Friday, March 29, 2013

Etsy Springtime Favorites

Spring is here and the Bluebonnets are beginning to bloom along with a plethora of colorful Texas wildflowers and I just love it.  There is something wonderful about Spring like getting a fresh start.  So with that in mind, I've gathered some items from Etsy that caught my eye for this time of year.

1.  I love these custom made watercolors of your home.  This would make a great gift for something like a child leaving home for college or for your family's first home.

2.  Why not wear spring on your chest with this cute leaf necklace. 

3.  I'm totally digging the navy blue these days, so I love this striped bag.  I think it is great with spring paired with yellow or green for spring.

4.  Etsy has a great selection of throw pillows, but some stand out amongst the rest.  The simple linen fabric with cute yellow buttons as marigolds make this pillow so cute.

5.  With Spring comes Easter and with Easter comes eggs, so I thought these egg planters were fun.

6.  There are some great prints available on Etsy as well and I thought these birds were great and the colors are fab.

7.  I was instantly drawn to this bird's nest charm necklace with the robin's eggs.

8.  Vivienne would look too cute in this bunny coat!  Too bad we live in Texas where you rarely need a coat.

9.  Spring is the begging of wedding season and this custom made pillow with a bicycle made for two would make a great wedding gift.

10.  I always like seeing cakes with a cute bunting as decoration and I am going to do that some day, but when I saw this Bunny Bunting for Easter, I swooned.  

11.  I can't wait to get my green thumb in action planting some new things around the house and I thought this wooden cactus planter would be nice as a center piece on a patio table.  

12.  Another print I fell for was this bike screen print.  So simple and so cute.       

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Vivienne's Weekly Photo #9

Wow!  The weeks are really flying by eh?  I am just happy that I got the laundry finished this weekend much less a new weekly photo of Vivienne.  Since her last photo, she has had her 2 month doctor's visit and her first round of vaccinations.  I'm not going to lie, the shots made us all cry.  She had to endure them and we had to endure her little tears.  That was rough folks.  But after all was said and done, she is a perfectly happy and healthy baby girl right on target with all of her measurements.  

Her biggest 9 week milestone though, is that she is sleeping in her room!  Hurray for us!  It took a little convincing her father to give it go (in that mommy just did it while daddy was out with his hooligan soccer club) and it was splendid.  With the help of our sweet surveillance camera, we can keep an eye on her without disturbing her sleep and she won't keep us awake with every peep.  Babies are decidedly noisy sleepers and ours is no different.  

She is changing a little everyday and is talking cooing more and more.  Her outtakes are getting better every week as well.  

 I just love that girl!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Top 10 Baskets

Easter is around the corner and I haven't gotten my decor out yet.  It seems spring has snuck up on us, but with thoughts of the Easter bunny in my mind, I have been thinking about fun ways to modify my existing decoration.  When I think of Easter, aside from the obvious religious significance, I think of things like: eggs, candy, bunnies, and of course baskets.  How fun to have baskets with various spring like items around the house.  So here is a little top 10 list of baskets I have been perusing.  

1.  This basket is from Target and is a fun take on a traditional Easter basket shape with the tall handle and all.  It's constructed out of Willow and is only available in stores. 
 2.  World Market always has great items like these straw baskets with great color and texture.   

3.  I love baskets with lids and in fun shapes.  This one from IKEA fits both.  I think of this one on a bathroom vanity holding anything from soaps to jewelry.  
4.  These incredible lime and black patterned baskets are from World Market's Africa Collection and I think they are simply amazing.

5.  Also from World Market are these baskets made from banana bark.  I love the squatty-ness of them and think they would be charming on a table top with flowers laying in them. 

6.  Not all baskets have to be woven from natural fibers.  This one from Smith and Hawken for Target is metal and would be very effective at containing any found eggs.  

7.  I have seen these felt woven baskets at various places, but these found at West Elm come in a variety of sizes.  I love that they are soft sided.  

8.  This wire basket from CB2 is collapsible and is almost two feet in diameter, perfect for housing linens.    
9.  When I see these knitted baskets from CB2 I think of a cozy bed for my furry babies to sleep in.     
10.  These fun colorful baskets are from West Elm and are quite large.  They could be used for a hamper or to store your throw blankets next to the sofa.  

Have any of you been able to stay up to speed with the latest holiday?  I can't believe it is already the end of March.  I'm looking forward to spring (as much as we have here in Texas).

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Vivienne's Weekly Photo #8

Vivienne is 8 weeks old as of last Friday and with St. Patrick's day the weekend after her 8 week milestone, she is looking good on green fabric.  This is the fabric that is on our ottoman in the living room.  

She is getting better at taking her weekly photos and seems to enjoy playing it up for the camera.  Here are some of the outtakes...

Such a cutie!  You can keep track of all of her weekly photos by clicking on her picture in the side bar to the right that says "Vivienne's Weekly Photos"

Monday, March 18, 2013

Carpet Diem!

Our first post baby project has begun!  It's nice to be back on track with our home improvement projects and the lucky room to be selected is the dining room.  Since we moved into this house back in 2009, we hated the carpet.  With our 4 furry babies and now our new human baby, the carpet is almost impossible to keep clean.  Our dream is to have some lovely hardwood floors throughout the downstairs.  That is still the ultimate goal once we have our pennies saved, but in the interim we are experimenting.  If you follow me on Pinterest you have seen that I have been pinning several different painted concrete floor examples, like this one from Vintage Revivals...

and this one from Decorated Life.  

That is what we are going to try for now...painting our concrete sub floor.  It is such an inexpensive fix to our loathed carpets until we can achieve our ultimate wooden floor goal.  The transformation has begun with the help of my sister and mother.  It takes a village now with an infant and I'm so thankful that my mother loves a good project.  

So out with the carpet!  Hurrah!

and the tack board around the perimeter.

After cleaning up the mess from the tack board removal (I had to include this picture to illustrate that my sister can actually help when she wants to), 

Mom repaired the holes left in the concrete from the tack board. 

It's an easy process and doesn't take long.  You just mix up some Quickcrete in a fairly thin consistency that will easily go in the holes and self level.  Then you wipe each spot with a damp cloth once it has set a little.  

We have yet to begin painting, but we plan on creating a pattern in the floor similar to this.  

It will look similar to a zebra wood floor and add some warm tones to the room.  We toyed with the idea of using a gray monochrome pattern but we have lots of gray in our home and we felt it might be too cold to add more.  We have a couple of test pots of paint colors to test this pattern with a dry brushing technique before we bite the bullet and purchase the floor paint.  In our minds it will work brilliantly but we must test our theory first.  Stay tuned to see how it turns out.   

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Vivienne's Weekly Photos

With Vivienne changing so much everyday and growing super fast, I decided to take weekly photos of her for prosperity.  I took inspiration from John and Sherry from Young House Love and started our photo project with week one.  Since we are on week 7 already (time is flying) I wanted to share with you Vivienne's photos thus far.  I will try to update it weekly from now on.

I just can't believe how much she has changed already! 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Vivienne's Arrival

I was due to have Vivienne on January 24th.  She decided to come 1 week early, and I was ready!  I was getting more and more uncomfortable being 9 months pregnant with each passing day and the last thing I said as I was leaving work on January 17th was, "I'm ready to have her today".  Well that night my water broke and she was on her way.  

Devin and I headed to the hospital shortly before 11pm that night, even though I had not started having contractions that I could feel, as a precaution.  After being in triage for about an hour, they admitted me. 

After what seemed like a really fast labor thanks to an epidural, at about 1pm the next day I was ready to meet my baby girl.  The nurses had prepared for her arrival... 

and at 1:40pm she entered the world!  It was the most amazing experience I have ever had. 

I never knew I could love this much.  She is perfect.

Daddy was instantly in love!

The nurse called this Vivienne's first art project.

Gran-D made it just in time to witness Vivienne's first breath and I'm so happy she was!  She is one proud grandmother.

Thumbs up for a successful labor and delivery...and to a great epidural!

She has forever changed our lives and we couldn't be more happy!  

Friday, March 8, 2013

6 Weeks Later

I have been away for a while.  I was busy having a baby and surviving with said baby.  It has been a glorious adventure with our new little family and we are adjusting nicely to our new normal. 

Without further ado...

I will be back with more details about out labor and delivery experience and more pictures!! 
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