Nursery Rocking Chair IKEA Hack

I mentioned that the first baby-related item that Liz and Tom bought was the adorable mobile shown below (from Blabla). It was on display at a shop and was half off because it hung a bit lop-sided — nothing that a little fishing wire threaded into the knit strings couldn’t fix!

Blabla Baby Mobile

One of their first baby-related projects was an IKEA hack to convert IKEA’s Jennylund chair into a rocking chair though. They found the best tutorial to help them out along the way… You basically just flip the chair over, cut the black fabric off of the bottom, cut and screw in a square piece of plywood to make the bottom level, add a couple of cut 2×4 wood pieces that are parallel to each other to add a bit of height, and then attach a swivel rocking chair base (Liz and Tom found theirs on ebay!). It turned out pretty perfect for a rocking chair that only cost around $325, including all of the materials!

Nursery Rocking Chair IKEA Hack

And of course, Liz and Tom didn’t waste much time adding in the other nursery accessories. The rug was a discounted floor sample from Pottery Barn Kids (which is where they also splurged a bit on the dresser, night stand, and lamp). The awesome little piggy rocker was a gift from Tom’s parents from Land of Nod. The lightweight bauble blanket on the back of the chair was from West Elm and the navy blue knit pouf was a Walmart find :)

-Charlie

Adorable Pregnancy Announcement – Part 2

Of course I couldn’t contain myself to just one post on pregnancy announcements… In addition to making the children’s book pregnancy announcements for soon-to-be grandparents and the best aunt ever, Liz also put together the little picture below to share the news with other family and friends.

Banner Pregnancy Announcement

The banner is from Rifle Paper Co. and just below the message is the sweetest iron crib that Liz and Tom found at Bratt Decor. The crib might have been the first major baby purchase that they made (aside from the baby mobile, which they purchased the day before finding out that little Everett was on his way).

More nursery pictures to come soon! Liz was a DIY maniac during her pregnancy, so this should be good :)

-Charlie

Adorable Pregnancy Announcement

Ok, so I’ll admit that I’ve been away from my blog for toooo long (how did almost 3 years pass by?!). We’ve been busy though — Liz finished grad school in December 2013 and started a full-time job the next month. I thought THAT was an adjustment being home by myself all day, but then the REAL adjustment came in October 2014 when Liz and Tom had a baby! I wasn’t too sure about little Everett at first, but fast forward almost two years and we’re the best of buds (at least when he’s eating and dropping food all over the floor for me to snatch up). Liz and Tom are finally getting some sleep, so I thought “what better time to start showing off everything they’ve been up to”?!

Starting with the sweetest little pregnancy announcement… Or maybe not an announcement so much as an adorable way to tell future grandparents, aunts, and uncles that a baby’s on the way. It all started with this book “Press Here” by Hervé Tullet.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

You open up the book and there are these sweet little circles all over the place.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Then the next page just has a single circle that says “ready?”.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Liz thought it would be so cute to give one of these books to her parents, Tom’s parents, and her sister to let them know that they were expecting a baby. So on the next page, right after “ready?”, she glued on a message that said “You’re going to be a Grandma”, “You’re going to be Grandparents”, or “You’re going to be the best Aunt”. Can you believe how adorable?!

Children's Book Pregnancy Announcement

Liz and Tom thought they turned out perfect. It was a bit tedious cutting out and gluing each of the letters, but well worth it in the end. If you want to make your own, we ended up using the Budmo Jiggler font (72 pt. for “You’re going to be” and the encircled “a”, 36 pt. for the encircled “the”, and 110 pt. for “grandma” and “best aunt”). It would be even easier if you just wrote right in the book instead — but Liz loved the look of the font and how it fit with all the circles in the book.

Children's Book Pregnancy Announcement

The best part was that Liz and Tom secretly taped each of the family members opening the books (that were given under the guise of early Valentine’s Day gifts that they just had to read right then and there!) — the reactions were priceless and all of the close family members have a wonderful keepsake of their first grandson/nephew!!

-Charlie

P.S. I’ll be linking to the following linky parties: CraftOManiacSkip to my LouTip JunkieSugar Bee CraftsLil’ LunaThe 36th AvenueSomewhat SimpleTatertots and JelloI {heart} Nap Time