Hobby Lobby

My hubby and I chanced upon this store over the weekend while out getting garden supplies.

It’s a place called Hobby Lobby…it’s a “Homegoods meets Michael’s” type of place. As its name suggests, they sell anything and everything you can think of that hobbyists do: home decorating (my hobby), scrapbooking (I do a little of that, too!), sewing (I wish!), and all sorts of arts and crafts.

I was surprised by the amount of home decor items that they had. I mean, they literally had rows and rows and rows of shelves with every home decor theme you can think of.

I wish I took pics, but we had Miggz with us and he was getting antsy in the shopping cart, and we had to keep him away from all the goodies to be ogled and touched–I have to admit, I was getting excited myself!

In one area, they had items for cowboy, race car, fire engine, Route 66, Americana, baseball, and other themed rooms! This is a baby room designer’s mecca! You can easily get carried away and pick up decorative items that will fit your theme.

Of course they had a safari themed area! It had animals, African masks, just gorgeous stuff! A bit pricey, but cheaper than you would get at name brand shops like Pottery Barn Kids.

The day that we came, Hobby Lobby was doing a half-off sale on all metal and wood decorative items (including all free-standing decor and wall art!) Naturally, I had to pick up something for Miguel’s safari room.

After many moments of ogling, we decided to give this little giraffe a home…

[Clock-wise from top right] The giraffe is actually made of resin, not wood, but the clerk was nice enough and gave us half off anyway, talk about meant to be ours! | I LOVE the little cologne bottles. They are from Bench (a popular brand store of trendy clothes in the Philippines). | The top of Miguel’s storage drawers. The giraffe completes the look, don’t you think? | And his “explore” garland that I made. I relocated it from its original hanging place by the window…with the blinds and valance I thought it was just too much. It is now hanging by his closet doors, which I think is perfect.

Like many of my projects, Miguel’s room is a “work-in-progress.” It grows with him.

Just recently I finally put away his changing pad, which we haven’t used in ages.

[Below] This is now the once changing area…those DIY storage box and tray now have a home. Also seen here is the framed printable I got from Pinterest, and those plain storage boxes that I made “un-boring” by adding a little safari flair.

How do you keep your little one’s room growing with your child?

Another Easy DIY Project…Nursery Catch-All Tray + Storage Box

This is a great project to re-purpose some of your baby’s receiving blankets that are no longer in use (or have never been used!).

I received a lot of these as baby shower presents. I DID use all of mine…receiving blankets are so versatile in design and function that we used them for many practical purposes (funny, they were rarely used as a blanket!!).

We used our receiving blankets as an added layer of protective sheet in Miguel’s bassinet, changing table, and crib. We used the smaller sized blankets as burp cloths–they covered more ground than the typical burp cloths sold in baby stores. Of course, we also used them for swaddling. But because Miggz was a summer baby, we didn’t really swaddle him a whole lot (and I think he hated being swaddled as well).

I actually bought a new set of receiving blankets at Ross. I liked the design because they go well in my son’s safari themed room. And the price for four blankets cannot be beat at $5.99!

For this project, you’ll also need some shipping boxes (I get to re-purpose my trusty Amazon shipping boxes yet again). You’ll need a shallow box for the catch-all tray, and something a little deeper for the storage box.

If you know how to wrap gifts, then this DIY project will be a walk in the park. One tray literally took me less than ten minutes to do!!

The first thing you need to do is to neatly cut off the top flaps of the shipping box. Save them–you will need them for later use.

Next, place the shipping box centered on top of a sheet–design side out. You will wrap the outside of the box and its inner walls (but NOT the inside bottom) with this sheet. If your sheet and box are the perfect size for wrapping…you won’t even need to do any cutting (as was the case for my first tray, but I’ve had to cut the fabric for my storage box).

The trick is to neatly fold the blanket in the proper places as you wrap the box. I used some glue stick to keep the sheet in place. If some excess fabric flows into the bottom of the box, that’s OK. Simply glue or tape it down…it will not be visible once you are done with this project.

These next photos show the progression of this project.

See what I mean about needing those top box flaps? Just tape them together, then wrap it in a different fabric. The covered flat piece becomes the bottom of the tray/box, hiding all the uncovered, taped-up parts.

The finished products are as versatile as the blankets! They can be used to store practically anything…and you won’t believe they are re-purposed shipping boxes!!

Neat huh?

The catch-all tray can hold magazines, books, puzzles, art projects, etc.

Its use can certainly go beyond the nursery/toddler’s room.

I used the finished storage box to hold some of Miggie’s most-used toiletries.

I used one of the trays to hold a tub of wipes and some Pull-ups.

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