Monday, March 26, 2007
Being such a new blogger I especially love and appreciate the fact that anyone might enjoy reading my blog and I do have to admit I love hearing from the people that do. It makes it so fun!
I myself am trying to be better at commenting on the various blogs I read as there are so many inspiring and fun bloggers out there that deserve to hear so!
Hope everyone is having a great start to their week!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I also have the curtains hung in this picture which I don't believe I had up in my earlier pictures of Baby Sissy's room.
One of the projects I've added to handsome hubby's 'honey do' list is a dollhouse bookcase. There is a small section of wall situated between two doors that is begging for something special.
I'm envisioning something similar to this except I'd paint it white and perhaps paint the back 'wall' color a pink to match the curtains. What do you think? Cute huh? This would give us a great place to hold her many children's books and other cute decorative pieces that every little girl collects.
Speaking of, I love of children's books, especially those with great illustrations. In fact, I think framed pages of a beautifully illustrated book makes GREAT wall art! Something I always like to keep an eye out for.
Another 'honey do' project I'd love for handsome hubby to make is a step stool for next to Baby Sissy's crib. I promised her big brother that I'd get a little stool for him next to her crib so that he could peer in at her too. For that project I'm envisioning something similar to this, or perhaps something even more simple in design.
I feel so fortunate to have a husband who understands (for the most part) my love of decorating and can appreciate (most of the time) all the ideas and projects I have going in my head. I think the key is that he realizes that it's something that I truly enjoy doing. Earlier in our marriage I don't think he understood it as it was obviously not something he was particularly passionate about. As time has passed and as he has seen our house evolve and the joy it brings me, he has come around. Either that or he's just given up! :)
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I found this idea on another blog and had to check it out for myself. The 'One Step Ahead - Size It Closet Organizer' is a great idea for parents of young ones.
Brand new...and too small already? What a shame! Sometimes the cutest outfits end up in the back of the closet, and your child outgrows them before they're even worn. These clever dividers allow you to organize your child's clothing by size, so you'll never overlook another darling ensemble. Includes five plastic dividers plus 15 removable labels that will take your little fashion plate from newborn to size 8. Colors may vary.
With our first we had received so many adorable outfits, unfortunately many were never worn due to the fact that he outgrew them so quickly and several weren't in the weekly rotation and were missed. Had we had his closet organized with these we would have known exactly what we had in the say, 3-6 month rotation and would have used them all.
The 'Size It-Closet Organizer' comes with five blank room dividers and 15 removable labels includes labels for sizes 'newborn' to 'size 8', plus six blank write-on labels and can be purchased for just $6.95 at http://www.onestepahead.com.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Not around just 2 1/2 yrs ago when I had my first child, the Bumbo has apparently become one of the 'must have' items for any new parent.
"The Bumbo Baby Seat is a snug and cozy environment for your baby. This revolutionary infant chair is uniquely designed according to the baby’s posture. The Bumbo enables babies to sit upright all by themselves! Bumbo Baby Seats are suitable for babies from as young as six weeks (or as soon as they can support their own heads unaided) to an age of approximately fourteen months.
This award winning infant chair is manufactured to the highest safety standards from low-density foam material, which makes it lightweight and portable. It is soft and comfortable for the baby, safe, hygienic and nontoxic. The integral outer skin of the material is durable and easy to clean."
Friday, March 16, 2007
- 1 galvanized bucket – purchased mine from the garden center area at Home Depot – cost approx 7.00
- Scrap book paper, leftover wallpaper, or pretty wrapping paper – I used scrap book paper from Hobby Lobby – cost approx 1.50. I do recommend that you use dark colors and/or a ‘busy’ whimsical pattern like I selected for my featured bucket.
- Mod Podge
How To Instructions:
1. Cut paper to fit height of bucket
2. Center paper between the side seams of the bucket so that each 'side' looks even.
3. Use Mod Podge to adhere paper to bucket, modify fit at this point if necessary, while the glue is still wet.
4. Repeat around the bucket, overlapping as you go. Remember precision and perfection are fruitless here but overall symmetry is important.
5. Let paper dry a bit then apply a liberal coating of Mod Podge over the bucket to seal it.
There are so many fun uses for this bucket be it a beverage tub for your next party, a diaper caddy, mail catch-all, or for magazines. The list of uses is endless.
I have a fun one in mind for my son's room. Once I finally get around to making it I'll share it with you.
Side Note: The bucket liner is one I bought from Pottery Barn Kids for 2.99! I ordered several more for future buckets but these would be super easy to make with fun, coordinating fabric if you are even just a tad handy with a sewing machine.
In the works: Diaper Case, fun coasters and a couple of 'secret' projects I'll reveal later.
Have a great weekend my friends!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
About eeBoo: eeBoo is about producing beautiful, useful and well-made products for children. Using only the original art of well-known and well-loved children's book illustrators we create vibrantly original toys and gifts that hopefully children will affectionately remember.
I particularly love the Wall Cards and think they'd be great for Baby Sissy's room. They are large sized at 8x10 and are printed on heavy card stock. I think framed and matted they'd look adorable on the wall!
I also love their Tot Towers. They too come in a variety of styles and are currently on sale for $19.95, down from $24.95.
Also fun is their selection of Matching Games, Flash Cards and Party Games.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
- Acrylic Paint - (color of your choice). I chose 'Burnt Umber', brand Apple Barrel, purchased at Hobby Lobby. cost - .50
- 1 yard of fabric - (fabric of your choice). I chose a pink paisley print from Hancock's at 50% off. cost - approx 5.00
-4 yards of trim - (trim of your choice). I purchased brown trim from Joann's as they had a good selection. cost - approx 3.50
1. Paint unfinished frame
2. To recreate simply cut your fabric to size of the cork board (inside frame).
3. Staple or use clear tacky glue to adhere to cork board.
4. Cut trim to proper length for all four sides and adhere with tacky glue.
4. Hang and enjoy!
If simple clear or silver thumbtacks don't appeal to you, especially used on such a pretty bulletin board, there are a couple of great sites and options for decorative pushpins, www.jimclift.com and www.ballarddesigns.com .
Home Office Decorating
Friday, March 9, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Previously my son's room, the walls are a suede color from the Ralph Lauren paint collection. Since we decided to add the chair rail and molding below we felt like the tan walls could stay the same as pink walls with the pink bedding, pink chair and pink curtains would a bit too much. The crib bedding is Pottery Barn Kids, from the Kelly collection.
2 1/2 months left and counting before the rooms occupant arrives!
In the works:
1. 'Corners of my world' - pictures of different areas/rooms in my house that I've decorated or am working on decorating. I've seen this idea on another blog and thought it was a fun and with all the decorating and re-decorating I do there should be plenty to feature!
2. 100 things about me list
3. Pictures and 'how to' instructions for projects I've made or am planning to make
4. Fun shopping finds There are some many other ideas but those are a few that I'm working on right now.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
I am admittedly 'new' to the blog world. I discovered the world of blogs about 6 months ago and have been hooked reading them ever since. I have several favorites that I enjoy reading on a daily basis and am always excited when I stumble upon a new one.
Ultimately I have my lovely neighbor friend to thank for finally taking the plunge. After ranting and raving to her about all the blogs I love to read she decided to start her own. What a concept! She made it look so easy and so obvious a thing to do.
I'm not certain where I'll go with this blog. I have so many ideas floating in my head. Ideas about things I've made, or could make, things I've done to decorate my home, things I'm planning to do, fabulous 'must haves' I've discovered or just random everyday things. My blog will probably cover them all!
Shall we begin?