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‘Tiny T’

DIY: custom canvases for the nursery

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

In a rare moment of motivation, I decided to make some artwork for the new nursery. I had seen projects similar to this all over Pinterest so I decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a quick and easy endeavor. They have since been hung in the nursery, one over each crib. I’ll post some photos of the room real soon.

In the meantime, here’s how this little project came together.

I started out with two blank canvases (18″ x 24″), some acrylic craft paint and 2 inch vinyl adhesive letters.

I painted each canvas in a light coat of paint.

Starting at the edge, I affixed the letters to each canvas.

Then I gave each canvas another coat of paint in the corresponding color.

After allowing them a few days to dry, I slowly peeled off the letters…and here they are. Super easy and super cute!

DIY: our little man cave

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Okay, here it is…Tiny T’s little man cave! I’m so happy with how it all came together. At least once a day, I find myself sitting in the rocking chair admiring all of our handiwork and envisioning our little guy sleeping in his crib or picking a book to read with his mom and dad. It’s just such a sweet place to be. I can’t wait to bring him home and enjoy the feeling of true completeness.

DIY: abacus for the nursery

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Remember my post about the ideas and inspiration that I have been collecting for the nursery? Well, I’m still totally obsessed with Sherry Hart’s nursery design over at Design Indulgence and one of the things I love so much about the room is the abacus hanging over the dresser.

courtesy of http://designindulgence.blogspot.com

It’s from CB2 but at $150 it’s more than I would be willing to spend, so I decided to keep looking. I stumbled upon a tutorial over at Anything Pretty and rejoiced in the fact that the internet is a crafty girl’s best friend! This blogger is my kind of crafty chick. She’s creative, resourceful and determined to try to make something before just whipping out her credit card. I’d like to think we could easily be friends.

We tweaked the design a little bit, but pretty much followed her lead. This was another project that Eric made all his own. We all know my woodworking limitations, but since I was also forbidden from being around paint, he really stepped in and took over the entire thing. We did tackle the final assembly together which was a lot of fun.

Here are some shots that I took along the way.

I ordered 100 wooden beads from a wholesale wood crafts website and they were primed using spray primer and painted using high-gloss spray paint.

Eric built a simple frame and I bought some wooden dowels from our local craft store. 

After a couple of coats of flat white paint, it was ready for assembly.  Using wall anchors and simple hardware, we  hung the bad boy on the wall. Ta-da!!

You know what? It just might be my favorite item in the entire nursery. It came out so well, better than either of us expected…and serves as proof that I absolutely married my industrious-natured, DIY-loving soul mate.

We’re having a big party this weekend to celebrate our little one’s impending arrival. I have a few more small things to do to make the nursery complete. I’ll post the big reveal next week!

DIY: little birds for our little one

Monday, March 19th, 2012

If this post had a theme song, it would be The Birds, by Elbow

Oh, how I love Elbow! We saw them in Atlanta over the summer and it was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. Come to think of it, it was Tiny’s first concert. Neat!

Anyway…

I first spotted handmade bird mobiles a while ago; long before I was even pregnant. You can find an array of them on Etsy and there are several tutorials and patterns online if you’re inclined to make one for yourself. (here’s the pattern I used) So, I certainly can’t take credit for the original idea. I was mostly driven by my refusal to pay for anything if I am (somewhat) confident I can make it. And at the end of the day, what did I have to lose in trying…a little bit of fabric and a little bit of my time. Totally worth giving it a shot, right?

To my surprise, this project turned out to be fun, fast and easy! My mother-in-law came to visit us for a night and even got to help with some of the sewing. I’m glad she got to be involved.

Here’s how we did it:

I used some fabric that I had on hand,and also bought a few fat quarters from our local fabric shop.

I cut the bird bodies according to the pattern.

I pinned contrasting fabrics together allowing for a 1/4 inch seam.

I stitched the little guys up, turned them right side out, and stuffed them with pillow filler.

I collected sticks from the backyard.

Using my hot glue gun, I attached the birds to the sticks.

Using circle screws and fishing line, we connected them.

We hung them from the ceiling, centered over the crib. Ta-da!

With only a few more projects on our to-do list, the nursery is really coming along. I can’t wait to show everyone the finished product. Stay tuned for a big reveal!

DIY: diffusing a crib crisis

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

As I mentioned before, along the road to designing the nursery, we had some struggles with the crib. This was mostly because we just don’t like them…Eric especially; he says they look like little cages. And he’s right. But it’s not like we have much of an alternative, so I dedicated myself to researching every single crib on the market and each week, we sat down and reviewed my findings. Most were tossed out the window pretty quickly. However, there were a few styles that we liked:

DwellStudio Silver Lake Crib

Moderne Crib from Netto Collection

BabyLetto Mercer Crib

On each of these, we loved the little shelf or drawer that offered some extra storage, but they were all out of our price range and we quickly found ourselves running out of options. Then Eric had a pretty inspired (and adventurous) idea…why not buy an inexpensive crib and turn it into something we both love? I’ll admit that I was pretty hesitant at first. Not that I don’t trust his carpentry skills…I’m just fully aware of my own (or total lack thereof).

Then again, it’s not like I was certain that we couldn’t do it…and in the time it took me to have an internal dialogue about the idea, Eric had already started sketching designs. So, the mission was underway!

We bought a crib from Ikea for $100 and with Eric’s designs in hand; we went to the hardware store and loaded up on lumber. This is the part of the story when the spotlight is shifted entirely to my amazingly industrious and talented husband. Other than a bit of sanding on my part, this quickly turned into his project. And he NAILED it. He removed the legs of the crib and built a drawer to form a new base. The end result? The most awesome crib, ever!

Our very own custom crib!

I mean, really. How awesome is this?

I love how simple it is. The drawer offers a perfect spot to store extra sheets and blankets. The grey detail fits perfectly with the color scheme of the room. He even maintained the functionality of the original design so one side can still be removed to create a kid’s bed. He’s my handyman hero!

Now that the crib is complete I can focus on a few smaller projects that will really turn the room into a nursery. Stay tuned!

Nursery Obsessions

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Okay, I can’t exactly say I’ve been obsessed, not like I was with the wedding preparations, but I will say it’s been really fun browsing design blogs and collecting ideas for Tiny’s room. For the record, I am SO totally addicted to Pinterest.

We knew we wanted to be as gender-neutral as possible, even before finding out whether we were having a boy or a girl. We also knew we wanted to keep the nursery aligned with the overall look of the house, so a minimal and modern look was the ultimate goal. Otherwise, I had no clue as to what kind of look I even liked. I started finding some really cute nurseries in grey/yellow and grey/orange themes and we quickly decided to go with a combination of the two. Here are some of the ideas that have been influential.

I love the random assortment of artwork on the walls:

courtesy of http://house36.wordpress.com

 I love the rug and the way the orange stands out against the white and grey:

courtesy of http://biesinger.blogspot.com

The white and pale yellow go really well together…and the framed elephant is just so sweet:

courtesy of http://taliaaudenart.blogspot.com

 This mobile is similar to one I’m working on…and I love the little stuffed owl:

courtesy of http://charmhome.blogspot.com

 I just LOVE everything about this one:

courtesy of http://designindulgence.blogspot.com

Of course, I have quite a few projects that I’m working on for Tiny’s room. I’ll have a separate post entirely for the crib. That has been the item we struggled with the most. But, I’m really excited about the direction we’re going and being able to see it come together has been really fun.

More updates to come!

~e.Claire