finally... the nursery is 95% complete! the only thing i want to work on is the "family" bookcase and that will most likely be finished after she is born. (i will have pictures of her grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and 1st cousin on her bookcase so she will be able to learn who everyone is even though she won't see them as often as if we lived in the same town.)
we do not have a lot of choices for paint so what was already in her room is what we stayed with. i love the green anyway so it worked out just fine. :) i chose her bedding before we even knew she was a she. the girl version was way too pink- think pepto bismol! my favorite colors are green and blue and i loved the boy version despite the fact we might have (and in fact do) have a girl on the way. we will definitely make her room more girly when she's old enough to really care. for now, the bedding is more for me- and i find it calming and relaxing instead of shockingly pink.
i love the elephants and they didn't seem to be overly popular when the bedding was purchased. now, however, the current line of carter's baby clothes has elephants on them. they are so sweet! and trust me, she has plenty of pink clothes to make up for the fact that her bedding isn't pink. we have been so blessed to receive so much. i have knitted her 3 hats and a blanket and i have purchased one outfit for her. everything else we have received as gifts and hand-me-downs.
anyway, i know you want to see her room. i cannot wait for her to be here so we can use it!
so i decided to tackle putting the crib together last saturday while jay was at training for work. i had pre-determined i would stop at any point that it got too difficult or heavy. well, i must say that assembling the crib was easier than putting the glider together (which i also did). everyone keeps saying this is "daddy's job" but he'll have plenty of fun (ha!) putting the swing, bouncy seat, pack 'n' play, etc together. it only took me a couple of hours to assemble the crib thanks to great instructions and the packaging. i am so happy with the one we chose. i had great intentions to take more pictures but got distracted with my progress! :)
i think it's fun to look at all of these and see how much i have changed and how much mary isabelle has grown in the last 20 or so weeks. it's amazing that at 4 weeks gestation she was the size of a poppyseed and now she's the size of a watermelon! it is truly amazing what our bodies are made to do in order to create new life.
i know i've said it before... i ♥ pinterest! i have been working on a quick and easy craft project for mary's room. i think it turned out super cute and only cost me about $11- i did have a few things on hand already though.
first i made my own mod podge thanks to a recipe i found on pinterest. i spent 79 cents to make it for myself instead of $11.99 at michael's. awesome! want to know how? check out how to make your own mod podge.
then i just needed a few canvases and some scrapbook paper (i already had these) and some wooden letters, craft paint, and a little craft glue.
then i got to work! i painted the edges of the canvases a blue color similar to the blue in each piece of paper and similar to her bedding. i painted the letters white.
then it was time for mod podge. i had already cut the scrapbook paper to the size of the canvas and they were ready to be applied to the canvas. i applied a few layers of mod podge over the course of an evening and the next day (sorry, no picture of that step) and then lined up the canvases and measured a little to make sure the letters lined up and then glued them on.
then it was time to hang them up! i used our laser level and figured out how far apart i wanted them to hang and centered on the wall and carefully measured and hung them up. i think they turned out super cute... so here's a sneak peek of part of her nursery. (and yes, i realize that the "y" is a little hard to see- it's easier to see in person...) it was fun to get all arts and crafty- especially for my sweet mary isabelle!
the following pictures should speak for themselves...
i have beautiful lilies blooming in front of our apartment. we walked/hiked down to the lake on campus today and took the dogs for a swim.
we live in a beautiful place and are so lucky to be surrounded by the beauty of nature. enjoy!