Thursday, March 21, 2013

DIY Nursery Art

I'm back to blogging after taking a break to spend time with our sweet baby girl.  Her nursery is my favorite room in the house, so I'm looking forward to posting about it.

I made both pieces of art using PicMonkey.  I dragged a plain white background into the program and then used their fonts and shapes.  Then all I had to do was print it out right from the computer.

For the one on the right, I drew the flowers with a black sharpie and used watercolor paints to fill in some of it.

I spray painted two dollar store document frames to put them in, so it only cost me $2.00 altogether.

The "Rise and Shine" print is available below for download.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Father's Day Photo Booth

My sisters and I decided to do something a little different this year for Father's Day.  Our dad's office already has plenty of pictures of us kids acting normal while smiling at the camera, so we chose to change it up a bit.  I used my Silhouette to cut out a few dad-related props, then taped a kabob stick to the backs of them.

 The quote I'm holding up is a family joke from years ago.  I was entering an essay contest based on the question, "What is the best advice you have ever been given?"  As I was deciding my topic, Dad imparted his wisdom by telling us that if we ever find ourselves homeless, we would be best off to live someplace warm.  Needless to say, I did not win that scholarship.  The quote, however, has stuck around.

 Happy Father's Day, Dad.  We love you!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Gender Reveal Party

As previously mentioned, David and I are eagerly expecting the arrival of our new baby.  Last month we had a gender reveal party with my family to find out if we are having a boy or girl.

We told the ultrasound technician up front that we didn't want her to use pronouns or tell us the gender when she saw "the" shot.  She had us look away when she came to that part of the anatomy scan, then stepped out of the room and called my mom with the news.  As we were finishing the rest of the appointment, my mom was on the other side of town filling a white lantern with pink or blue confetti.

Once we got home and our guests arrived, David and I stood under the lantern and each pulled one of the two strings attached to the bottom.  The flap of paper holding the confetti in came loose, spilling down a lovely shade of pink paper.

It's been a little over a month since we found out we're having a baby girl and we're still finding pink confetti all over the house, but it was very much worth it and gives me something to smile about as I vacuum the house.

Gender Reveal Lantern Pull

Friday, June 1, 2012

Shabby Chic Lamp

 The front of the house gets really dark at night, so I needed a lamp with a timer to go in the library.  I found a yellow lamp base at Goodwill for $4.00 and gave it a few coats of white spray paint.  For the shade, I cut long strips of fabric and hot glued them into a circle to resemble flowers.

After that, I glued them around the base of the shade and it was all done.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


So I've been MIA for the past five months...but for good reason.  We found out in January that we're expecting our first child this fall.  Blogging was put on hold due to morning sickness, celebrating, and just general excitement, but I plan on eventually posting all the projects (including several nursery ones!) that have been accomplished since my last update.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

He will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
-Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas, from our house to yours!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Decor

It's Christmas Eve, and I'm just now getting around to posting our Christmas decorations.

The tree in the library:

The main tree in the family room:

We used pictures on the presents instead of name tags.

My Willow Tree nativity scene:

An elf made by my grandmother:

And a Santa made by her, too:

Beautiful stockings by the fire: