Monday, December 8, 2014

Paint a Pillow; my living room makeover

Monday, December 8, 2014
The people from Cutting Edge Stencils have done it again. Their new company Paint a Pillow, allows you to pick from a huge variety of stencils, colors, and accessories to design the perfect pillows for your home decor.


We recently got rid of our couches and gave our living room a whole new look. However, even with our new rug and couch set I felt like something was missing. Thanks to Paint a Pillow I designed these pillows with a pop of color that room definitely needed. The pattern and colors I chose also fit in perfect with my other patterned pillows.



A friend of mine had the opportunity to use the same stencil so we could show one stencil could be used in two different rooms. She also chose to use studs from Paint a Pillow and they also give you the option of adding tassles as well. Here is her final product:




With the kit you receive everything needed to create your own pillows. It is almost like a mini screen printing kit. You get a pillow, a pillow case, paint roller and brush, paint colors, paint tray and the stencil. The instructions are really simple and they even include a How To Video on their site. The colors we chose were turquoise, ruby red, and black and we used the multi color stenciling technique.




I love the idea of being able to create your own custom pillow, however the stencil we chose was a bit time consuming. If we had chose a pattern and just one color instead of two, we would have been able to use the roller and each side would have only taken 5 minutes. The pattern we chose took us both about 45 minutes to paint each side. In the future I would keep that in mind when choosing colors and patterns! Overall this was a great project and just knowing I painted our pillows myself makes me love them that much more.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Man Cave Makeover

Sunday, October 12, 2014
One of the awesome people responsible for Man Crates, a company that makes gifts for men that come in crates which can only be opened with a crow bar (how cool?!), contacted me about the perfect gifts for a man who is decorating his very own "man cave." My husband is not lucky enough to have his own man cave, but if he ever did, fingers crossed it would be decorated like this, and not some cheesy, geeky, stereotypical men's room.



Man Cave





I tried to stay clear of any sports teams and neon beer signs in this room. However, I still wanted to allow some subtle hints of what some men may love. For example, a more grown up version of the Stars Wars canvas and Ninja Turtle decor. Still allowing their favorite characters from childhood to be represented but in a more adult-like decor. A faux-fur blanket is the perfect accessory for any room, so why not create a richer feel in a man cave. And what man doesn't want to be wrapped up in velvety luxury while drinking beer or playing video games late at night? As for the trash can, I chose a large geometric vase that was masculine and sturdier then a normal trash can. It is definitely needed in a man cave as a classier option to hide all of the beer bottles and snack wrappers.





And why not finish the gift-giving with the ultimate man cave gift, personalized barware and coasters from man crates. Seriously, if you havent checked this site out, do it now. Your husband/boyfriend/brother/father will love you for it!

Nothing advertises a man's success like a set of personalized pint glasses and coasters.  Straight ballin'.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mila's DIY Reading Nook

Monday, September 1, 2014
I have been dying to get Mila's toys out of the living room. The house always looks a mess and I feel like I'm constantly cleaning. So over the past few weeks, I've slowly moved all of her toys into her room, but felt like she needed a separate place to read books and play quietly. With the help of Pinterest I felt like a reading nook was an easy and affordable possibility.

The one thing I wanted for sure was a teepee, as they seemed to be all I was pinning lately....but couldn't see myself spending over 100$ for one and waiting a month for it to get here. Thanks to Ikea, garage sales, and Cutting Edge Stencils, I did this entire room for less than the price of buying a teepee online.




Is it not the cutest thing ever?! I want a room like this for myself. The teepee just needed wooden dowels, the fabric we made, twine, and a few decorative accents we got for cheap at the craft store! The black fabric around the top dowels is actually an old pair of black leggings I never wear. Everything else in the room we either bought used, bought for cheap at Ikea, or was re-purposed from other rooms we had in the house. It was beyond hard to find affordable fabric here. Which led to the idea of using a stencil and painting a flat sheet we had sitting in our closet.

I was very intimidated by the idea of using a stencil and painting the sheet that would literally be all you saw of the teepee. There's no going back and redoing once you have painted, so I was nervous my OCD would kick in and I would never be happy with the finished product. This was not the case at all as Cutting Edge Stencils made it super easy and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. The hardest part of the whole thing was choosing a stencil as there were 5 of them I was absolutely in love with. 

All you need to get started stenciling is:
  • The stencil you choose (I chose the 'Little Diamonds Allover' stencil)
  • King sized flat sheet, or whatever size you may need for your project
  • Sponges
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Mustard acrylic paint
  • Textile medium (to be mixed with the acrylic, making it better for fabric purposes)
  • Masking tape or painters tape
  • Paper towels
  • Paint tray or I used a tupperware lid to hold the paint


Step one:
Dip your sponge in the paint. Use only a little at a time as you don't want the paint to bleed under the stencil, blurring your clean lines. Once you get going you'll know how much to use each time you dip the sponge.


Step two:
In a dabbing motion, start painting your design with the sponge.



Step three:
Align the stencil, overlapping the last row you completed. Continue painting until you have the entire sheet finished.



Voila! There you have it :) Our own custom fabric that we did ourselves. Way cheaper and more personal than buying fabric at the store. And this little nugget of mine is thrilled with her new room! We have been spending lots of time reading in her teepee and its the first place she runs to when we get up in the morning. 



For more ideas on what you can do with stencils and DIY projects, go to Cutting Edge Stencils Blog!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

That time we got lost in Rome...

Saturday, August 23, 2014












See those steps? F#*$ those steps. Those are the Spanish Steps that everyone goes nuts over seeing, and we almost walked right past them. And right to the left of them is a Metro station to get off and on the trains. After walking around for four hours sightseeing, we decide to head back to these steps, get on the train, and go to our hotel. We could not find these steps for almost FIVE hours. We couldn't find that stupid train station or those stupid steps anywhere. And once we finally found another Metro station, we could figure out the right train, taking another 2 hours to get to our hotel. I sat on the ground and started crying, and D gave in and got a cab to take us 40 minutes away to our hotel. Well $65 later we finally made it and I cried tears of joy. Needless to say this was a horrible start to our trip, but after that fiasco we had an awesome time! The food was disappointing overall, but I think the 'Italian' food I was hoping for would be in Sicily. Anyone else who made the trek over to Rome feel the same way? Mila loved the gelato and several tourists kept asking to get their pictures taken with her. How awkward, but how flattering?! Definitely a trip we will always remember, and next time we take the Metro we will be better prepared.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Life happened.

Monday, August 18, 2014
I don't know when or how it happened, but the more I had going on in my life, the less I had to write about on this blog.
We have been traveling and Mila has been growing and learning nonstop, and I have been wanting to share it but things that I think are worth writing about don't ever translate well once I start typing. I never wanted to turn into a baby blog with just one topic. I loved being able to write a little bit of everything and coming up with new recipes, fashion posts, and anything else I wanted. But when you have a baby your world just revolves around that all of a sudden and nothing else matters.

Like I could tell you about how Mila has pooped in the bathtub almost every night this week. And not like a poop that I could scoop out, but tiny little pieces that spread all throughout the water and before I can get to them, Mila is trying to catch them in her mouth.
Or how she ate two entire eggs, a cup of spinach, and two slices of ham the other morning and I could have cried I was so proud. Every time she actually EATS and half of it isn't on the floor I am ecstatic.
Or how I switched her bottles to sippy cups and she didn't even act phased one bit. Bottles were gone in one day. How awesome is she?!

These are the type of things I would go to share but then if I went to someone else's blog and saw these stories daily I would look a lot like this


And then just move onto a more exciting blog. Things just aren't as interesting when its not your kid. But after almost a year break and Mila becoming less of a baby and more of a toddler, I feel like I can come back and have the blog I want. Back to travel posts, food, some fashion, and a few toddler poop stories here and there...

Oh, and here is a cute picture of Mila because how can I resist?!




Sunday, August 10, 2014

W E ' R E B A C K !

Sunday, August 10, 2014

After a needed break, I am finally 100% ready to be back in the blogging world! 
Can't wait to catch up on all of your blogs and fill you guys in on what we have been up to. 
There is a blog makeover in the works and lots of fun to be shared.
See you soon :)!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

M O T H E R S D A Y I N P A R I S

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The past few weeks have gone alot like this,

Me: Babe my first mothers day is on May 11th!
Husband: oh, neat.

Me: Dont forget about Mothers Day on Sunday :)
Husband: That's this Sunday?

Me: Mother's Day is in a couple dayyyssssss.
Husband: cool story, bro.

So I totally wasn't expecting anything at all when the weekend came around. Until that sneaky husband of mine told me to pack a bag and headed off to Paris for the day! I can't believe we live a quick 5 hour drive away from one of the most beautiful cities ever. There is so much to do there and we can never seem to fit it all in. Looks like we will have to go back soon ;) !!!

















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