I wiped down the drawers but they still didn't look quite clean enough. I figured the easiest solution would be to line each drawer. I didn't want to line the drawers with regular ol' paper shelf liner. No, this dresser was too special for that. It deserved a unique touch. I decided to use fabric to line the drawers. I simply removed the small nail holding the bottom of the drawer in place. Then I pulled out the wooden bottom and used some fabric I already had in my stash to wrap over the edges and secured it with a few staples on the under side. Next, I slipped the piece of wood back into the bottom of the drawer and nailed it down. This only took 20 minutes total and it's so fun to see when I open the drawers!
May 31, 2011
May 28, 2011
I made the curtains, spruced up an Ikea mirror (more on that coming up), and sewed some pillows.
My hubby made these bookshelves, they've been so perfect and I enjoy them every time I see them. We modified these building plans which were pretty simple to use and they hold a good amount of books which is a must in this house!
Ribbon strung on two World Market hooks is perfect for hanging the girls' artwork. And the little chalkboard easel was a great find from a yard sale - $10.
Close up pic of the DIY curtains.
And lastly, THE bed! My mom saw this in an alley (in a sketchy neighborhood), told me about it, and we went to get it right away! It was very dark, old, nasty wood but the lines were so great I knew it needed a home. It's a King size bed frame. I wanted to use it for my girls' bed but there was no way we could fit a king size bed in this room, so, after a while I realized a full size bed turned sideways is the same width as a king size bed, we shortened the side rails, painted it a pale blue and Voilà!! Perfect, chunky, short & wide little girls bed that looks like it popped right out of a fairy tale!
Well, there it is. I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if there was anything I missed that you were interested in. Up next, I'm thinking it will be the living/dining/school/library/computer area.
May 27, 2011
Below are pictures from an estate sale I went to recently.
Clockwise: Cream crochet table cloth $5 each- I got 3 cause they were so pretty, large blue tablecloth/blanket $2, 2 white pillowcases with crochet trim $1 each, the most wonderful yellow crocheted yellow throw $3
Giant metal pale $5, big old jar $1, vintage ledger $1 (I dream of giving this to someone dear to me to use as a guest book for their wedding), small glass jelly jars $10 for a box full of 50 jelly jars and vintage drinking glasses, same blue blanket as above.
Wooden ladder $10, I actually think it was closer to $5 but I can't really remember, I would have paid far more then that either way!
Old 2 sided puzzle $3.
May 25, 2011
May 23, 2011
I was asked to participate in a bridal shower themed vender challenge for Brenda's Wedding Blog, which will be a part of The Best Wedding Site Magazine. Kristin Rogers, Jacqueline Ahne and I teamed up and came up with a lovely spin on the color pallet that was assigned to us (lemon, mango, and periwinkle). We wanted this evening bridal shower tea to have an eclectic, aged feel with lots of fun details, and warm light all around.
We used Kristin's backyard as the backdrop for this shoot, it was just the perfect mix of rustic and charm needed.
Jacqueline Ahne of Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne did such an amazing job on all the floral arrangements. The flowers were so stunning in person and smelled amazing!!
I used a salvaged door as the table top, it made for such a unique base and added all the more character to the table.
The guest favors were individual bags of tea with little tags that read "Brew a pot of tea in honor of the bride to be"
Brenda wanted the table design to be affordable and realistic for the average reader. Other then the items collected form Etsy venders (list below) I tried not to purchase anything for this challenge just to show what can be done with all the trinkets lying around your house. Below is a vintage tea pot my great-great-grandmother brought over on a ship from Finland. Delicious Christy's Southern Red Velvet Cupcakes from Suite 106 Cupcakery. Everything else are thrift store finds purchased over the years.
As a fun spin on a place card I used hand stamped vintage silverware placed in a mini flower arrangement to mark the spot for each guest.
...Tea cups full of buttons...
...And lots of old books and cute knobs from World Market. It's quite fun to see what can be pulled together with things from around the house! Hope you all enjoy it!
Up next... Quick tutorial on how we hung the mason jar candles.
Photography - Kristin Rogers Photography
Flowers – Floral Design By Jacquline Ahne
Cupcakes – Suite 106 Cupcakery (Winners of Cupcake Wars on Food Network!)
Vintage Engraved Silverware – Wooden Hive
Personalized Tea Bags – Idea Chic
Invitations and Thank You Cards – Lemon and Lavender
May 19, 2011
My friend, Shannon, is pregnant with her first little girl (she already has two boys). So when her sister asked if I would do a few decoration type things for the shower I was happy to help. Truth is they treated me by saying they were going to buy "Corny baby shower decor to make you gag" if I didn't do it, so really I had no choice. :)
It really was just a simple, small group of friends and family getting together so I didn't do much. We threw up some tissue paper pom poms that I tied to torn strips of fabric to make a garland. We also hung some large pom poms in the trees and made the food table nice and pretty.
We kept everything very casual and easy. Pink utensils and napkins tied with strips of fabric then placed in a tin bucket.
The food was all made by my friend, Amy. It was delicious, colorful, and perfect for our little gathering. The fruit kabobs are stacked on a large cake stand and the pasta salad was served in tiny, vintage, jelly jars (you could also use small mason jars like these).
For dessert they had a sundae bar with lots of toppings. Yum!!
I take back all (or at least most) of the mean things I've said about diaper cakes in the past, cause this was a very cute diaper cake indeed that my friend Miya made!!
Here is a close up shot of those giant pom poms hanging in the tree. These are the same pom poms that made an appearance in this shoot here.
May 17, 2011
Curtains, blanket, pillows, and snacks to go along with story time. Daisy brought along muffins that we all ate, they were quite yummy!
I love using a tree swing in pictures, it's whimsical, playful, and sweet.
May 16, 2011
I really enjoyed working on this bridal shoot. It was a great collaboration from a group of crazy, talented people!! We had just got a bunch of rain, followed by sunshine which was just enough to make this field burst with wildflowers (and they were yellow, which went nicely with the shoot colors).
I wanted to keep the table simple but still filled with pretty things to look at.
I used a mixture of blue and white dishes, antique silverware, and small white ramekins filled with ripe strawberries.
The table was draped with simple white lace.
The (there are no words for how beautiful these are) flowers were done by Jacqueline Ahne of Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne. She is the kinda gal that you give an idea to and she runs with it and she ALWAYS delivers. Beautiful.
I layered the table using cake stands, picture frames and baskets, all stacked in different ways to add some interest to the table. I also added some antique trinkets, amber jars, glass votives, and a vintage crocheted lace runner.
Hair – Dianna Lopez
Make – Up – Amy Clarke
Hair Pieces – A Touch of Vintage
Jewelry – Nicolenjoli Jewelry
Flowers – Flower Design by Jacqueline Ahne
Wardrobe & Styling – Rodellee
Wedding Cake – Cakes ‘N’ Bake
Bride Model – Allie Dayhuff
Bridesmaid Model – Tracy O
Groom Model – Rodrigo Nicolau
Groomsmen Model – Jon Riv