Wednesday, December 22, 2010

{ anatomy of a nursery } handmade

While I was pregnant I got it in my head that I simply must learn to sew. I think it's natural to look down at your growing belly and start daydreaming about what kind of mom you might be, or might like to be. I wanted to be the kind of mom that knew how to make things.

My first sewing project outside of junior high home-ec class was this baby chew toy. It's wonky and full of silly colors and a perfect first project. Alice loves these kinds of toys right now because they don't require much coordination to get them from hand to mouth.

Next up was a swaddling wrap with super soft fleece inside. I went all-out girly on this one. Alice grew out of it approximately 45 seconds after I turned off the sewing machine.

Lastly I made these little monster bookends so that I can rotate out a few books from her collection and display them on top of her dresser. I deviated from the pattern and added (my first!) zippers to the bottoms of these for easier washing. This resulted in only minor cussing.

All of these patterns are from "Simple Sewing for Baby" by Lotta Jansdotter, which is not only full of great pictures and patterns but also illicited the response 'I could actually make that' which I wasn't finding in other books.

100 days

Alice and her friend Dagny were born on the same day in the same hospital, just two hours apart, over three months ago now. Saturday they both turned 100 days old.

We all pitched in and made homemade potstickers (jiaozi) mostly giggling at our poor handiwork, while Dagny's mom Jing made perfect specimens and a whole spread of stir-fried dishes for our celebratory feast.

May both of our girls live for 100 years!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

{ anatomy of a nursery } alice's room

Let's take a little tour, shall we?

Awesome Alice in Wonderland print was a gift from Brooke.

We managed to fit both a crib and a twin-sized bed into her tiny room. I wanted to furnish the nursery with pieces she could grow into. The bed serves as a cozy corner for playing and nursing.

The dresser is vintage danish modern. That it matches the hand-me-down crib is a happy accident. The rug is Flor tiles, cut in half to make narrower stripes.

The closet had to be a work-horse to fit everything we needed into the room. It serves not only as typical storage, but also as changing station, cloth diaper storage, and library. I love her book collection made up of gifts from friends, garage sale finds, and books from my own nursery.

Close-up of the Studio Violet poster that started the color scheme. "You are loved" wall decal by Shanna Murray. I normally find wall decals sort of cheesy or juvenile but her's are so sweet. Red and white quilt made by grandma for my own nursery.

Otomi textiles from our trip to Mexico, a purchase I had to take home with me even though I had no idea where I would use them. I realized the happy colors and animals would be perfect for a baby's room, and matted them with pin-dotted yellow paper to pick up on the polka-dots throughout the room. Pillows, headboard, and bedspread made by me.

The sweet mobile was a gift from a friend, the ikea pendant lamp is purely aesthetic, as it doesn't actually work. I need a functional lamp in here! I'm pretty happy with how the room turned out. I think its pretty close to the inspiration board below, don't you?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

9/9/10 was a big day.

Our baby girl was born that day.

One day you're innocently walking around in a gigantic clown dress and the very next you're holding a baby. Nine months of contemplating this still cannot possibly prepare you for it.

We are very happy and healthy and a little tired.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

{ anatomy of a nursery } inspiration board

I pulled this inspiration board together before we knew if our little one was a boy or a girl. Either way I wanted lots of white, primary colors, and animals. I also hoped to squeeze a little daybed or twin bed into our tiny nursery so that there would be a place where we could all be together. I hate the idea of just having one rocking chair in a nursery and no place for dad to sit. Once we found out we were having a girl I thought I could "femme" this scheme up with lots of red, wood, and polka-dots.
I'm due in just 6 weeks, let's see if I can pull this together before little Sayer comes!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

one thing leads to another.

So. Much time has passed, and some progress has been made.
While I continue to gather up a few more things for the new nursery (!),
let's divert our attention to the guest room. And grandma Berry's stunning wedding quilt, which has been waiting for a place to shine for years now.

The rooms upstairs are small, so we've left the walls and trim a stark white and added in layers of bright color. The oak floors are the same as what we put in our bedroom, and most all the furnishings we repurposed from other places around the house. The light in this room is wonderful and I sometimes like to take naps in here. As do the cats.

We use the closet area as our equipment storage. At some point I'd like to either hang a curtain over the doorway or, better yet, move the whole storage rack to the basement. Still, this is much improvement from the 1,000 sf of construction space we had last year.

Big things are happening downstairs, too.....