Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Nursery Reveal

After many months of gradual work in baby girl's nursery, we are finally to a point where we can call it finished for now.  There are a few things that will be added later but for now it's done-zo!  

Our last nursery update included the construction of the crib and dresser, so now you can see the finished curtains, the glider and the light fixture projects.  All which deserve a post of their own but I will quickly share the process here.  Let's start with the curtains. 

Aren't they lovely.  I had plans to make them, but then my mom swooped in and got the job done, complete with lining.  There was a little bit of drama during the making of them as both my mother and I cut the length too short on two panels and mom had to piece them together.  Crisis averted and you can't even tell.  Phew!  The fabric was 46" wide and we made 4 panels in which two and two were sewn together to make two wider panels for each side of the window. 

I used a silver curtain rod with a mercury glass finial and clip rings from Target.  I think it glams it up a little. 

Next up is the chair.  Boy is this a story.  I could write an entire post entitled, "The Tale of 3 Chairs" because that's how many chairs we went through before settling on this one.  But to be brief, I will spare you the major details and share this synopsis:
  1. Chair 1- is my first Craigslist find for $40 for rocker and ottoman.  The plan was to slip cover it and be done.  Devin hated it, and consensus was that it was not comfortable. 
  2. Chair 2- is an existing IKEA Ektorp chair that we have had and were going to purchase a glider kit to transform it from regular chair to glider.  It was huge in the room and the back was kind of low. 
  3. Chair 3- is my final Craigslist find.  A high back glider with glider ottoman for FREE!  Yup, you read that correct...0 dollars!  Aside from the price being right, the chair was in great shape aside from needing a cleaning and a little WD-40 on the mechanism.  DONE and DONE!  The 3rd chair fit like a glove. 

Next up is the light fixture.  This is also something we have gone around in circles on.  I couldn't make up my baby brain mind.  I finally opted for this light kit from World Market for $34.99.  The price was right and I could totally customize it, and actually it arrived on my doorstep for my birthday from my Mom!  That's even better! 

#1 on the to-do list was paint it.  Devin and I decided white would be best and most versatile in the future.  We did however, paint the screw on shade holders in fuchsia pink for a little pop.  We then screwed small cup hooks into the ceiling in a large diameter and fastened the cord with pink ribbon to the cup hooks.  I think it turned out cute, and kind of is a unique take on a chandelier reminiscent of this one that Pottery Barn used to carry. 

Ok, so now let's pan to the right and take a look at the dresser wall.  This wall is a work in progress.  I intend to add some fun colorful wooden numbers to the space around and in between the shelves.   

The print is a Degas that I've had for a very long time of ballet dancers and the hot air balloon is a souvenir from baby girl's first Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.  

On the opposite wall is the crib. 

I have had the four Brambly Hedge prints from when I was a kid from my Aunt and just adored them.  I could spend hours looking at them and finding all the little details.  The top left is a frame that Devin got me for Christmas from Z Gallerie and I put a picture of us during our first dance at our wedding in it.  The tortoise shell is from the Nate Berkus collection from Target.  I made a little sign that says "Be what you want to be" as a motto for baby girl.  The bird mobile we purchased from Baby Earth and I think is the very first thing we purchased after finding out we were pregnant!  Oh and see the glimpse of rug at the bottom.  Another one of my aunts made that for me when I was a baby.  It is temporary for now, we have intentions of buying a much larger rug down the line. 

The wall opposite of the window is where I included a Epedit shelf from IKEA to hold books and toys.  I intend to add some kind of container to the bottom cubbies for closed storage.  To the right I hung a growth chart that my mom gave us. 

Above it I included "Marty" the moose that Devin also got me for Christmas from Z Gallerie.  I have this strange affinity for moose, no idea why.  I just think they are the cutest things on tall skinny legs. 

So now we wait for baby.  It's nice to know that the nursery is finished even though she won't be sleeping in there for several weeks after she arrives.  But I have a feeling we will be enjoying the glider and perhaps some tummy times in there!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Showing Some Love

Last night Sherry and John Petersik from the blog Young House Love were in the ATX on one of the many stops for their book tour!  Hurray!  They are such excellent bloggers and a major inspiration to me in how I would love for our blog to evolve someday.  So after the announcement of their book tour making a stop in Austin, I was in.  So Devin and I mosied on down to Book People to catch a glimpse of them and get our book signed.  It was a lovely moist evening but it didn't stop John and Sherry from being their upbeat, lighthearted selves and wooed the crowd with their down to earthi-ness.  They first started with a brief talk about how writing the book was so different from writing a blog and then went into a Q&A session.  They are so funny!

After the Q&A, the line for book signing started to form in groups of 40 so that everyone didn't have to stand in line, which I greatly appreciated being 9 months pregnant and all!  Got my book signed and they couldn't have been more gracious.  Here is our pic, Devin opted out, but pay no attention to my huge bloated 2 weeks from due date face in this pic! 

I signed their keepsake book on the way out...

and that was it!  The book signing part was a little rushed, but I understand that they can't sit and chat with everyone.  Overall it was nice to meet them in the flesh since after reading their blog you feel like they are part of your family! 

If you haven't read their blog, you should.  You can find it here.

Now a little peek into what we have been working on for the nursery.  Hopefully I will have more to share soon! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Our Christmas Re-Cap

Happy New Year everyone!  I am back with our Christmas post, a little late!  It was a little bit crazy at the end of the year and I fully expect the craziness to continue well into this new year with the upcoming arrival of our daughter!  We are getting close people!

With that said, here is a run down of our Christmas festivities.  My mother and sister came to Austin for the holiday which was AWESOME because we didn't have to travel with me starting my 3rd trimester.  Phew!  We had a great time pre-Christmas just hanging out, baking, shopping, and enjoying each other's company.  It was nice and low key this year, which is just what I needed.  We dug up some old recipes, including my Granny's date nut loaf.  Here is mom now modeling with it and her tiny Santa hat...

and mom also tried the Divinity recipe once again to try to replicate the best Divinity in the world that was tragically eaten by ants one year.  It was good, but not as good as the ant year.  Better luck next time mom...extra points for trying to sell it though! :)

My sister and I also had our share of coloring, that is what we do.  We are good too.  So our kitchen island was the center of creativity including baking and coloring. 

On Christmas Eve we went to a church service and then had a nice dinner out.  I think it was the first time we ate out for Christmas Eve dinner, but it was so nice to not have to cook and clean up.  We relaxed at home and then it was time for Santa to come.  Roxie put in her last plea for her good behavior...

and we said goodnight.

Christmas morning was great, it finally got a little cool outside, not quite winter weather but we were pleased.  We took our time opening our bounty and generally enjoying each other.

I got Devin a sweet new ride that he can put baby girl on in the future...he was stoked. 

Devin got me lots of beautiful things from ZGallerie that I will share with you later.  Some things are going in the nursery and others in various places in the house. 

Next was Christmas lunch/dinner.  Devin had smoked a brisket all day Christmas Eve as our main dish. 

It was the most delicious brisket I have eaten...EVER.  I'm including restaurants in this statement people.  It was that freaking good.  We had lots left over and froze some and have had several meals since with it and it is still good.  I will share an up close image of my man's meat. :)  Check out that beautiful smoke ring. 

That's about it folks for my quick re-cap.  Like I said it was low key, relaxing and a joy.  I am truly grateful for such a great family and the love that we share.  I can't wait until our next Christmas with baby girl in the mix.  It will only get better! 

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