“Someone’s in the kitchen with Momma…”

It’s finally done! Over the past several weeks we have been working on a play kitchen for Lola. This was originally going to be her 2nd birthday gift (which wouldn’t be until September), but it came together much sooner and I know she will love having it to play with all summer while home with me. Now that I have another little girl on the way, I can picture Lola and ________(still thinking of names!) baking and cooking Alan and I all sorts of play food, looking as precious as can be for years to come.

Here’s how everything came together. We first found an old kitchen cabinet from our local ReStore. Luckily there was an extra side cabinet that seemed perfect to become a refrigerator too.IMG_4810

We then needed to raise it to the correct height, add a counter top, change the hinges on the stove, create shelving, and cut the holes for the sink and oven (all possible because of my Dad!).IMG_4819

photo-54Next, it was time to prime and paint. We used a magnetic primer on the front of the refrigerator so Lola could play with her magnetic letters there. IMG_4831

During all of the construction and painting I was searching for the perfect little faucet, hardware, dishtowel/aprons, oven mitt (ended up sewing myself), food, pots and pans, dishes, etc. The wire baskets I found at an antique store and added chalkboard signs. For the stove top I bought wooden circles and dowels at Michael’s then got to work!photo-55 photo-56

We are in love with the outcome and Im pretty sure Lola loves it also!IMG_5029IMG_4975

Again, this would not have ever been possible without the help of my Dad! Thank you! It is because of him I have this- we can home make anything- attitude :)

DIY Letter Magnets

I wanted Lola to have some letter magnets to play with, and decided to make them a bit more fun than those same ones you always see. This is a simple craft project that anyone can make. Now Lola has new letters to play with…and my refrigerator just got a little bit cuter.

You will need these supplies.

You will need these supplies.

Punch out your circles from beautiful paper and press on your letter stickers.

Punch out your circles from beautiful paper and press on your letter stickers.

Use Mod Podge to adhere the circle onto the wood. Glaze over top once you have it pressed on tightly.

Use Mod Podge to adhere the circle onto the wood. Glaze over top once you have it pressed on tightly.

Although the magnets I purchased had an adhesive backing, I added a dab of gorilla glue to each one to be certain they would hold.

Although the magnets I purchased had an adhesive backing, I added a dab of gorilla glue to each one to be certain they would hold.

Time to play!

Time to play!

She woke up this morning, saw these and said "Yay Momma!"
She woke up this morning, saw these and said “Yay Momma!”

 

A year-round wreath

I seam to get lazy when it comes to changing the wreath on my door. Im embarrassed to say I had my fall wreath hung until around mid-December. So I decided to find a simple DIY wreath that I could keep up throughout the year. This is super easy to make and all you have to do is change the ribbon as the seasons change. You could also add some pretty fabric flowers to add a little extra style. Here is what I did…

You will need a styrofoam wreath, straight pins, and lots of burlap squares. I cut lots of 2" squares (and they need not be perfect).

You will need a styrofoam wreath, straight pins, and lots of burlap squares. I cut lots of 2″ squares (and they need not be perfect).

Cut a few long burlap strips and wrap your wreath with them. Secure in place with pins.

Cut a few long burlap strips and wrap your wreath with them. Secure in place with pins.

Fold a square in half, then in half again the other way. Put a straight pin through the bottom corner and stick it right into your wreath.

Fold a square in half, then in half again the other way. Put a straight pin through the bottom corner and stick it right into your wreath.

Now just keep folding your squares and pinning them all the way around your wreath until you think it looks full.

Now just keep folding your squares and pinning them all the way around your wreath until you think it looks full.

Choose a beautiful ribbon and hang your lovely wreath on the door. Now step back and smile.

Choose a beautiful ribbon and hang your lovely wreath on the door. Now step back and smile.

Door decor

When seasons change, I get the urge to redecorate. One easy fix to make your house look ready for whatever time of year it is are hanging wreaths. Of course there are some beautiful ones in stores and magazines everywhere, but it seems the ones I always love are very expensive. So why not make one yourself? You would be surprised at how easy these can be. I have been making my own wreaths for years now. Here are some I’m loving right now…just need to find an hour of free time to make one!

How do you launder?

Do you toss your dirty clothes on the floor, in a lovely woven basket, or maybe in a canvas bin? When decorating Lola’s nursery I was on the search for a metal vintage laundry bin. After looking high and low, deciding I did not want to spend $100 on a silly laundry basket, and realizing I didn’t want to take up any more floor space….I found my answer. In an old Martha Stewart Living article there was a grand idea for a simple and effective laundry basket. Take a large embroidery hoop- about 12″-14″ wide ($2 at a craft store) and tighten it around the opening of a fabric laundry bag. I found mine for less than $10 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I highly recommend to all. Happy laundry day! 

Mommy’s little helper.

Project coat rack

I have been on the search for a simple coat rack to hang in our utility room. My kitchen chairs became a catch all for things like clothes, bags, purses, etc. and it was driving me crazy. After finding some beautiful options at Pottery Barn, I decided I was not paying $100….enter project coat rack!

Cast Iron Row of Hooks
Pottery Barn $99

Overscaled Row of Hooks
Pottery Barn $199

First, I wanted to find an old, rustic board. So of course the best place for that is my Grandpa’s garage. Perfect, step one was easy and free. Next, I visited Lowe’s and found some inexpensive oil rubbed bronze hooks. I chose something sturdy that will hold heavy book bags and coats. Last step was to recruit my husband and father to do the drilling. I am so pleased with the outcome and even better…it cost under $25 to make.

Drill holes where you will mount wood on the wall.

We placed the hardware over the screws used for mounting the board to the wall to disguise them.

Love it!

Handmade flower

With Mothers Day right around the corner (and this week being Teacher Appreciation Week) I have been working with my students on handmade gifts. One of my absolute favorites are paper flowers. They are simple, beautiful, and easy to make. If I can manage getting a classroom of 27 eight year old’s to create these, you can too!

You will need approximately 5-8 pieces of tissue paper. You can choose your own size depending upon how big you want your flower. Mine were about 3″ x6″

 

 

Stack tissue paper and fold like a fan on the long side. Wrap pipe cleaner around the tissue paper and twist to secure.

Cut the ends to a point, curved, or frayed to add detail.

Begin to peel each layer up towards the center. Be gentle!

My students love to make them with bright colors!

I love to make them with soft colors and display them in old bottles. Best part….you don’t have to water them and they will live forever!

Take these a step further by using patterned paper, fabric, etc. Fabric flowers also make great hair clips and broaches for your clothes! I have made several variations but these seem to be the most successful with kids. Check out www.marthastewart.com for more ideas on handmade flowers.

 

 

DIY Growth Chart

Thanks to Pinterest whatever free time I had left is now full. I fell in love with this idea for a growth chart! I love how I will be able to take it with me wherever we move in the future and watch how all our little Lindsey’s grow over the years!

I chose a stain that would give a slightly rustic look...and then talked my lovely Dad into staining it for me!

Use a sharpie to mark the inch and foot lines. I made them in three lengths: 1", 2", and 3" to give it the look of an actual ruler.

To draw the numbers I printed them then traced the back of each one with pencil. Next, trace the numbers onto the wood and the pencil lines will transfer. Fill in with black sharpie.

Hang in a special place in your home. I also put a small piece of velcro at the bottom so it wouldn't swing or move.

My baby girl is 2 foot tall!

Baby Food

Do you make your own baby food? Sure, it is of course ideal, but when do we have the time? My wish is to make MOST of Lola’s baby food. Yes I could just use my pots and pans, a steamer, and blender…but who really wants to do all of those dishes afterwards. I’m thinking if I invest in one of these baby food makers I will be more likely to stick to having homemade food for Lo. These are the two I am contemplating: Baby Breeza and Beaba Babycook . Which to choose?