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Hi, I'm Julie ... artist, photographer, potter, etc. I am so happy you are here! I consider this blog my creative journal where I can share my recent work, ideas and dreams, and lots of little details about my life. Please make yourself at home. Whether you are a bride-to-be, a photographer, or just a visitor, I hope you will find inspiration here and even become a friend.

My Life :: Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival

What a perfect gift to learn on Mother's Day that we'd be expecting another baby ... and this past eight months have flown by.  We are getting close to meeting our sweet little boy and I'm so relieved to say that I feel ready!  The past several months we have been juggling furniture from room to room, painting, organizing and so much more all to prepare for little August Elliott.  Actually Nick has been doing all of the major labor ... and I've been bossing and crafting (two things that have always come naturally for me).

I'm so excited to share the photos of our finished nursery.  It's definitely been a labor of love!

Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography
All of the ivory furniture (dresser/changing table, chest of drawers, and side table) was the furniture from our bedroom.  It's hard to recognize because Nick painted it this new color and added cute new knobs.  I think it fits perfectly.

Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography

There are so many special, hand-made items in August's room.  In the photo above, the crocheted blanket was made by my grandmother, aka Mamaw Ginger.  She was given that name years ago when one of my nephews heard us call her Mamaw from Virginia and he repeated it as Mamaw Ginger and it stuck (appropraitely so since she is a ginger ... and I am anxious to see if baby August will be a ginger too). 

The four animal prints were actually made by me.  This was an exciting project for me that took quite a bit of time.  They are actually lino-block prints ... which means I carved the designs from linoleum blocks and printed them onto the paper like giant stamps.  It loved the results and now that I have the blocks I can make as many prints from them as I want.  Look for an etsy store soon ... maybe.

Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography

And the quilt (above) was made by my mom.  I got an idea that I wanted my mom to make a quilt for Eleanor ... even though she had never made a quilt before.  She whipped it out and it was amazing so I knew I wanted her to make one for August too.  I had a hard time choosing the right colors and patterns but it was through that process that I decided to incorporate the gold and brown tones in the room.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE how the quilt turned out.  The solid brown border and center blocks are actually a soft leather.  We hung the one she made for Eleanor up on the wall ... but this one is soft and washable so I intend to actually use it.

Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography
Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography

The other side of the room (across from the crib).

Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography

I made this name art out of found objects ... (the wooden panels were actually assembled by Nick, sticks found in our yard, everythign else - feathers, beads, shells, leather cord - found at Hobby Lobby).  This particular project was the biggest pain for me.  I procrastinated this one ... mostly because I haven't had the energy to go outside and gather sticks in the cold.  Once I finally got my sticks you have no idea what a pain it was to assemble and tie them together to make legible letters.  After that part was done ... I just hot glued the rest and I have to say that this is one of my favorite things in the room.  Isn't that the way it goes with the things that take the most work.

Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography

These little prints were a gift from my mom.  They are hand-made cut paper from a crafty lady that my mom met at Dollywood.  I have her name and business name somewhere if anyone wants the details just message me and I'll get it.

Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography
Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography

Oh, and here's a quick shot of some pregnant lady :)
Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography

While preparing for baby August we have really enjoyed our last holiday season as a family of three.  We had our own quiet little Christmas.  It's been a special time for Nick and I to reflect on our little family and give Eleanor some extra attention while we still can!  Here are just a few shots from Christmas day at our house.

Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography
Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography
Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography
Expecting baby August Elliott's arrival, Julie Roberts Photography
 

What do you think? Leave me some feedback!

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Jan 3, 2014Betsy
I am in awe! You are such an amazing decorator, with such wonderful details! August is one blessed little boy! Your house should be in Southern Living!
Jan 3, 2014Sara J
In love with his room Julie!! It turned out exactly how you described it! You did an amazing job :) love you!!
Jan 3, 2014Greta
So perfect sweet Jewels. Love every detail and you are stunning. :)
Jan 3, 2014Rebecca S. Clark
Simply Beautiful! All the homemade items make the room so unique and amazing. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 3, 2014lori brooke miller
seriously - is there anything you cannot do?! beautiful! congrats on baby august!
Jan 3, 2014Melissa Craddock
I could gush and gush (as usual) about how awesome everything is (because it is), but I'll just sum it up in one word.....PERFECTION!!!!
Jan 3, 2014Tammy Arnold :)
Everything is amazing Julie!!! I am so happy for you and Nick and I am sure that Eleanor will be a wonderful Big Sister. Can not wait to see pictures of August......I'm pretty sure he will be adorable......and very loving....just like the rest of his family... Looks like you had a great Christmas and hope you have an even better New Year....
Jan 3, 2014Amanda L. Phelps-Dammann
You are so extremely talented!!! August's room is so inviting, and unique and I adore the name out of sticks :). Thanks for sharing! - Amanda
 

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