After I saw this post on The Lettered Cottage I had to have shutters in Boo's beachy room asap. So the next day (seriously) we drove into town to get some fence boards from Home Depot. They were on sale for $1.50 each, and we only needed three! Sweet deal. The boards were really wet, which turned out to be a really good thing after we hung them. The hubs cut the boards to length and sanded them a bit so they weren't shaggy. I then painted on a thin coat of watered down white latex. I wanted the grain and some of the color of the wood to show through a tiny bit so I left it at one coat.
A little glue and some brads (nailed from the back) later and we've got some rockin shutters! We hung them on picture hooks because I don't actually want them to work. (they're in a kids room after all)
Don't they look great?
After they dried on the wall a few days the boards are separating and shrinking and looking awesome!
I've been searching for something Easter-y to make the chicklets for their baskets. I like to try and make something homemade for each major holiday, and this year I'm a bit behind. (although I guess I did make some resurrection eggs the other day...) When I saw this post on MADE (dana always comes through for me!) I knew the little lambs were perfect for Boo. But I wanted something truly special, so I set out to hand sew it last night while watching a movie (not such an impossible feat considering they're basically big ovals!)
So I'm sitting there almost finished with him when Boo wakes up (*sigh* sick kiddos = no sleep...) and toddles downstairs. She took one look at him and proclaimed "Mama? Mine. Baa! Mine." Of course I couldn't turn her down when she's standing there with a lion's mane for hair, snot covering her face and a nasty cough every few seconds. So Mr. Little Lambie Lovey-face has become her best friend, and I'm quite sure he brings her much comfort as he gets covered in *cringe* snot and *gag* germ-infested drool. And now I get to find something else to make...
I had good intentions, really! I know I promised to post the details of the party planning as they unfolded, but my camera batteries chose last week to die, so I didn't get any more pictures taken until the party! And OH what a party it was. I discovered my house is way too small for 30 people. But it turned out great, everyone had fun (especially the birthday girl!) and of course all the little details came together perfectly. So here we go:
My baby girl is two today, and I'm not quite sure what to think about that. Two years ago I was holding this chubby little blob (9lbs3oz!), thanking God that she was FINALLY here. It had been a long journey to that point, and I sat there amazed at the little person in my arms. Today I sat across from her at Dairy Queen (daddy and I took her "out") watching her refuse the bib, stealing my chicken, and scowling at daddy if he so much as breathed on her. All I can think is how the heck did she get so big?And how can I make her stop growing?
Happy Birthday Rosie-Posie Puddin' Pie!
It might just be me, but I think that every birthday party MUST have a birthday banner. Something big that makes the birthday girl or boy feel extra special. For Boo's banner I wanted something cheery, springy, pink & orange, and fairly quick and easy. Ok, maybe I didn't quite conquer the quick, nor the easy, but if I had a Cricut it would have been! But I don't, so we had to handcut the scalloped circles and the letters by hand. (Thank heavens I have a helpful hubs!)
Paper is the new Flower Shower Spring Stack and I LURVE it! I haven't scrapbooked much in years, but I still see stars over beautiful paper. This stack is just awesome! It brings back memories of childhood, with rainbows, stars, and bright colors (think Rainbow Brite and Care Bears ladies!) And because I do not YET have a Cricut (it was either that or a new house...go figure I chose the latter) I downloaded this awesome dingbat font for my scalloped circles! I'm in love with it! I used either "a" or uppercase "x" for my template...can't remember. Then I painstakingly traced and cut out the letters. Can't ever go easy now, can you Jill? A few hole punches later I threaded it all on a ribbon and ta-da! A great b-day banner for the bestest almost-two-year-old I know.
I've been SO busy getting ready for Ayla's birthday party next weekend! She's going to be two. *sniff* This will be her first big bash, and I want it to be awesome for her! I thought and thought about a theme and what she liked, and a few things really stood out. Polka dots, orange and pink, and CANDY! Girly loves her candy, or "nan-nan" as she calls it. So over the last few months I've been collecting everything orange, pink, polka dot and candy-like that I could. Not so easy in our little bit of no-where!
I'll show you what I've been up to over the next few days, so stay tuned!
Part One: THE TUTU!
'Cause EVERY girl needs her own tutu! I used this video on YouTube, but tied mine around elastic instead. I prefer the wider elastic, I believe mine was 1.5 inch. I also made my strips about 3.5 inches wide. AND I found that four yards for a toddler tutu just wasn't enough. Good thing I had some extra tulle lying around, because Joann's is too far for a quick trip! 5-6 yards of tulle should do it as full as I made. I also tied a bunch of ribbons on with the strips to jazz it up a bit. Make sure you singe the ends with a lighter/candle/match to keep them from fraying! (You could always use Fray-check too, but I'm lazy lol)
I also double-knotted my strips rather than making a slip-knot thingy. The last tutu I made with knotting is coming undone, and I want this to last!
And how lucky was I to find a random spool of pink and orange polka dot ribbon in my ribbon box? I haven't used that stuff in about 3 years!
Looks a little frazzled after big Sis tried it on, but I promise it will look adorable on Boo next Saturday! I even found a pink/white polka dot shirt with orange buttons (gotta love Carter's!) and pink/white polka dot leggings! Score one for mom.
I love caramel apples! Especially with nuts on them. It's one of those delicious treats that I only make once a year, although I wish I did it a lot more! Have you ever bought those ridiculously overpriced apples from a candy store? My favorite kind, with white chocolate and oreos, is upwards of $6.00! Crazy.
Tonight I wanted an apple salad. I broke away from my stand-by waldorf variety and went with something new! What could be better than a caramel apple that's not only easy, but GOOD for you? This also makes a great potluck dish!
Caramel Apple Salad
-4 apples, diced
-1/2 cup peanuts (unsalted is best)
-1/2 cup golden raisins (these are optional, but I like the texture they give. You could also use regular raisins)
-2 Tbsp caramel sundae topping, plus extra to drizzle on top
-3/4 tub of frozen whipped topping, thawed (We use fat-free to make it not-so-terrible!)
Combine first four ingredients in large bowl and mix together. Fold in whipped topping, then drizzle extra caramel sauce over the top! Mmmm!
Boo's room is almost done! I went with a shabby beach-cottage theme this time, and I'm loving the look of it! I still have a few small things to do, but it's coming together nicely. The wall color is Sherwin William's "pearl onion". The bedding and flag bunting are from the Simply Shabby Chic collection at Target. The only thing we have to do in here is replace the dresser, which I don't like at all. And I think I'll add some airy curtains this spring, along with some beachy accents we pick up on our vacation to the coast this summer. I have some more frames to hang, but I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to put in them yet. Maybe something like this and this or a sand written message, maybe one that says Rosie?
Here is the room. I've got a few more things to put up on the walls, and the three-sisters print above her bed will be moving across the room soon. I'm hoping to find an old paned window frame to go above the bed instead.
The old nightstand I picked up at the thrift store for $6! It's gorgeous! I repainted it and then just sanded it down in a few spots. I was going to replace the knob with a glass one, but this one has a rose on it and Boo's most-used nickname is Rosie. So it stays for now!
Here is the frame around the sisters' print above her bed. I got it for $1 and just painted on a really light layer of robin's egg acrylic paint, then another layer of watered down off-white acrylic. I think it looks great, and you can't beat the price! I love the print too- I found it at the thrift store shortly after I found out we were having a third girl.
I found this adorable little shelf at a yard sale about two years ago. The lady was selling this awesome shabby-chic stuff, which is almost impossible to find around here! I think I paid $2 for it! The only thing we did to it was pop off the shelf that was originally on it as it was too narrow. Then the hubs put in some 1x4s and made a simple shelf to hold more books. A light coat of white & antique white spray paint (my ingenious hubs thought of layering them all on his own!) made it look original!
Here is the shelf we ripped off of the bookshelf. We painted the raw edges and it was good to go!
Only a few more little details and the room will feel complete. Then it's on to Binks room!
...spring. I love spring! I'm a gardener-at-heart, and by the time April rolls around my hands are itching to dig into the moist, cool soil. And this year, we have a brand new yard to create from scratch. We've already been busy outside (I'm sure you've noticed the lack of posts!) moving rocks, creating beds, planting trees. But I'm so eager to see the first emergence of my lovelies! I've noticed the daffodils starting to peek out from their shadowy spots, and the lilac buds are starting to stand tall. Just a few more months and my yard will be in full bloom. (these pics were all taken at our last place two years ago)
What are you looking forward to the most this spring?