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Margot’s Second Birthday!

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I cannot believe this little girl is already TWO! Everyone told me, “don’t blink, it goes so fast!”, but I did not think time would move as quickly as it has!

We had a fabulous, simple birthday for Margot. Just a small family party, with pizza and wings and a few yummy snacks.

My proud mama moment was the Princess Sofia cupcakes that we made for her. She has been obsessed with Princess Sofia. After making the cupcakes, we made a homemade purple buttercream that we piped along the top. We then placed candy pearls along the cupcake to look like Princess Sofia’s dress. For the birthday girl, we cut out a small Sofia from the waist up and placed her on a special cupcake to make it look like the cupcake was her dress. It turned out better than I could have imagined, and the whole process was so easy!

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I also received so many compliments on Margot’s dress which we got on sale at Old Navy for so cheap. I loved the color, but also how simple the dress was.

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We did not go overboard for this party and I am so glad. It was perfectly simple just the way we liked it, and it could not have been a more beautiful day to celebrate our little girl.

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Mama’s Dress linked here.

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Decor · DIY

Prints Prints Prints!

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One thing I love about text art or digital prints is that you can share your personality so clearly through each piece. It can make a room quirky, funny, inspiring or just plain enjoyable.

For a while I have been obsessed with cute prints on Etsy to hang throughout my home. Whether it be for our living room, kitchen, bedroom and lately our daughter’s nursery they are in frames all throughout our house. They are such an easy thing to refresh and change when you get tired of it, or just switch out during the seasons.

Finally I decided to create some of my own prints, and once I started I didn’t stop! I found an awesome website called Society6 that allows me to house all my prints for people to purchase. Currently I have 221 designs to browse. From motivational to silly, to How I Met Your Mother to food related (SO many food related), there are tons to choose from.

Check them out, and as always if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas you’d like to see just send me a message or comment below!

Thank you loves!

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Decor · DIY

Repurposed Old Shutter

Recently I purchased an old shutter at a garage sale. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but it was so cheap and I had seen things like this on Pinterest so I went for it.

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I found a perfect spot in my dining room where it would fit nicely, and decided to use it as a means to hold pictures. I bought some cute clothespins at Michael’s that fit into the shutter perfectly.

It needed to be sanded down first. Once it was sanded, I wanted a different color because I was not a fan of the faded brown color. I spray painted it with two coats of plain gray spray paint also purchased at Michaels. It was tricky to spray paint with all the nooks and crannies of the shutter without running a little. When spraying it’s important to stand back and move your arm constantly back and forth so the paint doesn’t build up and start to drip. It needed only one coat on both sides with some touch up work in between.

Once it was dry I brought it inside, and placed the pictures with no problem. Easy DIY project!

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Decor · DIY

DIY Colorful World Map

Here and there I feel like getting a little crafty. The latest project was a DIY Colorful World Map. What better way to show our world than in a rainbow of color?

This was very easy, but extremely tedious. I made two, one black and one white. Personally I like the way the white one turned out better, but the black piece is what was used for the tutorial.

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The first thing I did was buy a plain, wooden board at Michael’s, along with colorful paints, and paint brushes.

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I painted the board completely over with the different colored paints. For the white map I mixed together the colors so it looked like a faded rainbow of color on the whole board. For the black map I painted different colored strips all over the board without mixing it perfectly. For both maps I never even washed my brush, I just kept mixing the colors.

Next I printed a map of the world from my computer. You could use anything design, written out text in Word, or any picture you wanted to do this project. I flipped the paper over to the blank side and shaded over any of the printed continents.

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Once the back was shaded I flipped it back to the correct side and laid the paper down over the dry rainbow painted board. Because the back was now shaded I traced the edges of the continents onto the board. The shading from the back left a mark on on the paper so I knew exactly where the lines where.

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Once all the lines were traced onto the board, I painted around the edges of the continents with the white or black. The white needed to be done at least two times, if not more in certain areas because of its light color, but the black only needed to be painted over once.

When painting the white was much easier to see the lines than the black.

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If you’re interested in purchasing either one, please check out my Etsy shop to see if they’re still available!

 

Let me know if you have any questions!

Britta

Decor · DIY · Wedding

Wedding Quilt

The new trend in weddings is to come up with a creative, unique way to have your guests sign something to remember all of those that shared your special day with you. Lately I’ve seen wall art that is signed, fingerprints signed on a tree, leaving a simple message to the couple, or even the traditional Wedding Guest Book signature. All awesome ideas that uniquely fit each couple.

Thankfully I have an amazing aunt who is a natural at sewing. She helped to come up with an awesome idea for my husband and I who wanted a Wedding Quilt. Each couple or family at the wedding signed a white square that was sewn into a big quilt.

Before the wedding she put a border around each white square so that no message was cut off when sewn into the quilt. We bought fabric markers that were easy for people to use when they wrote their lovely messages to us. We also provided clipboards just incase.

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After the wedding, my aunt collected the squares and was able to sew them into a beautiful quilt that we keep in our living room.

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If you don’t personally know someone who sews I’m sure there is a local person or shop that would be willing to help you with this idea for your wedding.

If you have done something similar post a photo or tell us how it went.

I hope you are able to create your unique guest book idea that fits you!

Britta