Before I was pregnant with Isla I started fantasizing about creating a nursery. We didn’t have a spare bedroom for one so we had to get creative with the space that we had. But I had a vision on how we could turn out mud room/classroom/laundry into a room for our soon-to-be little one. And as soon as that stick turned positive we got to work!
I love to sew, craft, and create! The hardest part about not finding out the gender of our baby was me having to wait until she arrived to plan and finish the nursery. But now she is here and the nursery is finished! It is my hope to create step by step tutorials on how I made each item in this nursery so stay tuned! But for now I hope you enjoy seeing Isla's wildflower nursery!
This is the first room in our house that an actual matching bedroom set. The crib, dresser, and nightstand are all from Target. The best part about the crib is that it not only turns into a toddler bed but also turns into a FULL size bed! The changing pad rails also detach from the dresser. So this bedroom set will be in our home for YEARS to come!
I wanted the room to be pretty and frilly so I made sure to add lots of ruffles, and bows! I found this gorgeous fabric at www.spoonflower.com when I was still pregnant and I knew if I had a girl this was going to be my focal fabric! Spoonflower is a bit more expensive than most places so I needed to find an accent fabric from someplace else. And Hobby Lobby had just what I needed! Instead of making a standard bumper I decided to make a crib rail bumper. Our first crib had bite marks all along the rails from Trey and we wanted to prevent that from happening to this one. Especially if we are going to make it last for years past childhood.
Her Name Sign
For those who have not followed me long, Isla has a funny story about her name. It was suppose to be Quin! Before we were expecting we had talked about names and we knew that we weren't going to find out the gender. Both of us loved Quin either way. Quin Jackson for a boy, and Quin Isla for a girl. (Jackson is for Jackson Harbor on Washington Island, and Isla is short for Island, again after Washington Island.) So we started praying for Quin, I loved being able to pray for the baby by name even before we conceived. Throughout the whole pregnancy we called the baby Quin or Baby Q. My aunt had a "make your own sign" party and I made this sign. It was one of the only things I made that wasn't gender dependent and we had it up above the crib long before baby's arrival. But when Ross held her for the first time he decided that she looked more like and Isla, I totally agree! So he changed her name to Isla Quin. That flows a lot better too, don't ya think? But that left me having to get creative with her sign. I didn't want to completely do it over and I had too much time and effort into this one not to use it. So I got a few letters and some long stem wildflowers from Hobby Lobby a with some wire cutters and my faithful hot clue gun I had a her first name to add above the sign.
This turned out so much better than I had hoped! The flowers are the same ones I used for her name from Hobby Lobby. And that beautiful hook is from Amazon!
My Nursing Corner
My nursing corner is probably my favorite place in the house! And I am SO thankful that I am able to sit and rock her in the nursery!
This bird cage is the most special thing in her room. It is from my Grandma, something I have always admired at her house. I am so thankful she let me have it! With some spray paint, a white chain, and the matching flowers I was able to create a whimsical piece that pulls the whole room together!
It is so handy to have this night stand by the rocker! Within my reach I have the diffuser, sound machine, phone charger, and normally a big glass of water. And can we take a moment to admire that lamp?!? It was another amazon find and I just covered the lamp shade with some left over fabric! I LOVE it! Now I may just have to make some matching basket liners for the baskets!
Diaper Changing Station
I ended up making two changing pad covers, one in each print. That way if one needs washed I have a spare to use in the meantime. I took apart the original diaper genie cover to use as a pattern for this one. And the triangle banner was also made out of scrap fabric.
I made the “you are fearfully and wonderfully made” sign the day we found out there was “something wrong” with her. There are no words to describe the monsoon of thoughts, emotions, and panic that hits you when you hear the ultrasound tech’s shaky voice say “I found something on your baby’s face and I’m not sure what it is”
That night we didn’t know anything except there was a big tumor. We didn’t know if it was going to affect the baby’s vitals or basic functions. We didn’t know if it would change my birth plan or my desires to nurse. We didn’t even know the baby’s gender.
But we DID know one thing to be true. The ONLY thing that brought us peace at a moment like this. God knit this baby in my womb and this baby was fearfully and wonderfully made. And he loves this baby MORE than I do.
This sign now sits in the nursery as a reminder of that peace I had when my world was shaken. I sit here while nursing my perfect baby. I look at that sign and I am overwhelmed with thankfulness.