Thursday, August 27, 2015

Baby D's Nursery {so far}

Decorating the baby's nursery has been a bit of a challenge since we don't know if we're having a boy or a girl, so it's a neutral, blank slate at the moment. However, this room looks one hundred times better than it did when we bought the house, so I'm happy! I plan to bring in more gender specific decorations after Baby D arrives.

As handy as it may have been to have the freezer upstairs, it was moved down to the laundry room as soon as we took possession.

Don't you just "love" that floral wallpaper? Damaged walls hid underneath, unfortunately, but we managed to patch them up a bit, and the crib hides the worst spot anyway. We removed the wall heater since there's also a forced air vent -- almost every room in our home had two heating options so we've been slowly taking back our wall space by removing the heaters. 

I chose to paint the room Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl at 50%. Except, because we had gift cards to Kent, I just got them to colour match a paint that they carry. I won't do that again! I used twice as much paint and had to deal with splatters and runs. I'll be a loyal Ben Moore customer from now on!

That dresser still deserves its own post. I love how it turned out - except, again, I used a cheaper paint from Kent, and it took a long time to dry. It's still a bit sticky, over a month later, but perhaps that can be attributed to the humidity of the season. We'll see how it holds up over the next year. I'm hoping that I won't have to re-paint it because it was a lot of work to get it to this point! Above the dresser, I intend to hang two barn board shelves, but I'm waiting to see how this furniture arrangement works for us over the next few months before I commit to holes in my walls. 

Whether the baby is a boy or a girl, the ruffled curtains are staying up. I love them too much to keep them packed away! These curtains were made from two cheapy bed sheets from Walmart back in 2012 when I moved into my downtown apartment. It was a fun project, albeit a lot of work to do when you don't have a ruffle attachment on your sewing machine. Not to mention the problems of having your iron die mid-project, AND your sewing machine lose its ability to keep tension. Suffice it to say, when the project was finished, I was glad!!

My rocking chair is a gift from my parents. It is so comfortable! I have loved sitting in this chair for years, and now, the thought of rocking my own little one in that very spot has me all emotional and teary eyed. We still need to paint and install the closet doors, although I am starting to think I might just leave the closet open and invest in some organizing baskets for the top shelf. It's handy to have such easy access to the closet, and the chair would be in the way if we put doors up. We'll see how it goes. 

Here's my diaper stash (so far!!) I am loving it. This is where I've invested the most money in preparation for baby. Applecheeks & My Island Baby cloth diapers and inserts. Shayne doesn't really understand why they have to be pretty - but a friend encouraged him to let me go nuts because then I won't want his help with diaper changing. We'll see about that one!!

At the beginning of my pregnancy, in the dead of winter, I felt awful. Some days I moved from the bed to the couch and back again. As a way to keep my mind off how sick I felt, I crocheted this blanket for our little one. I love how it turned out & especially the little anchor, which is a nod toward my Etsy Shop as well as our Island life.

Aww, baby toys! Can't wait to be able to watch our baby play with them as he/she grows. And of course, a baby's book collection should always include Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. Heart pieces all over the place.

I feel like "tada!" fits well here. So....tada! What do you think?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Maternity Photos

My dear friend Bridget offered to take maternity photos for us. How can you say to no to an offer like that?! Here's a few of my favourites. These were taken at 39 weeks, when I still had a little bit of energy to move around. :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Our One Year Photo

One year, a hundred or more lessons learned, and more in love every day.

Many thanks to our friend Bridget for taking photos for us!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hot off the hook: Elephant snuggly

You'll have to forgive my poor photography skills. Isn't this little guy cute! I made him a few months ago for our baby, and have since made a few more for other babies.

The most time consuming part for me each time is the trunk, as I can't seem to get it right the first time and have had to take it out and try again in order to get it properly angled. I'm sure if I paid closer attention to what my hands were doing I wouldn't have this problem, though!

The pattern I followed can be found here:

Have you made any amigurumi projects before? I'd love to see them - feel free to share the patterns, too!
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