Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Christmas baby

Alright, so I stuck my bebe in a stocking and took her picture, don't judge me. I'm actually in love with this photo of her. It was the very last one I took during the session and was lucky enough to capture her beautiful eyes. So if I don't talk to you all before the holidays {I tend to be a little preoccupied lately}, have a wonderful Christmas! We'll be celebrating comfy and cozy-style at home.


I've also submitted this photo to Inspire me Baby which has lots of great inspiration and hints for stellar bebe photography...
This photo was included in the Inspire Me Baby Best of 2011 –

Saturday, December 17, 2011

this old foreclosed home: a nursery reveal

Well, here it is finally, the finished nursery, a culmination of months of unfocused design:

The pink chair that might get replaced with a cushy rocker if my behind never heals! Is there such a thing as a 'sit-bone'? Because if so, mine hurts...

The crib:

The redesigned dresser, as you've all seen before, with the new changing mat secured on and all the drawers full of wee little clothes:

The organized closet, ready to rock with labels on everything so the husband knows where to find things when I send him searching:

And here's some of the details. If you have any questions about where I found certain items or how much they were, let me know and I'll do my best to let you know.

And and Aaaaaaannnnnndddd, the nursery's newest addition, Baby Elsie Grace born on 12.9.11, weighing about 7 lbs which was great, because anything bigger would NOT have come out of me the way she did! And just FYI, I wanna tell the world a big giant "I-told-you-so" because I said to everyone I was going to deliver early, and they all just laughed and looked at me with pity, as if going before your due date on your first child was an absolute pink flying unicorn. Ha, I had myself a cute little pink flying unicorn. Now hopefully, once she's old enough to have an opinion, she'll like this room as much as I do...


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

this old foreclosed home: the invention of an office

When we bought this sad little house, the upstairs wasn't laid out very well. At some point, it looks like the parents said "That's it! We need more room, build an addition!" with no thought or purpose to the design beside space. I mean, they even opted for less expensive options, like panelling, drop ceilings and carpet. So I KNOW that they were only thinking 'space, space, space!' Anyway, it was now up to us to make it work. To make it feel more on purpose and less like two giant rooms.

Here's what the hallway looked like before:

We decided that it was too confusing to have two rooms the same exact size, so we left the one on the right large so it would clearly be recognized as a master bedroom. Then we decided to put a hallway right down the center of the two doors and push the second bedroom wall back, quite a bit. Enough to make an open area large enough to hold the set of windows for natural light, and a desk and shelves for a usable computer area. This should come in handy when bebe decides she's going to get a Facebook account in 23 years, if Facebook's still around that is.

So here you can see the new wall and the office area, along with new doorways to the secondary bedroom and the master bedroom. Make sense?

Here's the new office area painted and waiting for floors...

We really designed around having that set of windows in the hallway, to provide natural light and avoid the long hallway feeling like a dreary tunnel. It's nice and bright during the day:

And the finished area, which personally I find is a great resource and space for both of us. I'm really glad we made the decision to rework the plans and have something that we could get a lot more use out of.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

yo yo, 'sup?

Well since learning how to make these, I've decided to put them on everything. EVERYthing. I might pin a couple to the dog. The husband might find a couple on his socks. I love how easy they are to make. In fact, they're so mindless, I made a bunch while watching some tv last night and even taught the girls how to make them this past crafty night. They were a big hit.

Anyway, here's a bunch of things I've stuck them on:
A bebe skirt, a headband and some hair elastics.

A gifted bebe skirt, along with a matching headband.

hair clips.

the elastics up close and personal.

a keychain for my bebe diaper bag.

That's about it, for now. Expect to see them all stuck on your presents this year!
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