Sunday, April 28, 2013

Nursery Part 1: Mobile and Curtains

Hello! Guess what friends?!?! I worked my last day on Friday this past week!

I'm officially on maternity leave. Thank goodness. It was getting overly exhausting and there are just so many things to get ready for Baby Brown! 
I can't wait to spend the next couple weeks finishing the nursery, washing tons of clothes, and perhaps a little organizing of K-mans room too! Oh yea, and resting. Let us not forget that part=). 

Yesterday was my shower and let me tell you, it was so special and amazing! 

My family and friends are so cool. My BIL planned most of everything and he did an amazing job (so did everyone else who pitched in to help things run smoothly!!). 

I was so busy with visiting and such that I didn't take hardly any pictures! My mom and some others did though, so as soon as I get my hands on them, I will post them here. 

On to the nursery! 

I'm going to try to post several times this week, with updates on the DIY (or not so) projects in the nursery. 

Remember these? 
My crafty friend, Jay, custom made these houndstooth circles for this mobile project! 
He does such amazing work. I keep telling him he needs to expand and get on Etsy! The man does a bunch of craft shows, though, with his It's Saw Good business, and that keeps him busy. 

Thanks Jay! These were so perfect!

I started a month or two later assembling the mobile...procrastinate much?!?

First, I cut a 1 inch strip of fabric from the nursery colors/theme I had purchased for the quilt, crib skirt, pillows, etc. 
Then, I used a glue gun to wrap/attach the fabric to the inner part of an embroidery hoop. I used a medium sized hoop, but I'm sure any old hoop would work for this. I tried to smooth down the frayed parts...although fray check would probably have worked better...I'm just always in a rush=)

I assembled my parts next. 
 Here is the finished hoop in the navy houndstooth fabric, with the houndstooth circles. 

 These are my supplies.....kind of. I told my husband what to get at the hardware store....and it wasn't exactly perfect. I tried to use it (honest!) but the gold just wasn't cutting it, and the invisible cording was too large. I ended up using silver screw eyes and super strong fishing line instead. But thanks anyways Honey!!

 This next photo is terrible. Sorry. 
But I (and Willie Nelson, the cat) wanted to show you how I attached each circle. 
I just eye balled how much fishing line to use...yea no exact measurements here. Jay so sweetly put a tiny hole in the top of each circle, so I threaded the fishing line through that and tied it off with a super good knot. Don't want this falling on baby's head in the middle of the night. 

I then attached the top of the line to the hoop by again, tying a good knot. I cut off excess and voile! 
Repeat with the other 2! 
I just eye balled where to attach them on the hoop by splitting it (in my head) into thirds. Luckily, the fishing line, once tied, still fairly easily slide around the fabric so I could position it better. 
I also left varying lengths for each circle, so they would hang and you can see them all at once. 

Here it is!

here is a better shot...

there we go!

I also made the curtains here! I used the old curtains for a template, added a hem allowance to all edges, and made the casing for the curtain rod. I used home dec. weight fabric, which is thicker and more substantial than a regular old quilting cotton.  Sorry, I didn't take any pics! I was on a roll. 
I simply tied them back with some white ribbon and hung on a nail on each side that was there previously. 
Turned out pretty nice eh? 

 Just wanted to include this sweet action shot of my K-man assembling a vibrating/rocking seat for Baby Brown. He is going to be such a great big brother. 


Tiffany said...

everything is coming together so great!

Yea, for the blanket being hung on the crib. :)

Yea, for no more working!

and Yea, for Koley being such a great helper!

Gretchen said...

Very nice! I can't believe your friend MADE those! And I want to name a cat Willie Nelson now :)

Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above said...

This is a really cute idea. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
We hope to see you there.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

Kimberli B. said...

Love this and your blog! I would love to have you come and share this at my link party that is just up and going! Come join us! We would love to have you at

Angie @ Easy Living Mom said...

Very cute! I chose these as a feature from my last link party. Feel free to grab an "I've Been Featured" button from my Link Parties page. I'm glad you shared this!

Angie @ Easy Living Mom

Roxie Tenner said...

How cute this is! The cloth on the loop even complement on your curtain. And speaking of curtains, I always thought black isn't a good color because of it's dark color that might block the light coming form the window. But looking at this nursery, I might change my mind. Roxie Tenner @

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