Monday, May 30, 2011

Children's artwork is the best

There is really nothing like a child's artwork, it is so fun to see their interpretations of the world around them. My oldest loves to draw and paint; most nights she falls asleep with her magnadoodle in the bed. And some mornings we are woken up by her climbing into our bed and putting pieces of paper on our heads telling us that she drew us or a parade or something fun like that. I of course love it and get so tickled hearing the descriptions of what she's drawn. It's hilarious, especially when she draws people. Now don't get me wrong, she draws people really well for a 3 year old, but it's still funny. Today I snapped some photos of some of her latest work:

I love the 2 drawings below. It's like she was working on a series....and these are just the 2 that I picked, there were actually many more of this same style.

Bunny Rabbits with Eggs in the Grass

Mama and Dat (the circles are our "names")

This is a dinosaur she drew when she was 2 1/2.....I love it so I had to include it!

Mama in a red dress and Cella in a yellow dress (with blue eyes) in our house

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dining Room Makeover: Chandelier Options

It's time to decide on a chandelier for my dining room! There are so many options out there and I'm having a hard time making a decision. I've scoured the Internet and have narrowed it down to these options.

 The white light fixtures below would really stand out with the black walls. I am especially loving the Pagoda fixture, but the only ones I've been able to find are on Ebay.

I also think the contrast of gold, antique brass, or bronze with the black walls would be beautiful and dress up the space. (and I will have allot of white on the walls because all of the wainscoting and trim will be white....and maybe even the dining chairs.)

 I could do something like this gray wooden chandelier, which is rustic and beautiful and reminds me of a French country house.

 Or I could get really funky and do a white antler light fixture......this is so cool but I'm not sure if it's big enough.

And last but not least.....where can I get the amazing chandelier shown in the photo below??! If anyone knows, please help me!! It may be out of my price range, but I need to know for sure because I'm seriously in love with it. 

Images Above: Top Row: Ballard Designs, Arteriors, Ebay
Second Row: Lighting Universe, Arteriors, Lighting Universe
Third Row: Ballard Designs
Fourth Row: Woodland Things

Monday, May 23, 2011

Color Inspiration: Black Rooms

I'm about to bite the bullet and paint my dining room black. Yes, I know some of you might think this is a crazy idea, but I've been thinking about it for over a year. And it is time!! Here is some inspiration to get me motivated onto my next step.....which is to rip down all of the old wallpaper in the room.....Boo! Not going to be fun, but hopefully it will be worth it in the end.

 {Found on Pinterest from the little book of secrets}

{Image from Jenna Lyons home in Domino}

{Image from House Beautiful}

{Image from Apartment Therapy}

{Image from Apartment Therapy}

All of these rooms are gorgeous and dramatic, and that's exactly the way I want my dining room to feel!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Peach Pocket Skirt

Now that wedding sewing is over, I have a little extra time to sew for my own baby girls! I made this skirt for Cella this weekend. It's a simple elastic waist skirt with cute "peach" pockets where she can put all of her treasures. For the pockets, I used the tutorial from Amy Karol's book "Bend the Rules Sewing". She actually calls them apple pockets, but with my fabric selection they look more like peaches. It is hilarious trying to get my little model to stand still enough for me to photograph!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Before and After: Marbleized Coffee Table

A few years ago my husband's Aunt gave us this great quatrefoil coffee table. It had some wear and tear and wasn't in the best condition, but it definitely had potential! When she gave it to me she said that she was giving it to me because she thought I could do something neat with it. Well, I'm not sure if this is what she had in mind, but I love the results! 

We started with this:

And after a little TLC ended up with this:

 If you are a brave person and think you need a little color in your life - then this post is for you! I am in love with the results......we actually did this project about a year ago and it still makes me happy to see this pink and yellow table everyday. I was afraid I would get tired of it since I tend to be a little bit fickle, but so far so good! Marbleized paper is really so beautiful and it comes in many different colors.

All we did to make this transformation happen was: 
1. Painted the table white
2. Ordered marbleized paper (you can find some here. )
3. Cut it to shape (I cut four pieces and lined them up in the center of the table)
4. And then ModPodged the pieces onto the table.

Being that we have 2 children under the age of 3, there has been a little bit of wear on the white paint. But overall it has held up really well! 

And I would like to give props to my husband - I sure do love a man who is fine with having a pink table in the living room!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

My Sister's Wedding

So my sister's big day is this saturday - she will marry her man at 6:30 in the evening at an outdoor ceremony. We've been so busy making decorations and now we only have 2 days to go! Woohoo! Planning a wedding is something I love love love! Or planning any party for that matter. Which is a little strange because I never was one of those girls who looked forward to her wedding her whole life. But creating an enchanting atmosphere for a special occasion is so much fun, it's almost like I still get to play 'pretend'!

This is just a glimpse of flower girl dresses - they are finished and so adorable! And of course even though the day is almost here, I just had another fun idea last night. We'll see if I can cram in a little more sewing before my time is up! 

I will be posting lots of photos (if Blane let's me!) after the wedding so stay tuned.....


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bluebird Family

Look how sweet...our current backyard neighbors! 
John built this birdhouse a while back, and now we finally have a bluebird family.
 The first photos were taken about 5 days ago, and the last one was taken yesterday. They are growing so fast and will probably leave the nest soon.

We've all been fascinated by them and hope to have more bluebird families in the future!

The beginning of a Garden

Perhaps you've noticed that I haven't posted in quite sometime...well things have been crazy around here. We've had 4 birthday celebrations in the past 2 weeks and my sister's wedding is on Saturday. I've been sewing, decorating, and brain-storming like crazy and I cannot wait for this weekend! I love a good wedding - fun, music, dancing, drinks, and of course LOVE!!

In the mist of all the chaos, we have been trying to work on our yard and plant our summer garden. And by we, I mean mostly my husband! Ha! (I really do love gardening, I just find that usually I help pick out the plants and tell him where I would like things to go and he is the actual placer!) I do love yard work and digging in the dirt, so when Lil' E is napping, Cella and I like to help out as much as we can.

Here are some snapshots of our garden from last weekend, as we were planting.

Our little crop this year includes:   
Bell Peppers and  Hot Peppers
Eggplant - japanese and white (can't wait to see what this one looks like!)
Spaghetti Squash
Blueberries  (planted last year) 
and one Artichoke plant (we are going to try it and see what happens)
Am I forgetting anything? We probably have some basil in there too as we are addicted to homemade pesto!

This is our raised bed, it has the cucumbers, eggplant, squash, okra, and peppers. The rest of the plants are in large barrels or in pots (except the blueberry bushes - they are in the flower bed). And how cute are the little stainless steel markers? I picked those up at the dollar spot at Target!
It is fun and satisfying to grow your own food. I'm looking forward to eating delicious homegrown veggies all summer long!
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