Friday, June 24, 2016

Nursery Update: Vintage Dress



We are close to completing our baby's nursery! I can't wait to share the entire room, but in the meantime I have sneak peek to show you today. 

This little corner is one of my favorite parts of the room. Every aspect is so special. 

Shelf: Wes made this shelf for the baby, and added this decorative knob from Hobby Lobby


Hot Air Balloon Photo: This is a photo we took during our hot air balloon excursion while we were dating. You will see at the final reveal, but the nursery's main theme is hot air balloons, so we are excited to have pictures from our actual balloon ride to share with our little girl!


Teaset: This tiny teaset was mine as a child! I remember thinking it was just beautiful. I'm so glad I saved it for my daughter. :)


Pink Dress: This is the best part! My mom wore this dress as a toddler! It is so gorgeous, and I just can't believe the perfect condition it's in. I'm so happy we still have it and can pass it down. Material things are not priceless, but the stories they tell of people who play important roles in our lives are so valuable!




I painted our baby's name on the wooden hanger for the dress. I love the sentiment of personalized keepsakes! I made her a wood burned hanger as well, because a girl needs options right?! ;)



I loved this project so much, I added both painted and wood burned personalized children's hangers to our Etsy shop! These are perfect to display special outfits or family heirlooms like ours. They make a great keepsake gift! Visit the shop here


Stay tuned to see the rest of the nursery! Follow us on Instagram for more peeks as we make progress. 

I can't wait to tell our little Joslynne all about the special things in her life from people who love her. She has so many wonderful family members and friends ready to make memories with her! Do you have any family heirlooms passed down to you? I love the stories and memories behind old treasures. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

DIY Floral Initial Class



A few ladies at a sister church in our town asked me to do a DIY class with them for Mother's Day. My favorite Mother's Day project is the Floral Initial I shared here, so that is what we made in the class. We had a great time and each initial came out beautiful! I love seeing the individual styles each initial had even though everyone picked from the same flower bar. :)



Each person received a card outlining how many of each size flower they would need, then they chose the assortment themselves!




The color combinations everyone came up with were lovely!






 


I ended up making an "I" to give as a gift. :)


This was such a sweet group of ladies. I'm so glad they invited me, I had so much fun!
You can check out the Floral Initial tutorial here.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Guest Room Update and DIY Luggage Rack Makeover




Since we moved into our new house, we haven't added much to our guest room. However, with the baby coming soon, we are expecting some friends and family to visit, so we started working on it! 

The theme and colors for the room will be centered around this gorgeous comforter I received as a gift. I love it! The newest addition to the room is a luggage rack for guests to use. I found one at a yard sale for 50 cents, but they can also be purchased at Walmart or Amazon. They typically aren't very pretty, so I gave this one a make over to fit into the room. 




You will need:
Wooden Luggage Rack
Spray Paint (I used an entire can of Krylon Ivory Gloss)
1-2 yards Thick Jute Ribbon (I used this one from Joann's in red. If you go into the store, they sell it by the yard).
Staple Remover or Flat head Screw driver
Staple gun and Staples
Fabric Scissors

1. Carefully remove the original straps from the rack by pulling out the staples with a staple remover or flat head screwdriver. 



2. Open up the luggage rack and place on a tarp or cardboard in a well ventilated area. Spray paint the entire surface of the wood. This will take several coats. Make sure you cover all angles. 


3. Using the original straps as a pattern, cut new straps from the jute ribbon to be the same length. I decided to only add 2 straps since my ribbon was so wide. If yours is thinner like the original straps, cut out 4 pieces. 



4. Once the paint on the rack is dried, lay the straps down and place the luggage rack face down on top of them. Open the rack to about 15.5" wide. Position the straps where you want them to be. You will need approximately 1.5" extra ribbon on either side of the wood to staple down. 


5. Fold one end of the ribbon over the wood and while holding it in place, carefully staple it down. I used 4 staples to secure the strap. Repeat on the other side of the rack. Be sure to pull the ribbon over tight so the strap is taut when stapled down. Repeat with other strap (or straps if you have 4).



6. Flip the luggage rack over and you should be able to open and close it easily. The straps should be taut and keep the rack open when spread apart. 



I love how this little face lift turned out! The rack fits into the room much better now. I know it will come in handy so our guests don't have to rummage through their suitcase on the floor. :) I can't wait to add more to the room. We just bought a night stand I am refinishing this week!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Paper Dress Garland





I love beautifully decorated parties and special occasions, but my favorite decorations are those that can be used after the party in your home to remember the special time. We have a lot of keepsakes from our wedding around the house, and I love some of the special little touches from our baby shower that I was able to add to the nursery. 

When I was planning the decor for my friend's baby shower recently, this was my goal. I wanted her to be able to take something from the celebration as a keepsake from the day. I made a garland of paper dresses for the shower. 

Dresses come in so many colors with beautiful details, and it always makes us feel special to dress up. I was inspired by the loveliness of dresses, and continued to create banners of them in different colors to spread more of the pretty around!

I just want my size dress in each pattern. :)













Which color is your favorite? I think I love the yellow best. They are perfect for a little girl's birthday party, baby shower, or bridal shower. These garlands are now available in our Etsy shop