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big girl shoes

    Meet Matilda.


    The world’s cutest {almost} two year old. She is a spunky little thing who is such a girl. One of my favorite things about her is her love of shoes.

    Her birthday is in just a few days and I have found the perfect gift for her

    {Rae : stop reading if you don’t want to see what  we’re giving your baby}

    birdies big girl shoes

    Birdie’s Big Girl Shoes is a darling story book with GORGEOUS illustrated by the talented Sujean Rim. It is right up there on my list of most delightful {and pretty} children’s books.  And just the right thing for a little girl with a shoe obsession.


    Such a cute illustration. I sort of want to frame it and put it in Audrey’s room.


    When Ryan saw this picture he said the mom reminded him of me. I’m totally flattered because that mommy has some sexy legs!

    So I bought the book and was inspired to make a little something extra for the birthday girl.


    How about a tutorial?


    Here is what you’ll need:

    :: t-shirt {I bought this one from Target – Audrey has it too and I love it}

    :: fabric {for the shoe and for the flower}

    :: image {or a book with an image you want to copy}

    :: scissors, pins, needle & thread

    :: sewing machine

    :: tulle & beads {optional, for the flower}

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    flower pin {tutorial}

      This project comes straight from the ever-creative Nonna. She made a flower pin for Audrey {seen below} and it was so cute, I asked her to show me her tricks. And the wonderful Nonna obliged. So here is the tutorial for the Here’s what you’ll… Continue Reading…flower pin {tutorial}

      our entry

        Well, hello. Welcome to our home.



        This is what you see when you walk in the front door:


        A jute rug from IKEA, an old cane back chair that desperately needs to be reupholstered and a large hanging window.

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        The curtains are from IKEA {of course – I think ALL of my curtains are from there} and hung from clips. We love having so many windows at the entry, but in the evenings it is nice to close the curtains for privacy {and it keeps 8pm solicitors from knocking on the door!}.


        I like having a dresser right inside the front door. Our hats, gloves, scarves are stored in the drawers. It is an old piece with authentically chippy paint and I just don’t think I’ll ever be able to paint over it.  The mirror was a funky oak piece {probably from the 70’s} found at Goodwill and then painted Rushing River by Sherwin Williams {the same color as Audrey’s bed}.  It is kind of ugly, in a pretty way.


        Looking through the window that separates the entry from the dining room.


        The lamp is from Walmart and then I recovered the lampshade using this Waverly fabric.



        I made a new print for the entry in honor of the season.

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        Can you tell I like monograms? I really do.


        And these vintage word cards make me happy.


        Looking from the entry into my office {and a little sneak peek at the changes in there – I know, I just finished the office and I’ve already rearranged it : welcome to my life}.


        Ryan bought me this photo carousel {from Potterybarn} a few years ago and it works perfectly for holding stationery. Kind of random that we have a display of notecards in our entryway.

        Some updates I’d like to do someday:

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        burp cloths

          I’m not sure what it is, but all four of my darlings have been ridiculous spitter-uppers {yuck}.
          Which means I’ve gone through a lot of burp cloths.
          With No.4 I finally realized that if I was going to be wearing a burp cloth on my shoulder for the better part of the day, I might as well make it cute as well as functional.
          So here is my simple way to make:
          Here is what you’ll need:
          :: fabric {I used linen}
          :: terry cloth
          :: tape measure
          :: scissors
          :: pins
          :: thread & sewing machine
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          the kitchen {Autumn}

            It was time to reorganize the kitchen shelves and pull out some Autumn accents. I feel like I’m a little behind fluffing my house for the season {I usually do this September 1st due to my absolute love of fall} but it is nice to… Continue Reading…the kitchen {Autumn}

            silhouette tutorial

              We all love a good silhouette. Especially of sweet little faces.  So {as promised} I’ve put together a tutorial on an easy way to make one.  Now, easy may be relative so bear with me.

              But first, a little silhouette inspiration:

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              Blue-Painted-piece image


              decor pad

              Feeling inspired?

              Here we go :

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                It was so fun to post new photos of Audrey’s nursery last Friday and you all said some very kind things about it. Thank you! But the best part for me was that many of you were somehow impacted by the scripture in her room. … Continue Reading…twirl