February 28, 2012

Afraid of Color

I will be the first to admit that most of my projects are the brain child of someone a whole lot smarter and more talent than me but I love to have fun with these projects and ideas and run with them.

We learned that I am defiantly afraid of color. I like the warm muted soft colors and tend to steer clear of bright loud bold colors. With a little push from the husband saying that our kid will need some stimulation and color in his life I decided to embark on this colorful DIY project.

I got the inspiration from this article in Parents magazine. So cool.

Colorful Paper Dot Mobile

10 different colored cardstock of your choice
2" circle punch
small hole punch
200 pieces of 7 mm jump ring
8" embroidery hoop
6" embroidery hoop

Also need some needle nose pliers, fishing string, and a hot glue gun which I already had on hand. They had all the supplies I needed at Hobby Lobby.

1. Cutting circles: Used the 2" punch to cut out all the circles. I had 9 different colors: burnt orange, yellow, light yellow, dark blue, light blue, baby blue, green, light green, and cream. I did a cascade of colors starting dark and ending with a lighter colored on the bottom. You will need 4 strands for the outer hoop and 3 strands for the inner hoop. So cut out a total of 21 circles of each color.

2. Attaching the circles together: using your small hole punch make holes in the top and bottom of each 2" circle. For the top and bottom circle only punch one hole. Use the jump rings connect the circles making a strand of 9 circles which will total 21 strands (I did 7 of each color).

3. Hot glue the first circle onto the embroidery hoops spacing them about 1/4 inch apart. Your circles should barely be touching each other.

4. Cut 3 pieces of the fishing line about 4 inches in length. Then glue them to the inside of hoop to connect the smaller hoop to the larger hoop. Your small hoop should fit in the inside of the larger hoop and hang a few inches below it.

5. Tie fishing string to the large hoop in 4 different spots to hang it from a hook. I originally planned on hanging it from the ceiling but our ceilings are so high and it worked out that the shelve was near by to hang it from. I got a extended hook from the curtain section in Lowes and it worked great.

I finished this little project up on a rainy weekend while watching endless hours of a golf tournament with the husband. It sounds more complicated than it actually is, the outcome was well worth the time. The tedious part was connect each circle to each other with the jump rings. Michael LOVES the mobile and I debated on where to hang it - above the crib, rocking chair, or the changing table? The changing table won!!!

February 22, 2012

She's Got Legs

I am so in love with the console sinks with the chrome legs. They look so simple yet add so much elegance to these bathrooms. I dream of the day that we can buy an old house and slowly remodel each room with all the things I love. This sink would live right next to my claw foot tub or maybe an air tub???

(via domino magazine)

(via houzz.com)

(via decorpad.com)

(via decorpad.com)

February 21, 2012


Just keeping it real - this mommy stuff is hard (it's not for the faint of heart I tell you). Don't get me wrong I have moments of pure bliss and ecstasy and I feel so blessed and in love. But they are also mixed in with the moments your eyes rolling behind from being tired and the endless poop and feedings.

February 10, 2012

1 Month

I am going to try and take monthly pictures of Michael to see how much he is changing and growing his first year. I got this great idea from Young House Love to put him in a onesie and have different backgrounds each month. They did their little girl each week and they give an amazing step by step guide on how to do it all in photoshop. Check it out here.

Any who, it blew me away when I put his 0 months (1 week old) picture next to his 1 month picture. I guess I am with the little man all the time so I don't notice how much he is growing.....

Here are the pictures side by side....

Stay tuned for the upcoming months!!! How long you think I can keep this up? 1 year? Maybe till he goes to college?

O and here is a smile to brighten your weekend............

February 08, 2012

Before & After

I die for before and after pictures!! They are my absolute favorite because I am always amazed at what a little paint and imagination can accomplish. This my dear friends is probably the most dramatic B & A that has graced my sweet little blog.......

February 06, 2012

Because Today...

I am dreaming about the day I can fit into normal clothes again, and hoping that I can get some cute things like these to put on my body......

(via Pinterest)

I need those boots with that black dress.

Not want them, I NEED them.

February 02, 2012

Introducing Baby

One month in and I am slowly starting my entry back into the real world. SLOWLY I tell you because in all reality I can count on one hand how many times I have left my house the past 30 days. I even managed to get out of my pj's before 4pm today, most days I bathe and put the pj's right back on. But it's time, my energy level is up and Michael needs to start seeing this big bright world outside!!!!

One more picture to share with you guys of my little man. I know I have turned into one of those psycho parents that thinks the whole world wants to look at pictures of their kid. I saved the best for last!!!! By some strange miracle I got the birth announcements out in record breaking time. I took this picture of Britt holding Michael a week after he was born. I order them from Tiny Prints that same night (after some editing in Photoshop) and they literately showed up on my door step the next day. I addressed them over the weekend and voila.......

"For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:13-14