Monday, February 15, 2016

Charlotte & Penelope's "big girl" room

Finally this post is up! This whole process has taken me forever...from finding the right theme/paint/layout and then the little projects in between the BIG project- a bunk bed! Charlotte was over the moon thrilled. I'll never forget the look on her face when we "revealed" it to her for the first time!

So here's what everyone wants to see- pictures! As far as a theme, there really isn't one. I just collected some whimsy, feminine, soft things that I thought fit the girls' personalities. So there's watercolor floral, polka dots, paisleys, pom-poms, sparkles, and lots of mint and coral. Jonathan says I'm obsessed with mint and coral, and I laughed this off until I took a step back after it was all done and realized "yep, I am."

First, the bed. This was the biggest change, obviously. It takes up half of their room- but it was worth it! Jonathan and I worked hard (mostly him) on this project...I learned how to drill and we both learned the kregg jig process (what was life before our kregg jig?). We picked out the color together- its the perfect shade of minty/aqua blue without being baby pastelish or in-your-face bold. (If anyone cares, the color is "Fish Pond" from Behr Ultra). So for weeks we had all the wood in the garage, sanding/measuring/cutting it when we had free time. Slowly it started to come together, but since the doorway is standard size we had to carry it into the house in pieces. We laid a new tarp down in the room and primed and painted it right there so speed up drying time. Also, apparently it is best for paint to cure indoors. We quarantined the girls from their room :) This was HARD- all their toys got moved into the hallway and they slept all over the place...on the couch, in our bed, under T's loft bed...I could tell it was difficult for Charlotte. Towards the end she had a few emotional breakdowns about not having her own broke my heart, so I told Jonathan that we had 3 days to finish it and would reveal it a week prior to her birthday (which is in just two days now!).

I feel like I went to Target or Joanns every day that week... getting all the supplies together was tedious. Initially only Charlotte was getting a comforter but Jonathan said it didn't look right and "They should both be pink". It's pink to him, of course...he's a guy. ;) I was like "Ummm are you sure? That's a LOT of coral...the same comforter comes in other colors..." But he stuck with his opinion and like always...he was right. Two pink/coral/whatever-color-you-wanna-call-it beds looked perfect in the space.

And oh my heck, yall...when I thought up this idea of making them a bed I totally forgot about all that other stuff like sheets and pads and OH YEAH! Mattresses. Those are kind of important...thank goodness we found some for a decent price. (still...ouch to our wallets!)

My favorite thing on their bunks are these pillows I made. I saw this fabric a few months ago and knew it would be perfection in their room. It's the inspiration for the entire room- those colors! The watercolor designs! I just die every time I look at it. I added the pom-pom trim for a little bit of spunk.

Before the bunk bed, there was a crib and a toddler bed. We demolished the crib- it was falling apart. It did us well for three babies, but honestly Penelope hated that thing and there was no point in keeping it around. We repurposed the front of C's toddler bed into a cute little bench. I used the same lovely fabric to cover the foam seat.

Above the bed are these three prints. Words to live by :)

I want to add that the BEST picture frames for kids rooms are found at Ikea- they are super inexpensive and instead of glass, it's just plastic! So no worries about them getting knocked over or broken. Also easier to hang since they're so lightweight.

And the other side of the room is all the same stuff they had before, shoved up against the wall. haha.

Gertrude was in the room the whole time I took pictures...she follows me everywhere. And she's gotten quite fat.

The girls love their room! It's been five days now since we opened it up to them and Charlotte still whispers "thank you mommy for my bunk bed" every time we snuggle up. I love this about her. She is always so grateful and expresses her thanks often- she really does appreciate all the little things. I can't believe she will be 4 this week!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Penelope- ONE year old!

I've been putting off this post all day...because while I'm thrilled that my sweet baby has a birthday today, it is also sad. No explanation needed- am I right?!

Anyway, we love her so much. She is such a joy to raise and watch as she grows. Happy birthday Penelope Lynne!

I feel like I get lazier and lazier with these photoshoots. This is what was on the OTHER side of the camera :D And if you look close she is playing with a dirty diaper. That's how we roll, folks!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Rainbow Fish Penelope

Eeeek!! I am beyond thrilled with how little Penelope's costume turned out. We weren't sure what to dress her up as but I had some leftover fabric from C's costume, and I really wanted to have the girls "match" somehow. One day we were reading my favorite childhood book, and suddenly I knew EXACTLY what P should be. It was too perfect!

I will go into some details, but first...

A Fisherman's Tale:
(I am literally making this up as I write it, so it's not perfect poetry!)

There once was a fisherman who lived by the sea.
He was a happy lad, but also lonely.
Until one fine day when he cast his line out,
and out came a fish!! Salmon, or trout?

She was neither of those- but a special little fishy.
One who was sparkling, sweet, and squishy!
Her scales boasted purples, blues, and pink-
And in her tiny mouth, a drooly BINK BINK (that is what I sometimes call her binky..ha)

She was better than anything the fisher could wish-
because at his feet, sat the Rainbow Fish!

She glanced back at the ocean for just a pause,
and longed for what could be- not what was.

Because she knew that the fisherman up above,
had something much better to offer- LOVE!

Now best friends with a marvelous tale,
she baby-fish babbled, "Want one of my scales?"

 haha! I coudn't resist. They are just so cute together.
a few details about her costume: the scales are felt, and because I got lazy at this point in costume-making, I simply hot glued them onto the onesie (with cardboard in between the fabric layers). I sewed the scales to the back loosely by hand, and then the dorsal fin. The tail is scales glues onto more felt :) And those fish eyes! That is a styrofoam ball cut in half with black felt circles as eyeballs. Pretty easy!

I had to get some shots of the girls together. Ocean buddies!

Happy {early} Halloween!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mermaid Charlotte

Over the summer, Charlotte fell in love with all things mermaid. So I knew that making her a mermaid costume for Halloween would just tickle her pink!

She kept telling me "No, I want to be Ariel." I love Ariel, too, but I snagged some sparkly sequin and fish scale fabric from Joanns over the summer and I wanted to use it! She remained unconvinced...UNTIL she put it on. She couldn't stop smiling, giggling, and twirling her hair :)

This costume was somewhat tricky. I had no idea how I would do the I just started cutting, stuffing, and sewing and this is what I came up with. It's basically an elastic-waist skirt that is shorter in the back (I wanted to be sure she could walk!). The tail hangs down in the front, and underneath she has fish scale pants. Her top was less complicated, I just sewed the sequin fabric to one of her tank tops, and then some fabric flower trim at the neckline. Her floral crown truly took about 3 minutes- it was so easy! Just measured her head with some thick floral wire, then wrapped the flowers and hot glued them in place. I really love blues, purples, and pinks together.

Anyways, back to my cute mermaid!
Here she is sitting alongside "the ocean", dreaming of what it must be like to have feet ;) (Ignore the very obvious feet sticking out from her tail, HAHA...)

Every proper mermaid brushes her hair with a dinglehopper!

Grammaw gave her a shell necklace a little while ago, and we used it to make a sweet little shell bracelet! The perfect mermaid accessory :)

^^^ my favorite. ^^^

Here she is singing "Ahh-ahh-ahh..." hehe...

"Look, those birds in the water!" I know what you're thinking...there are no swans in the ocean. This may be true, but I didn't tell her that ;)

 Can you tell just a little bit that she loves her costume? haha. Love my sweet fishy-tailed girl.