The Best Laid Nursery Plans and DIY Fabric
Yes! 28 weeks after the fact, the nursery progress has begun.
That’s progress, right?
If you had told me it would have taken two more months after my folk’s visit (in which we needed our guest room) to actually start the nursery, I would have laughed in your face. I was going to rush back up those stairs the second my teary-eyed waving commenced!
The plans were there. They’ve been there all along.
I considered doing all this lovely DIY art for our newly art-worthy ledge wall in the office this week, but since I’ve been on a nursery roll lately (there are a few pieces of furniture waiting patiently to fill the room!) I’m shoving all my chips in.
Homegirl is going to design her own fabric.
I scoured fabric.com and a few others places for the perfect curtains to adorn our sweet baby human’s nursery. I hemmed, I hawed, I got cross-eyed, then slightly headache-y. So many options, but not quite one that I was totally into. I first pinned a bunch of yellow-striped curtain images and thought I could paint my own curtains. And an extra bonus that I could match it to the yellow in the closet.
But then I stumbled upon another nursery reveal and I knew the time for a prettier curtain was nigh. Instant love for the more flow-y mismatched pattern in a white room, especially since it seemed a bit softer on the eyes — otherwise the curtains would be all BAM! HELLO! as you walk down he hallway upstairs.
So when I found out you can design your own fabric on Spoonflower for the same price as buying someone ELSES fabric on Spoonflower…
Since I’m not art teacher, I’ll explain what I did simply.
First — Inspiration. It’s key, dude. Even the greatest of greats don’t pull stuff out of thin air. I looked at an ass-load of pictures and saved a bunch to my computer — that way I got a general feeling for how I wanted the fabric to look, and if I was feeling stuck I could eyeball a design and work to create my own version of it, which usually led me to create something similar but different.
Second – Drawing designs by hand, a bit willy-nilly. I knew it would be easier to draw the main designs on paper, ink and scan them, then color and move around and repeat in Illustrator.
Third – Inking, scanning, Adobe. Hah. I brought my designs into Adobe Illustrator, Live Trace’d em, then started coloring, tweaking, copying, reflecting until just so. I even made a new element to the pattern because I was on a roll – this was definitely the fun part because you can see your design coming together so quickly.
Fourth – upload to the almighty Spoonflower. I used their specs from the FAQ page, and the beauty of Spoonflower is you can upload a perfectly symmetrical design and have them flip it, mirror it, or brick it so your fabric looks like actual fabric, not just a piece of paper that you drew on. Awesome.
Then I did a little dance, showed Husband, took a deep breath, and ordered. I couldn’t get the full shot but I threw down for 5 yards – 42″ x 180″.
Since turn-around time is 10 or so days I won’t have this loveliness in my hands for about two weeks, but I am totally okay with that. Still a handful to do before the hanging curtain stage. So now I will happily spew pictures of the nursery (it’s far enough along I feel I can stop calling the old guestroom) all over your computer screen. ‘Welcome.
Look! The Crib!
Hahah. It’s still in a box (sad face) because the walls will be painted white, and despite my insane excitement I just can’t quite justify putting the crib together and THEN painting. Soon. Soon.
As for other little things, I have what I fondly refer to as my stash. Small but equally as awesome. And bonus, a stash of cloth diapers are hidden away in the trunk.
And here. is. the. money shot.
It’s like freakin’ Christmas Vacation in this house. Yooou know. The Hallelujah scene.
Not to deter from the holiness that is the dandelion, the ladder isn’t there to stay, and the CD rack soon-to-be-something-else rack will be in the closet. Wanna see what’s gonna go there instead?
Gloriously gold. Hah. Don’t worry, home boy is getting sanded, primed, and painted. White, probably. White cleean white.
So that’s how far I’ve come. No more or no less. Still kinda shocked at the fact that I’m staring into a mostly empty nursery as I pat my third-trimester belly. But even though it’s empty, it’s still awesome to sit in the middle of the room and envision all that this room will contain – materialistic and otherwise.