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  • February 9, 2015

Cheerio!

We have returned from our wonderful UK getaway and I can’t wait to share some photos and a recap with you guys (probably later this week).

As promised when I did the nursery reveal, I wanted to show you all how I made the paper flowers for above Everly’s crib.

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There are TONS of tutorials out there on Pinterest, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel, here. I’ll just refer you to the tutorial I used and give you a few tips I picked up along the way.

I used this tutorial, which actually uses large sheets of crepe paper. I have no idea where to find those and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this, so I used tissue paper that I already had on hand.

Basically, each flower is made up of three layers, and each layer is a different size.

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I used one sheet of tissue paper  for each layer. I did 3 different sizes of flowers; for the large flowers, I used a full sized piece of tissue paper for the outside layer, approximately a 3/4 sized piece for the layer #2, and a piece that was a little less than half sized for the inside layer. And I just scaled down the size about a 1/4 sheet for the medium size, and about 1/4 sheet more yet for the smallest size. You get the idea. I know it probably sounds like you would use a crazy amount of tissue paper, but you can usually make good use of the scraps you cut off for other flowers.

I cut some of my flowers with rounded edges, and some of them with pointed edges for a different look. I think the pointed flowers were my favorite. Obviously if you want the center of your flower to be a different color, you’ll want to make sure that layer #3 is a contrasting color from layer #1 and #2.

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The next step is to stack the layers and accordion fold them. Then you’ll make another ‘stack’ exactly like the one you just made and tie them together in the middle with a twist tie or floral wire. Then you fan out and fluff up each layer. I attached the largest flowers to the wall with command strips and the medium and small ones with double sided tape. It doesn’t take much to keep these babies on the wall. And on the plus side, I don’t have to worry about Everly getting injured if one fell of the wall. Yep, hanging stuff above a crib makes me a bit nervous.

These are such easy and cheap decorations that have a HUGE impact.  They would make a perfect backdrop behind a dessert table or photo booth!

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Sugar and Spice: Nursery Sources

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  • January 29, 2015

First of all, thank you guys for all the love and kind words on the nursery! So glad you guys like it as much as I do!!

Today I’m going to share the sources for everything. First off: the paint colors. We painted the walls with Silver Sky by Behr, which is a lovely cool white. We added crown molding but we dropped it down about 10 inches below the ceiling and then we used a pale purple (Lavender Lace by Behr) above the crown. It’s tough to capture in photographs, but we also carried the same shade of purple onto the ceiling.

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The shelves (actually intended to be picture ledges) are Threshold from Target. I scored them on sale for $10 a piece!

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As I mentioned in the reveal post, the rocking horse is vintage – I found it at an antique store in Indy (Midland, for all you locals). The curtains are from Target.

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The rattan hamper (that I’m using as a side table) is from Wal-Mart, along with the cute little geometric lamp.

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I ordered the glider online from Walmart. It’s the Baby Relax Hadley Double Glider and I LOVE it. The throw blanket and geometric pillow are from Target (sensing a theme here?) and the round pancake pillow is from the Etsy, shop HappyCosmos.

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The pouf is (surprise!) from Target. The rug is from Rugs USA.

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If you’ve been around very long, you’ll recall this crib since it was the one we used in Roarke’s nursery. Well, Roarke has officially been transitioned into a toddler bed, freeing up the crib for Everly. It’s the BassettBaby Ava Convertible Crib – we bought ours at Babies R Us, but I can’t find it online. I actually couldn’t find the white one like ours online anywhere – the only ones I found were the dove gray option. The paper flowers were a DIY – I’ll be sharing the tutorial for those next week!

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The blanket was made by the fantastic WinnieCole – she’s a local gal and she makes seriously awesome stuff!

The dresser was a Craigslist find that I painted a very pale pink. I used Heirloom Traditions Chalk Paint in Blushing and mixed it at about 35:65 with some white chalk paint I had. The changing pad was from Babies R Us. The little purple vase (being used to hold things like lotion and diaper cream) is from Target and the geometric decoration is from Hobby Lobby. As I shared previously, the two animal prints above the changing table are from a burnett and the print in the middle is one I made myself. Picture frames are from Target.

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If there is any other specific things you saw or questions you have, comment on the post and I will be sure to address them! JP and I are currently out of the country (ooh, see how sneaky I am? London & Scotland!) so I may be a bit slow to respond, but I promise I will!

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Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal!

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  • January 27, 2015

Today’s the day! I finally get to show off my little girls’ nursery and I couldn’t be more excited! It took me quite a while to get her room to a place where I’m finally satisfied with calling it ‘done.’ Mostly because I’m trying to keep two munchkins alive and happy now instead of one. It takes work.

My vision for this nursery was something I’m calling ‘sugar and spice.’ I wanted to keep things mostly sweet and simple but with some bold moments and colors sprinkled in.

But enough with the pomp and circumstance, let’s take a look at the goods! This post will be mostly pictures, but I’ll be sharing all the sources for you guys later this week!

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Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

I love this vintage rocking horse – isn’t it so adorable?!

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This corner has quickly become my favorite spot in the room. The glider is AMAZING – I love sitting in it with her, and it’s nice that Roarke can get up there with us too. I’ve found him in her room several times reading in this chair (cue my heart melting). It’s also where I take her weekly pictures.

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In case you’re curious about the little round pancake pillow, there is a story behind it. Sometimes when I’m drifting off to sleep, my dear sweet husband plays this game where he whispers weird, random things to me just to see if I remember the next morning. Shortly after we found out Everly would be a girl, he decided to play this game and whispered, “I think Everly’s nursery should be pancake-themed.” And I remembered. So of course I had to find a pancake pillow for her nursery as a nod to my hubby.

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My next favorite thing besides the glider corner has got to be the paper flower wall behind the crib. I love the bright pops of color against the white wall. I’ll got a tutorial for these flowers coming next week – they are super easy!

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

Sugar and Spice: Nursery Reveal | Lemon Drop Life

The dresser was a Craigslist find that I painted. Is it weird if I tell you that 85% of the reason I bought this dresser was for the delicious hardware? I mean, seriously, check out the amazingness this gal is sportin’.

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Ya know what else I love? (In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, just about everything in this nursery is my ‘favorite’ thing.)  The prints I shared with you guys last week. They look so perfect over the dresser/changing table.

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I am so happy to have finished this room that my sweet girl can call her own! If you have any questions about where I got any specific item or the room in general, be sure to leave it in the comments and I will address it in the source post later this week!

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Sugar and Spice: A Baby Girl Nursery

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  • August 12, 2014

Howdy, lemon-droppers! We’re currently on vacation in Alabama, but I’m stopping in to share the mood board I put together for our baby girl’s nursery.

For Roarke’s nursery, we had a pretty clear theme. Baby girl’s nursery is a little more eclectic. In my mind, it’s going to have a somewhat natural, bohemian feel with little touches of sweetness. And when I say “sweetness,” I was inspired by the phrase “Sugar and spice and everything nice…” and I love the idea of whimsical touches of sweet treats (cupcakes, candy, etc.) as a nod to our sweet girl.

So without further ado..

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A couple of these items are things we already  have and are incorporating into the nursery design. Our plan is to use Roarke’s crib in her room eventually…she’ll just sleep in a bassinet in our room for the first couple months. So for the sake of this mood board, just imagine a white crib as part of the plan.

We already have the over dyed purple kilim rug that we used in the guest room, and I found a vintage wicker and cane rocking horse at an antique mall a few weeks ago that I am totally in LOVE with.

The rest of the mood board is just made up of things that I’m obsessing over, like some tie-dye curtains (I’ll probably DIY some) and a large scale macrame wall hanging (possibly a DIY also) for behind the crib. And I envision a series of these fantastically whimsical animal prints by Anna Burnett over her dresser (that will likely double as a changing table).

I may not have all the details hammered out, but one thing is for sure: this sweet little baby’s nursery will be filled with LOVE!

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Our Nursery: The Source List

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  • February 18, 2013

Thank you all so much for all the nice feedback on our nursery…I’m so glad you all liked it!

Today I’m going to break down the budget and source list for you guys so if you’re wondering where we got something, look no further!

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  • Paint: Rocky Bluffs by Valspar – lightened by 25% and Semi Sweet by Valspar ($54)
  • Crib: BuyBuyBaby (gift)
  • Crib skirt: DIY using this tutorial ($8)
  • Glider: Target (gift)
  • Changing table: Craigslist ($30)
  • Curtains: Target (we got ours on sale for $29..you can check out how I spiced them up here)
  • Storage boxes under the changing table: IKEA ($21)
  • Rug: RugsUSA ($106)
  • Floor lamp: Target (I can’t find our exact one online but it was $50)
  • Planet mobile: PBKids (gift)
  • Planet wall: DIY
  • Drum flush mount (not pictured): PBKids (gift)

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  • Futon: Target (can’t find it online anymore; $110)

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  • Art:  here, here, and here ($87)
  • Accessories: various places (~$60)
  • TOTAL COST: $526

Obviously, we were very lucky to have such wonderful family willing to pitch in and help buy some of the big ticket items. If there’s anything in particular you’re curious about that wasn’t mentioned here, just ask!

And BIG thanks to Tatertots and Jello and DIYNewlyweds for featuring my little nursery makeover!!

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Nursery Reveal!

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  • February 15, 2013

It’s here, it’s here! Finally time to show you guys the nursery, wahoo!!! We’ve spent the last 3 months getting everything together and I am SO happy with the outcome.

Way back when, I shared our plan for the nursery and how we were going to give it an outer space feel as inspired by this mood board from LayBabyLay.

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I don’t want to keep you all waiting anymore…let’s dive right into the good stuff: the pictures!

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I made the crib skirt using this tutorial from YHL. Wanna know a secret? There was no sewing involved!

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Obviously there will be a changing pad on the changing table…hoping to pick it up at our baby shower this weekend!

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The ‘3’ was the same one we used in this picture to announce our pregnancy to our families.

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Some of the little details in the room are my favorite. For example, check out this adorable nightlight:

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Right?!

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This is the view sitting in the glider..the futon will serve as extra seating and an extra place for guests to sleep. We also intend to flank the large print with pictures of our little man once he gets here. And yes, some of you readers might be getting your first peek at his name 😉

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I designed this print myself and had it printed at Staples. I am totally in love with how it turned out!

Now that this room is complete, I cannot WAIT to bring home our little dude. And we have our first baby shower tomorrow, so I’m totally pumped!

I’ll be back on Monday with a cost breakdown and source list (if there’s something in particular you’re wondering about, please let me know!) Until then, have a great weekend lemon-droppers!

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O Curtains! My Curtains!

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  • January 30, 2013

This is the true story of how one girl became way too invested in a set of draperies. You’ve been warned.

One of the last things to finish up in the nursery was getting curtains. We’ve got lots of pattern and color already so I knew I wanted something pretty simple. But going totally plain just wasn’t an option…momma had to give those babies some pizzazz. So I looked through my craft supplies and came up with a super simple way to take my curtains from vanilla to rocky road!

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I started with a pair of solid navy  curtain panels that I picked up at Target on sale for $28. While there, I also picked up a decorative star punch. Once I got home I grabbed my foil tape (also used for this project) and started punching. And punching. And punching a little bit more. ‘Punch’ is a weird word, huh?

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I have no idea how many little stars I actually punched out, but I would guess somewhere between 400-500. Obviously, if you went with a larger star punch, you could do a lot less and this whole project would actually take a lot less time. But I really loved the tiny, wonky star punch and I didn’t want the star pattern on the curtains to be overwhelming.

Next, I laid out my first curtain panel on our guest bed (after going over it with an iron). I wanted to be able to lay it out flat, but didn’t want to put it on the floor for fear that I would end up with large puppy paw-prints all over it. {Oh em gee…could paw-print stamped curtains be totally adorable in a puppy-theme nursery like this one?!} But anyway, I laid it out so I could get to work. And I realize it looks incredibly wrinkled in this picture, but that’s mostly the quilt underneath.

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Then I started the tedious task of peeling off the backing from each star and sticking it on the curtain. Again, because I chose to use relatively small stars, it made things a bit more difficult. Not difficult like it requires a lot of skill, just difficult like why-are-these-stars-so-stinkin-small-and-my-swollen-fingers-so-stinkin-huge.

As far as placing the stars goes, I didn’t try to follow any specific pattern. I spaced them out relatively far near the top of the panel and then started spacing them closer together as I worked my way down to give it a nice gradient effect.

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Funny story: somewhere about the 150th star, I got very emotional. I started thinking about the fact that I was doing all of this for my son and how grateful I am to have the opportunity to be a mother. That led me to think about my own mother and how amazing she is, and then I started thinking about my grandmothers and my sisters and all the other women I’m so thankful to have in my life…long story short, I quickly became a mess. Picture JP slowly backing out of the room, while I blow my nose into the curtains. Pregnancy hormones are no joke, people.

After I powered through my mini-meltdown, I continued to peel-and-stick until I was finished. All in all, I would say it took me about 3 hours to finish both panels. If you went with bigger cut-outs, you could probably cut that time in half. Then I hung them up and admired my work. It’s not something that hits you in the face when you walk in the room, but it’s just that extra somethin’-somethin’ I love. Call me crazy (please don’t…I’ll probably cry), but I now feel a serious bond with these curtains…like we went to battle together and survived. I feel like these curtains have my back, and if the throw pillows were to ever turn on us, my curtains would totally throw down.

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So if you come to my house and decide that these curtains are the most hideous thing you’ve ever seen, just pretend like they’re not, mmk? Oh, and don’t mind the tear stains near the bottom 🙂

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A Pop Of Sunshine In The Nursery

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  • January 21, 2013

On Saturday, hubby and I (along with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law) made a trip to Ikea and picked up a few more things we needed for the nursery. I’m happy to say that the nursery is about 85% done, just a few more details (namely curtains and a floor lamp) and it will be totally FINISHED!!! And I can’t wait to share it with you guys!

But first, let me show you guys the latest addition: the changing table. Initially, my plan was to buy a dresser to convert to a changing table and put it in the closet to save space. Like this:

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But, I realized that I would probably end up losing quite a bit of storage space by doing it that way, and like I mentioned in this post about the closet, it was really important to me that we be able to store some of the larger things in the bottom of the closet so that I at least have the option of putting them away and closing the door when company comes over. Ya know, so it at least appears like I’ve got my act together. Ha!

So I did a little rearranging in the room and figured out a space for a small changing table. Design-wise, I love the look of using a dresser as a changing table. However, because the nursery isn’t a gigantic room, I didn’t want anything too visually ‘heavy’. I wanted something more open and airy feeling so that the room wouldn’t feel too crowded. Does that make sense?

I stalked Craigslist until I found something that fit the bill perfectly! So for $30 (and a quick stop at a semi-shady house; no worries, mom…JP was with me), I brought this baby home!

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I really loved all the spindles and that none of the slides were closed in. It’s also real wood, which was a huge plus to me since I wanted to paint it!

So once I Lysol-ed it within an inch of its’ life, I  did a quick once over with some sandpaper and got to work. From the second I saw this on Craigslist, I pictured it in a bright, sunny yellow and it just so happened that we had a sample pot leftover from when we painted the sun on the feature wall. It’s ‘Macaw’ by Behr and it’s a really fun shade of yellow.

There wasn’t actually a lot to paint as far as surface area goes, but all those lovely spindles did make for a bit of a challenge. So here’s my recommended spindle-painting method: hold your brush perpendicuar to the spindle and swipe on one side and then the other.

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Then just work your way up (or down) the spindle. Be sure not to have too much paint on your brush because you don’t want any globs sitting in any of those nooks or crannies. The paint also has a tendency to want to pool at the bottom of the spindle so just make sure you wipe any excess paint from the bottoms as you go. Nice, thin coats really are the way to go here (and for any other painting, for that matter). It may seem like you can go faster if you slop the paint on, but it will only make for more work down the road when you have to sand all those big globs off.

After the first coat was dry, I gave it a light sanding and put on one more coat. Two coats ended up giving us pretty good coverage for this piece, so once the second coat was dry I just went back through and touched up a few places. When working with lots of spindles or details, just make sure to look at your piece from EVERY angle because you’re bound to miss a spot here and there.

Once the touch-ups were finished, I sealed it a few coats of Safecoat Acrylaq. I figure this baby will need to hold up to a bit of abuse (it’s a changing table..use your imagination) and I like Acrylaq because it’s less harsh than traditional sealants.

But what’s a changing table without a little bit of storage, you ask? I remedied the problem with a few storage boxes that I picked up at Ikea on Saturday. I got 6 Kassett storage bins for $21…not too shabby. So here’s where we stand today!

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I LOVE the yellow color..it’s so happy! Oh, and there’s a little sneak peek of the rug and the glider for ya 🙂

In reality, the lids will probably sit under the boxes, because who wants to mess with a lid every time you need a diaper? And as of right now, most of the boxes are empty still. So for all you mommas out there: what are some of the essentials I should be storing here?

And just to save your scrolling finger, here’s the before and after side-by-side.

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Happy Monday!

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Project Nursery: Blast Off!

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  • November 14, 2012

I am so excited because work on the nursery has finally begun! Once we found out Baby P is a boy, I didn’t want to waste any time getting the ball rolling. I’d really prefer not to have to be scrambling trying to finish his nursery when I’m 8 months preggo.

Now, normally JP has very little interest when it comes to the decor choices I make for our home..but when it came down to a nursery for his firstborn son, he wanted to be involved! So we brainstormed together about what we wanted the nursery to look like. Hubs wanted something distinctly masculine..at first he suggested a sports themed nursery. I immediately started picturing brightly colored decals of footballs and soccer balls all over the wall, and it made me cringe. I was hoping for something a bit more sophisticated and not so in-yo-face. So we sat down and started perusing LayBabyLay (an awesome site with tons of cool nursery moodboards) until we stumbled on this nursery design.


We both instantly loved it. JP has a fascination with all things space related (when that rover landed on Mars back in August, I got daily updates for about a week) and I really loved the color scheme. My mind started filling with ideas right away. However, I want to be careful not to go too ‘theme-y’ with it so that it doesn’t enter Cheeseball Land.

JP suggested that maybe we do a mural behind the crib of the solar system. Again, brightly colored decals filled my mind, and I was afraid of veering into Cheese territory. But after thinking on it for a couple of minutes, I came up with an idea to do a solar system feature wall, but with a twist. Instead of painting all 9 planets (yes, we included Pluto..we’re both firmly on the Pluto-is-a-planet wagon) in all their traditional colors, I decided we could use embroidery hoops filled with fabrics that coordinated with our color scheme. That way it wouldn’t be an in-yo-face-look-at-me solar system mural, but more of an abstract design that wouldn’t compete with other elements in the room. Woot!

The first step was picking out paint colors. I originally wanted to paint the whole room in a light silvery gray, but JP suggested we use a darker color for the feature wall. This turned out to be the best suggestion ever…I am so in love with the darker gray we ended up choosing that I’m scouting other locations in the house where we could use it! The silvery gray is Rocky Bluffs by Valspar, but I got it lightened by 25%. The darker charcoal gray is Semi Sweet, also by Valspar.

Once the colors were picked, JP got to work painting the room. Let me take a small brag break here: my husband is a painting champion. When we decide to paint a room, I pick out the color and usually the next day I come home from work and the room is totally painted. He da man and I would like to dedicate this video to him. Not only is it an awesome song, but also an awesome movie.

Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled blogging.

After the room was painted, we got busy (along with the help of JP’s dad) and were able to finish the wall up that same night!


Originally, we planned to have his dad paint the lines of the rings for us, but he reminded us that white paint over a really dark color would mean lots of coats, and that could make for some wonky looking lines. So what did we use instead? Pinstriping – like the kind they use for cars! We ran out and picked some up at Auto Zone and it worked great! Then we hung the embroidery hoops (keeping in mind that the crib is going to go over in the left hand corner), and taped up a few “stars” that I cut out of cardstock.

I bought an extra embroidery hoop and cut the rings in half and we painted them yellow and hot glued them to Saturn and Uranus. Yep, I just found a way to legitimately use ‘Uranus’ on my blog. Boom. And also, I’m 8 years old.


You guys. I am SO SO happy with the way it turned out! Isn’t Pluto so cute and little?! You’ll always be a planet to us, Pluto!!

{Sidenote: For the time being, we just hung the embroidery hoops with nails, but if anyone has any tips on other more secure ways to hang them, I’m all ears!}

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DIY Fabric Letters

Alright guys, I feel like we’re close enough friends for me to level with you: I am NOT ready to have kids. I most definitely want to have kids in the future (I’m thinking 3, hubby says 2..we’ll see who wins that one ;)) but I’m just not ready now. We haven’t even been married a year, and for now I just love having adventures with my man and being silly! I do, however, LOVE when people close to me have babies and this summer is going to bring two very important arrivals! One of my closest friends, Ashley, is due to have her precious baby girl any second now (I’m waiting anxiously for the “I’m going into labor” text, Ash!) and then we will be welcoming my very first niece in August..I can’t wait!

And you know I can’t wait to shower these precious little divas with lots of love and cute girly things! So while I may not be gearing up to decorate my own nursery just yet, I couldn’t resist making a little something for Ashley’s.

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I know a lot of people may think initials are overused nowadays, but I don’t care..I love ’em. I just love the personal touch that they add to a room. So, I set out to make one myself!

Here’s what I used: a paper mache letter  from Hobby Lobby, 1/2 yard of fabric, Mod Podge, small sponge brush, and scissors. You’ll also see that I use fabric glue and some ribbon but we’ll get to that later.

First, I covered the front of the ‘C’ in a light layer of the Mod Podge. You could also use fabric glue, but I preferred the Mod Podge because I could easily spread it on using the small sponge brush. You don’t want to glop it on too thick because it’s more likely to cause your fabric to wrinkle when it dries.

Then, flip the letter over  and press it down on the back side of your fabric. It doesn’t take any time at all for the fabric to stick. Just press down on your letter a few times and you’re good to go!

Now, here’s when I discovered mistake numero uno. It would have been a lot easier if I had pre-cut the fabric to the shape of my letter. So for any of you attempting this, I would first trace the outline of your letter onto your fabric and then cut it out leaving about 1/4″ of extra fabric all the way around to fold over all the edges. It wasn’t really that big of a deal, it was just harder to cut around those inside corners after the fabric was already glued on.

But anyway, after you’ve got the fabric glued to the front of the letter, you’ll need to fold the excess fabric over the edges and glue it down. Now, for letters that have curves (which is quite a few of them) it proves to be a little more annoying challenging. For real, curves are the enemy. I’m seriously contemplating naming all my children with the first letter ‘I’ just so I won’t have to deal with curves when I tackle this project for my own munchkins. Ingrid, anyone? How about Icarus? I’m kidding…sort of.

For the curves in the inside of the letter, you want to a make a few straight cuts; I made three: one right in the center of the curve and then one on either side. So it looks something like this:

These cuts will allow you to easily contour the fabric around the corners without adding the bulk of having to try and fold it on top of itself. Now for the curves on the outside of the letters, you’ll want to make a ‘v’ shape cuts all around the corner.

After you’ve made all your cuts, then you can apply your glue (Mod Podge, fabric glue, etc.) and fold up the excess fabric.

Then you’ll want to follow those same instructions for the back of the letter. I’ve also seen variations where people add in a layer of batting between the letter and the fabric for extra puffiness..so, if that floats your boat then go for it!

Originally, I had planned to cover the whole letter in the same fabric, but after I had covered the front and the back I realized that the only way to close the gap and cover all the cuts, frayed edges, etc. would be to cut one long strip of fabric and then wrap it all along the outer edges. But if I did it that way, then there would be no way to make the fabrics match up at the seams and I felt like that would end up looking sloppy. So, I made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby (thank the Lord it’s literally a 2 minute drive from our house) and picked up some decorative ribbon. I really wanted the orange in the fabric to stand out so I chose this orange polka dot ribbon. The tacky glue I already had on hand.

The ribbon ended up being too thick for the edge of the letter so I trimmed off a little on each side (that way all three rows of dots would still be centered) and then worked my way around the outside edge of the letter, applying fabric glue as I went. I decided to use fabric glue instead of Mod Podge because I didn’t want to have to brush the Mod Podge over the edges that I had just glued down..I was afraid it would cause them to wrinkle. Again, you don’t need a ton of glue to hold the ribbon in place, you don’t want glue spilling out over the sides. And voila! You’ve got yourself a pretty adorable little decoration 🙂

I am in L.O.V.E with how it turned out!

And here’s the cost breakdown for this project:

Paper mache letter – $2.50

Fabric – $2.00

Ribbon – $2.00 (orginally $3.99 but it was 50% off)

For a grand total of….. $6.50! Not too shabby! Obviously if you didn’t have mod podge or fabric glue on hand, that would cost a little more but it would still come in under 10 bucks!

Now, we just need the baby that goes with that letter and everything will be peachy 🙂

 

The Lettered Cottage
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