Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Constant CHANGE // Shared Kids Room

I am excited to be a part of this series, hosted by Jenya and Renee. But I'm even more excited to read everyone else's posts! I love the idea behind this series, because I believe it truly is one this we all have in common. Life changes. Constantly! The longer I'm married, the more kids we have, the older the kids get, change is more and more a part of our lives and I'm learning how to deal with that. Hopefully with a little bit of smoothness. :)

Currently I am in the middle of a LOT of change. Right now, my body is changing, daily it seems, as I'm growing another little human. We are in the middle of a BIG year long remodeling project which came on the heels of our first year long remodeling project in this house (a new kitchen). We took about a year "break", meaning we didn't work steadily but always had little related projects going here and there. We are still going strong! With many more projects in the plans. Someday I hope to blog about that...

And yet another change is the fact that my 2 children now share a room in anticipation of child #3, Baby Boy, needing the nursery in a few months. They have adapted super well and even take naps together in their room MOST days, not all but most. The do super well at night and love having their toys together in the same room. The are best friends and for that I am soooo grateful.

So a for a little background as to what I started with, here are a few "before" pictures when this was just E's "big boy" room.

And a new before and after, looking into the room!

The most obvious change you see here would be the bed. While I loved the sleeping space the bunk bed gave us I felt it was just too big for the room and especially since it's a brother/sister room, I wanted to give them each a "side" with their own special decor. So we swapped out the bunk bed for a twin bed for O. It does have a trundle underneath but I'm just using it for storage. E's bed, which you see below, is from Ikea and is a twin that doubles in size when pulled apart. There are actually 2 mattresses stacked on top of each other for that purpose which is why it is a little tall. It also has two large storage drawers underneath which I absolutely love. Both of our families live out of state so it's important for us to have lots of extra beds for when they come to visit.

The next major thing to change the room, which really isn't so major, ha, is the paint color. Before it was a very boyish blue. I love me some blue but I felt it was a little to much "boy" for it to feel neutral. I repainted it in Behr Glimmer. It's just the perfect mix of blue/green/mint/teal. I totally love it!

Let's talk about O's side first! Her bed was a Craigslist find, both the dressers are also from Ikea.

The matching comforters come from Target and the sheets are from there as well. She had twinkle lights in her "old room" across the window and adored them so I put them next to her bed in her "new room" and she's pleased as punch. I plan to make a garland of some sort to add to that area and am also brainstorming about a bit of decor for the wall over the head of her bed.

Also the trundle needs some work :) It has faux panels that were in need of a little work and new knobs. That is still a work in progress. I sewed the cloud pillow (I'll show a close-up later!).

The little basket next to the dresser is for laundry. Before, it was all over the floor constantly because the laundry room is on the other end of the house. This was a much needed solution that works well!

A closer look at the decor on the dresser. Her prized princess piggy bank. She loves to feed it ;) The blocks are some that I've had foreeeever and finally grabbed some paint and doodled away. Artistic painter I am not but they're ok :)

Above the dresser is her hair accessory station. To make this all you need is a frame, batting, fabric and ribbon, twine or string. I simply took out the glass, wrapped the cardboard backing that it came with in batting, then fabric, then eye-balled the twine and secured it all in the back. I did this with a combo of glue and just a regular stapler. I liked the stapler the best as it seems to hold better. The little hooks that I apparently don't have a great photo of is from Hobby Lobby and holds her headbands.

I revamped it from when it hung in her nursery to go with the decor better. And the only photo I had of the before was an Instagram shot so sorry for the terrible quality!

Now for E's side of the room!

I don't feel like his wall decor is quite done yet. I think I would like to find a fun map to hang under the clock yet. He recently discovered maps and is obsessed with figuring out where everything is. He's also obsessed with telling time on an analog clock, hence, the. clock. He is his father's son through and through :)

The shelf is a Goodwill find, the giraffe a gift from Grandma brought back from a visit to Jamaica. The robot is a sharpie sketch by yours truly. It's a total stand-in until I can find the perfect art for the frame but he loves it so... The tiny star he acquired at his kids class at church, it glows in the dark and he thinks it's the coolest thing since sliced bread. Ok then. I loved them too as a kid so I understand his infatuation ;)

His dresser... The banner over the window I sewed with fabrics shopped from my stash. I kinda love it. The door you see is their closet and holds their hanging clothes, bins for outgrown clothing, stored winter coats and a shelf unit on either side for toys. There is a reason why I didn't show you the inside ;) I had to take off the trim on the inside to get the shelf units in there and the kids are mostly in charge of cleaning up their own toys so things weren't looking so pretty at the moment! But I must say for the small space that closet is it is a real work horse.

A close up of the items on his dresser. Same story with the blocks. And again. The kid loves numbers. He's always telling me, "Mom, did you know 4+1=5?" etc. He's not in kindergarten yet and no I don't tutor him on math either! He just inherited his little analytic brain from his daddy! The photo is them with my mom on her 50th birthday, 2 days after E's 5th birthday. We don't get to see them all that much so that was a special day! And also E's piggy bank, and yep he likes feeding his as well. Lol.

I've figured out I'm not a fan of curtains. I want LIGHT please! Which is also why I prefer the cellular shades. That and also that the kids can't mess with them when they are up!

And the fun pendant garland. It's a great alternative to a curtain I think!

A little shot of their chalkboard.

There is an explanation for why there is such a high shelf above it :) The chalkboard is not just a chalkboard. It actually hides the hideously ugly electric panel behind it. So in order to hang the heavy frame we hung it from little eye hooks drilled into the bottom of the shelf and the shelf is securely fastened to the studs in the wall so there is no danger of it coming down and makes the chalkboard still easily removable (by an adult) since it's necessary to get at the panel occasionally.

Here's a little before and after for you of the chalkboard. I was so done with red in this room.

And one last shot of their little table of many purposes. All their tiny legos are stored in shoe boxes on the shelf and the basket on the floor holds all their trains and tracks. The table is the LACK coffee table from Ikea, the lamp and rug are from target.

Oops, I forgot to show you the close-up shot of their pillows I sewed for them!

There you go... And I have a few more planned, just haven't had the time to whip them up yet so stay tuned. I'm sure they'll pop up around here sometime :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek into our living space. This has truly been a fun change!

Be sure to check out Renee's blog for the introduction to her guest of the day. Hint: It's my good friend Erin!!

Happy Changes!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HUGE Sale on MHC Patterns!!

Hayley from Mouse House Creations is celebrating her ONE YEAR pattern selling anniversary with a huge, huge sale on every single one of her patterns! It is a 50% discount, which is HUGE, guys!

I have sewn up several of her patterns over the last year and I adore each one that I've had the chance to use!

The first of her patterns I sewed was The Norah Dress. She wore this little top to nearly every holiday party we went to last year and got lots of compliments on it!

The dress is still in regular rotation. It works great with a tee under, as a sundress or with a cardi. A dress for all seasons! It's getting too short now which makes me oh so sad, but I have plans for another long sleeved Norah to get us through this winter and I'm quite sure she needs another knit sundress version for the next year or so as well!

*See posts here

and here.

Next up was The Persimmon Dress. I tested this dress and even being a test version it was quite perfect and totally adorable. She wore this until it was just way too small. I'm super sad about that and am holding to the possibility she'll have a little sister I can pass it down to ;) *We find out in about a week if it will be so!!*

Read the blog post here.

And of course the ever popular and our favorite, The Clover Shorts!

This photo is a tester version pair that I never got around to blogging. But these were worn so much and stained to the point I had to soak them in Biz and the color faded extremely much. We still wear them as play clothes though ;)

And this version, which I can't wait to pair with tights and boots this fall!

And last but not least, this pair which goes with EVERYTHING!

And most recently this Julia Cardigan that I sewed for myself! *Blog post here* I have another one on my cutting table right now. Must get sewing!

I will be taking advantage of the sale and getting The Caroline Party Dress in hopes of maybe eeking out a Christmas dress for the girlie this year. Still waiting for that elusive boost of pregnancy energy to show up...

In the meantime. Happy shopping and happy sewing!!

Use the code: thanks50 for the 50% discount! The sale runs only through Monday, Oct. 20th, so don't delay!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Julia Cardigan // Some Big News!!

The Julia Cardigan - Pattern By Mouse House Creations

So let's get the news out of the way so we avoid any awkwardness, shall we ;)

The Julia Cardigan - Pattern By Mouse House Creations

Yep, that's a baby bump!! Our family is over the moon excited about welcoming our 3rd baby into the family. We are expecting him or her to make their appearance sometime in March.

Also, over the weekend I turned 30. The cardi was my gift to myself  :) That's not nearly as exciting as the baby though, but I am not disappointed, nor do I feel old, etc. Haha. I'm looking forward to my 30s quite honestly. The 20s were fabulous, I got married, became a mom, moved to another state, my faith grew enormously, became a mom a second time, started a home renovation, found a passion for sewing, and each year I love my husband more than ever before. Even after all that I'm so excited to see what 30 brings, I feel like I'm more established in myself as a person and am discovering who I am and who God made me to be. My kids will start school, the days of lazy mornings at home are numbered, I'm both apprehensive and excited about that. And I get to become a mom of THREE! The adults in the house are about to become officially outnumbered. Should be fun :)

Anyway, on to the new cardi!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pretty In Peplum // Pattern Testing

Pretty In Peplum Dress and Top - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

I had the lovely privilege of testing the latest pattern from Sew Much Ado recently. And like each and every one of her patterns I've sewn, I'm absolutely impressed and in love with the outcome.

The photos shown are from the first round of testing and the top pattern has since been lengthened slightly and it's absolute perfection now!

Pretty In Peplum Dress and Top - Pattern by Sew Much Ado

Friday, August 15, 2014

Knock It Off Series - Picnik Birthday Outfit

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

I was so excited to be asked by Heidi of Elegance and Elephants to be a part of her Knock It Off series this year! I discovered a new passion for sewing for my kids when I discovered this series last year and sewed along. I mean seriously. If I can make clothes so similar to rtw, save loads of $, and have them wear designer-esque fashion, it's a win, win, win!!

Knock It Off Look using Anytime At All Tee and Clean Slate Pants patterns

Monday, August 11, 2014

KCW Summer 2014 - Sewing For Twins!

Happy Monday!

Apparently I have taken an unplanned "blogging break" the past couple weeks :) And to be honest it has been very refreshing! I've been focusing on some house/remodel projects that have been needing to get done and also having some much needed summer fun with the kiddos. Our favorite has been meeting Daddy at the park for lunch!

Now I'm playing catch up... Way back during Summer KCW, I sewed these two fun little baby outfits! It's kind of hard to tell in these photos just how tiny they are, but they are tiny! At least the some of the tiniest things I've sewn (3 mo).

Friday, July 18, 2014

All About Boys: Free Pattern Edition // Basic Tee Roundup

It's a 2-posts-in-one-day kind of day around here!!

As the 5th and final day of the All About Boys Series, we are offering you one last day packed full of inspiration! I am rounding up all of the Basic Tees I've made in the past year and April & Brooke are sharing their fall sewing plans for their boys. I can't even wait to see what they have planned! They are making me think I should make my own list...