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Something to Gaze at

by Juliemara
06.6.12

I read or heard somewhere along the way that babies “need” something to gaze at in order to calm themselves to go to sleep. Preferably on their right side. really? This must be why mobiles over cribs are so popular.
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Babies spend a lot of time staring at the ceiling, while they are lying on the floor, being held in your arms or lying in their cribs, they are forced to look up. How often do you look up? Check it out. Pretty boring right? There are some really cute painted ceiling ideas on Pinterest,

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but we have popcorn ceilings, so painting the ceiling in a lovely fun pattern was not an option. I wanted to have a few different elements hanging from the ceiling for my babies to look at and discover. The first hanging object I put in their room was their pretty bushed silver chandelier. 20120613-145041.jpg20120613-145051.jpg20120613-145046.jpg
They like it, they would stare at it, especially when the lights were on. The second hanging object is the lamp over the couch in their room. 20120614-165151.jpg20120614-165204.jpg
It started out with a red light bulb, which according to my husband is the easiest color on the eyes.20120614-165315.jpg20120614-165319.jpg
I believe this except for the fact that red is the only color that babies can see therefore are incredibly attracted to it. They would stare at it with eyes wide open. They especially liked it if they could see the actual bulb and the bright filament in the center of it. They never blinked, not once while looking at that red light. Recently I switched it to a regular white bulb and spruced it up by adding some of the left over white eyelet fabric that thier crib skirts are made from.20120613-151413.jpg

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I just cut strips and glue gunned them on. Now I love the lamp.

Next was the cute barn yard animal mobile I bought from gilt for over the changing table.

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It got hung, in the worst spot. So when we got the babies home and went to change a diaper the mobile hit us in the head.

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So away it went to a temporary spot off the side.

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I had this grand plan for a DIY mobile that I invented in my head after being inspired by Nate Burkus and a mobile I found on a nursery design blog.
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I started the project when I was in my second trimester. Then the carpal tunnel set in and there was no way any mobile was getting made any time soon. So I found this cute musical mobile that matched their room well enough for now.20120613-153418.jpg20120613-153423.jpg
It played a sweet little lullaby for about 90 seconds. It was pretty much useless as far as the musical element was concerned but it looked cute and I think the girls enjoyed gazing at it. I would give it a twirl before I left the room, otherwise it hung perfectly still. Eventually I found the time and the energy to complete my DIY mobile project and I created the rest of the yarn orbs needed. 20120613-153550.jpg
Here’s how I did it.
I hung them using thread over the changing table, but they didn’t move at all and I really hated it. 20120613-154103.jpg20120613-154120.jpg20120613-154132.jpg20120613-154150.jpg20120613-154157.jpg20120613-154203.jpg
I wanted an actual mobile that turned over their cribs. So down came the yarn orb solar system and up when the barn yard animals. 20120613-152939.jpg20120613-152951.jpg
The musical mobile is back in it’s box in storage waiting for it’s yard sale debut. It took me several tries to get the balance right to make the mobile actual work. 20120613-155930.jpg20120613-155935.jpg20120613-155939.jpg20120613-155944.jpg20120613-155950.jpg
Although it’s small I like how it looks and I think it’s really an interesting thing for the girls to look at. I hope to one day make another one just like it and connect both of them to a longer hanging stick (my brilliant husbands idea) but these things will all get done in time. I promise I’ll update you when they do.

Do you have a DIY home decor that you are proud of? Share a picture of it in the comments!

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A living nursery

by Juliemara
11.13.11

Decorating the nursery began way before there was ever a baby (or two) to even consider. I started searching the web for pictures of nursery inspiration. I would visit oh de la, pinterest, and kensipoo regularly to see what was new. I found ultra modern rooms, vintage modern rooms and eclectic vintage rooms all that I loved.

I imagined something like this would be great for a boy,

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And soothing like this would be perfect for a girl

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But I loved the look of these rooms too.

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In the end they are girls and this became the perfect inspiration (some may say obsession) for decorating their nursery.

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We loved how the room was coming along before the girls made their big appearance, see the before pictures here and here. And now that it is a real living nursery, here’s how it looks.

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A fan in the corner to circulate the air, a frog from the shelf became a door stop, the fox toy bin is now a laundry basket, an industrial size hand sanitizer, and a closet filled with sets! An extra large nursing pillow and a boppy for late night solo feedings, these are the not so decorative, but very necessary things in a living, breathing, pooping, burping, fussing, don’t want to go to sleep at night nursery, and we still love how it’s coming along.

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A few girly touches

by Juliemara
09.27.11

Slowly slowly I am getting things unpacked and into the babies room, here are a few pics of the girly touches that have been added…

The Bedding.

I am totally in love with it. I chose the fabric and had it made by a woman I work with.  The concept looked like this.

And the End result… Loveing it!

The quilts were a gift from another co-worker, pretty fab, right?

then the shelf was added and strategically placed so that in the event that something falls off it, nothing will fall on a baby’s head, in the crib or on the changing table. The shelf has a few things I couldn’t resist from the Carter’s gift line.

I got a set of three natural baskets with liners for super cheap from Micheals the middle size one in the changing table is for diapers, wipes and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, which has come highly recomended

I love how the rug looks in the room, it’s probably a little small but these are the lessons you learn as you go. I think I’ll pick up a furry IKEA rug to fill the space next to the cribs and there is more to come for the reading nook. And the room will change and grow with the girls as the years go on. See that white frame on the back wall I have a fun plan for it, so be sure to check back!

Thanks for visiting! Let me know what you think!

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babies room

by Juliemara
09.8.11

These little ladies are going to have one lovely room if you ask either my husband or I. We can’t walk past the room without stopping to take a peak, just to see how cute it’s becoming. Sorry for the horn tooting but we just love the room and can’t wait to fill it with pretty babies in pink.

Here’s what it was, and the progression to the present follows.

remember the really boring closet

now it’s more fun

then we put together the cribs, ok my husband did most of the work, But I did read the instructions to him.

At this stage, most people get to say “good job” lets go celebrate! Not in our house…nope I said “half way there!”

good job Baby!

Did you happen to see that pretty little grey and white thing in the corner of that picture before. This one?

That, my friends, is my craigs list redo.

I found this…

And with some professional help, turned it into this.

look familiar? remember this picture?

hehehe, it’s getting there.

and I love it. More to come soon!

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