Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nesting. Because if Pottery Barn can do it, so can I.

Get ready.  I've been nesting around here like crazy this week, and I'm about to show you 847 photos to prove it.  I don't know what it is, but after every major holiday is over, I'm more than ready to deep clean and move out of that season, and into the next one.  I was planning to wait a while longer to pull out some of my beachy decor, but if Pottery Barn can unaplogetically send out their Summer catalogue in the middle of April showers, I can put out my summer decor.  Right?  (I am a woman, so this is how I rationalize life.)
 The only thing I spent any money on making these changes, was $9.89 on fabric for two new pillow covers.  The rest came out of boxes from my garage, as I continue to slowly unpack, from the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes debacle,  bit by bit. ($9.89 I can live with.) I'm beginning to think new pillow slips are a seasonal necessity around here, and if you could see what these people I live with do to those pillows, you would agree!  They are squashed, sat on, thrown on floors, cuddled on with dogs, made into forts, you name it.  They deserve a fresh new cover, several times a year!  (Poor things.)
 This season, I went with bold and crisp navy blue and white, and I really wanted stripes, so when I found this fabric on sale, I nabbed two yards of it. (I already had the other pillow.)  Ironically, I've been wearing a ton of navy blue lately.  Weird.   I also painted a fresh coat of white on my coffee table bench and I don't care who laughs at me.  (You know who you are!) The jury's still out on whether or not I should distress it.  I'm thinking not.  For now.  Until I change my mind.  Because I probably will. 

I get asked about my huge chalkboard all the time, so I'm going to talk about it for a second.  Yes, I made it.  I found a big, ugly frame in a clearance pile somewhere for about $7.00, containing a broken mirror which I promptly tossed.  Then I purchased a 1/4" thick piece of wood from Lowes, had them cut it to size for me, and coated it with many coats of chalkboard spray paint.  I painted the frame in Sherwin Williams, "Netsuke" and distressed it.  I'm about to change my message to something that will make you giggle, and I'll be sure to photograph it for you when I do.  (I have a smaller version in my Etsy store if you want one for yourself by the way!)
I made a starfish garland using curtain clips from Ikea that I already had, and making loose knots in a piece of twine.  Then I inserted the hook, and clipped a starfish to it.

I created silhouettes of my children (flanking my chalkboard) years ago, and they are very precious to me.  I hand-painted the small ones using oil paints, but I found an easier way for the larger, more recent ones.  In a nutshell, here's what I did:  1) Take a photo of your child's profile, making sure that it's printed out in the size you want your silhouette to be.  2) carefully cut out their sweet little head. 3) trace the profile and head onto card stock and carefully cut out with small, sharp scissors. (If you want traditional silhouette features like curls, or ponytails, hunt for images on Google, and use them for the head outline, keeping your child's profile for the face front.  Make sense?)   4) Adhere to contrasting card stock, and frame. 
 I filled this wooden bowl with seashells.  I found some really fun ones last year, at Crate and Barrel. 
I moved my bucket of sunshiney yellow flowers into the useless front room in my house that I pretend is my craft room, but isn't really, because I don't like to be away from my peeps, therefore do most of my creating at the kitchen table. 
I purchased the "BAKE" letters at Ballard Design when they went on sale a few months ago, and I thought I was moving.  I had the perfect spot for them in my new kitchen, but then when our buyer bailed, I packed them away.  I just decided to bring them out and enjoy them.  FYI- They are ridiculously expensive unless they are on sale. 

By the way, and this has nothing to do with my above post... is there some sort of homeschooling law that requires children to drop their pencils a minimum of eleventy hundred times every morning?  I'm just asking.  The pencil drop has become the bane of my homeschooling existence. 



23 comments:

  1. i just laughted out loud at the pencil comment. i had pencils being THROWN, ON PURPOSE, FROM ONE CHILD TO ANOTHER YESTERDAY!!! so, yeah, i hear ya!

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  2. i love those pillows! what a fun way to bring in color without a lot of money or paint..haha
    if i could get the tension right on my 1963 singer i would whip some up.

    love your pictures too.

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  3. I just LOVE your style, so pretty! And the PENCIL THING, OH. MY. GOODNESS. I may have threatened to beat one of my children today if she dropped her pencil again. Not that I actually would, but I was so annoyed. The dropping is annoying enough, but the drawn out process of turning upsidedown on the chair, legs and arms flailing about, attempting to reach a pencil that is AT LEAST four feet away, and taking eleventy hundred years to right themselves back in the seat while I'm sitting there saying for the 10 millionth time, 43-1= WHAT? or something like that is enough to make me completely banana sandwich.

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  4. Oh yes, I said "eleventy hundred" also, what is with that non-number lately? My pencil droppers and I have been saying that like crazy lately. :-)

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  5. ahh the classic pencil drop...practiced and perfected by homeschoolers everywhere on a daily basis.

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  6. Ahhh - we're having pencil issues in our little homeschool lately too. Broken lead, no erasers, can't find a pencil (even though there were plenty when we started the day) - on and on. And I'm so tired of sharpening pencils! I purchased several mechanical ones to try. We'll see....

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  7. Love your summafied home!! You're so fun.

    Ok, I am going to email you because I'm seriously considering home schooling next year - and need to pick your brain!!! (note to self, keep pencils on a string attached to the desk....ha!)

    xoxo - T.

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  8. I love that you use the word, "eleventy"! When I say that word my friends just stare at me...

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  9. okay. now your home is crisp and fresh like a breezy summer day! But where is the marshmallow picture? it must remain out at all times. I'm quite attached to it.

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  10. that's in PROVERBS?? geesh I need to look that up. looks gorgeous as always!

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  11. you can do whatever you want, even if pottery barn ISN"T doing it...i like to say, "it's my house, and i do what i want!" love your new pillows...and your starfish garland. nest away, darlin'
    oh, and also....i'm a little mad/in love with you...i made the salted carmel sauce.
    i ate the whole thing almost single handedly...no even bothering with the cupcakes.
    now my pants are tight.

    thanks! :)

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  12. Gosh if my kids dropped a pencil at least I'd know where one was! They never seem to bring one downstairs with them (or a notebook, or paper), and then when I send them for... um, them... they get lost upstairs "looking."

    Now I must ask...how do you have a carpet that color and a dog that color, in the same house? Everything I have is sort of, well, dog-colored.

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  13. Lovely decor choices! I think you should make a goofy pencil drop song. Then, you can laugh when it happens. Or , superglue the pencil to a glove and tell them it is required attire for homeschool kiddos. Too much? Hmm, that's what I get for commenting at 3am while nursing my two month old. Your blog is a great read at 3am, by the way. :)

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  14. It all looks lovely! The starfish garland is simple and genius. too. Hmmm....I was in my daughter's public school classroom this week and the pencil drop thing is epidemic there as well.

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  15. OMG!!! I am laughing hysterically. I homeschool also and I honestly want to pull my hair out for how many times my son drops his pencil. It makes me CRAZY!!! And I think...is it just him??? is it me??? do all kids do this??? what's it like in a regular classroom??? Are all 30 kids dropping their pencils 20,000 times per day and how do they get anything done? Aaaahhh. I'm thinking maybe super glue would be the perfect solution. :) So glad I'm not alone.

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  16. Seriously! I homeschool too and my kids CANNOT hold onto their pencils! What is up with that? It must be a law only the children know about! And back to the pencil sharpener we go! Your house looks lovely!

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  17. I just love your decorating style! I'm so excited to move to a new apartment so that I can decorate with new stuff.

    Oh and I think I'm going to copy your coffee table. My fiancee got our coffee table from Goodwill when he was in college and I hate it, but he can't seem to part with it so I think I'm going to try and convince him to let me paint it. I think white would be a great color for it. Have a great day!

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  18. I love how you summerfied your home. I like to make new things out of old things I have around my house. My hubby is always shaking his head at me and my new "inventions"

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  19. Hobby Lobby sells letters like that! :) They're in gold, but ya could paint 'em if ya wanted a different color. They were half off the other week. My hubby and I bought some to hang over the transept in our entry way - we bought letters to spell out "Christus Regnat" - quite fitting for Easter, don't you think? :)

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  20. That is awesome! My six year old has perfected the art of pencil dropping! :)

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  21. Those photos are absolutely amazing! I love your blog!!!

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  22. I'm so glad you have that coffee table to paint. What would you do without it? Paint whole rooms? Paint the car? Paint your nails? Paint the dog? The possibilities are terrifyingly (did I make that word up or just spell it wrong) endless.

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  23. I'd love to see a recipe for those fish tacos!!! They look absolutely yummy!

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