The Nursery…

Here it is! After 5 months of Finley being here I finally buttoned upped and photographed his nursery to share with you all!…

It’s been awhile getting this together… processing the pregnancy… beginning the journey into motherhood… combatting the anxiety of bringing home a little babe after a nicu stay… ALL of that for another post as I’ll be getting Finely’s birth story together in the coming weeks BUT HERE WE ARE NOW!… feeling great and we’ve got a darling little nursery for our darling little boy.

Finley's Nursery

The walls are my fave grey, from Benjamin Moore, called Revere Pewter. With the grey walls and white trims I knew I wanted to bring in pops of colour in the furniture… we went with the Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Crib by DaVinci… it came with an additional rail so that the crib can grow with our growing little and be converted into a toddler bed! The other colourful piece is the dresser… we chose to go with a dresser over a piece of “baby” furniture, as I found like with wedding products… they have a considerable markup because of what they are and they are just what they are… we wanted a larger piece of furniture that Finely can use as he grows.  This yellow dresser, that we’re also using for a change table, is the simple Hemnes from Ikea!

The Whales… I created a family of three hanging above Finely’s crib using Hansa Toy Whales. A little fishing line and cup hooks, painted white (to blend into the ceiling), and we have our own custom mobile.

To cozy up the room, and because I don’t love the carpet, I layered a cream shag rug with natural sheep rugs… nice on the feet and nice on the tummy during a tummy time sesh.

Finley's Nursery

I hunted high and low for rockers… I tried out a pile of rockers… I read many reviews… like other baby marketed products, although the “nursery” rockers looked great, they just were not the most practical things in terms of longevity and comfort… after solid advice from friends with babies and more rocking chair test driving I ended up with a cozy plush blue rocker-recliner from Lay-z-Boy, and that bad boy currently lives in our master bedroom… so to have a place to sit and nurse Finley when we’re hanging in the nursery we added in the diamond tufted chair that I had reupholstered in a canvas drop cloth a couple years back 🙂

Finley's Nursery

The walls… I thought about series of photos… decals… painted mural… but as the room is small I did’t want to clutter up the space with lots of “wall stuff” to start out… as Finely grows the room will evolve with him and his likes… I’m so excited to watch him grow and to see what he loves!

…one thing I knew I wanted for his nursery wall decor though was a letter board… there is fun to be had with this!… but for now I’m stuck on sappy lovey quotes… the quote here is from a Nancy Tillman book… if you have a baby or know someone having a baby do yourself for them a favour and gift any of the Nancy Tillman books… they’re so lovely and wonderful.

Finley's Nursery

Above the dresser we have a looooong Ikea LACK shelf… It holds fun items and it is great to have in place to quickly change up the decor… with a simple swapping out what we place up there… for now it houses a vintage crown light, handmade quilts, piggy (whale) bank, and a few of Finley’s growing footwear collection.

Finley's Nursery

…yes we have a wipes warmer… I see lots of posts of what not to buy or what people regretted purchasing and a wipe warmer is usually high on those lists… I have a list of these items myself now that we’re in the thick of life with baby, that I’ll share soon, but honestly I really like the wipe warmer… and I’m sure Finely appreciates the warmth during the wee early morning changes!.. pun intended

Finley's Nursery

Finely’s first shoes!… grey suede minimoc moccasins from our incredible doula, and now great friend 🙂 There will be more minimoc moccasins added to his footwear collection… they look so stinkin cute on!

Finley's Nursery

Handmade quits from Finely’s Nana and from the artist quilter Cynthia Frenette! That Atom toy is Finley’s fave teething toy!… easy peasy to hold when he was developing his coordination for grasping and the chances of getting something in his mouth to chew was high! haha! now he’s a pro with his atom and grabbing… grabbing everything within hi sweet little reach! As I type he’s sitting with Nana having a grand old chew on his atom.

Finley's Nursery

This vintage crown light housing I purchased over a year before getting pregnant… I didn’t have a plan for it when I purchased it but I knew that it was going to come in handy… eventually… it is perfect for our little prince! I picked it up from a local market from one of my favourite vintage vendors Few And Between…. inside I put a string of battery operated LED lights so that we can use it as a night light.

Finley's Nursery

The lamp on the side table I chose to match the funky ceiling light fixture… The lamp was a Homesense find!… the Ikea side table doubles as extra blanket storage when we’re feeling extra cuddly!… and it is a fun inexpensive piece that will easily work in the space as the space develops with our growing babe.

Finley's Nursery

YUP!… a pizza pillow is from Forage Photo And Design… what little kid isn’t going to want a pizza pillow!? I couldn’t resist this hand painted pillow when I came across it at another local market event…  Oh and the felt polaroid camera that sits on the looooong shelf is from Forage Photo and Design too!… her work is the definition of fun and fresh!

Finley's Nursery

We discovered Sophie La Girafe early in pregnancy… and also her adorable pal Fan Fan Le Faun… I had to have him for Finely!… Finely loves gnawing on his ears… nose… legs… butt… all over! Both Sophie and Fan Fan get quite the going over these days as it appears our babe is working hard to cut his first teeth.

Finley's Nursery

We come from a crafty family… Nana is a quilter, knitter, maker of all things… honestly its where I get my maker genes from… there is something very special about having handmade quilts and blankets to grow up with… I had many when I was little and still have them to this day.

Finley's Nursery

This moon quilt is another creation by Cynthia F that I was beyond lucky to get my hands on, just a couple weeks back when she was selling off older work to make room for new! LUCKY US!… it’s like it was made just for Finely’s nursery!…

Bunnies… I hope Finley likes bunnies… haha… I purchased many of them before Finley was born… I just can’t resist the Jellycat stuffies… I just discovered, now as I was looking at their website, that they also make little bunny slippers… I’ll brb… going to order some of those right meow!

Finley's Nursery

I mentioned Nancy Tillman earlier… a friend gifted us “On The Night You Were Born”… I cried when I read it and then I started buying up her other books for Finely… they’re written with such love… the love oozes right off the the pages.

Finley's Nursery

Instead of a traditional bassinet I found a neat basket from a basket vendor at the new Granary Road Market this past summer… Finley had a few summer naps in this basket in the living room with us… the kitties seem to enjoy naps in here the most ha!… but as Finley has more solid naps, and I’m puttering around the main level, the basket comes down and gives him the cutest place to nap nearby mama.

Finley's Nursery

For Finley’s growing book collection we utilized the Ikea picture shelf to create bookshelves… the picture shelf is small… it was the perfect size for the small wall, and very clean looking, matching the white trimming in our home.

Finley's Nursery

The top shelf of Finely’s book shelves are holding old, well loved, books from our family… Sleeping Beauty belonged to my mother (Nana) and the Nursery Rhymes and Seuss Books belonged to my brother and I… Uncle Frankie even wrote a message in his fave, Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now, for Finely 🙂

Finley's Nursery

One of the most fun pieces in the room has to be the sputnik light fixture from Progress Lighting… this sweet fixture casts the softest glow over the room at night… the light is so very gentle… nursery perfect I would say!

Finley's Nursery

And there we have it!… Finely’s Nursery! 🙂 Let me know what you think in the comments below!

xo

Lacey

Rooted Meal Prep… gift this to your new parent friends right now!

I was incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to test out a meal prep service in Calgary called Rooted… do yourself a favour and order their food for yourself… and then win the friend of the year award by gifting this service to your new parent friends. I’m serious.

Rooted Meal Prep

It was just Chris and I at home with our new baby… well Chris had gone back to work, my parents visit had ended and they were back in Newfoundland, and our very new baby had a crazy evening witching hour… hours. We walked and sang and bounced and walked and hummed and walked… getting supper together in the evenings had become an uneasy task to say the least.

Rooted Meal Prep

We had trouble figuring out what to eat for supper before having baby… after baby came our time went out the window… When I learned about Rooted I was thrilled to be able to test run a few of their meals.  Rooted delivers incredible plant based meal ingredients and recipe cards right to you door… TO YOUR DOOR.  The box arrived with the meal ingredients portioned and ready to chop and cook into chef curated meals… a little bit of work is required to make the meals but it is worth every moment…

Rooted Meal Prep

Having everything delivered to our door step to create incredible healthy meals was a godsend!… Being a new breastfeeding mama and wanting to eat great healthy meals to support not just myself but our babe too made Rooted a great choice for us!… Not having to go out to pickup all of the bits and pieces to make meals was ahhmazing… recipe cards telling our frazzled baby brains exactly what to do to create the loveliest meals!? Incredible.

Rooted Meal Prep

I was able to shoot these photos while wearing Finley in a carrier… he watched for a bit and then fell right to sleep!… I highly recommend a baby carrier if you have a baby and you’ve never tried one! Free up your hands mamas and papas!

Rooted Meal Prep

We received ingredients for three meals… each came with portioned fresh ingredients and special prepared items… I would not have chosen these meals from a menu if I were at a restaurant as I tend to stick to my tried and trues… but these have now become tired and trues! They were all delish! Trust that whatever meals you receive from Rooted are going to be top notch.

Rooted Meal Prep

The meals were all so fresh, and easy to make!

Now like I said our babe had cray cray witching hours when he was new… I was able to shoot the ingredients early in the afternoon but the meal making and eating?! lol I was not able to get such great shots so I reached out to Rooted for their beautiful photos to show you what the meals we made looked like!

Rooted Meal Prep

The Faux Ginger Beef… no beef… CHICKPEAS! And the rice?! Well there wasn’t rice!… the veggie mixture sat on a bed of a grated root vegetable. I felt so healthy just making these meals! lol

Rooted Meal Prep

Market Fresh Chilli… like the faux ginger beef sauce the prepared and provided chilli sauce was delish!… oh ya and the next one… the cauliflower alfredo sauce was also a Rooted prepared ingredient! No puréeing required! The hard parts are prepared and provided…

Rooted Meal Prep

All you have to do it click order, open your front door, prep a few veggies, and cook up some incredible healthy eats!

Scope out their sweet meal prep service options over at Rooted Meal Prep.  And go be a dear and send some meals to your new parent friends!… then treat yo self 😉

xx

Lacey

Last Minute DIY Costume… Paper Bag Princess…

Here is the fourth costume in my last minute diy halloween costume series!… the adorable Paper Bag Princess!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Who doesn’t love the Paper Bag Princess?!… if you want to make this costume dig up the following materials:

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Large paper bag… if you’re in Calgary you likely have a stack of these kicking around with the new composting collection kits that were rolled out this past summer… if not you can create a paper bag shape with some brown kraft paper!

Cereal box… for the crown!… or you could use a heavy card stock or construction paper… or even a thin sheet of glittery gold foam

Gold Paint… some gold acrylic from the dollar store will do the trick… or even gold spray paint!

Gold Glitter… this isn’t necessary but what princess doesn’t want her crown to glitter!?

Twine/ribbon… to attach the crown to the melon of the wearer 🙂

Measuring tape

Scissors

Paint brush

Tape… clear packing tape works, or duct tape… I also used two way tape for the tapeless look

Hole punch… if you don’t have one don’t worry… you could poke a hole with a pen or a knife just the same 🙂

Dragon stuffie… okay its a dinosaur but it’s the closest I could find quickly!… another idea if you are making the Paper Bag Princess costume in adult size and you have a little is to dress them as a dragon! OMG HOW CUTE!?

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

To get this last minute costume underway peel open the cereal box… I like to start with the crown… as by the time the dress is done the paint should be dry 🙂

Draw out a rough crown shape… the Paper Bag Princess’s crown is by far perfect… its a little twisted and banged up… so don’t fret about making the shapes perfect!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…as you can see the first coat of paint looks rough!… depending on the paint it may take 2-3 coats to cover the printing… acrylic dries pretty quick but if you want to speed it up bust out the hairdryer on medium/low and give it a quick dry… I painted both sides and stood the crown piece up against the bottle so that both sides could dry at the same time…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

After my second coat was painted on and still wet I sprinkled gold glitter over the tips of the crown for a little sparkle… I used a sheet of parchment under the crown to catch the glitter in an attempt to not get glitter eeeeeverywhere… tinfoil works here too!

Because the paint was still wet the glitter stuck without needing the extra step of applying glue to adhere the glitter once the paint dried 🙂

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

To create the round crown shape I used my handy dandy glue gun to glue the edges of the crown together… in a pinch you could use crazy glue or some other glue and hold it together with paper clips or clothes pins until that glue is dry… heck even a stapler would work if you don’t have glue on hand…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

After the crown was glued together I twisted up the crown tips… to match the crown of Robert Munch’s Paper Bag Princess

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Next we need to make some holes in the crown to tie that sucker onto the wearer… if you don’t have a hole punch don’t fret…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…you can use a pen or knife to poke a couple holes on opposite sides and that will work just fine!…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Tie strings or ribbons… yarn… whatever you have on hand that will work to each hole… leaving the pieces long enough to be tied under the wearers chinny chin chin…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Okay the last minute costume crown out of the way it’s paper bag dress time!… Have any large paper compost waste bags kicking around!? Perfect! Those are the easiest way to create this last minute costume… if you’re looking to make the costume in adult size you may have to use two bags and do a little cutting/taping to work the two bags together to get the length/width that you need… OR pickup a roll of brown kraft paper from your nearest post office and tape/cut/fold that paper into a custom sized bag for your paper bag dress!…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

To make this dress for the darling little I started by cutting it to length for her… from shoulder to above the knee… then I cut the bottom off of the bag…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Because the bags that I have are printed all over the outside I cut the bag down one side and turned the outside to the inside… reversing all of the folds and taped it back together with duct tape on the inside.

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…see! Print on the inside!… nice plain bad on the outside!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…duct tape on the inside to put the bag back together… and turns out the bags I have are double walled… so I used two way tape to secure the outer layer of the back back down so that I wouldn’t have to apply tape to the outside of the paper bag dress… really though you could put this seam a the back and use clear packing tape on the outside in a pinch 🙂

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…I’m just a smidge too persnickty for that… so two way tape it did the trick for me!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Next I cut down the sides of the bag from the top of the “dress” a few inches… this will vary based on the wearer and you can adjust as you assemble and try the dress on.

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Cutting down also allows to attach the top of the bag together so that it will be attached at the shoulders…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

To do this I folded the top edge of the back of the “dress” down an inch and taped it into place…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…then I folded the top edge of the front of the “dress” over the top edge of the back of the dress and taped it into place with two way tape

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…that sounds complicated but when you see this picture it makes sense… right!? lol essentially we’re preparing the top of the back to have shoulder straps!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…once the top of the bag is attached draw on a neckline on the front of the bag…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

…and on the back… the back does not need to be as large as the front… and you can always cut small and make it larger as you try it on the wearer… a real custom fit

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

I also drew on the rough arm holes and cut those out too… again these can be easily adjusted once you start fitting on the wearer…

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

Once you’ve test fit and made any additional cuts to fit you are done!

Last Minute Costume Paper Bag Princess

If you are going to an indoor party this works best with a small dress or tank top and shorts underneath… if you live in cold Canada and will be wearing it outdoors then it definitely works with pants and long sleeves!

To checkout the other costumes in this last minute costume series:

LEGO Block

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Cactus

xx

Lacey

Last Minute DIY Costume… Cactus…

Here is the darling third of the four last minute DIY halloween costume series!… a Cactus Costume!… again this can be done for any size wearer!… the main material that makes this costume is hilarious… drinking straws! yep! drinking straws!… I don’t know a house that doesn’t have a stash of drinking straws!

Last Minute DIY Costume Cactus

To make the cactus costume you will need the following supplies:

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Green shirt… hoodie… dress… whatever article of green clothing you want to wear and be a cactus in… you might have a green piece of clothing in your wardrobe to use… if you do not checkout a second hand clothing store!… just note that whatever you use for this costume will not be wearable after halloween… unless you’re wearing it to be a cactus

Green hat/toque/headband… which ever you prefer to wear on your melon to complete the costume

Drinking straws… these become the cactus spikes

Felt… to make the cactus flower… or if you want you could use a faux flower!… that is up to you!

Scissors… for cutting straws and felt

Glue gun… the glue gun is the quickest way to create this costume… if you don’t have a large gluegun you can inexpensively pickup a small glue gun for this project!… its totally worth it to create this adorable costume!… and clearly you’re into DIYs 😉 so you’ll be using it again after this project 🙂

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Cut the drinking straws into 3 or 4 pieces each… and apply a small amount of glue to the bottom of the straw pieces one at a time as you glue them onto your shirt…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Before gluing the “cactus spikes” to my shirt I did a practice run on my crafting table cover… I recommend doing a 3 cluster of practice spikes before getting to work on your shirt 🙂 This will help you get the hang of the positioning, amount of glue and the few seconds you may have to hold the straw piece in place.

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Now depending on the size of your shirt and the spacing that you decide on for the spikes will determine how many straws you will need… if you pickup or have a box of straws already you should have more than enough.

Last Minute Costume Cactus

For the front of this child size cactus I chose four columns of spikes down the front… if you want an all around cactus hang the shirt up and get the back too!

Last Minute Costume Cactus

For the sleeves I did the top and front… doing a line of spikes on the back of the sleeve is a good idea so that when you strike the cactus pose you see spikes on the backside of the arm!

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Cutting and gluing the spikes on this size shirt took about 30 minutes… once you get going it goes pretty quick!

Last Minute Costume Cactus

If you are using a knit sweater or a thinner material shirt be sure to place a piece of cardboard inside so that you don’t glue the shirt together if the glue presses through the fabric…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Did I list a honeydew melon in the list of materials? no? oops… well to get the spikes glued onto the toque… so that the toque was stretched out a little as it would be when its being worn I pulled it down over a honeydew melon… lol

As done with the shirt glue clusters of cactus spikes onto the toque… you could even use a green ball hat if you live in a warmer climate!

Last Minute Costume Cactus

To create the cactus flower cut a rough petal shape out of various colours of felt… whatever colour cactus flower you want… and whatever size you want… no need to be perfect with the petals… you can see mine are rough

Last Minute Costume Cactus

If you are making a head band to wear also cut out two green circles of felt… these will hold the flower onto the headband for your cactus costume.

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Build the cactus flower by layering the felt petals… the first one fold it over itself at the bottom and apply glue to hold the folds in…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

…then take a second petal and glue the bottom of that petal around the first… I did four of one colour petal and then I added four of a second colour of petal… alternating the petals around the last that was glued on…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Once your petals are all glued into place you can pull the tips of the petals back and out to make your cactus bloom

Last Minute Costume Cactus

…if gluing to a hat apply glue to the bottom of the bloom and stick that sucker onto the hat… you will have to hold it in place for a minute or two until the glue cools and the flower is held in place…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

For the headband version… glue the completed flower to one circle of felt…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Apply two beads of glue around the bottom of the green piece of felt attached to your flower… leaving space between the beads for the headband to pass through… this will save your headband from having something permanently attached to it… so that you can slip the flower off after and still have your headband to wear…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

Once you have your beads of glue on there apply the second circle of green felt… give the glue a minute or two to cool… then slide the headband through the openings in the green felt circle…

Last Minute Costume Cactus

If you’ve cut your green circle large enough you will have room to glue a cluster of cactus spikes next to your cactus bloom

Last Minute Costume Cactus

…and just like that you have it! Cactus costume! Another cheap and cheerful costume created with minimal items… items that you likely already have on hand!

Last Minute Costume Cactus

I would love to see your cactus costumes!… imagine a family of cacti!… OMG… if you make one of these costumes please come on over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook Page and share some photos!

To see the other costumes in this series:

LEGO Block

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Paper Bag Princess

xx

Lacey

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Last Minute DIY Costume… Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Here is the second Last Minute DIY Costume in my series of four fun and easy costumes that you can make in under an hour… with just a few materials… many of which you may already have on hand! These are all shown in little sizes but each of these last minute costumes can be easily made for adults too!

A bag of Jelly Belly Candies! The LEGO Block costume can be found here!

Last Minute DIY Costume Jelly Belly Candy

Let’s gather up the supplies to make the Jelly Belly Costume…

Jelly Belly Costume

Clear garbage/recycling bags… you just need one!

Little balloons… I used about 20 balloons for the child size costume… to make blowing these up go quick you can get an inexpensive hand pump… we happened to have one kicking around… I have no clue where it came from #mombrain

Jelly Belly logo printed out… I googled jelly belly logo and printed it off on some card stock… regular paper works too but the card stock is just a little sturdier and won’t get crumpled as easily

Two way tape… to stick the logo onto the bag… or you could used a rolled up packing tape!

Ribbon… this is optional, to tie bows onto bag… you could use twine instead or well nothing at all

Scissors… to cut the bag and cutout the logo

White leggings/pants and a white top… or black leggings and a black top… whichever you prefer or have on hand!

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Let’s get this candy party started… once you print out the logo for the candies cut that bad boy out…

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Apply two way tape to the back of the logo… if the costume wearer is rambunctious maybe apply a few extra pieces! Put the logo aside… we’ll get back to it shortly 🙂

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

For an adult size use the full sized bag… for a child sized jelly belly costume I cut the bag down so that it was the measurement from about knee to shoulder… once you do your initial test fit you’ll know if it needs to be any shorter!

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

For both adult and child size replicate the tie up top of the bag but make it longer so that the ties can be tied up around each shoulder… you want room for the arm and then still have some bag tie at the top of the shoulder to tie your knot to hold the costume up!… even if you cut this part and try it on you can always trim more if need be!

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

Cut the new ties at the top of the bag…

Bag of Jelly Belly Candy

…now unfold the bag so that it is just folded in half… and cut two leg holes in the bottom… don’t worry about making them the exact size of the legs of the wearer… the plastic will stretch… just be sure to check that the leg holes are not too tight if you are making this jelly belly costume for a child.

Now the assembly:

Have the wearer step into the plastic bag

Drop in the balloons, as many as you like, and bring the bag ties up around each arm and tie at the top of the shoulder… add ribbon bows here if you want

Stick the logo onto the front of the bag and BAM!… bag of Jelly Belly Candy Costume!

Last Minute DIY Costume Jelly Belly Candy

Fun right!? If you make any of these please come on over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook Page and share some photos! I can’t wait to see your costumes!

To check out the other costumes in my last minute DIY costume series:

LEGO Costume

Cactus Costume

Paper Bag Princess Costume

xx

Lacey

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