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April 17, 2011

Fun With Paint Chips

I first saw this project over on Pinterest and followed the link through to Modern Parents, Messy Kids.  How cute is it??

I love how it turned out.

I used a larger hole punch so I could thread it with ribbon instead of string and I think mine has more eggs, but those were the only real changes I made.  Just had to share in case anyone else wanted to try!

This may very well be the most Easter decorating I’ve ever done, aside from making Easter baskets.  Anyone have any other fun decorating ideas?

One more shot with better color:

Sorry about the flash… it was late.

April 9, 2011

Living Room Mini Makeover

Calling this a “makeover” is definitely an overstatement, but oh well.

Today we got our new custom DVD case from a friend of ours who does woodworking (so gorgeous!) so we changed out our cabinets and moved some things around.

Here is the new cabinet (on the right) and the old bookshelf (left).

Definitely needed to go.

Unfortunately we didn’t have a replacement in mind, but after wandering around my house for a while I remembered my sweet robins-egg blue/green antique table that was awkwardly hanging out in my kitchen holding cookbooks.  And what better to hold cookbooks than a stray bookcase?  I tell you.

Here is the table in its new spot:


I don’t have a picture of it, but I assure you the bookcase is now happily fulfilling its calling holding all my cookbooks in the kitchen.

One more view:

Is it really important for you to know why Scoobi Doo is on the TV?  Let’s blame my husband and leave it at that.

I like it!  I wasn’t sure at first as it’s much smaller than what was there before, but I love the table, so it’s growing on me.  Plus, I put my ceramic bird on it in the meantime, and bird statues make everything better!

April 7, 2011

J’s Room

This is a kill two birds with one stone kind of post.  A friend of mine has been asking me for ages for pictures of the baby’s room, so I thought I’d show it off now, in all its before and after glory.

Here is the room when we first bought our house, about two years ago.

Ack.  Sorry.  So blurry.  Oh well, you get the idea.  Do note the wallpaper border at the top and the rust orange carpet.  Woo!

When we first moved in we were remodeling the master bedroom and bathroom, so we lived in here for a while.  I can’t find any pictures of it like that, but if I do, I’ll update.

Once we found out I was pregnant we started thinking about nursery ideas.  We both knew we didn’t want to find out the baby’s gender, so we came up with a gender neutral room.  Its theme?  The Jungle Cruise. Do pay special attention to the bead board.  My sweet hubs spent the better part of three days installing it (with the help of my dear uncle and some good friends).

Here you can see the huge, awesome vintage Disneyland map we had framed above the changing table and our cool stuffed tiger.  Hanging from the ceiling fan is J’s favorite thing ever: it’s a movable butterfly.  If you pull on the red ball the wings flap.  It mesmerizes her.

Obviously I didn’t fix her bedskirt (that my mom made!) before taking pictures.  Please ignore.

In this one you can sort of see the photos I took of the Jungle Cruise that I mounted on 12×12 canvases.  I love how these came out!  The quilt was made for J by her abuelita.  Gorgeous.


The red bookcase matched the one I just moved (see this post) until my mom painted it for me.  Above her coat hanger you can see the awesome vintage-style Jungle Cruise poster from Disneyland that my bestie gave us for Christmas (are we sensing a “friends and family gift/help” theme?  That is because we are surrounded by amazing, talented people who are incredibly generous with us.  We are blessed beyond belief).


More of the same!  This is about as wide as I could get.

Even though we didn’t finish until two months or so after she was born (ehh, potato/potahto), I love how the room came out.