What? A baby? Let’s DIY!

That’s right, pals. Amidst all the other cookery, baking and moving hullabaloo that’s going on in our neck of the woods these days, we’ve got another little project just cooking away. And so far the little bean is coming along just fine and dandy I’d say, as evidenced by her crazy rapid growth (hello, tummy) and karate chop kicks to the ol’ abdomen. Yep, she’s a strong and sassy little lady from the get go. Love, love, love.

So with the Bean coming this fall and an entire nursery to get in gear, my mind has been drifting to fabrics and artwork and baby furniture galore. Yowza. Who knew there was so much glorious baby-ness to be had? And who knew it would be so hard to find exactly what you’re looking for? After gobs of browsing online and in stores for baby bedding, I’ve decided to tackle the job myself, DIY style. Yes, that means that, despite my history of intense sewing dislike, I’m going to pull out the sewing machine and fashion up the Bean’s room with the slew of fabric I brought home from Jo-Ann’s a few weeks ago. Oh, the things we do for our kids.

Actually, I’m super pumped about getting started on this baby room project (perhaps that nesting thing is kicking in?), and my list of to-dos keeps growing as I come across new ideas. For now, I have my sights set on using my treasure trove of fabric for:

• A crib skirt (with the purple and white polka dot fabric)
• Throw pillows (we have a gray chair we’re planning to put in the room that’s in need of some pillow-infused loveliness)
• Basket liners (clutter keepers for all those adorable baby things that need a spot to call home)
• Framed art (I picked up an assortment of IKEA frames last time we swung through Atlanta, and I’m planning to use at least a few of them to frame fabric, à la baby Levi’s room)

So that’s the game plan. I’m hoping to squeeze in at least a few of the projects before we leave Missouri for our move south (by the way, after a last-minute switcheroo, we’re now planning a move to North Carolina instead of Georgia. Jared’s going to Duke! Luckily our new plans in no way infringe on the Bean’s chance of developing a slight Southern twang. Yeehaw!). Here’s hoping for a productive next two weeks!



  1. says

    Congrats – thanks for sharing the happy news:) I love the fabrics you picked up – bright, cheery, lots of color – means good stimulation for the little one. Take Care.

  2. Edy says

    Congratulations!!! That is so exciting. I cannot wait to see your finished projects. Good luck with your move. You will only be about an hour and a half from us in NC. :o)

  3. April Phillips says

    Hooray!! Wonderful News!! Love the nickname, and ADORE the fabrics!! You have such great taste, people seriously underestimate the power of REAL colors for babies. I’ll never forget the feeling of opening a box of baby clothes from my aunt, full of deep greens and chocolate browns and dark reds….SUCH a relief after pale blue!!! :) Good luck with it all!

    • says

      Thanks so much, April! Yep, I’m totally with you on the real colors for babies thing. Although I have picked up a few little pale pink numbers that I can’t wait for the Bean to wear. :)

  4. says

    Congratulations Katrina and Jared! Girls are the best! 😉 so happy for you. And love the fabrics! Can’t wait to see pics of the nursery… I know it will look fabulous!


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