Decorating Obsessed Nursery Reveal

Hey there, DIY friends! Wow! You all had some amazing ideas and suggestions yesterday  about my DIY dilemma! Thank you!  I’ll keep you posted!

Today I’d like to introduce you to Ashley from…

Ashley is awaiting the pending arrival of her sweet baby girl soon and she’s just finished up  the nursery.  It’s an awesome combination of old, new and LOTS of DIY. The result is amazing! I love the bold non-traditional colors, don’t you? (Even her blog header looks good mixed in with the reveal photos!) 

First thing you can’t help but notice is the gorgeous argyle wall. Something that’s definitely going to catch baby girl’s eye.  

The also painted the base of the crib – isn’t that a clever idea to give it some special detail?

Want to see the before pictures? Like most nurseries, this room started out as a guest bedroom:


Now, it’s a beautiful space to grow, snuggle and play…

The attic access bothered Ashley…

So, they turned it into (non-permanent/easily removable) recessed shelving…

Check out this girl’s closet! 

I love the details and accents.  Isn’t this little guy sweet?

How fun is the DIY art (there’s more to see at Decorating Obsessed)…

You can get all of the details, more information and see more cute pictures at 

Guest Room

Attic Access turned Recessed Shelving

Nursery Reveal

Don’t stop there, Ashley’s blog name says it all. She’s “Decorating Obsessed” and her entire home is worth checking out!

Wishing you a happy, healthy and easy labor and delivery, Ashley!  I can’t wait to “e-meet” baby Audrey!

Freckles Chick – Nursery Reveal

The last I ‘talked’ to Freckles Chick, she was awaiting the {late} impending arrival of her baby girl.  That was last week, so I’m hoping that as of today, she’s holding her precious princess in her arms and back home putting this beautiful nursery to good use.  

It all started with putting together a mood board

Room before:

Lighter neutral walls are the perfect backdrop for the white furniture and pretty blooming branch.

Dresser before:
Becomes a beautiful changing table…
Some DIY wall art…

A favorite poem (I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings) that I’ve been reading aloud to the Peanut.

So peaceful and calm…




An organized dream closet…

See the source list at the Reveal{ See more Nursery Diaries: Part 1, 23, 4, & 5 }

Pop over to more awesome DIY and pretties see Freckles Chick at 
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Roomspiration – Nurseries

There is no need for a nursery in our home but that doesn’t mean I don’t like looking at them and wishing my girls were little babies again.  
If I had a little precious princess, her sweet room would be Restoration Hardware inspired using a soft pretty color palette…
It’d be filled with pretty and personal details…
My little boy would have a vintage or rustic themed nursery like these…
Here are a few of the nurseries I’ve featured over the past couple of years.  Sweet and inspiring real rooms by decorated by blog friends. Go ahead, pin these. These ladies deserve recognition for beautiful, inspiring magazine-worthy nurseries.  
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But making baby gifts is as close as I get…
Do you have a real nursery to share?  Head over to a la Mode and link up or pop over to view real baby rooms in real homes. Shelli has the most precious nursery!


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2 Nursery Reveals ~ Boy & Girl

Two of my good blog friends have beautiful nursery reveals to share today.  Congratulations to Jennifer and Molly on their new arrivals!  
Jennifer from 

World of Dennifer

is new mom to a sweet little baby girl!
Her nursery is perfect for a little princess.  “Ocean Whisper” walls, colorful details.
Reading Corner
Love the dark rich wood tone of this pretty crib…
Gallery walls…love them! This sweet one is no exception…
Closet and DIY dividers…
Cutest owl art…
See more pictures, DIY and details at Project Nursery – The Big Reveal!

Molly loves her new role as mother to a precious baby boy!  Molly is the blog author of
My Happy House

Cam’s nursery before was an extra bedroom…
Molly and her husband emptied the room, tore out the carpet, installed hardwood, new window casing and wainscoting!
Whew!  Looking good!
Now here is the point of the makeover where you must get in line behind me to borrow Molly’s husband, Carl and father-in-law.  Not only did they do all of that hard work above, they build furniture too!
Built In Bookcase
Custom made crib – check out those drawers underneath!  Storage!
Isn’t it awesome?
The nursery after…so peaceful:
Get all of the details including more pictures at My Happy House Nursery.
Molly, Jennifer ~ you two have the cutest nurseries for the cutest little ones!  I’m so happy for the both of you and love seeing the photos of your little angels and making them a comfortable beautiful room to call their own!  Thank you so much for sharing! 
How about something new for the place you relax and lay your head at the end of the day? There’s still time to enter the HomeTalk $100 Target Gift Card giveaway.

Special thanks to my sweet real-life and blogger friend, Mary, for the awesome shout out.
Check it out at her blog, Everyday Baby Steps

And Then There Were Two

Meet:  Kelley from And Then There Were Two.  Kelley blogs to keep distant family up-to-date with her life and two precious little girls but today she is sharing “TWO” awesome before and after makeovers! 
Kelley’s youngest needs a place to sleep to call her own in their home.  With a lot of family out of state and out of the country, a guest bedroom is also important. So, taking it away isn’t possible.  What’s a girl to do but get creative and make the best of every available corner!  This little nook…
before – rarely used office nook
(that door leads to the master bedroom)
Now that rarely used spot serves as a sleepy time area for little Magdalenne.  It might be temporary but to mom, sometimes a little time feels like forever while you’re living it. So ‘bravo’, Kelley and Chen!  This little nap nook is perfect for your little princess for now!
Great use of space! 
Wanting to give the girls a place where they could play and have a world of their own, Kelley took this basement…
Wow!  After…
What fun!
Kelley and Chen, you’ve come up with some great solutions for your girls!  I love M’s little bedroom nook – so pretty!  And the playroom is awesome, a great spot for the girls to grow up and play in for a long time to come!  Great job!


Thank you all so much for your encouragement, support and for sharing my excitement (and Cassity’s) about my last post!  Seriously, you’re the best friends a blogger could ever hope for!  It means so much to me…I feel like someone gave me a cookie!  LOVE cookies, you guys! 

DIY Counting Sheep Baby Banner

It’s rare, but there’s a baby related project in the DIY Show Off house! NO! Not for me! I‘ve been invited to a baby shower and I just love giving handmade baby gifts. (Tara, if by chance you’re reading, please stop right here!) Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the baby shower (my baby girl’s graduation party is the same day) but I have a whole handmade collection planned and here’s the first thing in the gift box: 

A sweet baby girl counting sheep banner, inspired by cute bird, butterfly and bunny banners but designed and DIY’d by me with a counting sheep theme.

Not guaranteed to help baby sleep, but it sure is cute. 

Scrapbook paper (It doesn’t take much. Two 12×12 sheets will work but more if you want more designs.)
2 ribbons (I used almost 1 spool of organza, 1 thin satin)
Baker’s twine (a thin ribbon or twine would work just as well)
Number ink & stamps or stickers #1-10 (or free hand)

Hole punch
Optional:  Xacto knife

Counting Sheep Banner Tutorial
10 steps to 10 sheep
#1 Print a lamb stencil or template from online onto card stock and cut out. (Optional: you could also use your Cricut or Silhouette to make die cuts.) 

#2 Trace onto scrapbook paper and cut out sheep shapes. I used an Xacto knife and alternated the direction (flip the sheep stencil) so my sheep were facing each other in sets of two {><} rather than all facing left {<<} or right {>>} or back side to backside {< >}. Trace and cut out 10 sheep. I used pretty paper in pinks for baby girl (to coordinate with other handmade items planned).

#3 Punch 2 holes beside each other near the top of each sheep. Near the top keeps sheep from twirling on the string. I tested punching holes in different areas. Near the top works best. (Optional: reinforce with eyelets. I also punched holes for eyes…animals without eyes make me sad. You could draw on closed/sleepy eyes too.)

#4 Number the sheep 1-10 using rubber stamps, stickers or draw on with markers.

#5 Cut 11 five inch pieces (eyeball it…no need to measure) of pink ribbon and 22 five inch pieces of organza (or do your own ribbon combo/thing). This is tied between each sheep.

#6 Pull a length of baker’s twine. Tape off the end (it keeps the twine from fraying and makes threading easier).

#7 Add sheep. Thread from back to front in one hole. Then front to back in punched hole right beside it. Repeat for all 10 sheep.

#8 Space out evenly. I left about 10 inches of twine on each end for hanging. Cut and tie a loop on the ends of the twine (loose knots to allow resizing the loop for bigger hanging on drawer knobs, smaller loop for thumb tacks or safety pins).

#9 In between each sheep, I took 2 pieces of organza with 1 piece of satin ribbon and tied a knot. (Shabby Chic option: use frayed pretty coordinating fabric pieces or strips of tulle.)

#10 Space evenly again (leave them semi-moveable to accommodate different areas in the gift recipient’s home or tape twine on back to keep in place). Ready to hang!

Isn’t it so cute? I want one for me and I don’t even have a nursery. I love pretty decorative banners and ‘counting sheep’ is perfect for a nursery! 

  • Hang it across drapery
  • Tie on dresser pulls 
  • Use as wall art
  • Cute learning to count tool 
  • Baby shower decor. 

Lots of options. Now lots of pictures:

hope she likes it. 🙂

What have you been doing this weekend?  

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