I've already been gathering up clothes and booties and cloth diapers (I think we're going to give G Diapers a whirl). My younger sister, Theo, also gifted me at the beach with a dark chocolate brown swaddling blanket that she'd crocheted (IN ONE DAY!) with organic cotton. I've picked up a moses basket and already know what crib we'll be getting. Now I'm starting to think about nursery decor. Clearly there's no rush, as "The Nug" (what my Pop would call him at the beach when I'd announce that Nugget had roused me out of bed in the morning with ravenous hunger) will be in our room for the first 3-4 months of his life. Still, I'm a planner and I'll be leaving the cake shop the beginning of next month to begin to hunker down, get some serious writing done on emerging projects, and just nest away until early November. What else am I going to do with all of that free time?
I've long been a fan of Olympia, Washington-based artist Nikki McClure. Her exacting paper prints have a Japanese woodblock feel to them, soothing and spartan and hauntingly beautiful all at once. I love the print above, entitled "Mother." As we've been considering a sort of "woodsy/nature" theme for the nursery anyway, I'm thinking some of her prints might be a nice addition. We've already got some mushroom statues and a mushroom wooden toy for him, so I could see her print working in seamlessly. While we live surrounded by a huge forest, I love the idea of the nursery feeling like a natural extension of the wild world outside the front door.
*Image from here.