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Moroccan Inspired Baby Shower Invitations!

Hi there friends!

Remember how I told you that my friend Yaso was having a baby?  That was a long time ago, I realize, and said baby is now out in the world and even smiling, cooing and just being all around cute!  But before all that goodness, there was a shower (which I got very few pictures of – DOH!) and there were invitations.

My crazy friend didn’t want to find out the gender of the baby before hand – like, HOW CAN YOU RESIST?!  Not me.  Oh, not me.  I wanted to know.  No.  I needed to know!!  Since I had no clue to the gender, there would be no rainbow unicorn or space cowboy themed shower.  (Although, dang, those two would be amaze-ball ideas, right?!?)  So I came up with the very original, (not), Moroccan theme idea.  It’s been done soooo many times, and VERY well, I might add, but I knew that I could really get colorful, keep it fun and inject one of my friend’s favorite animals, the peacock, into the mix!!

Enter my vision for the invitation – A flying peacock carrying a baby.  There should totally be a picture like that on-line.  Everything’s on-line.

Not this, you guys.

So I drew something myself, using inspiration from the ol’ faithful baby deliverer, the stork.  Here’s what I came up with.

While I was working on figuring out this, I was also learning how to use my new Cricut.  Honestly, uploading the peacock and cutting her out in the design space was fairly painless.  Winning!

I found this great paper and used that to just go crazy with color and pattern – It’s like an explosion of prints!

The trick to making the card, is to add an inch to the length and make an accordion pocket like the photo above.  In the fold you’ll put in the peacock, which I mounted on a clear plastic cut-out (from a strawberry container!!).

When you open the card, there is a SURPRISE!!  Do you see how that peacock is literally flying in the air?!

It’s damn near impossible to find double-sided glitter paper, so I used glitter from a spray can, and glued on a gem for the eye.

The rest was pretty straightforward, just a bunch of gluing!  I used textured foam for the front and sprayed those too.  Why not?

Just a fun idea you can use to create a special card!!  And I love the Cricut – sometimes it gives me a small heart attack, but overall, I’m very happy!

Master Bath Makes Progress!

It’s been a long few weeks, but I can finally say that the dust has settled in the master bathroom… I think.  Maybe?  Well, wall dust, at least!!

Changes have happened, that’s for sure.  Am I done?  Nope.  Not even close.

I added in that moulding we talked about here.  That proved to be a fun and fairly straight-forward project.  I bought 250 linear feet of moulding from Superior Moulding, which has an awesome selection of all kinds of goodies!  I tried Lowes and Home Depot first, but they just didn’t have anything I liked in my budget.  I really didn’t want to spend more than $100 and I was thrilled to find this option at $0.43 a foot.  With the 10% off discount the salesperson gave me at Superior, I was right on budget!!  Whoot!

Measuring and nailing the moulding is pretty simple.  Getting all your pieces level, at least to the eye, is another story.  A few of my walls were NOT straight… Of course.  After putting up a few, I realized the best way to go about it was to place the top securely and put the sides in with one nail in at the top.  Then I could make small tweaks if it was straight and level, but didn’t look level.  It’s always more important that it look right to your eyeballs… most all of my squares required this and the top and bottom pieces usually turned out to be different lengths, which hopefully you wouldn’t even know!

I used a measurement of 2.5 inches in between everything.  I wanted more of a framed look, but once I started painting I wished I had gone with 3.5″.  There are lots of great rollers that are 3″, not so much at 2″, so that one decision probably cost me a few extra hours in painting.

I started with the longest lengths and went from there.  Of course, as is my DIY luck,  I needed a few lengths that I just didn’t have at the end.  When you need to join two pieces, cut them each at a 45 degree angle this way (vs a straight cut) because it really disguises the seem.  Tricks, people!!

I grabbed two samples of Home Depot’s paint and primer in one because the paint is awesome!!  And it’s cheap – double Whoot!!  I wasn’t feeling either of them, so I asked for a sample of the right (Elephant Skin) 1/2 lightened up, which is the top baby sample.  I’ve heard so many experts say not to do that, but hey, I do it all the time and I’ve had great luck getting the perfect color I want!  What can I say, I’m a rebel.

Before painting, fill your nail holes, caulk and generally die of boredom.

You know your room needs paint when the primer looks better than the original paint.  All my trim was painted in oil, so that was a WHOLE other can of worms.  I know, yawn, yawn, yawn… I FINALLY got there tho!

Hallelujah!  5 different painting sessions later…

Oh, and I also changed out the mirrors and the faucet.  I’ve been in love with these Jason Wu for Brizo for so long.  They are my favorites.  And I just remembered that I stained the cabinet black.  That is NOT my favorite – but a fun experiment none the less.  I added in wood panels to the doors to see if I liked it… better, but it’s still not quite there.  Don’t you think?

What in the?  In this picture the tile looks pretty brown, but then see what happens below…  Sigh.  I did not color correct these.  It’s really just that maddening.

I also added a Panasonic whisper-quiet heater/vent and then patched and painted the ceiling.  That was lots. of. fun.

And last, but not least, here is the door painted with the same color to hide it away.  Remember?  We talked about that here… it leads to the pooper.

A vast improvement and yet, MUCH to do.  Should I change out the marble counter?  That wall seems so naked now… hmm??  What the heck to do with the vanity?  I’m contemplating wood doors because that black is killing me!  And the lighting.  There’s that biggie too.

So what’cha think??  Ideas friends!  I need ideas!

 

Ikea Desk Hack in Tween Room

Hi there!

It’s been awhile since I had checked out Savannah’s room, so last Friday I popped by to drop off a few things for her and surprise her with a quick desk hack!

You guys, these are my favorite projects!  Easy and foolproof!!

Last year I had picked up this Ikea desk for the foot of her bed.  Because of the way the room was laid out, this made the most sense for her.  She could sit on the edge of the bed and study or plop down on one of the cute stools – there was even plenty of room for some of her squad to hang out!

I’m sure you don’t remember, but I had found these stool for $15 at the Pierce College Flea market eons ago…

The chipped paint and shape really spoke to the boho vibe I was going for.

Well, now the space looks like this!!

I had some multi-color thin washi tape, and used it to make a bunch of sprinkles!  Like a yummy donut.  Homer likie.  The stools got a face-lift with 3″ foam and fluffy hot pink fabric (that was cut up from a pillow I bought at HomeGoods)!

I used spray adhesive to mount the foam to the existing seat, then glued and covered it in batting and lastly, I stapled the fluff to the base.  Then the stool got these cute feet added to make sure that they never scratched the new wood floors.

You even get a glimpse of the mural I painted…and why didn’t I take more pictures of it?  I dunno, beats me.  This picture below is waaaay over exposed.  Whoops.

I’m happy to see that she’s still using some of the pieces I created for her and it’s interesting to see how the room has evolved.  Kids just have their own style and seriously, some things that I thought were amazing she hated.  The good thing is that if she’s not a fan of donuts, confetti or washi she can quickly just peel it right off!

A Unique (and easy and cheap) Way to Hang Art!

Got 5 minutes and a bunch of scraps lying around?  Then you can literally do this project right now!

Okay, wait.  Before you run off to forage and gather, this project is best for an art piece that isn’t too heavy.  In my case, I had found this paint-by-numbers sunset at the Rose Bowl for $5.  I loved it, but I didn’t know how to hang it without either framing it (boring) or gluing the back of it with brackets (weird).  Enter my genius solution (if I do say so myself!!) – This wood brace that will allow me to easily hang my art and then CHANGE IT WHENEVER MY LITTLE HEART SO DESIRES.  Ahhhh, I love flexibility.  And no holes in the wall.  Fist pump!

Alright.  Why are you sitting there?  Go gather!!

  • 2 Command velcro hanging strips
  • One thick piece of wood for the base
  • One thin piece of wood slightly longer on the top, to hold the art piece
  • Wood glue
  • A clamp or rubber band

Take the two wood pieces, ugly sides together and glue like so…

Let it dry.  Easy, right?  Once my wood thingie was dried I actually used my saw to cut the ends so they were perfectly straight.  You do not have to do this.  I’m just lettin’ ya know, k.  Then I took a sanding block to it for roughly 12 seconds. Not a lot, cause I’m lazy like that.  Attach your command velcros to themselves, put one side on the wood small piece and then stick it to the wall.  (I eyeballed the levelness, but a small level could be useful for a longer brace.)

You. Are. DONE.

You will place your art right on top so that it leans on the wall slightly.

I hung it as part of a gallery wall in Arrow’s room.  Those seagulls just kill me.  And would you believe there were 4 of these and I only bought 1??  I’m kicking myself right now.

It’s coming along!  I’m not sure I’ll keep it there, but hey, I can simply pull the darn thing right off.  Love it!

I have this vision of a wall of birds sitting on wood pedestals.  Wouldn’t that be amazing?  Or what about 50 polaroids in rows?  Or for party decor?  Gah!  Game changer.

Moulding in a Bathroom

I know you’ve seen moulding.  It’s beautiful, amiright?!  But you may not have considered adding it to a bathroom.

Since I’ve got a budget master bath make-over on my mind, I’m thinking that moulding may be a way to add some architectural interest and texture to the room.  Right now it feels like the whole room is covered in the same material.  And let’s be honest, it’s not exactly the nicest material to cover a room in.  I need a way to make it, kind of, disappear.

One way I could do that?  Add interest to the walls – move the attention ova’dere!

Oh, la, la!  The inspiration pictures are VERY tempting!!

Jas Design Build

Tim Barber

Kelly Hoppen

House of Jade

Quarter Design Studio

So far, my progress in the room has been some wall patching, paint testing and I’ve sold the mini chandelier!  You may have noticed that I added a Chairish badge to my homepage – feel free to check out the other things I have listed!!  I don’t have a light fixture yet, but now the space is ready!!

Progress!  Whoot!

Lead Photo