Custom Baby Goods from Ruby Jane Baby

My friend, Monica, started rapid-fire texting me a couple months ago. She kept sending me pictures of nursery decor – blankets, crib sets, wall art, etc. “What about this? Is this something you would put in your nursery?” Then, she divulged that she was thinking of re-booting her custom baby boutique business that she began in 2001. I believe my response was, “Doooooo itttttttttttt!”

She is one of the most talented seamstresses on the planet – this lady can whip out beautiful crib sets (bumpers, skirts, crib sheets, quilts) overnight. More than that, she has the ability to problem solve – she can convert a creative idea into an adorable reality. Basically, if you’ve got a [nursery decor] problem, yo – she’ll solve it.

Enter this happy mama’s rave review of Ruby Jane Baby’s offerings.

I’m a sucker for personalized anything (as is anyone who grew up never being able to find so much as a personalized pencil because their name was “unique”). I will purchase anything that has my kids initials on it – anything. Monica furnished this blush monogram for Ivy’s room to fill a lonely space on her wall above her pillows. I popped it up on the wall and I fell in love with her room all over again; it’s all in the details. Aside from the aesthetic gain, I truly believe having her initials on the wall will help us teach Ivy that her name really is Ivy Mae – not Mae Mae (which we’ve called her since about a week after her birth).

Not wanting Baby Leo to be left out, Monica ordered his initials in navy.

Leo’s room is slightly less developed than Ivy’s (we’ve been working on her’s longer so I suppose it makes sense) so we’ve been looking for pieces to make it feel more complete. His mid-century-ish, atomic starburst accent wall is a nod to the subtle outer space theme we’re headed toward. Monica asked lots of questions about what we were thinking and, something like three or four days later, she located two fabrics that were 100% perfect for Leo’s room.

This rocket ship blueprint fabric she turned into a throw pillow makes me smile. Hard. It’s totally on point but not oh-so-obvious. It is just right.

Also just right is the crib sheet she made. If you look closely, you’ll find Leo’s constellation. Again – details.

I’m excited for Monica because she’s on a roll. She sends me a text about an idea and, the next morning, she sends me a text of the finished product. When you’re trying to create a fun, creative, personality-filled space for your babies, having a resource like Ruby Jane Baby is muy, muy bueno because she can make those pin boards happen. If you can dream it up for your bay-bay, chances are – she can make it.


*This post was a happy collaboration with Ruby Jane Baby. You can check her out here & here.




We Were Framed…?

When you’re married to a photographer, there is no shortage of beautiful pictures to look at. Unfortunately, most of Adam’s photos are trapped on a computer and a backup drive. At best, they’ve seen the light of day on Facebook or Instagram.

Until! Late Saturday morning, Adam suggested we go for it – choose a handful of our favorite photos, print them out, frame them, and get them up on the walls (he’s a go-getter, this husband of mine). Within a few hours, photos were selected, edited, printed, and framed.

After we started looking around at our wall space, we decided to make a big change to the focal point above our piano. Here’s what we were working with for the last couple years:

Those photos are special – Adam took them on one of his many, many trips up Borah Peak. However, as far as wall space goes in our main living area – those two big photos were taking up much of it. We took them down and started dreaming about the blank space (‘cuz we’ve got a blank wall, baby…and we’ll hang a lot of photos on it… #nailedit #tswift4lyfe).

First of all, if the following image doesn’t make your heart race, I don’t know how to reach you…you’ve crossed over.

Here’s how the whole thing went down. Buckle up.

Oh, the layout. Picking a layout took…so…much…time. Anyone who’s ever attempted a collage wall knows the struggle. I read this Young House Love post about putting together a collage for their little girl’s room and decided on that approach.

Though the “let’s just wing it” in me tried to rear her impatient head, I’m so glad we took the time to lay everything out this way.

Adam pre-drilled holes in our plaster and lathe walls (thanks, 1939) and then placed the screws right through the paper. We tore the paper down and got started.

A tip: Start from the bottom up. When you don’t leave a large amount of space between your frames, you’ll need more wiggle room to get your frames up over the hanger – I figured this out after much cussing and a couple arm cramps.

Without further ado, here are a couple photos of our new happy place:

Sigh. Don’t worry…that square photo in the middle has been adjusted and velcro’ed to the wall <eye twitch>.

We also printed off photos for the hallway.

A photo for Leo’s doorway…

…and a photo for Ivy’s doorway (just so we don’t forget where they’re supposed to go).

I keep stopping to stare at these babies of ours. The kids are cute, too.


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A DIY Kitchen Makeover

The cold temperatures have effectively put a halt to our progress here but I wanted to share with you my friend Megan’s beautiful DIY Kitchen renovation to help keep the end game in mind! Projects do start! People complete them – and beautifully!

Megan and her husband, Jeff, masterfully combined textures to give Megan what she refers to as  her ‘fancy farm kitchen.”

Here’s where they started:

Their renovation included knocking down the partial dividing wall above the sink, new floors, new countertops, paint, tile, and a few other updates.

Here are a couple sneak peaks of the finished product – for the full tour, after pictures, and an excellent play-by-play, head over to Megan’s blog for the full post at Motherhood and Make-Believe.

That butcher block…swoon.