Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hello Again!

Hello everyone! I have been gone for awhile, but thought I would come back and say hello.  My baby girl was born on May 20th and we couldn't be more in love. I thought today I would share her monthly photo project. Each month I am taking a number of pictures and making a collage on Ribbet. If you haven't used this online photo editor you should definitely check it out. It is really easy to use and has a ton of options. So without further adieu here are her first 4 months worth of photos.

Month 1

Month 2

Month 3

Month 4

I will be back soon with a few new parties I have had as well as some fun home updates :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

LaLou Boutique

I am so excited to write this blog as I am so proud of my very talented friend Lacey!  Lacey is so creative and is the one that encouraged me to start writing this blog. About 6 months ago she decided to open an Etsy shop called LaLou Boutique and sell all of her amazing creations! She has been sewing baby blankets, onesies and bibs for all of our friends for quite some time and her Etsy shop was the perfect extension of that.  So without further ado I will show you just a few of my favorite items in her shop.

The first is the perfect gender neutral gift. I mean wouldn't this be adorable on either boy or girl?

A whole assortment of amazing black and white burp cloths

 I want to have twins just so they can wear these adorable onesies.

 This is honestly the softest blanket and would be the sweetest baby gift for any boy or girl!

 This is my favorite fabric in her shop and she even made me a coordinating blanket for my shower. Did I mention that she does custom pieces??

 Isn't this adorable?

My best friend had a hungry caterpillar 1st birthday party and she wore this onesie and bib and it was so adorable.  The outfit and the party!!

 Lastly isn't this patter so fun? I love the coordinating fabrics.

So that is just a small sampling of her shop, but as you can see she makes beautiful things out of wonderful graphic fabrics. Make sure to stop by La Lou Boutique for your next baby shower! Lacey I am so proud of you are such ana mazing friend and a wonderful talent!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nursery Reveal

Hello everyone! I know it has been awhile since I last posted, but I have really been trying to enjoy the end of my pregnancy as well as get every last project I can possibly imagine done!!  Will just say I have taken nesting to a new level.  Now onto the nursery reveal.  Last I posted I discussed the painting process.  Instead of taking you step by step I am going to show the end result and I can always add the details later.  Isn't the end result more fun anyway? So with out further ado here is Grace Lucille's nursery.
The pillow and crib skirt were made by my very talented girlfriend over at LaLou Boutique she makes the most amazing, onesies, blankets, burp rags and bibs. 

So I know that was picture overload, but I hope you enjoyed it!! I now feel like we are all ready for Baby Grace's arrival. What do you think of the nursery? Do you like the color combo of pink, gold and grey?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Nursery Update Ceiling, Paint, and more paint!!

So we have been diligently working away at the nursery and I have a few updates that I am really excited to share.  The mood board vision is coming along perfectly and since I last checked in we (my husband and his mother) have been hard at work painting, scraping ceilings, installing light fixtures, crown moulding as well as a number of other projects.  So, the room started like this.

If we go even farther back when we bought the house the room looked like this.
Yes, your color is not off on your computer. Those are neon orange walls and mauve carpet!

The hubby Started by scraping the popcorn off of the ceiling. He taped off the carpet with plastic and then used a garden sprayer with warm water and then using a large scraper peeled off the popcorn onto a cookie sheet.

This took him about 4-5 hours.  I wish that I would have been able to help with this. It actually looked like a lot of fun!!  Once he had the whole ceiling scraped he patched and sanded.  It was a whole days time between all of the work. Although I didn't participate in this part I can tell you it was absolutely worth it.  The ceiling looks flawless!! Way to go hubby.

Now on to the painting, ohhh the painting.  We started out by painting a number of colors on the wall.   We were looking for a wall and a one shade darker ceiling color.

Once we had primed the ceilings and walls we painted larger swatches on the ceiling and walls.

At this point we were fully decided and committed on the colors on the left and I headed to the paint store. We got the first full coat on the wall and 1/3 of the ceiling done and what do you know it was all wrong!!

I mean I wanted this room to be light and airy and not to feel overly pink. I know what you are thinking, "but you are painting the walls and ceiling pink." Yes, this is true, but I wanted it to be subtle. So I headed back to the store to get a lighter wall color and we decided to paint the wall color on the ceiling.  Tried once again and still not perfect.  Have I mentioned that I have a very patient husband and MIL??  So we mixed the wall color one shade lighter and finally we had the right combo.

Here is where we ended. I know it doesn't look like much of a difference, but with white crown moulding it really stands out. The colors we ended up with are Behr Antique Pearl on the ceiling and Behr half Antique Pearl and half Bella Pink on the walls. The next post is where the fun comes in. Gold polka dots and white crown moulding!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Pink, Gray, Gold and a lot of Girl!!!

So, if I am being completely honest I just always thought I was having a boy and didn't put too much thought in to a girls room. However, if you are having a boy shoot me an email because I have a killer boys room planned! Anyways, it was getting close to my 20 week gender appointment and my girlfriend Lacey pointed out to me that I had almost nothing on Pinterest for a girls nursery.  Oops!! I went in to high gear and started pinning. I quickly came up with a plan, still thinking I wouldn't need it because we were having a boy.  Then as you know we were surprised with the exciting and wonderful news that we were having a girl!!!!  Luckily I had started pinning a few ideas and this is where I landed. Pink, gold and gray!! I absolutely love the color combination and if you have checked out my Pinterest board you will see some really great pink, gray and gold rooms.  Here is my take on the room in a mood board.  I will share an update as to where we are in the room.  Spoiler alert, a lot has already happened!!!  Some of these pieces will be in the room and some will be similar.
10. Custom painted dresser (more details to come!)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

It's a....

Girl!!!! Last Thursday we went to our ultrasound and found out that we are having a healthy baby girl. We are so over the moon and can't even begin to express all of our excitement.   We went into the ultrasound just praying for a healthy baby.

We were both absolutely convinced it was a boy, but to our surprise we were wrong.  We shared the news with family and friend on Thursday night and I will be back soon with all of the details. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Joy to the World!!

Back a few posts ago I told you about a few treasure's I found at an antique barn in WI. One that I left out is this partial piece of fence post.
 It had three posts and it was perfectly distressed. It has been sitting in my garage for some time and I decided Christmas was the perfect use for it. I originally thought I would use it by the front door, but realized there was plenty out there and a perfect empty spot that needed a little help.  The deck!! We decorate our deck with white lights along the railing and like to have a little something to look at through both the sliding glass door and the family room window. Now on to how I made this little sign.  I picked up a few wood letters at Jo Ann fabrics and had the hubby spray them silver.
  I was thinking spraying them silver would be just enough, but unfortunately I was wrong.  As you can see in the pic the letters were a little spotty since it was so cold when he was spraying. So I went to plan B and decided to glitter the letters.  It was absolutely the right  decision!! I just painted them with modge podge and then sprinkled them with silver glitter.  Once they had dried I used a little gorilla glue ( I was out of wood glue) and decided to stagger the letters.

 It turned out wonderful!!  I wanted to cover up the table and umbrella holder that stays on the deck all year so this was the perfect thing to do so.

 I filled another winterproof pot with tree tops and left over lights and picked up the battery operated silver reindeer at santa.  It turned out to be a perfect little vignette for the deck!!!

On the other side of the deck is a little item I had repurposed last year, my great grandmothers sleigh/sled that she used as a child.  I don't have pics of what it originally looked like, but it was a blue sleigh with pictures of circus animals on it.  I used a can of silver spray paint on the sleigh and added a spray painted wood snowflake to the side.  Now that it is all completed I just add tree top, lights and large glittered balls to the inside of the sleigh. I love how it looks out the window each night.

Has anyone else been working on some Christmas crafting??