As the bun begins to move and wiggle more and more, making me laugh throughout the day as I can distinguish little arms or legs pushing and kicking my bladder and lungs, I’ve begun thinking more about the nursery and getting it ready for her arrival. To recap, my husband and I painted the walls gray, put up the crib (an off-white color), and have almost finished redoing a dresser.
My mom came to town last week to help with some of the sewing projects, and our first stop after we left the airport was Mary Jo’s Cloth World. If you live anywhere in the southeast, and sew, chances are you have heard of Mary Jo’s. And love it. Unless you are my OCD friend who I made run in there with me on the way through town. Then it will probably drive you crazy with the mix of fabrics and various sized signs hanging from the ceiling. Somewhat organized chaos.
So needless to say, we walked and walked through the aisles trying to find the perfect fabric for nursery curtains. And finally my mom found it. It is a similar gray to the walls, with the golden yellow and touch of aqua that I wanted, and made up of big flowers, almost a marimekko style.
Since the background was close to the wall color, we picked out a solid yellow for side borders on the curtains to break up the gray. As we wanted to block out more of the sun than the single layer of fabric would allow (the nursery window faces south and so gets sun all day), we also purchased 70% blackout fabric (If you want complete blackout, go 100%). It took the better part of a day, but with two of us on sewing machines, pinning, and ironing, we finished before dinner. We did have to throw in a trip to Lowe’s when I realized the weight of the curtains was going to bow the rod down in the middle. That took me a while to find the right hardware – pregnancy brain. Seriously. And for a final touch, mom sewed tie-backs, because while they look good just drawn back, we figured that when nap time came around, simply undoing the ties would be a lot easier than pulling the curtains together or apart. I love them! And now I have a good base color palette for my accent pieces.