Nesting, and a Baby-Size Carbon Footprint

We have received a number of generous, great condition, lovely hand-me-downs from our baby’s wonderful godparents and her three big godsisters, the adorable flowergirls from our wedding:

But, grad school takes a lot of time and the outdoors of the house had to be the priority with the sun shining, so here’s what the little nursery has been looking like so far:

Thanks to all the help we received last weekend fixing things up outside, this week I get to do lots of nesting. Sarah Mutch came over last week, and we went through the six containers of blue-ish paints in our garage, wanting to brighten the dark blue room without too dramatic of a change in color scheme, and after two hours of careful paint mixings, we recycled two old paints left to us by previous house owners and got one wall brightened up (note the new on the left side, old blue on the right). And don’t worry everyone, I’m wearing a very effective respirator mask while doing this…

Sarah and I are going to continue in our painting efforts, then Hilary is coming to be our baby’s personal Feng Shui specialist. Note the somewhat crowded look the bear has in the bassinette, in the crib:

Hilary’s full of ideas to keep our baby feeling more at peace than her bear currently is. You may be noticing that we have an incredibly BLUE room for a little girl, so my other project of the week (okay, in addition to doing experiments through the night and a few other annoying things) is to find some fabric that will bring some spring-y pink, green, yellow, and lavendar into the very-blue room. From there I figure a few little pink blankets and such will make it pretty and girly.

The other side of the nesting is some sewing projects… both because sewing is one of the few creative arts I seem to enjoy, and secondly because it’s a great way to have cute little clothes that didn’t get made in China and/or in sweatshops. Below is a little sweater I made, “recycled” down from a sweater from Sarah Mutch:

Not all of the baby things I’m making are from old things, though I’m trying to use any old pieces I can, as here is a little skirt I made and am going to make myself a big one to match while she’s still young enough not to mind being dressed like her mother:

Hopefully all the nice-condition second-hand items, recycled paints and clothes, and other little steps will help keep our little girl’s carbon footprint more proportional to the size of her own foot! Her grandma Mae got a find on a bag of cute little pink clothes off Craigslist to get her “layette” (I just learned that word!) started, though this carbon-footprint-reduction is just kind of the stuff we feel serves both her, our, and God world’s needs best as we can figure and is within reason. I’ll be the first to confess we’re going for the disposable diapers (7th generation, but still…) over cloth, and some things a baby just needs new, a mommy-to-be likes new, and are a good investment. Granny Smith got her some cute new pajama-outfit-things (there’s probably a fancy name for them too) and I strongly suspect those little outfits will be well-worn more than any of the cute little dresses! I found a few garage sale bargains over the weekend, like a $25 jogging stroller in great condition (if you know anything about jogging strollers, that’s a deal). Kabyn noticed all the pollution in all the US cities he flew into/through recently, so at least the stroller won’t be contributing to any manufacturing pollution.

That’s the latest here!

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One Response to Nesting, and a Baby-Size Carbon Footprint

  1. Sarah Hays says:

    Isn’t craigslist awesome? There is so much baby and kid stuff on our local list it boggles the mind.

    Also, cloth diapers rock. You should try them. 😉

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