Saturday, September 29, 2012

the best year of my life

How did I get here? Every last mother says it. I feel like just yesterday I was right here, in this very moment, where Ryan was so new and tiny. At the same time, I just don't remember him ever being this small before.

Ryan James 10.01.11


Ryan James, September 2012


Child of mine, you are something beyond special. You change so much every day, it's hard to remember exactly how you were just yesterday. It breaks my heart knowing that in just over 24 hours, you will be 1. This whole year has been faster than any other moment in my entire life. You are the best thing that has ever happened to us. We love you.

Love, C

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In these moments

He keeps my hands busy and heart full.



Friday, January 20, 2012

IKEA Hemnes Night Stand Makeover

I found this on Pinterest and freaked out a little. I liked it so much, I thought I could try my hand at updating my four year old Hemnes night stands from IKEA.


This was a $6 makeover. $5 for a tiny can of stain and $1 for the two foam brushes. I could have used stain and foam brushes that I already had, but I'm pretty sure the stain is in the garage is either a. frozen or b. dried out because I didn't put the lid back on it all the way. And the foam brushes? I know I have some, I just figured it was easier to buy them rather than rummaging through the house. The paint I had on hand.

Before:


After:


And now for staged photos with random props gathered from my house:

Bon Voyage Note Cards - Gift from Ashley
White Ceramic Owl - Gift from my mother
Gray & White Tray - Ikea circa 2010

And check me out. Pizazzing up the insides!

Wrapping Paper cut to size - IKEA circa 2010

You were pretty cute before little thing, but you're fitting the beach cottage chic of my bedroom even better now!


Stain: Minwax Red Oak
Paint: Martha Stewart Driftwood
Both available at Home Depot.

If you're thinking of tackling a small project like this, it's easy! You could get away with purchasing a tester bottle of the Martha Stewart paint for around $3, a small can of stain for $5 and a couple foam brushes (one for the paint, one for the stain). I applied two less than perfect coats of paint with a large foam brush and three coats of stain. I wanted a worn, shabby look, so in between coats I sanded a bit with an ultra fine sanding block I had on hand and rubbed a little stain along the edges of the drawer and door. 

And that's that! Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, January 9, 2012

diy: wine bottle lamp


I was never much of a wine drinker before. But now, quite often. Often enough to have a few empty bottles lying around. I've come across the idea on Pinterest in the past and thought it might be fun to try.

Yesterday I took down our Christmas tree. I packed up everything and had it all ready to be stored away when I realized I hadn't packed two strings of lights. Instead of opening the boxes back up and packing them away, I started furiously stripping labels from wine bottles.

I fed the lights through the top of the bottle and doctored up the back. There are other ways of doing it for a cleaner look. Battery powered lights in the bottles, drilling holes or cutting the bottoms out, etc. I took the lazy crafter's way, and I'm still happy with it.

If you're interested in more information about wine bottle lamps, here are a few links: one & two

Friday, January 6, 2012

dear ashley,


Here's a peek. Let me know when you get it.
- C

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

weekend mornings




It's my first day off after a full week back to work. We slept in until 8:00 & spent time lounging in bed. Now I sit here in the quiet on this blustery island morning, enjoying a hot cup of tea. Love lazy mornings.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

good day sunshine




Today I woke up to this chubby face. I heard him wiggling around in his cradle before my alarm went off, but that's normal for him. As it sounded, he started to babble. I jumped right up. There he was, big smile on his face. He's never awake that early! I got in some good quality cuddle time before work. He really makes getting out of bed right when the alarm goes off, the easiest thing in the world.