Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bird Themed Nursery

This weekend we went to Pottery Barn Kids in the hopes of finding some baby crib bedding ideas. I am so glad we went because I found the cutest bedding. It's the Penelope collection and features patchwork birds on a white, green and pink multi-fabric background. It has polka dots, stripes, solids and the birds are as cute as can be! Of course this collection was not on sale and I am not paying full price so when we got home I immediately searched ebay. It turns out that this collection is somewhat hard to find, so the sellers on ebay claim, and the stuff is selling for loads of money {as much as you would pay at PBK or more}. I was a little dissapointed with the prices being so high but not too worried since we still have plenty of time before we need to buy it. However, my wandering mind led me to craigslist and good thing it did because I found a gently used, complete set for $85!!! This set includes the quilt, bumper, 2 fitted sheets, bed skirt and pillow sham. We are going to pick it up on Tuesday so then I can decide what color paint to put on the walls. It'll probably end up being a shade of light green.

Photos courtesy of www.Pottery Barn

~Momma to Bug~

Friday, May 29, 2009

21 Weeks: It's a Girl!

Today we had an ultrasound and found out that we are having another baby girl! They said everything looks good from the ultrasound and that this baby has a rather large abdomen. Our doctor indicated that a large abdomen means a big baby. If you ask me it's too early to tell a whole lot but I'm not an expert. For the last couple of months of my pregnancy with Arielle they told me she was going to be a big baby but she wasn't as big as she was long so maybe they are wrong this time too!

We are in the process of choosing a name and of course I am starting to plan the nursery, bedding, paint color, lighting, accessories....! Here is one of my favorite picks so far {fromPottery Barn Kids}:

As for the paint color, I have a lot of choices with this bedding and I like the simplicity of the polka dots on a white background. I think a soft, pale green or pink would look great!

How cute is this lamp {also from PBK}?

This is going to be so much fun!

~Momma to Bug~

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Nursery Room Bookshelf ~ After

The nursery room bookshelf makeover is complete and I couldn't be happier with the results!

Here is the before and this is the after:

Do you notice the new beadboard backing? I decided the original backing was too rough and probably wouldn't look good with paint. We found the last piece of 3" beadboard on clearance at Home Depot for less than $17. I think it gives the bookshelf a custom look and is very fitting for a baby's room.

I chose the color Whisper White by Glidden because we already had some so it didn't cost me anything. Also, it is the same color of the trim and doors in our house so I knew I would like it.

The total cost of this bookshelf makeover was around $55. It's amazing what a quart of paint and four hours can do for an old piece of furniture.

Did I mention that I had helpers? Mommy + Me and our daughters joined in the fun.

I've linked this over at The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday Linky Party...check out everybody else's frugal makeovers!

~Momma to Bug~

Thursday, May 21, 2009

My Favorite Tablescape

A little while ago the Nester posted this blog about Tablescapes and it really caught my attention. I don't have a lot of tablescapes in my house that aren't full of mostly picture frames {my weakness by far} but fortunately there is one in my house that I am proud of. It is the bookshelf that doubles as a nightstand in our beach guest room. I always like to play around with this tablescape and make small changes, it is a nice way to experiment and have fun! Plus it's the one room in the house that my four year old hasn't overtaken with toys so it's kind of like a breath of fresh air to just be in there.

Looking at these pictures just reminds me of how long I have been planning on "beaching" this bookshelf with some creamy white paint and lots of distressing. That is at the top of my to do list {more like my to do after everything else gets done! list}.

~Momma to Bug~

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nursery Room Bookshelf ~ Before

One of the things I was looking the most forward to with becoming pregnant again was decorating another nursery room. This time around there is not a lot of furniture that we need to buy thanks to a tremendous sense of obligation to keep Arielle's crib and dresser as described in this post. But not all of the furniture is set in stone because we do need to replace our old glider and get a new bookshelf.

From the moment I found out that we were having another baby I began searching craigslist for a bookshelf to makeover. It took nearly four months but I finally found one that I really like. It could stand to be a couple inches deeper to accomodate bigger baskets but for $35 I can't complain much considering that it's real wood and not laminate. I plan on priming it this weekend so it is ready for a fresh coat of paint after we find out if we are having a boy or a girl, however, I am torn between color choices for either. While I am really inclined to paint it white that sounds so boring! I guess my ultimate decision will depend on what color I decide to paint the walls so I am getting ahead of myself.

I am looking forward to making all of these decisions and many more so I can get started on all of my nursery room makeovers...stay tuned!

~Momma to Bug~

Friday, May 15, 2009

4 Going on 24?

I started to write this post four days ago and was very happy about the title because it described what Arielle had been acting for the past week. However, she is four and her mood changes in the blink of an eye. Suddenly she has been acting more like a two year old. To put it eloquently, she has had a few number two accidents out of the blue and I don't know what to make of it. She didn't even have those types of accidents when she was potty training believe it or not. If she is trying to get my attention it sure is working. This must be a glimpse of things to come when the baby is born and Arielle is getting even less attention.

Let's rewind to last week when she announced to me that when she was grown up she was going to get married and have babies. She went on and on about how she was going to have babies so that she could take care of them and feed them. I later found out that she told her teacher the same thing. I know the fact that I am pregnant probably has a lot to do with her recent decision making but I can't help but think she is WAY too young to be planning this out right now. Then today out of nowhere she came up to me and tried to "french kiss" me, not once but twice. She was not happy when I told her that kissing that way was inappropriate. She seems to be in such a hurry to grow up, it is almost saddening but at the same time it is refreshing to be reminded of her pure childhood innocence. She is just telling it like she sees it.

On another much greener note, we had to dig up our front yard tree that was not coming back to life. The tree that we got to replace it is beautiful! It's called a Ft. McNair Horse Chestnut and has beautiful pink flowers in the spring. Although it is a slow growing tree, it gets very tall and top heavy. I hope we can be here long enough to see it get that big.

~Momma to Bug~

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Treasure

I had a wonderful Mother's Day this year, despite the rainy and chilly weather. It started off perfectly when everyone let me sleep in and the rest of the day was just as good. I asked for a new Pandora glass bead to add to my charm bracelet and got what I wished for! Besides that I got to spend all day with my family. Arielle has been going through a big "NO" phase in the past couple of months which has been trying and I have been trying not to lose my patience too often. I decided that instead of getting mad and yelling or telling her not to say no to me, I would just take one of her toys away when it happened. So I created a "Reward Chart" that she could earn stickers when she did one of three things (help, make a good choice or listen) and when she gets five in a row she can earn back a toy. It has been working well but she is still testing me more often than not. Today was no exception but she made up for it at bed time because she didn't even ask me to lay down with her for a little while or cling to me as I tried to leave the room (a habit that I am trying to break quickly).

This weekend I took Arielle to some garage sales, which has become one of her new favorite pasttimes! I didn't find anything good to buy but I did find this large wicker chest sitting on somebody's driveway for FREE! While it is not in perfect condition, it functions well and still looks great. I am thinking about spray painting it for the new baby's room. White if it is a girl, dark brown if it is a boy. We find out in three weeks (if we can help it) so stay tuned for the transformation. I will have to install child-proof hinges somehow and I am wondering though if I should remove the feet or keep them. What do you think?

~Momma to Bug~

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Glass Bead Magnets Project

First things first, thank you so much Chris for all of your inspiring posts about decorating and crafts. And for mentioning my name and doing a post about budget-friendly magnets at my request! I love your blog, Just A Girl!

Now, here are the glass bead magnets that I was able to whip up in just a matter of a couple of hours. They truly are inexpensive and easy to make but look like they cost a fortune! These make great gift ideas and with all of the leftover sheet metal that I have from making my magnet board, I'll be making some more little ones for presents as well. I plan on finding some picture frames to reuse at garage sales this summer!

~Momma to Bug~