nursery update: clock

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

When I started thinking about this nursery, I wanted to be able to use as much of what I had already on hand. If I had to fix it up - that was fine.

Every nursery needs a clock. Well there was a clock in this room and it was pretty plain; an old orange Ikea clock that I think my hubby had in university. I kept looking at it thinking that there must be something I can do with it.

Enter the wonder world of blogs! I found this DIY sunburst mirror on the House of Fifty blog and decided to put a little sunburst in my clock.

Here is what I started with. Kinda blah.

I had some skewers in the pantry and some leftover candy sticks from my Stella & Dot party that I thought would work well for the spikes.

Then I just started gluing with my glue gun, marking off 12, 3, 6 & 9 so the skewers would be even.

All done!

I taped up the clock and started to spray, quickly realizing that the stuff I was using was way too strong for a preggo to be using. So it sat in the garage for about two months until last weekend...

Here it is post-spray. It was kind of a blessing that I waited because I decided to change up the colour and opted for gold instead of the shimmery grey I had purchased originally. 

I wanted a new clock face so I downloaded a template from the World Wide Web...

Once I got the right fit, I flipped through my little paper book to find some designs I could use for the face.

I printed the clock on this paper originally, but it was kind of boring. So I kept looking.

And this is what I chose! Kind of a goldy with teal flowery paper. I just used Modge Podge to stick it to the old clock face and then reattached the clock arms (are they called arms?).

There are still a few things to do to fix it up. My clock face doesn't go to the edge in some spots so I think I might put some type of border around the edge. Also there are a few fly-aways thanks to glue and spray paint that need to be tamed.

Overall not a bad transformation. I only hope the clock keeps working. It's already stopped once! I think it just needs a little kick in the pants...

what I've been up to

Monday, July 23, 2012

Getting good deals on train stuff: table $25 (online mom-to-mom group) and construction site track set $49 (Chapters)
Picking flowers from the garden - loving the hydrangeas and rose of sharon in the yard
Makin' stuff for the nursery
Hanging out with Gramma
Going for walks with Leo & Flash the cat (he will follow us like dog the whole way if we let him!)
Keeping the cousins busy at a wedding with Thomas the Train
Attempting self family pics....
Dancing with Gramma
Cooling off at the park (I feel like I'm a bit of a paparazzo here - taking pics from afar)

nursery update: pillows!

Friday, July 20, 2012

I'm going a bit pillow crazy in this room, but it's only because I already had two pillow covers made and I had two mini inserts that were taking up room in my spare room so I thought ahh why the heck not? I'll make more pillows! So last night I made a couple small pillows for the glider. They're so cute and small! Then I fixed up this second pillow above (it had a little tear) and just threw that on the pouf.

I think I'm taking all my colour cravings and throwing them into this one room....

This week I also picked up a shower curtain from West Elm to use as curtains for the room. I'm going to slice them in half and add some detailing to them. Still need a curtain rod and a dresser! I wanted the Edland from Ikea but they don't sell it anymore the bums.

Well that's it for now! Not much on the baby update - well actually this week the midwife thought the baby might be breech, so I went in for an ultrasound this morning and she's all good. Head down thankfully. 

Oh and I got a ticket outside of the hospital because I have baby brain and parked in the wrong spot. Thankfully the parking guy let me off - even after he wrote the ticket (unimaginable!). What am I going to do when I don't have this belly to help me out anymore! ;)

Have a great weekend y'all!

nursery update: pouf & ultra-mini sneak peek

Monday, July 16, 2012

I got the pouf done today at naptime, but not without some weird looks from my hubby. You see, when I saw the plans for this pouf a light went on in my head and I thought This would be the perfect project to get rid of all those old towels I'm sick of looking at... But when I brought them out to start stuffing, the hubster thought I was crazy for using old towels stating we'd need them for the kids and he uses them for hockey. So I left him some towels for hockey and got to stuffing.

Well that only got me stuffed halfway, so I went on the search for some other stuff to stuff. I've got everything from an old ironing board cover to a couple holy porch pillow covers and finally fiber fill and leftover foam from when I made my rocking chair seats last nursery time.

When I was finished, the hubs asked: "What is it for exactly?" 

"Something pretty! :) I don't know." 

I'm sure someone will sit on it or the kids will play with it. I just wanted to make one! :)
We also installed a ceiling fan in the nursery this weekend. I was going to opt for a pretty light, but I thought I would be practical instead. We got AC, but we still need fans in some rooms to keep the cool air circulating. We chose this white one so it would kind of blend in with the ceiling and we're quite happy with it.

Finally a little sneak peek at a corner of the nursery. I'm going to try to incorporate some golds into the room. This painting was given to us by my Mom's best friend who is an artist in BC.  I think it fits nicely!

So Happy Monday! It's my first day as a SAHM for a bit - things will get crazy I'm sure when #2 makes her appearance!


recent deals

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I'm a bit of a closet bargain shopper (aka cheap). I get a bit of a high finding things for good deals.

Leo is going to be home with me full time next week and I feel like I need to stock up on a few things but I don't want to pay a million to do it!

One thing I wanted to get him is a train table, but I know they are pretty expensive. I saw Lindsay's post about making one which was something I was considering, then I found saw a train table for sale on a Facebook mom-to-mom group I belong to and did a double take... it was $25!

I thought for sure it would be sold because I saw the post a few days after it was up, but it was still available.

Score! Or should I say: All aboard!
My friend C was at Chapters the other day and sent me a text: "Um do you know how much the train tables are here?" I said "Ya a lot!!!" thinking $150. Well turns out they're $800 or something crazy. Is that even possible? And that's without the trains??? Anyway I got a deal. I just need to get some tracks and trains and we'll be set!

Speaking of trains, I was getting my oil changed today and across the street is a Goodwill. I decided to check it out and saw a few cute books and a Thomas train for Leo. Not something that will go on the tracks on the table, but a train nonetheless. He seemed to like it. I got the books and the train for $7.

Now if I could just find a dresser for the baby's room. I've been scouring kijiji and have lost out on two dressers. People act fast when they see something good let me tell ya!

nursery update: crib sheet

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The nursery is coming along (slowly!) and now that I'm finished my library book I can now concentrate on getting some stuff done.

Last night I finished my crib sheet. It was mostly done, but I didn't have a long enough elastic to finish it. Thankfully my Mom came to the rescue this past weekend and gave me some from her stash.

Like my Etsy pin art? Super safe for a baby ;)
I really like it! AND it was super easy to make. I used this crib sheet tutorial that I found on Pinterest. It probably took about 40 mins to make in total.

I just love having something pretty for the baby to pee, pooh and spit up on :).

We're having the room painted tomorrow with Daiquiri Ice from Benjamin Moore. It's my way of pretending to drink my face off while pregnant. You can kind of see the paint splotch on the can - it's super light mint which I'm kind of excited about. I'll probably get it painted and it will look white, but that's ok too. Baby steps with colour people!

Tonight I'll be able to finish my pouf! I was able to get a lot of it done last night as well... stay tuned!

Ok back to work - it's my last week of work! Crazy really since I've only been back for 7 months....

Happy Tuesday!

what I've been up to

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Trying to finish this dang library book! (It's six days overdue! Oh and I apologize for the veiny feet...)

Looking after this sick little boy - he christened my newish living room rug last week....

Eating lots of yogurt and berries

Watching cutie pie cousins play at the family picnic

Getting bigger (35 weeks)

Watching my two sweets from afar

Spilling stuff on myself every day

Working on the porch (only a little over a week left of work!)

Thanking the AC Gods. 
What have you been up to?
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