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(Another) DIY Birth Announcement

fredfrontIt seems like only yesterday that I was posting about my first baby’s birth announcement, but it has been over three years now!   I had a lot more time on my hands that year, so when I gave birth again this past October in the middle of getting ready for holiday sales and fairs, I figured there was no way I would be able to pull off an announcement for this second little guy.  One day, while working in my studio between feedings, I grabbed a roll of chalkboard paper, really just some black kraft paper, that I had lying around and quickly sketched up his details.   I set the camera without him in the photo and then waited until he was milk drunk to plop him down in the middle of the paper for a couple of shots.  It really only took a few minutes of his time and I love the result!

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We Bought Our House!

Before...

Before…

I haven’t blogged in SO long for two big reasons…we bought the 100-year-old Spanish Revival home we were renting and we had a baby.  Needless to say, the second half of our year was really…um…intense!  I’m not sure if it was normal “new house” stuff, or pregnancy nesting hormones, but I spent every waking moment of 2016 rethinking, refinishing and refurbishing our house.  I’ll take you on that journey soon, but for now, take a look at our first big projects.  We removed the fence dividing our backyard in half, cut down the creeping fig eating into our stucco, removed the scary bars from the windows, and had our windows and stucco redone and painted!  There are still quite a few things to do outside, but this was a huge step in the right direction.  I love the giant yard, cheerful paint colors and the functional window planter that my mom filled with tons of succulent clippings.   Later this year, we will need to paint the studio and pergola, re-tile the front porch and replace the fence surrounding the whole yard…2017 will be a busy one for fixing up our beautiful new(ish) home!   Continue reading

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Toddler Cooking Party…He’s 3!

IMG_3064To say that George loves all things kitchen related would be a ridiculous understatement.  He doesn’t just like “playing” kitchen…he likes using the real stuff, carefully stirring at the stove, watching every single step and trying it out himself.  He even sort of non-verbally lures new guests or friends to lift him onto the counter near the mixer so he can touch it for a while (since he knows Jeff and I won’t).    Obsessed would be a better word to use.

Since George is still mostly non-verbal, we had to guess what theme would be best for his birthday and “cooking” popped into my head as a fun thing for all kids to do!   Here’s how we pulled it off: Continue reading

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Our Annual Easter Feast

The buffet ready for devouring.

The buffet ready for devouring.

In a little less than a week, Jeff and I will be waking up early to start our annual tradition of making my family’s pierogies for lots and lots of friends for Easter.   We will hand form each one on Sunday morning and line them up in neat little rows ready for boiling, all the while teasing each other about our very different techniques and Jeff will insist that his seal is stronger.  Mine will be fat and round and his will be long and skinny… I don’t think I have to state the obvious here… it never fails to make me laugh.    This party is my absolute favorite to throw every year.  We have a wonderful energetic egg hunt followed by a simple, heavy and delicious meal that always makes me think of my family.    Here are some photos from last year!  Continue reading

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Ikea Hack: Picture Ledge Book Pockets

IMG_1812Maybe you were like me and thought the Ikea Ribba picture ledges would make adorable bookshelves in your child’s room or nursery…?  Well, they are really cute, but two and half years later, when your child has A LOT of books, I promise that they will constantly fall off into a huge mess on the floor.  Frankly, I started to go crazy picking them up all day long!  I decided to modify our Ribbas with some white mesh to make book pockets that keep them from falling off the shelves.  I love this project because it was really simple and can be a temporary fix that doesn’t mar the ledges!   Instructions and materials after the jump.  Continue reading

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On the 9th Day of Christmas…Wrap and Stuff!

IMG_0540I love beautifully wrapped gifts…so much so that my family brings their gifts over to me to wrap for them!   I’m not a traditionalist at all when it comes to wrapping and I definitely don’t think that every piece of clothing needs a box, but I do love adding a little flair to each one.   This year, since my son learned his letters, I thought labeling each gift and the stockings with a monogrammed letter would be a great learning experience as well.   That way he can find a “G” on all his gifts and hand out everyone else’s gifts.   Continue reading

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On the 5th Day of Christmas…Decorate!

Our gorgeous tree!

Our gorgeous tree!

I love weird, quirky and vintage holiday decorations the best, but honestly, I can get behind pretty much anything Christmas-y.   The first thing most people notice about my tree is how many ornaments are on it…as if they expected me to be tastefully spare!  HA!  While all of mine have a lot of meaning and sentimental value, I also believe there can never be “too many ornaments”.   It’s Christmas!  It’s supposed to be just a little tacky in my humble opinion.   After the jump, see how my friend made a gorgeous wreath out of paper around their apartment and check out the ornaments I made for my store this year! Continue reading

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