Father’s Day Shenanigans

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Here is the Father’s Day card that Ella and I made for Christian. I found this elephant idea on Pintrest and totally had to do it. I think I underestimated how hard it would actually be to help a 9 month old write on paper. She wanted to hold the marker all by herself and there was more marker on her hands and legs than on the actual card itself!

Aside from the card, we ordered him a pair of Vans that he wanted from the new Rowley collection. Which I don’t even think will be here on time! *frown* Either way, he will be more than ecstatic about just getting a card. He likes the sentimental things more than anything. I really had to get the shoes though, I knew he wanted them and knew he wasn’t going to spend that much on a pair of shoes he was just going to ruin by skating in anyway. I just appreciate everything he does for us, and he works super hard to provide for us. Shoutout to all you other awesome dads out there, you’re awesome!  

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8 Reasons To Go Couchless

Couches… They occupy nearly every home in America; in fact, you’re probably sitting on one right now. Why do couches exist today? A man by the name of Jay Wellington Couch was a poor man who couldn’t afford a bed; he invented the couch back in 1885, nearly 130 years ago.

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I was intrigued by the idea of “going couchless” when my friend Haley Hendrick posted this picture (above) of her living room on Instagram. It features two vintage Herman Miller chairs, a handmade coffee table, and a beautiful selfie painting that was gifted to her by Hannah Margaret Illustrations. I love how simple yet functional this design is. I had never heard of couchless living rooms until the moment I saw this beautiful space. It really got my thoughts turning; why do we really use couches?

  1. Lounge with family
  2. Relax or read
  3. Napping
  4. Watch television
  5. Sit on it because its there

Now that we have those things covered, lets get to the reasons to not have a couch.

1. Better Rest: People nap to get rest, and the best rest is going to be in the comfort of your own bed. Your couch might be a little more convenient, but you will wake up much more refreshed in your own bed.

2. Get More Housework Done: Let’s face it, the couch has given us another reason to be lazy and sit around. I am definitely guilty of this. Once you throw your feet up and lay back, its like sucking your motivation into a black hole.

3. Space Saver: Couches take up a great amount of space, especially sectionals. Unless you have a large family or a lot of friends, you don’t really need that much space for seating in your home.

4. Getting Creative: With the DIY community at an all time high, there are so many new ideas for seating. Hanging chairs may not be a new idea, but its a great one, and you can easily make it your own. Check out this beautiful design by Souraya Hassan.

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5. Fun For The Kids: You may deny the fact that you can go without a couch because you have children in your home. You thought wrong! How long can you really get your kids to sit in one spot? While the hanging chair may or may not spark your interest for the kids, floor cushions are a great choice for children of most ages. IMG_0787-7

This blog shows a great tutorial on how to make floor cushions, or if you’d rather purchase one, Etsy offers a wide variety of handmade cushions.

6. The Flexibility: Chairs are easy to move around, and normally don’t need an extra hand in rearranging. Whether you’re vacuuming or redecorating, lightweight chairs will forever be your friend. They can also be fun to work into a design, and have unlimited options. There is only so much you can do with a couch.

7. The Good Kind Of Comfort: Nobody said you can’t still get comfy. If its comfort you’re looking for, this morning room designed by Kate James is a great example of getting comfy, but not too comfy.

mint-and-coral-decor-inspiration_12208. Cost: The cost of a new couch can get very pricey. Exploring with other seating can cost very little if you would like it to. Putting a great color scheme with the right accents can make a design look as if you blew a hole in your wallet. 60f23dbe07fd8992b16f7507f66fd6c7

Mini Pinatas

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So today I made these favors for Ella’s art inspired party. Little artist pallet pinatas, how cute! I’m not filling them with candy, but that is definitely an idea! Ella is only turning one, so we’ll save the candy for another time 😉

For this project I used:

  • Poster board
  • X-Acto knife (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil
  • White tissue paper
  • Newspaper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Flour & Water
  • Construction paper
  • School Glue
  • Paint & Paintbrush
  1.  I began this by creating my own little stencil to trace out the pallet so they are all the same size. With poster board: cut out two pallet pieces, one long strip for the outline of the entire pallet, and one small strip to roll around the hole. These two pieces should be the same width. Tip: I used an X-Acto knife to cut a neat hole in the pallet.
  2. I rolled the hole piece with a pencil to get a nice smooth circle. With a glue gun: glue this piece onto one of your pallets. When dry, continue by gluing on the outline. Then glue on the top piece and secure it shut. Tip: Crinkle up a little bit of newspaper and stuff it inside before you glue the top on. This will keep your piece stiff when doing the paper mache.
  3. Neatly wrap your piece in paper mache. (Recipe: 2 parts water, 1 part flour) Don’t let this little thing fool you, even though it’s miniature, this part of the process will still be messy!
  4. Cut out tissue paper into thin strips. You will need around 20. My strips were 1 cm x 15 cm. Cut small slits to create a frilly effect, try to get as close to the edge as possible (we’re going to call these frillies because I can’t think of a more technical term) Glue these on with your school glue, keeping glue away from your frillies. Start from the bottom of the piece and stack upward. (You can trim off the sides as you go.)
  5. Wrap plain strips of tissue paper around the edges of your 3-D pallet.
  6. On construction paper, paint the colors you would like to use and hole punch them out once dry.. Glue on with school glue.

And you’re done! Once you master this small pinata, it should be just as easy to make a large one.

Birthday Treat Containers

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It just seems like last week I was preparing for Ella’s arrival, and now I am organizing her first birthday party. I can’t tell you how many times I was told that this would happen. “Time flies by” – they said. I also can’t tell you how many times I wished I would never hear someone say those 3 words together again. It pains me to say it, but time really does fly.

On another note, I am having a lot of fun planning her party. We’ve decided to go with an art theme; fitting. I have some great things in the works and I’m really excited to post about it all. For starters, I wanted to show off these paint buckets I put together for treats!

I purchased these buckets at Joann Fabrics for only $6 each. I added some mesh paper and some tissue flowers for decoration. Cool fact – these paint buckets come with a washer that allows you to open and close them just like you would a real paint can! The wooden tags were purchased separately at Joann’s as well, and I painted each one to match. I will eventually write labels on them, but this will be much more closer to her actual birthday.

More posts of DIY birthday decor are to come, so keep on the lookout as I post little snippets before her party in late August!

Pastel Paint Activity

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Friday we had a blast playing with our homemade paint! This is the first time Ella has gotten the OK to roll around and really get messy. The idea of letting her play with paint came to me the other day, and I decided to see if I could find any baby safe recipes. Sure enough, I came across one that only called for flour, salt, water, and food coloring.

She was a little shy at first, but let me tell you, after the first 3 minutes of trying to figure it out, she really took advantage of the opportunity. It was nothing short of a great time. As much as I tried to keep her from eating it, she did get a tiny taste and learned very quickly that it was not good! Other than that, she really loved sticking her hands in the containers and squishing the paint between her fingers. At one point, she was even on her hands and knees sliding around; it was really amusing for the both of us.

We’ll definitely be doing this activity again in the future, and in case you’re wondering, here’s the recipe I used:

Recipe:

  • 2 T –  salt
  • 1/3 C – flour
  • 2 C – water
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients on med-high heat. Stir continuously until it forms a thick paste.
  2. Separate equal parts into containers of your choice and add food coloring. (For mine I used pastel food coloring with only 1 drop per container.)

Seriously that’s it, super doable, inexpensive, and super fun for the kids!

Vintage Buttons!

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Most of my childhood was spent with my great grandmother. The one thing about most great grandmothers, is that they almost never update their decor, and for that I’m thankful. One of my favorite things in her house were these gorgeous buttons. I will never forget how they were placed beautifully on a small antique scale atop an old shelf in her kitchen. I was always so tempted to touch them, but for some reason, I felt they were not meant to be tampered with.

Well today, my grandma decided to drop this holy grail of buttons off at my house. Immediately after she left, I began looking through and organizing them all. As I kept separating each one and putting them near other buttons alike, they started standing out more and more. Every single one of them is a beautiful little work of art.

Here is one of those moments where I wished I lived in a different time; a time when the smallest things were carefully crafted to stand out.