We are hard at work on Baby Bun’s nursery, and my favorite part is the decorating. I saw a ribbon mobile I love at Pottery Barn, but it was almost $70. I decided I could make one pretty easily for a lot less. I piled up the coupons and went to Hobby Lobby. Ribbon was half off. Score! I bought ten different colors of ribbon and a wire wreath frame. I already had paint for the frame and craft glue. The wreath was that floral dark green, so I painted it light aqua. The aqua repeats itself throughout the nursery, as do most of the other colors. As you can see we did not stick solely to the traditional gender neutral colors of green and yellow. I can’t wait to show you all of the nursery when we get done.
At first I cut the ribbon into strips, but they were way too long. I wanted to make sure the baby couldn’t grab it even when he/she is able to stand in the crib. I cut each piece in half and it was perfect. Check out the massive pile of ribbon.
I glued strips around the inside ring first. I folded each strip over and putt a dot of craft glue on it, then held it in place for a few seconds. This was effective but a bit messy. I think you could double the length and knot it in half for a glueless mobile. After the inside ring, I decided to skip the two middle rings and go straight to the outside ring. I glued the ribbon around that ring, and love the way it looks. Then I measured from the hook (centered above the crib) to see how far I wanted the mobile to hang. I divided that measurement in half and then added 2 inches for a little give and the knots. I tied each of those ribbons to the middle ring with a knot and then hung the mobile from the hook. I love how some of the ribbon is starting to curl.
Here is Baby Bun’s view. Fun, right?
I hope he or she will love it.
I think it is simple, yet bright and fun. Below you’ll find a little sneak peek into the nursery. Jackson is mystified by all the goings on back there. As you can see we have rugs in place (that used to be in our bedroom) over the weird rent house carpet. There is only so much you can do in a rent house, but I hope to do all that I can to make it lovely. The fabric hanging over the crib is an eyelet crib skirt made for my bassinet (32 years ago) by my sweet grandmother. She died 6 years ago, so I love that I have a piece that she made in the nursery. Hopefully we will get it in place soon. One step at a time.
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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
this past weekend we went to little rock to celebrate several birthdays (marci, dad, and joyce) with folks we love. my brother chris and his wife emily were in town as well, with our precious niece in tow. caroline is the prettiest baby ever, though i will admit i’m biased. the best part of the weekend was the quality time with some of my favorite people. the second best thing was seeing the change in my dad. right after christmas he joined a gym and started working out almost every day. he and my mom changed their eating habits to concentrate on making healthy choices. my daddy has lost 36 pounds since the beginning of january! he has struggled with his weight my entire life, as well as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a host of other weight caused issues. he went to the doctor and all of his levels were already back into the healthy range! amazing! we had to buy him new clothes for his birthday because the old ones were falling off. i am so incredibly proud of him and my mom for changing their lifestyle. they are such an inspiration to me. now if i can just get moving myself…
the proud grandparents – dede and papa john
aunt becca and baby caroline
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
1 Timothy 1:15-17