Dinosaur Planter

I wanted to put some sort of planters in the kids bathroom that I am working on redoing, and was looking for something cute but fits the kid theme. I decided to plant some air plants in a plastic dinosaur to make a kid bathroom planter. I found and ordered these plastic dinosaurs online. I originally was going to make several of the dinosaurs from the set into planters but they quickly became a favorite toy. IMG_8305

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I cut a hole in the back of the dinosaur with a knife that would fit the plants I wanted to plant. IMG_8299IMG_8301The little dinosaur in the picture became Liam’s new favorite teething toy. HAHA

Next I took the dino outside to paint it with spray paint. I wanted to do it in a bright orange color to accent the colors I already have in mind for the rest of the bathroom. For a whimsical children’s look, I think primary colors work well for a nice kid vibe in a children’s space.20170430_11115720170430_11105020170430_11110720170430_111039

After thorough drying, it’s time to fill it with dirt and a plant! I used a couple small air plants in the back of my brontosaurus. IMG_8361IMG_8366IMG_8367IMG_8368IMG_8371IMG_8373IMG_8364IMG_8374IMG_8375Such a happy Dino face 🙂 .

I am planning on making a planter out of a shark as well for the bathroom. I think I will paint it blue or purple. Small ferns and succulents would also look cute in the figurine planters if you wanted to use other kind of plants. Pretty simple yet very modern cute!

Until next week, XOXO! ❤

Bathroom Prints

I have recently been working on redecorating and redoing hardware in a few of the rooms in our house. One of my bathroom redo project was taking and putting some bath time pictures of the boys in their bathroom. I edited them in black and white and added a black matte with a white frame. I love how it looks. Such a cute idea for the bathroom.IMG_8260IMG_8278

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I have been decorating with other cute ideas as well. I am working on these shark paintings.2017-03-30 13.43.38Working with illustration and paint pens for this project. I am using watercolor paper medium as well. I am planning on doing some sort of matte and frame with them but I have to finish the paintings before I can figure out what will look the best with each one.

I was originally inspired for my boy’s bathroom concept by this Shark Bathroom Rug from Pottery Barn Kids. It was on back order for quite a while and I just got it today and it is just too cute!! I can’t wait to get the walls and decor complete and finally see my boys bathroom vision come to life.

All projects are slowly coming together. Until next week, XOXO

Decking The Halls

Bring on the Christmas season!!! We are fully submersed in Christmas music, cooking baking and house decorating Christmas spirit down here. I have been channeling my inner Elsa to bring a little midwest snow to our warm Tampa home. Snowflake decor everywhere!! It was the first year we did not cut down our own Christmas Tree from a Christmas Tree farm which was a little sad but not as sad as the Christmas Tree farms around us. I think our Costco Christmas Tree turned out very pretty.

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WOW its sooo tall!!

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And finally another snowflake project I have been working on. Jake has tried to destroy it while helping me so it is taking a bit longer than anticipated.2015-12-11 14.00.22

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! Merry Christmas Season!! XOXO

Thanksgiving Inspiration

I am getting very excited for Thanksgiving next week. I have gotten the meal all planned and I think I will try brining a Turkey this year. I have read that it makes a super tender and delicious turkey, so we shall see. How to Brine a Turkey . I will also be making a pecan and pumpkin pie. Pretty traditional, but I love making pies. There are not to many excuses to make pies so I have to get my fill when the opportunity arises. (Or be like 600 lbs :-/ )

 I thought I would share a quick post about my Thanksgiving table this year. I wanted some cute place settings that were unique without buying a whole new set. So I found various mismatch salad plates to add a bit of a fall touch. It is super easy to find and to do on your own. I like that it makes the festive dinner set easy to expand if we get more people coming years down the road.

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Last year my husband helped make this centerpiece box. It is so fun to change out the box for each holiday. Here is how we did it. Thanksgiving Tablescape2015-11-19 13.47.182015-11-19 13.48.062015-11-19 13.49.392015-11-19 13.49.172015-11-19 13.48.222015-11-19 13.50.342015-11-19 13.48.382015-11-19 13.50.052015-11-19 13.48.462015-11-19 13.50.252015-11-19 13.50.582015-11-19 13.54.412015-11-19 13.54.53

Here is my little dessert table decorations. I can’t wait for the pies to be on here! YUM!2015-11-19 13.51.51

Hope you all have a very wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to be Thankful for all you have.  Until next week, XOXO.

Playroom/Nursery Mirror

Babies and toddlers love mirrors. My little guy loves looking at himself. I wanted to put a cool mirror in the playroom like you see in little kid fun houses. I really liked this Bubble Mirror but it was more than I planned on spending. I painted and finished a frame, then cut down a larger mirror that I had saved for various art projects. I hung it at Jake’s height so he can look at it anytime.

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And just some playing pictures.

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My little walking man is all over now…

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Time to get back to playing!!

Until next week, XOXO.

Baby Proofing: What I’ve Learned Thus Far

While on our epically long vacation, Jake learned to crawl. Then, just this week he suddenly started walking! I had not done much baby proofing before because there wasn’t a need for it. I figured I would just do it as I see issues arise instead of going overboard and extreme baby proofing the house. I thought I’d share some of my favorites thus far.

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  1. Safety 1st Multi-purpose Appliance Lock 2. Dreambaby Outlet Plugs 3. Baby Gate with Pet Door 4. Safety 1st Secure Close Handle Lock 5. Edge and Corner Protector

These products have worked really great for us, but with our little man, we have found some unique issues. The first was simply him tearing up pages in books. I did not think of that when I was arranging his bookcase. I know, rookie mistake! I simply moved the books with tearable pages to the top of the bookcase and board books to the bottom. Now he can take as many books off the shelf and read and I don’t have to worry about a bunch of books getting ruined.

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Another unique issue was our wine rack. I love it, but the bottles are too close to the ground… right in Jake’s view. For some reason this has been our worst problem. He goes right for the wine about 75% of the time.

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So I thought I would get the hubby to help make a wine insert for our kitchen cabinet. (With Jake, my helping is more like telling him what I want to do and he does it.)

Here is our before coffee station…

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And transformed into a wine rack. (After a few set backs… my hubby’s wood working motto is “measure once, cuss twice”)

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And it holds alot of wine!! Bonus!

Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Until next week, XOXO.

Ikea Hack: Blue Ray/DVD Cabinet

I thought I would share a pretty cool Ikea hack my hubby and I did a few months ago for our living room. I wanted something to store all our Blue Rays and DVDs in without taking up a ton of room or looking tacky. After looking online at a ton of places and finding nothing I liked, we decided to get crafty and see what we could come up with ourselves. We started out with the plain Malm Ikea dresser and took the top 2 drawers out. We had to add a bit of wood but found a nice piece in the “as is” section that would work for what we wanted. I did end up painting a bit of the inside of the new shelf.

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Here is our finished product. I think it looks pretty awesome myself and is perfect for what we needed it for.

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Until next week, XOXO.

Office Preview/ Hand Painted Vase

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Over the past few weeks, my hubby has moved his office out of our shared office/studio space to our guest house/shop building. He’s working more from home. Taking conference calls with a very noisy 10 month old doesn’t seem to work out well. Even if Jake is in another room, it is still too loud. He is just a loud and happy boy! Lucky for me, I now have my own studio/office space. I cannot wait to share all my girly pink decorating when it gets completed. In the meantime, I hand painted a black and gold vase for my desk. It turned out pretty cute. I am going to have to revitalize some more of my old boring vases now.

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I taped off the blank spaces with painter’s tape.

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Painted on the black paint and let it dry.

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Added the gold details and here we go…

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It’s not perfect but with practice I’ll have some new amazing looking vases!

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Another vase I painted free hand to have a gold dipped effect. It is pretty cute too.

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Until next week, XOXO.

Teacup Succulents

The past few weeks, I have been slowly working on getting my gardening and plants back to looking nice. I had to take a small break while Jake was small. He now can sit in the wagon and drive around with me for a bit. Usually just a half an hour but enough to get a little done each day. I saw some cool succulent mini gardens on pinterest and wanted to make something cute for my kitchen. I took a vintage tea cup and planted some in it. It looks so cute! I am hoping to find some more vintage teacups and plant some more for my kitchen window.

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^Jake’s favorite bath toys wanted to be in the picture^

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^My little gardener helper.^

Until next week, XOXO.

Easter/Spring Decorating

The first of March requires some Spring cheer! Many of my friends and family are up North where the weather is still cold and snowy, so here is some fun Spring decorating and wreath crafting for today’s post to help beat those winter blues.

It was Jake man’s nap time… let the crafting begin!

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I always love to make a festive tablescape so here is what I created for this Easter season. I used my rustic box my husband and I made a few posts ago. Rustic Box DIY

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^Jake man’s Easter basket (at least the beginning). We will need to get some candy for mom and dad to eat.^

And of course, my wreath for the front door. I wanted something Springy, so I can have it up longer than just until Easter.

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Just for some extra Friday cuteness, one of my favorite pictures from Jake man’s 5 month pictures I took. I think its time to do some camera research because I am starting to really enjoy some Photography, especially with such cute models!

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Until next week, XOXO.