February 27, 2009

It is decided...

In our new home I'm opting out of paying the floor guy $3,000 to do the stairs and I am painting them white!

Here they are now:
hopefully you can see past the previous owners "decorating"

And here is my vision:

image found here.

I also like the idea of this wainscoting, but one step at a time:

image found here.

February 26, 2009

Baby Boy update:

I had an ultrasound today and the doctor estimates (but can be off as much as a pound either way) that little Oliver is at 7 pounds right now and will be between 8 1/2 to 9 pounds when I deliver, if on my due date. But I have been having some pretty strong contractions the last two nights, so maybe I won't have to wait until then, fingers crossed.

DIY Deer Head

This may have to be my next DIY project! Honestly, I can't decide If I love it or just think it's silly, but either way it makes me smile. I came across the idea reading the inspiring MadeByGirl blog, excerpted from the upcoming book "Dorm Decor", you can find their blog and the templates for the deer head here.

Here's what you'll need to make this little guy above:

Deer templates
1 20″ x 30″ piece (3/16″-thick) foam core
1 6″ x 7″ piece (1/2″-thick) foam core
60″ length (30″-wide) wrapping paper
1 6″ x 7″ piece of contrasting paper
Craft knife
Cutting board
Spray adhesive
Picture-frame hanging wire

Make the pieces

1. Using the deer templates:
From the 3/16″ thick foam core, cut:
2 deer heads
1 deer body
1 deer nose
1 deer antler
From the 1/2″ thick foam core, cut:
1 mounting board

Cover the pieces

2. Using spray adhesive, spray one side of the nose piece and adhere it to the Wrong side of the wrapping paper. Use the craft knife and the cutting board and cut out the nose piece. Repeat for the other side of the nose.

3. Repeat to cover both sides of the two deer heads, the deer body, and the deer antler pieces.

4. Using spray adhesive, adhere the contrasting paper to one side of the mounting board. Cut it out using the craft knife and cutting board.

Hang the deer head

5. On each deer head piece, cut a hole 1″ below the top edge and 3/8″ inside the back edge with the awl.

6. Assemble the deer head as shown in the photograph.

7. Thread wire through both holes several times and end by wrapping the wire around itself for a hanger

February 25, 2009

I Heart Organization

My unborn son's closet

Is there anything more beautiful than a well organized closet, garage, drawer? Well maybe a few things, but organization inspiration is just what I need today as I attempt to make my home clutter free!

February 24, 2009

Theodore Roosevelt Journal Entry

From the day his wife Alice Hathway Lee died. Beautifully heartbreaking.

February 23, 2009

New Home Owners- part I

My wish lift and list of fixes for the curb appeal of our new home.

Marry Me

"Marry Me" directed by michelle lehman

Etsy = Love

Etsy really is the best place to find beautiful and affordable art. I'm thinking this piece by Betsy Watson may need to be my next purchase. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21086258

Do you dress up for the Oscars?

We do! We also eat take out and chocolate chip cookies while channeling our inner Joan Rivers. It's really the only way to watch the red carpet (especially when youre nine months pregnant.)

this makes me smile...

Quote of the Day

"I always just signed HAGS in the year book. But I didn’t mean Have A Great Summer, I meant Have A Good Summer."
-My silly husband

Make your own plastic bag pom pom

My sad attempt at trying to make the world a more beautiful place.

Quote of the Day

"I will like her so much more when she is not in me."
-Lindsay (on her unborn daughter)