I used the YHL curtain ring clip idea instead of curtain sleeves since I like the idea of just the fabric coming down instead of the entire curtain rod should some sneaky little boy decide to play tarzan in the future. Also, I left out blackout shades for now. I love how bright and cheerful the room is - and Sak thinks fore-going the shades will help baby establish a night/day cycle faster. We can always come back and add some later if needed.
Under the far side window is a bench made from an Ikea Kallax bookshelf, some mdf board, foam and bright blue fabric. There's many tutorials online for this, I think this is the one we used.
|Konbu's favorite spot, caught mid-yawn.|
With another Hawaii fabric and the leftover curtain brown, I sewed some quick pillowcases for some throw pillows using the envelope method.
As for the art on either side of the far window - first, a pretty Leafeon print from this year's Fanime AA.
Alvina! I was a little worried that I had asked for too lengthy a verse, but she did a great job and it looks awesome!
Next, the crib. Also from Ikea. It's a hensvik crib with a vyssa mattress that my parents lovingly picked up for me since I was taking too long on the whole deciding thing. Haha. Under the mattress is a crib skirt made from more of the curtain fabric (though I got realllly cheap and lazy - and only put skirt panels on two of the four sides. You can't see them anyway! It doesn't matter!).
Also under the mattress is the Angelcare movement monitor. It's pretty interesting - monitors baby's breathing and alarms if no movement is found. It's incredibly sensitive too - simply waving a blanket around above the crib will trigger the sensor!
Snuza clip, which clips on baby's diaper against his tummy, and monitors movement that way. If no breathing is detected it will buzz him awake, and if still no breathing it will then alarm. My family thinks I'm being a bit paranoid with the double monitor thing, but eh. Anything for an extra small shred of peace-of-mind?
Anyway, there's an Ikea waterproof mattress pad on top, and then an Ikea sheet enclosing everything. I had trouble fitting non-ikea sheets to this mattress, so I just picked up about 4 of the plain Ikea brand. It'll do. The blanket (which will not go in the crib - never fear!) is homemade from my brother's girlfriend - a super soft fleecey thing with crocheted edges, lovely! And the mobile is a gift from our church baby shower. Fun fact - my mom ended up putting a lot of the stuff on our registry because I didn't know what to register for, and pretty much all the things she put on were purchased. lol. She must have the good taste?
|Though I'm still quite tempted to replace the little hanging animals with more otaku-friendly felties. If I can ever summon the energy required..|
|Can you spot Sak's to-do project? Electrical cord safety! Yip Yip|
|Sister wants to add some stickers to it so it looks like GLaDOS, but there's something inherently creepy about that, eh?|
The glider came from a thrift store - brand new in the box from Target! I don't know if it's just our local Goodwill or not, but there tends to be a bunch of brand new, discontinued items from Target there all the time. Anyway, there's a comfy blanket that Sak's aunt gave us for Christmas a few years ago - embroidered with the family name and kanji. And a faux sheepskin rug from Ikea. Because who doesn't love naked baby pictures on a fluffy sheepskin? So classic.
The side table also came from Goodwill, brand new in box. I was hoping it'd be the nice dark brown color seen in the rest of the room, but it's pretty much black. Oh well. Added the little towel my mom embroidered when she first found out I was pregnant. Ties it to the room a little better I think!
Also there's a small basket inside the side table which I'm using to hold some of the cute burp cloths my grandmother made! She appliqued so many cute things to standard cloth diapers - perfect for cleaning up nasty spit up lol.
|Animal crossing, Totoro catbus crossed with a MUNI bus (hilarious, but I'd like to think catbus is more reliable than muni >.>), and Pokemon's jirachi in starry night style.|
This interesting thrift store frame turned into a perfect Pokemon capsule toy shadowbox. I will put pictures of baby into the background later..once he has some non-ultrasound pictures lol.
|Croagunk fell over (I cropped him out at the right). Will need to glue him down properly.|
Next, the bookshelf ledges! This is a staple in nearly every nursery pinterest picture - the photo ledges from Ikea. I had to jump on that bandwagon completely. It's a great way to show off a colorful book selection and not take up valuable floor space.
|Dude there is an entire series of Pokemon board books. I must collect them all.|
|Never too early.|
|My mom made a custom book from Shutterfly, the story of Konbu the cat! It's super cute and has lots of his baby kitty pictures.|
|There is probably nothing cuter than useless baby shoes. SQUEE.|
|Still using part of it for my clothes overflow. :P|
Onto the last wall!
The toy shelf that goes all the way across the top of the room is also from Ikea. I still need to paint over the shiny silver screws though. I put my plushies across the top - various gifts from Sak, my mom, Friend E, BIL, Sister, or Friend T over the years. I love how I can still (somewhat) remember where each came from. It's so nice to finally be able to display them all in one place (at least until baby starts his own collection of toys and plushies).
|The little yellow guy is a hepatitis plushie from an awareness day giveaway in SF. @_@|
|The Ryo-ohki backpack plush was a purchase from my very first anime convention - Ani-Magic in Lancaster, CA.|
|Sleeping baby cyndaquil just might be my favorite. Or that poor magikarp. lol.|
|It really is super strength velcro. doesn't budge an inch!|
|Just the hat/shoe drawer. Those red cowboy boots were from when I was a baby!|
We also need to put in some safety features sooner rather than later - a deadbolt at the top of the door that leads to the deck, maybe alarms for when doors or windows are opened, something to keep window blind strings out of reach, earthquake sticky putty to make picture frames extra secure, and of course electrical cord and plug safety.
Anything I'm forgetting for Baby Sak's room? I can't wait for him to show up so we can see how he likes it! (And whether or not the giant Jigglypuffs staring at him while he tries to sleep skeeve him out lol.)