Gunner’s Room

I can’t even begin to tell you all how in love I am with my little guy. It was exactly how everyone said it would be and that special love affair that a mom has with her son is a real thing, people! I am smitten. I just adore my tiny little man and he’s affectionately been named “Mr. Wonderful” because lets face it… he is all kinds of wonderful!

I’ve always had the decorating for girls thing down so the thought of having to create a room for a little boy was a little daunting. I was convinced that boy rooms had to be heavily theme oriented. Sports was all that came to mind and I am far from a sports fan. I don’t know what I was so afraid of because what I ended up creating I am loving!

This all came about pretty organically. I had a few prized items I had been holding on to and I never exactly knew when I was going to use them. It was like they were meant to be in this space even before I knew this space was meant to be! One by one things came together and now my Mr. Wonderful has a cheerful space all to his own that will grow with him and not feel to juvenile.

This room used to be my youngest daughters room. Its walls were already blue so we decided to kick Chuck out and move her next door. Don’t worry, she loves her new space! I had always loved how bright this room was so we kept the wall color and had fun filling it up and working on new projects.

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The first project we tackled was painting the crib. Can I just start by saying PAINTING CRIBS SUCKS! Man did I hate this! 6 hours and practically 1 million coats later it was done. And yes! I used a safe paint. I do love how it turned out and being on this end of a project like this I can say it was well worth it!

Gunny’s darling Captain America cape that is hanging on his crib came from Klassi Kreations!

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I am in LOVE with my paper airplane mobile! I didn’t want to hang anything on the wall above his crib for fear it would come crashing down on him ( YES I’m one of those parents who thinks her kids are always one accident away from tragedy! I know! I know!) I was holding Gunner one day in his room trying to rock him to sleep when I had this idea come to me! It was perfect.  An airy way to fill the space, add some more pops of color and entertain my little dude while he gazed up from his crib.

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This is one of those special pieces I was talking about! For as long as I could remember my summers were spent on Lake Mead on my grandpas house boat. It was my happy childhood place that soon became my teenage and adulthood happy places. I took my own kids there and we spend the hot summer months swimming, boating and creating memories. Finally after 20 some on years it was time to retire the boat but not before my siblings and I raided the place for keepsakes. This sketch hung inside the boat and conjures up amazing memories of being with my grandpa, who was my most favorite person as a young girl, and my dad! I’ve been holding on to this piece of art for years wondering how to enjoy it. Now it hangs watching over Guns crib. I kind of think of it as if my grandpa is keeping watch over my sweet boy.  It didn’t always look like this. I’ll share how I breathed new life into soon enough.

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I’ve quickly found a new hobby of collecting small toys for Gunner and I hit the jackpot when my sweet friend was getting rid of a ton of toys her kids had out grown. Plastic dinosaurs, animals, action figures, trucks, cars and other small toys fill these bins from IKEA.

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The art collage above the toys is a collection of a gifted letter “G” from a sweet friend that I framed in a shadow box lined with fabric, an adorable print from Lucy Darling prints and framed fabric. All the frames were bought at IKEA. I use 3M Command Strips to attach all my frames in my house and they work great for collages like this one. No need to worry about having to put multiple nails in the wall once you realize you’ve miscalculated and pounded in a nail that no longer works.

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Gotta love thrifting! It’s funny how your mind starts thinking differently when you thrift a lot! This beautiful old globe was a whopping $6. I almost didn’t buy it because I thought it was too pricy! Ha! Isn’t that funny! $6 at a thrift shop is way different in my mind then $6 spent somewhere else! Glad I snapped out of it and realized that it would be perfect and a steal at that price.

And everyone has been asking about the 5 inch Green Army Men! I KNOW, RIGHT!! Totally cool! Those little gems came from my friends toy stash! What a find! I am on the hunt for more and have found them on ebay.

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I had scored a huge box of vintage marquee letters and just before I dropped them off to consign I sifted through them to see if I could spell out GUNNER and low and behold I could! Glad I checked. These are stuck on with ticky-tack.

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The giant VW Bus is the crowning jewel of this entire room! A labor of love and a little self indulgence on my part. The entire room took on a non traditional beachy/water feel and I had to try my hand at adding this iconic piece into the plans. For full tutorial on how I created this piece jump on over HERE!

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I needed a little storage for larger toys and I’m not a fan of the traditional toy box with a lid. I wanted a galvanized trough but the only ones I could find at local feed stores were too big and over $100. YIKES! This was a great alternative and a splurge at $40 from HomeGoods but it will last forever!

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More fun toys from my friend and some leaning art. The “Hello Sunshine” piece was a project from Poppy Seed Projects that I painted using the same paint from the crib and the huge surf poster is from Pottery Barn.

 

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We are Utah transplants who moved here from Huntington Beach, CA. This sweet little vintage sign greets you as you come into Gunner’s room. It sets the tone for the rest of the space and reminds me of my childhood growing up on the beach!

This was such a fun room to put together. Nothing about it screams baby and that’s what I think I love! He’ll easily transition out of a crib into a bed in this space with little need to mature the look of it!

This room is for sure kid tested, Gunner approved!

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PiCALITY Family Photos

I have a really, really great friend who happens to be really really talented! Lucky me, right! My friend Daniel is a professional photographer who happens to have just launched his new “I’ll come to you and capture memories in the places and spaces you LOVE!” photography business! His concept is super fun! Why go to somewhere you and your kids have never been or simply a pretty place that looks great but have no sentimental meaning to you! And that my friends is why PiCALITY was born!

Having him in our home was more meaningful then I could have imagined, especially once I saw the final photos and I was taken back at how much they meant to me. Capturing my little girls in their rooms, with their favorite things at this tender age was priceless!

This is “Snuggle” Charlies favorite blanket that gets dragged around the house and mysteriously makes in into the car on occasion even though she knows it’s not suppose to leave home! Chuck adores this blanket. She stole it from me last Christmas and has made it her own. She nuzzles it, she talks to it, she misses it and she just adores it! I am beyond thrilled to have these sweet photos with her and her blanket in her room!

Charlie recently discovered that she can “read!” Ok, so she memorized this book but it’s so stinkin’ darling to watch her flip page after page of her favorite book “Old hat, New hat!”

I’ve always loved Charlies room and so does she! It’s fun and bright and filled with her favorite things! These images will always be a reminder of how I created this special space for the special little lady!

Blue just recently started piano lessons after much convincing. She is our shy one, quick to avoid new situations so piano lessons are a big deal! She can sit and plunk away for hours and these photo will be a treasure as we remember how old she was when she got brave enough to start lessons!

Blue also loves spending time in her room! The girls and I worked really hard on making them a space that reflected their fun personality! I love capturing Blue in her personal space!

Cricket is our book worm! She can polish off a good read in hours and she loves to get lost in a book! This picture is a total slice of reality for this girls life!

Cricket’s personality shines in this fun photo!

This is our “Welcome to our Home” photo! First room you see when you come over and I also love that it features my favorite red piano!

A typical night at our house…Mike and I on the couch, catching up on shows and me rubbing Mikes feet! Hello reality!

I think this is my favorite shot of Mike and I EVER!!! Me and my favorite guy in my most favorite place in the house!

Hip hip hooray! A successful family photo session with amazing shots in the home we are raising my girls in! We will adore these memories forever! I can’t tell you how cool it is to have memories like these!

Daniel was great to work with and so willing to do anything we wanted! He was up for suggestions and had plenty of great ideas of his own! He edits photos on site and you get all your images  uploaded right there and then!

Check out this fun video all about PiCALITY and it’s concept…

If you live in the Salt Lake area and want to have a photo experience like the one we had you HAVE to check out Daniel and PiCALITY! You wont regret it! Where Pictures and REALITY meet! Daniel wants to capture your memories where you already create them! In your home, at your families favorite hang out! Do you LOVE to bowl? Let Daniel hit the lanes with you! He is up for anything!

Looking for a great deal? Of course you are!

Take advantage and save $100 when you book and have a session by December 1st! Be sure to check out and book a session with PiCALITY on their website and become a fan on Facebook! PiCALITY has been known to do some amazing giveaways on Facebook so you don’t want to miss out!

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Christmas wish list kid style

Umm yeah! This is what the Target Catalog looked like after my two oldest girls got to it! Look familiar?

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Charlie the Garden Gnome

( Ummm yeah! Quite the poser huh!)

Yup! Got myself a Garden Gnome and boy is she cute!

I made Charlie Halloween costume this year and would you believe it that this is the first Halloween costume EVER! I realized this year that I’d never made a real costume, other then a tutu. It’s about time!

This entire outfit cost $5 to make.  Blue felt on sale $2.50 a yard, 4 sheets of felt for 35 cents each! 1.5 hours later….Garden Gnome!

If you ask her what she is she says ” Homeless Girl!” If I saw a homeless girl that was dressed like a Garden Gnome down town I’d give her a dollar for sure!

Anyone else make their kids costumes? What are your kids dressing up as this Halloween?

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Halloween Headbands

If any of you know my Blue you know she practically lives in headbands! this girls is the  “Fancy Nancy” of our home and she would do almost anything for a new headband! Halloween calls for a few new hair pretties and I was so happy to make her these! She designed them by the way…

1. We gathered her favorite things in Halloween hues to create this look. Magenta large net tulle, black and white curled gross grain curled ribbion for a gift, a headband and a magenta plastic spider.

2. I folded in half a section of tulle and cut it into a half circle approximately 10″ in diameter when opened into a full circle.

3. Using hot glue I gathered the tulle to create a tuffed netting over lay and glued it to the plastic headband.

4. Next I glued on the curled ribbon and the spider!

This second version was created the same way but we used black ribbon and orange spiders as the finishing touched! She’s been wearing them all week long! I bet she’d wear them all month! I better start thinking of a Thanksgiving look soon don’t ya think!

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Kindergarten

There’s something about pure little girl excitement that makes sending her to school ok. Blue has been ready to start school almost all summer! I don’t think anyone could have been more ready! I for one was a lot less excited then she and I had to toughen up and put on a happy face!  Love this little school girl!

And check out the “Kindergarten Paparzzi!” We moms are crazy!

Who else had a new kindergartner this year! Admit it…. who cried?

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2nd grader in the house! Capturing personalities in photos.

First days of school call for a little cheering don’t ya think!

My Cricket is  a big 2nd grader this year and boy oh boy was this little lady ready to go! First day of school pictures are a big tradition in most homes and ours is no exception! I love how these shots of Cricket totally capture her personality. Anyone who knows her will see how excited and spunky she is. You’ll see a huge contrast in my Kindergartner when she starts next week and I love that about my girls! So different!

This year try capturing the personalities of your little ones as you send them off to school! If they are shy and timid be sure to capture that shy little smirk. If they are “to cool for school” get them reluctantly posing! Years from now we’ll all smile at the wonderful reminders of our kids at these fun stages of life!

Happy School year everyone!

 

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Date with an Oreo

Isn’t it amazing that kids seem to be born with the innate “know how” when it comes to eating Oreo’s…

Amazing, isn’t it!?

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And speaking of Oreo’s…. When I saw these adorable Polka Dotted Double Stuffed Oreo’s by Kim’s Kandy Creations I jumped at the chance to order some when they appeared on GroopDealz!  I knew exactly who I should send then to! Would you not die if you got a dozen of these sent to you the mail! Talk about a good mail day! I bet they taste as good as they look!

(photo by GroopDealz)

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Mini list maker…

 

 

Hummm! I have a little list maker on my hands! Wonder where she gets that from! I love the ” Clean without mom asking” one!

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My sweet little 50′s girl! Thank you Abode!

Ok…look at that face! Is she not the most mischievous looking little girl you’ve ever laid eyes on!? This here is my youngest and she is exactly what you think…a whole lot of fun, spunk, laughs and personality! Remember her run in with my flour… She actually never sits still long enough to take her picture so I count these latest shots as one’s to treasure!
And to make it even better I found the most adorable Vintage dress in perfect condition at my favorite consignment shop in Salt Lake called Abode.
I was dying when I saw it and had to buy it and boy am I glad I did! It fits Charlies’ sweet and sassy personality to a T! 

 

My sweet little 50′s girl! Decked out in her red plaid ready to rule the world! All she’s missing is her text books wrapped in a belt and an apple for the teacher. Charlotte is her given name but we never call her Charlotte! From the very beginning we’ve always called her Charlie! It’s the prefect name for this larger then life little ray of sunshine! She’s a Charlie through and through and even a  Chuck on some days! I’m the luckiest mom on planet earth becasue she’s mine! Even if she’s all sorts of trouble,
I love this little chicken nugget!

 

 

The last thing this new outfit needed was the perfect accessory! Have no fear! Momma’s got this under control! Time to whip up a simple
Mary Jane Bow!

 

Boiled Wool (felt), really good wool, make’s for the best bow! Heather Bailey Wool is my all time fave and you can buy it locally at Material Girls Quilt Shop! I have a stash in endless colors in my craft room! Red was a given in this case! This strip is 12″ x 1″

 

 

 

A few simple folds later you’ll have the basic construction. The second photo is a side view so you
can get an idea of how I folded it.

 

Add tiny dabs of hot glue in between each fold to secure this shape.

 

 

 

You’ll add the center band by cutting a small strip of wool and wrapping it around the center being sure to secure it with hot glue on the back! If you pinch the center when you do this you can create a pucker! Trim the ends.

 

Lastly glue on a clip. Glue the clip on with the clip opened so you don’t accidentally glue it closed!

 

 

 

Sweet and easy!  Almost as sweet as my Charlie!  Ooh!!! I could just eat that face!
If you love vintage and great finds you must must must get over to Abode! I’ve never been in there and not felt like I just found the greatest find of my life!
Abode has it all! Painted and refinished furniture, vintage clothing, toys, home decor,  Letters, Maps, doilies, linens, accessories, artwork, and endless vintage details you didn’t even know you wanted!
Come see why I love this place!

abode
1720 S. 900 E.
Salt Lake City, Ut 84105
(801) 486-2633
Visit them on line HERE!
Read their fun blog HERE!
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And follow them on Facebook HERE!
p.s. Abode has groovy music that plays on their website! I may have in fact been listening to it the entire time I’ve been writing this post and I’ve had a perma-grin on my face because of it!

 

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