Feeding Baby Link Love

My sister had her first child 6 months ago, and is now at the beginnings of feeding her daughter, Isabel, solid foods. I wanted to share a website that I found and loved with her and all of you!
It's called


You Asked For It....House Update

In less then a month we'll be moving in....completely done or (probably) not! We have to be out of our apartment the end of July and we have to have the house done enough for the city to give us our certificate of occupancy. As you can see above we have posts on the porch and lights...we have a railing that will probably need to be on before we can move in. The name of the game lately has been first to do the floors so we could do the cabinets so that the plumbers and electricians could come back and finish. All flooring is done except for carpeting! Here's a lot of pictures for you!
The electricians have been at our house the last few days. Here's one of the exterior lights...it's on the ceiling of our side porch. The electrician commented to me that this was the most custom lighted house they've ever done....I think that translates into $$$$.

This is the powder room floor. It wasn't originally supposed to be this, but due to running out of our wood floor and having extra tile, it turned into this. I love it! My husband did this floor.

Here's the office. It may eventually have some beams in it...but this will certainly do for now!

My mudroom lights

My mudroom floor...dirty already!

Sophia trying out the little corner bench in the shower!

Getting warm by the fire! (HA! It's been in the 90's with high humidity here) See the little white box in her hands....I noticed it after taking the picture...it's the lost specialty light bulb that everyone had been searching for!

The master closet.

The master bedroom.

The master bathtub.

Here's the kitchen cabinets my husband has been working so hard on! We deviated from our original plan on the counter tops. Originally we were going to do DIY concrete counter tops....but got a little nervous with my island...it's 8 1/2 ft. by 4 1/2 feet and I didn't want a seam in it, which would require us to pour in place and attempt to trowel it smooth. My dream has always been soapstone with a wood island...and that's what we're doing!

Here's the cabinet in the girls bathroom...I'm going to make a curtain for that curved middle part. I can't wait for my 4 foot trough sink to be put in!

The Great Room fan...this was where the long lost light bulb belonged!

The dining room lights. We may try to hide the swag of the chains by doing some ceiling treatment eventually.

This is the vanity cabinet in our basement bathroom. Jacob made it for me...I was inspired by one in Pottery Barn...but not inspired by the price! After the counter top, sink and faucet it will be 1/3 of the Pottery Barn price!

The sconces going down to the basement.


An Invite...

Here's the invite I made for my sister-in-laws baby shower. I originally saw this idea here
and have been saving it for almost a year in the "must do" file. It's just a circle of fabric with a piece of pie cute out (find a cup or something else that's round to trace) and then sew it up with some contrasting thread. I used glue dots to attach the "wheels", but hot glue will work just as well! It says at the top "here comes the baby in the baby carriage" with all the details below that. I right justified it, so all the writing flowed from the right side. (Print first, then sew).
Another thing I learned is because of the buttons, you will have to pay more at the Post Office to send this. Apparently they have to hand sort instead of running it through their sorting machine...you will need to buy a .64 stamp.



This might just be the reason I repaint Sophia's room!

Aren't they BEAUTIFUL! They are fabric stickers! You can find them here.
Check out all the items for sale...they also have a boy version too!


Stick a Fork In It...

It's Done!
(not the house just this little closet/nook!)

This is the closet in our 4th bedroom. Right now the 4th bedroom will be our guest bedroom, so I decided to turn the closet into a crib nook for visiting babes. We bought the closet doors, but are leaving them off for now.

I bought the "Dream" vinyl decal on etsy from Elephannie. She didn't have exactly the size and style I wanted, but she easily did a custom order.

After I painted the closet white, my husband helped me find the center and hang the decal at the height I wanted.

The stripes took a great deal of time. 4 pieces of tape for each set of stripes, and all the measuring!

The thicker center stripe is 2 inches thick. The painters tape is 1 inch. The small stripes are 1 inch. The space between each set of stripes is 12 inches.

I then painted the blue on...but I think I should have painted another coat of white. Once I took the tape off I saw how much the blue "bled" into the orange peel texture of our walls, but I think if I would have done the white again, and then the blue, it would have filled up the texture and the blue stripes would have been much crisper when I removed the tape. Because I didn't do that, I had to go back and fix all that blue paint "bleeding" with some white paint. That took some time!
But, the painting is now finished, and it will be fun to put this little space together. I have a garage sale crib that will be painted black and a sweet little crib set that I can't wait to show you!


I Think I've Finally Figured It Out!

I am really excited about taking my time and searching for furniture and decorations for our new home...once we move in. The one thing I had decided on was that everyone would have their bed all set up and ready for their first night in our new house...plus I needed to know what color to paint the rooms! I just figured Sophia would be in a crib at our new house so I picked out some bedding for her (yes she's survived 2 years without a matching crib set, and I think she'll still grow up to be a semi-normal adult!) Here's the bedding I ordered. It came and I loved it! But then I started thinking that wasn't the wisest move...buying crib bedding for a 2 year old who could probably do a big girl bed by the time we move. So I set out to find new bedding for a big girl bed! I was fine with re-painting, but wanted to do it before spankin' new carpet was in there! I did a lot of searching and came up with nothing that was "just right". I decided I could always make her bedding...I've done it for the other girls in the past. So then I needed to find fabric...which I've been searching for awhile now...but I think I've found it...and I don't even have to repaint!

Here it is:

It's perfect and will look so sweet in a quilt!
I won't even have to search around for matching fabric to do this:

I can still use this...I'll just vote a few butterflies out of the shadowbox and replace with some blue ones!


Link Love!

I wanted to pass on a blog to all of you...A Year of Crock Potting.
Lots and lots and lots of recipes and the majority of them are gluten free!
I've been loving the crock pot lately with working over at the new house, a lot of times I'm so tired by the end of the day the thought of preparing supper seems too much. Plus now that it's warming up outside, I don't want my oven warming my kitchen up. Enjoy!

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