hi friends! happy monday!
i thought i'd show you some tidbits from what we now call the baby room. it used to be my "craft room" although a pretty sad amount of crafts went on in there ;) the closet still houses tons of craft supplies though, as well as my etsy clothes and a lot of other random stuff because i'm a packrat.
i did all this over a month ago. i think i will move things around a little bit when i see how we end up using this space when our baby is actually here. obviously she won't really be sleeping in here for quite some time, but we'll play in here and get ready for the day and read and rock and nurse.
that's why i'm okay with calling it the "nursery" although i never seem to say that in real life?
that little dresser was a thrift store find.
it is kind of a funny story. i had wanted a white dresser, preferably vintage, preferably cheap, to also serve as a changing table. i found one in folsom at the thrift store that had eight drawers and was the right height. but it was so big, and i have no cell phone anymore so i couldn't call my dad and ask for help with his truck, so i just kind of left it behind. this was at about 4:30 in the afternoon and the shop closed at 5. next morning i had a bee in my bonnet, called my dad, and he was all prepared to go down and pick up that dresser with me. at 10:00 when the shop opened i called them. the dresser was already gone! sold! i could not believe it.
not to be derailed, i started the rounds of my placerville thrift stores. tried the bigger ones on the edges of town first, to no avail. no white dressers, no even remotely cute dressers. then i walked into the main snowline hospice, my handy dandy most local hometown thrift, and there was a sign that said 50% off furniture...okay, good start.
now i walk in the door, and bam. there's this cute little kid size dresser, only it's wood with a brown stain.
well, i'd paint it. i decided immediately.
and at the half off price i had enough "points" to get it for free! dropped off the receipt at my dad's who promptly went to pick it up in his truck. an hour later i was sitting on the kitchen floor with salvaged half empty paint cans from my garage, painting this sucker up! darin and my dad were all, noooo, this is a big project, you have to sand it first, there's a finish on it....blah blah blah. i ignored them and just painted away. and i think it came out pretty cute!
my mom and jack got us the little handmade folksy rocking horse in a tiny country town.
knick knacks: the little bunny lamp was a thrift store find some time ago, long before i was ever pregnant. the vintage diaper pins came from my boss celia. and you've seen those little booties before :)
got the bookshelves both from the thrift store where joey works. did you know joey works at a thrift store? it is all the family i tell you. i'm going to dedicate a post to that topic someday.
anyway....lots of books already! those are another thing i've been collecting forever....
mom's and babe's both.
darin really wanted a chalkboard wall. he has some big plans....
the poms i made for grandma's 100th birthday party.
all the cats LOVE the nursery. i let them explore as much as they like for now, in order to know that it is a non-threatening and safe space. eventually some spots will become more off limits but for now it is their playroom!
i've had these little embroidered circus animal framed pieces since my early 20s. saving them for the perfect room!
this hansel and gretel lamp was in mine and addie's bedroom all through our childhood. see that little night-light in the well? that's why i can't sleep in the pitch dark to this day. i feel very nostalgic about this lamp.
baby crib with thrifted vintage quilts. my sister-in-law amy got me the vintage crib bumper and matching quilt (inside) years ago as a gift. the wall hangings are from the early 50s, i thrifted them many years ago, and i thrifted the afghan and vintage quilt hanging over the sides. everything has been lovingly washed and is all ready for baby!
tiny dresses all in a row.
i made the bunting out of fabric scraps i've collected.
this rocking chair has been in our family since i can remember. i think it was my grandma's or even great-grandma's on my mom's side. i used to rock joey in this when he was a little baby and i was his very doting older sister. i have spent some nice quiet moments rocking, rocking, rocking, and talking and singing to my own little baby growing within.
i hope to add a few more circussy, cheerful elements as time goes on.
i reeeealllly want a big striped rug for the floor.
at least for now it is nice to have a space dedicated to baby, and all the great stuff our friends have so generously passed along to us!