June 2013 archive

Favorite Pins of the Week…

It’s been a while since I’ve pulled out the Favorite Pins of the Week post!

 

 

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This console table by Saved by Love is just plain delicious!

If it were a dessert, it would be Abi’s French Silk Pie.

(My cousin-in-law made French Silk Pie and brought it while I was recovering… It was so good, I ate it for breakfast.  Twice.  Seriously the tastiest thing ever. Words can’t even describe.  Now I’m craving another pie.  Great.)

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View Along the Way did this nifty deck… What an easy upscale!  Brilliant.

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Digging this stool makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage!

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I actually pinned several turquoise doors…  Yes… I’m totally painting our front door turquoise when we paint our house *hopefully* SOON!!!  It’s been decided.

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Speaking of doors…. Luvin’ this for 2 reasons…  The finish.  Which is actually what this tutorial by Remodelaholic is.  And the dutch door itself.

*Heart!*

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Yes… You know how I love all things aged industrial.  This tutorial by Love Grows Wild, of course, is no exception!

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Kinda wanting to curl up with a book and a baby and stay here all day! (Do you like how I snuck an Emma reference in there??!)  Loving what the Apprentice Extrovert did here!!!

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I love how functional yet pretty this is!

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Love these sea glass bottles by Sand and Sisal.  Might have to do this to some of those bottles in the basement!

 

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This has to be the most brilliant idea ever.  That is all.

My FAVORITE Addition to the Nursery!!!

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She’s here and as cute as the nursery is, it doesn’t even come CLOSE to comparing to the CUTENESS of my Emma Lee!

 

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She’s already changed so much!

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This is her favorite position!

Knees hiked up underneath her, little bum in the air, snuggled on mommy’s chest.

It’s hilariously cute!

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She’s quite fond of her daddy!

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Sometimes it’s best just to yawn and snuggle with daddy!

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Who knew Handsome Man would be so awesome at manicures??

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Milk Coma…  I love when she TOTALLY sacks out like this!  Ha!!

 

 

And yes… I totally rationalize posting lots of pictures of her adorableness because:

1. She’s too cute NOT to show off!

2. It doesn’t get much more DIY in Real Life than having a baby! 😉

Nursery Window Coverings

Mkay!

 

So kid’s curtains are fun!  You can do things to them that you can’t do in any other room!

 

Girl Nursery Curtains by www.DIYinRealLife.com

 

Say for instance….

 

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You want to use actual branches for the curtain rods?

You can do that in a nursery!

Girl Nursery Curtains by www.DIYinRealLife.com

Or say you want the branches to be white and glittery?

You can do that in a nursery!

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Or say you want various happy colored ribbon to attach the curtain to your branch/curtain rods?

You can do that in a nursery!!!

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Or say you want to use gray/white chevron for the curtain tie backs?

You can do that in a nursery!!!

Girl Nursery Curtains by www.DIYinRealLife.com

Because in a nursery…

You can pretty much do anything!!!

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Because it’s a nursery…

The sky is the limit!!! 🙂

Tutorials on Pom-Poms, Chinese Lanterns, and MORE!

Okay….. Now!  How did I do all these hanging goodies???

 

Girl Nursery Making Poms

 

 

Option 1: CHINESE LANTERN HAS A RUN IN WITH AN OBSCENE NUMBER OF COFFEE FILTERS

(AKA: My favorite)

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So this one was suuuuper easy and suuuuuuuuper time consuming.  But totally worth it and it will steal your heart!

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I got the original idea from this girl at Ada’s Interior Design!

Ahhh-mazing, no??!

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Anyway… I just grabbed 2 packages of coffee filters… (Dude, they’re like .89 a package! Isn’t this a cheap upgrade??!)

Take a filter, pinch the center with one hand, and pull up the coffee filter with the other.

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I simply started in one spot at the top and began working my way down.

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I used a low-heat glue gun because that’s what I had at the time.  Ada suggested using the low-heat as well because the big high heat gun can leave some definite marks on one’s skin if you know what I mean!  OUCH!

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Just put some glue on the tip of the coffee filter and shove onto the Chinese lantern, keeping them all pretty close so as to avoid bare patches.

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Be prepared.  It takes a while.

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A looooong while.  BUT it’s AWESOME when it’s done!!!!

Option 2: CHINESE LANTERN GOES OUT WITH SCALLOPED TISSUE PAPER

 

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Be forewarned…

Less than ideal, taken-late-at-night-when-lighting-was-bad pictures will follow on this next one….

 

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Observe my attractive pj-wear!   😉

Handsome Man’s STUD Scooby-Doo pajamas!  Jealous??!

(Scooby-Doo pajama’s suggested but are optional when making this lantern)

I had a few faded ugly brown lanterns so I decided they definitely needed an upgrade.  I chose bright, happy orange to cover it and it totally works!

 
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This one was super easy AND super quick.  I like those!

Again, low-heat glue gun…. Cut tissue paper into strips.  My strips were approximately 4 inches wide.  Cut scallops… (Or zig-zags… Or fringe…. Or whatever you prefer)

Starting at the bottom, hot glue round and round the Chinese lantern and push the top of the strip into the hot glue trail.

Like I said, suuuuper easy!

I think I got the idea from here?  It was on my Pinterest board anyway!

Option 3: TISSUE PAPER HAS A BAD HAIR DAY

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I didn’t really bother doing a tutorial on these guys because everyone and their dog has a tutorial on how to do them.

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I used THIS tutorial…. The only change I made was that I used like twice as many sheets of tissue paper as I did the first one and decided I wanted them fuller.  And you KNOW how I feel about fullness, right??! 🙂

Option 4: GLITTER UPCHUCKS ON STRAY CHINESE LANTERN

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Because I like glitter, at least one of these fellows had to be sparkly!

And no… I didn’t have a tutorial for this…

And no…. I’ve never seen anyone do it…

And no… I had NO clue what I was doing…

But really? When has that ever stopped us before?

Are you with me????

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So yeah… I just spray painted the ugly faded brown Chinese lantern with regular gray spray paint and threw iridescent glitter on it as I went along.  No science to it at all…  Just wing it! 😉

I think that pretty much covers all the DIY stuff I hung….  As previously mentioned I got the yellow Chinese lanterns and the pink POLKA DOT lanterns at Hobby Lobby.  I love them a lot.  😉

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Of Chinese lanterns… and pom-poms… and pennants, oh MY!!!

Ahhhh yes… one of my favorite additions to our little lady’s nursery!

 

The Chinese lantern/pom-pom/pennant hang-y thing above her crib!

 

Something I totally envisioned in this inspiration post from waaaay baaaaack when!

 

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 Isn’t it to die for???  I can just imagine her getting such a kick looking up at all the bright happy colors!  This will certainly ensure a happy baby, right??!

*crossing fingers*  Haha!

Anyhoo…

On to how I rigged this thing.  I found lots of tutorials on how to make all the pom-poms, etc… But no tutorials on how to hang the things!  So this is probably NOT the best way to do it… just what worked for me! lol!

First of all… I wanted to make sure this thing was suuuuuper secure.  Even though it’s all tissue paper and coffee filters, it’s all surprisingly heavy!

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And because I didn’t take pictures of this step, you get a crudely drawn example of what I did!  Aren’t you special!??!

And don’t knock it!  That special little attempt and showing you how I hung this thing took me like 10 minutes to do! 😉

AnyWAY!

You’ll never see any of this once it’s all up… But I preferred having 2 larger holes in the ceiling as opposed to lots and lots of little holes.

 I screwed 2 hooks into the studs in the ceiling. Those puppies are secure and totally not going anywhere.  You’re welcome, small baby.  Now hopefully this thing won’t come crashing down on you mid-nap! 😉

I had some of these really long branches (at least 5.5 ft long) that were about an inch thick. They’re super straight and pretty much look like a really long dowel.  But if you didn’t have free branches that were really long, straight, and skinny, you could totally use a dowel too.

I then tied the branch to the hooks with ribbon.  Tightly.  With many knots.

I know…. Probably being paranoid with the whole “falling on my child” thing.  Still.  That sucker isn’t going anywhere and that makes me feel better! 😉

After I jerry-rigged this whole thing, I proceeded to hang the various Chinese lanterns, pom-poms, and pennants.

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Yes… It’s okay… You can admit you’re impressed!

Not one, but TWO crude drawings!  All in one post!  Wow.

I just hung it all at whatever hight looked right to me by tying ribbon from the branch to whatever hanging thing I was putting up there at the time.  Super easy and no… Not really any method to my madness.  Like I said, I just hung them wherever they looked good to me.

The little lady's room!

As of Friday, this is what it looked like. Cute, I suppose? But just not as full as I would have liked.  And FULL is definitely what you’re going for in this case.

So… it was off to Hobby Lobby I went.

I bought a package of 3 bright yellow Chinese lanterns for 7.99 (WITH a 40% off coupon, if you’re reading this, dear! 😉 )

A 3 pack of pink polka dot Chinese lanterns for 4.99 (Without a coupon… BUT they are POLKA DOT people!!!!)

And a 3 pack of bright happy blue tissue pom pons for 4.99. (I made all the other pom-poms, but didn’t have this color of tissue paper.  It TOTALLY brightens up the whole thing!)

And so for not-very-much-$$$ I now have this…

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Soooooo much better, right?!?!?   BRIGHTER! HAPPIER! And best of all, FULLER!!!

*LOVE!*

Anyhoo…. that’s all there is to it!  Go have fun and try it!!!

What’s the WORST that could happen, right?

(I suppose we’ve already established that the worst thing that could happen is that it falls on your small child, huh?  Just hang it securely!  Then hopefully you can avoid that little issue! 😉  )

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Soooo…. Following this post, I’ll have a tutorial on:

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The big white one that uses a Chinese lantern and coffee filters…

(I LOVE this one!  Time consuming, but cheap and ca-UTE!

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This one that uses a Chinese lantern and tissue paper…

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And even link to some tissue paper pom-pom tutorials!

Linked up at:

Not Just a Housewife

THE Nursery Reveal!

Finally, right???!

 

 

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Hey… In my defense…. I’ve slooooooowly been working on this!  It’s been a long process from catch-all storage room to my favorite nursery ever!  (And yes.  I realize I’m totally partial.)

 

 

This has been such a unique room to do!  Kid’s rooms are just plain fun I’ve realized!

So enough with the chit-chat already!!!

 

HELLO NURSERY!!!!

 

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So many adorable details I can’t wait to highlight in future posts!

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Ahhhh!  All the adorableness wrapped up in that bedding!  I can’t wait till the mattress arrives so I can officially have the bed ready! Eep!!

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I’m totally can’t stop smiling as I post this.  Dorky, I know…. BUT this is so stinkin’ cute!!

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Mucho Love-o the Chinese lanterns/pom-poms/pennants that I have going on here!  Pair that with a gray and white chevron wall and I’m just totally ecstatic!!!

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Aren’t these branches and tissue paper flowers and book page flowers just too cute?!?!?   My cousins did these for my shower and I’ve totally fallen in love with them!

Can you believe we’ve come from THIS….

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To THIS…

To THIS…

To THIS… 

To THIS…

To this FINAL Reveal?!?!

*Happiness!*

Be looking for further details of:

*Tutorial on how to hang all the various pom-poms and lanterns above the crib

*Tutorials of all the various pom-poms and lanterns

*The branch curtain rods and curtains

*The chandelier light fixture

*The adorable lamp

*And MORE!!!

P.S.  Don’t forget the CUTEST ADDITION to the nursery!!!!!

Girl Nursery Reveal!

Pre-Baby Granola… Mmmmm!!!

So, we just got done with our 12-week birthing classes…  Yes, just in time!  We can now have a baby!  🙂

 

Anyhoo… At every class, we took turns bringing snacks.  Yum!   Anyway, when Michelle brought granola and yogurt, Handsome Man went crazy over it.  I mean, he REALLY LIKED it!

He kept whispering during class, “You have GOT to get the recipe for this!!!”

Me: “Okay.”

Handsome Man: “We NEEEEEEEED the recipe for this.”

Me: “All right!  I’ll ask for it after class!”

Handsome Man: “This is SOOOO good!  You need to make this!!!!”

Me: “I know! I know!  I’ll make it!!!  Now shhhhh!  We’re supposed to be watching this birth video!”  (Sitting in a group of pregnant women and their husbands, watching videos of women giving birth? Yes… That’s quite the experience and a topic for — another day… 😉

 

Anyway… Yeah… I’d say he was smitten.  As soon as class was over, he started nudging me again and whispering that we needed the recipe.

 

 

We just made a 4x batch in anticipation of baby’s arrival.  I thought it would be awesome to have it stocked up and plenty to eat while I’m recovering!  The problem is, I’m not sure there will be any left by then!  This stuff is good! 🙂

 

So without further ado…..  The recipe!!!

Granola Recipe

 

 

Michelle’s Hearty Granola Recipe

(Recipe yields one batch…I made a 4x batch to have plenty after baby arrives. Maybe.)

 

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Optional: 

almonds

pecans

walnuts

golden raisins

regular rasins

craisins

sunflower seeds

unsweeted coconut flakes

Flax Seed

Anything else that looks like it might be good in granola.  Dried fruits, nuts, etc….

 

*Specifically, for our batch, I added: (Again… I  4x the amounts listed here)

*1/4 c. Coconut (I would add about twice this much next time, I think)

*1 Tbsp Wheat Bran

* 1 c. Almonds

* 1/2 c. Sunflower Seeds

* 1/2 c. Crasins

* 1/4 c. Golden Raisins

 

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, toss the oats with the cinnamon and salt. Add nuts, raisins, coconut, sunflower seeds (or whatever looks good) to the oat mixture.

In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined.

Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them: Gather up some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all of the oats are coated with the honey mixture.

Pour mixture unto lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. (I baked it for longer since I made a 4x batch instead of just 1x)

Remove from oven promptly to cool.  While cooling stir the granola every so often.  (I didn’t really stir it that much because Handsome Man likes it chunkier)

 

 

Anyhoo!!!!   Hope you enjoy the granola, baby or not!!! 🙂

Granola Recipe