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Entries in baby (29)


april ad } twelve walls

Please welcome Twelve Walls, a modern and graphic approach to children's wall decor.  How fun are these illustrations!? These bold and colorful illustrations come in prints and ready-to-hang wrapped canvas.  Twelve Walls recently launched a new line of placemats, sure to brighten any kitchen table—and perhaps double as damage control. I've noticed some buzz around the blogosphere, and it is well deserved.

Be sure to check out the entire gallery of great prints by Twelve Walls!

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one bold surprise

An exciting post to share—and a needed craft related segue from all those travel pics! I hope you enjoy this welcome surprise of delightful images as much as I do, such a fun and bold twist on nursery decor.

Aren't they just completely adorable and crazy wild all at once?! I was SO impressed when this treasure landed in my inbox. And the creative genius to make it all look like each piece in the room was made for each other. Honestly, I might steal the painted frame idea, love it! Here are the juicy details from the lovely mom-to-be:

"Our baby room was inspired out of a desire for our baby’s gender to be a surprise!  We decided to go with very bright, bold colors that complemented each other and created a fun gender-friendly atmosphere. My husband and I are both creative people and we wanted our baby's room to be unique. Being on a tight budget, we had to get creative financially as well (which can end up being more fun sometimes because it’s stretches you outside the box!)

The walls are painted in two solid colors.  We used Valspar paint: Tangerine on two walls and Bayside on the other two. All the furniture is hand-me-down items that we refinished to create a matching set.  We sanded it all down and painted it white. Not only did we give the dressers a complete makeover, but we designed the knobs to match our baby bedding., as well as painted each drawer a different color inside! 

We chose Summersault Geo Brights crib bedding from Target as well as the matching valance for the window. We installed a new white ceiling fan, added two lamps, a lime green rug and made most of the wall décor. We got some felt, sewed together circles to accent the bedding and strung them on a rope with clothespins.  The frames above the crib are the very same frames we used at our wedding as décor, so it was really neat to turn around and use them for our baby's room 9 months later!  We slapped some color on them and it was the perfect finishing touch!  

It took my husband and I a solid month to paint and refinish the furniture. It was A LOT OF WORK, but it was fun and so worth it. We are exceedingly pleased with the results!"

Thanks so much to Robbie and Gina for sharing! Can't wait to meet this special delivery come December. Anyone else totally inspired? Mucho props for the two-going-on-three? Please do share!


bbq and baby

Being that I love all things rustic and non-traditional, it's clear that I was smitten when Mekala of Tie That Binds posted this baby shower featuring her custom stationery. Oh, to be a guest! The subtle charm and sweet southern flair is so classy, and the stationery was perfect for the occasion. This chica is constantly showcasing one beautiful event after the other, and I so admire her hard work and building a dream business from the ground up. Motivation for us all to pursue our dreams.

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Be sure to click through the links above for endless inspiration for all things wedding and personal touches for any occasion.


baby shower game, er...craft

So instead of measuring tummies or pinning the sperm on the egg, we opted to do something practical and crafty! Using fabric scraps and fabric glue, each guest decorated a onsie for the new mom. Everyone enjoyed making works of art, and seeing them all together was so fun. {photos by Shutterly Lovely}

Enjoy your last weekend in July, friends!


adorable baby shower

Remember the fun melon palette clothespins I made? Time to share why I made them!

My friend Amy from Lovely Nest hosted THE most adorable shower I've ever been to. Each detail was adorable, everything from the invite to the cupcake toppers! She shares tips on her blog, so swing over if you are in the market for baby showers. All photography courtesy of Lovely Nest, posted here. Yummy fruit kabobs courtesy of myself, but can't share those with you.

I have one additional surprise to share Friday—the non traditional "game" we played!


bun in the oven

Okay. So this is random. But I have rarely seen maternity photography that doesn't gross me out! Just google it people. Scary stuff. It must be mandatory that you be nekked...? Why would I tackle the challenge of finding good prego pics you say? Not baby fever
(I don't think!), perhaps because I'm helping with a baby shower? But I must face it, people around me are "at that stage". Anywho, I think I found a few shots that are tasteful. And even a half-nekked one for good measure!

tammi nowack

j. otte

little posers

elizabeth & jane

kristen cook

Success, yes/no? Or other photographs I missed that you love?

Another great link from Design Mom on what to wear with your bump. To cute.



So my friend is a rockin' illustrator and wanted to make a special gift for a baby shower. Here is what she whipped up in an hour.

How stinking adorable?! Ladybugs are the theme of the nursery, and I'm sure the mom was more than delighted to have custom artwork for the new arrival. So cute! Now everyone needs to encourage {or force} her to get a shop online ASAP.


gifts for giving

Shop announcement: >>> I LOVE giving practical and thoughtful gifts that are obviously, pretty. One goal with my Etsy will be to continue this concept with products. The idea is to package an idea in a way that anyone can make the gift their own.

So today I introduce this sweet {just-delivered-a-baby} tote for moms.

Followed by the printable pdf door hanger for the bachelorette or bride-to-be gift. I have made a number of these for all the weddings in the last year, I think it's a great way to add a personal touch.

What do you (all three of you) think?! Any other fun gift ideas or ways to make these gifts even better?


baby time

How amazing is this adorable bib & burp cloth from The Fresh Stitch?!

I bought it for a baby shower gift and also made some pink cookies.

Yummy! And these would also be fun to make for upcoming Valentines Day, I just need to make sure I don't eat them all first.

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