Spring Centerpiece

Spring Centerpiece

 

Today I finally found some time to put together a spring centerpiece! I bought a small bunch for flowers, along with a thyme plant and mint. I love having something that is pretty to look at, and useful when it comes time to prepare dinner! Add some jars, glasses, and decorative items from around the house, and done! All for under $10. You can find a tutorial for the gold striped candles here.

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Fabric Bins, Keeping Sydney Organized

 

The latest addition to Sydney’s room, fun fabric bins. I found these basic fabric boxes for just $4.99 from Ikea. With some fabric scraps, contrasting thread, fabric glue, and a little creativity I personalized the boxes for our daughters room. It’s a fun way to store toys and stay organized. Sydney knows that baby dolls are in the ‘s’ box, dress up in the ‘y’, etc. I created stencils from paper before cutting the fabric. Then used a sewing machine to outline each letter with contrasting thread. Each letter was then adhered to the boxes with fabric glue.

Eclectic China

 

I wanted to register for china for our wedding, but we ended up going the Crate and Barrel route instead. And then of course a year, and a couple broken dishes later, the stores stopped carrying our set. You can get them through special order, but what a fuss. So when we moved and needed more dishes, I changed up our set. Between thrift stores and hand-me-downs, we now have a mix of fun china and great basics. Do they match? Well, no… not in the traditional sense. But they do all work together. And the best part? If something breaks, its easily replaceable. Continue reading

DIY Creative Jewelry Storage

 

When it came time to decorate our bathroom, I got stuck deciding what to do for artwork. I was also in the middle of figuring out where to store all my jewelry so it was easily accessible. Then it dawned on me. Why not make my jewelry the artwork? Continue reading

DIY Horse Roundup

Our daughters room is still a work in progress, but this weekend we made some headway. We found 7 molded plastic horses at a local flea market and couldn’t pass them up! After getting them home and having a long debate on where they should go, we decided they would be most fun in a child’s room. They have been sitting around for awhile, and this weekend we finally cleaned them up, painted them, and installed them in their new home. Continue reading

Promoting Creativity

 

It can be hard for a two year old to remain patient while plastic and newspapers are taped to the dining room table in preparation for a painting session. Or while supplies are gathered for the afternoon craft. So I decided my daughter needed a creative space of her own. A place where she can sit down and have craft options ready to go. No preparation required. So now she has her own desk set up in our living room / dining room. And if I need to get a little work done at my desk during the day, she can do the same. Continue reading

Making our Apartment a Home.

 

My husband and I have always been big city people, and we actually used to enjoy moving. We first met in Chicago, where we only spent a year at each apartment we rented. When we moved to California we did the same. But once Sydney came along, we finally renewed a lease. So when we moved back to Chicago last year, we decided it was time to find a place where we could get comfortable and stay awhile. Once we found apartment we loved, the next step was to make it feel like a home. Continue reading

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