Quilts for Boys

I thought I would share a few boy quilts I’ve made lately for custom orders and for gifts. Enjoy! (by boy I mean they were made for boys but I personally would use any of them ) ;)

The Ghost Quilt and The Fancy Fox Quilt below where twin quilt orders from a friend for her boys. They picked the colors and I selected all the fabrics and final designs. The Ghost Quilt is from Then Came June and Pen and Paper Patterns Modern Holiday Collection. I had wanted to make one but I have plenty of Halloween quilts already so this was the best of both worlds getting to make it for an order. I used Kona Cotton Ash for the background and a variety of fabrics I had on hand in the color palette requested.  If anybody wanted exact fabric details I’m sure I could scrounge up most but a lot are old cotton and steel or Halloween fabrics I had.

This Fancy Fox Quilt is a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman that I have used often for kids quilts and enlarged in a myriad of sizes. The colors where chosen by my friends son and I opted for Kona Cotton Saffron for the background.

Both quilts were enlarged to Twin size so they would be a substantial quilt and be able to be used on the boys beds as well as to cuddle with. The standard for both patterns I believe is closer to a throw than a twin.

I quilted both quilts with my go to loopy free motion quilting because it is speedy and always looks great with any quilt design. I’m happy to report these quilts are being well loved by my friends sons. Win Win!

That stunner up there ( I just cant get enough of it ) I made for my newest nephew born in September and gifted to him at Christmas. I had two charm packs of that awesome Simple Simon Co. fabric line Let Them Be Little. It is just full of the cutest prints. I randomly laid out the charms to sew up the front which end up measuring around 40″ square.

I knew I wanted to do something a little fun on the back since the front was simple patchwork. I Drafted a large star on several sheets of paper I taped together and then foundation paper pieced it and then added borders of the same Kona Cotton Fern background to make it large enough to back the quilt.  I believe the star ended up being 15″-18″ point to point and makes a very good impact at that size.

I quilted it in BIG loopy quilting and its just perfect to me seeing the quilting in the patchwork and then on the back in the green space.

 

I have a wonderful friend who’s go to baby gift is a small baby play quilt usually around 36″ square and she recently ordered 2 for baby boys. I just love making these for her because she gives me a gender, sometimes colors or nursery theme, sometimes parents likes, or sometimes just a name and lets me run with it. Coming up with an interesting design for a 36″ square is a lot of fun. These next two fit the bill.

This one is an itty bitty version of my soon to be released pattern. I am contemplating Moonrise or Crossover for the name.. thoughts? Anyway since its small and I kept the background solid I used a different fabric for each plus in the quilt and based it around the fabric in the middle plus that is helicopters. I’m pretty sure Luke picked that out at one point at a fabric store. But I kinda ran with a skyish theme from there.

I tried a new quilting design on this one too. I sewed horizontal lines 1/4″ above each row seam with my walking foot. Then I switched to my free motion darning foot and made triangles in each “square” that connected to the straight lines. It’s somewhat hard to explain without a video. If your happen to be on Instagram I have a snippet of a video of it saved in my Quilting highlight reel.  I really liked the way this turned out and am excited to try it again.

Keep on eye out for the Crossover/Moonrise Pattern Release in March 2019. It will have multiple sizes included in the pattern and is a simple pattern to adjust to any size really.

Okay the last “BOY” quilt today is this giant X quilt. This quilt measures 36″ and each X block is 12″ finished. I used the X part of my Floored Quilt Pattern to make this baby quilt. I love the graphic punch the pattern gives it.

I selected fabrics based on the fact that the dad loves to fish and the mom is an interior designer. This one was so much fun to make so scrappy.

The quilting is free motion loops that I made a little skinnier and taller than normal to mix it up. With navy blue minky on the back it sure to be a regular cuddle quilt.

 

Boy quilts can be super fun and full of none specific fabric too. I love just pulling fabrics from my stash for quilts specific to boy or girl and have even been none to use a coordinating floral in a boys quilt before.  All I’m saying is don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit.  I don’t currently have my custom quilt pricing published anywhere but if your interested in knowing pricing just shoot me an email which you can find in my about page.

 

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Norah’s Fancy Room

I’m finally sharing Norah’s room here.  Her room is bright and full of cuteness and she loves it and so do I. Win win if you ask me. :)

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Norah’s middle name is Brave so this print was perfect for the entrance to her room. The Print is from Holly Casto Design but doesn’t look to be available anymore.

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www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

I made Pinch pleated drapes with semi black out lining for her windows from a Nate Berkus fabric found at Joann fabrics. They are white with a simple navy leafy detail. The print between the window is a blonde girl holding bears and it’s by Emily Martin of  The Black Apple. The abstract art is all Norah. I just show her a selection of colors I like and she picks what she uses.

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She has a little reading nook at the end of her bed since she LOVES to read. I found the cute little rocker at a vintage shop and she is constantly rotating books to here from the playroom.

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I did a board and batten treatment on the back wall so as to break up the bold Coral on all the other walls. The bed is from Overstock can you believe it. It was so inexpensive and has been super durable even though I catch the kiddos swinging on it occasionally.

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We hung a little bit of fun art over her bed and chair. The Giraffe is affectionately dubbed Dorothy and we found her at Homegoods. The Hooray pendant is from Hobby Lobby. The N is a vintage marquee cover and the little girl painting is also vintage. I found the brown craft paper letters that spell be brave at Joann Fabrics. The abstracts are Norah’s handiwork again. The rug is from Rugs USA and looks to no longer be available since I purchased it 4 years ago, and the chair is vintage and recovered.

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www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

The arrow sign is from Hobby Lobby as is the Flamingo. I used some Denyse Schmidt in a thrift store frame to make her a little pin board. The white bulldog is a night light from Target and the gold bulldog is a bank from Homegoods. The bear picture is from Target. Everything else is Vintage.

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Norah’s closet is nice and large and since her clothes are small she has amble room to store a lot of toys so they don’t clutter up her room. She plays in here ALOT. Someday I think it would be super fun to paint a fun design on the walls.

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I put her fancy forest on her bed when I finished it a month or so ago and it so completes the room.

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She has a Frances Firefly quilt tucked on the end of her quilt so she can lean on it if she sits down by her books.

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I love this Fancy Forest. It is so bright and fun. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.  

I used the whole line of Maribel fabric by Annabel Wrigley and added in a couple others from Michael Miller and Cotton and Steel.  This quilt really is a labor of love. There are a lot of hours in it. But the end result is totally worth it to me and Norah super loves it.

The back of the quilt is a handful of coordinating prints made into some fun patchwork. I free motion quilted this quilt with a wood grain pattern and couldn’t love it more.

I hope you enjoyed Norah’s little room tour. I so love to decorate kids spaces. They are so bright and full of color and don’t have to be totally serious. :)

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Camp Bath

I’ve been itching to give the kids bathroom a little refresh since we moved in but it wasn’t that bad to begin with so it had to wait till a week ago when I had some time to tackle it.

Okay so here’s a little glimpse of the after. Can I tell you how hard it is to photograph a long narrow bathroom…. It’s not easy!

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So before we talk about the after lets take a peek at the old.

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Yes, I realize it’s just fine, neutral, livable, clean. I just didn’t love it. We replaced the faucets a couple months ago which is a whole story in itself, started with some very pricey plumbing quotes, which turned into a plumber causing a massive leak and having to replace a ceiling….. and then we found a wonderful skilled handyman to install a bunch of new faucets for us at a fraction the cost. Thank goodness! The old faucets in here were chrome and had those giant cut plastic knobs straight out of the 90’s. I also replaced the lights in here as soon as we moved in to these nice inexpensive outdoor lights from Lowe’s.

The small darker squares on the floor are hunter green and for the first year living here all I could think about was replacing them, which wasn’t in the cards currently. But then the dark green trend started popping up and I thought maybe I could work with them.  So I dubbed it the kids camp bath and went with that theme for the refresh.

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The hardest fix was taking the giant mirror down, and sanding through the paint to remove the raised letters underneath. I could never get a good picture while the letters were painted over with the pale blue color on the walls, but after some serious sanding I smoothed it all out and could see what was written. The picture below is what was around the entire room just under the ceiling.

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So the game plan was:

-remove mirror

-sand words away

-shiplap wall behind sink

-paint walls and vanity

-replace mirror, knobs, toilet paper holder, and hooks

-hope the kids don’t wreck it to fast

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www.woollypetals.com Kids Camp Bath

www.woollypetals.com Kids Camp Bath

www.woollypetals.com Kids Camp Bath

www.woollypetals.com Kids Camp Bath

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I am very pleased with how it turned out and it wasn’t any sort of work that even a beginner DIY’r couldn’t tackle. The hardest part was removing the mirror, mainly because I had no clue what I was doing. It definitly didn’t go as smoothly as the YouTube videos I watched said it would.  I taped the heck out of it and slowly chipped it off, breaking it a bunch, but the last 2/3rd came off in one nice big piece I now have to figure out how to dispose of. ;) The sanding was the other hard part, but luckily I have an electric sander that helped speed the process along. It still took a couple hours and sore arms to accomplish though.

The premade Shiplap I found at Home Depot was so easy to use and since I was doing only one wall it wasn’t that expensive. I have used 4′ x 8’ft sheets of luan or underlayment in the past and ripped them down to 8′ ft lengths by the height I need typically around 8″. This process is cheap as the sheets cost $12, but it’s time consuming to cut them all and much more finicky to hang. For a large room I would still do this as it’s saves sooo much money but for one wall I love this shiplap option. Linked below.

Here are a few sources for the things I used. I linked things when I could. I’m not paid or sponsered by anybody I just like to give as much information as possible since that’s what I always love myself.

Lights – from lowes

Faucets – Kingston Brass from Amazon

Shiplap – from Home Depot

Toilet paper holder – from Amazon

Hooks on wall across from mirrors Home Depot

Cabinet Knobs – Home Depot 

Let’s be Adventurers Art Print – Rae Ann Kelly

Mirrors and Moosehead hanging by window – HomeGoods

Paint by Number – Vintage

First Aid Tin hung above wall hooks – Vintage

Towels, floor mat, soap dishes, frames, little black house – target

Go Jump in The Lake Wooden sign –  Brick and Mortar in Lake Geneva, IL

 

I hope you enjoyed my little Kids Camp Bathroom Tour.

Thanks for stopping by!

Luke’s Space

I finally got to all those little details that finish it all in Luke’s room and so now I call it. Done! So here you go, the full tour.

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Walking straight into his room you see his bed and looking over to the right is his desk and comfy chair.

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I made some Pin Boards with IKEA frames and a roll of cork. They may not be the greatest idea considering they are right above his bed and he boycotts naps like a pro. But they are a great place to hang up drawings, cards, little mementos, and photos. The Be Strong canvas is from Hobby Lobby, the Orange Book print is from A Vintage Poster, and the tree picture is a vintage paint by number in a floating frame.  All the Frames in his room are from Target or IKEA.

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Above his bed I hung a Lion print by Sharon Montrose, The Be Awesome Print is from Lucius Art, and the L is from Anthropologie. The Bug Pillow on his bed is from IKEA, and the Raccoon Pillow is one I made, you can find others in my etsy shop.  He has a shelf full of animals in his closet that make the regular rotation on his bed. Right now it’s Norah’s Bolt and his ambulance ride bear from when he broke his leg this summer. His duvet is from The land of Nod, we love it there and have several sheet sets from there hidden beneath the duvet. This one, this one, oh and a lego one too.

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Lukes Room 30_edited-2The Valance is probably the newest edition. I had wide Grey and White Horizontal Striped panels over his roman shade up until a couple months ago. Being right next to his bed he seemed to pull on them to much and a curtain rod bracket got pulled off the wall. So a Valance was the answer since the light control was taken care of by the woven roman shade from Home Depot. I made a wood mounted Box Pleated valance out of a Nate Berkus fabric I had stashed from Joann’s. I lined it in a white and green stripe (a thrifted duvet cover) for a little hidden detail.  Normally I would never line window treatments in anything but white or ivory since they are seen from the outside, but this one hangs just a bit below the trim and is 99% of the time covered by the shade. So I went for it.

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His desk is a remake of his shelves in his old room at the old house.  I basically used the shelves as is and raised them to add a desk underneath. It’s a shorter than normal desk I think about 27″ tall, 30″ is normal, but it works perfectly for him and I can change it as he grows. These are such a great versatile and pretty inexpensive shelf/desk to make. We love them. You can find loads of tutorials on pinterest if you want to tackle some.  We but some keepsake and vintage decor on his top shelves and lego creations hang out over the bottom. The short stool is from Hobby Lobby. It’s a chair height stool.  The various lego heads and boxes have all been thrifted! Crazy right?

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I found the wood helicopter at a thrift store. Luke is a helicopter fanatic so it was a must. The little L block is one of the coolest baby gifts we got for him, someone had it made with all his birth stats on the sides. The blue vase thing is actually a lamp from Homegoods and is just for looks as I never plug it in.

Lukes Room 17I found the Green mail box at a thrift store, the 4 is from a vintage market, the school bus was my grandpas, the tree is from Michael’s unfinished wood section, and the artwork is by Luke.

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He has a jar of rocks and shells he finds when we travel, some artwork, a wooden excavator he and daddy made together, a legoman flashlight, and a truck nightlight (target) on another shelf.

Lukes Room 21Under his desk we have a big basket full of little bins of legos sorted by color, which seems to work really well for him.  Between his desk and comfy Chair I have a green bin from IKEA (Super great bins by the way from IKEA $5) filled with his current reading material.

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On the wall above his chair, which I thrifted and slipcovered, I hung a recent addition. Star Wars Legoman prints I found on Pinterest , they are a free download from Over the big moon and Luke loves them. I picked up clearance frames at target to hang them in and boom a wall filled that was practically empty before. Add the Metal L made from old signs I got at a Vintage Market and it’s perfect.  I made the little pillow on the chair from this awesome print by SaltyOat.

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I thought I would show you the inside of his closet since it is multi purpose. We had a tall dresser in his room for awhile, but when finishing the desk and shelves I couldn’t get them in the room and have the dresser too. Since his closet was pretty empty still I bought a bunch of plastic bins and put all his clothes in there. It is working super great so far.  We’ve got a shelf full of softies, toy bins on the bottom, the shelf above his hanging clothes has older kid books, his bank, a bin full of school stuff, he has extra blankets and pillows, out of season clothes, and all the lego boxes he loves to save on higher shelves. A laundry basket for dirty clothes completes the closet nicely. He can reach everything he needs and can see and ask for (hopefully instead of climb) for anything he can’t.

Lukes Room 24Last on the room tour I recycled his train table into a lego board to roll under his bed. We hadn’t used his train table since we moved. You can see the train table original post here. But to transform it, I removed all the train tracks, filled holes, added a trim piece around the edge so there would be a little lip and legos wouldn’t slip off, I painted it all grey, and lastly added wheels.  It rolls under his bed easily at night so his room looks clean. It also gives his legos a landing spot so they aren’t all over the floor and a pain to pick up all the time. I highly recommend the under the bed storage method.  I cut some thin wood into 14″ lengths and painted them black so he can make roads on it. Someday we will add a dotted line to the roads.

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We have an old green wooden tool chest under the window that he can lock his treasures into, and a Lego Police Crest I made for his last birthday hanging on the wall next to it.  His bed is from The Land of Nod,(we love our local The Land of Nod the staff is stellar) and his rug is from the Crate and barrel Outlet from way back when I was pregnant with the boy.  The Paint Color is Velvet Sofa by Behr , Luke picked it himself. The ceiling is basic flat white ceiling paint.

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So that’s it! I think I over share sometimes. :) A lot of his room is from His room at the Old house. Fun story, Luke’s room is the only room that got painted before we moved to the new house, we had a 3 day window between closing and our moving date. I wanted to make sure it was ready for him and having him help pick the color made the transition to a new room more fun for him.

Please tell me what you think! You know old school comment style.  I’m working on those final details in Norah’s room so I will share with you all shortly.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Let’s Play some more

I finally finished… is anything ever really done? the playroom!

I am methodically working my way through repainting and fixing rooms up in a way that only makes sense to me. I told my husband that things are ranked in my head from most offensive to least offensive and that’s how I am fixing things up. Aside from the offensive things that would cost to much money the house is coming along nicely. And so it came time for the Playroom to get a little spruce.

These are the best I could find with minimal effort of the before, shortly after we moved in. I am a horrible before picture taker. :)

With a 6 month younger not as much crazy haired Norah front and center.

Not much big stuff needed to be done. The trim was oak before so I painted that White, and then the walls got a nice fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Owl Gray it was a buttery beige before as seen in the above pictures. We used the owl gray in the family room and since this room feeds directly into that room it made sense to paint it the same. I then embarked on planking the back wall and painted that white. It makes it feel so much bigger with the horizontal Planks and bright white.  I achieved the planking by cutting 4′ x 8′ luan also called underlayment plywood into strips, this wall is 8″ tall planks. I then just used my nail gun to attach them on the wall, cutting to size as I went. Then I hand brush painted the whole wall with primer and several coats of white until it was fully covered. You could definitely roll the paint but I like the texture of hand brushing on a plank wall.

The Playroom sits at the top of the back staircase which is located in our family room. In the above picture I am standing at the top of the stairs. The door to the right is my sewing room, and the door to the left goes into a small hallway that leads to my closet and two steps up to our master bedroom. You can go through the Master into the rest of the upstairs. The beauty of having two staircases makes the house a loop and we kind of really love that. It makes games of hide and seek rather fun!

The above picture looks over toward the reading area at the top of the stairs, and you can see it has a loft like feel over there being open to the family room.

I was able to get rid of two big boxes of toys without the kids noticing to much. They have asked for two of the things I donated so that’s a win! The shelf below is from Home Decorator’s Collection and  holds two big canvas bins, from homegoods, of dress up stuff, above those are Luke’s biggest trucks, above those are a couple Vintage Fischer Price Play things, and then the top as some random fun stuff. Chalk, bird houses the kids painted, wool felt balls in a jar, a jar of chalk, some vintage toys, a globe I paint with chalkboard paint awhile ago, and a green box with some craft project supplies. You also get a glance into my sewing space which is right off the playroom.

Here’s a better peek at the reading area loft and into the Family room. That’s the brick of our family room fireplace. The reading area up until the redo was just a landing spot for junk that needed to go elsewhere. There was a little armoire, a small table, and a bunch of random home decor sitting here for far to long without a proper home. Now it has a much better function as my children LOVE to read, especially Norah.

 

The Bookcase is the Bitrade from IKEA and was purchased because it was the perfect size and cheap. I am not sure this will last but for now it’s perfect. I used left over planking from the wall and stained it dark, then I nailed it to the back as this shelf has no back. I used a couple more of these green boxes, also from IKEA, to house puzzles and more craft supplies.  Our Play Room Quilt sits perfectly on one of the shelves for easy access.

 

I hung a bunch of random Chalkboards up here. Oddly enough my kids don’t use them to much. I think I like to doodle more than they do. The Bean bags are from an awesome Project Nursery tutorial I came across on Pinterest.  I stitched the zippers closed so we haven’t had a problem with leaking beans. The beans themselves are from clearanced out regular style bean bags from Target. They were the cheapest option I could find for buying beans. The Stripe fabric is from IKEA, and the green on the bottom is a linen I found several yards of while thrifting years ago. This style of bean bag is so much more comfortable and cute than the average ball shape in my opinion, I can sit in them comfortably and play for awhile too!

 

At the top of the stairs we have two wrapped canvases, one of each of the children of their 1 year photo session. Photos are by my awesome brother who along with his wife had a professional Photography business. They are transitioning to new careers now, not for lack of talent. :) The Canvases are from Canvas Bundle and Easy Canvas Prints, they are both 16″ x 20″ and are both super great quality.

 

Playroom art is so fun don’t you think? I love picking art for kids spaces it’s so much more whimsical, bright, and quirky. The La La Love you print I have had  for so long as is from SparklePower on etsy, the Hip Hip HooRay banner I made myself, the Plus Symbol hoop I also made, and the bird I made from perler birds off a picture I saw on pinterest. The chalkboard which you can see in some of the other pictures is one my mom bought me while we were shopping at the Main Street Market in Rockford, IL. Definitely a must go if your in the area.

The Fox Mini Quilt I whipped up last week using Elizabeth Hartman’s fancy fox pattern, the clock is from Homegoods, the Print is from Pen and Paint, and the Bear Head is from Joann’s.

Over by the Teepee (the teepee was my husbands as a child) I hung the Busy Board I made for Luke several years ago, our old rotary dial phone, a small smile embroidery hoop I made, and an embroidered snippet of a bible verse. “you shine like stars”

I painted the shelves for toys white, they were thrifted 5 or so years ago and have been a redish maple color up until now. I  put a new top on this cool old table I found several years ago. It used to have a laminate top with a metal rim. Not quite the style I was going with. The little chairs are a few of the ones I have thrifted. I am a sucker for child size chairs.

I finally figured out how to hang up the kids artwork!!! Like seriously I thought about this sooooo much! I used Tim Holtz clipboard clips I found at Joann’s a hung them directly to the wall. Inexpensive and they work super great!

 

One of the fun things I enjoyed was making yards of garland and stringing it and white globe lights up on the ceiling. I love this aspect of the room and it is so fun to play up here at night with it on.

Lastly I finished the quilt I had been planning for the play room. It is simple half square triangles. It’s a copy of Denyse Schmidt’s quilt she made in her Hadley fabric and Kona Snow as the white. The back is pieced and it is bound in a neon pink solid I have had in my stash for years. This quilt is so gorgeous in person, the colors are super lovely, and I straight line quilted it at 3/8″ apart which takes forever but gives the most amazing texture.

 

Thanks so much for taking  tour or our playroom with me! I love to share the spaces I pour my heart and hard work into with you all!

 

 

 

 

Work it

This summer Luke and I revamped a toolbench for him. I forgot to take a before picture and have searched my phone archives for one to no avail., it was this bench but in blue.  I purchased the bench from a resale for $15 and it sat in my garage unplayed with until Luke was about 18 months old. He played with it that summer periodically when we were outside but not that much. Once he turned two he started playing with it a ton when we where outside as his love of tools and construction have grown exponentially since he was 18 months old.

 

Before Norah was born we started working on it together. It had gotten beaten up in the garage and pulling it out in the sun to play with so we sanded it down and removed the drawer. I then sprayed painted all the parts separately before putting it back together, including the new peg board I cut to attach to the back.  I found some fun peg board accessories including the baskets at Home Depot.  We also added buckets, although we have orange ones now, to the bottom shelf for more storage so his plethora of tools would have a good landing spot.

One of the best parts about the bench is the holes. They were already in it when first purchased so I can’t take credit. ;) But they are the perfect size for play screws and give a real sense of building something.

To say he was thrilled may be a bit of an understatement! From his love of building to the torturous months it took us to finish. I cannot tell you how many times he would ask me if we could work on his tool bench. He was so excited to have it done and inside.  It now resides in our basement play area, which I have a tour of coming up shortly as we have had some changes since the last tour.

Have you built a tool bench for your littles? I would love to check it out. This was such a fun project and simple enough that Luke was able to help at almost all stages.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’m calling it…

The living room is done… for now. ;) It is finally to a point where I am 99% happy with it and can sit back and enjoy it instead of constantly seeing little and big things that I want to change.

As you can see I went with the stripe Olin Rug from Crate and Barrel. I loved several of the rugs from this post that I asked you all what you would do, but after my hubby nixed a couple and I factored in cost I went with this striped one to hold me over until I find something that is absolutely perfect. I do like it a lot and it may stick around. It’s currently sitting on top of the old rug for padding since it’s just a flat weave. I do have my heart set on finding a thicker plusher rug someday. But I also realize we may have a bigger living room if/when we move someday so we would need something bigger. Oh the rug drama continues… :) seriously though why are rugs sooo hard for me to find.. at least within my budget constraints. ;)

I still have to fill that last frame above the seatee. Baby Norah is soon to be born, 3 weeks and counting, so I will put her picture in there. One of my ongoing projects is slowly collecting vintage letters to hang above those three frames. I also am still absolutely loving my new chair! I can’t believe I waited so long to get it covered.  The fabric is by premier prints and I got it last fall from Fabric.com.

Luke’s little table area. I have another matching chair in the basement for Norah. But I also have been crushing on these chairs from The Land of Nod. So you never now what could happen If I spot a couple at our local outlet. (yes we are that lucky to have a crate and barrel and land of nod outlet nearby)

Luke’s radio flyer bike I thrifted so long ago fits perfectly under the table…. which is good since he has way to many ride on toys that don’t have a good place to be stored. :)

My globe collection… I still want to find a black globe. I think they are called galaxy globes. The land of Nod bins are still wonderful and holding up great.

The finished sofa! Yay! It’s a little slouchy, which I can tweak with making some of the seams smaller. no biggie, just a time issue. It is so much better looking than the beige ill fitting slipcover it had before. I do dream of a white sofa someday though. So maybe when our kids are bigger and we wouldn’t have to wash it every week….

So that’s that! I am happy it’s at a great point before Norah gets here as I hate having the itch to do things and no time or energy to do them. Which I know I won’t have much of either for awhile. :)

So now onto getting that back yard finished…..

Oh and I may have my new sewing space storage wall to share next week. It’s awesome! I just need to take pictures.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

 

Rug Dilemma!

So the Living Room is coming along. It’s a slow process as all you who decorate know. :) I’ve definitely made a couple mistakes, but am learning that I need to go with my gut, and not with what everybody else is doing even when it looks fab in there own homes.

 

Soo the last I shared my living room looked like this. I had just gone from gray/beige to white. You can view the full room tour here.

It was slowly coming to my vision.

I have made a few changes that you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram.

 

I started by recovering our sofa. It just had a slipcover on it, so I took that off and started a Charcoal colored one. I really want white, but after living with the white cushions on the basement sofa that we use a couple times a month at best I knew I would be laundering a white slipcover in the living room every single week, so charcoal it is.  I am almost done. Just the two back cushions left and a few tweaks to make things fit perfectly.

We upgraded our toy storage from all the jumbled baskets and the small cream cabinet in the top picture next to the red sofa. These bins won as the perfect solution because they where the exact, I mean EXACT, dimensions I need to maximize storage on the shelf. They are awesome and from the land of nod if your interested. They sell out fast though.  I also brought up Luke’s little table from the basement to replace the cream cabinet I was able to do away with.  Oh and that kiddo chair is for sure getting reupholstered or slip-covered.

The map below is one of my favorites. I bought it for $6 at the Kane County Flea Market and really wish I had the forsight to buy the other 3 or 4 maps the guy had to. :) It’s been in the stairwell for a long time and it actually works perfectly there, but in my “I need something above the red sofa phase” I brought it down and lived with it above the sofa for awhile. Yeah, it just didn’t work. I love maps above other peoples sofas, but I think it is to big for this sofa/wall and to much color. So I admitted defeat and popped up some simple gallery frames and you know what, it’s perfect. I am hoping to thrift vintage letters to spell out a word above the frames. But that will take time and for now it’s just nice to have the openess.

Okay, you may also notice we got a new rug… and in this photo of our living I snapped tonight around 9pm (read:dark & blurry) you will notice I finally got my chair reupholstered! Love it so much! Clearly this picture shows the horibble clashing of the rug now that the chairs is back….. It HAS to go. Don’t get me wrong I like the rug. It was a great match for the room until the chair came in, and since I LOVE the chair and am only in like with the rug it will be relocated or sold.

So this brings me to you all to ask for a little input . :) Have you heard of Olioboard? I signed up for it last year when I was trying to figure out living room fabrics, and it is fun. You can make an idea board with pictures of your furniture, or anything on their site. I am sure you can make a board with Oliobaord better than mine if you want to take more time than I did. Or maybe if you are a wiz at Photoshop you can pop a rug into your own room picture. I can’t. :)

I went back tonight and popped in some different rug options. So let me know what you think. I cropped in pictures of my red sofa, my new chair, a stock photo of a similar sofa and shelf, I cropped in my sofa wall awhile back so it’s changed a bit but the colors are basically the same. And then I popped in some pillows that are similar colors to what we have. So it’s not exactly like our living room but it gives the feel.

Option 1: An over dyed traditional rug in peacock.

 

Option 2: A fun yellow and white abstract rug.

 

Option 3: A lovely Moroccan style navy rug.

 

Option 4: A black and white diamondy rug.

 

Option 5: A black and white striped rug.

 

So what do you guys think? I am not sure. As long as I have been decorating my own home the only rug I haven’t had regrets about is the original (and our first rug) in the living room shown in the very first picture in this post. But it leans towards beige undertones which won’t work in here. My husband just rolls his eyes at me and reminds me that I already bought a rug for in here recently so he will not be footing the bill. :) Luckily I have my own personal money that I will be able to do some damage with. ;)

I thought I would share to a: get some help in the way of opinions and b: to share that if your not happy with it than change it. I find my own home to be so much harder to make exactly as I like than it is to decorate others homes.  Also sometimes it’s just better wait for what you know will be perfect in the long run than to rush into something just to fill space.

 

p.s. I will have much better pictures than these I snapped with the old phone once I get that rug, the sofa cushions down, and the little wing back covered. :)

 

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InstaFriday

It’s Friday! Are you excited? I am! Being the weekend means I have completed my 3 hour Glucose test (awful), that we have made it a work week through potty training (going okay), and that we are a work week through our Month of No Sugar (I am craving Chocolate a lot today).

Linking up with Jeanette today over at Life Rearranged.

Luke’s Easter Basket + Car / Easter Best – H&M pants, shirt, vest, Bowtie by me, Childrens place shoes /We started potty training – the first two days where awful. But once we figure out a timer for every 15-20 minutes it started to click. He can now go a bit longer 20-30 minutes depending on his liquid consumption. I’m hoping he will start telling us he has to go soon

He asked me out of the blue to see himself on the phone camera eating a banana, how could I not oblige / My Husband and I are 5 days into the no sugar and aside from a syrupy sweet glucose test drink this morning we are both cheat free. :) I am getting my sweet fix from lots of fruit and smoothies, I still am really craving chocolate though / This year Luke is bigger and apparently he learned how to climb ladder like things super well

He loves to mow and if I could trust him with a real mower it would be on ;) /He also likes to dig and is better at scooping dirt from one pile to another than he is at scooping food into his mouth ;) / New fabrics I received today from Pink Castle Fabrics sale – LOVE –

 

A fun and light of pictures week – potty training and no sugar will apparently do that.

 

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Mommy’s baby wish list

I’ve been trying to put together a comprehensive list of what we NEED for baby girl. :) But all the pretty stuff gets in the way. So for now I share with you my dream list of things to get for baby Norah! She totally wants everything, she told me. ;)

 

The double Bugaboo! We have the single Cameleon and I love it! I wouldn’t change a thing. :) Truth be told we may try and do without a double stroller. When we are out together David usually corals Luke so we don’t use the stroller. I use it mainly for the mall, walks, the zoo, outings that I am unsure of the boundaries (this way he is safer). It will all depend on how well he does with the freedom of being out once she’s born, he currently likes to run away with excessive energy. :)

 

I think these would keep Norah’s toes nice and toasty this fall.

Freshly picked metallic Moccasins. I have been obsessing about these ever since I discovered them. I think Luke is to hard on his shoes for them to be a good choice for him. I need to decide quick if I am going to get some since they are limited quantities currently.

 

 

This DIY light is amazing!

I stumbled across this picture on Pinterest. Which led me to the DIY for this awesome Happy Girl Light/sign and the lovely blog of Mandi of Vintage Revivals. So inspiring. I think I need to make something similar for above Norah’s bed. Love the sign and the room soooo much!

 

Hair cuteness!

Craftiness is not optional has tons of great flower tutorials for hair wear.  Loving all the cuteness I can create for the little lady with these. :)

Oh and have you seen all the super cute Geranium Dresses Delia Creates made for her adorable daughter.  I have one in the works for Norah. I hope to share that soon. :)

 

Thanks for stopping by!…. oh and if you feel like buying anthing for me…hmm Norah, I included all the links. ;)