look at all these gifts! I am glad Ang was recording everything for me!

Then on Sunday, I had a joint family shower with my cousin. She is due just 6 days after me!!! I of course didn’t get any pictures of it, because I forgot my camera 🙁 Thankfully my Aunt will be getting me doubles.

We had chicken salad and fresh fruit. Chips, pretzels, YUMMY chocolate/raspberry cake and ice cream. We visited and talked pregnancy and babies. It is fun because of the 7 of us that are married, 5 are either pregnant or have had babies within the last 8 months.

Between both showers I think we have just about everything we need for right when the baby is born! Now I just have to wash the linens and clothes and organize it all.

As you can see my *almost* finished nursery needs a little more orgnaizing now.
As you can see my *almost* finished nursery needs a little more orgnaizing now.

Thanks everyone for the wonderful weekend, and helping us get what we need for when “Sully” comes!!!

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I have just a few more things to finish up in the nursery (finish binding my quilt, finish one more bumper, and put away all my baby’s adorable little clothes and things) but I thought I would share a quick update on the *almost* finished nursery.

My secret diaper storage, cleverly hidden behind the crib.

My secret diaper storage, cleverly hidden behind the crib.

Extra storage for clothes and bedding etc.

Extra storage for clothes and bedding etc.

I had gotten these storage crates as a graduation present (a few years back) and love them. I said something to Jason about setting them up. And he came up with the idea of hanging them on the wall. They are all independent of eachother so if we need to move one we can without moving the others. Plus I think it looks really cool how he has it set up. (Great job Jason!!!)

All the nursery furniture in place

All the nursery furniture in place

We got the crib and mattress at once upon a child. The crib is in AWESOME condition, not a scratch on it. And the mattress was a nice Serta. All together we got it for $150.00. And the changing tabel I got at the All kids stuff sale.  For $15.00

The bumpers I made for the crib :-)

The bumpers I made for the crib 🙂

I got my bumpers (well one anyway) done for the crib. My sis Karissa takes total credit for the  frog theme because she is the one that found the fabric and inspired the theme. (Nice taste K) I kinda had to make up my own pattern but I think that it turned out OK 😉

Some bibs that I made.

Some bibs that I made.

Blocks that I made.

Blocks that I made.

These are just a few more of the little crafts I have made. Two of the blocks have little bells in them. And the one with ABC on it, I made out of some scrap  terry cloth from the bibs. I had some fun with these, and after I finish a few more pressing projects I’m going to make some more of both 🙂

If you want to make more projects like these, I found the patterns here. You can save a TON of money by making your own things, and buying second hand. I am just about ready to add up the total of what our nursery expenditure has been. I’ll post it when we do.

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 More has been done in preparation for Sully to arrive. 


He has a few toys and things. For Christmas Krunkle R, Auntie D and cousin A got him little rattles and things. And my mom and dad gave him/me “Goodnight Moon” which was my favorite book when I was little. Mom and Dad read it to me nearly every night.

I found this adorable flannel quilt top at JoAnn’s. (Of course on sale and coupons, so I think it will end up costing about $16!!) I  got a soft yellow (like the stars in the frog background) flannel for backing. Jason, mom and dad helped put it in my grandma’s baby quilt frame. I can’t wait till it is done. 
We found an area rug at Wal-mart for cheap so now we have carpeting in the nursery.

And this is probably my favorite find,. This hamper we originally saw on Home Depot’s website for $12.00. While we were in Wisconsin we were walking around Menards and saw the exact same hamper marked down to $5.oo. We thought it was pretty cute so we picked it up!
We actually have a little more done since these pictures were taken. Like getting the cradle out, getting a dresser top changing table and getting some diapers. (We got one 92 ct of the size 1, thinking that we don’t know how big the baby will be when he is born but he probably won’t be under 8lbs for too long so we didn’t want to risk getting a pack of  newborns.)
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Two of the four walls in the nursery are glazed cement block wall. Very practical for a basement. Not very soft and nursery like for a baby. We decided instead of dry walling and painting, or painting glazed block, we would try something a little different. I dreamed up this odd idea of covering the walls with fabric instead of paint. It is a little more versatile for us. After we move out I can take the curtains and use them as curtains for windows, or turn it into a quilt, or whatever I dream up!!!!


Here is my inspiration. The long wall to the left when you walk in the room will be the solid blue color. (You should have seen the lady at the cutting table when I told her I needed 8 yards of the solid blue) The green and blue plaid will cover the short back wall. That’s the other reason I wanted to use fabric. I can be way more creative with it than I could have been with painting.

My sister found this fabric, I thought it was totally cute. The colors match perfectly, and the froggies are adorable! I will use this to make bumpers for the crib and other little items around the room. It is flannel and it feels very comfy. I would like to pull out little bits of orange/yellow and accent as well.
Here is what it all looks like together.

Cut twice, measure once…. right?

I did a simple rolled edge around 3 of the sides. Then did a 1 1/2″ hem. Then we are going to put gromets in the top and either hang from hooks along the top of the room, or string a line and thread it through the gromets. Jason hammered some of the gromets in tonight. I have two of the curtains done!!! This is going much quicker than I thought it would… hopefully it continues this way!

 This is what the back wall looks like now that the curtains are done. 

Oh yeah, and with coupons and gift cards, I spent around $25 out of pocket. I would have spent more than that on paint alone!

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All of that stuff from one storage room… I mean nursery… had to go someplace. So Gwen and Jason went through another storage room and reorganized it. It some of Jason’s and my stuff, some of Gwen’s stuff all mixed together and not totally organized.

This is what the room started out as….

Again all the stuff went somewhere, so out it went…
Jasper decided to help, so he picked up whatever the broom left behind.

I don’t have any pictures of it, but after everything was out of the rooms it got all re-arranged. Some went to other places upstairs. Some stuff went into the garage sale pile. Our stuff is in boxes stacked in the basement. Once things were re-organized a lot more fit into this second storage room. Its not all put away, but it is a lot better! Thanks Jason and Gwen for all of your hard work, I really appreciate it!

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Ahh… the fun part of planning for a baby. Getting the nursery ready. The first step in this process is figuring out which room will become the baby’s new bedroom. We tossed around a couple of different options, including partitioning off part of the basement and turning that into a nursery. Then my awesome mother-in-law suggest cleaning out one of her storage rooms and turning that into the nursery. So she and Jason started working on it last night. (I plead pregnancy and didn’t help move things. But I did take a few pictures, and started working on things you will see later)

This is the room before hand. Babies are small, but they still do need a little room. Yeah looks a little ambitious but bare with us.

Jason and Gwen worked hard… making some good progress guys!

All that stuff had to go somewhere, so it moved out into the main part of the basement. Normally this kind of stuff would bother me, but it is for a good cause, so I slept very well last night!

Suddenly putting a nursery in there is looking more promising.


Jason re-running some wires

The shelf is all moved out, room is empty and I have the beginings of a nursery!
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