Wednesday, June 4, 2014

sharing my home - the master bedroom.

I don't know about you, but I get a spring cleaning bug about the same time every year and this year was no different. Just about the end of March, when I was so sick of being cold and wet, the temps start to creep up and my house seems just a little brighter during the day. It also seems like it needs a decor facelift and perhaps about 15+ hours of deep cleaning. Ok, it's not that dirty, but the decor could use an update.

It's funny how your decor tastes can evolve and change every so often. We worked so hard on putting this little house together last year before the baby came. I painted every piece of furniture in sight, we made countless trips to IKEA and slowly but surely our drab little rental house started looking more like a home. We still have more work to do, but we have a nice bit of work done. I thought it would be fun to show you the portions that are somewhat complete.

We'll start with the master bedroom/nursery. We have four bedrooms, but I have never had a room that is dedicated solely to my creative addiction. So we opted to give baby a corner in our bedroom and keep the back bedroom open for guests and my creative messes.

Here is my bed before, pillow cases were from target and the throw pillows were from IKEA. None if them were my favorite, but they fit my color scheme so I lived with them for a while. Pardon the crooked pictures, those are my photography in some frames from IKEA.

Here is the after shot. I found new pillow cases with a pretty aquamarine print from Target. New life was given to the IKEA throw pillows by giving them fresh covers. Dana has a great tutorial here. There is even a headboard in the works for our bed and I'll share that soon. That is kitty's side of the bed, it's his favorite napping spot.

Baby's crib fits nicely next to our bed. It was a hand-me-down crib that I sanded and painted gray to match our color scheme. The crib set is from Land of Nod. The granny stitch baby blanket is made by me, I blogged about it here.

I found the mobile kit on etsy and, I thought it added a little bit of sunshine to that dark corner of the room. 

Just need some art work to hang a baby's corner will be complete!

Of course, you can't have a nursery without a changing table. This is a dresser from IKEA that I painted the same color as the crib, the rug is from Zulilly and the artwork is me-made.

 I painted these using acrylic paints on 8x10 canvas, I finished these about a week before baby came last year, when I was up all night with false labor contractions. Might as well create if you can't sleep.

Now on to the adult corner of the room. This was my Grammie's nightstand that I painted an icy blue. I updated the drawer pulls by spray painting them black.

The dresser is another unfinished pine piece from IKEA. I used the same icy blue for the drawers, replaced the knobs and painted the everything but the drawers with an off-white for a nice contrast. I am still working on pictures for this wall. I want a wedding/engagement pictures gallery wall. You can't see all of the mirror, but that was from some hotel furnishings sale and I painted it black. It didn't have a home when we lived in Seattle, but it fits nicely in our room.

Like I said before, it is a work in progress and we will probably finishing everything right before our lease is up. Then we can start all over someplace new!


Friday, May 30, 2014

Pictures week #2

We just returned from the most wonderful vacation, EVER. I am not even joking. It was perfect from start to finish. I brought my lap top along thinking I would blog some projects I completed beforehand and share some pictures, but I opened it one night for about 2 minutes and then shut it. The ocean was calling and I didn't want to look at a computer screen at all. Here are some photos from the week before we left. I'm editing the rest of them and will share soon!

It was pretty warm the week before we left, so we spent as much time as possible outside running through the sprinkler and riding bikes.
 Even this little guy got wet!

The weekend couldn't arrive fast enough. We drove over to the South Carolina Coast and were greeted by cheerful beach decor and an ocean that was just a short walk away.

Baby B enjoyed the water and sand so much, the last time he was at the ocean he was just a tiny baby that slept the whole time.

It was good to be at the beach again and see some of our Seattle family. We've missed them both!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ice cream tunics (almost).

I love sewing the o+s ice cream dress. It's such a cute style and the options with it are endless. My favorite is the "ombre" editions I made for the girls a few years ago. I also made a pair that were inspired by a vintage suitcase, too. The ombre version was featured on the oliver+s blog, that was a proud moment for me! 

For KCW I thought I would make two more for the girls that didn't match, but coordinated instead. I wanted to make the blouse version and then thought they would be cute at a tunic length. In my rush, I forgot to lengthen the pattern before cutting. Oh well, I just continued on and stuck with blouses since I already cut everything out. These didn't make it to the sewing table for KCW, so they were sitting for about a month before I was able to start on them. 

I pulled them out last week and found a huge issue. I hadn't bothered to think about making sure the blouse length was long enough. It wasn't for either of the girls in the sizes I cut (Miss L a 4T and Miss B a 3T). These were going to be crop tops. Not cool. I thought about adding on the bottom layer from view A, but I really didn't want to cut out more fabric (lazy). So, I dug into my stash and found some lace, it just so happened to be a very pale pink, which went with the color scheme just perfectly. Sorry for the picture overload but these girls are just too cute.

Miss L's top is muslin on top and a light pink quilting cotton on the bottom, she is wearing a 4T. I only have the smaller sizes version of this pattern, I may have to buy the bigger version because I love it so much.

Miss B never wears shoes outside, she is my little hippie. For her blouse, I used a white polka dot on top and a bright white for the bottom, she is wearing a 3T.

Aww, some sister love. They love each other but sometimes you wouldn't know it with all the arguing and fighting they do.

They are still a little short for my taste, but I averted the crop top disaster, thank goodness.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pictures week #1

Well, I went more than a week between blog posts. I just can't keep up! I have about 10 projects in various stages of completion (I am not even joking) so I don't have anything to share right now except some snapshots of what's been going on around here. Maybe if I do a photo dump weekly it will motivate me to edit my pictures within a few weeks instead of letting them sit on my hard drive for months on end. So, we'll see how this works. :)

"Springtime" (88 degrees) is here, finally, I'm not complaining though, I love the hot. We spent tons of time outside this week.

Sweet tea is essential in warm weather.

so is sunscreen.

Big sissy (Miss L) had her dress rehearsal last week and we had fun watching her on stage.

She gets a little distracted up there and will go for about 5 seconds just staring out at the audience and smiling. It's really adorable. Above she finally located me in the audience and gave me a big grin. 

Of course, Miss B found some flowers (weeds) to pick before the rehearsal. If there are flowers, she will pick them, all of them.

Glamour shots on the bridge. Stop looking so grown up, Leilani.

Bella doing what she does best, running! As a sidenote, it was almost 90 degrees this day and Miss B insisted on wearing her combat boots.

We watched daddy play softball and the girls found a homeless baseball and practiced playing "catch" which consisted of throwing the ball in the opposite direction of the person you are playing "catch" with.

We celebrated Benny Boo's 1st birthday a little early and combined it with Mother's Day this year. Of course I made a 5 layer vanilla strawberry cake. I wish I had a picture of the cake when it was sliced, it was so beautiful. Totally worth the hours in the kitchen. It contained enough butter to make Paula Deen happy, and it was delicious.

I can't believe this little guy is almost one!

I'm so glad that this Mother's Day I am holding this guy in my arms and he is not doing handstands on my bladder while kicking me in the ribs or causing my ankles to swell up like balloons. I was extremely uncomfortable at this time last year. 

Happy Mother's Day! With 3 of my 4 munchkins, Miss B was rolling in the hallway crying (you know, normal three year old stuff).

I hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day!


Thursday, May 1, 2014

spruce it up a bit.

I was given three of these chairs a few years ago. They were ok, just boring and dull, but they still had great "bones" so I knew I needed to freshen them up a bit and give them a little personality.

The woven seats were in great shape on two of the chairs, but one of them had water damage and had turned gray. I thought about re-weaving the seats and it looked like a headache so why not paint them? I researched online and didn't see anything that said I shouldn't paint them, so I went for it.

I sanded the chairs down and cleaned off the seats with a dry rag. I used kilz spray paint primer to prime the chairs, including the seats. I ended up using about 5 cans of kilz, all of which I had on hand. I like to buy it in bulk for the discount at Home Depot. :) Make sure you shake that stuff really well or it sprays out in clumps, which is really annoying.

I let the chairs dry completely after priming them and then I taped off the seats using plastic bags and painters tape and spray painted with my final color. I thought bright green, light blue and teal would be fun. Each chair used about two cans of paint for two coats. I let the chairs dry about 6 hours between coats.

After removing the cover from the seats, I sprayed a little of the final color in the corners where the wood met the seat because sometimes the tape covered the wood a little and the paint didn't cover those sections, which bothered my perfectionism.

Here we are all ready for the seat to be painted. The seats were painted using a brush with interior latex paint. I wanted to use what I had on hand which ended up being a semi-gloss in an off-white. It really doesn't show too much of a sheen, so I think it worked well. These chairs aren't going to be outside in the rain so indoor/outdoor paint didn't matter to me.

All freshened up and ready for some porch sittin', sweet tea sippin' and mosquito swattin'. 

Total cost for three new-to-me-chairs was about $20 for the spray paint, I already had the primer and semi-gloss, score!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

a sweet simple test.

A few weeks back I stumbled upon an opportunity to test a pattern. I've done this a few other times and it is always so much fun for me. I am very afraid of creating a pattern and I don't know that I ever will (or ever could) develop one, but it sure is fun testing them for someone else who can create them!

This time I tested the Sweet Simple Dress, created by Allison of Freshly Completed. I stumbled upon her blog through oliver + s blog. She was lucky enough (more like talented enough) to be asked to test the 2014 spring patterns. She made the dress that they used in the photo shoot for the front of the hide-and-seek dress pattern. How cool is that? She is a total sewing celebrity!

Back to the dress that I sewed up.

This is the Sweet Simple Dress. The fabric is tutti fruitti from Joann's from a few years ago. The coral is vintage from my stash. Hooray for stash busting.

 I made a 4T intending it for Miss B, but it ended up fitting Miss L nicely. Sorry, Bella, you'll just have to wait until next year to wear it.

 The sleeves have adorable pleats and the ruffle detail is just too cute.

It's an easy sew and there are no buttons or zippers which means that my five year old can dress herself and I don't have to assist her. Yay for children being independent! The dress is adorable and lives up to it's name being both very sweet and delightfully simple.