4.24.2015

The Princess and Her Mattresses- DIY Baby Gift

I have a dear friend that is about to have her first girl after four boys! I wanted to give her a gift that would be special. A gift that could celebrate her sweet baby girl.



The "mattresses" are burp cloths and are super simple to make (tutorial below).


The "princess" is a little more complicated but actually comes together fairly quick. I have made lots and lots of these little dolls. They are the perfect gift for any little girl. 


The instructions can be found here from Martha Stewart.  

(Just be warned that for the arms and legs you need to add an extra 1/4 inch seem allowance or else they are too skinny.)



The Burp cloths are made from cloth diapers and cotton fabric.


Alright, let's get started!

You will need:

  • scrap fabric (6" x 20")
  • cloth diapers 



First, iron your fabric and cloth diapers.


Then measure the center section of your cloth diaper. This is where we will sew on the pretty fabric. Mine measured 3 1/2" x 17 3/4".


Add one inch to that measurement and cut your fabric. I cut mine 4 1/2" x 18 3/4". 

To save time I piled all my fabrics on top of each other and cut out all 6 at once with the rotary cutter.


Once you are finished cutting, iron the two long sides under 1/4" and iron the short sides under 1/2" . (I always just eyeball this.)


Then pin your ironed fabric onto the center of your cloth diaper.


Top stitch around all four sides with a 1/8" seam allowance and you're done!


Pretty little burp cloths.


Fit for a pretty little princess.


 Sleep tight, little one!




4.15.2015

Kitchen and Breakfast Nook

One of my happy places. The heart of our home and where I spend much of my time. The new kitchen.


I wanted the kitchen to be modern, clean and crisp. It still needs a few finishing touches (like bar stools), but it is a joy to cook in and every day I am thankful for it. 


I love the little details like the range hood and shaker cabinets.


The back splash is comprised of small rectangular tiles in varying materials. I love it.


We have ample cupboard and drawer space and still have a few empty cabinets.


I adore the five burner gas range. My favorite part- it's a breeze to clean up.


For the counter tops we chose charcoal granite for the outer counters and a white quartz for the island.


A place for my aprons :)


And a walk-in pantry. Oh walk-in pantry, where have you been all my life? I am so glad we are finally friends.


Refrigerator with freezer on the bottom. I love how easy it is to see all the food. And every family needs a chore chart taped to the front :)


Oven and microwave/convection oven.


Simple sleek handles under the counters.


And knobs on the upper cabinets.


Industrial pendants.



Double sink with goose neck faucet.


And my pretty English plates just for fun.


Next to the kitchen is our everyday dining area/breakfast nook.


I love how the sun pours through the windows each morning.


Green milk glass pedestal bowl from Target.


The table is from Ikea and we have had it for almost 7 years now. We do everything on this table from eating our meals, to coloring, crafts, and play dough. This table has had paint, marker, glue and even sharpie on it and everything comes off with a little soft scrub. I cannot say enough good things about it.


The area rug is the "Paddle Rug" from RugsUSA. It has the perfect small pattern to keep it interesting, but still reads as a neutral.




And here you can see how the kitchen and breakfast nook open up into the rest of the house.


Another view leading to the mud room and formal dining room.


And that's it- bright and airy, clean and crisp. My happy place.


Of course, it doesn't often look like this. We do have a family of 6! It usually has kids snacking at the table, dishes in the sink, popcorn on the floor and a few pots and pans cooking on the stove. Oh, and school papers EVERYWHERE! Sometimes I feel like I am drowning in school papers.

But even with the mess, it's perfect.

4.11.2015

Pennsylvania Road Trip

We recently got back from visiting some dear friends in Lancaster, PA. 

Road tripping with a family of 6 is always a bit painful, but after the death march (seriously felt like the never ending car ride) we had a positively lovely time. We only had 3 non-driving days, but I think we made the most of it.

Day 1: Amish Country. 



The world's best pretzel. I am NOT kidding. These were heavenly.


Homemade Ice Cream and pretzels.


Shopping- Metal rooster fountain anyone?



Day 2: Philadelphia

Visitors Center and the entertaining and hilarious stories at the free story telling bench.


Heading out to get in line for the Liberty Bell.




Once we finally got into see the Liberty bell, Isaac's patience had grown thin. Ha! That face says it all.



Walking around Independence Hall.


Carriage Ride- a complete tourist trap, but one of our favorite parts of the day and a lovely way to see the city.



Lunch at Reading Terminal Market. Oh man, this was foodie heaven. So much yummy stuff!


I had possibly the most amazing doughnut of my life here at Beiler's.


The fresh apple fritters melted in our mouths.


Up next, the Franklin Institute Science Museum.


Brain exhibit- climbing through the neural pathways.


The human heart.


And the highlight of the museum was "The Art of the Brick."


Mind blowing Lego sculptures.







Day 3: Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania







The ride home wasn't quite as painful. After driving halfway, the hotel was all booked up so we decided to just keep on driving. We drove through the night and it felt like we cut our trip in half- Sweet! (Except for poor CJ who drove the whole time- you are my hero.)

Now go eat some chocolate.

Happy Spring Break!