Saturday, November 22, 2014

Times a Wastin'


Things have been quiet around here. No, more than quiet. I've taken a step back as we've gone through this move and continue to renovate our home. We're hoping to wrap things up and be back to normal fairly soon. But, what is normal? In some ways this move and this process of living out of a suitcase with family for 5+ months has changed me.

I'll save the long version for my journal, but the basic gist? Despite my best effort, I often get distracted in life. I set out to be present and in the moment, but I get derailed somewhere between Pinterest and the ding of a text. It seems that I'm learning all over again that happiness does not lie right around the corner, will not magically come when my house is finished or when I get those things on my wish list. There's a chance to be content here hidden in the quiet afternoon shadows and pile of dirty laundry I keep stepping over. Maybe everything I need is already here and not living somewhere in the land of those whose dreams fall magically into place.

I'm still a work in progress, but I wrote a little more about some practical ways to be more present during the upcoming season over at Playful Learning the other day. Click here if you'd like to read more!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Picture Book Project: The Bear's Song


Every now and then we run into a picture book that instantly becomes a favorite. We love The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud so much that we were inspired to make a project!


Along with gorgeous illustrations, we love the sweet story of a Papa Bear searching for his son. Each page is filled with detailed drawings, and we love to try to find all of the characters as we read.


We decided it would be fun to dress up as bears and play a little hide and seek. This sweet little bear mask is fun and easy to make!


To download the mask, hop on over to the Playful Learning blog today.

We love to read and are always searching for new favorites.....do you have a favorite picture book to share?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Autumn Project Round Up


Today I thought it would be fun to revisit a few projects from autumns past. Can you tell I love this time of year? While you look through this list, I'll be over here drinking cider and jumping in a pile of leaves....

From the top:

Mini Chalkboard Pumpkin Favors
Easy Wool Vases
Mini Apple Galettes
Printable Plaid Tags
No-Sew Woodland Masks
Fall Leaf Wreath
Tabletop Puppet Theater w/printable Puppets
Treat Tags + washi tape twisty ties

Happy Autumn to you!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inspiration: Modern Farmhouse


In my quest for remodeling inspiration, I have found the overall look and feel that I would love our house to have. It's a shaker-inspired modern farmhouse look, with a bit of industrial, school house thrown in. Oh, and there's some colonial and mid-century somewhere in there too. Got all of that? Maybe I haven't narrowed it down quite yet. How about, modern, eclectic farmhouse. Clean lines, neutral colors....simple, functional, and beautiful!

I'm almost afraid to show you all of this, in case the final results don't live up to the inspiration, but a girl can dream, right?

What interiors have inspired you lately?

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Keyword: Black House


Long before pinterest, I have always been inclined to pick up and collect little bits of inspiration along the way. I recently stumbled upon a file folder stuffed with pictures of interiors from magazines that I had carefully cut out around the age of twelve!

Throughout our grand remodel, I have been devouring inspiration and finding so many new things to love. I happened upon a picture of a black house and was struck by the stark contrast between the color of the house and the colors found in nature around it (see 02 above) and fell in love! It's not the right fit for our current house, but I'm tucking the idea away for a later time. And those white accents and a pop of green are a must!

What do you think? Would you ever paint your house black? A modern dark house would certainly cause a stir in my little town...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hey there October.


Hope your first day of October is made of crisp air, turning leaves, and warm drinks...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Easy Side Tables


Today I wanted to share a simple and quick idea for a side table. First off, I am a huge fan of small, low tables in almost every room of the house. They make great plant stands, night stands, drink tables for the end of the couch, or even compact tables for play in a child's room....


I recently purchased these super cute powder-coated steel toy bins from Target. After living with them for a while, I realized that when flipped over they make great, sturdy bases for a small table top. To make the top, I purchased two wooden rounds that were sanded and ready to stain from Home Depot (similar to these). I stained the table tops with a stain + sealer in one made by Cabot. I chose the dark "midnight" color, but they had many other options. Two coats in one afternoon and they were ready to go!


Since we will be using these tables in our bedroom, and I wanted to retain the option of using the bins as actual bins later, I opted to not officially attach the tabletops to the bases. The tops are quite heavy and don't shift around a lot. If you plan on using these tables in a high traffic area though, I suggest attaching them from underneath with hardware.

Crossing my fingers I will officially have a home to put these in soon!

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