Grandma is probably the one that gave my love of crafts. When I was younger my sister and cousin and I would spent hours drawing princesses at her house. She always had tons of random art supplies. Nothing was more fun than playing with thousands of buttons and a bottle of glue.
Sadly these days Grandma is suffering from Alzheimer's. She needs someone to be with her all the time so I spent that month hanging out with her and spent a lot of time on the internet. I made up my baby registry and designed Asher’s nursery. After looking at 1000s of pictures of different bedding sets I settled on this one:
This is not Asher’s nursery, just a photo from the cottontail design website. My husband’s friends from College purchased the bedding and the laundry hamper which were the only things we wanted. I wanted to make the rest of the decorations. Here is what I came up with.
I looked and looked for curtains that I liked at a reasonable price. Everything I liked was way to expensive, especially since the windows are really wide and it was going to take at least 6 panels to cover it. In the end I made his curtains with 4 twin sized sheet from Ikea. Making my final cost less than $15. They aren’t the most Amazing curtains ever but the price was right.
I also bought the Malma Mirrors fron Ikea and painted them to match the bedding fabric.
But my favorite project was my the animal paintings. They came out so cute. I made these after we received the bedding set. I was probably 7 months pregnant at the time. I made the background to match the bedding and then painted the animals on top. I wanted the Art to have different animals than those on the quilt. I wish I could take full credit for the cuteness of the animals but they did come as an appliqué on some onesies from Carters. Each painting took about 10 hours to make. Totally a labor of love as I was really uncomfortable.
Asher may never appreciate the work that I put into my nursery but I went to it with the attitude that it was really for me anyway. After all, during Asher’s first year of life I spent many hours in that room and I wanted a space I could really be comfortable.