Coco’s Nursery

With just a week to go until Coco’s due date is here, I thought I’d post some pictures of Coco’s nursery right now. 

I’m so happy with how it has turned out; it’s neutral but colourful, and I cannot wait until Coco is here so we can add some prints and personality to his or her room. 

This is our nursing corner. The wingback chair is courtesy of IKEA and Mr A has very kindly offered to turn it into a rocking chair (if I so desire – I’m not sure yet!). 

This is Coco’s crib featuring our gender neutral rainbow felt ball mobile! I absolutely LOVE it! It pops and spins in the wind when the window is open, and the colours pop against our navy feature wall. Coco likely won’t be in the crib for a little while, as he or she will be in a bassinet in our bedroom to begin with. 

This is our change station, which is actually in a walk in wardrobe. It features our DIY sewn cloth wipes, and minky / PUL changemat cover. In the drawers are our various cloth nappies that we’re using for Coco. 

It’s the cosiest space, and all we need is a new light for the room, plus a throw for the nursing chair in case we get cold. 

My maternity leave has now commenced and I’ve gotten so much done on my nesting list which feels great; cupboards are organised, clothes are washed and folded, oven is cleaned (yes, bizarre nesting craving!) and lots of meals and snacks have been cooked and frozen in preparation .. so now, we wait! <3

Finito! – Fox Cross Stitch Cushion

Just a little update on the fox cross stitch I finished for Coco the other week. Here it is in all it’s glory in Coco’s nursery :)

I backed the cushion with a metallic grey chevron fabric to match the grey walls, and grey nursing chair of Coco’s room. I also bound the cushion with a grey floral fabric, and I absolutely love how it turned out. The final cushion dimensions was 15″ x 15″, and I added a 16″ cushion insert just to give the cushion a little roundness.

I always buy my inserts 1 size bigger than the final size to make sure the cushion has  a bit of firmness, as I personally find this a lot more comfortable than a cushion which has a lot of space in it still.

It’s only 3 weeks until Coco’s due date is upon us, and it spins me out to think he or she will be here with us so soon – we can’t wait for our bundle of love to be in our arms!

 

& a Sweet Baby Fox Cross Stitch ..

I finished Coco’s cross stitch over the weekend and will stitch this into a cushion for the nursery. Somehow foxes have been a recurring theme in what we’ve chosen for the nursery, and I found this pattern so sweet I couldn’t pass it up.

Fox Cross Stitch

 

If you’re interested in the pattern, you can find it here. I’ve been stitching it on and off over the last 4 weeks and love how it has turned out. I’m planning on bordering it in navy fabric to suit the navy feature wall, and found some lovely grey metallic chevron fabric to back it with.

Looking forward to showing you the finished result.

 

Erin1

Felt Ball Baby Mobile

Rainbow Felt Ball Baby MobileI’m seriously so excited for this latest DIY for Coco – I’ve been looking forward to making it for ages and finally got some time last weekend! As an added bonus, it was honestly so simple, and took a lot less time than I thought it would.

My latest DIY completion is a rainbow felt ball baby mobile which is perfect for a gender neutral baby nursery. Mr A & I wanted a mobile that was a little different, and I love geometric shapes so inspired by American Etsy sellers I decided to try my hand at this.

I love it too much not to share, so thought I’d post a little DIY tutorial to help you make your own if you’d like. Here’s the finished product so you can decide if you’d like to read on, else admire ours from afar! :)


Rainbow Felt Ball Baby Mobile

Materials 

  • Embroidery hoop
  • 2.5 cm felt balls (7 colours)
  • 1cm felt balls (7 colours)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle

So a couple of items to note about the materials – I purchased felt balls that were already made, but in my travels I found out it’s quite easy to make your own, so if you’re finding it difficult to find colours that you love, give the DIY felt ball tutorials that are available a go.

I also decided on 7 colours because of how many balls I wanted on each drop, but you could change this to be more or less depending on your personal preference.

I used a 14″ embroidery hoop, but again, you could change this depending on your preference to make the mobile smaller or larger.

The choice of embroidery thread colour is completely up to you also; I decided on white as I liked the way it made the colours pop.

Method

  1. Cutting the Embroidery Hoop – You want to use the inside hoop so that you avoid the metal tensioner. Mark half way across the diameter on each side, and use a jigsaw or similar to make a straight cut. I was originally worried the wood might splinter whilst I did this, but the cut is so small that I didn’t have any issue at all. (I didn’t get any photos of this step unfortunately – if I make another, I’ll take some photos and update this, but it’s a relatively simple step!)
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  3. Measuring the Drop Holes – Once you have the 2 frames, you’ll mark out 5 holes across the halves which will be your drilling points. I did this by putting the two frames on top of each other, and then calculating 5 holes across the distance of the two frames. The main thing is the 3rd hole along (the one that is in the middle of the frames) should be in the centre, because this is the hole you’ll use to connect the two frames together later, therefore you need it as close to centre as possible.
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  5. Drilling the Drop Holes – Once your holes are marked out, tape the 2 frames together so that there’s no movement whilst you’re drilling. This will also ensure you get even holes on both frames. I used a very small drill bit, because the hole only needs to of a size to allow 6 strands of embroidery thread to pass through. Drill the 5 holes, undo your tape and then you’re ready to move onto the next step!
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  7. Assembling the FrameAssembling the Frame – This is where I started to take photos so hopefully you’ve followed along so far! Once you’ve separated the two, move the bottom one 90 degrees so the frame now resembles those claws in the arcade games that you can never win! I was originally thinking of using a bolt of some kind to connect the two frames, but instead ended up using thread instead to keep the connection ‘soft’. I simply threaded the needle through the hole, then to the left side of one frame, through the middle, then to the right side of the same frame, through the middle, then through the left side of the next frame, and so on. This will make a lot more sense when you do it yourself, but it should look something like this. If you find this part too confusing, securing it with a bolt or with a knot would be fine too – whatever works best for you!
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  9. Organising Felt BallsOrganising Felt Balls – this is the creative part! You can arrange the balls however you like; same colours on your drop or alternating colours like I did. I varied the size and colour of each of my balls which you can see here; for example, 4 lengths had large red balls at the top, and 4 had small red balls at the top. Arrange 9 drops in total. 8 will go around the outside, and the 1 left will go in the middle. For the middle drop, I made these all large balls just to vary the drops a little bit, but you can honestly do whatever you’d like – the beauty of this is the freedom and creativity you can express!
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  11. Threading the middle dropThreading the Middle Drop – Cut thread for this one much longer than your outer drops, because you’ll use this thread to attach to the roof or baby mobile arm depending on what you use. I cut mine at about 60″ just to make sure I had ample thread to tie off to our baby mobile arm later. Tie a small knot at the bottom and then refer to step 7 below for threading your balls. For my middle drop I used 7 big balls down the bottom, and then tied a knot, threaded 3 of my small balls, passed it through the centre, and then threaded my remaining 4 small balls. Use this thread to secure your mobile to something stable whilst you thread and secure the outer drops.
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  13. Threading the outer dropsThreading the Felt Balls – If you refer back to my picture up the top, the drops on each frame are on a continuous piece of thread. You could do it this way, or if you find it easier you could do individual drops – completely up to you. These instructions below are for a continuous piece of thread option. First of all measure and cut a piece of thread to the length you’d like. To do continuous drops, my thread length was 36.5″. Cut an additional 3 length of thread to the same size – these will be the thread for your additional drops. Tie a small knot at one end of your thread, and start threading your balls. Yes, it’s really that simple. The felt balls are light and a needle passes through them very easily. I wanted to keep a similar space between the balls, so I used my finger as a guide when threading – when the bottom ball touched my finger, I’d grab a new one and thread through. If you want something a little more precise you could use a ruler. If you do a continuous drop, you’ll thread 1 entire felt ball length, then pass that thread through the 1st hole of 1 frame, then through the 2nd hole of the same frame. You’ll then thread the second drop in the opposite order so that the colours are the same. Once you’ve threaded the entire 2nd drop, ensuring you’re happy with your spacing, then tie a small knot as close to the bottom of the last felt ball as possible. Snip the ends of the thread so you can’t see them. Repeat this process for all other frames and your outer drop will be done. You might need to play around with spacing and adjusting the thread once it’s onto the frame like I had to, because it’s a bit fiddly trying to make sure everything is level and equal as you’re thread.

And just like that, your baby mobile is all finished! In hindsight, I really wish I had of taken more photos when I was completing this, but in all honesty, I didn’t think I’d be writing any kind of instructions for it. I hope the instructions have made sense, but quite honestly, once you get started it just kinda falls into place. I didn’t use any instructions when I created mine and I find it easy enough, so hopefully once you get started you’ll find the same thing. It’s quite a simple project and in total, only took me about an hour and a half! Feel free to leave me a comment if you’d like some help clarifying instructions – I know pictures make instructions so much easier. I promise I’ll take some more if I ever make one of these again.

I ordered a baby mobile arm off eBay just after I finished this, so the mobile isn’t installed on the cot yet, but I’ll definitely be taking a photo and posting it once it’s in above Coco’s cot! It’s a great mobile, because the colours capture attention and the mobile is so light that it spins and bobs without much effort at all.

I absolutely adore it, and because I have some felt balls left over, I’ll likely make a felt ball garland or something similar to match.

Let me know what you think – I’d love your feedback! :)

 

Erin1

Baby Coco’s Nursery Painting

Mr A & I finished painting Coco’s nursery over the weekend and I’m delighted with how it turned out. Here’s the colours we ended up going with; Dulux – Grey Pail and British Paints – Kara Sea

It took us about 5 days on and off to paint the nursery – I’m sure we could’ve completed it quicker, but Mr A & I were painting after work so it took a little bit longer.

Navy Blue Feature Wall

Navy Blue Feature Wall

This is not the greatest photo, as we need to get a new light in the nursery but here you can see the navy blue feature wall.

I have some great memories whilst painting this room, including Mr A busting out to Taylor Swift whilst rolling, not realising I was standing at the door watching. These are all the kinds of moments that I record in our pregnancy journal, which perhaps Coco will one day read.


We placed the chair, the cot and the navy blue jute rug in the room and I had a quiet sit down in the chair once we had finished – it is so comfy! I can’t wait to cuddle Coco in there.

At the moment I feel the nursery lacks some personality, as it’s very gender neutral, but I figure it will be easy to add boy or girl prints / items in once Coco is here.

Navy Blue Nursery

Navy Blue Nursery

 

Here’s what the nursery looks like with furniture in it. I am so pleased with how the cot turned out. I’m putting together the dresser that will double as the change table at the moment. Some additional touches to go are to mount the curtain rail and add the curtains, and turn the chair into a rocking chair with an ottoman.

I have 1 more quilt order to go, and once that’s done I’ll be starting on some DIY’s for Coco’s room. I’m planning to make a baby mobile, a quilt, possibly some bunting, and I’m looking into some DIY shelves to hold books. I have to be careful not to add to much into the nursery too soon, as I’m sure once Coco is here I’ll want to add boy or girl things. For the moment, this is a great starting base and a cosy room for Coco to grow and be loved in.

I’ll be sure to take some more photos and post them once we are closer to Coco arriving, as by this stage some DIY’s and final touches will be complete, and we’ll also have a better light in the nursery!

Erin1