Wednesday, February 25, 2015

DIY Book Page Bunting

Hey remember that cute little DIY blog called Lovely Weeds? What happened to that girl who loves rusty stuff and old wood?

She had a baby!

And fell off the face of the earth for a while.

But look at this face...

Worth taking a break for, wouldn't you say?

But now I'm back to work! During the last month of my pregnancy, what I affectionately call the water buffalo stage, my head was swimming with project ideas. Projects for the house, for the shop, for the nursery, and for fun. I've got a want-to-do list a mile long, and I'm so excited to share things as I cross them off.

First up, a little nursery craft project.

You saw my first (and biggest!) nursery project when I shared baby girl's chalk paint dresser/changing table, and another sneak peak with my DIY mercury glass finish on plain vases. Since then, I finished a little reading nook project for the nursery, and I am a little bit in love.

I'm not sure why I was inspired by Peter Pan for the nursery. The adorable quotes? The chance to use vintage clocks? It captured me one day and I couldn't shake the idea. There is something so whimsical and sweet about the story. Hold on to innocence for as long as possible... and while you're at it, never stop believing. I couldn't think of a better message to surround my baby girl with.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DIY Faux Mercury Glass

I've been in a metal, silver, chrome, galvanized, nickel, kind of place lately. 

Does that ever happen to you? A color or material speaks to you and suddenly you want it everywhere. I've gone through woven basket and wooden crate phases, but lately everything from crusty old buckets and old wash bins to silver plated frames have caught my fancy. When picking accessories for our baby girl's nursery, I knew we needed some accessories that were nice and shiny, but with limited options I decided to make my own!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Vintage Buffet Makeover and Americana Decor Chalk Paint

This post was written on behalf of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint by DecoArt. The opinions expressed here are all my own!

Something about designing a nursery for a baby girl has inspired creativity in me that has long laid dormant. It gives a mama a second chance to create the childhood bedroom of her dreams! Whether you craved hot pink walls with lime green stripes, or wanted everything purple and ruffled (guilty), you're the boss now and that room can be whatever you want it to be... for your baby, of course!

I can't wait to share a full nursery reveal soon, but I'm still tweaking things and waiting on our crib (a minor detail...), so it will have to wait just a bit longer. In the meantime, I am so excited to share this makeover with you today!

A vintage buffet become a functional dresser/changing table in a baby girl's nursery

Thursday, December 4, 2014

DIY Burlap Christmas Ornaments

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I have an easy DIY for you today using one of my very favorite materials... BURLAP! It's easy, quick, and perfect for a rustic Christmas theme.

Step by step tutorial on how to make your own burlap ornaments for beautifully rustic Christmas decor!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vintage Inspired Locker

I am so excited to share this makeover with you today! Did you see the preview on Instagram? Follow me to keep up with all my sneak peaks!

Our home has been in overhaul mode over the last few weeks. Not in getting the nursery ready, as you might think, but in getting the big brother ready! We moved KJ into a larger room, and I wanted to make sure that he was settled there before his old room was transformed with girly goodness. Besides, baby girl is pretty content with her living quarters as of now ;).

I wanted to go with a theme that would A. be relevant and AWESOME to my precocious boy, and B. easily transition into a bigger-big-boy room later on. It's all about superheros and sports right now, so the solution was easy! Superheros now, sports greatness later!

Which brings me to...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to Build a Fire In 6 Easy Steps

Today's post is for the me of four years ago. The naive newlywed desert girl who found herself in the mountains where there were four seasons, instead of two.

By extension, I hope that this is for you too.

When we first moved here, it was the week after Thanksgiving during one of the wettest and coldest winters that the area had seen in years. It was thrilling and overwhelming at the same time! We ran out of gas for the furnace in our rental after a week (we had been told that it was electric), and a night with no heat was very helpful in our decision to invest in a wood-burning stove.

When we first bought our stove, I was terrified of it. I had no idea how to build a fire (intentionally...), and I was convinced that we would burn the house down or die of some kind of gas exposure in our sleep! I was, of course, being ridiculous - that happens when you're completely out of your element.

It took me some time - and plenty of smoke - but I am proud to say that I'm now a master fire builder. I can get that baby going, from cold chimney to a toasty fire I can forget about, in five minutes flat. There is something so rewarding in being able to do that - especially now that it means keeping my baby(ies) warm.

So for my past self - who literally Googled "how to build a fire in a wood stove," desperately seeking pictures or diagrams - and any others like her, this one's for you!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quirky Little Signs

Happy Tuesday!

The bun in the oven is getting bigger every day, making my usual DIY activities a bit more difficult than usual! Of course, by a bit, I mean hugely difficult! I'm still painting away, getting furniture and walls ready for some big changes to the little home, but my goodness... it's getting tough! I painted our hutch (see the before here), and it took me a couple days to recover! It looks gorgeous though, and I can't wait to share it with you later this week.

What am I doing during my painted hutch recovery time? 

Friday, October 31, 2014