Wednesday, August 31, 2011
What do we think?? Nautical? Lattice Work walls? Chevron Walls? Stripes? Ceiling Lantern Cluster??? Time to revamp the girls' room before I feel obliged to have a new baby so I can make a new nursery?? Maybe you should just hire me to pull together your nursery...yes...that's the answer! Any takers?
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
The mandatory project is to finish an etsy custom order. I'm remaking the bench that sold a couple weeks ago, with a fabric that the customer wanted. I love the fabric...I want it in my house, but it's a good ole repeating linear print that needs to be lined up perfectly. Actually, it's a duvet cover that has already been used for something else and I'm using the scraps to recover the bench. It's probably from Ikea....great idea right?!?!?
So #1 is to finish the bench.
#2 Decide which lamp to makeover and buy supplies.
#3 Collect all supplies for kitchen shower centerpieces. I made a mock up based on my pinterest inspiration. I love it. I kept it on my own kitchen table for a week. You like??
#4 Get working on my art nook for the girls. They sit at the table all the time, so I'm really going to love to be able to look over at their little corner all craft supplied up! Ohhhh I can't wait!
NO MORE PROJECTS OR IDEAS UNTIL THESE ARE FINISHED!!!!!!!!!! Please remind me that I said this!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Congrats to Sarah and John...amazing parents already, but I mean...we already knew that would be the case!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
So what are we doing over here??? Well, other than the girls trying their best to skip their afternoon nap, we pulled together the first homemade gift for baby Maggie. Inspired by this:
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Now, I know from my first lamp makeover that the shade is NO PICNIC my friends. The seam is tricky. Wrapping the new fabric around the frame in a clean way is tricky. It's just tricky. Soooo, I'm leaning towards doing some bold bases and just going with simple white shades, but we'll see. Last time I made a shade from scratch. So maybe just recovering what's already there will be a little bit easier. Josh just brought home a big lumpy one like the top left photo. I'm pumped. Also, how do we feel about these burlap rosettes....hmmmm. We'll think about it!
*If you're interested, each of those photos has a link on my "lamp makeover" board on pinterest.
Monday, August 22, 2011
But ya'll, I'm taking it back to the beginning of Milkweed starting today. Wanna know why??? First sale!!!
This bench, which is in my living room right now, has been sold! Don't worry. There's more where that came from!! Thank you Southwest Surplus!
It's so motivating to do more when you realize there are people out there that think what you do is as great as you do! So, as in all other things in life, the new motto is BALANCE! New, realistic approach to Milkweed is: one piece for the shop each week. I should probably also start paying attention to the emails etsy sends out telling you how to make your shop a success...just saying.
Remember this very first post???? Remember this pic?
Anybody want to vote on what I should start with??? Come on! Vote!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Here's what some of my "friends" are pinning today...
I'm trying out the dried strawberries right now. Easy to the extreme. Cut the berries in half, put them on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, bake on 210 for 3 hrs to dry them out. We'll let you know if we like them tomorrow.
Now go on and pin something, then follow me, so I can follow you!!!
ps...links to all of the pics above can be found on my boards.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Everyone knows that a craft table makeover is on my to-do list. I even took it out of the garage before our trip just to see what would happen and it was a total HIT! Painting and eating and using jumbo crayons like champs....I mean like first timer champs, but you know...a hit!
So the table is just a start, but let's also keep these pics in mind. Both from pinterest. The links are on my "girls" board.
I'm on it! I'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Let's talk about Juicing. (I know last month was all about health and I'm a little late on this...) But anyone else feel like they keep hearing about juicing lately? From documentaries (Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead) to some of my favorite bloggers (The Alkaline Sisters)....It's all about juicing!
Anthony and I went to dinner with his family Saturday night at Ibiza. We indulged on some of the best food I have ever had. A great Pinot Noir called St. Innocent and delicious Sea Bass. Delightful! As we are stuffing our faces with all the buttery goodness the conversation turned to eating healthy. (Why do we always talk about eating healthy when we are in the mist of being deliciously unhealthy?) Anywho, it turns out that the Brunos have been closet juicing for the last few weeks!!! I’m thinking…Yall too? Wow! Yet again Anthony and I are way behind.
So I wanted to know what all the hype was about. What the heck is so good about juicing? I got Sarah Bruno to school me on it and lucky for you, I'm letting you in on her wisdom too. So here is the low-down on Juicing.
Sarah started with a seven day juice detox. Keyword word detox, not a diet. You need to look at it as a kick start to your diet. At the end of the seven days you will feel healthier, skinnier, have more energy, and be ready to start your healthy lifestyle! (Sign me up for that, right?) Sarah recommends starting the detox on a Friday because the first three days are misery and better to have that on a weekend… (Eek! You lost me.) But it’s all part of the plan. The first three days are miserable because your body is actually having withdrawals from salt, caffeine, etc. After the initial shock, you start feeling better. And better. And better! Then by the end of it, you feel so great that you don’t even want to go back to eating bad foods. You want to keep eating and feeling healthy. It makes sense. Since the detox week she still juices daily. She says it’s addictive. (For recipes and real instructions on the juice detox, go here)
I recommend following a juice recipe until you get an idea of how things taste together. Sunday Sarah whipped up her own concoction for Anthony and me. Our little juice cocktail included Kale, Grapes, Granny Smith Apples, Cabbage, Lemons, Cucumber, Carrots, Celery, and Kiwis. Just throw 'em in the juicer. The more the merrier!
Juicing is an expensive habit, though. I checked out the price of a juicer just for fun. The Brunos use the Breville Juice Fountain and it runs around $300! (Christmas present maybe?) And of course the fresh organic fruits and veggies you will be juicing through. It adds up!
Jessica and I want to start juicing together. She’s looking for a co-pilot and I’m just curious. I like the idea of juicing, but for just the health benefits and not the detoxing part. Honestly I don’t know if I can do the detox. Do I have the will power to drink only juice for seven days?
What do you think? Are you interested in being a juice head with us?
Friday, August 12, 2011
And here is my inspiration board. PS- I love inspiration boards, my computer is FULL of them- like for other people too- even if they don't ask. They really really really help you pull your ideas together- and they don't cost anything to change...try it!!!!!Sooooooooo are you excited? You can't wait to see the results? Me either! Now go make your own inspiration board and send them to Milkweed along with your completed project!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
What's that- You want to know how I turned the 100 year old cradle into something I could have picked up at Doodles for half a months pay?? It's easy!
1. Get your Mom to disassemble the cradle and try every stripping product in Lowe's, power wash and sand the old chippy probably lead paint off.
2. Dig through the cabinets in the garage and find some fantastic leftover paint color so you don't have to buy any- this was a semi-gloss. PAINT-Regular brush- I think it took about 3 thin, even coats to get everything looking nice and crisp. (Remember to be in an open well ventilated area)
3. Discover water based polyurethane in a spray can and follow the directions on the back- I did 2 coats with dry time in between. Get someone else to help you on this step if you are in fact pregnant.
4. Once you get everything painted, poly-ed and reassembled time to measure for the bedding part of the makeover. My cradle was so old, the pad size was no longer standard- so I read up on recommendations and went to my local Joanne's and bought 2" foam cut to fit. And if there are no pads to fit, there are no standard sheets either. This is where you get your husband to look at the size of every cradle, bassinet, mini-crib, co-sleeper sheet and cover sold in Babies R Us until you get the closest possible size. I ended up with a water proof pad and sheet very close to our dimensions. (Make sure you follow all the baby safety recommendations and you have the sheet and pad fitting very securely in the cradle- Please use all your common sense on this!!!)
5. Sewing the bumpers was the most exciting part for me- I think it's because it is where everything came together. My sewing skills come from Nike, "Just Do It". Measure the 4 sides, sew inside doubled over material to make the pocket, stuff with some poly-fill (found at Jo-anne's) and just go with it. I also added a ruffle at the top to try and be fancy pants- totally not necessary- but you can pin this in before sewing inside out. I placed the bumper in the cradle and then marked where I would need the ties to go on and then ran a vertical seam through the machine to hold on the ties and create the paneled effect on the bumper. My ties are extra wide bias tape (Jo-anne's) you could use any size ribbon or even extra material.
6. Wait for your sweet darlin bebe girl to arrive so she can enjoy your re-vamped family heirloom!
Did I lose you??? I hope not! Are you going to go scour garage sales this Saturday for an antique cradle or bassinet and start your own family tradition to pass down? I hope so!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
BUT....for now, I'm heading home. Home to New Orleans and home to see my grandparents in MOBILE, ALABAMA!! Fingers crossed the girls are entertained in the car and suddenly love sleeping in pack n plays.
While I'm gone, my two best advisers are going to keep you entertained. Stand-by for some guest posting goodness! See you Tuesday!
*Links for all of the pictures above can be found on my pinterest boards.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
This house has been out of commission for the past 2 days with the dreaded stomach virus! Why do I hate it so much??? It's a fact of life....I know this, but I HATE it HATE it HATE it, can't get over it...HATE it! Anyway...moving on!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Fall is approaching....I know it's 120 degrees right now, but it is approaching. Soooooo....here's what I've done. Pinterest has some great fall decor ideas and I picked out three as a starting point.
(links to these pics can be found on my pinterest boards)
The one on top would be soooooo fun, because it doesn't have to be acorns all the time. Are those acorns?? Ha! You could change out your mason jars with the seasons. The "candy" bottles are also such a great starting point, but I see mason jars again with maybe a mod podged monogram instead of a word so you can fill them with anything...candy, cookies, puppy treats...you know. The frame is also reallllll cute. We could put anything on display in that thing!
Who's with me ya'll?? It's Tuesday afternoon, so why don't you take until Friday to commit to being in the group project inner circle! We'll start next week. Oooooooooook? I mean we only need a small group....you know you want to! Vote for the project you want and sign up in the comment box or in the fb comment box!
Go! Go! Go!
Here's how we started. My childhood rocking horse complete with shag carpet mane...
Here's the inspiration board...
And here's the finish!
Not bad right?!?!?!? And seriously ya'll, it was just a few easy steps.
1.) 1 coat of primer
2.) 2 coats of paint(I used a gallon of 5.99 premium paint that I scored off the "oops" rack at Lowes months ago)
3.) Hot glued on the mane and tail
The mane and tail were easy. I was planning on using a staple gun, but then thought maybe it wasn't the safest idea for the girls, so I just used hot glue. Using leftover fabrics from different projects already in my living room, I created a tab by folding over about 1/4 in of fabric. Then, I applied the glue and stuck it on top of the head in a kind of zig zag pattern. For the tail, I just bunched together a few strips of fabric and tied an extra strip around the top to keep the pieces together. Then, just glued it on to the back. I'm thinking over time, when the girls decide to pull the tail, I may have to reinforce a few spots with the staple gun...we'll see.
So what do ya'll think?? Something about the mane and tail needs a little something...right?!?!? Thinner strips, but more depth? Or should I just leave it alone. Honestly, I think we've got some time before the girls are independent rockers. I'll think about it!