tufted headboard | master bedroom

Monday, September 30, 2013

The other day when I posted pictures of my finished settee, I realized I never showed you the new headboard we got literally as we were packing things up to move to TX.  Thank God it showed up before we left!
She was a Joss and Main purchase.  I was definitely nervous about buying furniture online and then after reading some negative reviews about Skyline headboards I got really nervous about what to expect.  But, I had some credits built up, and you really couldn't beat the price with a stick. 
Once it arrived I had to wait several weeks before putting it together due to the move.  As soon we got down here and the movers unloaded it in our bedroom I dove in putting it together.  Big sigh of relief!  Everything looked awesome!!!

And now I'm getting closer and closer to breaking up the matchy, matchy furniture set.  The next thing I'd love to do is change up the nightstands.  I'll be waiting until we get moved again before that happens.

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You can now find these photos and more added to the Home Tour page!
Have you guys purchased furniture online before?  Happy outcome or sad face?  For me, I'd definitely do it again.

salt dough hand prints

Thursday, September 26, 2013

My mom's birthday was this past weekend, and I had been struggling with what to get her.  Then it hit me, what makes my mom the happiest?  Grandbabies!  Since we no longer live in the same town, let alone state, I though she needed something that would remind her of them every time she saw it.
My mom has a bit of a beachy feel going on in her home so I loved how these turned out.  Kind of look like sand dollars.  And I think the shadow box frames make them feel even more special.
These are seriously the easiest things to make.  And, what grandparent isn't going to love looking at their grandchildren's paw prints.
Salt Dough Recipe (makes 1 print):
1 cup plain flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Mix it all up in a bowl and knead it together with your hands until smooth.  If too sticky add more flour, if too dry add more water.
Use a rolling pin to roll flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and then press your cutie-pie's hand or foot into the dough.
Bake at 200 degrees F for 3 hours.  If still soft, flip over and bake 2 more hours.
Once mine were dry I spray painted them white.  I grabbed some shadow boxes from Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off, lined the back mat with some burlap, and used gorilla glue to attached the hand prints.


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Loved how they turned out and am TOTALLY going to be making myself a set!
How great would these be for grandparent's Christmas gifts?!

dream catchers | guest post

Monday, September 23, 2013

I recently received an email from Annie that included her ubber sweet video tutorial for making dream catchers.  They are so charming and would be absolute perfection in a kid's room, that it had to be shared with you all.  In fact, this is now on my to-make list!
Here's Annie from Annie Grace!

I am pleased as punch to share my DIY Dream Catcher tutorial on Crazy Wonderful today!
I work for a public relations firm called Small Girls PR, and we recently threw a party for our client, She and Reverie, featuring their SS14 Camp Versailles Collection Launch - classic Girl Scout kitsch with the luxurious languor and grown-up opulence of 17th century Versailles.

(She and Reverie Camp Versailles Collection)
 At the event I taught guests how to make their own whimsical dream catchers and flower crowns. I thought I would share the tutorial here so readers can make them at home as well. 
*See more pictures from the event here!

How To Make a Dream Catcher from Annie Grace Jackson on Vimeo.

Thanks for watching! Don't hesitate to contact me on my blog with questions.

Love, Annie Grace

black and white stripe settee

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ok guys, the settee is done-zo!

But first, bringing it back to the before.


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That's right peeps.  I pulled up my big girl panties and went with the stripe even though I thought it might not work.  As much as I love the stripe, I actually think it's the double welting that's my favorite part.  It hides all those nasty staples so perfectly!  If you are in need of a good double welting tutorial, check out Centsational Girl's tutorial.  It's good stuff.

Even the back got a racing stripe.

I still don't plan on using it at the foot of the bed in this house since there is just not enough room.  While it was sitting there for a couple of days waiting for me to snap pictures, I can't tell you how many times Mike ran into it and then threatened to toss it to the curb.  Irritating since I walked around a monster BBQ smoker that hung out in my kitchen for a whole week until he decided to put it together and take it outside, but whatevs ;)
If we get into the new place and it still doesn't feel right at the foot of the bed, it should be easy to find it a home now that it's in my fav black and white combo and should easily fit into the other d├ęcor.
Nice to have another to-do knocked out before we get moved.
And the good news is, my mom approves.  I always worry about that when I get a piece of furniture passed down to me.  Even if I get the green light I'm all, "crap.... I hope she doesn't think I've ruined it."  Do you guys ever do that?

DIY baby knee pads | tutorial

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


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The main level of our house is nothing but hard tile and wood.  Now that Sam Jam is crawling around like a mad man, his poor knees are all bruised up.  Not what you want to see on those perfect baby legs!  I was on the lookout for some baby knee pads, but was shocked at how much they were charging for those things.  Especially considering I would want more than one set.
DIY to the rescue!

  • knee high socks (I picked up mine at Target)
  • batting
  • scissors
  • pins
  • sewing machine and thread


Socks - $2.50
Not too shabby!  When I was hunting some down online I found them ranging anywhere from $12.00 to $25.00 before shipping.
Although I couldn't get a good photo to save my life, Sam is one happy guy cruising around in his knee pads, and I'm one happy momma not having to worry about him damaging those sweet baby knees of his :) 

I'll be linking up to these fab parties!


that's what she said | dead armadillo

Friday, September 13, 2013

First off, thank you guys for your feedback as to what I should do with the settee!  You gave me so much to think about.  My apologies for not responding to all of you, I spent the majority of the day working on it.  I decided it was time to pull my big girl panties up and make it work!  It turned out good.  Real good.  I'll show you the finished product next week.
So, Izzy.  This kid is something.  She is always coming up with stuff on the fly that leaves me busting a gut.  It's all pretty out there so I have a hard time remembering what it was she said.  I just know it was funny.
So to help me remember all these little nuggets, and to give you a glimpse into her head, I'm going to start a little series - That's What She Said.
Here's our most recent.

I have no idea.
What's some of the stuff your kids have said?  I love hearing these stories :)

stupid settee - I need help

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

You know when you visualize a project being absolutely amazing in your head, and then you start in on it and you realize  "umm yeah... this sucks"?  That's totally where I'm at with this settee.  Which, right now, doesn't deserve to have a fancy name like "settee" so I'll call it stupid sofa thingy.
I decided to go the chalk paint route since I was worried sanding it down to show the natural wood color would ruin the caned portions.  I made my own chalk paint (you can see how to make it here) with a super light gray paint and slapped in on.
Wasn't feeling it.  Although looking back at the photos I now feel like it wasn't as bad as I thought.  Anywho, I tried sanding some of the paint off to see what that would look like.
HATED it.  I dry brushed on some dark gray I had laying around, and tossed on a white sheet and black scarf to see what my original thought process of adding a black stripe down the center would look like.

And promptly hung my head in shame because it was TOTALLY not as cool as I had imagined in my head.  Grrrrr.  Stupid sofa thingy!!!
Without the stripe.
Meh.  And I want to give up.
Do I:
a) Stick with it - everything will look better when you're not staring at a crumpled sheet and scarf
b) Keep it simple - leave the base the gray it is now and do simple white fabric
c) White Out - go back to that solid white base and do white fabric
d) Sulk - continue to hang my head in shame and revisit it after we've moved
I completely open to any suggestions you guys have.  Lay 'em on me!

samuel - 9 months

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I'm like almost 3 weeks behind on getting this done!
I love this look on his face.  I feel like I am getting a sneak peek into what he's going to look like as a young man.
What a change in him lately!  I can finally say that he is officially CRAWLING!!!  Woot!  Woot!!!  Of course with that comes him getting into everything, but that's to be expected.  He is also a master of trying to launch himself off the changing table.  Dear Lord.  It's like this kid has ants in his pants.  Can't stay still.  If you follow on Instagram, you might have seen his new favorite thing to do - busting out his Stink Face.  Hil-ar-i-ous.
Another big change has been weaning.  Oh man, so many emotions involved here.  He has become so much more interested in everything else that's going on (even when we're in a dark room with nothing going on) that he won't stay still long enough to nurse.  The amount of stress that causes me from worrying that he isn't getting enough milk and struggling to get him to nurse was just too much.  I'm sure it was getting stressful for him too.  So, nine months in, I think we're good.  He has been a champ taking the bottle and formula.  I still nurse him in the morning, but that will be ending in the next few days.  I'm going to have a hard time with it.  Last baby.  Last time nursing and having him snuggled in all warm and cozy first thing in the morning looking up at me.  They grow up too fast.  
Looking Back:

Oh, and that settee I told you about last week?  Ugh.....  It's driving me nuts.  I'll update you on it tomorrow.

settee for the bedroom

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A few years ago I was given this old settee from my mom that she no longer wanted.  I intended to redo it while we were in our last house, but never got around to it. 
While we currently don't have the space for it in our rental, we should have enough space in our new master to place it at the foot of the bed.
The leopard print floral will have to go, but trust me when I say it actually looked really cool at the time she did it. 
Here's a mock up (thanks to a black maxi and some scarfs) of what I'm thinking of doing.  Black body with a wide white stripe down the center.  I'm still torn on what to do with the wood.
These images have me thinking the "racing stripe" needs to happen.
But then this purdy one makes me think I should go one solid color.
Thoughts??  As far as the wood part goes, do we like it as is?  Do the liming wax look like the above photo? Or maybe a grayish chalkpaint like the image below?
images: one | two | three | four | five | six
I figure I might as well bust this thing out so I can have it ready by the time we get in the new place.  I'm getting antsy.


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