The reality of Little Pea is starting to slowly sink in for me. Right now, the biggest concerns I'm facing are the transition stages for the peanut. To make room for the new baby, the peanut is going to have to switch bedrooms.
My little girl is extremely attached to her room and all the things within it. Even so far as having certain stuffed animal friends allowed in her room vs. ones she's deemed only living room friends. She has made that space her safety zone and I'm starting to panic about moving her out of it.
Along with the move to her new room is going to come the transition to a big girl bed. Her current bedding is made for a crib/toddler mattress and won't be able to move along with her. For her nursery, we went with an adorable little birdie themed quilt and sheet set. I took a peek online this week to start getting ideas of what we could do with her new room to make it still feel somewhat familiar but "special" and new at the same time.
I stumbled across this bedding set from Pottery Barn Kids:
How sweet are those little owls?? Right now I'm thinking of one bloggy friend I'm certain will appreciate this set. But what drew my attention was the pair of little birdies in the front left corner. They match the birdies in the peanut's current room and the overall colors will go just perfectly with her current wall decorations, etc.
Now I can almost hear some of you yelling, "But you're a quilter! What on earth are you doing shopping at Pottery Barn?!"
Here's my secret. I so highly respect the work that goes into making a quilt that I can even appreciate a manufactured item such as this. There are several things about the quilt above that I would never dare try with my current skill set: the scalloped edges, the multiple pieces of applique' on the top, and the large overall quilted size would be far too much for my machine. And honestly, for the price of the quilt at the store, I'd be hard pressed to compete financially once you consider the price of quality quilting fabrics, batting, and a professional services fee for the finishing. Homemade does not mean cheaper. Not by a long shot.
Over the years, I have learned to focus my crafting time on smaller projects that give me a bigger payoff in the ratio between satisfaction with the results compared to the time involved in working on them. I took one look at that quilt and I can tell it would be worth every penny to me for the stress relief alone.
You can bet you'll be seeing some projects over the coming months that are straight from my hands alone, but I think I'll leave the bedding to someone else.