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DIY: 8 Easy and Adorable Halloween Hoodie Costumes

Last Minute Family Friendly Halloween Hoodie Costume Ideas | Bringing Design Home

When I was a kid my grandma would make us the best Halloween Costumes. She’d take us to the fancy fabric store and we’d spend hours looking at all the books with samples of the different patterns. It was always really hard, but eventually we’d narrow it down and she’d make our costumes completely from scratch. Now these were not your flimsy Big Box Retail Costumes, these were handcrafted, tailored, pieces of art that were made with lots of love (and blood, sweat, and tears I’m sure!). Back then we actually got to wear our costumes to school, which was always my favorite part. For a whole day we’d get to prance around in our homemade garb as a pretty witch, a silly clown, or for my brother; Captain Planet (which included a fabric six pack of course)! :)

Unfortunately my kids won’t have the same quality handmade Halloween Costumes I had as a kid, but I’m gonna do my best to make something a little crafty and original. The last few years we’ve participated in our church Trunk or Treat. As a family (including Cale’s five brothers and sisters and children!) we’ve done everything from the Super Mario Brothers to a Bakery complete with the most adorable cupcakes and cookies! This year everyone’s schedule is a bit more crazy than usual so we are trying to keep things fairly simple (although we say that every year!). I love a good hoodie costume cause you can buy the base at a thrift shop, purchase some felt for simple handmade add-ons, and finish with some fabric glue baby and you are good to go! Even if you’d don’t have a sewing a machine you can still create something unique and fun for your little minions that’s simple and one-of-a-kind.

Below is a roundup of links to some of my favorite easy handmade costumes. I’ve been searching for a particular hoodie tutorial myself, but you’ll have to wait until after Halloween to see our final costumes and theme this year! :)

  1. Care Bears by See Vanessa Craft
  2. A Minion from Despicable Me by Not So Idle Hands
  3. Octopus by dollarcraft on Instructables
  4. Unicorn by Fiskars
  5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Vanilla Joy
  6. Knight by fjnorm on Instructables
  7. Shark by Fiskars
  8. Little Red Ridding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf by Martha Stewart

A little bit of forethought goes a long ways! Halloween might be a week away, but I promise you’ve still got time to create you own costume that is way cooler than something from the store (and probably a lot less expensive too!). Get together with some of your friends for a craft night, and cut and glue your own hoodie costume together. Who knows, the materials you need may already be in an old box just waiting to be used.

What’s your favorite handmade costume? Leave us a link in the comment section.

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Slow Cooker Smokehouse Garden Salsa: Canning with Larry

Canning with Larry: Smokehouse Garden Salsa | Bringing Design Home

Here’s to recipe #3 in our summer canning series! I have to be honest, I am a complete snob when it comes to salsa. It has to be not too chunky, not too watery. Spicy enough that you enjoy the kick, but not so spicy you can’t taste any of the flavors. No I’m not a Mexican, but I love my salsa and I’m picky about how it needs to taste. My father-in-law, Larry Lopp, put this recipe together years ago and it quickly become a summer staple in Cale’s family kitchen when he was growing up. Although I’m typically a traditional Cilantro & Lime Salsa girl, I have really come to love the robust and hearty flavors in this smoky salsa. Larry passed away a few years ago, but his recipe continues on every summer as we anxiously await to harvest our garden peppers.

Some of my fondest memories with Larry include three of his favorite things; family, fireworks, and good food!

This one’s for you Granddad. xoxo

If you have never made a canned recipe in the slow cooker let me tell you it is awesome! Salsa is so hard cause it can take you an entire day to cut everything up and then actually process the salsa. I really love that you can chop everything up, clean up while the salsa is cooking, and get ready for round 2 a bit later in the day. A lot of canning recipes–like jam–force you to be ready to can as soon as the liquid is hot. I love that this recipe allows you to break up the long process so you don’t feel nearly as rushed.

Also, a good salsa has to marinate for a while. With this recipe you can tweak it and add more spices or peppers as it cooks in the slow cooker. This process still gets the liquid nice and hot, but you can taste test it as you go. Just like our Cilantro & Lime Vinegar Free Salsa, this recipe is truly flexible and forgiving.

Smokehouse Garden Salsa

Yields: About 6-8 Pint Jars
  • 20 tomatoes (1/2 peeled, 1/2 not, and then I hand diced 1/2 and used the juicer to chop/blend the other 1/2)
  • 1 large onion
  • 12  jalapeño peppers (without seeds)
  • 2 large poblano peppers
  • 4 large Anaheim chilies (2 with seeds for heat, 2 without)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 8 garlic gloves
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce (gives it that smokehouse flavor)
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 small can tomato paste for thickening (if needed)

STEP 1: Blend and chop the tomatoes, then add to the slow cooker. If you want it really chunky, chop more and blend less.

STEP 2: Blend and dice the peppers and onions together, then add them to the slow cooker. This is where you get a good idea of your thickness/consistency. Feel free to add more if you need too!

STEP 3: Add the salt, chili powder, sugar, garlic gloves, Worcestershire Sauce, and vinegar.

STEP 4: Cook on high for about 4 hours. I know you’ll be tempted to cook it on low overnight, but the salsa will have an overcooked/burnt taste to it. Do a taste test about an hour in, and see if it’s hot enough or needs more? You can always add in more jalapneos, habaneros, or even chili powder to bring up the heat. A good rule of thumb is that if it doesn’t smell spicy it probably isn’t hot enough!

STEP 5: Bring a boiling-water caner or large sauce pot, half-full with water, to a simmer (takes about 30 minutes). Fill a small sauce pan with 1 in of warm water. Keeping it on medium-low heat set the lids in the hot bath until you are ready to place on the hot jars.

STEP 6: Once the water is boiling place as many empty jars as you can (might have to do two batches of jars at a time) in the simmering water. This is a quick way to heat up the empty jars just before you fill them up with salsa. Remove the jars when your salsa is finished cooking for 4 hours.

STEP 8: Pour hot salsa into hot sterilized jars, within 1/2 inch from the top. Remove any air bubbles by moving a wooden or plastic (not metal!) utensil up and down the middle of the jar. Seal with hot lids and apply screw bands.

STEP 9: Process in a water bath for 15 minutes.

STEP 10: Remove and let the jars completely cool and seal for 12-24 hours. If a jar lid still pops up and down when you press on it, after the cooling stage, the jar did not seal properly. Simply place this jar in the fridge and eat first. Store in a cool dark place for up to 1 year.

So far this season we’ve shared with you our Cilantro and Lime Vinegar Free Salsa, Sugar Free Blackberries, and now our Smokehouse Garden Salsa. Both salsas are slow cooker friendly and super easy… as long as you don’t mind the time it takes to chop everything up! And, if you don’t have the patience just put all the tomatoes, onions, and peppers in a blender and you’ll be fine! Your salsa won’t be as chunky, but all the yummy flavors will still be there.

I’ve also found this salsa makes a warm and rich, almost BBQ flavored, chicken marinade! That’s only if it can surpass the chip taste test again, and again, and again…

What’s your favorite salsa recipe? In your eyes, what makes a good salsa?

Happy canning friends! You can do it! :)

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Slow Cooker Cilantro & Lime Vinegar Free Salsa: Canning with Jessie

Vinegar Free Cilantro & Lime Salsa: Canning with Jessie | Bringing Design Home

I know it’s completely nerdy, but I LOVEEEEE canning! Does anyone else out there get as excited as I do about canning!? Whether you are an experienced canner or still trying to figure out what pectin is, I’m so happy you are here!! This is a summer series we started several years back when Cale’s Grandma taught me how to can; thus the original title, Canning with Grandma. Since then we’ve switched the name from “Grandma” to different names of bloggers and neighbors who have shared their recipes, to old friends and family that just happened to be around to lend a helping hand whenever we are canning. :)

We’re kicking this summer’s recipes off with a bang! I’ve got two loaded salsa recipes that I have been tweaking and perfecting for nearly two years! Thanks to the Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op here in OK (Check it out, they have em all over the US!) we’ve had access to large batches of fruits and veggies throughout the entire year! Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing like the taste of a tomato picked from your own garden, but unfortunately we can’t grow those year-around. Because of our access to large quantities of fresh veggies I’ve been able to hone in on some of my favorite canning recipes and get a head of my summer canning schedule!

Which also means I’m not slaving over a hot stove 9 months pregnant in July! :)

Our first canning recipe for this year is my *new* all time favorite salsa that is completely vinegar free! I believe strongly that there is nothing like a good salsa and that’s why I’m a purist salsa lover at heart. I have tried several canned salsa recipes and although they look beautiful, I can’t stand the vinegar. Regardless of how little vinegar there might be in the actual recipe, the vinegar flavor always seems to over power the fresh tomatoes and peppers. Let em shine baby! I mean we’ve worked so hard all summer watering, and pruning, and loving on these garden beauties! It’s time to let them take center stage and get back to a traditional home canned salsa that’s truly cilantro and lime based. Typically, vinegar is needed to help preserve the salsa, but after doing much research, and some good ole trial and error, I’ve also found that fresh lime juice works just as well! And let me tell ya, the results are AMAZING!! :D

I have to thank my sister-in-law Jessie for her assistance with this recipe. She’s really helped me nail down the base ratio of peppers to tomatoes. The other thing she introduced me too, is cooking canned salsa in the slow cooker instead of a giant pot over the stove! This has completely changed my life when it comes to canning and because of that I have named this post; Canning with Jessie! :)

The slow cooker is a great way to cook your salsa without heating up your house in the middle of summer. Instead of cooking the salsa in a pot for an hour or so, you cook the salsa on high for four hours. This method really gives you a good idea of how all the flavors will blend together over time. Not only does this process allow you to break up your day into phase 1: preparing the salsa, and phase 2: canning the salsa, it also allows you to tweak the flavors as you go.

Plus, you get to munch on salsa all day long! I’m just saying…

It takes a lot of time to can your own food and if I’m gonna take the time to do it, I want recipes that are gonna be flexible with my schedule, utilizing the ingredients I have on hand, and in the end result in preserves that I know are gonna be BIG HITS! This recipe is so forgiving and flexible. If you add too many peppers, just pull out a can of diced tomatoes and no one will ever know! ;) Want it hotter? Add more whole peppers! Either way, don’t be afraid to trust your gut and add more as needed. I always try and look for a good balance of peppers + onions = tomatoes. If you like a more tomato flavored salsa, slowly add in the peppers until you get the consistency that’s right for you. I promise if you take the time to really let this salsa build over time, you’ll end up with a batch your taste buds and everyone else around you will love! ;)

Slow Cooker Cilantro & Lime Vinegar Free Canned Salsa

Yields: About 8 Pint Jars
  • 28 tomatoes (1/2 peeled, 1/2 not, and then I hand diced 1/2 and used the juicer to chop/blend the other 1/2)
  • 1 large red onion
  • 5  jalapeño peppers (2 with seeds, 3 without seeds)
  • 3 large Anaheim chilies (without seeds)
  • 2 bell peppers (without seeds)
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp cumin powder
  • 8 garlic gloves
  • 1-2 bunches of cilantro (I like a lot of cilantro!)
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 small can tomato paste for thickening (if needed)

 

STEP 1: Blend and chop the tomatoes, then add to the slow cooker. If you want it really chunky, chop more and blend less.

STEP 2: Blend and dice the peppers and onions together, then add them to the slow cooker. This is where you get a good idea of your thickness/consistency. Feel free to add more if you need too! I look for a good ratio of peppers & onions = tomatoes, but you may like yours with less peppers? I feel like it gives the salsa a better mix of flavors.

STEP 3: Add the salt, cumin, sugar, garlic gloves, and lime juice. Chop the fresh cilantro, but set aside for later!

STEP 4: Cook on high for about 4 hours. I know you’ll be tempted to cook it on low overnight, but the salsa will have an overcooked/burnt taste to it. Do a taste test about an hour in, and see if it’s spicy enough? You can always add in more peppers to bring up the heat. If you put too many peppers, just pull out a can of diced tomatoes (no one will know!) and that should balance things out a bit!

STEP 5: After the salsa has cooked for three hours, throw in the fresh cilantro and let it cook for one last hour. Feel free to add any last minute extras depending on your final taste test.

STEP 6: Bring a boiling-water caner or large sauce pot, half-full with water, to a simmer (takes about 30 minutes). Next, make a hot bath for the lids by filling a small sauce pan with 1 in of warm water. Keep the small sauce pan on medium-low heat with the lids inside the hot bath until you are ready to seal the hot jars.

STEP 7: Once the water is boiling place as many empty jars as you can (might have to do two batches of jars at a time) in the simmering water. This is a quick way to heat up the empty jars just before you fill them up with salsa. Remove the jars when your salsa is finished cooking and just before you are ready to start the canning process.

STEP 8: Pour the hot salsa into hot sterilized jars, within 1/2 inch from the top. Remove any air bubbles by moving a wooden or plastic (not metal!) utensil up and down the middle of the jar. Seal with hot lids and apply screw bands.

STEP 9: Process in a water bath for 15 minutes.

STEP 10: Remove and let the jars completely cool and seal for 12-24 hours. If a jar lid still pops up and down when you press on it, after the cooling stage, the jar did not seal properly. Simply place this jar in the fridge and eat first. Store in a cool dark place for up to 1 year.

I just love how colorful and fresh this salsa looks in the jars. Unlike canning jam, where you have to be ready to can it the minute the jam is boiling hot, cooking the salsa in a slow cooker breaks up your day and gives you a bit more time to prepare for the canning process. With kids running around it can be hard to find a good 3-4 hours at one time to cut everything up and can when the salsa is hot. I love that this slow cooker recipe slows down the process and is flexible enough that I can wait until nap time if I have too! :)

Thanks Jessie for giving me the base for this perfect salsa recipe! We seriously should have a salsa party this summer!? Wouldn’t be that be fun!? Now… I’ve just gotta figure out where and when we can schedule it in between baby #2′s July due date!? :/

Happy canning everyone!

Look for our Slow Cooker Smokehouse Garden Salsa toward the end of June!

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Custom All-In-One Bunk Bed & Drawer Design

Custom All-in-One Bunk Bed & Drawer Design | Bringing Design Home

Our friends, Andrew & Crystal, live in a tiny 2-bedroom house near downtown Oklahoma City. Fitting two kids into one bedroom will challenge any family, but when they found out they were pregnant with #3 they knew they had a BIG design problem on their hands. As an intern-architect Andrew has a definite design style he prefers, and wasn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty with a good design challenge.

Using galvanized pipe for the bunk bed rails and birch plywood Andrew designed a space to sleep both girls while providing clothing storage for all three kids. Since they are renting it was important to design the bed to structurally hold two kids safely without being attached to the wall. Both beds have their own bunk cubby providing a private space for the two oldest siblings. To make the most of their floor space the bottom bunk currently holds a toddler bed, but was designed to accommodate a twin mattress for the future.

Finding modern children’s furniture that is designed and functions well can be difficult and very expensive! Often times the ladder feels like it was a last minute thought and is awkwardly incorporated into the overall layout. Andrew did a great job establishing an overall clean and functional aesthetic by incorporating the ladder as a cutout from the overall bunk bed structure.

We love seeing our creative friends come up with fun solutions for their homes that are custom and affordable! Thanks Andrew and Crystal for inspiring us as we plan out James’ new toddler room!

What’s your favorite design element of Andrew’s bunk bed?

Wanna build one yourself? Visit Andrew’s blog to see the detailed bunk bed specs and materials.

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DIY: Mail a Hug Valentine Using Your Kids’ Handprints

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As James Daivd is getting older I’m really enjoying coming up with creative crafts he can be a part of. Since Cale and I’s design work is mostly on the computer it’s always fun making stuff from scratch using tape, crayons, and old school construction paper!

About half of our close family and friends live in other states so it’s important to us to keep in contact–even in small ways. Coming up with little notes showing them how much we love and miss them is one of our favorite things to do! Last year we designed a Valentine using James’ handprint and it was a huge hit. This year we wanted to continue that tradition, but with a new card design.

SUPPLIES:

  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors/Paper Cutter (Preferably NOT your fabric scissors!) :/
  • Tape
  • Crayons
  • White Washable Kid-Friendly Paint
  • Paper Plate (An easy throw-away prop to load the kids’ hands with paint)
  • Kid Size Smock (Something to cover the wee ones up just in case things get crazy!)
  • #10 Envelopes
  • Stamps

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Take It One Hand At A Time: Before I assembled the actual cards I cut and organized the strips of paper into 10 left hand & 10 right hand stacks for a total of 20 4×6 strips. Like an assembly line we went through one stack of papers at a time so that only one hand had paint on it at all times.
  • Don’t Be A Clean Freak: Even with the smock on things are gonna get messy! Take a breath and let your kids enjoy the craft! As long as it’s washable paint it will be easy to wipe off surfaces and get out of clothes. ;)
  • Leave Room For Errors: Cut extra strips of each color for both the left and right handprints. We needed 6 total cards so I cut enough for 10 (20 4×6 colored strips) and was able to pick the best prints out of the batch to make the final cards.
  • Make It Yours: Decorative Washi Tape and even mini confetti hearts are just a few additional ideas that can add even more Valentines Day Flare!

My favorite part about this craft is that it’s messy! At first I was a little hesitant, but watching James get at it with the paint and teaching him to work with us to “squish” each print was a blast. This craft was super easy and something we did as a family on a weeknight between supper and bath time. It’s just a little reminder that you don’t need hours to create and send a little snail mail hug for Valentines Day or “just because”! ;)

What’s Your Favorite Handmade Valentine Design?

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DIY: Cross-Stitch Family Portrait

DIY Cross-Stitch Family Portrait | Bringing Design Home

I can’t tell you how excited I have been to share my latest homemade gift with you all! To be honest I was a bit overambitious last Christmas, and didn’t complete any of the FOUR projects I started (surly I’m not the only one… !?). :( This year I was determined to complete ALL my projects from last year, and I’m happy to announce that I reached my goal just in time for Christmas! :)

Tis true, me and Martha Stewart became besties this holiday season, and I couldn’t be any more happier with the results!

Once you plan out your portrait the cross-stitching isn’t that hard, but it does take time. Personally, I enjoyed spending my evenings with the tv off, bundled under a blanket, working away while Cale studied for his latest Architecture Exam. You might think of cross-stitching as an old lady sport, but it was really fun giving an old craft an updated design.

SUPPLIES:

  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery Thread (Just ask around and borrow some from your crafty friends if you don’t want to buy a bunch–thanks Courtney!) :)
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Embroidery Aida Cloth (I started with 22 count and the stitches were way to small and close together. Definitely aim for 11-14 count squares, or even 8 if you would like a bigger design.)
  • Scissors
  • Graph Paper (I just stole a few pages from Cale’s Moleskine Journal, shhh… don’t tell!) ;)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scotch Tape

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • Select a Wider (smaller) Embroidery Aida Cloth Count: I started my first portrait with a 22 count and hated the whole process. The wider squares (11-14 count) show off fun details better, and you won’t be cussing as much as you try and poke your thread through tiny, TINY, little holes! :)
  • General Size/Scale Chart: 8 stitches across for adult heads, 7 stitches across for teen/kids heads, and 3 stitches across for babies.
  • Plan it Out: Use graph paper and colored pencils to plan out every detail. Having a solid plan creates a smooth transition once you start cross-stitching.
  • Customize each family member: I found the inspiration for this project sifting through an old subscription of Martha Stewart Living. Visit her page for ideas and suggestions on how to each person in your portrait their own unique style. Think about the person’s hair, the type of clothes they wear, and even fun accessories.
  • Use Back Stitching for Small Details: This simple technique allows you to create fine details like glasses, baby eye’s and mouth’s, letters, and numbers.

This was my first cross-stitch project so don’t feel intimidated if you have never done this before. I stitched two full portraits of the same family until I got the style, layout, and the scale just right.

You can do it! Old ladies unite! ;)

What new Christmas projects did you take on this year? How did they turn out?

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Trunk or Treat Halloween Family Costume Theme: Sweet Treats Bakery

A Sweet & Easy Homemade Family Halloween Costume

Halloween seems like ancient history now, but we just had to share our family costume from this year! It’s become a tradition that Cale’s family come up with the best Trunk or Treat Theme. In the past we have done Transformers with homemade costumes that actually change from robots to cars, and even Mario Brothers. This year, with all of our kids under the age of three (don’t drink the water!), we we’re all feeling a little pressed for time. Our little bakery theme was a simple solution to dress the kids up in ridiculously cute outfits (providing us with future blackmail material!), and keep the adults happy with an easy baker’s costume.

It was a little crazy getting us all there (with costumes, props, naps, juice cups, snacks, diapers, etc.), but once it was all said and done, we had a blast baking our little Halloween Treats. Enjoy!

Although we we’re gypped out of 1st place by Woody, Jessie, and the whole Toy Story Gang (It was rigged!), our sweet theme was definitely the cutest trunk we’ve done so far. Don’t you just love our pumpkins painted like cupcakes with sprinkles?! :)

Now, back to turkey prep people, Halloween is so last year!

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Our apologies for the late delay on posting these pics. We left for a vacation in Panama the day after Halloween!

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Sugar Free Peaches with Honey and Fresh Basil: Canning with Cale

Canned Sugar Free Peaches with Honey and Fresh Basil

This summer has possibly been the BEST summer ever to can fresh vegetables and fruits. Not only has the weather in the Midwest been cool (perfect for standing over a hot stove), but it’s also created lots, and lots of rain! Just when we think our garden has passed it’s prime we get another round of fresh goodies.

Now that we have a baby eating solids I’ve been looking to create a few canning recipes that he could really enjoy. Making your own baby food is a lot of work so anything I can do to save time down the road, while utilizing our homegrown ingredients, is worth it to me!

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Berry & Wine Jam: Canning with Ken

Canned Blackberry & Apricot Wine Jam. Mix & match your favorite seasonal berries and white wine to customize your own version of this basic Berry & Wine Jam!

My dad, Ken, is the man when it comes to all things garden and wine. Every year he has a huge garden full of garlic, potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes (just to name a few!), but the thing I love about his garden the most is when he uses his extra veggies to make homemade wine! He’s made every kind you can think of out of currants, blackberries and jalapenos, apples, apricots, and even tomatoes!

Unlike typical jam and jelly bread spreads this recipe is a sweet/tart mix. It’s a celebration of that time of year when the garden (or berry bush) is just bursting with freshness and our way of saying thanks to my dad for all the FREE homemade wine over the years. :)

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Nursery Design Bits

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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.

(Hanging Mobile Picture Frame: Blue Seven; 5 Step To The Left Of Your Right Hemisphere Postcard: Samantha Lamb)

(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?

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We’ll keep you posted!

39 weeks AND counting! :)

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