Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ele-Fun

This past week has been pretty stressful at work and I come home most nights completely exhausted.  So nights are for relaxing and playing  – like this game with Claire called Elefun.  This girl loves elephants. And games.  And sometimes, when work seems crazy and overwhelming, it’s nice to take a break and get a little clarity around why you work so hard in the first place.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Weekly Wrap-UP

Here are some of the things that we were up to this past week.  Have a great week, everyone!

I’m currently dreaming of a dining room makeover and saving up to buy flooring, wainscoting, paint, furniture and accessories for the room. You know, just everything. The room is sadly empty right now:

 

Sad empty dining room 😦

 

A week or two ago, I spotted these awesome chair covers at World Market and decided that it would be the perfect jumping off point for the color scheme in the dining room. Most of the rest of our downstairs is blues, greens and gray – these chairs have all of that plus yellow. I’m loving the yellow splash!

Here’s the pattern up close. Yum.

The plan is to tackle this room sometime this spring or summer. I’ve been trolling Craig’s List for tables and chairs and saving my pennies for the whole makeover.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

How To: Create a Paper Silhouette

I haven’t given the full look at our office makeover because it’s not 100% complete, but I’m working on finalizing my frame wall.  Hopefully that will be done soon and I’ll have pictures of the finished room!  For now, I’ll show a sneak peak of the gallery frame wall.  As I was creating the gallery, I wanted a lot of different things on the wall, not just photos, and I’ve been wanting a silhouette of my little munchkin for the wall.  I snapped this picture a couple weekends ago when C was very busy playing outside and wouldn’t look at the camera, and I knew it would make the perfect silhouette template:

 I had it printed out in a 5 x 7 size so her actual head would fit in a 4 x 6 portrait-layout frame.  I started by carefully cutting around her head with a small pair of crafting scissors.

  

Once I had the whole thing cut out, I traced it onto some black scrapbooking paper.  I had this piece in my stash and I liked that it isn’t solid black, but had a little bit of a dark gray pattern in it.  I traced it on the back to make sure that I could see the line. (If you do this, flip the picture over so that it comes out the right direction on the patterned side of the paper.)

 

Then cut out the silhouette on the black paper.  I chose a background scrapbook paper to put into the frame.  I liked that this was simple with a vintage-y vibe and I knew the black would show up well against it.

 

I had the perfect frame that was on the gallery wall in need of a 4 x 6 picture in the slot and made this to fit in it.

 Voila! Instant cuteness and wall gallery flair in under 15 minutes.

 

Here is it living on the gallery wall – the other pictures are a cute shot of Claire from her 1-year pictures and an airplane shot of Mount Ranier through the clouds as we were leaving Seattle last year.  Psst…sneak peak of office reveal frame wall!

Anybody else make anything crafty lately?

Spring has sprung

I love having our new house to decorate for the seasons.  I was never inspired to do it at the old house.  I don’t go overboard or anything, but armed with a bunch of Michael’s coupons I headed to get spome spring greenery last weekend to decorate our family room & living space.  Spring has sprung at the nest!

I got a grapevine wreath and some floral twine to dress up our back door…

 And some cherry blossoms for the mantle…

  And these super cute flowers for the table by our mudroom.

 All that and we have this sweet tree blossoming outside our bedroom window: 

 Happy Easter, everyone!