Welcoming Baby Fiona in less than 2 weeks!

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We are so excited to only have 13 more day’s until my due date! Cant wait to meet our sweet Fiona. I wanted to share all the hard work thats gone into fixing up her nursery. We started working on the room in October, the first step was to remove 200+ glow-in-the-dark stars and planets off the ceiling. If any of your kids out there want these don’t give in they ruin your drywall!! We knew going into it that the stars and planets had been up there for nearly 20 years so needless to say they were not easy to remove. We tried a damp cloth, spackle knife, hairdryer to hopefully save the drywall on the ceiling, but nothing really helped. So after removing all of the stars and planets the entire ceiling had to be spackled, what a pain in the neck!

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My awesome husband Mike was amazing with finishing the ceiling and making it look perfect along with the walls! Then came the choice of what the theme would be and what color’s to go with.

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The Color choice was so hard to make but we settled with a melon orange accent wall and light grey for the other three walls. It looks so much better already!! Then came the theme we looked and looked for the right type of decal, we knew we wanted a tree but it took forever to find the right one. We finally found one on Etsy and went with a woodland theme. So these pictures below show the progress of the room, the decal took a weekend to put up. Each piece of the tree trunk was separate along with all the leaves and animals. So you can only imagine the amount of time it took, we’ve fooled a few into thinking we painted it!

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I absolutely love the theme we went with, from the little mushrooms on the baseboards to the squirrels and owl in the tree.  We have had so much fun designing the room, and putting our own creative touches into it. Mike built a bookshelf and painted it with my favorite turquoise color, I painted 4 frames the same melon orange as the accent wall and drew animal footprints of Barleigh (our Bernese Mountain Dog), an owl, bear and a deer. We also made a birdhouse night light that I painted and decorated and Mike rigged a light inside and hung it in the tree. Oh and one more thing I painted a doorknob to look like a mushroom, so cute! This is now the most decorated room in the house, and well worth all the time spent on it:))

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Mike also made this awesome mobil holder, have I mentioned he’s pretty amazing!

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I made sure to include a picture of the most adorable booties that my friend Kelly made me. You have to visit her shop on Etsy and look at all of her baby shoes that she’s created. Her shop is Poco Bella Designs, you have to go and see for yourself! Your going to want every pair I guarantee it!! Cute Baby Booties

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Hope you enjoyed seeing how much fun we’ve been having over the last few months decorating our nursery. You can come anytime now Fiona we are so ready to meet you!!

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Plank Board Art!

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Plank Board Art!

This was the first time I ever used a circular saw a few months ago to make this cute plank art! P.S. it was scary! I used a plank that had been in the garage, measured cut it up and screwed it together. To make the Beautiful sunshine I free handed the sun itself and then taped off where I wanted the rays. I mixed a bunch of yellow, oranges and reds till I found my favorite. It now hangs between my family room and kitchen with my awesome turquoise accent wall!

Happy Holidays!

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I’m finally back to update my blog! It’s been so long and so much has happened since the last time I posted:) My husband Mike and I have been working on our new home that we purchased in June! Now that the holidays are almost over I need to get back to doing what I love which is crafting and DIY!!Image

Bicycle Art!

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I did this project about 2 weeks ago and haven’t posted about it yet! I had been in Boston with my office and hadn’t done something crafty in a while, so I did this Sunday evening after returning:) My husband thought I was crazy and that I should just relax Haha! I saw an idea a while back about printing on tissue paper and I was itching to try it…the post I had seen she had printed pictures of her family and glued them onto a wooden sign for Christmas!

I started with something simple and found pictures of antique/vintage bicycles on google images. I copied them into Microsoft word and sized them down to fit in my frame. The tricky part is taping the tissue paper to card stock, I took the cardstock and cut it to 8.5×11 then taped the tissue paper along the edges. I was so afraid it was going to get jammed that’s why this part is so important to really secure your tissue paper. I used a light blue tissue paper so you can see the color contrast with the white mat. After I printed all my bicycles I put them in the frame and voila! cheap DIY wall art Yay! I love how wrinkled the tissue paper looks, I might wrinkle it even more the next time!

 

Spring Bird House

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It’s been far to long since my last post, I have still been crafting though! So here’s a fun and easy project that you can do in an afternoon! The bird house I chose is from Michael’s, you can pick any style you like! My first step was to use my favorite dark walnut stain by Minwax, and stain the entire house. I probably waited about an hour and ignored the typical directions of waiting over night to let the stain dry.

It took me awhile to decide what to do next it needed some color…I wanted something bright and cheery! Yellow and white acrylic paint was what I chose:) If you look at it up close it almost has a white washed look because of the dark stain bleeding through! I love how it turned out, it will be displayed in my home for now. I might polyurethane it and put it outside at the new house.

Old Brass Light Fixture Becomes A Terrarium!

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I visited the Restore for Habitat for Humanity yesterday, a great place for some old and used finds! Found this old Brass Light, looks very similar to my parents light that hung in the foyer. Obviously I took it all apart and cleaned up the glass first, next I painted to brass with a black acrylic paint that’s indoor/outdoor. Of course I had to scuff it up a bit to make it look old and have some of the brass color come out, I used some very fine steel wool to do this.

I then filled the bottom with sea glass for drainage and potting soil on top of that.

Mike visited the Home Depot today and picked up a beautiful succulent for my terrarium. The only problem was that the pot was 6″ so I had to divide it to be able to fit through the 3″ opening.

The really awesome part about this light turned terrarium is that I can put it on the coffee table and hopefully Mr. Kitty can’t eat it. I always have to put plants high enough so he can’t get to them! You can see him in one of the next pictures that he’s contemplating it!