2.12.2014

painted valentines

I'm trying to savor the years my daughter will let me create a DIY valentine with her. You know, before she begs me to take her to Target to buy her Disney Princess valentines for her classmates or something like that. So, we had a nice little peaceful morning making a few valentines. Cute, huh?


Step 1: Find a kid. Especially one that loves to paint. Or an adult would work too. 
Step 2: Grab some supplies - paint, brush, blank cards (white cardstock works too), painters tape, Cricut or heart shaped punch, stamps (optional)


Step 3: Use the painters tape to tape off one side of the folded card.
Step 4: Give the kid some paint and let them do their thing. Let the cards dry completely.


Step 5: Once the cards are completely dry, peel the painters tape off. Place the cards in between some heavy books to flatten them out a bit.


Step 6: Pull out your Cricut and dust it off. I used the basic George cartridge that has 2 different kinds of heart shapes. Adjust your settings as you wish and put that Cricut to work. NOTE: If you do not have a Cricut, you could purchase a heart shaped punch from your local craft store and it would work just fine.


Step 7: Stand back and say "Aww these are adorable!"
Step 8 (optional): I just happened to have a small Happy Valentines Day stamp that I used inside the heart but it is definitely not necessary. They look great with or without it.


Step 9: Use those leftover hearts that you cut out earlier to embellish the inside.


How sweet.

Psst...I found the inspiration for these valentines here. I changed mine up a bit but the original inspiration uses vinyl hearts instead of a Cricut or punch, if that is more up your alley.



8.23.2013

birthday in a box + photo birthday garland

Well, hello there. It's been a while. About 9 months, jeez. Long story short: I found out I was pregnant in December (shortly after my last post) and was either too unmotivated or too busy nesting to keep up with the blog. Hey, life happens. And now that I'm in the last few days of pregnancy, I feel the urge to blog again! Probably bad timing on my part. Expect another post in about 8 months...

Even though I have a couple of house projects that I can't wait to share, I thought I'd start off with a quick birthday project I completed recently. My dear aunt turned 70 this month and sent a letter to all of her family and close friends instructing us that she wanted to celebrate this milestone birthday all month long! She designated each of us a day of the month in which we had to celebrate her birthday with her in some way.

I wanted to do something special instead of just the typical gift since my aunt has always been so good to us and we don't get to see her that often because she lives out of state. She is also literally a clone of Martha Stewart so the pressure is always on to do something creative. A typical card or flowers just won't do. I ran across this party in a box idea and just knew I had to create a version of it. But I wanted to do more of a nostalgic childhood birthday party. So, the birthday in a box was born. Side note: I also added some of those frozen alcohol drink mixes at the last minute after I took this picture. I know they don't go with the "nostalgic childhood birthday party" theme but every party is better with booze, right? 


Every birthday party needs a birthday banner as well. So, I decided to create one with my favorite model. 
We had a fun little photo shoot.


Then I developed the photos, glued them to some fun paper, poked ribbon through each square and voila - 
the cutest birthday banner was born. 


If you're ever in the doghouse with your mother-in-law (or anyone for that matter), just stick one of these little banners in a card for their next birthday. Instant brownie points. It would also work for pretty much any holiday. Do it. They'll love you.

12.02.2012

At home with: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, kiss my ass. 
Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.

Do you know what one of my favorite holiday traditions is? Watching Christmas movies. Lots of them. One of the things I love about Christmas movies are the “houses” that the families live in. They are always so cozy and filled with family members running around starting all sorts of hijinks. I honestly can't get enough of it. I just want to move right in. I am also one of those people that notices everything about the set of a movie or tv show. Yes, I am the annoying one in the peanut gallery saying "Damn, that table is pimp." or "Eww, that paint color is hideous." Seeing that I obviously have a combined love of Christmas movies and design, I thought it was only right that the two join forces into a holiday movie design extravaganza (without being too cliche to the movie). You dig it? 

I dedicate this blog post to the Griswold Family Christmas. The numero uno Christmas movie. It wouldn't be Christmas in our house without watching this movie at least 5 times. What? I like the Griswolds ok?

JOOOOOOYYY TOOOO THHHHE WOOORRRLLLLDD!


1. Sconce | 2. Toile Wallpaper | 3. Tea Towel | 4. Jelly
5. Lights | 6. Suitcases | 7. Hat | 8. Art Print
9. Advent Calendar | 10. Ice Cream | 11. Cookie Jar | 12. Shoes

I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery.

Random thought - How sweet would it be to have a holiday party with a Christmas movie theme? You could go ape shit crazy with fun ideas. Anyone ever attend such a party?

11.25.2012

frosted pine cone ornaments

The first year we had a place of our own, I was in need of some ornaments to fill our bare Christmas tree. So, I did what most people do and bought a box of generic ball ornaments from Wal-Mart in order to fill all of the gaps in our sad little tree. They did the trick for the last few years but they just didn't have any soul. I was literally walking out of Jo-Ann's this weekend after buying all my things when I saw a bag of pine cones in a crate next to the door and shazam...an idea hit me smack in the head.


And that was the end of the Wal-Mart ornaments. These ornaments have mad soul. Sentimental and homemade ornaments are the way to go, in my opinion. This really is an easy and inexpensive way to add to your holiday decor, especially if you are a first-time homeowner or are just craving some change to your decorations.

Here's what you'll need:

- Bag-o-pine cones or just grab some from outside
- Paint (I used metallic white pearl)
- String or thin ribbon
- Glue gun/glue sticks


Just glob some paint on a paper plate and roll the pine cones around until the tips are coated. Let them dry for a few hours or overnight. Once the pine cones are dry, cut string to the length you desire, tie a knot  around the tip of the pine cone and secure it with a dab of hot glue. Then, tie another knot with the loose ends. Let the glue dry and you're ready to roll. 


If you don't need any extra ornaments, these would also look great as a little pine cone winter wonderland!


11.08.2012

make your bed.

Damn. Mom's nagging is still ringing in my head. But, this time it's on a whole new level. It's about time I get around to finally making our bed. Our master bedroom is s-l-o-w-l-y coming along. I'm going to show you a before pic and I'm warning you - it is not pretty. There is a baby jumparoo in the corner, a cat calendar on the wall and omg...discheveled pillows! What the heck? This is definitely not one of those staged "before" photos. Just keepin' it real kids. Don't worry - the jumparoo and cat calendar are long gone. 


Well, it can only go up from there. The room has been repainted a soft light grey and I've made some progress on the bedding. Here is where I'm at so far:


1. Quilt | 2. Duvet Cover/Shams | 3. Bolster {vintage} | 4. Euro Sham

Not to sound like a McDonald's commercial but...I'm lovin it. How about that mustard bolster pillow? Things were getting a little too color coordinated around here and the mustard adds a pop of I don't give a fuck, I like it to the mix. Don't ya think? It just works. Forget the rules.

I need some more friends to join the party though - 2 more euro shams and something needs to be done with that headboard. I am not digging the dark wood frame. It's not playing very nice with my bedding or my new grey walls. So, I'm thinking my best option is to get a slipcover made to cover the entire headboard, which will help break up all that dark wood. How fun would that be? I need to call my seamstress best friend soon. I'm such a sucker for a fantastic headboard. Especially when they are made from unexpected materials. Swoon.





10.23.2012

hello, pumpkin.

I have missed you. It's been way too long. It's been a hectic month around here, mainly because of this guy:


Poor Mikey is finally starting to come around after a UTI, crystals in his urine, 4 nights in the hospital, 2 catheter insertions, an extremely swollen paw and lots of stress. Phew. All of my free time has been spent going to the vet or following him around the house to make sure he pees and eats. Not my idea of fun. But, he's my little buddy so I just had to help him get better. Needless to say, there hasn't been much time for bloggin' around here. This is the most creative thing I've done all month:


Forget the carving knives...we use power drills to carve our pumpkins. Aw yeah. I have no patience with carving pumpkins so this was right up my alley and pretty darn easy too. I found a template for the jack-o-lantern face online and the BOO was just done free hand. The jack-o-lantern face kind of reminds me of the Lite Bright toy I had as a kid...anybody with me? 

Somebody else has been having lots of pumpkin fun as well. And she has been thoroughly enjoying these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that I made over the weekend. Forget anything else you had to do today and just go home and bake these cookies. You will thank me later.

9.21.2012

comfort food 101: chicken noodle soup


Man oh man do I love comfort foods. They make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Like the way you feel when you wear a Snuggie. If you're into Snuggies. Now that fall is officially here, I'm breaking out all of my favorite comfort foods. Summer is over and it's time to eat like you mean it. I decided to try making my first batch of homemade chicken noodle soup. Like, first batch EVER. Ok, so I cheated a little and didn't make chicken stock from scratch. Whatever. Time is of the essence around here. Plus, I needed to use up some leftover rotisserie chicken so, in the pot it went. Damn, it was good....

P.S. - The site I found this recipe on is called Simply Scratch and it is amazing. I'm obsessed. Check it out.