Welcome To The World Baby Shower

2014 has been a year full of babies on my dad’s side of the family.  The fourth baby shower I’ve helped with this year for one of my cousins happened over the weekend.  I had helped throw a Welcome to the World shower for a couple in our small group last year using inspiration for a blue and yellow map/globe theme.  This Welcome to the World shower further inspired my direction.  My cousin’s nursery will have a travel theme, so reusing the theme worked well.

I was able to find an old atlas at Goodwill to use for making decorations.  I made this wreath for the front door using this as inspiration.

In the foyer, I started out putting some globes and a paper suitcase (from Target) on the table, but my cousin made an awesome diaper airplane, so we switched it up last minute.

The Welcome Baby sign consists of a hot air balloon and banner cut on my Silhouette machine and chipboard letters onto which I mod-podged maps.

The food table had brie bites on another paper suitcase, chocolate-covered strawberries, fruit and veggie platters, and a cute gift-themed cake.  Above the table, I hung embroidery hoops with maps in them.

Above the gift table, I hung a wire mobile with 3D paper hot air balloons.  I found a cute canvas bin at Kohls that seemed like the perfect size for a stack of diapers to hold her gift.

Here are photos from our friends’ shower at which I originally used many of these decorations last year – just at someone else’s home.  We made it an ice cream social with our community group from church.

I set the BABY  sign on the mantle and made paper ornaments to hang from the mantle .  On either side of the gift-opening area, I hung bunches of blue lanterns and yellow honeycomb balls.

What I’m Loving

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I’ve got all things yard on my mind lately due to the vision and wonderful new plants my mom has been transplanting to our yard.  My sweet grandmother wanted to give us a housewarming gift, so I am putting it towards a Pullerbear tree and root puller, as well as new plants.  Because before we can add beauty to the yard, we will need to first pull out the ugly and invasive.  That includes, but isn’t limited to privet, nandina, sweet gums, and english ivy.

I started clearing and replanting the shrub bed at the front porch a couple of months ago, but have more to do this fall.  One plant I’m hoping to use in front of the Daphnes is Red Drift Roses.  Red Drift is a creeping shrub that will add a pop of color when it is in bloom.

Lastly, as I was walking in our neighborhood, I came across a driveway made of intricate pavers with pea gravel filler.  My mouth dropped open and I pulled out my phone to snap a picture.  I am dreaming of one day having our concrete driveway removed and installing these Turfstone pavers from street to garage.  I can’t even imagine how much it would cost.

Staging the Mantle

One of my least favorite things to do around the house is staging shelves – bookshelves, mantles, kitchen cabinets/counters.  I am drawn to a lot of inspiration for this type of staging, but in my own home it always feels disingenuous or sometimes cluttered to me.  We have one fireplace and the mantle is quite large.  I started by finding some inspiration pictures online and then shopping my stash of decor sitting in the basement.  Some of the inspiration I found is here, here, and here.

I pulled in a couple of Ribba frames for a layered effect, then added a couple of ‘mercury glass’ items.  The ‘hello’ sign was a GroopDealz find.  Bradley saved some aesthetically pleasing branches during a recent yard cleanup, so I popped a few pieces into the hurricane vase to fill everything out.  It’s much better than it was (meaning I had just set a few things up there as we were moving in), but I still don’t know how I feel about it.

Progress Report: Spare Bedroom

The third bedroom upstairs is a completely spare room at this point.  It is on the front side of the house, so it has a double window that provides nice natural light.  Since the move, this has been our cat’s room, but I did decide to get my old twin size bed from my parents’ house to set up in here as well.  I’ve wanted to use navy in our house for a while now, and this spare room already had navy curtain panels from Pottery Barn Kids that were left by the previous owners.  It was the perfect opportunity to try it out.  I found the quilt, sheets and accent pillows at Steinmart – which gave me an accent color to go with the navy – coral.

I searched for inspiration pictures of rooms using navy in order to find a complimentary wall color.  Over and over my favorite pictures were of rooms in which the walls are a shade of white and the navy accents make a statement.  I decided to go for it and see how I liked it in my house – I’ve never not used color on the walls before.  I didn’t want the trim to look dingy or yellowed, so I had Sherwin Williams color-match the trim color which is Cottage White by Behr.  I sanded the jungle mural and put two coats of primer over it, then put two coats of the wall color up.

I painted the metal legs of a spare side table using Krylon’s Coral Isle.  I also used it to paint a frame I got from Goodwill – the navy chevron print in the frame is just wrapping paper I had already.  The lamp base, which was in the guest bedroom at the old house, is painted Rustoleum’s Deep Blue now and paired with a lamp shade from Target.  I found the polka dotted bin that sits under the table at Home Goods.  I’m stashing the few kids toys we keep for visitors inside.  On the other side of the bed, I painted a thrifted brass magazine holder coral and am keeping kids books from my childhood there.  I don’t have a desire to spend any more money on what is truly a spare room at this point, so it is a little sparse in here.

Eventually in this room, just as in the other two upstairs bedrooms, I would like remove the popcorn texture from the ceiling and add a ceiling fan.  Also, at some point the closet doors in this room were changed out for hollow core versions.  I would like to bring back the solid wood folding doors to match the other doors in the house.

Here is the before shot of this room:


Craft Room Update

Over the last week, I’ve cleaned up and sorted most of the ‘stuff’ that has been collecting in the craft room since moving in.  I also found one more piece of pegboard left behind by the previous owner that would work between the windows in the craft room.  I painted it the same color as the walls.

We also moved the Expedit shelf into this room and it fits pretty perfectly under the pegboard.  Once I get new tables for sewing and crafting it may need to move based on what I’m envisioning in my head.

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