Boy and girl shared nursery: Blue + pink = happy

Beany’s nursery in our North Carolina apartment was a labor of love in a major way. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted the room to look like, and I spent months choosing fabric, sewing pillows and curtains, picking out furniture and putting it all together. Even with the mile-long to-do list, we had the room up and running at least…

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That’s so Mary Margaret: Easy DIY wreath

While we were back visiting family in Missouri for Christmas, Jared and I started watching the first season of Once Upon a Time on Netflix. Only a few episodes in, I began to develop a mega-size obsession with all things Mary Margaret (Snow White’s “real world” self in the town of Storybrooke, Maine). I loved all of it: her clothes, apartment, hair (I’ve never…

The look for less

I was flipping through the October issue of Real Simple a few nights ago (happy, happy times, I assure you) when I came across a story all about throw pillows. Now forget the fact that I was already won over by the mere mention of pillows (I have a bit of an obsession — as in, every closet in our house contains at least…

Another one for the aviary

What’s white, ceramic and cost less than a couple of tall nonfat lattes at Starbucks? This guy! A quick swing by TJ Maxx a few weekends ago in search of sweet deals on baby garb proved to be a lucky duck kind of trip for more than just the Bean. Tucked among a slew of Halloween décor (hooray for soon-to-be-here fall holidays!) sat this…

Pin-spiration. Love love lovity.

Has anyone else jumped on the Pinterest train lately? I know I’ve raved about its awesomeness before (not to mention its Facebook-like power to suck up hours and hours of time before you even realize what’s happening), but up until now my obsession with the site has been all talk and no action. I do a whole bunch of browsing, a bunch of swooning…

Houston, we have a crib skirt.

It’s amazing the amount of preparation that comes into play during the last few months of this having-a-baby business. The last few weeks in particular have involved a flurry of thoughts and discussions about bottles and diapers, the merits of various binkies, the importance of breathable swaddling blankets and whether we really need to spring for that Cadillac of a jogging stroller (I’m thinking…

Easy DIY Pillowcases

About six years ago, I undertook my first big sewing endeavor. It was a quilt for Jared. Maybe it was my lack of skills or my 19-year-old impatience, but I hated every minute of it. Seriously, I think I complained the whole way through. A grand seamstress I was not. But times change, and fortunately patience seems to grow a little stronger with age….

Steeped in nostalgia: The baby shelf conundrum

I can vividly remember a trip my mom and I took to a local antique shop some time during my sophomore or junior year of college. As we browsed through the narrow aisles and dusty shelves, stacked bottom to top with dishes, books and decades-old knick-knacks that always seem to find their way to this type of residence, I came across a display case…

What? A baby? Let’s DIY!

That’s right, pals. Amidst all the other cookery, baking and moving hullabaloo that’s going on in our neck of the woods these days, we’ve got another little project just cooking away. And so far the little bean is coming along just fine and dandy I’d say, as evidenced by her crazy rapid growth (hello, tummy) and karate chop kicks to the ol’ abdomen. Yep,…

Lantern DIY: Let there be light!

I joined a Pinterest a little more than a month ago and have been slowly falling in love with it ever since. Does anyone else use the site? Seriously, it’s crazy nifty and can easily fill hours and hours of your time with great ideas and tons o’ eye candy. I’ve started a few boards, and though they’re by no means filled or finished,…

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