Monday, April 29, 2013

Big Blue

The armoire I fell in love with at a thrift store and just couldn't leave there is finished and ready for a home!

I really wanted this for one of my girlies' rooms because it is absolutely perfect to store kids clothes in! It has cubbies on the top and drawers on the bottom. But, alas, it is not destined for our home. Oh, well. It's still a beaut...

here's a quick before and after...


Here's what the inside looks like: The top has 4 cubbies and the bottom has 3 drawers. I just love this thing. I just picture baskets of toys on the top, or little tiny folded pants.

Just wanted to share. I hope that it sells, but if it doesn't I guess I'll just have to find a little room for it somewhere!

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Blue Big Girl Bed and Stuffed Animal Storage

Slowly but surely I'm making progress on our house. Big Girl's room is actually almost together! I have her photo collage and closet organization to finish. I'm so close I can taste it.

I stalk the Shabby Chic section at Target for clearance stuff, and finally scored Big Girl a comforter for her new painted Robin's Egg Blue Bed for a $40 steal. It's just against every fiber of my being to pay full price for anything.

Yay I love it! And bunny made it back to bed, sleeping wrapped in Lucy's arms, only thanks to my amazing aunt and cousin who did battle with TSA and local police to pull bunny from a certain death by TSA agent :) We are SO grateful!!!

The newest greatest addition to Lucy's room and organization is her new stuffed animal storage!!! (You know you're a stay-at-home mom when stuffed animal storage is your big event for the week...)

I Pintrested (not a word yet, but just give it time... :) ) 'stuffed animal storage' and saw some adorable cute ideas, but my favorite ideas by far were the planters on the walls. I found this perfect white distressed wall hanger at Hobby Lobby. 

What I love even more is that now we have a rule that if it doesn't fit into the hanger, then some stuffies have to go.

So close to the final product. But today it's on to yard work in a feeble attempt to get it done before the heat of summer starts! 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Homemade Recipe Platter as a Wedding Present

I had a bit of a hiatus from my blogging because of my cousin's wedding, but I am back! I know I shouldn't have let it, and I know I didn't need to, but I was way stressed out about it. Weddings are such big days and I know how brides like them 'perfect,' or I guess not perfect but there are just certain things that are important to each person. I was so nervous I was going to mess it up!!! For flower girls I have a very spirited (code word for stubborn, determined, not afraid to make a scene) 4 year old and an equally loud and cranky-beyond-reason-for-no-reason-sometimes 2 year old. Top that with the fact that we will be on vacation mode, and I was a bridesmaid so would be distracted or missing from them the day of the wedding... panic!

In the end it was an almost perfect and beautiful, amazing day and I am so glad we were a part of it. I will remember it always.

Here are a few iPhone pics of a few darling moments. We made it to 11:30 (that's when their heads finally hit the pillow, but it was only 9:30 Colorado time I liked to think) with no tantrums, no ruined dresses, no holes in stockings, no flowerclips with petals ripped off, not even a whine!!!!

Getting handed a glass of wine as soon as we walked in to the reception after a day of worrying about the 'big moment'? My smile says it all- what a relief! Job done :)

On to the real reason I posted... the homemade wedding present I made my cousin. Our Oma (my blog's namesake) passed suddenly and unexpectedly in November of last year, so was only at this wedding in spirit. My cousin was very close to her, so I made her a platter with one of Oma's recipes on it- in her own handwriting.

There was always something special about my Oma's writing. It was so unique to us, I'm guessing it was the German style of handwriting, but it will forever bring her spirit alive for us to see the writing.

If you'd like to make a recipe platter for a wedding present or other present for someone, here's what I did...

~Copy the original recipe and zoom it the the size that will fit your platter. 
~Take it to a paint your own pottery place and ask for some graphite paper. 
(That is a tip I wish I would've known. I held it to my window, used a pencil to trace the back of the paper, then used a pencil to rub the recipe onto the platter. I had quite the sore wrist after that!)
~Transfer the recipe to the platter, then use the skinny black paint pen to copy it. The pencil will burn away. 
 ~Don't forget to write a personal message on the back!