Thursday, March 31, 2011

DIY Pretend Grocery Store


Is this AMAZING or what?? I spotted this DIY children's pretend grocery store on my new favorite site Pinterest. It looks like basic wooden shoe racks were used as a base with wooden planks inverted to form the sides and the top. This is definitely going on my playroom to-do list!!

The Prettiest Girls Room EVER

This sweet and sophisticated little girls room is providing me with some serious inspiration for my daughters upcoming bedroom makeover. I adore the ribbon wall and ruffled flowers and pillows. The perfect room for a little trend setter. J'adore!! Check out more photos at Pink Sugar.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Word Find: Bunting

Bunting is BEAUTIFUL.

1. Rainbow Bunting Baby Quilt, Tutorial from a pretty cool life.

2. World Map Bunting, Image from We Heart It.

3. Bunting Flag Onesie, $11.65, available at three loves.

4. DIY Mini Bunting Birthday Card, How-To from How About Orange.

5. Cake Bunting, $24.27, available at Kiki La Ru.


* All priced have been converted to Canadian dollars.

In the Nude

Nude is HOT. Asos is right on par with carrying just what you need to stay in style this season. Check out our top picks. I'm seriously drooling over the scalloped shoes, cape dress and feathered clutch.
1. Ted Baker, Naidaa Satin Platform Court Shoes, $156.67, available at asos.

2. Pollini, Heeled Open Back Sandals, $652.89, available at asos.

3. Asos, Cape Back Dress, $69.62, available at asos.

4. Asos, Sheer Tiered Zip Back Top, $52.21, available at asos.

5. Rare, Peter Pan Collar Sleeveless Shift Dress, $73.10, available at asos.

6. Asos, Nude Feather Clutch, $34.83, available at asos.

7. Asos, Nude Hanging Feathers and Beads Hoop Earrings, $17.40, available at asos.

*All prices have been converted to Canadian dollars.

Closets to Office Spaces

Have some extra closet space in your home?? Why not transform it into a functional office space?? Here are just a few inspirational ideas to pull this project off in your own home. Seriously..how GORGEOUS is the top photo?? The floral..the globes..a chandelier!!

1. Pastel Blue and Floral Converted Closet Space (OUR FAVE!!), Apartment Therapy.

2. Organized Closet Office, Image found HERE.

3. Yellow Office Nook, Apartment Therapy.

4. A Pretty and Private Home Office, Real Simple.

Stuff We Love: Ice Cream Cone Measuring Spoons

TOO SWEET!! These measuring spoons from Urban Outfitters look good enough to eat and are a sweet deal at only $9.70.

*All prices have been converted to Canadian dollars.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Decorating with Vintage Suitcases

Why pack your bags when you can get a look like this at home?? I'm wild for vintage suitcases and I love these ideas for re purposing them into something extra special for your home.

1. Painted White Suitcases as End Tables, a beach cottage.

2. Suitcase Chair, REcreate.

3. Green Suitcase Table, The Chartreuse Garage.

4. Chalkboard Painted Suitcase, a beach cottage.

Rainbow Mobile Tutorial

One of the most creative gals I know, Alexandra from Kinderpendent, is back and has supplied us with yet another fabulous tutorial contributing to our recent Spring theme. A whimsical Rainbow Mobile!! Check out the step-by-step below.

materials needed:
felt in an assortment of colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, purple
a stick
paint
access to a sewing machine


1. Paint your stick to match the sky. White or light blue make good sky choices. (This is a great time to include the kiddo!)
2. While the stick is being painted, go ahead and cut your felt pieces in the shape of a rainbow. Each color will fit inside the previous color. (I suggest cutting 2 or 3 matching pieces of each color to sew together--the thicker your rainbow rows, the sturdier they will be.)
3. Let the paint dry, and move on to the sewing machine.


4. Sew the edges of each row of the rainbow (sewing together the duplicate pieces to make the rows firmer). Tie & cut the ends.
5. Pull about 12-18 inches of thread out from your machine. Then sew the mobile pieces together in the center, leaving about 1/2 inch between each piece. Cut at the bottom & tie.
6. If your top pieces are too floppy, sew an extra line down each corner of the red piece (see photos), first pulling extra thread through the top again. Cut at the bottom & tie.
7. Tie the excess top thread firmly onto the center of the stick about 6 inches from the rainbow. Leave the thread uncut, using the leftover thread to hang the mobile.
8. This can be hung from the ceiling as a mobile, or against the wall as wall art. Enjoy!

Tutorial by Alexandra of Kinderpendent.

Newsprint Mani Tutorial

This newsprint mani is sure to get you noticed!! Creating this whimsical look is super simple, and thanks to my friend Niki for allowing me to use her as a guinea pig, we are pleased to present you with a step by step how-to.

What You'll Need
  • Newpaper torn into small pieces, just bigger than your nail base
  • A small bowl of rubbing alcohol
  • Light colored Polish (any light shade will do)
  • Top Coat
  • Nail Polish Remover

1. Clean and prep your nails. Remove any old nail polish, smooth and push back your cuticles and if you are not wearing any polish give your nails a quick wipe down with some nail polish remover anyhow to squeak them clean.

2. Apply a coat of light colored nail polish to all nails. We used OPI Mod About You. Allow to dry.

3. Dip a piece of torn newspaper into the bowl of rubbing alcohol and then apply print down to the nail. Press and hold firmly for at least 30 seconds. Like magic the newsprint will adhere to the nail polish. Repeat this process on each nail.

4. Give each nail a coat of top coat to secure in the newsprint finish.

5. Using a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover gently remove any excess newsprint left around the nails or on fingers.

Apple Sandwiches

These apple sandwiches with peanut butter , granola and chocolate chips look like SO much fun!! Image from To the Sea.

Tutorial Tuesday: All About Peeps!!

Who says you can't play with your food?? Check out these awesome tutorials that all have one thing in common - a passion for peeps!!

1. Make Peepshi, Serious Eats.

2. Bunny Peeps Bunting, favecrafts.

3. Peeps Printed Canvas Totes, Craft.

4. Peep Shirt, All the Small Things.

5. Marshmallow Bunny Plushies, Dandelions & Lace.

DIY Marshmallow Fondant

Ooohhhh....how pretty and delicious does this colorful marshmallow fondant by Clockwork Lemon look?? I had no idea you could make your own fondant from marshmallows. This is for sure going to be my go-to recipe for parties from now on.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Glittered Liz Taylor Silhouette Top

Pay homage to the beautiful and talented Elizabeth Taylor with this tutorial to make a glittered silhouette top by the I Love To Create Blog. I would love to make a pink version of this top for my daughter.


Some of my favorite quotes by Elizabeth Taylor:

"Big girls need big diamonds."
"I don't pretend to be an ordinary housewife."
"I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions."
"I've been through it all baby. I'm Mother Courage."
"The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues."

Jewelry Box Makeover

I have serious attachment issues to this jewelry box...it happens be to the first and only jewelery box I have ever owned. This thing has been with me from the time I toddled and wore my grandmothers costume jewelery, to tween years sporting the ever trendy pacifier necklace, to those awkward teen years, to getting my own first place where I began stowing away antique pearls and actual diamonds. Unfortunately the reasons I love this piece so much are the same reasons it looks like something left neglected on a curbside. Something had to be done!!!

Shamefully...here is the BEFORE. How do you like the neon orange felt?? Hot right??


And the glorious, almost too good to be true AFTER. Beautiful bright white with a slightly distressed finish, bubble gum pink handles and pink cupcake lined drawers. I'm soooo SMITTEN!!

Here's how I did it!!

What You'll Need
  • A screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Spraypaint (I scored mine for $5 at Walmart)
  • Scissors
  • Pretty patterned paper or cardstock
  • Modpodge
  • Foam paintbrush

How-To

1. Remove all of the hardware with a screwdriver. Tuck away in a safe place. Remove the drawers. Carefully remove all the liner and put aside (these will be a template later).

2. Lightly sand down all wood surfaces. Be sure to remove any stickers or gunky stuff that has accumulated over time.

3. Fill any holes or deep scratches with wood filler and sand down until nice and smooth.

4. Using your fave choice of spraypaint lightly spray down all wood surfaces. Repeat this process once dried. Repeat again. And again. Keep this up until a smooth consistent color is achieved. Light coats are recommended to decrease you chances of drips and streaks - not pretty. Always wear a mask when using spray paint and be sure to do this in an area with plenty of ventilation. Spraypaint fumes can be BRUTAL. If you please you can spray the drawer pulls a pretty color as well...they require much less coats.

5. Use the previously removed liner as a template for new pieces cut out of a pretty patterned paper or cardstock. I loved this pattern from DCWV Sweet Stack.

6. Apply a generous but smooth coat of modpodge to the bottom and sides of each drawer before applying your paper pattern pieces. Smooth down the paper with your fingers or the end of the brush to remove all air bubbles.

7. Once the paper is in snugly and smoothly apply a second coat of modgepodge over top. Allow to dry several hours or overnight. Apply another coat of modpodge if you please for extra durability. If you like the glossy look use glossy modpodge for your top coat.

8. If you like a distressed look like I do use sandpaper to gently rough up the edges of the drawers and jewelery box sides and top. Wipe sanded surfaces down with a damp cloth.

9. Place the drawers back in the jewelery box and reattach all of the handles and hinges.

SO PRETTY!! And functional!! I love the peek of cupcake paper inside the drawers and the brightly colored handles with just a hint of brass showing through.