Sweet Silhouette

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We visited a silhouette artist a couple weeks ago and in about 2 minutes we had this cute cut-out of our sweet baby girl’s silhouette, with her little curls and all.  The artist just sat there – looking at her profile and cut free form with sharp scissors.  What an interesting talent!

This weekend I bought a bright red frame to put it in and now it sits on my bedside table adding another nice pop of red in our brown, teal, and red bedroom.

Office Chair Reupholster

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In my new home office space, I was using an old, giant office chair…with wheels.  I like a nice stationary chair as I work so I decided to take an old, stained chair from our basement and reupholster to make it seem new!  I went to a little fabric shop down the street and found the best upholstery fabrics, it was SO hard to choose.  I thought I’d share the process with you, let’s start with the finished project, didn’t it come out cute?

I had never reupholstered anything – ever.  So first step was to research how.  I found great instructions from the blog Little Green Notebook, the most important part for me, the how-to on corners. I was only doing the seat cushion of this chair, so once it was stripped of the old fabric, I was ready to staple on the new.

Pull tight, staple.

Then came the tricky part of creating a good-looking corner.  Turns out it’s fairly easy:

Staple up from the corner at a 45 degree angle on both pieces of fabric that have come together at the corner.
Snip off extra fabric from both sides, leaving a little tab long enough to pull up and staple.
Pull the tab up and staple.
Ta-dah…
Perfect corner!

Once the fabric was stapled on, I just reattached it to the chair and voila – it looks great!  The back of the chair was not able to be reupholstered so I made a little pillow with leftover fabric (and that cute polka dot gray fabric!), I think it really adds to the chair – and is comfy on my back.

Homemade (sort of) Cat Costume for the Baby

Happy Halloween!  Our sweet baby is going to be a black cat for Halloween this year.  Instead of telling you I “made” the costume, I’ll say I “crafted” it.

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It was so easy – black onesie, silver sparkle-y foam paper, and the cat accessories pack from Target.  Oh, and I found this cute little pumpkin for $1 for her to collect her candy as we go door to door tonight – literally door to door.  We’ll visit the neighbors next door, the neighbors across the street, and then head home.  Not bad for baby’s first Halloween!  Well, technically, she was born the day before Halloween last year, so it’s her 2nd Halloween, but we didn’t dress up last year and we certainly didn’t trick or treat as we were all still at the hospital.

Happy First Birthday Sweet Baby Girl!

She’s ONE!  We can’t believe how fast this year has gone…and that our sweet baby girl is quickly becoming a wild climbing toddler!  I thought I would share a visual recap of her birthday party with you…she had a blast and LOVED her cake!

The theme of the party was sock monkeys because our little one is such a monkey using her feet and toes as she plays as much has her hands.  Then the color theme was the four colors you see below.  I didn’t decorate too much, here was the focal point…

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The silver balloon is a GIANT #1.  And plush sock monkeys served a dual role of balloon weight and party favor.

Here are some close-ups, all the decorations were easy, cheap, and on theme!

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I made sock monkeys using white chocolate to trace the outline with sprinkles on top to add color.
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Once the chocolate sets, it’s very easy to get the monkeys (or whatever shape) off the wax paper.
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I got one of those paper tablecloths from iparty and stamped the little sock monkey all over it.
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I used the chocolate monkeys to decorate the cake…
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and made letters using the same technique with the white chocolate and sprinkles.  And this post from Oh Happy Day was SO helpful to me to finally frost a smooth cake.
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Happy Birthday to our little monkey!!

Fall Home Decor

Fall is a great season for fashion, food, and decorating your house, right?  I thought I’d give you a little tour, of our Fall home decor (ooh, I rhyme!)

Outside:
Front Door
Our front door with traditional pumpkins and mums.  The mums are planted in our DIY neon planters! *Please excuse the horrible cement stairs and iron railings, blech.
 

Door Wreath

Close-up of our front door with orange-y wreath, I’ve had this for years and still love it.
Inside:
Mantel
Living room mantel with mini pumpkins and gourds.

 

Pumpkin cat mask
And did you notice one of our pumpkins is already wearing a Halloween mask?

DIY Felt Flower Pins

Flower pins

I was at Michael’s this past weekend getting the rest of the supplies I need to create our baby girl’s Halloween costume (more on that later), when I came across these cute little felt flowers.  I thought they would be so sweet made into little pins for the baby’s winter jacket and also maybe a little clip for her hair.

It was so easy to do, I simply sewed the felt flower to a safety pin and used tons of stitches so it’s very secure.  I sewed the yellow and teal one together on a larger pin.  And the pink flower is her little hair clip.

And here’s her little coat with the little flower pin…!

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