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03-30-2001 10:39 AM
EvaK WOW, what a great idea with the window blinds. I will try that right away as I have some of his border left. Glad I did not throw it away yet.
03-29-2001 05:55 PM
Meagan Wow I hadn't thought of the mini blind decoration! We are moving and my son's room will be smaller...we have left over wall paper from his last room. What a great idea!
03-29-2001 03:28 PM
chelle1193 I've also seen Postey's lamp idea done on window blinds. Either use the border and cut out pieces, or use the prepasted wall stickers (called Wallies I think) It sounds like it would never work I know, but you just stick them on the blinds (yes over the spaces between slats) then use a razor kife, or any other very sharp blade, to cut them between the slats. It turns out really cute, you can use any theme you want! And when you are ready to switch the "baby" room into an older child's room, they peel right off, saving you the expense of new window treatments...
03-10-2001 05:58 PM
postey I took a plane white lamp, cut out pieces of my wallpaper border and glued them onto the shade. Cute a a lot cheaper!
03-04-2001 07:52 PM
Spaggie When DS was born we were on a really, really tight budget. Because I am not a great decorator, I decided to go with primary colors that he would be able to use for years and years. I chose red, green, blue and yellow. My sister crocheted a twin sized afghan in those colors for his bed and I made some cheap throw pillows to go with it. She also gave me my nephews bear collection (he had outgrown them at 10), so I used that as his theme. Once he got older, the bears got put away. I bought solid colored sheets, so everything matched. When he outgrew the crib, I used the sheets to make him a huge floor pillow. Just took off the elastic, sewed the ends together and stuffed it. He still uses it to watch movies and TV on. When he was into trains, it was easy to find things in the primary colors. And now that he is into different stuff, I just switch the pillows (Pokemon, Digimon, ScoobyDoo). He'll be able to use the colors for years!

I was lucky with DD. One of my friends bought me the big layette set I was wishing for (almost $200!) It's called over the moon and has the characters from Hey Diddle Diddle. Someone else bought me the mobile. I found some fabric with the Hey Diddle Diddle theme and I am making a floor playmat with it. The colors aren't exactly the same, but close enough. I was really lucky and found some matted pictures at Target that have the figures. I bought cheap frames (2 for $5) to put them in. Since the kids share a room, I am glad that the colors seem to work together. Both have the green, blue and yellow, so they sort of blend.
02-22-2001 12:15 AM
EvaK I made my sons nursery myself as well, and I have to admit I just finished, now that he is over 4 months old. I chose frogs, since I found the cutest fabric on one of my trips to my favorite fabric store. Two days later my aunt sent me a package for him with the coolest stuffed frog (it has a wood ball in a wood box inside which makes really fun sounds) Plus Jerome has a frog rattle, and I think I am getting him hooked on frogs, but they are all different, and so it should be ok (I hope!!!!) I have to admit though that since I own my own sewing business, it was probably easier for me, but if anyone wants some tips on some project they are starting, feel free, moms need all the help they can get (it is granny's job to spent on our kids, we have to be inventive, hehe)
02-12-2001 12:58 PM
Meagan I'm glad I went to all of the trouble the first time around, because there is no way I will ever have the time to do it now! I was also very lucky to have very giving Grandmothers.....Gavin's room is now a mixture of regular and classic pooh. Since we rent an apartment we were able to find a wall paper border that acts like a sticker and peels right off....expensive to buy at $10 a roll (Thanks again to the grandmothers ) I am very sick of Pooh, I wish I would have just chosen a simple theme like a color or just Bears or something like that. With this baby there is no way I am going to go out and buy all new nursey stuff.
02-11-2001 12:03 AM
knee cole I did something similar. We moved into a 3-bdr apt in Nov '97 and each kid (Angela and Brandon) would have their own room with their own window facing a church across a 3 lane road. I couldn't find regular Pooh curtains w/in our budget. So I bought a twin set of sheets and one lace panel. I split the flat sheet and the lace panel into 2 and made curtains for Angela. (I used a machine as old as me and taught myself how to sew.) Now that she has a twin size bed, I use the pillow case and the fitted sheet on her bed with an old white flat sheet(not that my kids use the sheets anyway). Now that she uses the sheets she is amazed that her bed mathes the window!!
02-08-2001 03:13 PM
mrohan Great job ladies! I did not know what hardworking dedicated moms I was talking to. That is great! I am so not even that way! I wish I were, it would make decorating a whole lot cheaper and more fun too! If you come up with any ideas that do not include sewing let me know!!!
02-07-2001 04:32 PM
Aiyanna mom It worked out really well bacause I draw on it to remember all of her doctor appointments.
02-07-2001 02:05 AM
mrs073 Let us know how the chalkboard paint works out. I would like to make a little chalkboard in Emily's room when she gets older. I have seem some really cute ideas done with it.
02-06-2001 10:36 PM
Aiyanna mom We wasnted the same thing but also wanted Pooh on the walls. But did not want to pay for wall paper so my DH came up with the idea of painting pooh on the wall. So he drew pooh and I painted. We put chalk board paint under though so it can have a nice green background. The best part is that when she gets older and feels the need to write on the wall we will give her chalk and then she can write on the wall. As for the rest we had help one of my friends brought the set. And my mother brought the lamp and door knob handles with the light plate. Some times I look at it and get sick of looking at pooh every were he is in every corner of the room. Now I wish that I could change it.
02-05-2001 12:23 AM
Dawn That's a great way to save some money on the nursery set. I did the same thing (Noah's Ark) -- of course, I also had to purchase the sewing maching.

I managed to get one crib sheet done and the comforter. The rest is still shoved in my closet along with all of the other projects I never finished.

I'm terrible at that. It's wonderful to hear someone that sets out on a project like this and actually finishes. Way to go! I bet it looks wonderful!
02-04-2001 11:45 PM
Meagan When I found out I was pregnant with my son I knew that I wanted the Nursery decorated in Pooh. And not just any pooh, it had to be CLASSIC POOH. Then I saw how much things cost and re-thought my plan. Here is what I did at more than half the cost. The set I would have bought at Penny's would probabaly have cost me at least $200. I instead decided to make my own stuff. I have no sewing experience and am not really creative, but I really wanted Pooh! I bought a twin sheet set on sale for $28. It was in Classic pooh. I cut up the bottom sheet...purchased a foam pad that was specifically for a bumper pad at a fabric store...bought lace, ribbon etc. I made my own bumper pad. With the left over pieces I made a small pillow for decoration. With the top sheet I was able to make curtains and a pillow for the rocker. I cut the pillow case apart and using scraps from the rest of the sheet set was able to make a quilt. I also bought some fabric for backing. This all cost around $50 and of course my time. I did splurge and buy one classic pooh crib sheet, and the rest I bought in solid colors that went with the bumper pad. At my shower, I received more goodies for the nursery. I was also able to hit some great garage sales. We also have a store here called T.J. Maxx that sells odd or imperfect items. They had a bunch of really cheep stuff as well.

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