Remember this? This quilt (made by my great-grandmother) was the inspiration for my bright vintage nursery. You can see the first three installments of the nursery reveal by clicking Part 1
, Part 2
, or Part 3
. Why did I divide it up so much? Because 28 pictures was far too much for one blog post.
I created this ribbon mobile to go over the crib to keep the wee one entertained. You can read about the creation of it here. We got the crib on clearance at Target, and the crib sheets, Sleep Sheep, and sweet turtle blanket were shower gifts. The curtains are also from Target, and I got the Boppy (complete with the organic cover) on clearance at Amazon. Don’t worry, it is only staying in there temporarily. The rugs lived in our bedroom for a while, and came from the Second Saturday Sale in Little Rock. I’ve seen them at boutiques here in town for over $200, but I got them for $20 each. The crib skirt is my favorite. It was made by my grandmother for my crib 32 years ago, and is still in great shape. It is too long, but I just folded it up under the mattress to make it work. I should have taken a close up picture so you could see the lovely eyelet lace.
This “bookcase” was a gold plate holder given to me by Michelle, my sister-in-law. I spray painted it yellow to match the room, and am using it to hold some of the books we’ve received as gifts. Below you can see the ring full of family tradition ideas that my Dallas shower guests wrote down for me.
And finally, here is Jed’s favorite part of the nursery, the Twilight Turtle. When you turn it on it projects stars onto the ceiling using real constellations. He likes to show it off when we bring people back to the nursery.
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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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