Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Baby Chandler's Nautical Nursery

I had so much fun designing Baby Chandler's nursery. I re-purposed a lot of pieces, searched eBay for interesting nautical finds, and used some of my own artwork to finish off the look.

Some of my favorite pieces are:
  • The yellow light fixture has been hanging out in my garage for years. I found it at an antique shop years ago and have been dying to hang it up. 
  • The fishing boat lamp is really cool. I found it for $10 on eBay!
  • The curtain rod is an oar that I stained.
  • My big splurge is the rocking chair. It is an authentic Eames rocker that I had made custom for the room. I'm thrilled to own such a beautiful piece of art.
  • The storage shelf is actually a kitchen cart that I stripped down and stained. I added the rope detail on the side to make it more nautical.
  • The ropes behind the crib are attached to dock cleats.
  • The sailing artwork are actually photos that I've taken from two sailing trips we went on this year. Half are from the Great Salt Lake and the other half are from Cozumel.
  • The mustard yellow dresser is a vintage piece my friend Meggie found for me and refinished. Check out her blog. She does amazing work.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011


We were late for church for two reasons:
1. Andy got into the church bag and found some stale cookies he couldn't wait to eat.
2. Could these boys look any cuter in their lumberjack/hipster outfits? I couldn't resist getting a few pics on the way out.

We were late getting home from church for one less cute reason.
1. My car thought I was a thief. Apparently if the keyless entry battery is dead you can't get the car out of park. So they boys and I hitched a ride home. Andy cried "mommy's car" all the way home, for the next ten minutes, and after his nap.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chalk it up...

I wish I could post some of the hundreds of photos I've taken this summer. But the thought of going through them all stresses me out. Hopefully soon I can show you pictures of our busy Fourth of July celebrations or our trip to Europe (sans kids of course). But for now I'll post two recent pictures. This is a typical afternoon on Poppy Lane... playing in the driveway.

Honestly the main reason I can't seem to get to editing my photos is that I'd don't think they are that great. Dave bought me a DSLR camera for my birthday in February. I've been wanting one forever and thought I'd have a knack for it. Turns out it is so hard. I've read unlimited blogs, dozens of books (including the manual) and have tried different lenses and settings. Has anyone taken a great class? Or do you have any tips?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Birthday Boys

The twins are turning two on Monday. But we celebrated on Saturday while dad was around. It was a simple celebration but a lot of fun.

We spent the morning at the zoo...

Played with new toys in the afternoon...

And experienced flaming cakes in the evening...

All in all I'd say it was a great birthday for two two year olds.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter

On our way to the Easter Egg hunt.

Ooooh... We found some eggs.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ben's best friend (besides Andy of course)

Ben absolutely adores Katie the cat. He only says a few words an of course Katie/Kitty is his favorite. I love how you can see his affection for his best pal as he's looking through his photo album.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sharon's Retirement Party

My mother-in-law retired this month after 45 years of working as a laboratory technologist. She is a wonderfully kind person who deserves a party to celebrate her new found freedom and to reflect on her accomplishments.

The invitations to the shin-dig hopefully were reminiscent of the equipment she uses in the lab. They are petri dishes with a little magnifying glass (pretend it's a microscope). I think paisleys look like beautiful germs so why not use them as the theme for the party.

We have family that lives in a new townhome complex and graciously let us use the clubhouse to have the party. I made 120 feet of garland to fill up the space. It was pretty easy to make just a little time consuming. I bought paisley fabric to match the invitations and cut it in to strips. Then I stapled it on matching ribbon.

Each place setting was complete with a balloon tied to a vile of blood. Well actually they are just bubbles made to look like blood. The table runner are Chinese lanterns tied together with the fabric from the garlands.

Everyone wore lab coats. I love that Sharon refused to wear one because she said she didn't have to anymore because she finally retired.

Andy loved the bubbles...

Ben just wanted to play with the doors. Unfortunately I didn't get many pictures after the party started. I was busy serving homemade lasagna and frying doughnuts for dessert.

Happy Retirement Sharon!