3.20.2015

Our Last Nursery

While pregnant with our last baby, we were in the midst of building a new home, selling our old home, and living with in-laws in between. That yearning to nest was replaced with packing and dreaming. We closed on our home on a Friday, moved in on Saturday, and baby came the next day, Sunday. The last thing I wanted to do after just having a baby, and readjusting to having a newborn schedule, was unpack and decorate, yet all I wanted was to feel settled and at home. It was a balance I was trying to figure out.

 Eventually, things came together, and it is now one of my favorite rooms in the house- not necessarily because it is the most decorated, but because of the sentiment behind the room. This was our last baby, thus, this is the last nursery. The last crib, the last rocker . . . So every time I walk in the room, I take in the details, the tiny elements, the sweetness. I just laid my baby (okay, he's 21 months, but he will always be my baby) down for a nap. Placing his heavy body down in his crib, I am realizing that these baby moments are fleeting. That the transition to a big boy room is pending, though I joke that I may keep him in a crib until he is FIVE! I've already started accumulating items for his big boy room, but for now I want to cherish the nursery.
There are scatterings of mountain and woodland animals throughout the room- miniatures, stuffies, prints . . .
My mom always makes each new grand baby a blanket. I knew I wanted a striped blanket like one I saw on The Purl Bee. We picked out colors and my mom remastered her knitting skills and made my babe this fun, modern, and super soft blanket. It is definitely a treasure.
The art prints above the crib came from The Caravan Shoppe. Super easy to buy, download, then print. Instant gratification! The rest of the art and wall decor was made by yours truly. Digital designs, an embroidered fox constellation, faux pewter initial, photos, and even some fun felt arrows.
My dad had some antlers laying around, and I asked if his grandson could inherit them- he can't say no to his grand babies! I wanted a playful modern take on an antler mount so I cut a triangle and painted it bright blue for the background.
Some scrap pallet wood I had leftover from another project got repurposed into a wall banner. That along with the dreamcatcher were my wishes for sweet dreams for our little one. The dreamcatcher was made using left over yarn from the blanket my mom knit.
Sitting rocking my baby, during the day with the sun pouring in, or in the wee hours of the night, were treasured this time around especially.

For his first birthday, my dad made some wood cuts. His name was on top of his cake, and later added to his collage wall because I couldn't part with it.
The mobile was a labor of love while I was pregnant. 10 crochet little stars in white and natural yarn, later joined, stuffed, and hung from a ring of twigs gathered from our yard. Every night as I put him to bed we sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as I make the stars dance above him. He loves it, and I cherish those moments.

Sources:
Crib & Dresser- BuyBuy Baby
Rocker- Target
Side Table- Homegoods
Striped rug- Crate & Barrel
Curtains- Ikea
Curtain Rod- Target
Basket- Target
White Frames- Ikea
Tribal B&W Pillow- Ikea
Watercolored Animal Prints- Caravan Shoppe
Large Stuffed Fox- Anthropologie (similar)
Raccoon & Fox- Jellycat
Knit Raccoon- Blabla Kids

10.02.2014

Apples, Kisses & Hugs Teacher Thank-you

Autumn is in the air. Well maybe not here in Texas, but I am definitely feeling in the fall mood. The produce section is filled with huge, juicy delicious apples, the kids are back at school, and the holidays are quickly approaching. I saw a cute teacher thank-you idea floating around pinterest and decided to create my own little printable to go with it. 
We did this activity for family home evening and we decided to give it to their church teachers. You could give it to school, church, preschool, music, or dance teachers. No need to wait for teacher appreciation week to show our teachers how much we love them for all they do!
Just grab some apples, hershey's hugs and kisses, and some way to package it, then top it off with the card. Lucky for you, I've made the last step easy because I've included a free printable of the card so you can make your own. It is sized to fit 4 on a standard 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock. Just click on the image below to get your download.

6.01.2014

A Foxy First Birthday Party!

Our little boy is turning ONE, so we took the chance to celebrate his first year together with family and friends. A one-year-old doesn't need anything grand in a party, so I fully admit that the planning and details of the party were for my own pleasure. I had too much fun dreaming, planning, shopping, and crafting for this party. His room is woodland inspired, so I stuck with that and went to town.

I designed this little birthday fox and used him throughout the party.
I made masks for all of the kids. They got to pick from a fox, deer, owl, raccoon, and skunk.
The florist from my wedding took me to a floral market where I got to dream up and pick from rooms and rooms of beautiful flowers! I was in flower heaven! I built and stained some wooden planter boxes and my mom played florist on party day and executed my vision perfectly!! I couldn't have done it without her! I designed the wood "1" toppers and my dad cut them on his laser wood cutter at work.
We played a slideshow of pictures from his first year of life. So fun to reminisce on all of his sweet moments.
My sister had the great idea to cater her son's party, so I saved myself the extra stress and had the delicious Costa Vida cater. That meant all I had to do was the fun stuff- making the rest of it look cute!
We had a coloring table and chalkboard outside for the kids to use.
We had a woodland trees ring toss game for the bigs (I also designed these and had my dad cut them on his laser wood cutter,) and a ball pit that was a hit with the babies.
Then for the big moment- his first cake!
We had a chocolate tree stump cake for the adults too, and orange flavored cupcakes for the littles. 
He ate here and there at his cake, and when he was done, he let us all know by dumping it on the floor!
 Then, he was off to a bath, and we said goodbye to our friends.
 Happy (almost) Birthday to our baby!

9.30.2013

Happy Fall Y'all {Free Printable}

The weather has been cooler lately. For Texas that means we get to a high of 85-90 degrees, but the mornings are delightful. We always play outside first thing to get in as much cool weather as we can. The other day I stocked up on some pumpkin and we made pumpkin snickerdoodles.
 Today, after riding bikes in the cool shade, we decided it was time again for some fall baking. This time it was zucchini bread with some excess pumpkin added to the batter. I made extra so that we could have enough to bring to our neighbors. Then of course I had to make a quick card to attach. 

So here's a free printable just for you. Just click on the image to get your free printable.

A Happy Fall to Y'all too!

7.31.2013

Hospital Thank-You Cards

After going into preterm labor and experiencing the hospital from a different perspective, I really became aware of how grateful I was for good nurses. My main nurse was incredible. She allowed me to make decisions regarding me and my unborn baby's health, unlike the triage nurse who acted as if I didn't have options or a say when it came to what treatment and actions they needed to take. 
I had already planned on making thank-you gifts for the nurses who would take care of and assist me during and after labor, but this earlier experience really sealed the deal, and I got creating soon after getting released and coming home. I was on bed rest, but this was something I could work on from the comfort of my bed. It also helped take my mind off all the millions of other preparations I wasn't able to do, like set up a nursery. I convinced my husband, who was adamant about my resting, that I was well enough to go with him to pick out the items from the store. 

I really loved the thank-yous that Jess from Craftiness is not Optional made for her nurses, and put pretty much the same stuff in my thank-you bags. Here's what we included:
- Chocolate bar
- Chapstick
- Gum packet
- Pen
- Hand sanitizer

I also designed a little thank-you tag to tie around each bag.
I used the bottom color options since we were having a boy, and tied them on with some colorful fabric scraps. I created the tags in two colors, with and without a message attached. Lucky for you, I making all four options available for download, so that you too can say thank-you to those who don't get as much praise- the nurses, midwives, doulas, and even family and friends. They are the ones there with you more time than the highly paid doctors :) and I think they deserve some thanks!


To download click on the option you want to be redirected to the download page.





**As with all my free printables, these are for personal, non-profit use only! Thanks**

5.16.2013

Graphic Design Love

To say that I like to create printables, invitations, art, etc. would be an understatement. My love of graphic design has me constantly thinking in terms of layers and fonts and how I could turn an idea into something I can print and love. These past few months I have been busy designing for myself and for friends and family. There have been lots of baby showers, activities, and projects that have been keeping me busy- busy doing something I love. Here is a little sampling of a few of the things I've created.






This last one I created to give to women in an eating disorder center, but I thought that it is also true of all of us, in our different struggles and situations in life. It is important to remember our own individual worth and that we are important!

So I am offering the print above as a free download. It is sized to 5x7 and you can download it as a JPEG file or a PDF. Please remember that this printable is for personal use only, and is not to be resold in any format. If you are interested in using this for wide spread or commercial use, please contact me, as I would love to assist you!




If you are interested in custom digital creations, feel free to contact me!