What an awesome, productive weekend. So much completed!
Ian was in Vegas from Thursday through Saturday night (that poor soul) for a work conference. He stayed at the Red Rocks Casino and woke up every day to gorgeous mountain views. Not a bad life, if you ask me!
Thursday, my aunt took the train in from Raleigh, and we got started bright and early Friday morning with nursery decor. As a gift to us, she offered to sew our cribskirt, our changing table skirt, and our drapes. Y'all, Y'ALL -- it is looking so good. Just so stunningly beautiful. I have a few more touches to do (art on walls, et cetera) and then I can't wait to share the nursery photos.
I worked on Friday while my aunt toiled away in what we affectionately nicknamed my sweatshop -- the card table set up with her sewing machine in the middle of the nursery. Don't worry, I did let her out from time to time for potty breaks, doggie visits with Drake, and delivered glasses of wine brought to her at 5pm every day.
Saturday we went to ten stores (TEN ... literally, ten) looking for new curtain brackets; who knew they were so hard to find? Or maybe we were just looking at the wrong places. She spent Saturday afternoon piecing the drapes together and I did some painting on our screened porch of a shelf for the baby's room.
One thing we did do while my aunt was in town was this -- we ate well. We didn't go out to any restaurants at all, but I had coffee and blueberry scones for us in the morning with butter and lemon curd (this just-add-water mix you can get at $4.99 from World Market is amazing, one of my very favorites!). Lunch was typically sandwiches, and dinner was takeout. This may not be very fancy, but it gave us full reign to stay in yoga pants all day and not even have to worry about showering. Yep, sad but true.
All of the work we had was wrapped up by about 6pm Saturday evening, but with the sewing machine still warmed up, we put together some easy paci holders for baby girl!
Making these is quite simple. You will need suspender clips, and I purchased two packages of two clips from Hobby Lobby. They are $2.49/package, but I used my Hobby Lobby app to show the cashier a coupon for 50% off, so each clip was about $0.63. Then, we just used ribbon that I already had on hand, folded it in half through the suspender clip, tucked under each of the raw ends and slipped between those ends a thinner ribbon (this is what loops through the paci handle or hole), and then my aunt stitched the sides and ends of the ribbon together. So simple and all four were done in about five minutes!
I was sad to take my aunt back to the train station on Sunday morning because we just had the absolute best time together. She helped me to create the nursery of my dreams, and I truly mean that. Our little girl will be sleeping in the prettiest room in our home. What a true labor of love this project was, and I can't wait to wrap up the final touches on it soon!