DIY Baby Mobile

DIY Baby Mobile 

DIY Baby Mobile

DIY Baby Mobile

 

Creating this DIY baby mobile for our daughter’s room was one of the most enjoyable crafts that I’ve done. I didn’t even have one for my son’s room when he was a baby because we were on a very tight budget… Think family of 3 living on about $23k a year kind of budget, but that’s a topic for another post… And a crib mobile isn’t exactly a necessity. Knowing this, and knowing how fast the baby stages go, I did not want to spend a lot of money on something that doesn’t get that much use. Sure they are cute, and they entertain your bundle when they wake up before you in the morning… (because they will pretty much ALWAYS wake up before you do, or is that just me? Haha) but let’s be practical here. I’m not dropping $50 and up on a crib mobile.

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DIY NFL Themed Corkboard

DIY NFL Themed Corkboard 

DIY NFL Themed Corkboard

DIY NFL Themed Corkboard

 

In the spirit of the NFL Draft, I decided to post about the Seahawks inspired “art gallery” that I made for my son’s room. For him, this is a place to hang up his artwork, or whatever special thing he wants to put up there (like his birthday decorations that he just couldn’t part with right away). This is perfect for a toddler or an elementary school student that has a lot of projects that they want to put on display, so that you don’t have to cover every square inch of your fridge. You could also make modifications to the border to make it appropriate for an older child’s room to pin reminders or pictures on (I’m sure a teenager would be embarrassed to have the alphabet around the edge). This is a very simple project, and you feel good about making something customized for your kiddo’s room.

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DIY NFL Themed Cork-board

  1. Find a corkboard (you can get one here) or even a baking pan if you want to do a magnetic board instead of one with pushpins. I thought of that after getting the supplies for this. A magnetic board would allow my toddler to change out his artwork on his own. With this corkboard, I have to pin everything up. I don’t mind doing this. We make it a big deal when we showcase his new masterpieces anyway. Another option would be to use a foam type board with batting and fabric over it. I have seen some really cute Seahawks fabric that would be perfect. I just wanted to do something that I could put together in a jiffy.
  2. Pick out the décor that your child would like to be the border. My son is obsessed with the Seahawks, and his whole room is pretty much blue and green. I found those cute wooden letters, and thought they were perfect. I could paint them to match, and I could use the display to help teach him the alphabet. I ended up having extra letters, so I put the vowels on the side with a different color scheme to set them apart to avoid confusion (hopefully). The Seahawk in the upper left hand corner is actually a coaster (find one for your team here) that I found, so don’t be afraid to use something random like that to glue on there.
  3. Take your prepped goodies (if you had to do any painting and such) and team decor, and play with the placement to make sure it looks good before you start gluing. I did a couple of different designs, and then decided to put the coaster in the top left corner, with the alphabet on the top and bottom only, with the vowels going in a zig zag pattern down from the Seahawk. This is the only way I could get the spacing to look right for my “vision.” Then I just used a hot glue gun to glue everything on, and I didn’t even burn myself this time 😉

 

 

Here is the final product with my son’s display at the moment:

Seahawks Decor

 

So go on now, and get crafty with your creative self!

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Coffee Bar

Make your own coffee bar

Make Your Own Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar Ideas

Hey Mamas!

Moms are pretty much fueled by coffee, right? I can’t be the only one. Maybe it is because I am a Washingtonian though. I heart coffee, but only the flavored foo foo kind. We all know that those barista made lattes are absolutely delicious, but the prices seem to keep going up. This is no bueno for my checking account. I didn’t want to feel like I was depriving myself of something that I enjoy. We all know that can lead to over indulging, and well… it just makes me grumpy. We just happen to have a little nook in our kitchen that was probably for a TV, but I turned it into my own little latte haven.

Creating my own coffee bar was enjoyable, and I can make barista inspired drinks at home. I don’t have anything fancy, nor would I even know how to use it if I did. Ha! Some Washingtonian I am. But I save so much money, and enjoy the drinks I make myself just the same. I still visit my local coffee stand on occasion for a treat because let’s face it, anything you don’t have to make yourself tastes way better. Unless, of course, you are a barista. Here are some of the things I used to decorate and supply my coffee bar.

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Coffee Bar Keurig

 

A Keurig: This is a single serve brewing system. I picked this one because I am the only one in my household that drinks coffee, so a whole pot would end up going to waste. I usually have a supply of pods, but for the most part I use a refillable one.

 

Canisters: I have a set of 3 canisters that I use for ground coffee, sugar, and hot cocoa mix. I will use the Keurig to make hot water and make hot chocolate sometimes. The kiddo loves it.

 

Creamer Dish: I didn’t know what else to call it. We got this with a set of dishes, so I figured I should use it for something. This is where I keep the non-dairy powder creamer, so that it is handy (especially when you have guests over.)

 

K-Cup Carousel: I love this thing. It just looks cool, and hey, its fun to spin around. It is a very visually appealing way to display your coffee choices. If you don’t have space for this, there is a K-cup storage drawer that the smaller Keurigs (like mine) can sit on top of.

 

Flavored Syrups: I only have one flavor in the pictures, but I usually keep at least three. I used an olive oil dispenser, and used a chalk label instead of putting the actual bottles out. The bottles are a lot bigger, so this saves me room so I can have my sweet carousel.

 

Cookie Jar: Now this is completely optional, of course. My mom got it for me, and yes, she checks for cookies every time she comes over. She is always disappointed because the cookies in there are usually forgotten about, rock hard, and no one really knows their date of origin. Haha. Sorry, not sorry, mom. It is filled with either hockey puck cookies or vanilla protein shake, which is what it is in there at the moment.

 

The Décor: So this is where your personal touch comes in. I found those two little teacups at a local thrift store, and had to make them mine. The wire cup hanger was a gift from a friend that always reminds me of her when I see it. The wooden utensils were also a gift from my sister in law. As you can see, I did not go out and purchase a whole slew of trendy things for this. I found some treasures, and had some things at home already that I put together to create a decorative piece for my coffee bar.

 

If you really don’t have anything you can use already then I highly recommend taking a trip to some local thrift stores. You can pick up some really cute dishes, coffee mugs, spoons for really cheap. You might even want to check out the dollar store. One of my favorite mugs is from a dollar store. Check it out, and have fun.

 

I hope this post helps you create a space that makes you feel good about your home. Having your own coffee bar can even help over spending on your morning lattes because you will want to make your drink without even leaving your kitchen. Enjoy your new space and your coffee!

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

 

 

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Curtain Tie Back

DIY Curtain Tie Back

DIY Curtain Tie Back 

Curtain Tie Back

 

Hello!

I created this easy to Pin set of instructions for a very simple update I did to add a feminine touch to our daughter’s nursery. It was super duper easy! I will also let you in on a little secret. I didn’t even glue the flowers down like I instructed. Do as I say, not as I do right? Haha. The flowers I picked out had very bendy stems that actually stayed put pretty well after I arranged them. I also figured that if they aren’t glued or taped down then I can take them off if needed in the future.

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If you are looking for an easy way to add a little something extra to a room then try this out! You don’t have to use flowers if that is to girly for your taste. You could take these plain old things and wrap them in twine for a rustic look, or glue on rhinestones. (If you need plain curtain tie backs to customize you can get them here.) I hope this post just gets your creative ideas flowing. It is always fun to make subtle changes here and there to freshen up a room. One of the best things about this is that it is very cheap to do.

I couldn’t be happier with how these DIY curtain tie backs turned out. My projects don’t always come out this nice… I’ve had a few “pinterest fails” if you know what I mean. Besides this project and the mini gallery wall, I have a whimsical mobile that I am pretty excited about coming soon. Check back often because I will be adding more decorating details for a girl’s nursery!

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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How to create a mini gallery wall for a nursery

Mini Gallery Wall

How to Create a Mini Gallery Wall for a Nursery 

Create a mini gallery wall in 5 easy steps

 

Hey Mamas!

Nursery decor doesn’t have to be hard 🙂 Not into wall decals? Don’t have the time or will power to paint perfectly parallel stripes, or an entire mural? A mini gallery wall is a lovely, creative alternative. This is something ideal for a small space or if you are renting. These 5 simple steps will have you on your way to creating an inviting space with your own personal touch.

 

Mini Gallery Wall

 

 

  1. Pick a color scheme and a theme. Use at least 2 colors, or go up to 4-5. The palette can match your whole room or be the pop of color that you want. If you are doing a nursery, like me J, then try to incorporate that theme into the gallery as well. This will tie your whole look together. I went with pink, navy, gold and white. These are the same colors I used throughout the room. Any metallic will add something extra to a room, I think. Plus, babies like looking at it if you are doing a nursery. I chose a floral theme with birds/feathers. I found a nice navy scrapbook paper, and that darling rose print paper that I cut to size for the frames. The gold bird cut outs came in a kit from a craft store. (I made a crib mobile with the kit that will be in another blog post coming soon!)
  2. Find your centerpiece. This will be the focus of your mini gallery wall. Keep your colors and theme in mind. I went with an inspirational quote. Mirrors also work well, especially in a smaller space. It will reflect light, and help make the room seem bigger.
  3. Gather your coupons, scour the sales, and find things around the house to repurpose. We are all trying to be thrifty right? I know I am! You don’t have to break the bank trying to decorate. I used a 40% off coupon for my centerpiece canvas. The star and heart on the top and bottom where buy one get one half off. The scrapbook paper was around $.29 a sheet. I just happened to have gold spray paint, so I just had my hubby use that on some dollar store frames. It took me a couple of weeks to gather everything, but I loved the look I pulled together… And I saved money! Bonus!
  4. Decide if you prefer a symmetrical look or a cluster. I almost put this before number 3, but I decided not to because this might depend on what you happen to find when you are out shopping. The star and heart I mentioned above were buy one get one free, so I had two. That is when I decided to go symmetrical. If you decide to do a cluster just make sure you get things in odd numbers, think groups of at least 3 or 5. I bought 4 frames that I knew would “fit” vertically on each side of my centerpiece. I decided to stick with rectangles. You can stick with square/rectangle or do round/oval… it really has to be what you like. That is the beauty of creativity. I have seen gallery walls that mix all sorts of shapes, but for a mini gallery wall like this… I was trying to keep things simple.
  5. Create your desired layout on a table or the floor before hanging your pieces. This will allow you to play with your design. You can really place everything together in the perfect way. Have fun! Once you have the layout perfected, I recommend marking the wall with a pencil. Whip out that tape measure if you are doing symmetrical, and make sure everything will line up. (We were too antsy, and actually skipped measuring. That is why our gallery wall isn’t perfect. We don’t mind, and neither does the baby.) Hang everything up, step back, and enjoy your work of art!

 

Easy peasy!! And super adorable for any nursery, but I might be a little biased. I hope you found these tips helpful, and there will be more home decor posts coming your way in the future.

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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