ONE little MOMMA: May 2013

InstaFriday: We Live In Missouri

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We live in Missouri. We live in the city, but close enough to the country that this is what we did for playgroup last week. A friend's mom has chickens and a few goats so we went up to check them out. The kids had a great time and it was hilarious to see them interact with them. Kesler loved chasing the chickens around their pen and throwing out feed for them. 


We made a stop inside the chicken coop and Easton was lucky enough to see a chicken lay an egg. There was plenty of chicken poop and a lot of squawking. I'm not sure the chickens were loving the visitors, but it was a great, cheap field trip.


We had some fun with our sidewalk chalk the other day. The kids weren't into drawing with it until we poured some water down and mixed up some chalk paint. Then the kids made foot and hand prints. It was a very happy accident. 


Luckily for this fashion conscious momma, my kids don't care to dress themselves much. They will wear whatever I give them. Except Kesler usually has to add his own costume piece. He can usually be spotted in a cape, or a bandanna, or a mask of some sort. It is totally adorable and heart warming to any and all strangers. 

Have a photo worthy weekend!  Linking up to Instafriday at Life Rearranged.

Baby Boy's Western and Rustic Nusery- REVEAL

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Well, it's time. The big reveal for likely my biggest project EVER- the nursery! I am so. so in love with how it turned out. When I found out we were having a third boy I was first of all, totally shocked, but also felt super dried up on fresh boy ideas. It took some thinking, but this room has pushed me to create and be more creative than I thought I could be.  And it really has come together on its own. I love spending time in here and cannot wait for our little man to enjoy it too!!

Today's post is a lot of photos so bear with me as you keep scrolling, but I wanted to give all of the details proper attention!! I'll be linking up the tutorials for each specific project at the bottom as I post about them in the next month or so. 

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This is the view from the hallway as you enter the room. We used Valspar's Perfect Storm blue on the walls and although I was nervous about how dark it would be, it turned out just like I imagined. It is bright enough during the day and really cozy at night.

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I found this horse at a photography studio's closing sale. I love the personality he brings to the room- he makes it feel like a nursery!

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I added the rope detail to this Ikea lamp to brighten up this corner a bit. The globe and tractor were both garage sale finds as well. The nightstand was free on the side of the road. It doesn't get cheaper (or better!) than that.

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I designed and Soren build the headboard for the full-sized spare bed in this room. I wanted to keep a guest bed available and it fills the room up perfectly. We even brewed our own vintage stain for the headboard. I'll be sharing a how-to for both the headboard and the stain in the near future. The bedding is all from Ikea except for the throw pillows which I either made or bought at a garage sale.

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The constellation wall is my absolute favorite part of the room. It fits in perfectly with the feel of the room and the color of the wall. The stars even glow at night from some glow-in-the-dark tape Soren put up on them. Expect a tutorial for this too!

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The succulents are fake- but you wouldn't know it! I tend to kill any and all plants so I put together these faux succulents to add the illusion of something living in the room. I think they do the job well! The only thing I plan to add to the bookshelf is the baby's name in white wooden letters across the top. We haven't picked one yet or it would already be up. Here's to hoping we can decide on a name before we come home with the little guy!

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I bought this fantastic bison print on Etsy from a darling shop called dimdimini. I loved so many of her animal watercolors, but this guy was my favorite.

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The antlers were pulled off of a friend's barn. I couldn't believe my luck when they showed up at my door. I had Soren mount them to a wooden plaque for me and knew right where to hang them.

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I created this arrow pillow by recovering an old pillow and using fabric glue to attach felt arrows to it. The crib sheets are also handmade in that I drew the pattern myself. A tutorial will be coming soon for those too.

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Did you see this free nursery printable I recently created and blogged about? The alphabet is a must in a nursery and this print does the job perfectly. I found the little animal prints online as free printables and framed them in some Ikea frames. They have such little woodsy, vintage charm. The horse once belong to our toy box until I took it hostage and spray painted it green.

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This glider is another one of my favorite parts of the nursery. Not only is it my favorite color and an amazing print- but the pillows are feather and feel wonderful to sit on!! I sure hope the baby loves it at much as I do!!

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This scrappy fabric bunting seemed like the right filler for this corner of the room. I used scraps from many other projects in the room to tie the room together somewhat. I then filled it in with a lot of textured cream muslin. It was a very easy afternoon project that you could personalize in a million ways.




WKWW- What Kids Wore Wednesday

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Welcome to What Kids Wore Wednesday again! This is the place to link up your cute kids and share their style. Feel free to share what your kids are styling- whether you dressed them or they did!


What did my kids wear this week?

Well, let me just say Kesler has the fortunate job of being the middle child when it comes to clothes. He gets all of Easton’s cutest hand-me-downs and then he also gets new clothes because I know the next boy will wear them. This super soft polo from the GAP was one of my favorite shirts on Easton and now on Kesler. The muted red looks so great with blue eyes and a fair complexion. It pairs perfectly with these thrifted army green cargo pants.

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Our feature for the week is Emily from Sewpony. Her deer printed sweatshirt paired with vintage inspired cords is too perfect. I love everything about this outfit from the red piping to the little lamb accessory. Thanks for linking up!!




Want to link up? Here are some guidelines…

1. link to your specific blog post, not your blog’s main page.
2. please only link kids' outfit related posts. no giveaways or unrelated crafts.
3. feel free to link back here to me so that WKWW makes sense to your readers. grab a button from the sidebar (see the code box?).
4. check out as many links as possible! and comment! we all LOVE a comment!


WIWW- One Shirt, Two Ways

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Shirt: Target Maternity, Pants: GAP, Shoes: Target

I am at that point...the point in pregnancy when you wear the same things over and over again. I have squeaked by for months wearing over-sized or altered normal shirts, but no more. I have to wear maternity tops and honestly I don't have very many.  I picked up this one at Target last week and love it enough that I have worn it every other day. I'm hoping I can pick up another color or two because it really fits well and is super soft.

Speaking of picking up things from Target...I picked up these wedge sneaks last week too. They were a STEAL and I think they are just the right pair for me...uh after the baby comes. According to my husband the woman who checked me out should have censored my shopping cart because no one at 38 weeks pregnant should be purchasing wedge sneakers. I love how they look so I wore them for the photo and that's about it. I cannot wait to style them after the baby and especially this fall. The colors on them remind me of camo so pairing them with my favorite pants was a no brainer. These cropped camo pants are just edgy enough to pair with the shoes and some aviators. I'm all about wearing a basic tee as long as I add interest with other elements like my shoes or printed pants. 


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gray-white-maternity-style2Shirt: Target, Pants: Old Navy Maternity, Shoes: Old Navy

I also paired this tee with other neutrals like white jeans and camel sandals for a crisp summer look. Gray is one of my favorite neutrals to wear- it is seasonless and it goes with everything.  Depending on how long this baby cooks, you just may see this gray tee again in the near future....


Glider Makeover- Nursery Decor DIY

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Why are there so many things that we momma's convince ourselves that we don't need the first or second time we are pregnant? I swear we tell ourselves that we don't need to buy maternity clothes (or at least very many!), we don't need in between sized clothes, we don't need a good nursing bra or we don't need some other this or that. I am guilty of it. One of the things I have never had is a glider, so this time around, I decided to go for it!

Naturally I couldn't bring myself to buy a new one, so I found this gem on Craigslist for $20 (which is honestly more than I should have paid for it). But it worked and so I got to work.

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I cleaned it up and put a thin coat of primer on it. It was really windy that day and I think I lost half of the can of primer to the wind. Oops.

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I wanted to go kind of funky with this makeover so I picked up Ivy Leaf Krylon spray paint and started painting. You can tell I don't spray paint furniture often because I ran out of paint three times. THREE TIMES I went back to the store for another can of paint. But I reached my goal and three cans of paint later, it was a green glider.

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Then it was on to the cushions. The ones that came with the glider were disgusting. The foam was falling apart and not worth even recovering. I tossed them and we found a different, but pretty simple solution. I bought two large feather pillows at TJ Maxx on clearance for $15 each. Then I picked out my fabric and recovered them. I covered them the same way that I recovered this pillow, but on these I also sewed in ties to secure them to the chair.

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The bottom pillow ended up with two ties on the back to secure it and the backrest pillow has two ties on the top and two ties on the bottom to secure it.

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The feather cushions work perfectly and are so comfortable. I love how they fluff back up and stay looking nice. 

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I am so happy with how it turned out! I can't wait to get some use out of it, but for now it sure looks great! The pony/cow print adds a lot of pattern and personality to the nursery. I'm so glad that I went with a non-traditional color and fabric for this area of the room!

You can find the final nursery reveal and other nursery project tutorials here!

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See other projects from this nursery below.