Monday, November 26, 2012

From The Hive: The Girls' Room

Today I want to share a sneak peak into the girls' room with you.  This has been a long process, and is really still in the works.  We have the blessing (and challenge) of fitting many little bees into two rooms, and it takes creativity (and sometimes a good hair pulling) to figure it out! 

When our littlest bee was born, the girls' room underwent a very slow and gradual change.  We knew it would be a woodland theme, so pieces were slowly gathered from many sources as we found them.  It took a while, but I am so happy with how it has turned out.  There are still a few projects left, like painting the light switch plate (when I remember what I did with it), and painting/crafting a few other pieces.

The woodland quilt was a gift from Grandma, the name banner was made from our sweet friends for a shower they gave us after Noelle was born, and the mobile above the crib was a fun project I did, with help from my mom and sister.  The Love and Nature wall decals were something I had on my baby shower wish list, but they were sold out.  My mom went to a garage sale a few months later, spied a tube laying on a table, and realized she had them, brand new- for $1 (normally just under $30)!  She also found the wood owl plaque at a garage sale. The Butterfly pillow (that just happens to match the butterflies on the woodland quilt) and the Love and Nature bedspread (thanks, LR!) were thrifted. The framed Unicorn/Pegasus picture was a present from my friend's mom when I was in 5th grade.  She painted it for me. It reminds me of going to their house and seeing easels with canvases, and listening to the Grease soundtrack on vinyl.  Moving on.  The mushroom gnome house was a Christmas present a few years back (if Santa doesn't bring you one, you might find it here ).  The little birdie was an adorable outfit that our little bee outgrew way too fast.  I took the buttons off, cut out the bird, and stuck it in a vintage metal embroidery hoop.  I resewed buttons, embroidered the "sweet" on the bottom, and used one of her little headbands to finish it off.  I may have a few more outfits I'm hanging on to for future projects... :)  The bird canisters and tree basket came from the same shower as the name banner, the orange cubby  and Love and Nature night light were both thrifted, and the sweet little girl night light was mine when I was little.  Fairy book compliments of Grandma many Christmases ago. Old children's books were given by a friend, and the vintage Disney pull train was a garage sale find.  Whew!

What I love most about the room, besides how sweet it came out, was that it was a collaboration of many people who love them.  It is always fun to have a theme to run with, but I also love how the girls are letting their personalities show through in the little things they add to their space.  Small spaces can be tricky, but they can also be an opportunity to use some creativity. I have found that clearing clutter is a must for my sanity.  Having a space for everything is helpful.  Going through and getting rid of toys that are broken/aren't being played with, as well as clothes that don't fit or are too stained/ripped is important as well. Highlighting their collections in groupings that are displayed (instead of tossed in a drawer) helps them own their space, and helps them want to keep it looking nice. Do you have any small spaces?  How do you make it work?

Monday, November 19, 2012

So Thankful: Free Finds

A while back I was taking the slow way home, through a section of houses that I really love.  We walk there in the mornings, and it's just so pretty and peaceful.  I passed a house with a box on the curb, and it was marked:

I took a peek inside, and there, just waiting for me, was a brand new chandelier! I happily took it home to see what I got.

I imagine someone must've ordered from a catalog and thought it was a lot bigger than it actually was, because otherwise, I don't know why someone would get rid of it.

Sure, it was a little plain, but with a little hot glue, ribbon, time, and a few finger blisters later...

Covering some wire to hang it by...

Adding some beads to make it pretty...
Covering the exposed wiring with ribbon...
At home in our room!

 It isn't functional, but it totally goes with the colors and vibe in our room, so I'm really thankful for this fun find, and a great little craft project.  What projects have you had fun with lately?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

So Thankful: Little Stowaway

We recently brought home a Milkweed plant from our awesome local nursery.  I seriously could spend hours there, and way too much pocket greenery as well, but I digress.  We transplanted our little plant into a bigger pot, and a bit later Olivia called me out to see what she found:

I know, very hard to see (sorry for the blurry shot!), but this is just for size comparison...
 A little, stripey caterpillar- he was so cute! We carefully put him back on the plant so he could do his thing. We checked a few days later and didn't see anything.! Today Olivia found her little friend again. This time, he wasn't so little!

So much bigger!

We are excited to have gotten a cute little Monarch butterfly caterpillar with our plant.  It will be fun to continue to watch him grow, and then transform into a beautiful butterfly.  We hope he stays happy and healthy! We'll keep you posted!