Land of Nod

Crib skirt inspiration

Last night we received a surprise phone call. It was from the store we purchased our crib and dresser from saying that the items are ready for delivery! After a few strings were pulled here and there, we got word this morning that our furniture will arrive tomorrow — a whole four weeks sooner than we thought! Yay!

The furniture fairies must have read this post and granted me a wish!

Once the crib is assembled, I can start work on my next sewing project: a crib skirt!

A few months ago, I was window shopping in Pottery Barn Kids and spotted this crib skirt and fell in love with it, but not the $75 price tag.

Yet again, Tonic Living came to my rescue with the perfect grey and white chevron fabric. I ordered two yards of the fabric, which should be more than enough to make my crib skirt and maybe a throw cushion or two. Much more economical than PBK!

Like my inspiration above, I plan to sew a pleated crib skirt for some added appeal. To keep things easy for washing and any future adjustments when we drop the crib to a lower height as the little miss grows, I’m going to attach the skirt to the crib frame using good old fashion velcro. I also see some more blind hemming stitches in my future for a more professional finish.

And, just to refresh your memory, here is a snap shot of our fabric selections for the room.

From left to right: “Varenna, Coral”: curtains (these bad boys are D-O-N-E!), “Emilio Cosmo”: throw cushions, “Flatiron, Grey”: crib skirt/throw cushions — all from Tonic Living. The Orange Dot and Khaki Dot fabric samples are from Land of Nod.

After waiting about a month or so, Land of Nod finally had a free shipping offer on all bedding, plus I was able to use a special promo code I received in the mail, which is great because I have a hard time paying full price for anything. Hopefully the sheets will be waiting for us at our US mailbox on our next trip down to Niagara Falls, New York.

Is anyone else getting cozy with their sewing machine this weekend? If so, what are you working on?

Fabulous Fabric

Since deciding on keeping the existing beige paint colour in baby girl’s room, it was time to turn our attention to fabric.

I knew that I wanted the space to be modern, graphic, colourful and versatile for years to come — but, that was it. As for a colour scheme? No clue. No clue at all!

That’s why I love Tonic Living. Their online fabric store {which is Canadian, by the way!} is a super awesome source. So many wonderful fabrics to choose from at reasonable prices. You can’t find fabrics of this quality, variety, etc. at a big chain fabric store. Don’t even bother….I’ve tried!

After snooping around for a bit, this fabric called “Varenna, Coral” caught my attention:

If you follow along in “blogland” at all, you might recall that Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone used the same fabric in her little gal’s room. Isn’t it amazing? SOLD!

To make sure that we were on the right path, I ordered a swatch of the fabric along with a handful of other samples.

After playing around with all of the options, Ted and I settled on this scheme:

From left to right: “Varenna, Coral”: curtains, “Emilio Cosmo”: throw cushions, “Flatiron, Grey”: crib skirt — all from Tonic Living. The Orange Dot and Khaki Dot fabric samples are from Land of Nod and will likely end up being the crib sheet and/or change pad fabric.

So, I guess you can say our scheme is a mix of cherry-coral-orange-khaki-grey-white awesomeness! It’s totally not what I thought we would end up choosing {I’m eating my words right now — I always said I wouldn’t include “pink” in a girl’s room}, but I love it and so does Ted, which is important because he’ll be spending a lot of time in this space changing dirty diapers, right honey? :)

Now, the big debate is whether I should sew the curtains myself, or have the capable folks at Tonic Living do them for me. I’ve sewn curtains before for our living room and they turned out super fabulous {and I really enjoy sewing}, but I just don’t know if my somewhat tired, pregnant body has the energy to complete the curtains. The pillows and crib skirt can be whipped up quite easily — it’s the curtains that have me hesitating a bit. I’ll keep you posted!

As an aside, this isn’t a sponsored post. I happen to really love Tonic Living and am happy to promote a local Canadian business run by exceptional folks. Thanks Janine and Shannon for your help!