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My goodness… Lily is a patient little one.  She has waited for 2 years to have her mamma sew her a new blanky and I finally surprised her with one 2 weeks ago!  And let me tell you, she has not put it down since the moment she laid eyes on it. 

You see, she is always watching me and often helping me sew blankets and rag quilts for lots of other people, envious she pleads for me to make one for herself.  Soon, soon I would always tell her.  So patient, so sweet, never complaining and always understanding.  So when she came home after a weekend away at her Grandparents house I surprised her with a beautiful bright pink one… finally!  She beamed.  Apparently it was worth the wait.    

That same weekend I surprised the kids with a room makeover which you will soon see all the exciting details in the weeks to come.  I promise! 

Quick tutorial: The quilt was very simple to make, even with basic sewing skills.  From all my scrap fabrics I cut 30 – 9×9″ squares.  Placed the squares into 6 rows of 5, sewed them all together with a half-inch seam.  Placing the wrong sides together I cut a white piece of  plush minky the same size, pinned and then turned the blanket right side out and finished off the edges with a zig zag seam.   Easy shmeezy.  All together it took about 2 hours.  Oh and I forgot to mention that all the fabrics were prewashed.     


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I have to let you in on this little secret and my latest obsession…  Pinterest.  It’s amazing and I could easily spend hours on they’re looking at all the beautiful and inspiring photos, perhaps this is why I don’t get around to doing more blog posts.  haha.

Pinterest is the place to go for everything inspiring: food, photography, interior design, kids crafts, fashion etc etc.  It’s basically a bulletin board where you can pin photos of all your favorite things, and you can also follow other people’s boards to see what they are liking.  It’s a lot of fun… if you are looking to kill some time.   Definitely check it out… www.pinterest.com.  And feel free to follow my pins here.  Here’s a few pics from the site…  Happy Pinning!

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Brand new item in my Etsy shop!  So excited to bring to you this design that I have been dreaming of for a few months now.  It took some time to find the right jingle bells, the right size, the right color etc etc as well as finding a fun little charm to go with the bell.  And alas… after many hours of searching I have found just the right supplies and am happy to bring to you my new jingle bell charm necklaces. 

Lily was my inspiration for this design (of course!).  I had gotten tired of always seeing the same kind of silver jewelry for her in the marketplace, I wanted something a bit more modern, a bit more colorful, a bit more fun… just ike her. 

So have a peek at the shop and feel free provide your feedback.  What kind of little girl necklace’s would you like to see? 



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So I had this Ikea Lack shelf sitting in my garage for the longest time and it didn’t even occur to me that perhaps I could use it in my house for some extra storage… especially all the kids books that were piling up all around the house (man those kids like their books!).   I previously used this Ikea shelf in my children’s store “babycheeks” but moved it out and into my garage about a year ago.  It’s really plain and SCREAMS Ikea so I pretty much steered clear of it until… I came across this photo:

and was stopped in my tracks!  Immediately I grabbed my hubby and asked him to haul that baby inside and got working away on it immediately.  And here’s what I came up with:

I know… not nearly as glamorous as my inspiration photo but not too bad considering its full of the kids books, coloring supplies and artwork, and its great that it’s all accessible to them and they can just help themselves.  What you can’t see is that right in front of this bookcase is the kids table and chairs set where Lily sits for hours and hours each day coloring, drawing or reading while singing to herself.  What I wouldn’t give to spend just a moment in her perfect little world!  Anyhow, here’s a quick before and after of our living room so you can get a better idea:

Soon I will working on a little overhaul to our living room so this bookshelf will probably change again.

Inspiration photo from MA Belle.  Pop in and check out the rest of her beautiful home. 

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So finally, I am getting around to posting the photos of my 2-year-old (almost 3) niece, Rachel’s, bedroom.  Originally I was not happy with the photos I took, so I went back recently and – the room but was then still not happy with the photos.  Gosh, its definitely a challenge trying to photograph a space especially when I have no experience doing so.  Hence, the “take a photography course” on the goal list.  Anyhow, the photos ended up turning out just OK, I guess good enough to finally share them with you.

So onto the story of the room.  I was given the same budget as Sarah’s room of $1,000 and quickly worked away at finding the perfect fabric that we can use as the inspiration for the entire room.  Unlike Sarah’s, I did not want to go with soft and pretty, I preferred a little bit more punches of color and fun things for this energetic and happy little girl.  And after ordering many many MANY swatches of fabrics online I finally found the exact one!  Take a look at the drapes, the whole room was designed around this particular print.   After this, the room came together very easily and in a very short period of time.  You can see listed below are all the great finds I bought from Etsy (my go to shopping site) and do want to share with you that Apartment Therapy’s kids site, Ohdeedoh, played a huge part in the design inspiration.   I would love to hear your comments so please don’t be shy!

There you have it.  Many of the beautiful items seen in the room were purchased from Etsy… of course!

Pink Monster Pillow from Cranky Pants Knits

Keep Calm and Carry on Postcard from Lilly and Coco

Little Dreamer print from Trafalgar Square

Just Like Me little girl from Little Bit Funky

Owl Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Winter Peach

Perfect Pear Pillow from My Dear Darling

7 Piece Pom Pom set from Orange Kisses

Black Paper Cutout Letter from Papercutdiecut

I also have to mention that many of the items were hand-made by myself :  the doll bedding, peg family, fabric flower garland, trinket shelf, porcelain red and white mushrooms, LOVE bean bags, throw & floor pillows,  bird house, wall photo blocks, and hair clip frame.

Update – since first creating this post I have enrolled myself into a photography class which I’m still in the midst of.  So much to learn and loving every minute of it!  And happy to be out of auto and into manual mode now.  2 fist pumps for me!  So I make this serious promise to you all that from this point on my photos will be nothing less than perfect (hopefully).


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I am giving you a little sneak peek at some paintings I did a couple of years ago.  They have been hanging around my house being moved from room to room and decided that I should list them on Etsy.  I love this style of painting, its refreshing to just work outside of the lines and add layer upon layer until you get that certain feel of being just right.  So I would like to share you and once I sell these ones then that will make room for more of these to create.  Oh, and if I am listing them on Etsy does this count as 1 of the 3 new products I wanted to create for Etsy from my Goal List before the end of the year?  Hmmm, or is that being lazy?

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Back about 8 years ago I stumbled upon a design book titled White Hot and from the moment I saw it I knew I had to have it.  It would be my very first purchase of a considerably expensive (in my opinion) hard cover book of interior design.  My first coffee table book as some might call it.  At the time I was still trying to figure out my own sense of design style and having jumped from country to french country to shabby chic and then eventually to full on ultra modern, I felt like White Hot landed in my lap at just the right time and brought me into this whole new world of bold color and old European Modern.  I loved the old architecture, the white walls, the bold splashes of oversized prints and shockingly rich bold colors.  It changed me forever.  I have read through the book and drooled over the eye-popping arrangements so many times now that most of the pages are either torn,  sticky noted, finger printed and full of folded corners.  I even had to buy my sister her own copy of the book so I could have mine back!  I have now collected quite a few design books but this one still remains my favorite of the bunch.  So here’s my big thank you to Tricia Guild and the Designer Guild family for bringing us these beautiful inspiring spaces!     

Founded in 1970, Tricia Guild got started with her design empire which now includes wall coverings, furniture, fabric, bed & bath and the must see kids collection. 

See more and shop the Designer Guild collection online http://www.designersguild.com/usa-shop-online/shop-home/

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