Monday, April 3, 2017

Watercolor flowers and modern calligraphy table numbers

My church's women's ministry is organizing a women's retreat coming up in a few weeks and I'm looking forward to a weekend of fellowship, reflection, and hopefully some rest even though I'll be bringing my 2 month old! The retreat coordinator asked me to make table number signs for the small groups that included watercolors and lettering. While the little one was napping, I made these table numbers using Tombow brush markers and watercolors.

I'm thinking these can easily be repurposed into signs for monthly baby birthday photos or wedding table numbers!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My dream living room

The past 6 weeks of motherhood have flown by, and not only has our sweet baby girl changed my daily routine (or lack thereof!), she's also inadvertently caused me to rearrange my living room. Visiting friends have joked about how our Snug-a-Monkey baby swing has become part of the permanent living room furniture arrangement.

Arhaus recently contacted me to imagine my dream living room. They have a location in  North Carolina and I enjoyed browsing through their living room options. The key words that come to mind for my style are: modern, neutral, and classic, with a touch of gold.  

My dream living room

Standing lamp // Side table //  Futon // Ottoman //Fiddle Leaf Plant // Armchair // TV stand // Rug

My current living room has a similar ottoman that I reupholstered and added tufting to (tutorial coming soon!), a similar futon, and the exact rug from RugsUSA. In real life my futon has many more than 3 pillows...if you ask my husband he will tell you that I have a real pillow problem!  

Armchair: I've been on the hunt for an armchair since we moved into this townhouse a few years ago. I love the clean lines of this chair, and the wood easel back adds such great character! It doesn't hurt that this chair was made by North Carolinians. The fabric looks easy to clean which is a major plus now that we have a little one in the house.

Accent pieces: With such neutral colored furniture, the side table and standing lamp add a little bit of drama with their bronze and gold accents. I especially love how the side table creates visual interest with its round shape and geometric sides. 
Greenery: I'm working on developing a green thumb, such as the succulent above that I've been propagating. In the meantime this artificial fiddle leaf fig plant adds a bit of color and breathes oxygen into the living area without requiring any watering or maintenance.

TV stand: Who knew that Walmart has affordable furniture finds like this TV stand? I liked the modern legs and the functionality of the cabinets and shelves for storing our favorite board games and DVDs, providing easy access when we had guests over to play Settlers of Catan.

This project helped me realize that I prefer classic furniture pieces that provide a neutral palette backdrop for the DIY wall decor that I currently have, like the bicycle pallet sign that I made for our mantel or the framed calligraphy hanging on the wall. When I get the itch to redecorate, it will be easy to switch up the throw pillows or the wall art.

Check out Arhaus' other dream living room inspirations on Instagram and Pinterest!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Quilled lion nursery decor

My friends recently adopted a sweet boy from India and named him Aslan after the character in Chronicles of Narnia, one of my favorite book and movie series that I grew up reading and watching. As they patiently went through the long process of paperwork and logistics, I had some time to make a quilled lion for his nursery art. It took me awhile to find a lion that didn't look too fierce! I didn't want his wall art to give him nightmares overnight.

Click below for more of the step-by-step photos!

Marble breakfast tray tutorial

I've always loved the look of marble and recently discovered that there is such a thing as marble contact paper. Who knew?! You can get the look of polished marble for an affordable price of $7, and it's not as heavy as a real marble slab. I'm not saying I would stick this paper all over my kitchen or bathroom counters but for smaller decor items like this breakfast tray, this contact paper was perfect.
Read on for the tutorial!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Felt floral baby headband and felt baby bowtie tutorials

While waiting for baby to make her grand entrance into the world, I decided to do a quick last-minute craft: floral baby headbands! We'll see how long she tolerates wearing one when I put it on her head before she figures out how to pull it off.
Click below for the tutorial!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Floral nursery mobile

I debated for a LONG time what to make for the baby's nursery mobile and wall decor because being married to an ophthalmologist resident means that we are hypervigilant about preventing eye injuries. We ruled out sharp pointy objects to give my husband some peace that even if something fell onto our poor baby, it wouldn't cause an open globe.

This floral mobile with soft silk flowers and a styrofoam base fit the bill and earned my husband's approval for baby safety!

Read on for the full tutorial!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Baby carriage card for Koman STL fundraiser

My friend Julie recently asked me to make a baby card to donate to the Koman St. Louis fundraiser trivia night. To make this card, I used the Cricut to cut out the baby carriage out of one of my favorite scrapbook patterned papers: purple polka dots! Perfect for a sweet baby girl. The little pink heart is quilled and I bought the little butterfly scrapbook embellishment in a pack.