Miss A’s Modern Girls Nursery

by Laura on July 9, 2014

I would’ve sworn by this day that Miss A would be here already! However she has been so content in my belly and is no rush to come out. I hope this just means shes going to be the most relaxed baby ever and never cause a fuss….

Miss A will currently live in the small room off of our bedroom, once our office it will now house a child.

I wanted to keep the nursery very simple, bright, modern, and a little chic for this girl.

Everything in her room was of course thrifted and repurposed to fit in this space.

White modern nursery

Miss A’s bed is one of my favorite pieces. We found this on craigslist for only $75 ! You can purchase yours here. I love the sharp modern lines, the bright white with the wood. I painted the feet of the crib chrome silver for a little pop.

The yummy white  fuzzy rug was swiped from my sis-in-law. She purchased it off of Overstock.

White MOdern NUrsery GIrls

The Wall of DIY artwork!  I picked up this wooden arrow from Home Goods for $5 ! It got a good coat of chrome spray paint.

‘m kinda in love with my geometric artwork above her bed. I was going for that Picasso, weird, visual piece that was simple yet interesting.  It is my princess image using a ruler! And it just needed a pop of color with the heart. I found the minimalistic frame at Goodwill, and gave it coat of chrome paint.

DIY ArtWork GEometric MOdern

This dresser is one of my favorite makeovers. It was given to me by Nanna. It was originally painted in lovely primary colors on the drawers. It is the perfect sized changing table for this room !

I painted the entire dresser Dove White by Valspar, then sanded and stained the drawers.

The stain color was a mixture of left over stains I had lying around.

Oh these handles are amazing. I wanted something chunky, industrial, and chrome. I found these in the gate hardware at Home Depot. they are about 5 inches wide. They cost about $5 a piece, so not the cheapest but good enough for the look I was going for!

The curtains and rod were purchased from Home Goods.

Modern White Girls Nursery  Changing Table Dresser

I sewed up the changing pad cover, find out how here!

modern white wooden dresser and changing table

Modern White Wood Dresser Industrial Hardware from gate handles

This little mobile was the perfect find on clearance at JC Penney, in their random party decor area. It comes from Martha Stewarts collection. I wanted a geometric mobile. After scouring Pinterest and not feeling inspired this was the best option…and no crafty day needed!!

I didn’t want this to hang above the crib, I preferred it above the changing table for that little bit of distraction. I’ve always thought it weird to distract the baby in the crib while they are trying to fall asleep in bed…

Glitter Cirlce Chandelier baby mobile by Martha Stewart

These two paintings are amazing. Dumbo was hand-painted by Miss Averi and Aiden painted the longhorn. We let them each make a custom art piece for their new little sister!

custom artwork for nursery. Dumbo and longhorn

We are so ready, even little man. He told me “I can’t wait to see her face”!

little man waiting for miss a

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Easy Baby Sewing Projects

by Laura on June 28, 2014

Little Miss Baby A is due to arrive in a short 3 weeks! It still seems super weird to imagine a newborn living around here.

A few months back I got into a sewing phase. This always happens in spurts. I’m s o pumped to create and sew with visions of new wardrobes for the kids, curtains for every window, quilts for every bed, and then…..I start sewing and that passion fades super quickly. Usually after the first time my thread snaps unexpectedly or the bobber has messed up.

I was lucky enough to get through quite a few super simple sewing projects. Straight lines and nothing fancy!

My first little project was a quilt for Miss A. Now I have not the Patience for cutting quilting squares and sewing them all together. So I did a simple and easy horizontal quilt. This was made from 4″ strips of cotton  fabric in various lengths. It measures 36″ x 36″.  This is great for those small strips of leftover fabric. The back of the quilt is white muslin.

I love that Miss A has her very own handmade quilt blanket that is light and breathable. Dreams of a family heirloom come to mind.

Horizontal girls quilt heirloom

 

The next blanket I sewed might be my favorite. Simply for the fact that it is leopard and turquoise…nuff said.

leopard baby blanket DIY

I picked up each of these fabrics at JoAnn’s from the clearance section. (Use a coupon for 50% fabric cut ) They are a super soft and light knit fabric. I got 1 yard of each and simply sewed three rights side together, flipped it right side out and sewed a hem across the last remaining edge.

All of theses blankets are perfect for the oh s hot Texas heat!

I then sewed up several burp cloths. My sister and sis-in-law both had babes born in May. May 5 & 6 to be exact! So after sewing them a few boyish ones I created simple burp cloths for Miss A using leftover fabric and white minky dot fabric.

Girls Burp CLoths minky dot

I cut the fabric at 12″ wide by 20″ long.  I then sewed the right sides together on three sides. Flipped the fabric right side out and sewed a hem across the last edge. SOOO easy and cheap to make your own burp cloths!

One of my final projects was creating a nursing cover. I found this on Pinterest. A scarf that turns into your nursing cover…genius!

This actually came about from a sew fail. I meant to create a baby wrap similar to the Solly Wrap, but I didn’t buy enough fabric, cut before reading all the directions…totally messed up the whole thing! So the lovely grey and white striped knit fabric was re-purposed.

nursing cover

I bought jersey knit fabric in grey and white stripe from JoAnn’s . I used the this tutorial . Very simple and I Love that this is very light weight and breathable for the baby. It covers the front, sides and back when your breastfeeding. I made one for my sister who has used it several times already!  — Or buy one here

My last little project was a changing pad cover. The cute ones from the store were a little to pricey so I used this simple tutorial to create my own. The fabric is from JoAnns.

MOdern White and wooden dresser changing table

modern white wooden dresser and changing table

Im completely in love with her little simple nursery off of our bedroom. I will be posting pics next week, finally!

Im praying for Miss A to come soon. Today would be a perfect day for a new babe.

I love love this picture….even though it took my photographer about 15 takes to get it…..9 year olds!

SIlhouette Pregnancy Photo

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Boys Subway Wall Art ~ FREE Printable!

by Laura on March 20, 2014

I have found that I have an obsession with fonts. A good font makes me sooo happy!

When decorating little man’s room, I wanted to make framed art work that would still look “cool” in a few years.

I used picmonkey to create a custom art piece. Click on it below to download it for FREE! I’m hoping to add more of these soon. I have a whole file folder of fun creations!

I created a reading corner for little man. Bean bags, books, and randomness have happened. I love all the unique pieces that I’ve found. Aiden is most productive with his homework on that bean bag.

Decorate boys room on a budget

And of course I had to capture Aiden’s bean bag goodies. {action figures, mp3 player, book light, book marks, nerf bullets}

I love little boys and their imaginations.

Bean bag goodies

Here’s my supply list….unhealthy obsession with thrift stores revealed!

Decorating boys room for cheap

There are so many fun subway word art images on the internet. I wanted to create my own, complete with some of my favorite fonts!

I found this clear plastic box frame at the thrift store. I love its chunkiness and clean design. I’ve seen these at Hobby Lobby. They have a cardboard backing, so they are pretty cheap, but pretty awesome!

BOYS SUBWAY ART PRINTABLE

If your needeing a unique art for that little stinky boy, I think this one works perfectly….and it’s FREE!

DOWNLOAD ART HERE for 8 x 10 image

subway wall art for boys room

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Thai Noodle Salad

by Laura on March 7, 2014

 

I have been searching for so long. For the perfect Thai Noodle Salad dressing. Ever since an old co-worker made this amazing Thai Salad, I have been searching. I finally found it!!

It is a little spicy, sweet and salty….amazing!

 I love that you can use any vegetables you have on hand to toss in this salad. I also added chicken to this for the fam fam.

Thai Salad

It is so colorful!

Thai Noodle Salad Recipe

  • 8 oz Rice Noodles
  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Cucumber
  • Green Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Lime

Thai Dressing (amazing dressing!)

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 6 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce (Briggs Amino)
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons lime juice
  1. Cook the noodles according to directions. FYI- I overcooked these slightly and they will get pretty soft if you overcook them. Beware of mushy noodles!
  2. Cook chicken in pan with oil. After they have cooked through and they are diced, add 2 TBSP of cornstarch and mix with chicken. Add 1/4 of the dressing you have made to the chicken.This creates a yummy thick coating.
  3. Dice all the vegetables, and keep them raw.
  4. Combine all the ingredients. (chicken, veggies, and the rest of the dressing)

If you like it really saucy, just double that dressing recipe.

To make this vegetarian simply delete that chicken!

Check out more yummy food ideas here –> Recipes

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Our Closet Re-Model….Better Late Then Never

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I built a bookshelf….all by myself

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DIY: How To Pour a Concrete Patio

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It’s coming up on our 1 year anniversary of buying this ole’ house!! I am pretty sick of working inside. I have come to loathe painting and mudding over drywall! SO enough griping. We switched gears and started on the backyard makeover. {which totally makes sense…right} We installed sliding patio doors that lead out to [...]

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15 Unique Window Treatments – DIY & Easy!!

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Okay so we all know I have Curtain anxiety….I’m always so indecisive at the store, and sometimes I just don’t want all that fabric around my windows. Well I have teamed up with Hometalk to create this pretty awesome board…   “Unique Window Treatments” hop on over there and check it out and see what [...]

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