Supporting Other Crafters

As someone who enjoys the artistic energy from creating things, I love to support other crafters, but sometimes it’s hard to find what you are looking for. Most of you know about Etsy, a place to buy handmade artistic wears, and if you don’t, this is a great place to find really neat and unique items. I thought I’d highlight some of our upcoming purchases for the nursery from Etsy.

Closet Dividers

I wish I could take credit for finding these, but my friend G over at Life on the Terrace found them first, and I fell in love! They are dividers for hanging clothes up in the closet, and these are personalized to correspond with baby sizes, but you can customize them to say anything. Super cute! Click on the image to go to PotatoPatch’s Etsy site.

Birth Announcement Print

Since I had good luck finding woodland-themed creatures that matched our theme from PotatoPatch, I took a look at her other wares and found this awesome birth announcement print! Everything is customized, including the clip art, so we’ll pick the owl and the hedgehog to match our stuff. I can’t wait to get this one after Clark is born!

Here’s a picture of all the cliparts she can add to it:

Onesie Stickers

Our last Etsy splurge to add to the nursery actually has very little to do with it. You see, it’s always cute to take a picture on the baby’s monthly birthdays to chart growth, but monthly onesies are expensive, and it’s hard to tell what size baby will actually be in at each month. Enter onesie stickers. You just peel these stickers off and place on a onesie and voila, you have a customized-looking outfit that tells everyone who looks at it exactly how old baby is! No more wondering, “Was that the third month pic or the fourth?” And of course, I found them in woodland creatures again 🙂 Although, she has 20 designs in boy, girl, and gender neutral, and with the great price ($9 for a set of 12!) these make a really unique shower gift if you know someone who is pregnant.

Because I respect individual property rights, I’ve linked all of these images back to the sellers so you can easily find their respective shops. Even though I don’t know these sellers personally, I encourage you to use Etsy to help support artisans from all over the world if you can instead of heading to corporate big-box stores. Plus, this stuff is way cuter, anyway! 🙂

On the Prowl: Nursery Bedding

Help, readers! When we ordered our nursery linens back in early February, we never thought that Target’s suppliers would get cut off and that for over a month, we would be drug through a series of backorder (and finally, cancellation) emails about the most important piece – the crib set. We’ve received everything else we ordered except this piece, and Target said that it didn’t think its supplier will ever get the set back in stock! So, lovely readers, help us find the Woolrich Woodlands crib set (or even just the main blanket! I can make other bumpers and sheets work). Here is the picture again from our nursery mood board:

Again, we’re just looking for the blanket that is hanging over the railing and it’s called Woolrich Woodlands. It would make our lives complete if someone could help us find it!

On the Prowl: Return to Sender

Our work is never done. Not that we’re even close to being where we need to be, but something always seems to break when you least expect it. Today, it was the mailbox. Apparently  the red flag will no longer go up, which wouldn’t have been a problem a year and a half ago, we are now avid Netflix users and must have our outgoing mail service. So on the prowl I went for a new mailbox.

Mailboxes run from super cheap to super expensive. For just $7.97 at Lowe’s, you can pick up one of these beauties:

But who wants a plain, boring mailbox? We like the look of this one, but it’s a standard size mailbox and we are used to our oversized mailbox. Still, it’s an option at $39.95.

And from there, the price jumps to well over $100. So off I went to Amazon.com to find something nice but a bit more in our price range.

I found this one with great reviews for $35.99, but it makes me wonder: is it really worth it? Sure, it’s nice to be able to have small packages put in our mailbox instead of being left out, but is it really worth it when we can get a standard mailbox for so cheap and dress it up? What do you think?

On the Prowl: Bedroom Lighting

New category time! This post didn’t exactly fit into Awesome Find, and it didn’t exactly fit into Inspiration, either, so it was time to get creative. On the Prowl is for things that we are looking for but may not have necessarily purchased or that would show viable (and non-viable) options to fit the bill.

Onto the post. Lately, I’ve been taking a cold, hard look at our lighting. We’ve already purchased a new chandelier for the dining room from IKEA (see the wrought iron chandelier in the sidebar) but haven’t put it up yet. We’d like to find something for the living room as well (we’re digging the Tiffany style pendant in the sidebar, since it matches our table lamp). But what to do about the bedrooms? Our living/dining/kitchen area has tall, pitched ceilings, but the rest of the house has low ceilings. As in, barely the 7.5 foot requirement. How do you replace light fixtures in those rooms so they are stylish but not boob lights? (You know, the lights that are round and come standard in a house, and have a bolt that looks like a nipple. Sorry, it’s true.)

The room we were specifically looking for when we did this search was the nursery. At first we wanted to go with something like this from IKEA:

but the hanging height was 25″ without the cord or mounting piece! No thank you, because that would even come down too far for my head at 5’6″. We loved the natural woven feel and that it could work for both sexes. Sigh. Back to the search.

We looked at several other lighting options that brought in a natural feel, but all of them seemed too big for the space or like the would limit the area of light, so we thought, “Aha! Ceiling fans!” It is true that we will have to keep the baby’s door completely closed every night because of the cats, and a ceiling fan would be a great investment to keep the air circulating and help prevent SIDS.

We narrowed our search down to two brands: Hunter and Hampton Bay. Hunter fans are amazing, albeit a bit pricey for us budget makeoverists, but they don’t move, they don’t squeak, they don’t shake… Awesome. Hampton Bay, while not widely known, is the “off-brand” made by Hunter in the same factories. You can only find it at Home Depot, and it’s much less pricey than Hunter. Every Hampton Bay my family has owned has been just as good as a Hunter, for years and years to come. One Hampton Bay has been hanging in my grandmother’s kitchen for 15 years after part of a DIY renovation and STILL doesn’t shake/squeak.

We finally decided on Hampton Bay’s Hawkins in Tarnished Bronze Finish. Assembled, it is only 14″ high, which leaves about 6’3″ for us to walk under (minus the pulls). That’s pretty comfortable for me and the hubby. And it’s only $70, which as far as ceiling fans go is really inexpensive, considering it will last for years. Here’s a picture of the beauty:

From this experience, we’ve learned that when we buy a house of our own, it must have at least 8′ ceilings, preferably 9′ to accommodate all the crazy fixtures I’ll want to install. What do you think? Have you had any lighting issues lately? Having a hard time finding the perfect fit for your room?