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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Baby Girl's Nursery

I've been a little busy of late.  Renovate a house - check.  Move in - check.  Have a baby - check.  Decorate a girly nursery - check.

And I'm so proud of it, I just had to share.

We started with the wall color.  I knew I wanted gray, and we went with Silver Chain by Benjamin Moore.  It's a perfect gray.  Just gray.  Not blue, not green, not purple, not tan.  Just gray.  And we love it!
Next came the curtains.  Good old Walmart had these from Better Homes and Gardens and I love them too.  I love that they're not baby curtains.  But, they still look great with all her baby things. 
 We already had the furniture from our two boys.  My husband actually built - yes built that changing table for me.  Isn't he the greatest!!?  
And the bedding is Wendy Bellissimo Sweet Baby Dreams, with a bumper I found at Babies R Us.  I wanted to go with pink, but especially after drooling over all the bedding at Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, I wanted there to be tan mixed in.  I think the tans and greys really tone down the craziness pink can give a room. 
So, I was really excited to find this bedding on the cheaper side on Amazon. :) 
Above the crib are some shelves filled with little nic nacs I found mostly at Michael's.  I fell in LOVE with this little crown!  Princesses all need little crowns in their bedrooms!  And the pedastle from Hobby Lobby was perfect for it! 
I love the tiny little flowers I found to accessorize the shelves, too. 
At the head of the crib, I hung a mobil that I made using styrofoam balls, ribbon, fabric, and an embroidery hoop. 
I saw the idea on Pinterest and about died!! 
I mean, so cute.  I'm in love with the way it turned out. 
And I think it adds the perfect touch to the head of my princess's bed. 
Love this pillow from the bedding collection. 
The shelf is of course filled with baby essentials like diapers, creams, and clothes.  But there are a few nic nacs on it as well. 
My favorite piece is probably the little children figurine.  It was my Mom's.  The basket is filled with burp clothes, and the canister holds binkis. 
I really love this little display shelf. 
Found the cute little cherry blossom canisters at Michael's, and they hold the hair accessories that don't match the room. :)  Perfect!   
These blankets were a gift and I'm completely in love with them.  There will be newborn photos taken with them shortly. 
The ducky and block box were re-used from my boy's nursery decorations. 
These headband holders I found on Amazon.  I LOVE them.  They are white leather and really sturdy.  I found the candlesticks they're sitting on at Marshalls, and I think it just gives them a prettier perch.  The headbands were all given to me at my baby shower.  This is what we did instead of play games. 
I saw these headband holders on Pinterest, and through the links I found out that you can get a kit to make them at a baby shower from {LB Boutique}.  I LOVE the idea, and I LOVE that my host did it for my at my shower.  She's the best! 
Last but not least, a little pretty clock sits above the door, so I know how long thost night time feedings last. :)  It was a photo clock, but I just covered the holes with paper to match the room.

Ta-Da!  I love it.  Girls are so much fun.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Gifts of Love Service Auction - A Relief Society Activity

There seems to be a lack of Relief Society Activity ideas on the internet, so I've decided to add to the idea pool.  This was an activity that went really well for us.
For the month of February last year, we decided to have a service auction.  And we thought the title "Gifts of Love" tied in well with the whole Valentine theme in February.
To advertise for the even, we decorated our board like a present and had the information for the event printed and placed on the board like a tag for the present.

We sent out the following to give the sisters ideas for what kind of items they could bring to auction off:
(contact me for a PDF or Word file)
To decorate for the event, we first made some heart strings to hang from the ceiling.  Using the idea from {this post} I just cut out a bunch of little hearts randomly and sewed them together on my sewing machine.  Cheap and easy, and we hung them up with white thumb tacks.  The effect was pretty cute. 

We got pink table cloths and just placed a piece of tissue paper in the middle as a centerpiece. 

Then, I just brought my Valentine's Day decorations from home to fill the center of the tables.

We had a questionnaire, a pencil, and a heart for them to label sitting at each place.



We had one main table set up in the front for all the items to be auctioned off to sit on.

In the center of that table, I set up a "tree" for the services to be auctioned off to hang from.  Each item to be auctioned off was labeled with one of these hearts made using heart shaped doilies and cardstock. 

The food table was decorated as well.


As people arrived, we encouraged them to eat, and fill out the questionnaire.  The questionnaire from {Mish Mash Mom} is how they got points to use to purchase the Gifts of Love.   



Once everyone had arrived and the questionnaires were all filled out, we encouraged everyone to take one last look at all the times to be auctioned off before we began.


I was the auctioneer, and just went from item to item until every single service or gift had been "purchased".

It was a great time for everyone.  There was a lot of love going around, and quite a few items that were "fought" over.  We had quite a spread of different gifts.  There were services from cooking classes to planning parties.  There were items from home made bread to decorations to something someone promised to make for someone else.

All in all, it was a great night and very unifying for everyone involved.  We loved it so much, we've decided to do it again this year.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tennis Guy Gift

For Grandpa this year, we made a little Tennis Guy.  He's great for holding all kinds of stuff in his mouth like
Chapstick

Pens

Shavers

Washcloths

Toothbrushes

And keys...with funny faces...


But it's mostly just good at sitting somewhere, looking at you, and reminding you of your grandson.

Merry Christmas, Bonka!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

All About Autumn

What a gorgeous time of year!
I just relish these months when the world seems to be on fire. 
Fall is my Favorite 
For so many obvious reasons. 
The cozy warm feeling that comes over the earth is hard to beat. 
It makes me want to own a cabin. 
Happiest of Holidays!
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