Happy Thursday (or Friday, for most Americans!)! Today I thought it would be fun to share some of the recent projects I designed for BasicGrey using their new Second City and Evergreen collections. So much fun!
At any given point in time, I have an ongoing list of a million and one projects that I want to accomplish, like, yesterday. While some of them can be achieved in a single step, others take several steps to finish. So instead of writing “decorate the nursery” on my to-do list day after day, knowing full-well that it will never to be crossed off, I’ve created a free printable that turns big projects into bite-size tasks.
P.S. I talk at greater length about the idea of breaking down projects into manageable chunks and include a more comprehensive list printable in my e-course “Make It Happen!”
We are halfway through 2014, my daughter is arriving sometime this month (?!), and I am nesting + working like a crazy person, so I figured July 1st was as good as any day to start something new! From today until July 31st, there are five limited edition rubber stamps available in my shop. Here’s what they look like:
I’m so excited to try something completely new and exciting! I spent most of yesterday afternoon through late until the evening working on designing, shooting, editing, listing, etc and it all felt so seamless and easy. If only all projects could be so satisfying!
You can find out more about the July limited edition stamps HERE.
Happy Friday, everyone! It’s been one heck of a week and I’m looking forward to spending some quality time at home with my husband tonight. Probably watching every episode of Silicon Valley. Definitely while eating watermelon. Clearly we know how to live our kid-free life up!
I just wanted to remind you that today is OFFICIALLY the last day to stock up on all of my current rubber stamps. Like I mentioned before, I have another project in the works that I’m eager to make room for!
My apologies for the radio silence yesterday. I had grand plans of photographing a few projects and drafting some blog posts on Tuesday, but all of that was derailed when I found out my dog needed to be put down. Needless to say, Tuesday was spent at home with my family, bawling my eyes out. I always try to keep this blog positive and upbeat, but man, this year has been TOUGH. We’ve had four deaths of loved ones (two humans, two animals) in just four short months and it’s hard to put a positive spin on any of those losses. I keep thinking of that quote by Zora Neale Hurston: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer” and I’m thinking 2014 just might be another year of questions. xo
As I’m quickly beginning to realize, this baby could come anytime. Like, ANYTIME. Ideally, I’d like her to stay put until 40 (or heck, even 41!) weeks, but should she have other plans, I want to 100% ready. Maybe not in the parenting sense, but definitely in the decorating sense ;)
Since her room is part nursery / part office, I wanted to make sure that the parts that belong to the baby really make a statement. The white dresser and shelves were purchased at IKEA and help act as a great minimalist canvas for the rest of the decor. I should also note that instead of a cloth changing pad, I decided to go with a foam version that will (hopefully!) lighten our laundry load the slightest bit. Plus, it was half the price of the Giggle version that I originally had my eye on AND it came in my favorite color. Thumbs up.
The shelves are an ever-changing mix of books, photos, plants, and adorable baby sunglasses…!
I think it goes without saying that this kid would get a woven wall hanging in her room, right?
Some baby accessories are just too cute not to display. These teeny tiny gold sandals and heart hair clip make me smile every time I look at them!
There was some awkward open space between the shelves and the dresser, so I decided to loosely tape up a couple of my favorite wedding photos and my second baby shower invitation. I figure she will eventually be able to rip them off the wall, but in the meantime? They’re staying put.
I thrifted this basket a few months back thinking that it would be plenty big for all of the baby books I’ve collected / been gifted. Yeah, I was wrong. This baby has more books than I do. Now I’m on the hunt for a bigger basket…
One of my favorite baby shower gifts was the round brass wall hook from Anthro. I never would have thought to add it to my registry, but I think that’s part of the reason I love it so much! I decided to use it as a hook for hanging a simple yarn tassel mobile over the changing pad.
I had maternity photos taken in the nursery last Friday and have already changed up a few decor elements…I don’t see myself ever being finished with this space!
P.S. Don’t forget that tomorrow (June 27th) is the last day to stock up on rubber stamps before I retire them :)
My idea of the perfect party involves breakfast food, a laidback atmosphere, a fun outfit, and great company. Thanks to my good friend Val and my amazing mom, my second baby shower fit all those criteria and then some. Aside from the awesome theme (desert bunny for the win!), I think that my most favorite part of all was that Val made this event a mother / daughter celebration. Even though my friends and I still see each other fairly often, seldom do we get to spend time together with our precious moms in tow. It was such a great way to bring everyone into the mix and celebrate the next generation of moms + daughters!
Gorgeous tablescapes and a chance for me to put my wedding glassware to use again!
I was also the lucky recipient of so many incredible handmade gifts that my daughter and I will treasure for years.
Bunny garland, hand-dyed cheesecloth, and painted desert plants! DIY elements never go unnoticed by me.
Trying to stay cool in the shade. (Again, whose idea was it to have a summer baby? ;))
My wonderful mom, my amazing Espinoza family, and my gigantic 35 week bump. I never realized just how pregnant I look until I went through all my baby shower photos over the past two weekends…WHOA THERE.
I was so caught up in the moment that I failed to take all of the photos that I wanted to get, but this is one I will always cherish. I’ve grown up with a tight group of nine girls and learned so much about the mother / daughter relationship as a result. I can say that all ten moms (including my own!) are the epitome of unconditional love and selflessness. If I can be HALF as good at motherhood as they are, my daughter will be one lucky gal.
Yesterday as I was adding the latest pages to my baby album, I was marveling at how thick the book has gotten in just a few short months (I love a fat album!). Okay, so maybe 8 months isn’t that short, but man…it feels like time has just FLOWN BY. I have no idea where November through May went, but I’m so happy I took the time to write down my memories and use up more of my scrapbooking supplies (diapers are quickly starting to take over my craft space!).
Here are my two most recent pages:
For the first page, I finally used some of my all-time favorite papers from Crate Paper + Sassafras. I figure, if I don’t use them now, then when in the WORLD will I? There’s always going to be something new + exciting out on the market…no need to hoard!
Lately I’ve been trying to document the everyday moments that John and I share together, including this scene from a weekend morning on the couch in our PJ’s. In just a few weeks, there will be another person in the mix, so I’m making the most of the time we currently have by ourselves :)
For the second page, I took the heavyweight cardstock insert that came in a pack of Capture page protectors and loosely covered it with white paint for a little bit of texture. I also used random bits of paper + embellishments that were sitting on my desk, including tag punch outs, the backing to a set of jeweled bobby pins that I received at my baby shower, a KP letterpress card, and the “This is My Fave” stamp from my shop (quick PSA: don’t forget to stock up before it’s too late!).
I’m trying to determine how and when I should finish this album off and I can’t quite decide. To be continued! ;)
Lately I’ve been feeling a nagging pull to change things up with my career. I will admit that there has been many a day in which I just want to hang up my self-employment hat and find a steady 9-5 with a steady paycheck. I’ve always accepted fluctuating income as par for the freelance course, but now with a baby due in a month and an insurance deductible so outrageously high that I could just cry (AGAIN), I’m on a mission to shake things up and breathe new life into my career.
The first thing on my list: retire my stamps.
I’ve been at the stamp game for over two years now and it has taught me SO much about the ins and outs of running a small business. I’ve learned about everything from dealing with shipping, pricing, packaging, and marketing to customer service, designing, time management, taxes, competition…the list goes on. As of right now, I currently have over 70 stamp designs for sale and it feels like quite an overwhelming inventory for this one-woman operation to manage! So in an effort to streamline my shop (and my life) and try something new, I’m retiring all of my current stamps by Friday June 27th.
But! I’m not bowing out of the stamp game just yet. Instead, I’ve decided to release 4-5 limited edition stamp designs each month, which will only be available for a single month; no less, no more. July 1st marks the first installment of the brand new stamp designs and if you purchase $30 or more of my soon-to-be retired stamps, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon code for any limited edition stamp design starting 7/1/14!
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has supported my little business over the years! I am beyond grateful to you and can’t wait to show you what else I have up my sleeve! xo
Shopping for baby clothes is CLEARLY something I have no problem doing. The only tricky part is trying to figure out which sizes to buy based on how big I estimate my daughter will be at any given month. Will she be tiny and wear a 0-3 well into the cooler Fall months? Or will she be a jumbo baby (PLEASE GOD NO) who wears a size 3-6 months on her way home from the hospital? We won’t know for sure until she’s actually here, so in the meantime, I’m stocking up on all different sizes to ensure this kid is well-clothed. (Such a sacrifice, I know ;))
To begin, I measured the diameter of the clothing rod and designed a double circle in the Cameo software to create the shape of the organizer. Using 8.5 x 11″ cardstock, I was able to cut out two circles per sheet.
Next, I thickened up the organizers by gluing two sheets of die cut cardstock back-to-back with a basic tape runner. Once I had adhesive on a single die cut, I lined it up with another die cut and secured the two pieces together.
From there, I cut a slit from the edge of the big circle to the center of the small circle so that I could easily pop the organizer onto the clothing rod.
To distinguish between the different sizes, I used my tried-and-true adhesive-backed gold foil paper to create the numbers for both sides of the circles.
And finally, I popped the circles onto the clothing rod and started organizing! Slowly but surely, everything is coming together :)
First of all, can we take a moment to talk about how difficult it is to edit photos with neon colors in them? Ummm…virtually impossible. One of these days I’ll figure out the secret to getting the colors juuuust right, but even if that takes forever, I’ll still continue to sneak neon pink into every single project. I’m in too deep to quit now ;)
Since getting a new car last month, I’ve been taking extra precautions to make sure it stays in great shape. I take everything out when I am done for the day. I make sure that no food gets on the seats. I click my heels together to remove excess dirt before getting behind the wheel (okay, I lied about that one). The bottom line: the car is getting the royal treatment.
So, I figured it was only fair that my keys receive the same care and attention! Using two different shades of pink twine, I created a quick and easy neon tassel keychain that not only makes my keys look good, but more importantly, it makes finding them a snap!
To create the tassel, I followed these same instructions, but modified them slightly to accommodate a keyring.
Once I had the strands tied together, I slipped the keyring in the center of the knot.
Next, I took single strand (about twice as long as the original strands) and wrapped it around the grouping several times and then secured it with a double knot. Once everything was secured, I trimmed a little off the bottoms of the strands to make the tassel even.
Finally, I added my keys back on to the keyring and called it good! Now my car AND my keys are rolling in style.