In our house in Saipan, our master suite took up a ridiculously disproportionate amount of space. It included an outdoor bathroom (for real), a changing area, two walk in closets, and a little office ‘nook.’ Instead of using a guest bedroom for our nursery, we used that little office space to make a nursery nook for Bohden.
I wish you could tell from the pictures just how quaint and tiny this little ‘nook’ really was (maybe 5′ x 9′?). It was like a walk in closet with a couple of windows and a little niche that somehow perfectly fit a changing table. It was the perfect amount space for a baby room!
I actually used to sit in this room quite often (we initially made it into a nursery for foster care, so it was essentially set up as a nursery the entire time we lived in Saipan). I would go in there to pray, or to read. We even had the kids’ reading nook set up in here for a bit, so they’d join me in there many days. My heart catches just to look at pictures and think of the hours we spent in there, reading and praying and readying ourselves for the next season as a family.
And then seeing all of the little pieces and projects that were added over time is so fun as well. There are so many projects in this room that were added in those last days while we waited for him to arrive (I was a wreck, and am kind of a busy body under the best conditions, so you can imagine the DIY-everything frenzy last August).
In fact, almost everything in this room was a DIY project (the perfect storm of a lack of access to even basic decor in Saipan plus so much less on the schedule [aka more time to DIY] equals a serious pile of DIY decor). We made-
The watercolored name garland (tutorial to come!)
The Psalm 126:3 banner (tutorial to come!)
I also made the tassel mobile (I made the tassels like this and then hung them from some driftwood that I found on the beach), the painted driftwood hanging (inspired by these, but with paint instead of yarn), and the crocheted pom pom blanket (just crocheted a baby blanket and added pom poms- kind of like this but crocheted and baby sized).
Oh, and one afternoon I sewed a whole pile of crib sheets using Dana’s tutorial (after a call from CPS that they were bringing over a baby and a panicked fruitless crib sheet search on island).
Many of those clothes are also mama-made, as are most of the burp rags. Like I said, perfect DIY storm- haha.