Vintage Circus Nursery

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Yesterday my husband and I put together the crib for our little girl, which means the nursery is now complete! I’ve been working on putting together this Vintage Circus Nursery since the beginning of this pregnancy, so I’m excited to share the official reveal.

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My main inspiration was a clown and circus animal mobile that my Grandma crocheted for my nursery when I was a baby, and I was thrilled to be able to use it for my baby.

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In the first trimester I got into an embroidery kick and made these two hoops. The designs are freehand and now hang above the crib with some other hoops with colorful fabric.

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The quilt hanging above the chair was hand-quilted by my great-grandma, and even has a few scraps included that have happy little clowns on them. I love that I was able to include handmade items from 4 generations of women in my family.

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I had leftover yarn from the rainbow blanket, so I was able to wrap the wooden letters with yarn and make the granny square bunting that hangs above the shelves that hold books and toys from my childhood.

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I was able to find a vintage circus valance on Etsy to hang above the window and matched the bright primary colors I used for the rest of the nursery. And of course no nursery is complete without a handmade sock monkey.

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Lastly, the blankets displayed on the front of the crib in the first picture were crocheted by my mom (the daisy one) and myself (the pink lace one; I couldn’t just make one baby blanket for her). The pink blanket I made will be a separate post because there is a backstory.

Thanks to generous hand-me-downs from family and friends, as well as the numerous handmade items, the total cost to set up this nursery was right under $100! We can’t wait to bring our baby girl home to her vintage circus nursery.

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Homemakery, Part 1

We’ve been in our new house for nearly two months, so now it’s time to start sharing some of the decorating and crafting I have been doing lately to make our house a home. I love my new role as a full-time “domestic engineer” (as my mom has always called it when people asked what she “did”), and I like having lots of wall space and extra rooms to decorate and fill with pretty things and memories. Plus it’s nice that everything has its place now instead of feeling so cluttered in our small apartment.

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My first new craft for the house was this tiny cross-stitch I made in one evening. I’ve had this little kit for years and years but often forgot about it tucked away in my craft supplies. I don’t do much cross-stitching anymore, but every once in awhile I get the urge to stitch something up. Plus hoop-art has become so popular lately, and I love the look of a stitched something in a hoop, so I had to make my own.

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The next craft I did for wall decor came about thanks to Pinterest. I took two shoebox lids and covered them with some coordinating fabrics that I’ve had for awhile to make “faux” canvasses. Not only was this free, since I had the supplies on hand, but it was so easy (I just used tape), and you can’t tell that these beauties hanging on the wall are actually a shoebox lid (well, unless I tell people).

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I was given a bunch of free, mismatched frames right before we moved in. Thanks to a free photo printing promo code, I got a bunch of our wedding pictures finally printed up, into frames, and on the walls. I love the look of “gallery” walls, so my mismatched collection of frames and other wall items look beautifully intentional.

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The most recent thing I’ve hung up is my great-grandmother’s handmade quilt. It may look familiar, since I’ve posted about it on my blog before, but this time we don’t have a twin bed to put it on, so now it hangs on the wall in our guest bedroom. I knew I wanted to have some way to display it, so when I ended up with an extra curtain rod that was too short for the intended window, I used it instead to hang the quilt on the wall. I love that I have items made by my great-grandma, grandma, mom, and myself throughout our house to make it feel more like a home.

Check back for Homemakery, Part 2 to see the yarny items I’ve made lately for around the house.

Handmade Wedding

It’s been almost 9 months since my husband and I got married back in February this year. I thought it was time that I posted pictures of more handmade details from our wedding. Since I want to be able to share what I did with others for inspiration, I’ve  also added a new page titled Handmade Wedding where you can see all the details. Click the link in the top menu to see more!

Here are a few pictures of what I made:

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Here’s a list of what I made in the four months before our wedding:

  • Knit my wedding shawl
  • Crocheted 4 bridesmaid shawls
  • Made over 100 flowers for my bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaid bouquets, 4 corsages, flower girl basket, 1 memorial mini bouquet, and my hairpiece (crafty friends donated 40 hand-crocheted flowers and 24 hand-crocheted butterflies)
  • Made 10 boutonnieres using burlap, buttons, and ribbon
  • Crocheted 2 doilies using my Grandma Coombe’s cotton thread stash (crafty friends donated 3 hand-crocheted doilies, and I used other doilies that I have made over the years)
  • Made 100 favors using mini brown paper sacks, mini paper doilies, and mini clothespins. Each favor was filled with two peppermint tea bags (our favorite tea)
  • Decorated our unity candle set with ribbons and lace

It was a lot of work, but so worth it to have the wedding of our dreams. Also, we saved a ton of money by making our own stuff, especially on the bouquets. I spent about $150 for fabric (including a bolt of burlap) and supplies that made all the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, cake toppers, my hairpiece, decorated the flower girl basket, and the unity candle set, as well as cut out burlap squares for all the tables. My wedding shawl was free because the yarn was a gift from my parents several years prior to the wedding that I had been saving up. The doilies, books, tea cups, and other decorations were all free because I just used what I had. The only decor we purchased was 12 mason jar mugs that we filled with peanut M&Ms (and now serve as our drinking glass set), the supplies for a thumbprint tree guest book, and the plain white candles and candle holders I bought to decorate as our unity candle set. The main thing I didn’t want was a bunch of decor stuff purchased for the wedding that then served no purpose afterwards, hence the reason why we used a lot of what we already had, which made it that much more personal.

If you are interested in a hand-knit wedding shawl, hand-crocheted doilies, or other knit or crocheted items for your wedding, please visit my Custom Orders page to fill out a request for price quotes and time estimates.