Month: April 2014

Gender Neutral Nursery Reveal

Gender Neutral Nursery Reveal

Today I put the finishing touches on the nursery, and I am so excited to share the final pictures.  (You will notice that we still do not have trim in this room.  It was part of the plan to get trim and new ceiling tiles put up before baby arrives, but I’m not sure that it will get done on time.  At least it matches the rest of the house, which doesn’t have trim anywhere at the moment!)

This room is full of DIY projects, but first and foremost, the recliner!  I spent less than $30 on the drop clothes and piping for this recliner and saved about $500 compared to buying new!  The recliner came from my Grandma’s cottage and is very comfortable.

Recliner Slipcover


This slipcover took about 20 hours of work to finish.  I am self-taught when it comes to sewing and I got most of my advice from YouTube.  This was my first time doing piping or any kind of slipcover.  I don’t know what I would have done without THIS VIDEO and THIS BLOG for ideas.  (I will also be writing a separate post about this slipcover next week.)

The pillow on the recliner came with our couch, but was a strange red color.  I used some fabric from JoAnn’s and made an envelope pillow cover from THIS TUTORIAL.

The other project that took a lot of time was the mobile.  Baby Mobile

I followed THIS TUTORIAL.  It took a ton of time and patience.  I love how it turned out, but I can’t say I would do it again.  So much knot tying!

If you follow The Design Eye on Facebook, you have already seen this shelving unit, but we made a few changes.

Nursery Reveal


I added chevron fabric to the back of the shelves and ran a wire for the birdhouse nightlight.  We are really happy with how the decal and birdhouse turned out!

We decided not to buy a changing table, but use a dresser instead.  Nursery Changing Station

We are going to be using cloth diapers, so we needed the extra storage space.  I made a liner for a basket we already had (with the same fabric as the envelope pillow cover) and attached the basket to the wall.  That basket holds all of our cloth diaper accessories and cloth wipes.  Under the basket is our wet bag where dirty diapers will go until we have enough to run a load of laundry (likely every other day).

We are planning on using prefold and fitted cloth diapers for the newborn stage.

Fitted and Prefold Cloth Diapers


We also have some One-Size pocket diapers ready to go.  I’m sure we will be getting more once we know if we need pink or blue!

Pocket Diapers


Now all we need is a baby to put them on!

We also did some other DIY projects in this room that I have already written about, including curtains and a crib skirt.  We are very proud of this room and anxiously waiting to see if a boy or girl will be using it!  We will be hanging their name above the crib as soon as we know.

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Transporting Chickens

Since we live in a small town and have a baby on the way, we thought it would be best if we didn’t have a rooster.  When we ordered our 15 egg layers from McMurray Hatchery, they threw in a free rare breed chick.  They don’t guarantee male or female with that free chick.  We ended up with a beautiful rooster, a blue laced red wyandotte.

Stella Fall 2013


Of course, we didn’t know that he was a rooster for many months, so we had named him Stella (assuming he was a she and would lay eggs).  Stella soon became “Stella the Fella“.

We were lucky enough to find relatives (Ryan’s parents) that would take Stella to live on their farm.  We didn’t want him to be lonely, so we included a few hens as well.

This past weekend, the chickens took their 3 hour journey to their new home.  After a bit of research, we found that they would do best in a kennel in the back of our truck.  We have a topper, so they were completely contained.  Ryan loaded the birds up for their trip, but I think he was sad to see his rooster go.  He is greatly outnumbered around here with 2 female dogs and 12 hens.



The hens were put in a separate kennel from Stella in hopes that they wouldn’t be too stressed out or begin to fight during the drive.

Traveling with Chickens


We included a Rhode Island Red, a Welsummer, and an Andalusian.  We put straw in their kennels and they settled right in.  They actually seemed to travel very well and didn’t make a peep until we arrived at their new home.

The chickens seem to have adjusted well and the hens are laying, so they must not have minded the trip too much.  If we were traveling a greater distance, we definitely would have included food and water in the kennels, but they did just fine for the 3 hours they were in there.  We were very surprised there wasn’t much of a mess at all.  We had lined the truck bed with a tarp, but that was completely unnecessary.  If we were to travel with chickens again, we would definitely do it the same way.

As sad as it is to see some of our chickens go, we have a new batch of chickens coming at the end of May.  If you missed it, read all about that here.  We will update when we have more chicken news.  Thanks for reading!

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Master Bedroom Progress

We have been making quite a bit of progress on our master bedroom.  In fact, we are ready to share it with our little one (as soon as he or she decides to make an appearance).  We have a nursery set up, but the baby will more than likely sleep in our room for the first couple of months since we are on the upper level.

We have been hard at work getting the master bedroom ready and it has really paid off.

Master Bedroom Progress


We hung the wallpaper up on our accent wall and were able to move in shortly after that.  We added a chandelier and rug from Home Depot.  Last year I found some end tables at a garage sale for $20 and have been waiting for the perfect place for them.  We also moved some other pieces that we have collected over time to the room.

Master Bedroom Furniture


We still have a bit of work to do, including trim and finishing off the closet.  The closet will work for now, but is in rough shape.

Master Closet Before


We are both really happy with the way this room is coming together!  Hopefully I will have a nursery update to share soon.  Thanks for reading!

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DIY Adjustable Crib Skirt

With less than 5 weeks left until my due date, we have been scrambling to get things done on the nursery.  We are almost there and will update with final pictures soon.  This weekend I worked on making a crib skirt. I picked up some woodland themed fabric from JoAnns a while back, but we didn’t get the crib put together until a week ago.

Nursery Fabrics


I wanted to make a skirt that would be adjustable when we lower the mattress as baby gets bigger.  After a bit of research, I decided it would be easiest to make 3 panels and attach ribbon to tie to the crib springs.  I made the panels with hem tape, but you could easily sew the panels if you prefer.  I cut 12″ pieces of ribbon and sewed them onto the panels.  I used 5 ribbons on the front panel and 3 ribbons on each side.

Crib Skirt Ribbon


The panels should be made to the size of the crib at the highest mattress setting.  My front panel was 52″x15″ and my side panels were 28″x15″.  This gave me a little bit of wiggle room for overlapping and tucking under the mattress.

Crib Skirt Attachment



When you decide to lower the mattress, the ribbons can be adjusted to tie to any of the supports on the mattress spring.

DIY Adjustable Crib Skirt


The whole project only took me a little over an hour, and most of that was cutting the fabric to size.

DIY Crib Skirt


We have the Delta Bentley crib.  It was fairly easy to put together and came in great condition.  We are really happy with it so far.

DIY Crib Skirt - The Design Eye


For more information on the products in our nursery, check out my Pinterest board.  Once we have the nursery completed I will be sure to update!  Thanks for reading!

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Spring Chicks

Bringing Chicks Home

When we built our coop, we built it to fit 20-24 birds.  The run is built for a few more than that.  We also have the opportunity to free range the chickens in the evening.  They do a great job staying in the yard, with a little help from our blue heelers.

Ryan probably never should have let me build such a big coop, because that means more chickens!  I wanted to order a Rarest of the Rare assortment, but you have to get a minimum of 15 birds.  That just isn’t doable for us, so we picked out 10 birds we wanted individually.  We ordered the birds from Murray McMurray Hatchery and they will be coming at the end of May.

We have ordered both meat chickens and some new laying hens.  Sadly, we have to send Stella to a new home, because he is just too loud to have living in town.  We are also giving away a few hens that will go with Stella.  Hopefully he will be a happy guy on his new farm with his hens.  We will have just over 20 laying hens with this new order.

We ordered one of each of the following, except 2 of the barred rocks and buff orpingtons:

Barred Rocks

Buff Orpingtons

Dark Brahmas

Golden Polish

Light Brahmas

Partridge Cochins

Silver Polish

Our meat birds are the same as last year, and we ordered 25 of them again:

Jumbo Cornish X Rocks

I can’t wait to get our new feathered friends!  I will definitely update as soon as they are here (sometime around May 26th).

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