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Entries in DIY nursery (2)

Tuesday
Oct162012

A Place Of His Own | DIY Toddler Bed 

Hey!  Remember me?  No.....I don't blame you. It has been awhile, and a whirlwind summer of adventure, but more on that later (but seriously). 

Gray and I have spent the past few weeks building a space for The Beast and his imagination to grow. Some would call it a bed, The Beast calls it his "club house".  

(Oh look at me taking pictures while there is still saw dust all over the floor. Just fantastic Ella)

The good:

 

  • It is awesome. 
  • It was cost effective
  • The Beast loves it
  • It is a monstrosity, but we can live with it.  It gives The Beast more floor space in our tiny house to construct, roll, play, jump and just all around be a kid. 
  • Dude, an in house rock wall? Alright! 

 

The bad:

 

  • The Beast loves the bed so much, he refuses to come to our bed in the morning and cuddle with us while we all wake up.  Instead of him waking up, calling for us, us going in to his room, grabbing him and then bringing him to our room...he wakes up, calls us, we go into his room and he says "Dada (because let's be honest, Gray is the less lazy one of us) come here Dada. Hold me. Come up here Dada" and then they fall back asleep and wake up sometime later. While I lay all alone in bed....sobbing because I am lonely....or some version of that. I really didn't anticipate this issue. I am not sure how much I like it.

 

The Details:

 

  • We used this Ana White design as inspiration and tailored it for our space and to be a bit more toddler friendly by doing a series of smaller steps and platforms as well as making the railing much higher (the blind cord is usually rolled up - I am noticing that I should have taken less realistic photos and tidied up a bit). 
  • The rock holds are from Rocky Mountain Climbing Gear, and they are fantastic.  Heavy duty, high quality, come with the hardware and super easy to install. You will need an allen wrench, so don't forget that


The Beast seems to loves his space - from rescuing animals "on top of the mountain" to snuggling up and reading on a cold rainy day, I personally feel like his room is turning into a fun, magical space that grows with him - and I am glad that he seemingly shares these views. 

And just for fun....how cute is this Ghost that my Mother In La, Sue, did with him? 

 

 

Tuesday
Nov012011

He doesn't get all of the credit | Baby PJ pants

Gray is pretty crafty and makes The Beast a ton of stuff - but hey, he doesn't get all of the credit! I do stuff too!

Okay, like here...see...one of my favorite things to do is PJ pants for Wes

This easy kids pants tutorial shows you how to use an old T-shirt to make a pair of pants for a baby.  Wes needed something a bit warmer for the increasingly chilly nights, so we went and got some fleece (with an animal print of course) and I whipped him up something in under 20 min. 

Okay...and here. A fabric memory game set. Sort of a girly pattern, but I had some Amy Butler scraps laying around, and Wes needed an activity (he does really well with pairing the patterns, not so great at actually playing memory). Two simple squares sewn together.  Check these out though

Then a twinkle, twinkle garland for his toddler bed. Kind of iffy on this one...(and don't worry, that ribbon is tied tight and in multiple places, it isn't going anywhere. While it seems weird that I put it at the top of his bed, but he is never at the top of his bed. He wiggles down, and if he is crying for us at night, he stands at the foot of his bed.  The head board gets no play, except for maybe 2 min before he starts wiggling down). 

Oh! I totally picked out fabrics for Wes' quilt too! FINALY, right? Some of it has been ordered, like this (awesome right?) and this....other of it I still need to order, like this and this, but the jist of the whole quilt is, it will be red, aqua, gray and covered in as many different animals as I can get my hands on. 

But see, I pull my own weight around here!