Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

YAY..my first Mother's Day!! This year I decided to create terrariums for the moms. Terrariums are gaining in popularity and with a few 'ingredients', you have yourself a beautiful piece of greenery that is easy to take care of.

I had made one last year and it's pretty much no fuss type of care. I hardly ever water it and it's thriving unbelievably. I was super happy with how it turned out and figured since you don't really need a green thumb to take care of it, it would be the perfect present for this year. To create one is easy. You need potting soil, charcoal, and plants. I chose a fern and another type of plant that the name seems to escape me but just ask at your local nursery and I'm sure they have a number of plants you can choose from. All it takes is a bit of layering...add your charcoal at the bottom of your container. The charcoal is meant for drainage as well as help remove impurities. After that, add your layer of soil then your plants. I also added moss and a few pebbles and sea glass, and voila! your terrarium is complete. For more information, check out this site: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/









Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy 1 Month Isabella Hope!

I know..it's been quite sometime since my last post. Reason being, I gave birth to my daughter about a month ago and have been busy being a new mom and basically trying to get adjusted to this new way of life. There is so much going on that it just has been a bit difficult to get online and create posts to share...BUT I will do my best so for now, I'd like to introduce you to our new addition, who turned 1 month yesterday.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It must be in the water...

Babies, babies, babies!!! I recently had another baby shower for my friend, Erika...and of course, I couldn't go without making her a little diddy. At my shower, I received such a beautiful handmade bib from her and her wonderful grandmother knitted me an adorable baby sweater and booties. How could I compete? I decided to sew a pair of felt booties for the lil one. She's having a baby boy so what else but blue will do! In addition to make it a bit more special, I monogrammed one of the booties with the initial "B" for their last name since we don't know what the baby's name will be yet. I found the pattern and went to town. Love making baby items...super fun and doesn't take as much time as sewing something for myself. =)






pattern from Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Sewing a
nd Fabric Crafts

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Kids Corner on TV!!!

Last fall, I was asked to do a small interview for Habana Outpost for one of Brooklyn's local television shows: Lunch NYC. The episode revolved around how difficult it could be to plan family meal times around everyone's hectic schedule. It aired during Thanksgiving yet this is the first time I was able to see the episode. You can fast forward to 5:40 to check out my mini interview about Habana's Kid's Corner.

http://nyc.gov/html/nycmg/nyctvod/html/home/lnyc108.html
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

For the Love of Food

You know the saying..."the only way to a man's heart is through his stomach"? Well last night's dinner is proof that it's still true. My husband, Micah and I rarely celebrate this so called "hallmark" holiday just cause we have the general view that there shouldn't be one day to express how you feel..it should be everyday...Yes, super cheesy we know, but it totally holds true. Yet, I wanted to make a special meal just for this occasion so I searched for the perfect Valentine's Day dinner to create. Lo and behold, Martha Stewart to the rescue. I searched her vast recipe archives and came across the perfect menu for last night. Granted, I may have been way ahead of myself on this task but I marched right on and never looked back. After my enormous grocery shopping excursion, I set out to create the perfect Valentine's Day meal...and after 4 and a half hours of cooking (a definite feat), I was super pleased and so was Micah...which was what mattered the most. Here's the menu I served up...with accompanying pics. Bon Appetit!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Baby dreams...

I definitely have baby on the brain. Wonder what your little one is dreaming as they lay peacefully in their crib, bed, floor etc.? Well this concept designer did. Her name: Adele Enerson and she is pretty amazing. While her daughter sleeps, she designs a scene around her....trying to imagine what it is that her baby is dreaming about. The images are fantastic and the creativity abounds! I came across her through my sister. She had sent me the images and when I googled her, I came across her blog. Definitely something for you to check out. If you're into this type of stuff, you'll fall in love. All you need is a little bit of imagination...and Adele has it. Below are some of my favs. Check out her blog at:
http://milasdaydreams.blogspot.com/




all images by Adele Enerson

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Handmade Nursery...

So, as most of you know, my little bundle of joy is due in less than 6 weeks. I have been working super hard in making her room super cozy and inviting for her for the past 4 mos. My main objective was to create most of the things in her room...and I believe I've accomplished that. I'll be dedicating an entire post on the before and after of the room, but wanted to showcase the handmade goodies I created for her in this particular post. This is the reason why my posts have been pretty scarce lately. I have been working a lot on getting not only the nursery ready but the entire house. You could say that the whole nesting phase they say pregnancy brings on...has hit me....like a ton of bricks!! Enjoy the photos!

One of the main things I loved is choosing the fabric for the room. I found all my fabrics on Nursery Fabrics and chose which fabric was used for what. For these bunting flags, I chose multi dot and garden dot.


I showcased this mobile a few posts ago. Inspired by PurlSoho, I created this mobile with very little money.

The white curtains are lined with black-out fabric so when she's ready for bed, the light from the window won't bother her.



This paper lantern gathering-of-sorts was inspired by several nurseries posted in Ohdeedoh. I created the large green tissue paper pom pom in the middle and just added each paper lantern around to make it look somewhat balanced. The green paper lanterns are by Martha Stewart, and the other were found on Luna Bazaar.


I purchased a cornice board kit online and upholstered it with the fabric I purchased at Nursery Fabrics. Super easy to do, and it definitely made the small window in her room pop.

I found this hanging book display on Penny Carnival online and thought it would be perfect for her room. For the shower, each of my guests were asked to bring in a book instead of a card for the nursery. So now, she is blessed with a beginners children's library and I needed a place to put all the books. This way we can showcase a few and switch them out every so often. I made the display reversible so if I ever get bored of it, I can always turn it inside out. You can see the inside fabric in the next photo.



Lastly, this piece was in my office. It was dirty and was definitely worn out in many places. With a new coat of high gloss white and new knobs from Anthropologie, It's now her storage place for diapers, binkies, and more. Love when I get to re-purpose old things!


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wedding Days are Here Again!! - Vanessa + Mike

First post of 2011!! YAY! Welcome back...

My first project of the new year was creating wedding invitations! Honestly, one of my favorite things to design besides baby cards. Vanessa, the bride to be, is kinda like me...crafty!! It seemed we loved a lot of the same things which made it easy to design their cards for their special day. She already had an idea on what she envisioned their cards to look like as well as knowing that she wanted to use the colors of their wedding (matisse blue and mexican poppy). With that as my motivation, we came up with the invitations below...and they came out wonderful!!! (if I do say so myself...*pat on back*) They're simple with a touch of craftiness! =)







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