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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So I am trying

to nest.

I have actually been surprised at how NOT into baby stuff I have been. There is so much crap out there. I know we need to start stockpiling stuff...but I start to try and look at strollers or cribs and I just get completely overwhelmed, snap the lap-top shut and think that maybe if I don't think about it the kid will just never come out and require equipment that I might have to try to choose and buy.

Baby stuff is expensive...there is a ton of it...and some of it is even sorta creepy. And after all of the looking / shopping I have tried to do all I really have accomplished is to decide that I do not really like pastel shades or hippopotumsuses and lions on anything.

My little sister is so into the baby gear search I have told her to just buy two of everything she picks and let me know what my tab is.

However, I do want a perfect, cute nursery. I know this is silly. I know the kid doesn't care what color its walls or sheets are. But the nursery scheme is about the only thing I have been able to get a little excited about.

Way back before we even knew that we were expecting a baby, I asked a friend who is a budding artist to create a big mural for me. I love her modern, abstract, art style, but couldn't really think of any current rooms that demanded such a peice. So on a whim, I ordered a huge landscape style painting of the old classic nursery rhymes for a nursery or playroom someday. She made a small mock up version (pictured below) and it is the only picture I currently have. I love it. The only thing the photo doesn't capture is the texture to the whole thing. It is made of all sorts of organic and recycled materials, so in person it has a real 3-d look becuase so many things are layered on the canvas.

I have thought this is sort of the theme I want to base the nursery around - maybe something to do with nursery rhymes and really bright, jewel tones. But the more I look for complimentary nursery stuff the more frusterated I become. And I am starting to wonder if I am jsut going to end up sewing a crib quilt and curtains. I am not sure I am that ambitious.

So then I thought, what the heck, I know some of you out there end up with some time to kill during the work day. If, in your surfing of the net you feel so inclined to google "baby bedding" and see anything that goes with the picture below (total size is about the length of a crib, which is where I plan to hang it, above the crib) link me the URL. Or if you have any other suggestions...or if you want to just tell me I am nuts I will take those comments too.

9 comments:

Devri said...

I got fed up with the baby bedding thing too. And the baby gear thing is a little ridiculous. I ended up making my own. Good luck, old friend. I like the painting. I hope you can find something.

Shalee said...

I have decided that the nursery isn't so much for the baby. For the first while, you spend a lot of time in there and it helps to be in a fun, cute place! I made my crib bedding and curtains, its not so bad! Best of luck :) I love the mural, btw...

Cynthia said...

Hey, I am really knowledgeable on some of that baby gear and if you wanted to call me sometime when you have a chance, I could answer some questions about it so you don't get overwhelmed. :) I never themed my nursery though (as if I ever had a room that was just the nursery), so I may not be much help with bedding. Miss you!

Jeremy and Chelsea Atkin said...

I'm all over it Chels!:) I have plenty of time to kill at work, so I will definitely find myself googling "baby bedding" tomorrow at work. I'll let you know what I find!!!
P.S. I'm so excited to finally hang out with you too this weekend. Although I am little nervous about my character for the party because I still haven't figured out what I want to wear yet, but keep your fingers crossed that I'll be able to figure out something before Friday! Also, we do need to get together more often especially when our husbands are off rock climbing, studying, etc., it's only fair that we get to do fun stuff too!

Ashley said...

i totally know how you feel. i didn't buy anything baby for months! i just didn't know what to get and i didn't wanna spend the money. and don't even get me started on baby bedding. eventually i just chose colors and everything turned out really cute...and now i'm not gonna get to even use the room and i'm super bummed! anyways...my advise is to just maybe buy seperate pieces in colors that you love and then put the room together that way. good luck!

Devri said...

I just used a single layer of batting on the bumpers. I made one really long one that went around three sides, and then a shorter one to go on the side that drops down. I quilted the bumper so that the batting would stay in place. Basically, I built it just like the quilt and then added ties after I got it done, which required some small seam ripping and re-sewing, but it was easier than mapping out exactly where to put the ties while I was quilting. Hopefully that makes sense. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Nate and Jamie said...

I love the painting! I don't sew but my mom made Luke's bedding. She found a kit for the bumper that had everything she needed (minus fabric of course) at Joann's. You're talented enough to make it if you have too! :)

Ang said...

So....We bought our car seat less than 36 hours before we had Landen. And we didn't by a crib until he was 4 months old. That's my confession. I hated baby shopping it and felt very overwhelmed too.

The best thing was the baby shower to get me to buy things. I got plenty of things I needed and lots of cute things and it provided some motivation. :) Good Luck!

Tidwell said...

You're looking great! I think you and Trevor will be excellent parents, hang in there. Also, I used my super human google techniques and came up with something that may point you in the right direction. Let me know if i'm on the right track! http://www.babybedding.com/yellow-nursery-rhyme-toile-crib-bedding-bumper