We are in desperate need of a new bedspread. Our current one is only a year and a half old but has been through many washings (it’s been puked, pooped and peed on one too many times, thanks to Baby Fe), and looks faded and is getting holes. No good. So now we need to find a new one. I’m tempted to go all white with the bedding, since our wall is so green now (more on that later), like this or mostly white, like this, but then I think, “we have two cats and a baby with an amazing propensity for pooping out the side of his diaper - white is not for me!” What do we do??—
Hello! It is time to redo the master bedroom, folks. Yes, we’ve only lived in our condo for 2 years but it’s just sort of felt blah and drab with all of the dark and brown. Time for color! I played around with some options (using good ol’ MS Paint, above) and the top two pics are shown here. The black one is nice because we would be keeping the wall color the same, just adding some bright curtains and bedding. But we really liked the green one instead. So we’re painting! It’s just the back wall so hopefully it won’t take us too long. Now to decide what color! I think we’re leaning towards the top left (elegant emerald, I believe). What do you think?
Check back for photos of the finished product!—
Baby Blocks, revealed!
This was a project I previewed a while back here on the blog, and I am super happy with the results. I had made a “make-your-own-block” station for a friend’s shower, and had lots of blocks leftover that were screaming at me to use them. My wonderful friend Lisa is having a girl (a GIRL!) so I decided to make these really fun and bright and feminine. I used this quilt as a jumping off point for my color inspiration - I loved the combo of peach, pink and yellow - and used my favorite Martha Stewart craft paint in a variety of shades. I lightened them with some white paint and thinned them out with water (to give more of an imperfect wash effect). Hopefully baby girl Crowe will love them!—
I made these yummy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars (recipe here, from the glorious Ina) for our close friends who just had a baby. Of course, then Felix got sick and we couldn’t deliver them (along with the casserole, salad and bread we also had/made for them) so we had quite the smorgasbord (remember this?)! They were so easy to make, and so delish! The dough comes together in minutes and is super thick. Just press about 2/3 into the pan, cover with jam (I used strawberry because it is just better that way), and crumble the rest on top and cover with peanuts. They are a little sweet, a little salty, and perfectly nostalgic. Also, they go quickly! See here.—
This is an old one, but too cute not to share! My sister wanted to dress up her son as Cupid for Valentine’s day (it’s okay - he wasn’t even 1 at the time) and needed a bow and arrow prop. So I decided to make one! Clearly this is not safe as a toy, but for him to hold for a few seconds under CLOSE supervision for the sake of an awesome photo? Sure! I just glued together some sticks from a craft store, like these, using my trusty hot glue gun, added some feathers to the end, and made a little red felt heart (I actually made two and sandwiched the wood in between, to hide the glue). I then went back and hid all of my blobby glue with some white bakers twine and tied it off. The curve in the wood is actually just a result of the rope being pulled taught (although I did pick my specific branches carefully and tried to use ones that had some natural curvature). Viola! Adorable Valentine’s Day baby photo prop.
Our bathroom remodel is underway! The first picture is of the VEERYY rough mock up I did (thank you, Microsoft Paint). The finished product will be similar, except we are using these tiles, instead of the amazing concrete Granada tiles above, which cost $1000. The cabinet above was not available either, and the lighting fixture is slightly different. Also we are going with subway tile on the shower walls instead of square. So really not the same at all… oh well, you’ll see the finished product soon.
The second picture is of our bathroom as it looked 2 days ago. The third picture is of our bathroom now. Yowza. But use your vision - it will be amazing, right? YES!
Stay tuned for the after photos in a couple of weeks!—
Hello! Happy Thursday. I have spent all of my down time today obsessing over a redo I hope to complete in the next several weeks. Felix is at that age where a play table and little chairs would behoove him. As we do not have a playroom and there is not enough space in his bedroom, these often-unsightly items will be in our main area. I plan on getting rid of a chair in front of our bookshelves (we never use it, and it just becomes a holding place for things that we are taking to the car) and centering a round playtable in front of the shelves for him. I found this amazing little chair on Etsy - yes, it’s vintage, and I’m in love with it - and this table is a sturdy one by Angeles made for preschools. Not cheap, but really nice quality. I also think I will add a little fun garland to liven up the space. Something like this. Pictures of the finished product later. Hopefully soon!—