Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Little Brave Blog Anniversary & Rebrand!

I am so excited to celebrate my wonderful friend Shayla's Little Brave Blog Birthday this month! So far, Shayla has teamed up with an amazing group of shops and fellow bloggers to give her readers the chance to enter a giveaway each week! With this week being the last week of her month long blog birthday celebration, she is doing it up big and I'm so thrilled to be a part of it!! See below for all the fun fabulous details!

Little Brave's Birthday Giveaway Package!

Todays Giveaway includes:

Happy Birthday To Little Brave and Good Luck To All Of Our Giveaway Contestants!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

McKenzie's Nursery #2 Revealed!

Hello Friends!! I am so excited to FINALLY reveal McKenzie's Nursery today! Since we moved from a smaller space in Anchorage, Alaska to a larger place here in Georgia, simply moving Kenzie's previous nursery into this much larger room left it feeling bare and uninviting. To bring her room to life, I worked to incorporate elements that she will enjoy now and several years down the road. It's been a long time in the making and I've come to terms with the fact that it will probably never fully be finished - more like a continuos work in progress. McKenzie is 18 months now and before we know it she will be transitioning into a "Big Girl" bed and I'm sure a little rearranging will have to take place then too.  For now I decided to keep the same color scheme that we used in her first nursery, which can be found here and add a few fun accent pieces that I thought would transition into "Big Girl" status nicely. I used a lot of white and beige to set the stage for a calm and soothing nursery. I didn't have a huge budget so you will see that we re-used many items from her first nursery and added A LOT of DIY decor, with the help from my handyman hubby. I did find myself browsing a little nursery inspiration online as well and couldn't help but throw in a few new items that I knew Kenzie would absolutely LOVE! I am so happy with how everything turned out and I'm excited to finally share it with you today! Soooooo... without further ado, here is McKenzie's Nursery Number 2 Revealed!  For Item Details & Credit List, see captions :)

I enlisted my husband to help me create this Pallet Wall to help define the little nook that conveniently fit her crib perfectly. The pallet wall adds a little touch of rustic to her girly chic theme and it pairs wonderfully with ALFRED The Deer Head from White Faux Taxidermy and the adorable Wooden Flag Letters from New Arrivals Inc. (Pallet Wall DIY - Coming Soon)
White Washed Pallet Wall-DIY (coming soon), Deer Mount-c/oWhite Faux Taxidermy, Wooden Letter Flag - c/o New Arrivals Inc., Crib - Restoration Hardware (discontinued), Bedding - Pottery Barn Kids (discontinued), Triangle Decals - Urban Walls

When you walk into Kenzie's room you are met with a big bare wall to your left, so I thought these adorable triangle decals from Urban Walls would be the perfect accent to help fill it out a bit! They speak beautifully for themselves so not much else was added.

I found this amazing Alphabet Wall Art Tutorial from the blog Crafts Unleashed and thought it would perfect for this wall! You can find my tutorial here. I also added the numbers 1-2-3 on the front panel of the these storage cubes from Lowes (I just noticed I should probably switch the 2 & 3- it looks a little off arranged this way, hmmm?)).
Alphabet Wall Art - DIY, 1-2-3 Storage Cubes- Lowes/DIY (coming soon), Plush Lamb - Restoration Hardware, Books -Thrifted, Small Teddy Bear - Stuck On You, Bean Bag - Sam's Club

 Mirrors - Target

I searched high and low for an affordable pair of chevron curtain panels in beige and had no luck, so I decided to make them myself. I love how they turned out, however a lot of sweat and tears went into making these. Tutorial & Confession Coming Soon!
Curtains - DIY(coming soon)

Teepee - DIY:No Sew! 

I added a fun Teepee to her corner for a cozy place to curl up with a book or to simple play pretend! I made this using a "No-Sew" technique and shared my tutorial here. Our ceilings at our last place were much higher than the ceilings here so I did modify the tutorial a little so that it would fit ok. All I did was cut the poles down to 6ft tall from the original 8ft that my tutorial calls for. Easy Peasy!

White Chest- Fred Meyers (Local Alaska Store), Wall Shelf - Land Of Nod

Laundry Basket - Fred Meyers (Local Alaska Store), Monogram Blanket - Pottery Barn Kids (discontinued)

Ornate Picture Frame - Pottery Barn Kids (discontinued), Brush and Come Set - Gift, Mason Jar Spray Painted Gold, Personalized Wooden Blocks- DIY

Dream Catcher - Little Brave Creations

The M & H Pallet Wall Art is another DIY project.

Gold & Glitter Arrow Wall Art - DIY

I originally wanted to put Kenzie's Chalkboard Toddler Table & Chairs  below her wall collage, then decided last minute to add this cute little "Pretend Play" area with this Painted Tree Branch as a hanger for all of her dress-up clothes. We haven't acquired any dress-up pieces yet so I just hung a few items from Kenzie's wardrobe that we love.
L to R: "Oh The Places You'll Go" Print - Cheeky Albi Designs, Mirror - Target, Map Letter "M" - Cheeky Albi Design, Verse Print - DIY,  Gilded "L O V E" Print - DIY (coming soon), Tree Branch Hanger - DIY
Crochet Hat - Thrifted, Fur Vest - Old Navy (sold out), Feather Infinity Cowl - VonBon Apparel

Well, That's All Folks! I hope you enjoyed peaking into my little McKenzie's Nursery! Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts and/or questions, I will do my best to reply as soon as possible!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Sensational Spring Themed First Birthday Party By Melinda Jankowski Photography

Happy Friday Fawn Friends!! Today I am sharing a GORGEOUS Spring Themed 1st birthday party submitted by So Cal's amazing photographer, Melinda Jankowski! I have to say I am absolutely smitten with all the details that talented mom, Paola designed for her daughter Emma's one year celebration! From the fanciful flower halo party favors to the chic little birds and bunnies that sat atop each table, photographer Melinda captured it all in a bright and beautiful way!  Just so I don't leave anything out, I'll let Melinda tell you all about this magical and memorable 1st Birthday Picnic in the Park!

Inspired by little Emma Valentina's love for all things avian, including bird watching and duck feeding at the nearby pond, proud parents Paola and Josh threw a gorgeous spring themed first birthday party with just the right amount of romantic, feminine flair. Completing this nature inspired look were floral headbands for the girls and ivy headbands for the boys, whimsical squirrel and bird decorations adorned with miniature roses, and pink birdhouse kits with bird seed. The very talented Paola designed the d├ęcor, table spreads, signs, tassel garlands, and romantic floral headbands with the help of her mom and sisters! With floral picnic blankets laid on the top of the lawn and abundant lemon and orange trees bursting with vibrantly colored fruit, Los Encinos State Historic Park was a picturesque and ideal location for Emma’s nature filled party.

All of Emma's little friends came to celebrate with her and partake in music and a festive singalong, led by Josh on guitar. Everyone was singing, beating or shaking their little drums, and having a truly wonderful time! One of the most memorable moments of the day was Emma's expression right after she sampled sweet frosting for the first time -- truly priceless. What a happy day it was!
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