Month: May 2019

How To Make A Dandelion Painting

How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting

Every season I like to change up the look of my living room chimney mantel. After taking down my winter mantel, I decided to get started on the spring decoration. Most of the items that I use I have thrifted or found at garage sales – it really is amazing the gems you can find! Join me as I explore how to make a dandelion painting.

I wanted to go with a design this spring that would work for me in summer time, too. I chose items with a soft color palate of greens, blues, whites and light woods. After playing around with each item, placing them and replacing them, I found that the mantel was missing something.

At first I was thinking that a sign of some sort would be nice. I have always loved the quote “The difference between a weed and a flower is a judgement” and thought it would be a nice addition to the mantel decor. I just so happened to have a spare canvas to do this project, so I got started. First, I needed to decide what my background for the text might be. An obvious choice for an overlooked and underappreciated flower is the dandelion. Next it was time to get painting. You may be wondering where the quote went…well, I liked the dandelion on its own so much I decided to leave it as is. Sometimes less is really more!

Step One

I promise that this is a really easy painting that any skill level should be able to do. The first step i how to make a dandelion painting is to gather supplies and get ready to paint.

I will note that this painting can take time to dry between steps, so this is a multi day project. But still really EASY!

The next step of this painting is to decide what colors you want for the background. It is best to pick varying shades from light to dark. I went with more blues but you could go with any color. Below are the paints I used.

This first technique is very easy. Using the tubes of paint put dots of the paint across the canvas. I worked from dark to light with some varying in between. As I said before you can do any colors you prefer. Next I applied my paint brush back and forth across the canvas until the whole thing was covered in paint. This is a good time to add more paint if an area needs to be lightened or darkened. Know that there might be excess paint on the canvas. You could either try to get some of it off or leave it – it will just take longer dry time. I chose to leave mine because it gave it a really nice textural quality. It’s a little hard to see in the pictures but it kind of looks like the wind is blowing.

Allow this to fully dry before moving on to the next step.

How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting
Step Two

The second step is to add the stems of the dandelions. I used the following paints for my stems. When picking the paints, it’s best to use a medium for the middle of the stem and a lighter and darker color for the highlights and shadows.

Draw out the stems on the canvas using the base color. I went for two dandelions but you could do as many or as few as you want.

How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting

Next, using the light and dark colors as highlight and shade, I chose to add the highlight to the left side of the flowers and the shade to the right. I also shaded where the stems cross each other. Finally I added some touches of green to brighten the whole stem up, mostly down the middle of it. I also added little leaves on top of the stems with my light colored paint.

Allow for it to dry before moving on the next step. It shouldn’t take too long, it just depends on how thick the paint was applied.

How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting

Step Three

The third and final step is to add the puffy part of the dandelion. I used the following colors of paint to achieve this.

Going from dark to light, I used my fine paint brush to make the petals of the dandelion. Using the dark color first, focus closer to the stem and increase the size of the flower with each new color. Using the paint brush, start with a dot on the outer rim of the flower and drag your paint brush towards the stem. This will create each petal. I also used the same technique to create some petals around the flowers in the air to make it look like they are blowing in the wind.

How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting
How To Make A Super Easy Dandelion Painting
How to Make a Dandelion Painting

That’s it, I said it was going to be easy! This was the perfect addition to my summer mantel. I just love how it turned out.

Have you tried this how to make a super easy dandelion painting tutorial? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below!

Check out my series on small bathroom makeover.

Small Bathroom Makeover Part 1

small bathroom makeover
Small Bathroom Makeover Part 1

So this is an ugly bathroom…I am not ashamed to admit it. This is what it was like when we moved in three years ago and the time has come for some TLC. While I do have some grand plans for a full renovation, our budget is not allowing for that right now. So to make this a happy space to enter I am doing a mini makeover! My budget for this makeover is $300 and not a penny over (but hopefully a lot less!). The bathroom currently measures at 7’6″ x 4′, plus a tub/shower combo and a small linen closet.

Major Problem Areas

Not being able to do a major renovation right now, I needed to prioritize some of the major problems, which are the following:

  • The painted wall paper – That’s right, the painted wall paper. Hopefully it comes off easily.
  • Drip marks on the walls and trim
  • Old, yellow, dirty flooring
  • The grout line around the counter top – There is this weird stick edging strip around the counter top. I am not sure what it is or why it exists, I just know it needs to go.
  • Dated handles on the vanity
  • Hard to clean louvered closet door
  • Disorganized closet

Make Over Plan

Now that I have identified what I need to fix with this bathroom, it is time to make a plan! The first task is to get the walls ready for painting. This means removing the wall paper, sanding the walls, and filling any holes with joint compound, as well as removing that sticky stuff around the counter. Once all that is done, it is time for paint! I plan on painting the walls a nice soft sea glass color, as well as painting the floor a light gray. I have seen examples out there of people painting their linoleum flooring so I thought I would give it a try. The trim, door, and closet will also be painted.

I’ll then remove and replace the closet door with a new one. I will also replace the handles on the vanity and add shelving above the toilet. Lastly, I will be organizing the closet and getting rid of anything I don’t need.

Existing fixes

We’ve lived in this house for a little over three years. Upon moving in, we made a couple changes in this bathroom and then concentrated on other rooms in the house. The first thing we did was replace the shower head. Among the two bathrooms, one of the heads had a very low flow and the other one had so much pressure that it hurt to be under it. The next thing to go was the toilet. We replaced it with a more eco friendly low flow toilet. The old one ran all the time and used a lot of water. After the toilet we replaced the faucet. It was constantly dripping and so low that it was hard to wash our hands under it. For these reasons, we decided to get a higher faucet.

Thanks for joining us for small bathroom makeover part 1. To see the start of our renovation, check out Part 2. We will be removing wallpaper and painting…say goodbye to this boring ugly bathroom!

Getting Started With An Eco Friendly Lifestyle

Getting started with an Eco friendly lifestyle
Getting Started with an Eco Friendly Lifestyle

Yay! I am so excited that you’ve found your way to this post and are thinking about changing your lifestyle to be more Eco friendly. Hopefully this post can help you get started on your journey! Below I have some steps for you to consider when getting started with an Eco friendly lifestyle.

Here’s a little background on me – my husband and I have been trying to be more eco conscious for a while now. We’ve incrementally put changes in our lifestyle to be more eco friendly, such as using reusable produce bags and buying in bulk, among others. While we are not like the star zero wasters who only produce 1 mason jar of trash a year (yet), we have definitely cut back substantially.

First Step

The first step when switching to a more eco friendly lifestyle is to identify why you want to be more eco friendly. Is it the plastics floating around in the ocean, maybe climate change, your personal health, or energy conservation? Is it all of the above? Maybe other reasons? For example, we are focused on reducing our overall, not just plastic, waste and only using natural and ethical, cruelty free products. We are also focused on composting our organic materials. Related to all this we have some grand plans for gardening and solar panels, but you know how it is with time and money. It’s a journey, right?

Identifying your motivation will go a long way to helping you sustain this lifestyle. If you are jumping on the zero waste band wagon just because it is getting buzz, this is not sustainable behavior for you. Find your motivation – why do you want this? Why does it matter to you? Your motivations can change as you learn more but always having a clear picture will help you meet your goals.

Second Step

Get connected with resources. Find information that will help you on your journey. Find blogs like this one that can help you reach your goals. Also, be informed about your motivations. If it is plastic waste that is motivating you, research it. It will help you make more responsible choices in the future that may eventually satisfy your thirst for change.

Third Step

The third step is to take stock of what you have and what you are working with. I have seen so many blog posts about zero waste bathrooms, many featuring a beautiful wooden hair brush with natural fiber bristles. As much as I would like to have a brush like that I already have one. I have had it since high school and it works perfectly fine. I take care of it, and I’ll keep using it. If I throw it out to get a wooden one instead I would just be contributing to plastic waste.

Being eco friendly doesn’t mean that you have to throw out everything you own. Just be intentional about the things that you bring into your home from now on. Replace things once they wear out with more eco friendly versions. For example, I switched to bar shampoo several months ago. But I used up all the liquid shampoo I had left before using the bars, therefore not creating unnecessary waste.

Fourth Step

The final step is to remember that this is a marathon and not a sprint. When making a lifestyle change such as this, it takes time. They say it takes 21 days for a habit to become second nature. The same goes with changing to eco friendly consumer habits. I am constantly learning about new products, clothing lines, new DIY projects and methods – it’s a journey. Set some goals that you would like to work on and keep making progress towards them. Every little bit helps so keep at it!

I wish you luck on your journey and am extremely happy that you are considering changing your lifestyle for the sake of your health and the health of our environment. Let me know if you have any questions or interesting lifestyle changes that you’ve come up with in the comments below!

Check out my tips for Zero Waste Shopping in a Small Town.

Beginners Guide to Sewing Terminology

Beginners Guide to Sewing Terminology
Beginners Guide to Sewing Terminology

So this post has come about in an unusual way. My husband was proof reading a post for me (thanks, honey!) and he came across some sewing terms that he didn’t know. Consequently, he said I should explain them, but I was worried about the flow of the post. So instead, I am writing this one that will have a guide of basic beginner sewing terms.

I have been sewing as long as I can remember. My first experiences with sewing were taught by my mother. As a beginner, I didn’t get too technical, just a basic stop and go on the foot pedal and hold the fabric straight. I learned more in middle and high school in multiple Family & Consumer Sciences classes that I took. But the majority of my advanced sewing skills came from my experiences in college, where I landed a job as a seamstress in the costume shop for the theater department.

But enough about me…below is the Beginners Guide to Sewing Terminology and what you need know to start out sewing

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Types of Needles

There are many types of needles and sometimes it is hard to know which needle to use for which situation. First let’s break it down into two categories: hand sewing needles and sewing machine needles.

Sewing Machine Needles

Sewing machine needles come in two main types. The first type is the regular needles and is used in most situations. They are numbered – the higher the number the stronger the needle. For cotton fabric a 10-12 size is ideal. For delicate fabric it is better to move closer to an 8, and thick fabric like denim requires a 16-18. (Here is a variety pack) The second type of sewing machine needle is the ball point needle. They use similar sizing guidelines, with the major difference for a ball point needle being that it has a rounded tip. These are used for knit fabrics. The ball point is designed to loop around the fibers instead of piercing the fibers like a traditional needle.

Hand Needles

There are many options for hand needles – sharps, yarn, embroidery, tapestry, quilting, the list goes on. The internet has some excellent guides and most craft stores have descriptions to help you pick out the right needle. There are 4 variables in picking a hand needle: the sharpness of the needle point, the size of the eye, the length of the needle, and the diameter of the needle. For many projects a middle sized sharp needle will be okay. If the project is using special fabric or technique it is best to get a needle suitable for the project. In terms of size, hand needles are opposite of machine needles – the larger the number the smaller the needle. Here is a pack that a good variety.

Beginners Guide to Sewing Terminology

Fabric Terms

There are two types of composition styles – knit and woven. The kind of fabric used for each has a right side and a wrong side.

  • Right side – the side the print is on
  • Wrong side – the side the print is not on
  • Right sides together – placing the side of the fabric that has the print together, so when you stitch it and turn it back right side out the printed side is on the outside
  • Seam allowance – the distance from the edge of the fabric to the line of stitching
  • Grain – the horizontal direction of the fabric
  • Cross grain – the vertical direction of the fabric
  • Bias – the diagonal direction of the fabric.

It is important to know the grain of the fabric when sewing due to the sturdiness and elasticity of the fabric. When pulling on the grain or cross grain, the fabric may stretch one way or another. This shouldn’t happen when pulling on the bias. Depending on the result that is needed, patterns will call for different pieces to be cut in certain directions.

Beginners Guide to Sewing Terminology

Tools

  • Shears – scissors used to cut larger amounts of fabric
  • Thread Snips – smaller scissors used for clipping threads and for intricate cuts
  • Pinking Shears – scissors with a saw-tooth blade instead of a straight one, used for finishing edges
  • Pins – used to hold fabric together before sewing
  • Chalk – sewing chalk is used to trace out a pattern on a fabric to know where to cut or sew, and should dissolve with water
  • Rotary Cutter – has a long handle with a circular blade. It’s used to cut fabric with the assistance of a ruler and cutting mat. The blade is retractable for safety.
  • Clear Ruler – a measuring device that has lines on a ruler for accurate measurements. It’s clear in order to see the fabric underneath. They come in different sizes and shapes, but you can’t go wrong with a basic rectangle. There are specialty rulers for quilting and apparel.
  • Cutting mat – used with the rotary cutter and ruler to protect your counter when cutting fabric. It has measurement lines to help with accurate cutting.
  • Measuring tape – a circular measuring tape allows you to take accurate measurements on long curved surfaces
  • Thimble – a tool placed on your thumb while sewing to assist in pushing the needle through tough fabric as to protect your fingers from being needle pricks
Beginners Guide to Sewing Terminology

Sewing Machine Parts

Most sewing machines have similar parts that have similar functions. That being said, every sewing machine is different. So when you’re first learning to sew on a new machine it is best to consult the owner’s manual. Here are some basic terms that every sewing machine should have:

  • Foot pedal – think of it as similar to a gas pedal in a car in the sense that it makes the sewing machine go. It’s usually placed on the floor and connected to the sewing machine via an electrical cord.
  • Presser foot – this holds the fabric down when sewing. These can be interchangeable based on the project; for example, a zipper foot or button hole foot.
  • Feed Dog – two toothed metal feeds that move under the presser foot to move the fabric along while sewing
  • Spool Pin – located on the top of the machine, this holds a spool of thread so the thread can come off the spool when sewing
  • Bobbin – a small metal or plastic spool that thread is wound on and placed in the bottom of the sewing machine to create the bottom row of stitches when sewing (see manual on how to install)
  • Reverse/back stitch – bottom that reversed the direction of the feed dog to create a locking stitch or back stitch in a row of stitching
  • Thread cutter – sharp cutter near the presser foot designed to cut threads after taking fabric out of the sewing machine
  • Balance Wheel-used to advance or retract the sewing needle.
Beginners Guide to Sewing Terminology

I hope this beginners guide to sewing terminology serves a a useful tool to help with sewing projects in your future. Have any questions or comments, let me know below.

Check out some of my sewing post… DIY Hammock Swing and Felt Vegetable Garden

Harry Potter Growth Wall Ruler

Harry Potter Growth Wall Ruler

When planning the decorations for Little One’s nursery, I came across wall growth charts. I thought, “what a great idea!” Instead of using a door frame or the wall like I did when I was little, this ruler could be portable. My second thought was “I can make that!” Also, I wanted to include a Harry Potter element to the ruler. I found the quote “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be”, as stated by Albus Dumbledore in Goblet of Fire. So I made this Harry Potter Growth Wall Ruler.

This growth chart ruler was incredibly easy to make, so the tutorial below will be fairly quick…and the result turned out so cute! An idea I’ve been contemplating is putting heights on the ruler of some of my favorite Harry Potter characters. I may have to take to the internet to see if I could even find the heights of the characters, or at least the heights of the actors that play them. Do you think that would be a cute idea? Let me know in the comments below!

You can check out our full nursery post here.

Supplies

1 piece of 1″ x 8″ x 6′ of pine. I got mine from Home Depot. When picking out the board check that it is straight and doesn’t have any large holes or gashes.

1 wood stain of your choice. I went with a lighter stain so it would be easier to see the height marks.

Sharpie marker or paint to write the quote and numbers

Sander (electric or hand) and sand paper

Screws 2″ in length

Ruler or measuring tape

Pencil

Drill

Step One

Step one is measuring the piece of wood and making sure it is 6 feet in length. Trim the ends, if needed. Next, give the piece of wood a good sanding, starting with a high grit sand paper around 80 and working toward a low grit around 200. Once all the edges are smooth, dust it off to prepare for staining.

Step Two

Stain the wood using the wood stain of your choice. Use a paint brush or a clean rag to rub the stain on the the wood, going with the grain of the wood. Once complete, use another clean rag to wipe off any excess stain and allow it to dry completely.

Step Three

Using a ruler and a pencil, measure and lightly draw out on the left side of the growth chart the ticks at every inch from bottom to top on the board (6 feet in all). The 6th tick, which should be 12 inches from the floor, should be longer and a number 1 can be written next to it to indicate 1 foot. Keep measuring up every inch and then draw in the ticks with paint or a sharpie. (Keep in mind that because the growth chart will be secured into the wall 6 inches off the floor, and the bottom edge of the board will be the start, the first tick an inch up from the bottom edge will measure at 7 inches high). Continue marking ticks at inch intervals until you reach 6 feet at the top of the board.

Step Four

Using a pencil, lightly draw out the quote vertically on the right side of the board. Next, using paint or a sharpie go over the pencil. This writing part can be customized to your style. You could go with bold lettering, script lettering, or something completely different. For mine, I chose a book text that looks Harry Potter-esque.

Step Five

Drill pilot holes toward the top and bottom of the growth ruler in its center. Mount it to the wall using the 2″ screws and drywall anchors, if needed.

Finally, measure your little ones for years to come!

Let me know what you think of this Harry Potter Growth Wall Ruler in the comments below.

5 Tips for Visiting Gooseberry Falls with Kids

5 Tips for Visiting Gooseberry Falls with Kids

The summer season is fast approaching so I thought I would share with you one of my favorite places on the North Shore – Gooseberry Falls. Gooseberry Falls is a Minnesota state park that is located 40 miles north of Duluth on Hwy 61. It has three main waterfalls and one more that requires a hike into the park, but most visitors just visit the big three. The park also hosts many other trails for hiking and biking, as well as beaches on Lake Superior. Here are my 5 tips for visiting Gooseberry Falls with kids.

My husband and I used to drive up to Gooseberry on a whim and spend time at the park, but it takes more planning now that we have a little one (like everything when kids are involved!). So below are my top 5 tips for visiting Gooseberry Falls with kids.

Tip #1 Getting Started

Gooseberry Falls is an awesome place and you will probably spend more time there than you would have anticipated. With that in mind, pack water and snacks just to be safe. There are not spots out on the trails to refill water bottles or purchase snacks so bring your own. Just be sure to take every thing that you bring in out of the park again…remember, no littering! Also, there are lots of stairs in the park and on a hot summer day you can become dehydrated very easily. The visitor center is by the parking lots if you would like to fill water bottles before you get started. Another thing to consider is the weather. If you aren’t familiar with Lake Superior, it can be noticeably cooler than even a couple miles inland. Prepare for you and your little ones by packing an extra layer or two.

Tip #2 Plan for the Littles

Gooseberry is great for people of all ages and as far as water-falling on the North Shore, it is very accessible. The parking lots are easy to navigate and the visitor center is large and accommodating. The trail to the upper falls is nicely paved and easy to access via stroller or wheel chair. However, that is only to the upper falls – there are four in total. If you would like to visit the other waterfalls, a stroller is not going to work. I suggest a carrier for the little ones if you would like to do more exploring on the trails or falls. There is a lot to see at Gooseberry and a good carrier could make your trip that much more enjoyable!

Tip #3 Before you Hike…

As I said before, there is a visitor center near the parking lot. This is one of the only areas in the park where there are restrooms (there are also some down by the beach and campground but none along the falls). So be sure that everyone in your party uses the facilities before you start. I guarantee that if you only kinda have to go and you get to the falls and hear the thousands of gallons of water rushing over the cliffs, your kinda-have-to-go will change into a need-to-go!

Tip #4 Events

As mentioned, there is a fantastic visitor center at Gooseberry. For example, they have a section that is a dedicated education center. There is much to learn about the geography of the area and the plants and animals that call the park home. Gooseberry also offers many special events for learning at the park (you can check out their full calendar of events here). There is something for all levels of interest, including guided hikes, birding, interesting special programs, and geocaching.

Tip #5 Safety

I hate to bring down the mood with safety but it should be a serious consideration when out in the forests. Most accidents should be able to be avoided if the safety rules are followed. Gooseberry has signs posted that indicate warnings and risks – read them, follow them, and ensure everyone in your party follows them. There can be some real dangers in the park, so they are there for a reason. One of the biggest rules that I see people disregarding all the time is playing in the water. Because the river has some very strong currents, little kids could very easily be swept away. Stay out of the water in non-designated swim areas. These areas are also liable to change, so if you visit one year to the next the park may update these due to the ever changing nature of the river.

Also pay attention to warning signs at the beach. Lake Superior is obviously a very large body of water that is unpredictable. Things to be especially aware of are postings regarding rip tides and E. coli in the water. You can find more information on rip tides here and here. Though they are not an everyday occurrence, it is best to be informed!

I have one last safety note to pass on: be cautious on cliff edges because it’s easy for anyone to fall. But another is that the rock edge may not be stable and rock slides can (and do) occur, potentially endangering others. It is best to stay back from the edge and enjoy the view.

I sounded very much like a concerned mom in that last tip. But then again I am a mom so I guess if the hat fits, right?

5 Tips for Visiting Gooseberry Falls with Kids

Bonus Tips

My first tip is that it can get really busy during the day. Shoot for visiting early in the day and/or early in the evening.

Second tip – Gooseberry is family friendly, and that includes our four legged friends! Be sure that your pet can handle being around many people and keep them leashed at all times. Also clean up after your pet…it should be a given but some people don’t do it.

I hope with these tips you can have a fun family vacation at Gooseberry Falls. It is one of my favorite places on the North Shore and definitely worth checking out!

Let me know if you have any comments or questions. I would love to hear about your adventures at Gooseberry, so leave a comment below!

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Harry Potter Nursery

With unlimited ideas available to us for our Little One’s nursery, we were originally set on Winnie the Pooh…wait, what? Yes, Winnie the Pooh, due to the fact that I have a giant Pooh from my childhood. We were both excited because we had a lot of ideas. Excited, that is, until my husband was standing in the future nursery and said (with a grin and magic in his eyes) “What about Harry Potter?”. Well it didn’t take much and I was sold! So I took to Pinterest to find ideas for a Harry Potter Nursery. I did’t want anything too over the top and preferred something that could fairly easily transition into different themes, if Little One chooses to do so.

In the end we went for a Harry Potter/owl/starry night direction. I’d like to share some of our favorite elements of Little One’s nursery, which we have since named the Owlery.

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Projects for Nursery

Some of the projects for the Owlery were DIY efforts while other items were purchased…follow links and descriptions below if you find something you like!

Harry Potter Nursery

Craft Projects

Flying Key Mobile. Any Potterhead should be familiar with the flying keys from the end of Sorcerer’s Stone. Little One loves laying in his crib watching the keys fly around! See a tutorial here.

Hogwarts Painting. After believing we were all set with Little One’s Owlery, we noticed that it needed something more. For a solution, I created this painting of Hogwarts with extra canvas that I had.

Dumbledore quote. I love this Dumbledore quote – “In dreams we enter a world that’s entirely our own”. I’ve had this frame for many years and with some water colors, I created this image for the Owlery.

Quilt. I created this lap quilt with triangles channeling the design of the Deathly Hallows.

Harry Potter Nursery

Woodworking Projects

Growth Ruler. To track the height of our Little One as he grows up, we created this growth chart. We chose an inspirational quote by Albus Dumbledore that reads vertically – “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” See a tutorial here.

Toy Chest. This toy chest is an heirloom from my husband’s childhood. In order to keep its integrity, we just sanded it down and gave it a coat of stain.

Dresser. I have had this dresser for years. To freshen it up, we painted it white and put the changing pad on top of it.

Wall Decals/Pictures

You Are So Loved wall decal. We found this fantastic decal on Etsy. I love this quote from the books because this is a statement that Lily says to Harry when he is a baby, even though they were in a tragic situation. We both believe it is important for our Little One to have a constant reminder that we love him.

I Solemnly Swear I Am Up To No Good. We found this awesome decal on Target. This is a classic Harry Potter quote. I have a full review of the wall decal here.

House Animal Pictures. We found these prints on Etsy via Pinterest. Unfortunately, these prints are no longer available from this particular seller. Luckily, there are many other prints available elsewhere on Etsy that are very cute! We printed them on our home printer and put them in classic white frames from Michael’s.

Lumos/Nox Light Switch Cover. We found this light switch cover on Etsy, it adds a bit of whimsy to detail that might get over looked. You can find a similar one here.

Harry Potter Nursery

Decor Items

Crystal ball curtain rod. We purchased this one from Target. I thought the crystal balls on the ends of the rod were relevant nods to divination classes at Hogwarts.

Hufflepuff-themed rug. We found our striped, gray and yellow, 100% cotton rug on Wayfair. Although aesthetically I love this rug, I probably wouldn’t get it again if I had the chance. I found that it is difficult to clean, especially considering it stains easily (the instructions say to get it professionally cleaned, but who has the time for that?). Also, the instructions say to sweep debris off with a broom instead of vacuum, although we do use the vacuum cleaner without the brush roll. Overall, it’s an extra effort to keep clean.

Star sheets. You can purchase these adorable star sheets at Target.

Curtains. We found these simple black out white curtains at Wayfair.

Dobby socks. My co-workers created this as a gift at the Harry Potter-themed baby shower they hosted for me…thanks ladies!

Triwizard Tournament night light. When we found this night light at Target, we just had to have it! It gives a great low light, which is perfect for those midnight diaper changes.

We love the Owlery and spend a lot of time playing in it. Our design has created a calm environment with a hint of magic that will hopefully stay with Little One for years to come! What do you think of this Harry Potter nursery, comment below.

Harry Potter Nursery