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Penelope & Felix Shared Nursery


PHOTODUMP!! I took about 70 pictures yesterday with Penelope at my side. I just recently gave her our 6 year old coolpix point & shoot to use at her disposal & she loves it. She looked so grown up, snapping away at her room. I had to snap this little portrait of her. I thought the lighting was perfect on her.

So, would you like a tour of Penelope & Felix’s shared space? I’ll do my best to cite all of the sources for everything, but if you find I’ve missed something, please feel free to ask in the comments.

Here’s Penelope reviewing her shot of Felix’s crib. So cute.

Here’s what her bedroom looked like before Felix moved in with her. GROSS & unfinished. We were playing around with different bedding options for Penelope before we decided a toddler bed was best.

Let’s start on Penelope’s side.

  • Pillowcase: vintage, gift from Dani
  • Small bolster & teal blanket: Little Giraffe, from BlogHer ’09
  • Park City Teddy Bear: gift from my grandparents when I was 2
  • Quilt: handmade by my mom, gift
  • Bedframe: Ikea, $90

  • Rocking chair: from Caitlin, $90
  • Watercolor: mine
  • Growth chart: Petite Lemon*
  • Mirror: Thrifted + spraypainted, $2

  • Knit wool blanket: handmade by my cousin
  • Teddy bear: gift
  • Pillows handmade by me (left, right)

  • Peacock print: A Vintage Poster*
  • Frame: Michaels + spraypainted, $10
  • Trash can: Ikea, $25 – this is where her toys hide
  • Night stand: hand-me-down from mom & repainted
  • Dinos: Walmart + spraypainted, $2
  • Book basket: thrifted, $1
  • Dachshund lamp: won from a Clever Tomato giveaway
  • Rug: Urban Outfitters, $50
  • Curtains: Ikea, $15

I really need to get a pic of Felix up there. Stat.

  • Frames: thrifted + spraypainted, $1.50
  • Painting: mine
  • Shelf: Ikea, $6

  • Chairs: Ikea, $30
  • Trash can: Ikea, $25
  • Wooden bead roller coaster: Ikea, $8
  • Charley Harper Blocks: gift from mother-in-law
  • Puzzle & piano: gift from mom
  • Ball vacuum toy: thrifted, $1
  • Love Poster: won on Made By Girl giveaway
  • Frames: Ikea, Michaels + thrifted, $26

  • Felix’s crib: hand-me-down
  • Elephant print: A Vintage Poster*
  • Frame: Michaels, $10
  • Bear: gift
  • Yellow bed sheet: vintage, gift from Dani
  • Blanket: Chris’s old baby blanket
  • Mobile: handmade by me

 So, there you have it: Felix & Penelope’s room is COMPLETE and for just under $400 total. This total includes everything we’ve ever spent on this room. NOT BAD, eh? Penelope does a fantastic job of making big messes in here, but now that it’s all decorated it’s somehow easier to clean. Do you find that way about finished rooms?

I love that there’s a lot of sentimental furniture, decorations & toys in this room. It certainly adds a lot to the personality & feeling of love that I want in my home. What do you think? How do you decorate with love?

For comparison, this is what Penelope’s bedroom looked like at our old place.

*Peacock & Elephant posters provided by A Vintage Poster. Growth Chart provided by Petite Lemon.

A Sneak Peek


I’m officially DONE decorating Felix & Penelope’s bedroom. Well, I lied. I have to print a photo of Felix (how do I not have any printed photos of my 7 month old?!?) & frame it next to a photo of Penelope. Over the weekend, Chris and I were busy cleaning & organizing the house. It’s like I’m 8 1/2 months pregnant again – minus the 30 pounds. I think it’s because we’ve decided we’re going to live in our place for at least another 6 months. No moving just before the holidays! YAY!

Yesterday, Penelope & I had fun cutting out shapes with felt. She just massacred her felt (had a good time doing it, too) and I cut out fish silhouettes & circles (bubbles). I’ve been so close to sharing Felix & Penelope’s shared room with you, but it was missing something. A mobile. I made a little mobile to go over Felix’s bed.

I wanted to keep with the orange & yellow theme, so I grabbed a  bunch of felt in that same color family & went to town cutting shapes. I sewed the circles all in a line to make the bubbles and draped them over the embroidery hoop (much like Susan’s chandelier). I cut two of each fish & sewed the two together in skewed lines to add weight and interest. I assembled it all together using a million and a half square knots, industrial embroidery floss and embroidery hoops. Let me know if you’re interested in a tutorial.

Overall I’m really happy how this turned out. Also, it cost nothing to make. If I were to itemize it out, it’d be under 50¢ and that would be between the embroidery floss & the embroidery hoops. The felt was free from my mom, the hoops were 6 for $1 and the floss was $3 for a million yards.

It’s masculine, and fits within the theme of the room. That has been my biggest challenge with decorating Penelope & Felix’s room – being gender neutral. Thankfully I started out with a mostly yellow/orange theme with Penelope’s room to begin with. All pink would’ve been much harder to make masculine.

Happy Easter Weekend, Folks!


Here are a few pictures of the Spring/Easter-themed cookies I made with my in-laws while visiting in Arizona last week. We had so much fun stamping out the cookie dough and frosting them. We used Williams Sonoma cookie cutters and decorative pens to make these cookies. Aren’t they just beautiful? They sat around the house for about two days before we ate them. That’s pretty impressive considering my sweet tooth!

I hope you all have a weekend full of candy, delicious food (maybe a vegetable or two), friends and most importantly, family.

Aren’t those greedy little fingers adorable?

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