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Nursery Project: Wooden Art

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I really enjoyed the book and movie "The Help".  I especially loved how the character Abilene Clark chanted the mantra "You is kind, you is smart, you is important" to the young Mae Mobley.  This is such a positive message to pass on to children to build their confidence.  There are so many negative forces children encounter outside the home, it's good to surround them with positive messages they can internalize in the home.  That is what I want to do for our son.

Ever since I read that book, I thought, "I am going to tell my own children that same thing".  However, I wanted to teach them the mantra, making a few grammatical corrections.  Instead of saying "You is", I say "You are".

I decided to create art using this message for our son's nursery.  I found a wooden plaque, wooden letters and used acrylic paint to create it.  


First, I laid the letters on the plaque to get an idea of how I wanted to place them.  Have you notic…

Nursery Project: Newspaper Art

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This was a project I saw on Pinterest.  It originally appeared on the Southern Belle Soul, Mountain Bride Heart blog and can be found here.  I knew I wanted to try it for the nursery.


We decided to go with an inspirational quote I saw on Pinterest as well, "Wake up and be awesome".  It seemed fun and motivating, perfect for a little boy's room.

For this project, you will need Mod Podge, a sponge brush, canvas, newspaper, peel and stick letters, acrylic paint and a yard stick.



First apply a coat of Mod Podge to the top of the canvas with the sponge brush.



Put the newspaper on the canvas, pressing firmly to get rid of air and creases.  It works best if you start on one end and then slowly move across to the other end.


Flip the canvas over and apply Mod Podge to the sides and back of the canvas along the edges.  Wrap the newspaper around the edges.


Carefully wrap the corners so they do not bunch up.  If your newspaper bunches up, this will show once the canvas has been pai…

Nursery Project: Painting and Re-Painting

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As I mentioned before, we are preparing for the birth of our first child.  Since we are having a boy, Mr. C wanted to do the nursery using a New Orleans Saints theme.  He is a huge Saints fan.  To accomplish this, we wanted to paint the walls a brown color and accent the room with black and white.  The furniture is all black.

The crib was ordered from Babies R Us online.  It is the Tuscany crib in black by Storkcraft.  This is a 4 in 1 convertible crib, meaning it converts to a toddler bed, as well as a full size bed.  This crib comes in several other color options, but black worked best for the look we were trying to achieve.

While strolling through Ikea one day, we came across this dresser.  We purchased the Hemnes 3 drawer chest in black brown.  We plan to also use it as a changing table by adding a changing pad on top of it. 

Now here comes the fun part, painting the room.  When our house was built, all the walls were painted one color.  So, when we needed to set up the nursery, …