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Easter 2016

The great indoor Easter of 2016! 

It rained, and it rained, and it rained. It drizzled, misted, stormed, flooded, and every other type of rain you can imagine for the past 3 days, but that didn’t stop us from having a great weekend. 

Thursday night we had a GREAT learn to knit class at the shop. Carolina from Fuzzy Goat came over to teach, and we can’t wait to have all of these ladies back again next Thursday!

 

   Friday was a rainy, rainy day in Bainbridge, and Ashley Long, our Maiden South artist in residence, and I took advantage of some downtime for some creative pursuits. 

  
Saturday I took my weekly bump pictures in the mirror at the shop – much more pleasing to the eye than me taking them at home in my bathroom. Wrapped up week 33 and on to week 34! 
     
Saturday after I closed up shop, I spent the rest of the afternoon baking pound cakes, whipping cream, and putting together Seminole pumpkin casserole. Recipes forthcoming! Sunday morning before church I put the strawberry trifle together and snapped some quick pictures before we headed out. 
 We ate lunch after church with Wheat’s family, which was wonderful, as always, then came home and put the ham in the oven and my parents, sister and Marc, and Elah arrived. Elah didn’t seem to mind too much that we stayed inside all afternoon. She was pretty content with her eggs and plastic grass this year. 

   
 
It was a wonderful holiday and I took far too few pictures. I hope your Easter was just as lovely! And I hope this rain is ready to move on before we all go stir crazy. 

  

Good Friday to Ya

Happy Good Friday, y’all!

I’m so excited about Easter this year.  It’s truly become my favorite holiday and time of year. I’m obsessed with bunnies and Peter Rabbit and the Velveteen Rabbit and all things Easter, in addition to loving the spirituality of the season, and I’m really excited to host my immediate family for Easter supper this year!  We’ll go to Wheat’s Aunt’s house for Sunday dinner after Church, then Sunday afternoon, my family will come up and we’ll color eggs and eat supper.  I’m so excited about Elah’s first real Easter!  And can’t wait for baby Kirbo to arrive so I can hit up after-Easter baby clothes sales for next year. ;)

DIY Gold Reusable Easter Eggs | Oysters & Pearls

Last year (or was it two years ago?) I DIY’d these sweet golden Easter eggs that I still use to decorate our table.  Click over here for the DIY Golden Egg details!

This year, I used hosting as an excuse to treat myself to some pretty new Easter bunny plates from World Market that I’m obsessed with – totally rational purchase… right?  I’ve already got the table set… thanks to these long-lasting flowers leftover from my baby shower!

Easter 2016 Table Setting - oysters and pearls

Easter 2016 Table Setting - oysters and pearls

Easter 2016 Table Setting - oysters and pearls

Easter 2016 Table Setting - oysters and pearls

Easter 2016 Table Setting - oysters and pearls

I even have our brand new high chair for Baby K ready for Elah to test out!  I LOVE our Svan Signet Complete high chair – my sister has the same one in white for Elah, and it’s been so great that I registered for the mahogany version.  We are so grateful to Wheat’s parents for getting it for us! I love its design, but especially that it’s not made in China, it’s all hard wood, and it’s great for babies ages six months to toddler. Thank you, Bruce and Nancy!

I got Elah a little Easter treat (a Jellycat bunny from Firefly in Thomasville), and she can borrow baby K’s new Peter Rabbit utensils from on of my besties, Jessica and her husband Kevin (and kids, Chason Wheat and Raleigh Anne).  Thank you, Jess!

I cannot wait to celebrate this holy holiday, but as excited as I am, I hope we all take time to remember why we celebrate.

he is risen - she reads truth - oysters and pearls

For those of you with kids that are old enough, I saw this recipe for Resurrection Rolls over on Dixie Delights this week – they’d make for a fantastic activity for kids – and they look pretty delicious, too!

The marshmallows, symbolizing Jesus, are anointed with oils (butter) and spices (cinnamon and sugar) and wrapped in cloth (crescent rolls) and placed in the tomb (oven).  When they rolled the stone away (10 minutes later at 400 degrees in a greased muffin tin per roll), He was not there for He has risen!  Aka the marshmallow is GONE!  Elah isn’t quite old enough for this one, but I’m saving this away for future Easters.  Until then, we’ll color eggs and hunt them… aka put them in very obvious places for Elah to find them.  I can’t wait!

Happy Easter weekend, friends!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Baby Kirbo’s Gender Neutral Nursery Reveal

As promised (albeit a bit later than I promised), I’m sharing the pretty-much-finished, navy, gender neutral nursery for baby K!  I know I still have some time, but I wanted to be sure I worked on the nursery mostly during second trimester, when I still had energy and could move about the cabin easily. ;)

Everyone thinks, based on the nursery, that we are having a boy, but I think that navy is gender neutral.  I actually really wanted to paint our bedroom navy!  But the nursery got the special treatment instead.  (Paint color is Sherwin Williams Seaworthy.)  Here we go, with what is perhaps my favorite post I’ve ever written!

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

I tried to decorate everything using vintage and antique toys, both my own childhood toys and family heirlooms, and some found, along with lots of handmade items – either by me, by someone who loves me, or from Maiden South. There isn’t really a theme, but there are a lot of bunnies and sheep.  And really just animals in general.  What can I say – I was a wildlife ecology major in undergrad!  I love my critters.

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

The Alphabet wall hanging is from Maiden South, and it’s so perfect in here against the navy walls.  I love looking down the hall and seeing it.

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

The frame on the tiny table is from when we told Wheat’s parents and the world that we were expecting.  I’ll swap that out with a picture of baby K when the time comes!  The wooden car teether toy is from Maiden South, the others are antique cast iron toy cars I’ve collected. The antique little table was in my room as a child, as was the wooden box (I used to collect wooden boxes as a kid).  The antique toy phone I picked up while junking a couple months ago.

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

The little Radio Flyer wagon I picked up while junking in Sneads a while back, along with a Radio Flyer miniature scooter and wheel barrow (not pictured).  They’re not old, but they’re super cute and will make great toys!  I can already picture baby K “working in the yard” with Daddy. :) Baby’s library is slowing building up and will need a bigger basket soon!  The big Cherry Pack sheep is made right here in Bainbridge and is from Maiden South (we’re currently out!) and the other little sheep was mine as a baby.

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

Harold gets very upset that he can’t have those sheep as his own toys, and every chance he gets he sneaks into the nursery and steals the little sheep!

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

Going on around the room, this antique chair was the very first thing I bought for baby K when I found out I was pregnant (and then had wrapped my head around it!).  I found it at my favorite antique store here in Bainbridge, Antique Annex.  It’s just gorgeous! And is still just about my favorite thing in the entire room.

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

Above, I framed one of my favorite old hymns, Blessed Assurance, that (shhhhh) I pulled out of an old hymnal I found junking for the shop, and hung it next to three little paintings by friend and artist Hillery Richards from Thomasville.  She’s currently the Artist in Residence for the Thomasville Center for the Arts! I had gotten the Bobwhite Quail chick painting from her last year when I wrote a story on her for the Thomasville Townie, which was perfect since I worked at Tall Timbers with quail chicks the summer before I started law school.  I bought the other two once I knew I was pregnant, and gold-leafed the wooden frames Hillery sells them in.  I already had the dresser, so I just swapped the top two knobs with some brass bunny knobs from Anthropologie.

Hand Knits and Cross Stitch in Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Nursery | oysters and pearls

On top of the dresser is a vintage mirror I got in law school from the Other Side Vintage in Tallahassee, Wheat’s baby cross stitch, my baby needlepoint, and two tiny diaper covers/britches I knitted for baby K.  Oh, and one of my favorite ultrasound pictures, where baby is sucking his/her thumb. :)

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

The other wall hosts the changing table, which I bought used, some fancy gray baskets from the Dollar General, along with some more special items.

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

The white little coat rack is pretty special indeed: it was my grandfather’s when he was a little boy, then my dad’s, then mine, and now it’s in baby K’s room.  The hook that the Flax Sweater I knit is hanging from is from Anthropologie also (sold out apparently!), and has a little brass bunny sitting on the porcelain knob.

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

The vintage Sunbeam poster I found in my junking, then had framed here in town.  I adore that little Sunbeam girl!

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

The brass lamp is from Goodwill here years ago, with a new shade from Target, an antique cast iron milk cart and horse (can you tell I love antique cast iron toys?) and a little bee basket my mom gave me years ago that she found while junking that I spray painted gold.  The hand lettered “Storms don’t last forever” framed piece I bought in Jacksonville at a shop in San Marco called Rustic with my friend Courtney a couple of months ago.  Very appropriate for a nursery, I thought! ;)

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

The little set of drawers was Wheat’s grandfather’s, and then Wheat’s.  EDIT: apparently I made this up in my head. Wheat’s mom just informed us that she salvaged that set of drawers from the trash pile at McLane Grocery Company that she worked for years ago in Athens, Georgia. Not quite as romantic, but hilarious I made up a different story in my head.  

My old Velveteen rabbit that my favorite babysitter gave me is peeking out from the corner, sitting on a tiny chair I got at that same shop in San Marco.  I have an obsession with tiny chairs now.  Ask Wheat. Or Courtney.

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

The crib is a Jenny Lind style I got on Amazon, and the crib sheet is from Amazon, too.  I knit the blanket for myself out of Loopy Mango yarn from Fuzzy Goat as a birthday treat with birthday money a couple of years ago, and since it’s not washable, it will be moving out of the nursery shortly. ;) The little lamb hanging on to the crib rail was mine when I was a baby, too!  The wooden bunting is by Handy Dandy Production that we sold at Maiden South right when we first opened.  The antique floor lamp was in my room as a child, and the glider is from Haverty’s. Details on the sheep mobile are coming soon for you knitters!

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

The Velveteen Rabbit was one of my very favorite books growing up, and – it could be the hormones – but I cry every time I read this quote that I purchased on Etsy from Sappho and the Moon.  The blocks are from the dollar section at Target, the antique wooden dog toy was my dad’s when he was a little boy, then mine.  The stuffed bunny is a Jellycat from Firefly in Thomasville, and the carved stone little bunny was mine (I had an extensive rock and crystal collection as a kid – I collected SO many things, and I’m not ashamed of my inherent weirdness).

Baby K is so lucky to already have so many people who love him or her so much!  Not only did my Mama knit the baby this GORGEOUS crib blanket (pattern from the Stitch n Bitch Knitter’s Handbook, Malabrigo Rios yarn from Fuzzy Goat), she is also currently working on another cotton blanket for the carrier!  She’s pretty amazing.

Hand Knit Baby Blankets | oysters and pearls

Wheat’s equally amazing (and amazingly crafty!) Aunt Martha made this beautiful quilt for baby K too!  Martha is Wheat’s mom’s sister, and their mother was an avid quilter.  Wheat and I love that Martha carries on that tradition, and I’m so grateful she trusted me with such a special new heirloom!

Handmade Baby Quilt for Baby Kirbo | oysters and pearls

So to sum it all up, this is now my favorite room in the house. :) Everything in here is special and meaningful to me and to us, and it’s full of new and old heirlooms that make me really happy.  The morning light in this room is pretty magical, and I like to sit in the glider and hope for and pray over this soon-to-be baby that will be here in approximately seven short weeks!

Everyone else seems to really like this room, too.  Harold enjoys being in here, and Elah likes testing out all of her baby cousin’s things.

Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

 

My heart is so overwhelmingly full when I look around this room, and I know it’s going to grow ten sizes bigger once this baby arrives.  We’re ready for you, baby!

 Baby Kirbo's Gender Neutral Navy Nursery | oysters and pearls

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Until Next Time - oysters and pearls