For the nursery I want to DIY as many projects as I could for the decor and after researching mobiles I knew I didn’t want to spend $40 on buying one. I don’t have a nursery theme but I thought with the stenciled cloud wall a hot air balloon mobile would be perfect. I found this tutorial and mostly followed her instructions, except I used my sewing machine and not hand stitching to complete the balloons. Using colorful pieces of felt I cut out 8 of these shapes per balloon. To make the balloons a bit more detailed I cut off the tops of the shape and sewed them on to one of another color.I used my sewing machine to stitch together the 8 pieces.and left an opening at the bottom on the last one to turn it inside out and stuff it with polyfil.. Once stuffed I used a small circle of felt and hand sewed it over the opening..I then used pieces of wine corks and hand sewed them on so they would hang like a basket. I also sewed a couple little clouds and stuffed them..and made a tiny bunting for this balloon.. I used more felt to cover the piece it hangs from and hot glued the balloons to ribbon. and here’s the completed mobile! I think it turned out really cute and I just love it. Hopefully baby R will too;) xoJess
I used this bloggers recipe and slightly altered it to what I had in the pantry. The husband loved them. They’re a perfect snack or quick breakfast.
Here’s what to do:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease donut pan. Mix all ingredients in medium bowl:
1 C gluten free flour, 1/4C agave nectar, 3 tbs cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, salt, 1/2 C almond milk, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 egg.
Pour into the donut pan and bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool for 5-10 minutes then slightly turn and pop out donuts.
Frosting: (this is my own recipe for PB cream cheese frosting): 3 tbs peanut butter, 1 tbs agave nectar, 2 tbs almond milk, 1 tbs cocoa powder, 3 tbs kefir cream cheese.
For our nursery, organization and storage is essential due to the small size of the rooms so I came up with a cheap way to add storage. I had already started on the closet organization and filled it up with clothes already!
Supplies: Dollar store laundry baskets (for $1!), old pillow cases (using what we have!), scissors.
Cut the pillow cases into strips about the width of the basket holes, about 5 inches for the larger one and 2.5 for the small size. I used about 30 strips for the larger basket and cut up 3 pillow cases (with lots of leftover scraps) to make these 2 baskets. In the end I made 6 of the small baskets to use as storage for the changing table and 1 large to hold stuffed animals.
All I did for the smaller baskets was weave the strips in and out of the holes then tied a knot at the end of the row. I also wrapped a strip around the top rim of the basket. I had to tie about 2 strips together to make it long enough. For the large basket I wrapped the strips up and down over the top and tied the knot in the bottom hole of the basket.
I love black walls and dark walls in general, they just make a space so cozy. I also love chalkboards and I wanted to be able to write lists and messages and document our pregnancy/baby on a wall as a backdrop and we weren’t really using this room as a dining room at all. I have since been using our dining area as a craft room since our guest room is now the baby room and my craft room is now the guest room.Painting the walls in our house is a huge pain since they are so textured and with black I really had to do multiple layers to fill in all the spots…sigh.Jayla puppy is always around for support..Still a dining area.. a chalk doodle…and now my craft area. I think once the baby is older we’ll make it into a play room. I’d love to have a teepee and reading nook in here. It’ll be fun to draw with the baby when he’s older too. xoxo jess