Friday, August 28, 2015

Stunning Noah's Ark Themed Nursery

Hi Friends!  We are in nursery design overload here at our house with our baby boy due just a few weeks away, so I thought I would share nursery inspirations through the next few weeks. Today I'm excited to share a stunning nursery designed by mommy/blogger/deisigner Rachel from Rachel Elizabeth Creates blog. It is so hard not to go over-the-top when designing your little one's nursery around a certain theme, however, I've come to realize less is more. You can make a strong statement without filling up every nook and cranny of your space with a theme inspired decor piece. Rachel's simplistic yet chic take on "Noah's Ark" is a prime example of a theme that can be tastefully done with an elegant and soft feel. This talented mommy explains that "it is always a struggle not to go to Hobby Lobby and buy everything they have for each theme but simplicity is better at the end." I couldn't agree more so let's dive right in to baby Asher's simply stunning Noah's Ark Oasis!












To read more about this lovely little's nursery and get all the detail source links, visit Rachel's original post over at Rachel Elizabeth Designs blog!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DIY: Anthro-Inspired Hostess Gifts




Hi Friends! If you are an Anthropologie lover like me, you are in for a real treat today! Although I'm a huge fan of their vintage inspired clothing and home goods, I am not always able to make the final purchase (once I see how much I actually accumulated in my shopping cart after an hour's worth of browsing). Each time I visit their website, I always seem to make my way over to their vintage inspired coffee mugs. I have to say for anthro, they are not a bad price! I have collected quite a few and absolutely love them! When it came time to look for hostess gifts for my recent baby shower (which was so beautifully put together, you can see all the fun here), my brain quickly turned to these mugs from Anthropologie and thought they would make for the perfect gift paired with little tea towel.
After I added all items to my cart, I ended up getting distracted with an errand run to Michaels Craft Store.  Wouldn't you know, I go in for one thing and come out with more than I originally planned (story of my life).  I just happened to stroll down their clearance aisle first. You know the one that looks like a craft hoarders dream with odds and ends crammed into any tiny space that will allow on the shelf? Not pretty, however always fun to dig through.  Lo and behold I find an entire shelf of these adorable vintage designed mugs discounted to only $2 per mug and they reminded me a lot of the anthro mugs. Then the crafty side of me came up with the idea of giving them a further "Anthro- Facelift"!
I looked for tea towels as well but didn't find any that would pair well, so I headed to Hobby Lobby. There I found these tea towels that fit perfectly with my theme. They came two to a pack and my hostess gift slowly started coming together!
At home, I already had lower case letter stamps and StazOn ink pad that just so happens to be ceramic and glass friendly! With the purchase of the tea towels (w/40% off coupon) and mugs, the cost of this DIY turned out to be around $6 per gift.
Step 1: The stamping on the mug may take several tries. Not to worry if you don't get the stamp on just right, just wipe off with a damp cloth and you are back to square one. Just remember to not push down too hard on the mug or the ink may smear. Try rolling your stamp from left to right to go along with the curvature of the mug. You also do not need a lot of ink on your stamp. So just lightly place the stamp on your pad just enough so that your letter is fully covered.

Step2: My apologies for not having a photo of this step. I placed each of the mugs on a baking sheet and baked for 30 min at 350 degrees. Once your 30 minutes are up, leave the mugs in the oven until the oven is completely cool. Taking them out of the oven too quickly could cause them to crack. So let them cool down as the oven cools down.

Step 3: Just for reassurance, I sprayed Krylon Clear Sealer over just the letter portion to provide an even more permanent protective coating, so the letter does not fade after multiple washes. 
I suggested to the girls to hand wash their mugs even after I pretty much water proofed them, just to play it safe. I did run them all through the dishwasher without any issues, however I'm no sure how long the letters would be able to stand up against the rigorous dishwashing cycle. Hand washing is always best in this case.



I then tied on a little TAZO tea bag to complete my "Tea Time" gift set and then off to their respective gift bags they went!
Notice my little "hand wash" tag I added to the handle. Just as a precaution so the letter doesn't come off over time.

I then ended up stamping their names on some cute hang tags and filled a craft paper bag with tissue. 
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this little DIY Hostess Gift dandy! 

Never be afraid to try your hand at creating something you love that may seem out of reach.









Monday, August 17, 2015

Rustic Chic Milk & Cookies Themed Baby Shower - In celebration of our new addition coming soon!

Happy Monday Friends! I am so excited to share an amazing baby shower with you today. I hold this baby shower dear to my heart as it is a celebration of our soon-to-be new arrival, baby Haines. With an adorable milk and cookies theme (which couldn't be more perfect for this South Georgia heat), and the sweet rustic accents setting the stage, I couldn't help but feel so much love and a warm welcome for our baby boy. This sweet soiree was hosted and held at the beautiful home of my wonderful friend, Claire along with an amazing group of ladies who I feel so lucky to have connected with shortly after moving here. What better way to spend the afternoon then chatting it up with an incredible group of friends while snacking on what I consider an automatic go-to dessert for me, cookies and milk!
There was no shortage of yumminess with the wide variety of homemade cookies the girls made and plenty of fresh milk to go around! I mean what's not love about satisfying your sweet tooth with a cookie buffet paired with endless amounts of cold milk at 36 weeks pregnant, am I right mamas?
All of the adorable rustic dessert displays and decor are from friend and co-host, Rylin's family's store, Art and Soul here in town. Their store is filled to the brim with refurbished, upcylced, vintage-chic furniture and decor that will make you want to load up and take each piece home.  
How cute are these milk and cookie delectables that were custom made and sent to us from the wonderful brand new Custom Sugar Cookie Etsy Shop: Cookies by Ali Clare! Baked with European Butter and King Arthur Flour, these sugar cookies are out of this world delicious and will rise to any occasion (casual or classy)! You should definitely stop by this adorable shop for you next occasion or event!
I think I just found my hubby's next DIY project! How amazing is this display frame Claire's husband, Will made for their dining room? Swooning!

My sweet hostesses -Whitney, Claire, Rylin, Hannah & Curry. Im so thankful for everyone that came to share in our excitement over our baby boy. l so look forward to looking back on this special day filled with so much love and laughter with Haines!

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