But wait, first let's see some adorable maternity pictures of then mommy to be Kelsa (and her husband Michael).
Isn't she just stunningly beautiful?! I would give anything to be that photogenic.
These photos were taken by my other amazing and beautiful bestie, Amy, who is a family portrait photographer based out of Chicago. So, if you're a mid-westie. look her up, she'll make you and your family look just as fabulous as what you see here.
Amy was kind enough to also take all of the photos of this nursery for me to share with you here. So, I guess this means if you want nursery photos with your maternity photo shoot, she will without a doubt knock those out of the park as well.
Kelsa and Michael decided on a Dr. Seuss theme early on, partially because they loved the bright, bold, primary colors that are typical in a Dr. Seuss book, and also because they live on Mulberry Street. How cute is that?
Anyway, as soon as she told me the theme, my crafty brain started thinking...wouldn't it be fun to make something for the nursery that used pages from Dr. Seuss books? My pinterest board was soon filled with ideas....and after blending several of these ideas together into one massive project, I decided to make her a mobile.
It was one of the most fun projects that I have worked on in a very long time. It was also one of the projects that took me the very most longest times to work on!
I purchased two copies of the Dr. Seuss ABC book (based on what she told me was their bedding choice), and for almost an entire month my studio floor was covered in lines of star cut outs and strands of coordinating embroidery floss.
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(I used a Martha Stewart star shaped craft punch, and an acid free permanent glue pen if you are wondering about the knitty gritty detail part).
Then I began to question what I had gotten myself into.
At first glace the mobile may appear colorfully random- but the amount of time that I spent color coordinating the stars to make up the strands bordered on unnecessarily obsessive. It also took a TON of strands to fill out the mobile the way that I wanted to.
But in the end, the effect was exactly as I hoped, and it looks amazing in the room!
The rest of the room is just adorable too. They painted bright horizontal stripes all along the wall behind the crib, and her mother in law even made some truffula trees to put in the corner! (Her mother in law also made all of the fabric bunting and lettering that is over her changing table in the first photo of this post).
The room is a great mix of modern handmade touches and classic family heirlooms, like these Norman Rockwell prints.
Baby CJ may still be too young to truly appreciate all of the hard work that went into making her nursery so unique and personalized, but I have no doubt that she already knows just how much she is loved!