September 24, 2016

Toddler Room Revamp

It's been a little while, huh? 

Guys, managing an Etsy shop, a full-time job, dance classes, soccer, furniture customers & other custom orders is NO JOKE. 

It's been a HUGE learning process this past month on how much I can handle & how to balance it all. 
I'm still not all the way there yet but I'm learning.
And hopefully things will settle soon. 

In the meantime, I'm trying so hard to get photos done & edited to get some projects up here on the blog. 
Sorry for the long absence :/ 
I'm hoping to be sharing a bunch of fun fall projects & decor soon!

One of our big things this month has been transitioning Baby M from a nursery to a toddler room. 
Insert ugly crying here. 

I've been avoiding it as long as I could because I just love her room. 
When we moved last October, we basically just transplanted her nursery from the old house into the new house- the only thing that didn't transfer well was the vinyl herringbone wall. 

Two major things happened over the summer that made it so we couldn't avoid the toddler transition anymore. 

1. Toys. Guys. So many toys. I was going crazy trying to keep them organized. Mostly books & Puzzles. So she desperately needed more room for organizing all the play things. 

2. She started climbing her crib. Not a whole lot. But enough that it made us nervous. We took the front off of her convertible crib for a few weeks and that worked well. But we knew we needed something a bit more permanent soon.

The BIGGEST thing that pushed us to revamp her room was the bed. 
I had searched forever for a toddler bed that I liked that was cute, affordable and not plastic. 
Not as easy as you might think. 

We didn't want to jump right to a twin bed because we still wanted plenty of room for playing. 

Insert my sweet friend who decided to sell her custom made toddler bed AND all the handmade toddler bedding. 
It was meant to be. 

I immediately texted her and said that baby M NEEDED it :) 

So the quick revamp began!


First things first, the bed was moved in so we could see how much room it took up. 
The custom bedding was all light pinks & gold which went almost perfectly in the room. 
I layered some of her dark pink pillows & blankets in to pull in the darker pink that was mostly in her room. 


After we moved the bed in, the decor above the bed just didn't seem to flow as well anymore.
I was more than happy to take down the herringbone wall from behind the crib in the nursery- it didn't transfer to the new house as well as it went up in the old house. 

I switched out the wooden circle her monogram used to hang on with a huge painted oval frame. 
Remember it as the focal point for her birthday party??


I just repainted it (paint is so wonderful!!) with her lighter mint blue and then added fabric to the inside.
The fabric was perfect for pulling the hot pink, light pink & golds all together. 
I spraypainted the monogram gold because the hot pink that it was before didn't look great inside the frame. 

The frame filled up the empty area above her new bed perfectly. 


We moved her large rocking chair out (so many tears with that one!) and moved her end table to beside her bed. 




Her teepee still stayed because... it's the best. 

It's the perfect reading hideout and the perfect place for the kitties & pup to take naps in. 






Her lovebug & little darling signs still hang on either side of the bed. Luckily those won't go anywhere for a while :)

Her gold rocking chair from her nursery still sits in the corner too. 




The collage wall & bench haven't changed much. Although we've added quite a few books to her basket over the past two years. 
And had to fill up a bookshelf as well :) 



As I said, we needed more room to store toys & books, so we added a small $20 bookshelf to the corner where her rocking chair used to be. 

I added the same fabric from the frame to the back and it added so much instant color & personality to that corner. 
Her princess castle, puzzles & books have a much better home now :) 




Her pretty pink dresser still resides in her room too. 
We just removed the changing pad and added storage for her bracelets & hair accessories. 



It was fun shopping the house & garage for new items to make the room feel a tiny bit more grown-up for Baby M. 

She is in LOVE with her new 'princess bed' and has to show everyone that comes in the house! 

I was blessed enough to be able to trade furniture painting services in return for the bed and bedding.
And the frame was lying around waiting to be used :) 

The only things purchased for her new room were fabric for the frame & bookshelf and the bookshelf itself.
A whopping $25.00 to revamp her room!!
I love thrifty makeovers and it's such a huge change- at least for us!!
I"m loving her new room but still super sad to lose all the 'baby' items. 
I still can't believe she's already two. 

Hold onto those babies, lovies. It's true what they say about time going so fast. 

I can't wait to share some fall projects with you guys soon- I have pieces of several of them lying around at the moment :) 

Now for that fall weather to finally kick in. Come on, Arkansas!!




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August 16, 2016

Watercolor & Floral Minnie-Inspired 2nd Birthday Party!!

Long time, no see!!
I've been so busy with birthday planning, wrapping up summer, finishing projects & helping a friend with wedding projects, that I Haven't had a second to really sit on the computer and type up a real post!

My Etsy shop has taken off in small steps so orders have been keeping me on my toes as well :) 
I'd love for you to stop by if you haven't had a chance to browse- I'll be adding more designs here in the next couple weeks!!

Most recently, I have been busy with all things birthday party since Baby M is turning TWO this coming sunday!! Can I even still call her Baby M anymore?!? 
Makes this momma sad. 

We celebrated a week early due to some scheduling conflicts and had an absolute blast celebrating our sweet girl!!


Baby M LOVES her some Minnie Mouse. 
She's recently become a huge Elsa fan but I wanted to celebrate with the thing she loved for most of the year :) 

I'm not a big 'theme' person when it comes to decorating as far as just buying things with the character all over it. 
I wanted it to be Minnie Mouse, but with a soft, pretty twist to it. 

I'm obsessed with all things watercolor & floral lately so that's where my head immediately went. 
When designing her invitations, I fell in love with the soft watercolor background so I used it for all my party printables!! 
I'll be sharing a few freebies at the end, so make sure to stick around :) 


We kept it simple by confining most of the decorating to the food table area. 
I set up a table in our living room and decorated around it for the biggest impact. 

The main piece was that huge & gorgeous floral Minnie with the aqua frame around it!
I knew I wanted something eye-catching and we had an old mirror just lying around in the attic, desperate to become a part of the fun!
The floral Minnie was so easy to make, I"ll be sharing a DIY on it soon. 

I hung the frame (it was surprisingly light) from a nail in the window molding. 
I had planned on stringing a banner too but once the frame was hung, it really didn't need anything else. 



The table itself was covered in beautiful layers!
My secret weapon when it comes to tables is none other than wrapping paper!
It comes in so many different colors/designs and is usually pretty cheap.
The entire color scheme for the party revolved around the gorgeous floral wrapping paper I picked up at TJ Maxx. 


I started with a plain white table cloth to cover the whole table.
Then a layer of lace fabric and finally, I added a runner with the floral wrapping paper. 
It actually ended up perfectly clean after the party so I was able to roll it back up to use it again!! 


I made a new rag garland from different fabrics and draped it across the front of the table. 
These are my favorite to make! Just make sure to get more fabric than you think- it takes quite a bit!!
These are perfect for doubling as photo backdrops too. 


A friend of mine made the cute Minnie ears & pearl cupcakes. They were amazing. I made a small '2' topper for the birthday girl to have on hers. 


The food was so fun- hubby made all of Baby M's favorite dips. She's obsessed with all things 'doutch' as she calls them. Cheese dip, Guacamole and salsa are her favorite things in the world!!!



A quick run-down on the food choices we had: 
Hot Diggity Dogs: Pigs in a Blanket
Donald Dip: Salsa
Goofy Guacamole
Chip & Dale Cheese Dip
Minnie Mouse Munch: Birthday cake popcorn from Sams
Fruit Bows: Strawberries & blueberries on skewers to look like bows




For table decor, I kept it simple since I knew the table would be filled with all the food. 
I filled milk glass vases with hand-cut bows that I printed on scrapbook paper and glittery 2's cut with the Silhouette. I taped them onto sticks to pop in the vases. 
I borrowed my distressed DIY candlesticks to use in the little display as well. 


I printed mini versions of the bow onto paper, cut them out and glued them to a handful of the gold straws I had out.
It's all about the details :) 


I found these cute 'cheers' plates at Target and had to use them. We have ears say cheers!! Is one of our frequent sayings around here :) 
I added glittery mouse ears to them too. 



My picture holder drawers came in handy again for holding tons of pictures of our girl from this past year!

I pinned them on using bows because. Minnie. 


I created a fun 'Bowtique' area to hold the favors & loved displaying some of her favorite bows!
I used an old window I had to string bows down & added a painted frame. 




The favors turned out so cute and were filled with Baby M's absolute favorite snack- jelly beans!
I used cute gold bags from Hobby Lobby & pinned "Thanks for Bean here" prints to them with gold brads & paper flowers. 
I added '2' Minnie stickers to the front as well. 


We didn't play a lot of games because I knew it would take long enough to do cake & presents with a toddler but we did have one!
I made a big Minnie mouse shape out of gold posterboard & glittery paper & the kids took turns pinning bows on blindfolded. It was a bigger hit than I expected :) 


Drinks were set up right next to the food table & we made up pink lemonade. 
I added another vintage window with bow streamers behind it. 


Baby M's birthday outfit was so incredibly cute! 
Leotard: Morgan & Mae Co
Gladiators: Brave Little Sole
Necklace: Presley Couture
Crown: Claires
Lace Skirt: Walmart








Baby M had such an amazing time & loved seeing Minnie Mouse everywhere!
Though her favorite was eating cake :) 


I do have a few freebies for you so get excited!!!

I'm providing several of the prints that you saw throughout the party pictures- sorry, I don't have the invite available. 

I do have the food labels (including a blank one for you to add your own), 'Oh TWOdles' sign, 'We have ears say cheers' sign and the "Thanks for Bean here" favor tag. 


Click below to download the prints: 





Donald Dip Food Label





I LOVE to share freebies but PLEASE be responsible and do not sell, alter or claim them as your own. 
That makes me incredibly sad and makes it no fun for others if I can't continue to post them. 
I love you guys & now I am bowing out. 
Enjoy your freebies!!!

Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page.




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