A DIY Farmhouse Christmas

Well, the pecan pie isn’t even gone yet at my house, but we’ve already decorated for Christmas.  It’s a little tradition we have, decorating the house on the day after Thanksgiving.  Nothing like rushing into the holidays….but with good reason.  We LOVE Christmas, for obvious reasons {baby Jesus, duh}, but also love the look/feel/smell of it around our home.It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....This year has been really fun because all three of the kids are finally big enough to really help out and get into the decorating.  And this is the year {*sigh*}, that Dave has convinced me to let him Griswald the outside of the house.  Insert eye-roll here.

But on the inside, we are keeping it classy.  And for all of you poor folks who have not discovered the Pinterest rabbit hole yet, you are missing out.  Christmastime is my absolute favorite for perusing Pinterest.  I just love looking at all of the decorating ideas, house tours, recipes and crafts.  Want to see what’s on my Christmas board?  Be sure to follow me to see what else I’m into.  My absolute favorite is a Farmhouse Christmas.DIY ideas and tutorials to create a Farmhouse ChristmasIt’s all so pretty and simple.  And yet, most of it would be really easy to create.  I’d love to say I’ll have the time to do all of these things, but let’s be honest….I’ll spend half of that time “researching” on Pinterest!  {like I said before, it’s a complete rabbit hole!}.  So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Farmhouse Christmas decor ideas that I’ve stumbled across.  Some, you can buy.  But most of them would be easy enough to create yourself!

I’ve linked all the pictures to their sources, and have tried to link as many keywords as I can to sources to purchase the materials.  I am an Amazon associate, so anything I link to Amazon.com will help out this blog a teeny bit when you purchase {with no additional cost to you}.  Thanks in advance!DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse ChristmasSo, let’s talk containers.  I feel like its pretty easy to give any green plant a wintry feel with a red bow and a galvanized home to sit in.

DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

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DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

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In case you don’t have a galvanized bucket or five, make your own!  Grab metal paint pail from Amazon and follow the directions on Uncommon Designs to make it look weather worn.DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

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Even if you aren’t a fan of the galvanized look, there are other ways to incorporate Christmas into your containers easily.  Paint a mason jar, or just use white vases or pitchers to display greenery or flowers.  I have three different sizes of the Ikea White Sockerart Vase that I plan on doing this with.DIY Rustic Christmas Containers....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

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Ok, moving on to tree trimmin’s…some of the easiest DIY  Farmhouse Christmas projects out there!DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Ornaments ....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse ChristmasWe have our big Christmas tree in the living room, with presents underneath, but also have several smaller trees throughout the house.  Every year I tell myself I’m gonna make the trees themed…one with the kids’ ornaments on it, one with a more rustic theme, one with the breakable stuff, one with just our family vacation ornaments….I could go on and on!

These little stars remind me of the canvas heart garland I made a couple of years ago….some simple sewing with felt and you wouldn’t even need to finish the seams off!DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Ornaments ....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

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We have no shortage of pine trees in our neighborhood, and the kids already collect pinecones on each walk….a little hot glue and burlap to make them festive for your tree!  Although…I’ve heard you should stick them in your oven for a bit to kill any bugs that might live in them.  Not sure if that is true or not, but it might be worth a try!
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Everyone’s got those old metal cookie cutters that haven’t seen a cookie in decades and are now {kinda} used for playdough….except the kids are weirded out by their odd, ambiguous shapes and would rather make ice cream cones in the coveted “factory.” So snag those slightly rusty metallic shapes and slap some hot glue and twine on them too!
DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Ornaments ....ideas and tutorials for creating a Farmhouse Christmas

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We’ve replaced most of our solid glass ball ornaments with the “shatterproof” versions, which I highly recommend if you have kids, pets or husbands.  But I found a few of our old colored balls that had made it through the years.  Rather than risk putting them on the tree, I think I’m gonna try wrapping them in burlap and twine.  Not only will that protect the ball from exploding shards everywhere when it is inevitable dropped or squeezed, but will provide a little texture to the tree as well.

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And maybe it is my Type A personality, but I love the look of simple, cohesive presents under the tree.  I inherited a whole bag of Christmas wrapping paper that I’ve been spending the last 10 years trying to use up….one roll at a time.  So I pick a new design for each year!
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Finally, my favorite….the finishing touches on a creating a Farmhouse Christmas!
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse ChristmasI love the simplicity of this set of three paintings.  I wish I could say I had the artistic talent to replicate them!  Luckily, Cherry Tree Gallery sells them on Etsy!
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse Christmas-Cherry Tree Gallery

Here’s another one you can get on Etsy from In Mind 4U.  It would be perfect for the mantle or on the console table in my hallway.
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse Christmas-In Mind 4U

I’m seeing more and more decorating ideas for around the house.  In the past, we’ve only decorated our main living area, and the outside of the house.  Even our kitchen {which is in our main living area} has been neglected!  But I’d love to start incorporating some Farmhouse Christmas decor throughout the entire house.  I love the above print….I think I’d sneak it into some holiday decor in the kiddo’s bathroom… #subliminalmessages
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Another idea for integrating the holidays throughout the house is to replace your wall pictures with seasonal prints.  Anderson and Grant has a great tutorial on making these four wall hangings…beautiful!
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse Christmas-Anderson and Grant

And everyone knows that pillows and throws are an easy way to transform any space.  I’m loving the buffalo check flannel that seems to be popular this year.  Check out my post on how to make quick slip-cover pillowcases.
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Channel your 14 year-old self, covering your biology book with a paper bag.  Easy enough to do with any books around your house…simple lettering of seasonal book titles on the spines and tied with a festive ribbon.
DIY Rustic Christmas Signs and Decor ....ideas and tutorials on creating Farmhouse Christmas

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I hope you enjoyed looking at all the beautiful ideas on this post, and maybe you can find some simple ways to instill a little Farmhouse Christmas into your decor!

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A Garden Story: Part 2

The first days of summer vacation are here and we are up to our ears in greenery.  We have been working hard in our luscious garden along with Rita from Rita’s Roots, and it’s completely flourishing.  We have already reached the end of our first spring harvest.  And let me tell you, our 12 tiny little lettuce plants have produces beautiful salads for us about three times a week.  We have more lettuce than we know what to do with….giving it away to neighbors and friends weekly!  And just think…the bunnies have eaten half of it!A Garden Story: Part Two.....okra and tomatoes and cukes, oh my!Next to bloom is tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and okra…and we’ll be planting some sweet potatoes this week.  We have three different kinds of Basil {sweet, cinnamon, and lemon}…with the purple being the prettiest!A Garden Story: Part Two.....okra and tomatoes and cukes, oh my!And see those big leaves in the left hand corner?  They are broccoli plants!  We’ve gotten some huge heads so far, and have found a few yummy and fast recipes for baked broccoli, that I’ll share with you soon.A Garden Story: Part Two.....okra and tomatoes and cukes, oh my! We’ve also added some cutting flowers in the corner, and marigolds to keep the bugs away from the tomatoes.  We are a little “arugula-ed” out, so the bunnies have been helping to keep those massive plants producing.  And way back in the right hand corner, our carrots are starting to sprout!I love how they created this small garden at the end of their backyard....shows ways to use every inch of space including planters boxes, vines and trellis.

Stay tuned for the next installment of our Garden Story!

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A Garden Story: Part One

I’m not sure how well you know me, or how long you’ve been following my blog, but you may remember that we are wanna-be farmers.  Our dream is to someday own some land, renovate a little farmhouse, grow our own veggies and have a few farm animals.  But for now, we just need to master our little yard garden!  Our tiny garden at our old house was FANTASTIC.  Then we moved and took a year to settle in and build a fence.  But the first year we had our  garden at our new house, it did great.  More tomatoes than I knew what to do with.  But every season since then, our garden has produced….but been kinda pathetic.A Garden Story: How #RitasRoots brought our #garden back to life, and the mistakes we made! #greenthumb #veggiegardenWe couldn’t figure out what we were doing wrong.  We bought all of our veggies from Lowe’s and planted them in March each year….nothing.  So when a friend told us about a local company who specialized in edible garden planning, we pounced on the idea.  Rita herself, from Rita’s Roots, came out to the house to assess our garden.  She had tons of handy tools to test our soil and check our sunlight situation.  Then we filled out a little questionnaire about our fruit and veggie preferences.A Garden Story: How #RitasRoots brought our #garden back to life, and the mistakes we made! #greenthumb #veggiegardenShe even helped us come up with a “Phase 2” and “Phase 3”  for our master garden plan, including a second garden on the other side of our yard {where there’s full sun}, fruit trees and edible landscaping for the front of the house as well.  The whole process was really easy, and she taught us to much!A Garden Story: How #RitasRoots brought our #garden back to life, and the mistakes we made! #greenthumb #veggiegardenThen, Rita came back about two weeks later, with literally a truckload of dirt, tools and seedlings.  While I played photographer, Dave and Rita planted our garden!

Apparently, our mistakes in previous years were buying less-than-ideal and not-region-specific plants from Lowe’s, not fortifying our soil {ever}, and planting everything in one weekend {rather than during the appropriate months!}.  Whoops.A Garden Story: How #RitasRoots brought our #garden back to life, and the mistakes we made! #greenthumb #veggiegardenSo now our little garden is on the mend!…Stay tuned!

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DIY Crib Sheet

We have a new project happening at our house.  It’s been a bit slow going, as we’ve been completing it over the last year, bit by bit.  We are renovation the kids’ playroom to incorporate more storage.  So far, we’ve painted, added new baseboards and moulding, created a loft space, and are in the process now of building built-in-bookcases and shelving.

Needless to say, there will be a grand revealing in the coming months as we finally reach completion.  But for today, I thought I’d give you a little sneak peek of the loft and show you how I created a custom DIY crib sheet for the loft mattress.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

The mattress is not actually a mattress…we weren’t smart enough to create a space that would be the same size as an actual crib mattress…that would have been too easy!  So instead we made it an odd size, requiring me to buy thick foam from JoAnn Fabrics and make my own fitted DIY crib sheet.  But the method I used was so simple and could be used for any size mattress…I wish I had known about it when I was designing Lincoln’s nursery…I would have just made all of his bedding myself!

Materials

large piece of foam, or a mattress
2 yards of fabric, or as long as your mattress/foam plus 8-12 inches
scissors, iron, sewing machine
3-4 yards of fold over elastic

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattressI stretched a pre-made crib mattress pad over my foam first, since lots of little ones will be sitting {and possibly spilling} on my mattress.

Set your mattress in the middle of your fabric, centering it so there are 4-6 inches extra on the two ends.  Depending on the width of your mattress, it will be easier if you can have the same amount of fabric excess on the ends as on the sides.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

Cut out the corners of your fabric with straight lines toward the corner of your mattress.  Do this on all four corners, then match up the lines that you cut, with the wrong sides together {the non-patterned sides of the fabric}.

Sew together, about 1/4″ from the raw edge.  The above picture is what all of your corners should look like.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

Turn your fabric inside out, and iron  along the seam.  Then, with the “right” sides together {the patterned sides of the fabric together}, sew along the same seam {where you ironed}, but this time about 1/2″ from the edge.  Be sure to finish your stitches…you will need these seams to be very strong, which is why we sew two separate seams.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

When you have done this for all four corners, turn your fabric right-side out again…it should look like a fitted sheet now, but without the elastic.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

I picked up one of these packs of fold-over elastic from the “baby aisle” at JoAnn Fabrics.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

Secure the elastic along the edge of your sheet, folding it over the edge so that each half of the elastic envelopes the edge of the fabric.  Secure the end, and then sew a straight stitch along the edge of the elastic {and since it’s folded over, the stitch will encompass both edges of the elastic, as well as the fabric}.  Stretch the elastic as you sew, and it will bunch up automatically.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

Super easy, and there isn’t really a way to mess this tutorial up.  Even if it’s sloppy, it doesn’t really matter because the parts that you cut and sew end up underneath your mattress and don’t show at all!

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

The entire project took me about 20 minutes…I’m kicking myself for not sewing all my kids’ sheets in the fabrics that I wanted rather than store bought.

DIY Crib Sheet-a fitted sheet tutorial for any size mattress

You can see a bit of the loft in the above picture…I can’t wait to show you how the entire playroom turns out!

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Girls’ Small Bedroom Reveal

This post has been a long time coming.  We’ve been slowly “renovating”the rooms in our house.  I say “renovating” because, can you really renovate a 3 year old home?  Anyway, we’ve been doing the finishing touches in each room.  So far, the only room that has been completed is Lincoln’s nursery.  It’s amazing how a 9 month time line and a cranky preggo mama can move things along!!  Since then, we’ve been in the process of updating the girls’ bedroom too.  When Lincoln came along, we moved the nursery into the front bedroom, and moved Jayna into Millie’s room with her.  It’s a slightly smaller bedroom, but has more wall space that could accommodate two twin beds plus a dresser.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Our main challenge with this bedroom was space.  The best way to utilize the small space was to build beautiful but functional beds for the girls.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

One of our favorite DIY sites is Ana-White.  She has fantastic furniture building plans, that are step-by-step and have detailed shopping lists.  Dave used her site to build my craft table too.  For this project, we wanted a farmhouse-style bed with lots of storage.  Dave found the Farmhouse Storage Bed on Ana-White, and modified it from the queen-sized plan to twin.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

The beds actually have three drawers on each side of the bed…but since they have to be up against the bedroom walls, we are currently only using three.  I bought the drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby…Jayna’s are turquoise and Millie’s are light pink.  I found the Shabby Chic bedding at Target.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I love the thickness of the headboard and footboard.  Millie uses the footboard to climb into bed, and the headboard is the perfect spot for the patchwork animals that Loo found for the girls at Hobby Lobby.  They were what inspired the color theme of the room, and happen to be the same animals as the girls’ Lovies.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

So I had these big beautiful beds…and LOTS of wall space above them.  It took me a year.  A year! To decide what to hang on the walls.  Pathetic, I know….but I have a hard time making decisions anyway, and I was starting from scratch.  But then, I decided to host my Big Baby Giveaway, and found Venezia Art for Kids on Etsy.  Carrie was generous enough to not only donate one of her gorgeous wall hangings for the giveaway, but to send one to me as well!  So I’m super embarrassed that it has taken me this long to get the girls’ room done in order to show y’all her beautiful work!

It works perfectly in my little montage on Jayna’s wall.  Venezia Art can come in 10X10 square with an initial, or a 10X20 rectangle with a full name.  They are printed on watercolor and mounted on canvas, so they arrive ready to hang.  I had such a hard time deciding what combination of colors, background print and letter embellishments for Jayna’s hanging.  Here’s what I finally chose:

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I love how she incorporated a bit of pink into the flowers and star too!  Head over to Venezia Art for Kids’ Etsy site to see many, many more examples.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I also included shelving for Jayna’s little treasure box, her handmade piggybank and her porcelain cup that she got from her great-grandmother as an infant.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Millie’s wall was even more of a challenge to fill, since it was so much bigger than Jayna’s.  I found a few things at Hobbby Lobby to hang, including a pretty chevron bulletin board.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I’m still looking for a little something perfect to hang next to Millie’s “A”…that’s left from her name hanging above her changing table when she was a baby.  Jayna has a bulletin board where she keeps pictures and bookmarks.  Millie was just dying to have one too!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Jayna’s bulletin board sits on top of their bookcase, along with their headband holder.  Dave and I are firm believers that bedrooms are for sleeping, so all of the children’s toys are downstairs in the playroom.  However, we do allow them to read in their room, so they have a bookshelf that houses books and bins with their shoes in them.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

And two little Southern girls are bound to have a bow or two, right?  All of our bows and clips are on handmade bow holders made by Betsy.  It’s the perfect, but functional way to dress up their teeny, tiny closet’s door!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

And last but not least, we got a stand-up dresser from Ikea to house the girls’ clothes.  The top two little drawers are storage for knick-knacks, and the top big drawer is too tall for either girl to use yet, so I store other seasonal clothes in it.  And somehow we manage to fit everything else in the other three drawers!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

So, there’s the girls’ small bedroom.  It’s little, but we’ve managed to make it very functional and pretty.  Upcoming projects for the room include adding moulding around the window and updating the door frames to match Lincoln’s {eventually the whole house will have matching moulding!}.  What do you think?

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

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Cleaning for the Cleaning Lady

Today, we have a cleaning lady coming to “assess” our house.  Dave and I mutually agreed that we could squeeze a monthly deep clean into our budget, so we’ve started shopping around.  So today, I’m going to invite a stranger into my home to tell me how messy it is, and how much I’m going to pay her to clean it.

Maybe I’m being a bit of a drama queen here.  I mean, I’m absolutely thrilled that we are able to afford a little help.  But I can’t help but think my “Stay-at-Home Mom Card” is being taken away from me…or at least being scrutinized a bit.  I am the first to agree that raising 3 little kids is hard.  I certainly don’t sit on my couch eating bon-bons all day.  And add to that a 3,000 square foot house that just always seems dirty and cluttered.  And then there’s dinner, and grocery shopping, and laundry….don’t even get me started.

And I do realize that my awesome JOB, as a stay-at-home mom, is to raise my kids.  But also to keep house a little, you know? I feel like I should be able to handle the dust bunnies, loads of laundry, and vacuuming.  After all, I have my monthly cleaning calendars and short bursts of time when children are sleeping or playing nicely.  And I’ve got Dave and the kids that help out a lot too…the kids even have chore charts and age appropriate daily responsibilities. But it’s the deep cleaning that I struggle with.

So admitting that I need a little extra help with scrubbing showers, cleaning baseboards and washing windows isn’t all that bad, right?

But.  Even I know I shouldn’t, I feel like the cleaning lady will always be judging my dirty, cluttered house….and thinking, what does this lady do all day?!?!

So this morning, I am cleaning.  To impress the cleaning lady.

#firstworldproblems

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DIY Nursery Monogram Sign

One of my favorite elements of Lincoln’s nursery, is the DIY Nursery Monogram that I made for above his bed.  I wanted his room to incorporate various textures as well as patterns and colors.  My original idea for above his crib, was his initials using black block letters against some sort of metal squares, for kind of an industrial feel.

Well, it turns out you have to have metal cutting tools in order to cut the sheets of aluminum to size…and as much as Dave probably would have loved getting a new tool, I didn’t want to add to his growing collection just for this project.

So I had to get a bit creative.  I went to Lowes and bought three linoleum tiles {less than a dollar each!}.

I used Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Antique Nickel to spray two heavy coats over the linoleum to create a metallic illusion.

The tiles came in 12×12 inch squares, so Dave used an X-Acto knife to cut the two side ones down to 9×9 inches square.

Then I used my Silhouette to pick out a block font and size the letters accordingly.  Then I cut the letters out of black vinyl.  Use your Silhouette scraper, or a debit card to slowly and smoothly adhere the letters onto the squares.

Then Dave drilled holes in the middle of each square and we used twine to hang the letters from repurposed nails.

The perfect touch to my little boy’s vintage nursery!

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DIY Circle Picture Frames

One of my favorite projects in Lincoln’s nursery is the set of three circle picture frames I made for the wall above the rocking chair.  Although I would definitely say the room has more of a “vintage” theme {if any!}, there are also some nautical notes scattered here and there.  And I think the circle frames give a nod to that a bit by subtly mimicking portholes.  I’m even thinking about lining the edges with rope, perhaps.

DIY Round picture frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

The hardest part about this project for me, was picking out the scrapbook paper for the backgrounds, and choosing {only} three photos from Rachel Weber’s Newborn Photo Shoot.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Materials:

– 3 wooden circles {I actually got 6 of these and used wood glue to secure two together to make them a little thicker}

– 3 plexiglass sheets

– 3 sheets of scrapbook paper

– 3 five by seven photos

– Modge Podge and sponge

– 3 frame hangers

– 12 tacks

– sharpie

– Kobalt glass cutter and/or X-acto knife

– 150 grit sanding sponge

– measuring tape or ruler

– straightedge

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

If you want to make your circles a little thicker, use the wood glue to secure two together.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

 Put something heavy and flat on top and let glue dry completely.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Cover one side of your wooden circle with Modge Podge and secure your scrapbook paper to it.  Be sure that any imperfections in the wood are on the back, not under the scrapbook paper.  Use your X-acto knife to carefully trace around the circle to cut the paper.  I didn’t push down very hard, but rather gently cut around the edge several times, and you can see that the paper still ripped a bit on the edges…so be gentle!

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

I then covered the front of the circle {over the scrapbook paper} with Modge Podge to create a protective barrier, and give it a little shine.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use some wood glue to secure a frame hanger to the back of the circles…make sure you position the hanger how you want your circle to hang.  My striped circle ended up being a little crooked, and it drives me crazy! {Dave assures me that no one will notice unless I point it out, so I’ll never tell you!}

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The sheets of plexiglass that I got at Hobby Lobby were the bigger size above {not sure exactly what size they originally were}.  Use the sharpie to measure out a 5 1/2 X 7 1/2 rectangle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use your glass cutter or X-acto knife and the straightedge to score the plexiglass.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Gently cut over the lines three or four times.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

You should be able to use your straightedge to carefully break the plexiglass along the scored lines.  Be careful, as the edges will be rough.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use the 150 grit sanding sponge to gently sand the edges of the plexiglass, only moving in one direction.  Also, be carefully to sand completely straight along the edge, so you don’t scratch the front of your glass.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Carefully position the plexiglass over your photo, taking care to be sure your photo will be straight when you hang your circle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

I found that by gently sticking a tack on the edge of the circle, aligning it with where the center of my frame hanger was, helped me center my photo and plexiglass on the front of the circle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then use the tacks to secure the corners of the plexiglass.  This will allow you to change out the pictures as often as you’d like!

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

And thanks to the Panoramic setting on my iPhone, here’s a picture of the whole room!

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{Baby Files} Vintage Baby Boy Nursery Reveal

Well, the long awaited, much anticipated, nursery reveal is here!  The nursery is finally finished, and I couldn’t be happier with it.  It’s one of the few rooms in our house that is actually painted and the molding and wainscoting done.

You may remember my vintage baby boy nursery idea board?  I wanted kind of a vintage feel in the nursery, with colors revolving around an antique quilt that I have.

Vintage Baby Boy Nursery Reveal - Palmettos and Pigtails

We started out by clearing out Jayna’s stuff from the room {the girls share a room now, and LOVE it!}, and Dave painted a light griege on the walls and added the board and batten all the way around the room.

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I especially love how he handled the multiple outlets and switches that happened to land on some of the boards.  We found this awesome tutorial on Sawdust Girl on how to build around the outlets.

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Dave and I ended up using the quilt as the bedskirt on the crib.  That way it pulled all of the colors together, was a central focus in the room, but was still protected from wear and tear.

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We went for a navy, breathable bumper and the sheets are Sadie & Scout.  We kind of stumbled upon the sheets on an aisle endcap at Babies R Us, and fell in love with the hand-sketched map.  The adorable and oh-so-soft taggie blankie was a baby shower gift from my good friend Emily, from Southern Paisley.

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We have the crib centered in the room, between the two windows, on which we got custom navy black-out shades from blinds{dot}com.

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To the left of the crib, as soon as you walk in the room, is the changing table.  We found an antique Coke crate to serve as a supply holder {we sanded down the insides, and lined it with cardboard to prevent splinters!}.  The changing pad cover is also a Sadie & Scout.

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We took the front off of the dresser top to accommodate the Coke crate, so the liner you see is plain old rubber matting to help the changing pad stay in place.

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Dave built the shelf out of pallet wood.  We distressed it to match the rustic feel of the room, and painted it the same color red as in the quilt.  We keep Lincoln’s burp cloths, a few books and an antique toy tractor that we found, on the shelves.

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On the other side of the room, to the right of the crib, is my nursing corner.  A pale yellow gingham chair coupled with a nightstand.  You may recognize the sock monkey and Raggedy Andy doll from my diaper cake at my baby shower.  The lamp base is from Babies R Us, and the burlap shade is from World Market.

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We found a clock that fits perfectly on the little shelf, so the glow is a perfect nightlight…and it has a built-in sound machine too! We keep a crate full of baby toys in the bottom of the nightstand.

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On the other side of the chair is a huge armoire that we use for clothes, books, toys and spare diapers.  And although it’s the largest item in the room, I still forgot to take a picture of it!!

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We are absolutely thrilled at how the nursery turned out.   It’s just the perfect amount of baby boy, yet he’ll be able to grow up in there without us having to switch out decor every couple of years.

And clearly, Lincoln feels very comfortable there too!

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{Preggo Files} Vintage Baby Nursery Idea Board

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that we have been {slowly} working hard on Baby Lincoln’s nursery.  It’s like having our first child, since this one is a boy!  Poor middle child Amelia got all of Jayna’s nursery hand-me-downs, and because we moved the same month she was born, she never got a nice, fully decorated nursery!  But not this baby….

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So I put a little idea board together of some of the concepts I had in mind.  I’m not a real “baby” nursery person….I’d rather the decor and colors be able to grow with the kid.  And what’s more timeless AND trendy than a vintage baby nursery theme?

The bottom right hand picture is an actual photo of Baby’s new room {thanks to Dave’s handy painting and wainscoting job}….don’t you just LOVE our new window and door frames too?  Eventually the whole house will have them!

The top left photo is one I took of an antique quilt that got handed down to my when my parents sold their house.  Although it’s about 100 years old and falling apart, I really wanted it to be the inspiration for the room.  It wouldn’t withstand actually being used as a blanket, or even the wear-and-tear of just being draped over the back of the rocking chair.  So we decided to carefully fold it and use it as the crib bed skirt!

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve seen me pinning all of the other images onto my Nursery board.  I first saw the  BabyLit series on zulily.com…and instantly ordered a set for the girls.  They still love them, and I plan on getting some of the more “boyish” titles for Baby {Jungle Book, Moby Dick, Dracula, etc.}.

We’d love to have a rustic shelf {like this one from On to Baby} above the changing table to keep some of his books and maybe an antique car or two {like these from Martin Klasch}.  On the side of the changing table, I’m thinking a coke crate, wood toolbox or old drawer {like this one from Project Nursery}.

Inside the changing table, which is kind of annoying because it has doors and shelves instead of drawers, we are going to need some baskets or bins that I can keep clothing in, but easily pull out.  I loved these Etsy tags on these baskets.  The shop that made them is no longer there, but I’m thinking they would be simple to make.

Over the crib, I’m envisioning big block letters of Baby’s name, or monogram.  Something like the BROOKS name from Shanty-2-Chic.

And finally, we have a small wall {to the right of the closet in the picture above} that will need something too.  My rocking chair and ottoman will be coming out from that corner as well, so I just want something simple.  And then I saw that clock on HGTV’s Rate my Room.  She used it above her chair too, and I think it’s just beautiful!

So those are some of my thoughts and inspirations for the room….we’ve already come a loooooooong way in the room, and I cannot wait to show it to you!  But….it has to be done first!  So hold your horses, it’s coming soon!

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