Nursery DIY: Felt Hot Air Balloon Mobile


IMG_0530For 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. IMG_9959 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.IMG_9958I used my sewing machine to stitch together the 8 pieces.IMG_9967and left an opening at the bottom on the last one to turn it inside out and stuff it with polyfil..IMG_9961IMG_9969 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.IMG_9972 I also sewed a couple little clouds and stuffed them..IMG_0101IMG_0104and made a tiny bunting for this balloon..IMG_9975 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;) xoJessIMG_0526

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DIY Woven Baskets


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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.

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Chalkboard wall


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.DSC_0088DSC_0091DSC_0105Painting 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.DSC_0112DSC_0109Jayla puppy is always around for support..DSC_0092DSC_0140Still a dining area..IMG_5412 IMG_5404a 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 jessDSC_0187 DSC_0189

Nursery update: Cloud wall


I went back and forth over what to do with the nursery colors, paint, and theme but I kept going back to a more neutral look that wasn’t too “baby”ish if ya know what I mean.   I had pinned a similar cloud wall for inspiration and decided to go for it, using what we had at home too.

Here’s what we did:

My husband drew the cloud onto a piece of cardboard which I cut out and taped around the edges to prevent the cardboard going soggy from paint.  He then measured out where each cloud would go. This was complicated because we both are terrible at measuring and math, so I won’t explain how we measured.  He put blue painters tape where each cloud stencil would line up with.  We taped up the stencil then painted using a mini sponge roller. IMG_0032IMG_0084 IMG_0040IMG_0043IMG_0044Our walls are super textured so I was worried about the edges bleeding/blurring outside the lines, but it worked really well.  I did have to touch up missed spots the next day but overall the project took us 4 hours one Sunday afternoon.  IMG_0098IMG_0097IMG_0096I think it turned out so well, I just love it.  There’s lots of tutorials out there on how to do this if you are interested as well. xoxojess

Decoupaged console table


These pictures are pretty horrible but I did a project to makeover our console table in the living room.  It’s just an Ikea table that was a light wood color that blended with our floors and was pretty blah. I tried painting the drawer but didn’t like it so I decided to decoupage it with a faux snakeskin black and white print. It turned out pretty awesome and faux-animal print is considered a neutral “color”, have you heard that too?  I’m not super crazy about our tomato red wall anymore but I have no idea what to do with it, so for now I like this table in front of it. I recently put a bunch of pictures and candle holders on top and I like how it looks.  I keep a bunch of junk in the drawers like extra candles and I don’t even know what else.

Here’s what I used: Mod podge//scrapbook paper, about 30 sheets//paint brush.  I cut the paper into strips as large as I could and painted the back with mod podge.  I went over the edges and layered the top with one coat to protect it.  That’s it..   So far it looks like new, except a bit of wax that spilled, but it mostly scraped off without damaging the surface.  What do you think?

Have you ever decoupaged a piece of furniture?  Here’s the only before pic I could find of the console table in all it’s Ikea glory.DSC_0063IMG_8748IMG_8717IMG_0093 Photo update: Here’s what it looks like today with some of my have pictures and momentos..IMG_0094 IMG_0091

My nursery ideas


I did a ton of looking on interest and Project nursery once I found out we were pregnant for nursery ideas.  I would describe my taste as funky, bright, colorful, vintage, modern and eclectic.  The extra room we are using for him is pretty small, about 12×12 but it’s got a bright window and it’s a blank slate, down to the builder’s beige-white walls I haven’t touched in the 5 years we’ve lived here.

I love a bright white room with the white crib and the added color in accessories and toys.. 

Love this color combo..

like this mint and orange, black/grey and white room..

I adore this cloud wall..what if I painted them in gold or black  on a neutral wall?

as well as this polka dot wall..I could paint them in minty aqua or clementine orange..

I also luv the light aqua stripes here..maybe in gray on one wall..

So far we have the crib, Jenny lind in white as in the above pic, change table, and white painted hutch, and crib sheets/bumper/skirt in white/grey chevron and polka dots, super cute, and a closet storage cube.  My dad saved the wooden rocking chair from my childhood and plans to bring it down.  The room will probably have a vintage/modern feel and I love that mix.  I’m trying to use/reuse what’s already in our home and DIY what I can.  I have about 16 more weeks and I’d love to have the room done well in advance of baby R’s arrival so I’ll try to keep this updated as an ongoing (fun!) project for now.