Posts Tagged ‘adventure’
It is safe to say that “nesting” has completely taken over Meg’s brain. We swear she has cleaned drawers that have not been touched in our 4 years of marriage! We’ve learned that somehow when you are pregnant it’s easy to convince yourself that your baby will really care about the wall color and/or what stuffed animals are available to snuggle with. Either way it’s been a good motivation to get on top of the nursery as well as other household chores we’ve had on hold since… we moved in!
Originally we were going to do an entire room with whale/sea decorations (see Meg’s pin board) but decided that, that could get a little crazy REAL fast! As much as we like whales we didn’t want a character themed nursery. Instead we settled for more of an “Adventure” theme. You know… sailing the seven seas, traveling the world, bugs, and a variety of other whimsical things. This was an intentional design decision because we wanted to create a room that our little guy could grow into, not out of in the next few years.
Since we live in a very small farm house (yes, our child is sharing a room with the washer and dryer) we we’re very intentional about not just filling his room with a bunch of “stuff”. Looking at the list of registry “must haves” recommend by Babies”R”Us it’s easy to see how this happens to so many people. Instead we were very intentional about the items we registered for and used most of the toys and cards received as gifts as decor items. This made decorating very inexpensive and more personalized. We love the fact that we can look around and see the many ways that all of our friends and family have contributed to the nursery decor.
(PS If you look closely you might find a sneak peak of our baby boy’s name!)
We looked at several mobiles but thought it would be fun to hang some of our shower cards and favorite art pieces (in miniature form) over the crib to create a custom mobile. This was an inexpensive way to support and purchase prints from local artists, utilize the sweet words spoken over our baby from friends and family, while giving us the flexibility to change things out in the future.
(Bow Tie: Handmade from our “Manly Baby Shower“; Leather Baby Shoes: Vintage from Meg’s Dad; Oklahoma A-Z Animal Print: STASH; Oklahoma Cuddle Monster: DNA Galleries; Elephant: Sassy Nasal Aspirator; Plush Boat: Collected Thread)
We wanted an easy storage solution that could evolve depending on the needs of our child and the future function of the space. Cale whipped up this simple 9 Frame Storage Solution from lumber we had leftover in the shop. All the baskets we found were to expensive for our budget so Meg covered used diaper boxes and spray painted them with orange stencils (DIY coming soon… still waiting on a few more boxes)!
(Wellington the Duck: Scentsy; Embroidered Plush Bunny: Custom Gift, Whale: Handmade gift from Meg’s mom & grandma)
In case you don’t remember the BEFORE crib shots we got rid of Bambi and settle with a nice blue/gray base. Cale thought it would be a fun accent to spray paint all the metal pieces orange. As you can see we carried this color combo throughout the rest of the room painting the metal window hooks, coat hooks, and shelf brackets orange as well.
(Wooden Rocking Horse: Vintage gift from Cale’s cousin)
We love books, especially children’s books, so we thought it would be fun to display their covers like pieces of art to fill the space with color. This little shelf Cale customized and set it nice and low for little hands to be able to reach along with a functional placeholder for hanging tiny hats, toys, coats, bath towels, etc.
We snagged this authentic canvas maps with sea creatures and ships as a $10.00 Groupon!
Remember this insane Shaker Style Rocking Chair that Meg’s Aunt found at a Garage Sale for $20.00?! Here is it in it’s completed state! She did a BEAUTIFUL job re-finishing it (Check out her other finished pieces at Ollie Belle Home Decor).
All the sudden those late night rocking/lullaby sessions don’t seem SO bad? Right!?
Our inspiration for the map display came from this really simple Hanging Map DIY at Smile & Wave. Thanks Rachel!
Josie is STILL trying to make since of all this change!? She’s gonna make a great Nana Dog (you know, like on Peter Pan!?).
Our friends and family filled out this fun prediction calendar for the baby’s arrival (Meg’s not counting any guesses after the 20th… at least for now)!
Oh and of course… here is the shot we probably shouldn’t show. Definitely not “pin worthy” but it’s how we roll here on The Farm! We’re actually using one of the Pedestal Drawers as a toy box. It’s all about making your space work for you and designing it in a way that meets your design aesthetic AND functional needs. Honestly, we are doing cloth diapers so rooming the baby with the washer and dryer might work out after all?!
Meg and her grandma made curtains out of Painters Drop Cloth’s and surged the curtain edges orange to continue our accent color throughout the room.
You would think that re-decorating ONE room wouldn’t take months and months but we are both designers and definitely have our opinions on how things should go down. It’s always a lot of work and a lot of trial and error but in the end it’s ALWAYS worth it. We are really pleased with the space, especially with what we had to work with. It’s crazy to see the transformation of what once was a shared office space is now the place our little man will rest his head. It’s been a process but one we’ve enjoyed and feel like we’ve given our boy a room not just filled with “stuff” but “stuff” with true meaning and function.
What is your favorite detail of the room?
Have a due date prediction you’d like us to add to the calendar?! List your estimated date, weight, length, and time of day in the comment section below!
We’ll keep you posted!
39 weeks AND counting!
From the Farm
If you are someone looking for a real agricultural adventure away from the “main land” WWOOFing maybe just your thing! WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a volunteer organization that connects individuals with organic farmers from around the world! You can choose your location (as long as they have a spot open in the time frame you are available) and spend anywhere from a few weeks to several months helping an organic farm take on their daily tasks.
“WWOOF is a world wide network of organizations – We link volunteers with organic farmers, and help people share more sustainable ways of living.” – WWOOF Website
“WWOOF is an exchange - In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.” – WWOOF Website
“WWOOF organizations - link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help.” - WWOOF Website
Our friend Chelsea spent a summer on an organic farm in Hawaii and shared some of her adventures in our series; Hawaiian Farm Girl. She learned all kinds of things but mainly enjoyed the hands on experience and falling in love with the land.
If you are interested in participating in WWOOFing please know it’s definitely not for the faint at heart! You have to be willing to do chores of all shapes and sizes including cleaning the chicken coop! Not everything is as flashy and pretty as planting seeds but it’s definitely a great experience to learn what it truly takes to run and organize a working farm.
Somethings to consider (from Chelsea’s experience):
CASH ON HAND: As a WWOOFer you are strictly a volunteer so your time is in trade for free lodging and food (whatever the farm grows). You’ll need to make sure you have saved up money to purchase your plane ticket to and from your location as well as any extra spending cash you might want to travel around the area you are saying in.
TRANSPORTATION: If you are wanting to do a lot of site seeing around the area of your farm location you’ll need to consider transportation. Chelsea had access to a car but it was shared among the other WWOOFer’s and it was only available certain days a week.
FRIENDS: Most WWOOFing farms are typically located outside of town and away from other people. You may want to talk a friend into sharing the experience with you so that you don’t get to lonely. Obviously there are other WWOOFers around but you don’t always know their personality types, if they will even speak the same language as you, and how long they plan on staying. You may like the idea of being secluded but others may want to bring a friend!
FREE TIME: The farm Chelsea stayed at required each WWOOFer to work 5 hours a day. This may sound like a lot but chores where done quickly leaving a lot of free time to roam the land. Make sure you bring books to read or other things to help you occupy your time. Depending on if you have access to a car or not you maybe confined to the farm grounds a lot more than you would like. Also, don’t forget to ask about internet access, etc. Depending on the farm location access maybe sketchy and hard to keep in touch with family and friends (if you care to do that!).
EQUIPMENT: Find out what type of cooking equipment is available for the WWOOFers. Chelsea was able to take a isobutane/propane stove that was extremely lightweight and compact. It allowed her to fit a single pot, pan, or teakettle at a time to cook a number of things. Since you are typically confined to eating what the farm grows you may want more options when it comes to preparing the same foods over and over again.
With summer quickly approaching WWOOFing is a great hands on agriculture adventure! Not only does it teach you life skills but you’ll gain a better appreciation for the land and what it takes to grow your own food.
Visit WWOOFing today and find out how you can volunteer at an organic farm near you or across the globe!
From the Farm
When was the last time you spent sometime in the baby aisle at your local retail store? Have you really looked at all the stuff they tell you that you will need for your new Little Noodle? Recently, Cale and I were purchasing items from a baby registry and I swear we could have gotten lost in all the gismo and gadgets (who knew there were so many options for a pacifier?)! I realized then and there that if we got this child all the “stuff” that they say you need our little farm house would only have room for one baby! I’m not saying essentials like diapers and bottles are not important, but seriously how do you even know where to start? How do you know what really is the right stuff?
I don’t know if this makes me a bad parent or not but I kinda figure the Little Noodle’s necessities will be met one way or another (the Grandmother’s are already bringing stuff over); but, the part that freaks the hell out of me is how do you as a parent provide the other stuff? The life stuff? How to create a since of hope and adventure? How do you cultivate an explorer instead of someone full of fear? These are the questions I’m more worried about. I know the Little Noddle will have plenty of toys and as far as the breast feeding equipment goes, well… I’ll figure it out! But what weights more on my heart is establishing a safe place for our child to dream big. A place that cultivates new ideas and a since of wonder.
Below is a list of images that have inspired us as we create a space for our Little Noodle.
Green Couch Design started from a place of dreaming big and that is exactly what we want to instill in our children. Call me crazy but I think the right stuff starts with the nursery decor. I’m more of a visual person anyway so we’ll get to the gismos and gadgets later.
First, let’s create a space that speaks to the heart and soul behind our vision and love for family.
That’s my kinda stuff.
From the Farm
PS See more of my nursery ideas on Pinterest.
When I was little my dad once told me this…
“Small minded people talk about other people.
Medium minded people talk about things.
Big minded people talk about ideas”
So the question stands how are we thinking? I think it’s amazing how we can so quickly get caught up in what people think, or what is the hot new item right now. As we come into the Holiday season I just wanted to pause for a second and ask a simple question. What size is your thinking?
Recently we went camping with Meg’s family and as we were driving away I remember thinking, what have we talked about? I mean we’ve just spent 48 hours with people we love; what did we say? What did we do? How often do we spend time with people we love and when we leave we realize that the sum total of our time was spent talking about the new iphone, or latest gadget, or how bad someone’s style was in the booth next to us. Don’t get me wrong, mumu’s were never meant to be worn in public. But what I am getting at is how quickly we lose the quality of our time.
It’s hard to believe that what seemed like a lifetime in reality equaled a mere 58 days. A lot can happen in 58 days- especially in Hawaii…
As my time here on the island expands, my vision of the Big Island also expands as I learn and see it through the eyes of others. Seeing it through the eyes of natives can be hard as it challenges me at times to re-think my own culture and opinions on certain issues. No matter if I agree with them or not, I’m finding an open-mindedness is necessary in understanding the island as a whole. I’m opening my ears as well as my eyes and listening to the voices of the people on the island. I’m enjoying the process. With only one more week to go, we’ll see what more I see and hear.
I live to discover. My curious spirit is often compared to a child, as I’m always looking out for things I may have never seen or noticed before. Noticing these things in nature is easy here; Hawaii is a place just waiting to unveil new discoveries to those whose eyes are open to its natural beauty.
I’ve come to the conclusion that if there would be a place I could compare the Big Island of Hawaii to, it would be the garden of Eden-except thankfully, Hawaii doesn’t have snakes!
Whether it’s with the plants, animals, WWOOFers (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), or maybe former ideas on what you thought you knew about Hawaii, organic gardening, or life for that matter…the philosophy here on the farm remains: “out with the old and in with the new”.
She maybe sweet but her adventurous spirit runs deep; meet Chelsea, our Hawaiian Farm Girl. Follow her journey for the next two months as she shares her experience of tree house living, bathing in waterfalls, and Hawaiian organic farming. There’s so much to be had…look out Swiss Family Robinson!