Saturday, October 22, 2011

A photoshoot

I wanted to capture the kids with Carson while he is still new and so little so this is what we came up with today.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Our new addition

Busy lovin' on this little bug.

I can't get enough of him.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thrift store mirror re-do

I found this window mirror at a nearby thrift store for $3.99!


It just needed some white spray paint...oh, and a clothespin wreath...

I made the clothespin wreath in March with a bunch of old-fashioned clothespins and an embroidery hoop. It was SO easy and I LOVE it!


Monday, October 3, 2011

Nursery is done... pretty much

We finally moved the chandelier above the queen bed...

And my hubby spent some time at Home Depot searching for hardware for the crib...
I LOVE the crib bedding I found at TJMAXX (Kenneth Brown "Jumping for Joy").

The wall color is Behr "Ocean's kiss".

I don't LOVE a lot of accessories... can you tell?!

My favorite rooms have contrast through the walls and fabrics but look very clean and clutter free. This room feels peaceful to me because of it's lack of clutter and it's simplicity.

I can't wait to lay my sweet baby boy in his new quiet nursery.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nursery / Guest Bedroom Update

Well, we have the "guest bedroom" part of the nursery complete...

Yep, good ol' board and batten... I luuuvv it.

The problem we have now is getting the chandelier over to that side of the room.

Oh, and I have searched every inch of the house and cannot find the hardware for the crib


So, who knows when we will get that up.

Not much of a nursery without a crib!

I think I want to make the crib mobile... maybe. I still haven't found any inspiration so we will see.

Only 2-3 weeks left. I can't believe it!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Giant Ruler Tutorial

This giant ruler has been on my list of "things to do" since I saw one in my sweet friend Jaimee's house in Kentucky.

Well, I finally "got her dun" 2 years later!

I invited my friend over... since crafting is ALWAYS funner with friends

and we got to work.

(btw- it is "more fun" to say "funner")

We started out with a 8in x 6ft piece of wood...

I white-washed mine but my friend Jamie left hers "all natural"... I don't know which I liked better in the end... I LOVE them both!
Jaimee (in Kentucky... we are talking about two different Jamie/ Jaimees here) lent me her ruler 2 years ago and I made a stencil with poster board (with the grid printed on it... much easier).

This picture shows how long we made the lines to break up each foot into half, quarter, etc.
Make sense?

We started with the 6inch mark since we are hanging the ruler 6 inches off the floor to make room for the base boards and used a black sharpie to fill in the lines on the stencil.

Then we put on the vinyl numbers.
But, something didn't look right...

Can YOU tell what we did wrong?
Of course you can!!

So silly, we originally put the numbers on upside-down!

No worries, we peeled off the vinyl and flipped them around.

We added our last names (also vinyl) and that was all there was to it!!

I can't wait to hang it up and start measuring my kiddos!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Getting serious about starting the nursery... I'm seriously going to start... seriously

Well, I am officially 33 weeks along and haven't even started the nursery which means I am also officially fReAkiNg out!

This one has been tricky since (like most of you) we don't have endless rooms and so our nursery will double as a guest room so I have to plan around a crib AND a queen size bed.

I don't want the room to scream NURSERY so I'm trying to come up with a flexible color pallet and design.

I think I know what I am going to do and since time is short I'm just going with it.

This is my "jumping off point"...

Yep, that is ALL I have so far.

A bedspread and some frames I painted and covered with burlap to match...

It's not much but it's a start.

Now it's time to get my hands dirty and start painting.

I'm not going to lie... I'm tired just thinking about it!!!

Which is why you shouldn't wait until you are 8 months pregnant (and anemic)to create a nursery!

On a happier note we FINALLY hung the girls chandelier last night!

Isn't she pretty...

Got to go...

Lots to do...

after my nap.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Doughnut Cake

Let me start off by saying

I see your amazing parties...
The fancy tables with banners and cupcake towers and candy dishes.

The fondant cakes and personalized goody bags.

You amaze me.

I am lucky if I hang up some streamers (although I do have a cute banner... oh, and a chair cover... maybe I'm not so hopeless after all).

My Meg celebrated her birthday a few weeks ago and it happened to be on the day we were headed home from our trip to Utah.

We had 10 hrs of driving ahead of us (fun birthday huh!) so we decided to do a birthday breakfast with our family in Utah before we began our long journey.

I was thinking about doing a "pancake cake" when a family member suggested a "doughnut cake". SOOO easy and look how cute it turned out...

I had to share it with all of you party challenged peeps (like myself).

It was a BIG hit!