Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Spring wreath and a new mailbox

The exterior remodel was finished right before Halloween and ever since then our old mailbox was just sitting on the bottom porch step.  It was about time I made finding a new one a priority, although I don't think our mailperson minded saving a few steps everyday.

I ordered the envelope mailbox from Pottery Barn.  The price was reasonable and I loved the style and's huge!

It was also time to change out the winter urns with some springy flowers.  Pansies are one of the very few annual flowers that will survive our crazy March and April weather. 

As a rule, all other annual plants wait until after Mother's day to be planted- that is usually our last frost-free date.

The front door was feeling a bit bare after taking the boxwood wreath down so I made a new one.  I used the same wooden frame and wrapped it in burlap this time.

I had no idea you could buy burlap garland.

I bought a new letter from Hobby Lobby and some sheets of moss and got busy with my hot glue gun.  

Little eye hooks and fishing line hold the H in place.

I added a pink butterfly clip for the little ones "Spring Butterfly Birthday Party".  I will share pictures with you soon.

Welcome Spring, we have been waiting for you!

Linking this post to Nest of Posies Spring Week.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Upholstered headboard

Our tiny master bedroom is finally getting some much needed attention.  I think people tend to go one of two ways when it comes to decorating their personal space.  Either it's first to be finished so a sanctuary is created right off the bat or it's put on the back burner until other projects and rooms are complete.  Our room has always been on the back burner, until now.

We started out with a tall four poster traditional headboard and footboard that overwhelmed our small room.  But that wasn't the only reason we sold it on Craigslist.  Change was needed for a long time, like almost three years long. 

See that crazy bump out by the ceiling in the picture above?  Well, after we installed hardwood floors and were ready to put our bed back together it wouldn't fit.  The new floors were thicker than carpet and raised the bed just enough so the post on the north wall wouldn't fit!  We put the bed back together but didn't add the second half of the posts, it looked ridiculous and it was time for a change.  

I knew I wanted an upholstered headboard without a footboard for added visual space.  I started looking around for one but couldn't pull the trigger knowing we could make one ourselves for a fraction of the cost.  That's when I started doing a little DIY research and found a wonderful video tutorial done by Grace at Design Sponge.

Here is our new headboard taking shape....

Ready for the fun part, fabric! I went with linen.

I cannot take credit for getting the headboard done, it was just my design.  Mr. 65th started it and just kept on going until it was finished.  I told him what shape I wanted and picked up the fabric, batting and two inch foam.  After buying the foam and fabric on sale (the most expensive part of the project), we spent $120 for a queen size.  You can't beat that price!

The prints above the bed are actually pages from a book I talked about once before...Insects of Surinam by Maria Sibylla Merian. The tall and slender nightstands are antiques that were once part of a vanity. They were already separate when we found them years ago at a garage sale. We stripped, sanded and stained them back to life.

I want to thank Emily A. Clark for including me in her fun series called "Send Me A Picture"  Emily asked me and a group of bloggers to submit a picture for this month's topic and of course I said yes! This was the little push I needed to finally get these frames hung, they have been sitting in my closet for over a month!   Stop over and check it out.

Emily A. Clark

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A little before and after

We had a very exciting visitor stop by recently.  Actually she snuck in while everyone was asleep and took one of the little ones baby teeth. 

Here is the before, one of the very last pictures I have of my girl with all her baby teeth somewhat intact. 

The first tooth came out when we were in the car and a week later the other one fell out while hiking in the woods. I think she will always remember that story. 

As I was sewing her little tooth pillow I was hoping she would like it.  You see, I don't sew.  Ever.  But this was a special occasion and we had a tooth coming out any day!  I was thrilled when she declared her love for her new pillow.  It kind of looks like a five year old made it, but it was made with love.

That toothless smile just melts my heart!  This wonderful little person will be turning six in a couple weeks.  She has requested a "Butterfly Birthday Party".  I think I can handle that. 

Speaking of birthdays, I got a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious early birthday present yesterday.  My birthday is three days earlier than the little one. 

She emptied her piggy bank to get mommy the camera she wanted.  She and Mr. 65th gave it to me early so I can learn how to use it before her party.  I love early presents!

I took this picture last night while playing I just need to figure out how to blur the background like that again and I will be making progress.