Friday, June 12, 2015

Nursery Bits

Hey ya’ll!  I know it has been forever since I have written a post but today I am off work and I thought I’d share a little nursery progress with you.   The room is almost complete, just waiting for a few final touches and I can’t wait to show you the whole space!!  It is just as sweet as it can be!

There were a few things I knew I wanted to do in the nursery regardless of the gender.  One was use the cuckoo clocks I had been collecting and two was to frame a storybook print I had seen on Pinterest.  These were things I had been holding onto before I even knew I was pregnant.  Once we learned we were having a girl, I knew I wanted to incorporate more birds into the space and I chose my paint colors.  I have tried to keep everything fairly neutral in the room and let the little fun things pop out. 

So here are those three DIY projects I’ve been working on.

First up the Storybook print.  I saw this idea on Pinterest a while back and the whole meaning behind the Velveteen Rabbit story meant so much to me I knew I had to use it! 

Rabbit Picture

The original source is from Family House & a Cat, Marie does a fabulous job with the tutorial and I followed it to achieve the same look. 

I bought the frame at Hobby Lobby, had an engineer size print printed, and had it framed with just glass.  Overall I think the whole project was around $50.   Pretty good for a piece of art so big! 

This print hangs above my little rocking nook.

Rocking Corner

I love the meaning  behind the Velveteen Rabbit and so this print was special to me. I have a Dolly, also named Dolly that I’ve had since my first Christmas, I slept with her until I went off to college.  In high school girl friends teased me when they spent the night, but she was always real to me and comforting to have.  She is still near to my heart and in a safe place, I just prefer sleeping with Will these days!

 

Next up, I painted my small collection of cuckoo clocks.  If you have been a fan of this blog for long, you know I have a thing obsession for birds.  I’d collected 3 clocks and got them all at junk stores for under $20 each, I think in total $40.  I just taped up the clock and parts that I didn’t want painted blue and layered on the spray paint.

clocks 

Once I finished with the blue, I hand painted the purple in the center on the left one.  Next we  just hung them up, pretty simple project….just tested my patience while I waited for the paint to dry between coats.

 

Last on the DIY round up I knew I wanted to extend the bird theme a bit once we found out it’s a girl.  I thought about a wall of bird wallpaper but then decided to give stenciling a try.  I ordered the large bird stencil from Royal Design Studio and it was perfect for one wall.  I picked three colors to paint the birds with and followed the tutorials on the company website

Royal Designs

This was so easy!  Much easier than I thought it would be honestly.  I bought the stencil, paint roller, and tray from Royal Designs.  The paint used was  just sample pots of Behr from Home Depot.  This project overall cost about $55 and took less than 2 hours to complete from start to finish!! 

There  is your sneak peak of our nursery.  I hope to be back soon with the  full reveal!

Enjoy your weekend!

 

April

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

20 Things

Hey Guys!  My mind has been rambling all over the place lately and I know I haven’t really given you much in the way of new projects but here are some things that are on my mind!  I thought this would be a fun get to know me post. 

1) My to-do list is too long these days, so today I took things off that seemed unrealistic or non important-it was freeing!

2) I am super duper super excited about this Saturday, me and Will are headed to Clines Antiques, a dealer I have wanted to visit for years, follow along on Instagram to see what I find.

3) I am really loving Kantha Quilts, Pottery Barn has a “new” version but it is so expensive I have been looking for a vintage one.  Love the patterns and sticking.

4) I bought a paint by number tonight from www.easyart123.com, I can’t wait to paint it! I thought it would be a good de-stressor.

5) I am 23 weeks pregnant now! WOW. Over half way.

6) So far my least favorite pregnancy symptom is acne, I feel like an insecure 16 year old all over again.

7) Next week I am headed to Orlando, FL for Coverings on a work trip.  This is a huge tile & stone tradeshow, follow on Instagram for my favorite new looks.

8) I am knee deep in nursery decorating.  I’ve painted. I’ve stenciled. I’ve got furniture. A rug is on the way. Fabric for curtains has been chosen.  It’s all really sweet.

9) I am power washing our huge fence a little bit each day after work to prep it for staining.

10) Hoping the stain color will grow on me, not loving it.  Non-returnable. Should have tested it first.

11) I am still searching for a small rug for the bedroom, I bought new white bedding so you would think it would be easier.

12) We got a new mattress two weeks ago, I am sleeping much better!

13) Boy, we are spending too much money.  Glad Dave Ramsey has a new budget app to help me track it all.  www.everydollar.com

14) We are keeping the babies name a surprise until she is born.  Still haven’t 100% decided on the full name.

15) I had to schedule my feline baby, Nipper, for a teeth cleaning and I am scared of leaving him at the vet for a full day.

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16) I am SO GLAD it is SPRING and the weather is warmer!!!!!!

17) I am looking forward to planting some new plants very soon.

18) I feel like I need to read more now while I have time but I am addicted to the Bee Brillant game on my phone.

19) Maternity clothes are not my favorite, not so stylish.  But comfy.

20) Baby clothes are adorable! Especially funny onesies.

Well that is my current state in a nutshell.  Smile 

Have a good week my friends!

 

April

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Craft-Bunny Jars

Good morning!  I wanted to re-post this project from Spring of 2013.  It was by far one of my favorite little crafts.  I would make more every year if I could easily find the little bunnies.  These were super easy and they look so cheerful.  If you are looking for a quick easy little Easter gift, this is easy and was well received.  Good luck finding the little bunnies though.
Say Hello to Bunny Jars!
Bunny Jars for Easter
Bunny Jar Gifts
This craft was really cheap for me.  I only spent around $15 because I already had most of the supplies.  I only needed to purchase candy, Easter grass, a few extra jars, and the bunnies of course.  The following is the breakdown of supplies needed.
Supplies Needed
The bunnies turned out to be a surprise find in the end but I had a hard time finding.  I searched Oriental Trading, Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, and Googled plastic bunnies a million different ways and came up empty then I stumbled upon these at my local thrift store for $1.49…LUCKY!
Of course you need spray paint too, I had quite the pastel collection already.
spray paint
Really simple instructions
Step 1 –Use the Goo Gone to remove the labels from food jars and then wash
Step 2-Super Glue the bunnies to the lids
Step 3- Spray primer on the lids
Step 4-Spray paint in the chosen color
Step 5-Assemble the grass, candy, lid
Coral Jar
Tall Green Jar
Yellow Bunny Jar
Short Coral Jar
I can’t pick my favorite, they are all so cute.  I think they make great Easter or Spring d├ęcor as well as Easter gifts for friends or family.

Happy Bunny Hopping finding to you all!
Bunny Jars for Gifts


To check out other Spring projects take a look HERE and HERE.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Flowers


“She turned to the sunlight
    And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
    Winter is dead.
-A.A. Milne
My favorite flowers are daffodils and this time of year I have a permanent smile as I drive around.  I love seeing the speckle of yellow welcoming Spring.  I also love to find a spot to pick some to bring inside and enjoy.  This weekend I stopped by an old home site that I know and much to my surprise my very favorite daffodil variety was blooming.
By the house
The sight of a field of daffodils always takes my breath away.  I just love them so much!  I enjoyed snapping pictures of them to share with you. 
Field of Daffodils
field
Growing by the tree
This is just my absolute favorite daffodil and that is the only variety growing here.  I have loved this type since I was kid.  I remember there was an old house I used to go pick them at and there was only one bunch like this there.  I called them shredded or chewed daffodils then, they look like a pop of confetti.  They are actually called Van Sion and are an old heirloom bulb that creates a double bloom. 
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I also found a new to me flower, Snoflake, such a pretty bell shape and gorgeous among the yellow daffodils.
Daffodil and Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley
There is truly something special about seeing forgotten flowers spring to life each year.  Of course I had to pick a few.  I didn’t take to many as they are beautiful growing right where the are but I can tell you I have enjoyed them inside and they smell great!
Picked Daffodils

bells vase
Hope you are enjoying Spring as much as I am.  The Spring buds are so much more welcoming to me than the leaves turning in the Fall.

April

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Wreath

I hope it is feeling a little more like Spring in your area.  We had a fantastically beautiful weekend and the weather finally seems to be getting a little warmer. 
I wanted to update our front door wreath with something a bit more cheerful.  After Christmas I usually just put up my plain grapevine wreath with our family monogram on the front.  Its simple and easy and could be used anytime year round. 
But for Spring and Easter season I like something with a little more color and something that is a bit more seasonal. 
I updated my old Spring grapevine wreath with Easter eggs by just removing those and revamped the wreath with flowers and a cute Spring sign.
Spring Wreath
I found these beautiful ranunculus flowers at Michaels Crafts at 1/2 off and they made the perfect pop of color for what I had in mind.  The branches I already had on hand.  I found the little tags at Target in the dollar spot and hot glued those to twine and strung them across the wreath for a simple spring sign.  The best thing about this is once we get in to Summer I can remove the Spring sign easy and use this wreath well into the warmer months.  
I love using grapevine wreaths, they are so easy to decorate and change out.  They give you a natural feel and are great seasonally.  I just cut the stems on the flowers and stuck them in the wreath, very easy.  I highly recommend having a few grapevine wreaths in different sizes on hand.  You can find them at any craft store.

On another note, I wanted to pass along a new company I learned of,  Patience Brewster.  They offer whimsical designs and are best known for their ornaments.  Check them out online if you have time.  Patience Brewster Online 



Hope you have a wonderful week!

April