2.16.14. diy,cocktails,
my baller husband and his diy hotel cocktail shaker

my baller husband and his diy hotel cocktail shaker

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design and layout done!

tomorrow, i’ll sew this bad boy together and then all i have to do is find a cute hook for our mantle.

design and layout done!

tomorrow, i’ll sew this bad boy together and then all i have to do is find a cute hook for our mantle.

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nursery update! 

tonight we’ll be putting a black floating shelf over the changing table/dresser and one over the glider as well. 

we ordered this decal to place over the changing table (and underneath the shelf) and i’ll be putting the little animal hoops on/around the shelf.

the scallop garland i’m making will go over the bed, with multiple strands criss-crossing and i’ll be hanging a small piece of art or two on the walls underneath.

the two embroidered hoops will go in the little section of wall next to the window, behind the glider. matthew had the idea to hang them from a piece of ribbon from a screw with a button glued onto the front of it, which i think is adorable. 

everything’s coming together - hopefully this week we’ll be almost completely done with the nursery and then i’ll do post with pictures of all the little details.

note: please excuse the tin foil. we’re trying to make our cats understand that this room is not their play palace.

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all of the scallops are sewn - FUCKING FINALLY.
i especially love the grey and red scallops. their textures are so nice.
now onto the next steps:
- iron each scallop to round them out
- iron the ribbon in half to make it easier to pin to the scallops
this project is pretty boring and repetitive, but i’m hoping the payoff will be worth it. 

all of the scallops are sewn - FUCKING FINALLY.

i especially love the grey and red scallops. their textures are so nice.

now onto the next steps:

- iron each scallop to round them out

- iron the ribbon in half to make it easier to pin to the scallops

this project is pretty boring and repetitive, but i’m hoping the payoff will be worth it. 

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all my fabric squares are cut and ready to be patterned up! currently doing the red, ruffly fabric, as i think that’s going to be the most challenging/angry-making.
i’m using this tutorial and altering a couple of things:
- cut 6.5 x 7.5 squares instead of 6 x 8 (mostly due to the fact of how much fabric i had/how wide the fabric was).
- using grey 1.5 inch satin ribbon instead of bias tape. it might be a little more difficult since there’s not a pre-made fold, but i couldn’t find any bias tape at the craft store (UGH!) and i thought that grey would look better with the room than white.
- using mostly textured fabrics to give some depth instead of all patterned fabrics… we’ll see how they turn out.
so, this could be a total win or a total failure. i’ll let you guys know how it goes.

all my fabric squares are cut and ready to be patterned up! currently doing the red, ruffly fabric, as i think that’s going to be the most challenging/angry-making.

i’m using this tutorial and altering a couple of things:

- cut 6.5 x 7.5 squares instead of 6 x 8 (mostly due to the fact of how much fabric i had/how wide the fabric was).

- using grey 1.5 inch satin ribbon instead of bias tape. it might be a little more difficult since there’s not a pre-made fold, but i couldn’t find any bias tape at the craft store (UGH!) and i thought that grey would look better with the room than white.

- using mostly textured fabrics to give some depth instead of all patterned fabrics… we’ll see how they turn out.

so, this could be a total win or a total failure. i’ll let you guys know how it goes.

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they’re finally finished!

they’re finally finished!

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first batch of homemade pregnancy tea!
contents:
equal parts raspberry leaf, alfalfa, nettle leaf
small pinches of lavendar and lemon balm for taste
my midwife said to drink a mason jar a day - just mix at night, add boiling water and enjoy all the next day. easy peasy!

first batch of homemade pregnancy tea!

contents:

equal parts raspberry leaf, alfalfa, nettle leaf

small pinches of lavendar and lemon balm for taste

my midwife said to drink a mason jar a day - just mix at night, add boiling water and enjoy all the next day. easy peasy!

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handy husband is handy: diy mason jar chandelier for the nursery is done! 

really bright at full bore. when using the dimmer, the light bulbs look like lightning bugs.

handy husband is handy: diy mason jar chandelier for the nursery is done!

really bright at full bore. when using the dimmer, the light bulbs look like lightning bugs.

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curtains are done! 

lined for warmth and darkening, hidden selvages (usually, i’m too lazy), cute tie-backs. 

i lurve them.

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nursery design: initial design ideas

for awhile now, i’ve been thinking about nursery design and what i want. i know that i’d like it to be fairly simple and clean, with art on the wall that’s not necessarily ‘baby’ art and furniture that we can reuse for a second child or for the baby’s room as they grow.we’re not finding out the gender of the baby until he/she is born, so it has to be gender-neutral.

i’ve put together a primary design plot that pulls together a lot of elements i want: grey and yellow, birds, simplicity and cool/useful furniture. plus, the bell jar chandelier is just about as sweet as can be. i’ve already convinced hubby to make it, so that’s his next big project.

any items that aren’t grey or yellow or white (like the bottom of the crib) will be getting painted (i’m using Mythic Paint, which is non-toxic and baby-friendly) and will be able to be reused in the future.

all of the walls are the light grey and the trim is a combination of the dark grey and the yellow. i’m planning on making the ottoman myself, since i saw a tutorial on it awhile ago (so easy) and will probably find a used dresser and refurbish it as well. a lot of diy projects will probably be going into this (just remembered we need curtains!) which i am excited about - i love sewing and designing and working stuff out, so this is going to be really fun.

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