About a year ago we started out with an inspiration board and a lackluster space…

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Our finished product today is…

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The paint color is Alpaca by Sherwin Williams.  The crib, bedding, and light fixture are from RH baby&child. We found the dresser and end table in an antique store for $75 and I refinished them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in cream.

These signs were a custom order from Vinyl Crafts on Etsy. The mirror is from Homegoods.

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Derek made these bookshelves using spare moulding. I thought it would be a good place to put the vintage buoys that we bought before Blake was born.

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I have updated the shadow boxes since taking the picture. I think the family tree with black and white photos of our family is my favorite. My mother-in-law made the quilt and embroidered Blake’s name and birthday on it.

A toy chest that we bought at Brimfield this summer.

A toy chest that we bought at Brimfield this summer.

I have to say that my husband thought I was crazy when I picked out the dresser and end table at an antique store.  He was totally grossed out by how damaged and dirty they were but I knew they had potential!

The before picture does not do this justice.  There were pen and marker all over the outside and the drawers had some questionable goo (probably old lotion) on the inside.

The before pictures don’t really show how horrible they were. There was pen and marker all over the outside of the dresser.

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The drawers had some questionable goo (probably old lotion) on the inside. Looking back I am actually surprised that they cleaned up as well as they did.

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After a little TLC (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream and dark wax) you can see that the dresser cleaned up nicely! As for the inside – I scrubbed, repainted, and added new liners and they look as good as new!

I can't believe I paid $75 for these two pieces, turned out to be a total steal!

I can’t believe I paid $75 for these two pieces, turned out to be a total steal!

On January 25th my mom gave us a beautiful baby shower.  It was a quiet snowy day and everything was perfect.  The idea of being 30 pounds heavier and caught off-guard didn’t exactly thrill me so it wasn’t a surprise.  My family and I made the decorations and decorating the venue together was of course one of my favorite parts! Here are some of the photos from that day.

Snow covering The Old Field Club

Snow covering The Old Field Club

Centerpieces consisted of cobalt blue wine bottles, ribbon, and wooden anchor cutouts

Centerpieces consisted of cobalt blue wine bottles, ribbon, and wooden anchor cutouts

Months later and I still have the babies breath all over my house.  Even when it's dried out it's pretty!

Months later and I still have the baby’s breath all over my house. Even when it’s dried out it’s pretty!

We added some ribbon from Michael's to clear votives for some extra color.

We added some ribbon from Michael’s to clear votives for some extra color.

My sister in laws printed up these cards from Etsy to put at each table.  I loved reading what people put on the "Wishes for Baby" cards.

My sisters in law printed up these cards from Etsy to put at each table. I loved reading what people put on the Wishes for Baby cards. My mom chose life savers in a little glass jar for favors.

Decorating this beautiful mantle at The Old Field Club was so much fun.  We used the ship and rope knots for decor in Blake's room.

Decorating this beautiful mantle was so much fun. We used the ship and rope knots for decor in Blake’s room.  The rope knots held photos of Derek and I as babies.  I also used the banner for 4th of July this summer.

The beautiful candy bar that my sister in laws set up !

The beautiful candy bar that my sisters in law and nieces made was so perfect!

Stamped these bags with my sweet little nephew!

Stamped these bags with my sweet little nephew!

Soooo I took a 7 month hiatus (probably closer to 8) from blogging. There is a good chance that I am the only one that noticed this but that’s okay! There is something about blogging that makes me feel good and I am so happy to be back in the swing of things. Having my son has been the best and most life changing experience. So let’s get caught up on things…

 

November 9, 2013 - our gender reveal Patricia Marie Photography

Our gender reveal – Patricia Marie Photography

An amazing moment! Patricia Marie Photography

An amazing moment!
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March 11, 2014 our son Blake is born!

March 11, 2014 our son Blake is born!

Our precious angel at 10 days old Patricia Marie Photography

Our precious angel at 10 days old
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5 months old

5 months old

My next couple of posts will consist of our baby shower and Blake’s nursery. I hope you’ll come back and check it out!

Here are some quick and easy crafts that I came up with for Valentine’s Day this year!

All you need are doilies, a couple of different pieces of scrapbook paper, and ribbon or twine.

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1.  Doily Heart Garland

I cut out hearts from scrapbook paper and glued them to the middle of the doily.  Then I used twine to string them together.  If you see that the doilies are starting to curl from the glue put a book or something flat over them to flatten them out.

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If you make vertical heart garland you might want to put a doily on either side of the twine, because they tend to spin when they are hanging vertically.

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2.  Reasons Why I Love You Tree

The branches are from Pier 1 and the vase was something that I already had.  I used leftover scrapbook paper and twine to make the hearts.  My husband and I wrote different reasons why we love each other  on the back of the hearts and then hung them.  I can’t wait to continue this tradition.   I am thinking that each year we will hang some old hearts and some new hearts!

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3.  Love Banner

This craft was made out of scrapbook paper and ribbon.  I cut some of the pieces into triangles and used a hole puncher on the top to punch holes for the ribbon to be strung through.  I am terrible at drawing letters so I printed out letters in a large font and then cut them out and used them to  trace letters on the other pieces of scrapbook paper.

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If you have leftover supplies…

Overlap leftover doilies around a candle and tie a piece of twine around them to hold it together.  It should look something like this…

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Happy crafting!

 

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These soft colors and patterns are the epitome of a clean and comfortable living room…

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Paint Color – Topsail by Sherwin Williams

 Aqua/Putty Jaipur Pillow Cover – Serena & Lily

Lace pillow – Zara Home

Rug – Home Decorators Collection

Sofa – Pottery Barn Comfort Sofa

Picture frame – Wisteria

Sea Glass Vases – West Elm

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Pair this living room look with this gorgeous herringbone throw from Serena & Lily in mist and if you’re looking for a light and airy window treatment to compliment your blue walls these linen stripe window panels (also from Serena & Lily) are perfect.

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Stay tuned for the Blog Hop I will be hosting with Jacqueline from The Legal Shrimp and Tara from The Pink Yogi on Friday January 31st – we will be featuring holiday themed crafts, meals and outfits for Valentine’s Day!

We all need a few staples in our closet that can be worn all year and can be mixed and matched with blazers, sweaters, scarves, etc.  Here are two items that meet the above criteria but also can be worn before and during pregnancy!

 

Bandage Dress from Tees by Tina

Here I am wearing it in emerald at six months pregnant.

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There are so many different variations of this dress (color, length, pattern) but they are all made with the same fabric so I would check out the website to see which one suits you best.

I also wear this slim skirt by Susana Monaco all the time.

Both of these items aren’t exactly the most inexpensive but I do have to say that I have definitely worn them each several times and consider them to be great purchases. They are both a great quality product/fabric which is why they are well worth the price.

Stay tuned for the Blog Hop I will be hosting with Jacqueline from The Legal Shrimp and Tara from The Pink Yogi on Friday January 31st – we will be featuring holiday themed crafts, meals and outfits for Valentine’s Day!

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I do a lot of daydreaming.  Always have and always will.  I daydream about creating different spaces as I come across things that inspire me.  So every once in a while I browse some of my favorite websites, pin about 3242340 things, and create what I call inspiration boards. I figured that the blog would be a great place to share some of my creations with you.

 

A little black and gold to start off the new year…

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Paint – Accesible Beige Sherwin Williams

“My Whole Heart My Whole Life” – One Kings Lane

Floral Pillow – One Kings Lane

Solid Gray Pillow – Overstock.com

Rug – Home Decorators Collection

Sofa – Pottery Barn Landon

Industrial Coffee Table – Home Decorators Collection

Candle Holder – West Elm

Gold Hammered Votives – Serena & Lily

 

These gold hammered votives from Serena & Lily are my favorite! Check out their website for other variations of these votives.

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Stay tuned for the Blog Hop I will be hosting with Jacqueline from The Legal Shrimp and Tara from The Pink Yogi on Friday January 31st – we will be featuring holiday themed crafts, meals and outfits for Valentine’s Day!

 

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I found this post on Pinterest and I thought about how great it would be to start a new family tradition this year. Basically you start with an empty jar on January 1st and throughout the year you write down memorable moments on little pieces of paper.  On December 31st you sit and go through all of the different memories that were documented throughout the year via this little jar.

Here is my take on this project…which I made for about $5.00 and it could definitely be done for less!

I started with some scrapbook paper from Michael's...I love the clock paper!

I started with some scrapbook paper from Michael’s…I love the clock paper!

Found these in the bargain section...used this to make a tag

Found these in the bargain section and used them to make a tag

Before you start to fill your jar with memories

Before you start to fill your jar with memories

Cut up the pieces of paper and keep them in an envelope near the jar so that you have them available when you want to write something down

Cut up the pieces of paper and keep them in an envelope near the jar so that you have them available when you want to write something down

This is what your jar will look like as you start to fill it!

This is what your jar will look like as you start to fill it!

If you want your jar to look a little different from mine maybe use an apothecary jar or a box instead of the mason jar.  You could also use scrapbook paper that symbolizes all of the different seasons and holidays throughout the year.

Happy New Year!

I am always looking for new craft ideas and the holidays give me an excuse to experiment!  I usually start out by wandering around Michael’s and I know I am in trouble when I grab a wagon instead of a basket to shop! This is what I came home with after my shopping trip…

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So I started making some of my usual labels…

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I was a little bored until I came across this great post on one of my favorite blogs, Honey We’re Home.  If you don’t follow this blog it is definitely one to add to your blogroll! Megan uses Washi Tape to dress up her labels and it is exactly the face lift that I was looking for on mine! During my second trip to Michael’s I picked up some tape and continued with the rest of my projects.

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To create these labels all you need is two different types of stamps, two different color ink pads, some of the decorative tape (pictured above), labels, two different pieces of scrapbook paper, and sparkles.

I also decided to try using stamps on wrapping paper…

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Also used them on some gift bags…

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The gift bags are for the kids so on the back I used some of my alphabet stamps to label them.  To be honest I wasn’t 100% sold on the way that these came out, but it will do for now.

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Wrapping paper selection for this year!

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Happy Holidays! xoxo