July 2, 2018

a new big girl bed for Jensen

Well after being crammed in her crib-converted-to-day-bed for the past couple years we finally upgraded Jensen's bed to a twin sized loft bed..it's about time..she turns FIVE six months from now. She is so thrilled with her new place space underneath, the cool canopy top, and her updated crafting space! What can I say..she gets her crafty from her mama. :) I thought I would share what her room looks like now - most of the decor is still the same as her nursery when we lived in TX - I just rearranged when we moved to Little Rock a couple years ago and have been slowly adding to it over the years.
I had planned on switching out the pink canopy for a white one that I made because originally I felt the pink was way too much.. then I put the the white canopy on and her bed looked like she was in a covered wagon on the Oregon trail - so I switched it back! haha. I made tassel edged curtains for underneath the loft bed and Jensen loves to sit under there and play with them pulled shut. It's amazing how much more time she spends playing in her room now! I customized the bed a bit more by putting up cute printed scrapbook paper on the bed panels- my inexpensive hack for wallpaper that only cost $7. There are tons of cute options for bed decals on Etsy if your budget allows for that and you don't want to go the DIY route. Her toy box is at one end of the play area and the shelf with cubbies between the wall and the bed allows for some added storage (aka Hide The Mess! am I right?!). My mom made Jensen the beautiful triangle pattern quilt and I love it hanging at the end of the bed so that it can really be seen. TC's parents found the small table and chairs from a flea market a couple years ago and this past weekend I FINALLY got around the re-painting them this cute teal color called 'Ocean Mist'. They were previously a dark, brownish red so this was a much needed update! On the wall above her craft table is a little area for displaying her art work that I made from strips of wood and mini, colored clothespins. Cute, functional, and beats the taping-directly-to-the-walls method I was previously using... The little scalloped shelves were a thrift find and make the perfect home for her little goat stuffed animals that I think are ridiculously adorable.

This is such a happy room and it fills me with joy that I was able to create it for Jensen. We love playing, reading, and learning in here!

Kura bed  | Checkerboard rug | Ballerina Doll | Batman Nightlight | Chalkboard/dry erase easel

April 21, 2018

a spring wrap dress

Hey Hey! happy "Sewing Saturday.  Spring is here! At least it seems to be...the weather has been nuts the past several weeks with the fluctuating temperatures! What better way to welcome the warm, spring sunshine than donning a pretty, flowy, floral wrap dress! I found this lightweight, stretch fabric in a beautiful blush pink at Joann's and thought it would make the perfect dress. I'm short and also have a short torso so finding a ready-made wrap dress that hits my waist in the right spot is difficult but I knew if I made my own I'd be able to solve that problem with no trouble. I only bought 2 yards and it really wasn't enough fabric for my comfort! I had to piece together scraps for the facings and the sash to make it work - that was after shortening the pattern pieces for the skirt, sleeves, and bodice. I always feel like patterns overestimate how much fabric you need but I really shorted myself this time haha. I used this Butterick pattern bought at Joann's for less than $2. The dress came together very easily and quickly. I've had the dress done for a while but needed to hand-stitch on the hook and eyes and tack down the facings...hand sewing is not my favorite and I usually put it off forever. Can't wait to wear it out and about!

April 9, 2018

Easter Weekend 2018

We had wonderful, warm weather on Saturday then it got cool and cloudy on Easter Sunday - not as much fun to hunt eggs in the cold but at least it wasn't snowing like at my parent's house in Illinois! Jensen enjoyed three different egg hunts this year - and is everyone else stepping on like a thousand plastic eggs strung out throughout the house now? Ha ha. I made her dress this year and I know I say it every time - but this one REALLY is my favorite! I made myself a coordinating skirt so we could be matchy matchy -because I love it so! We enjoyed a visit from TC's parents as well and went out to his grandfather's farm on Saturday. Of course the weekend wasn't complete without dyeing Easter eggs! After church on Sunday we enjoyed a big Easter lunch and indulged in some sweet Easter themed treats that I enjoyed making. Hope everyone had a nice Easter!

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