— whollyKao

01-whollykao-nursery I’m hitting my 40-week mark this week, and am finally understanding what people mean when they ask, “Are you in the nesting phase?” For some reason, both Jeff and I thought nesting meant you holed up at home on the couch and watched season after season of TV shows on Netflix. Boy were we wrong. I think I’m on the tail end of my frenzy, but these past few weeks I’ve been running around getting what I think we’ll need, and setting up the baby’s room.

I thought I’d share some pictures of the nursery so far. We are still trying to figure out the best way to store things like wipes and diapers and clothes, but it’s pretty much done.

04-whollykao-nursery I wanted the nursery to be fun and modern, and picked gray, navy, orange and yellow for colors. We painted one wall grey, and then added the multi-colored triangles. I’d been eying the triangle wall decals from Mur, and thought I could create my own for less money using ConTact paper, but apparently they don’t make any in navy. So I compromised by buying the blue ones from Mur, and making the white ones from ConTact paper. I’ll be honest – they were a pain to hang up, especially since I’m particular about spacing and alignment. I think it took me a good 4 hours just to put up the triangles. At least I’m happy with how it turned out!

02-whollykao-nurseryI made the wall artwork using acrylic paint and linen art paper, and hung them in white frames from Ikea. For anyone interested, I’ll share a tutorial on how I did these soon. And the finishing touch that ties this side of the room all together is the awesome quilt my friend Natalie made.

03-whollykao-nurseryFor a changing table, we’re using a bureau that my dad when I was a kid. This bureau used to sit in the corner of my parents bedroom in Massachusetts (back then it was white with natural trim, but we painted it blue 7 or 8 years ago). When I moved to Dallas, I took it with me. So it’s kind of neat that we’re using it for the baby. And it just so happens to match!

My friend Thuy made us the bear and skunk animal prints – they are from a cute book she found at Half Price Books. I love how they feel like handmade artwork. We’re also repurposing a couple decorative pieces from our baby shower, which go along nicely with the animal prints.

05Lastly, we have a corner of the room that’s pretty blank right now, but the plan is to populate it with pictures of us and the baby once he’s born.

I’m starting to really like this room. My one gripe, though? That the teepee my friend Nat and I made doesn’t fit! What a first world problem. I think that once the baby gets older, we will move the glider and put the teepee in its place. (And for anyone who’s wondering about the teepee, I’ll post about that DIY soon!)

About a month ago, our friend Cathy took portraits for Jeff and I. He and I aren’t so great at documenting our lives together. Sure, we take a lot of pictures of Hattie, food, and each other. But we don’t take many pictures together…which is why we wanted Cathy to take shots of us before the baby comes.

I love how so many of them capture Jeff and I as our goofy and awkward selves. Hopefully our kids one day will take a look at these, roll their eyes, and say, ‘Yup, that’s our Mum and Dad all right!’

We brought along the two things I had made for the nursery at the time: a teepee, and the giant crocheted pear. They might seem random in the shoot, but they made sense at the time!

I thought I’d share a few of my faves. If you’re interested in checking out more of her work, hop over to Cathy’s website.


01-whollykao-giantPear We’re expecting our first kiddo in May, which means that my most recent crafty projects have been for our baby and his room. It’s been fun flipping through Pinterest tutorials to see what I can make. The funny thing about most of this stuff is that the baby won’t even appreciate most of it. I guess it’s more for us (or pictures!).

The first thing I made was this giant crocheted pear. It was a nice indoor project to work on while the ice storms hit Dallas last month. 02-whollykao-crochetedPear

I had seen this apple and pear set on Little Gatherer and wanted to make my own. I think mine looks pretty close to the inspiration pic! rowen_and_wren_3_apples_pears_pouf_homeware_child_kids_little_gatherer

To make the jumbo version, I adapted a crocheted pear pattern I found online so that the finished pear measured roughly 2-feet tall. I’ll post the pattern soon, for anyone interested in making their own.

I’m looking forward to sharing more baby crafts with you all!