The Sweetest Little Doll Basket

Every time I look at this sweet little doll basket, I get warm fuzzies inside :)

I decided I wanted to make something special for Emma's 5th birthday and I knew this doll basket would be the perfect thing!

The pattern is from Dana over at Made.  I absolutely adore Dana's blog! It is stuffed full with easy to follow tutorials and patterns.

The vintage looking floral fabric is from one of my favourite designers Camille Roskelly.  She designs along with her mom, Bonnie, for Moda fabrics. This particular print is from their "marmalade" line.

The inside of the basket is lined with a cozy flannel (from Bonnie and Camille's Ruby line).  I also made a reversible pillow and blanket with a green polka dot flannel from Michael Miller.

And to my complete joy, I found these beautiful Mooshka dolls at Target!  She makes the perfect addition to this sweet little doll basket!

I am not sure who likes it more, me or Emma?


Emma's Birthday

I can hardly believe my youngest child is 5 years old!  How did that happen?  It seems so weird to be done potty training, done with diapers, and done with sleepless nights.  I am quite enjoying this new phase of life, but I must admit it feels awfully weird after having babies for so long.

Emma is the youngest of 4.  She has two big sisters and a brother.  And now she is 5!!!

As much as I love throwing pinterest worthy parties, sometimes I just do not have the time or energy.  This year we decided to keep things simple and let Emma's dance teacher do all the work :)

The party was at Julie Dall's Studio of Dance and Miss Julie did such a wonderful job keeping all the little girls busy and entertained.

They danced and frolicked around the studio with batons...

Played a rousing game of Limbo...

Had a killer obstacle course complete with mini trampoline, tunnels and a giant piano....

Played pin the tutu on the ballerina...

And  chased bubbles...

Just to name a few :)

After lots of fun in the dance studio, we all had cupcakes and Emma opened her presents.

Emma is pretty much obsessed with pink, so we had strawberry cupcakes with pink cream cheese icing.  I also found these adorable printable cake toppers from Tatertots and Jello here.  They say "Tutu sweet!" Perfect for a ballet party :)

After cupcakes and presents, the girls played dress up, did a bit more dancing and ended with the big parachute.  It was such a lovely, stress free party.  Thank you Miss Julie!

This little impromptu hug around Emma, was my favorite moment of the day...


Happy Birthday to my dear, sweet, pink, Emma! I can't believe you are growing so fast.


Christmas 2013 in Review

Hello again!  Sorry I fell off of the blogging wagon for a while.  I know this post is about a month too late, but I wanted to document our Christmas this year.

During 2013, I was definitely dreaming of a white Christmas.  First I transformed our living room with board and batten (more on that soon!) then I went and bought a flocked tree for the first time since I was a little girl.

The flocked tree was absolutely gorgeous!  Especially during the day.

Our ornaments are a mishmash of memories with special meaning and stories.

My most cherished ornaments were a gift from my Uncle Jim years ago. They are my "Cinderella" ornaments, each one representing a different character from the show.  The one below is the fairy Godmother.

The Cinderella story has a special place in my heart because I played "Cinderella" in my high school production.  During the show, I felt like a real princess when my Uncle Jim flew all the way from Chicago to Salt Lake City to see me in the leading role.  A few weeks later a box arrived on my doorstep with the most beautiful ornaments I had ever seen.  Thank you Uncle Jim!

And what tree is complete without a train underneath?

Mantel complete with feather trees and homemade stockings.

Feather Trees (Hobby Lobby), Anthropology vase, and our newest addition "Hubert" the Christmas owl.

Now onto our favorite family tradition... decorating gingerbread houses.

Every year I spend a couple of days making the gingerbread and assembling the houses.  It is a big project, but the kids love it so much and the house smells AMAZING all week long.  

We all have pretty strong opinions, so each person gets their very own house to decorate to their heart's content.

Isaac went a little crazy with the candy floor this year.

Hubby's roof turned out pretty cool.

And last, but not least, we had a fancy candlelit dinner on Christmas Eve.  Complete with English crackers and paper crowns.

After our bellies were full, I surprised the family with our first ever matching jammies! I know they are so cheesy, but they made me crazy happy :)

Happy New Year!


Thrifty Photo Wall

Today, I wanted to share a project with you that I completed before I started blogging.  Let's call it a "Project Flashback".

I had a large wall that I wanted to fill with various photos, but I didn't have a lot of money to spend on it. Introducing the thrifty photo wall!

I began by hunting local thrift stores for various frames.  My favorites were ones I found with texture. Most of the frames were only a few dollars and many of them came with their own mats. (Sorry no before picture since this was pre-blog).

After gathering my various frames, I took them apart and spray painted the frames antique white and the mats a nice happy turquoise.  It is amazing how a few coats of spray paint can unify so many mismatched frames.

To figure out the arrangement, I placed all the frames on the floor and experimented with various patterns until I found something I liked. I originally wasn't planning on hanging the frames with their edges touching, but once I set everything out on the floor, I loved the look!

*Tip- I discovered a genius way of hanging frames on pinterest.... To get the photos positioned perfectly I started in the middle and hung 1 large frame.  Then I built it up around that one.  To find the perfect spot to place the nail I put a little dot of toothpaste (or glue) on the picture hanger, then carefully placed the frame on the wall in its correct position.  Once you remove the frame a little dot of toothpaste will be left on your wall and you will know exactly where to put your nail in. Genius!

I love how the spray paint really brings out the textures and variations of the different frames.

The photos are all from our time in England taken once again by our good friend Teri from Blue Rock Photos.  This is one of my favorites of us in front of the village church.

Cora and Abby are so sweet under the rainbow umbrella.  The rain never seemed to stop in England and it was actually drizzling on the day of our photo shoot.

Here is a shot of the photo wall in relation to the new dining room. Our front door is off to the right of this picture, so newcomers always stop and look at all the pics.

A lovely little photo wall for the fraction of the cost.

Happy spray painting!