Vintage Wooden High Chair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

 For my little lady’s first birthday party (you can see the party details here), Ever since my I saw this gorgeous Vintage Highchair painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on The Golden Sycamore, I really wanted to find a vintage wooden high chair that I could paint!

 After hunting for a vintage high chair for awhile I finally found the perfect one…

and I’m so happy to share this wooden high chair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Vintage Wooden High Chair Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Of course, refinished wooden high chairs are not only hard to find but they are pricey!

Vintage Wooden High Chair Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

So imagine my excitement when I discovered this gem of a high chair at my favorite thrift shop. I snagged this baby up for only $10.

Although it’s condition was poor, I knew it could be gorgeous with a little love and some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
Vintage Wooden High Chair Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

About Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: this was my first project using it and it lived up to it’s reputation. So easy to use, no sanding, super easy to get the distressed look. My husband and I, both, loved it.

Vintage Wooden High Chair Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

We used Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue for this chair. The color went perfect with the pink and aqua colors of the party. We decided to use dark wax for the finish and I’m so glad we did. It gave such a vintage feel. I was so impressed with how little goes a long way.

Vintage Wooden High Chair Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Oh I just love the finished look. The curves are so pretty. I’m so glad we were able to revive it.

Vintage Wooden High Chair Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

My little girl pretty much loved it as well. Here she is modeling her refinished vintage high chair. All excited about being one.

Thanks so much for stopping by today to enjoy this chair with me.

If you are an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint user I would love for you to share your favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color with me.

Linking this project up to some of these parties and Savvy Southern Style

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Miss P’s Birthday Smash Cake with Von’s $5 Birthday Bundle

Have you noticed that smash cakes are all the rage now? It is so fun to commemorate your little one’s first birthday with photographs of them diving into a little cake made especially for them. And since little lady’s birthday is only days away it was time to a smash cake photo session.

First Birthday Smash Cake With $5 BundleIt’s quite a production to make the smash cake, decorate it, and get ready for pictures. So I was so excited to be able to save time (and money) by picking up the $5 Birthday Bundle from my local Vons.

First Birthday Smash Cake With $5 BundleCheck it out! The Birthday Bundle includes 2 two-liter 7UP brand sodas, one box of Betty Crocker cake mix, one tub of Betty Crocker frosting and a box of Rainbow Striped Betty Crocker candles. All of that for just $5.00.

First Birthday Smash Cake With $5 BundleYou get to save a ton of time by making a box cake mix, and you get to reward yourself with diet root beer when it’s all over!

First Birthday Smash Cake With $5 BundleHere is sweet P’s smash cake before she dove in.

First Birthday Smash Cake With $5 BundleAnd here is during…

First Birthday Smash Cake With $5 BundleAnd here is after. I’m pretty sure she loved it and we got some great shots! Wonderful photos to save and cherish.

Do you have a birthday coming up that you need to bake for? The Birthday Bundle is available at ALL SAFEWAY, VONS, or PAVILIONS stores from April 24, 2014 until May 21, 2013.

And let me just remind you, it’s always a good time to have cake!

 

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and SAFEWAY  but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BirthdayBundle  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

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Chalkboard Birthday Invitation

You GUYS!!! Can you hear me crying? I bet you can! My baby is turning O-N-E and I’m all weepy about it. How did a year go by already? It’s true what they say, time waits for no man.

So… since her birthday is just around the planning has begun.

We are doing a very small “milk & cookies themed” get together with a few friends here. Her birthday is very soon after my husband comes home from deployment so we don’t want to do anything too over the top.

And even though, it’s a very small party I just couldn’t resist making a chalkboard birthday invitation!

P's Birthday Invitation

You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to make one of these! I made mine using Photoshop Elements but the lovely Sarah from Alderberry Hill has a great tutorial on how to make one of these using the free online software, Picmonkey.com.

 I’m pretty much in love with this cute little invitation! I hope my little party can live up to it’s adorable invitation. Ha.

Birthday font Invitation

1. Sketch Block 2. DK Carte Blanche 3. Chalk Hand Lettering 4. Sketch Block 5. Bondoluo Peek 6. Return To Sender  7. Clementine Sketch 8. Sketch Block 9. KG Makes You Stronger 10. Return To Sender 11. Pea Ellie Bellie

To help you out with the fonts I rounded up the fonts that I used!

You can check out other things I’ve made inspired by my little here.

AND if you haven’t already entered in the HUGE Mega Spring Cleaning Giveaway. Enter here!

Linking up to these great parties.

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Photo Tips and Tricks For Moms With Babies

Baby Photography Tips and Tricks for MomtographersI don’t know a mom out there that doesn’t love taking pictures of their babies! I love capturing sweet moments of my little girl whether it’s through the lens on my DSLR or through Instagram on my phone. I’m certainly not an expert on any level, just a mama with a camera that love taking pictures of my babe. Even though I’m not an expert I thought it would be fun to share some of my photo tips and tricks on how I photograph my girl.

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Valentine’s Day Sweater Baby Leg Warmers

Happy Friday friends! I hope you guys are having a great week. Mine has been wonderful! My little miss turned EIGHT months old today. Seriously, where does the time go? It seems like yesterday she was trying to get the hang of rolling over and now she pulling herself up on everything. It is so fun to see her discovering new stuff each day. She is just such a joy.

I know we are starting to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit around here. I’ve already shared a couple projects including my Floating Heart Wall Art, and some delicious Valentine’s Candy Bark. How about you? Have you started any fun projects for the day of love? Valentine’s Day is probably one of my favorite holidays (if you can call it that), not because of the chocolates and flowers but because it’s so fun to craft for! I’m a sucker for some pink and red hearts and anything glittery. And since it’s my little girl’s first one, I’m going all out around here! I shared this project last week at Mom 4 Real, but I wanted to share it with you guys too! I made these super cute Sweater Upcycle Valentine’s Day Baby Leg Warmers!

Making Home Base Sweater Upcycle Valentines Day Leg Warmers

If you love Valentine’s Day as much as I do then you’ll love these sweet little baby leg warmers (look at those chunky little legs! I die) I’m going to share with you. And to make them even sweeter; they cost little to nothing to make! Shall we get started?

Supplies:

Old Sweater

Scissors

Sewing Machine

Felt (1 sheet)

Needle and Thread (embroidery thread works best)

Making Home Base Valentines Day Leg Warmers

As I mentioned, this is going to cost you little to nothing to make! If you don’t have an old sweater in your own closet you can pick one up for cheap at any local thrift store. I had this one sitting in my closet.

makinghomebase sweater leggings tutorial

To start out, cut off the sleeves. If possible, try the leggings on your baby model to get an idea of the length. I cut my sleeve down to about 12 inches for my 7 month old.

sweater leg warmer with heart patch making homebase

Now that you have the length you want, cut off half of the sleeve cuff. For me, that was 2 1/2 inches.

sweater leggings heart patch tutorial

Take the cuff you just cut and pin it right sides together to the opposite end of the sleeve. Sew together with 1/4 inch seam. Now you have one completed leg warmer. Follow those steps to finish your second leg warmer.

makinghomebase sweater leggings with heart patch

Here’s the fun part! Grab your felt and cut out two little hearts. I used red felt but I think pink or purple would be just as fun. Tip: My hearts are about 2 1/2 in x 3 in in size. I used the top of a heart shaped paper mache box I had as my stencil but good old pen and paper would work just fine.

heart patch sweater leg warmers tutorial

Pin your heart in place and grab your needle and thread to sew on your heart patch. I hand stitched the heart on because I love the homemade look. It didn’t take any time at all to sew the hearts on. Probably about 10 minutes for each heart. If you aren’t crazy about hand stitching, you can use your sewing machine.

Heart patch sweater leg warmers

Now, all that’s left to do is try them on your model! Here they are on my 7 month old’s adorable chubby little legs! Cute right? She’s all ready for Valentine’s Day! I’m sending pictures of her in these little leg warmers to her Daddy. I know he is just going to melt seeing his little Valentine in these cuties!

Thanks for visiting with me today, friends. Have a great weekend, xo.

If you like this project you may want to pin these other holiday outfits I’ve made for baby: Ruffle Christmas Tree Onesie and Pumpkin Applique Onesie.

 

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Ruffle Christmas Tree Onesie Tutorial

So I’m kind of addicted to onesies. My little baby wears onesies and leggings all.the.time. Yeah, we love dresses too but there is nothing cuter than her little round belly in a onesie! And the best part? Making them! You are going to love this onesie tutorial!

Remember my Pumpkin Applique Onesie from a few weeks back? Well here is round two of holiday baby onesies, A Ruffle Christmas Tree Onesie Tutorial.

For this project you’ll need to grab a few fabric scraps and trim them to 2 in. wide. I used seven strips. Varied lengths is fine, you’ll trimmed them down to size once they are ruffled.

Once you’ve cut your scraps to 2 in. wide strips. You’re ready to start ruffling. If you have a ruffle foot for your machine, great! If not, you can do what I do, turn your tension up as high as it goes. For me, that’s 9. And bump your stitch length up as high as it goes. For me, that’s 5.0. Once you’ve got your settings ready, sew a straight line down the middle of your strips.

Your strips should look like this. Oh, that brown fabric? I played with the idea of doing a brown trunk for my tree but ended up leaving it out.

With your onesie laying flat, start placing your ruffled strips in the ordered you’d like and trim them to make the shape of your tree. Once you’ve figured out the placement. Pin the strips in place, with each strip slightly overlapping the one beneath it. Making sure you’ve returned your settings to normal, sew each strip into place, backstitching at the beginning and end to secure your stitch. I can’t stress enough how important back stitching will be for this onesie. My six month old loved pulling on the ruffles. Had I not back stitched I’m sure she would have pulled some of them right off.

Once you’ve got all your strips sewn into place, you can go through and take out the basting stitch, or the ruffle stitch.

You’re all done! See, now wasn’t that an easy DIY onesie. Wouldn’t this be a fabulous gift?

And because I LOVE showing her off, here is my sweet little babe modeling her new Christmas onesie!

Let me know if you use this tutorial to make one for yourself. I’d love to see it! And be sure to check out my other baby tutorials here.

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Pink & Gray Ombre Growth Chart

Okay, this is a fun one! I decided to give a DIY growth chart a shot a few months ago after being seeing them pop up all over pinterest.

I knew I wanted to incorporate the pink and gray tones of my daughter’s nursery, which you can check out here. Ombre immediately came to mind.

If you follow me on instagram (which you totally should because I’m always posting pictures of my adorable babe), then you may remember seeing a photo of me working on this project over a month ago. Yeah. This guy sat in the in between for quite some time. Too many half finished projects, what can I say?

One thing about choosing a board. If I could do it over, I would pick a board with very few knots it in. Mine had quite a few and it isn’t very flattering under the paint.

To get the ombre look, I marked off six sections. Then, I painted the darkest shade of pink on the bottom section. When painting the next section (the middle pink color) I rolled my roller brush up into the darkest pink to fade into it. I did this with all six colors.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl stencils for the numbers. Now, I had a hard time figuring out what color I was going to paint these numbers and I’m still not sure I made the right choice. Any other color I think would have been washed out. I still think glittery numbers would have worked nicely, I may go back and do that. Who knows!

Lastly, I needed a way to mark Miss P’s growth. For now, I am using these little tags and some wash tape. I’m still deciding on the best way to mark her growth. I love washi tape so I may just end up with some washi tape flags.

So, there you have it. My pink and gray ombre growth chart. I look forward to getting it hung up in my daughter’s room.

Tell me what you think! Are you a fan of ombre?

I hope you all have a great week!

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Last Minute Halloween Craft: Paper Pumpkin Garland

Halloween is next week and I have been busy wrapping up a few quick last minute crafts. Earlier this week I showed you a cute and festive pumpkin applique baby onesie which you can find here. Today, I want to share another quick and easy craft. My Paper Pumpkin Garland with washi tape.

I’m headed to a fun trunk or treat party this weekend and I needed a little decoration for my trunk. I whipped up this cute garland in about a half hour. Super cute. Super quick. Super easy. What more could you ask for?

To make this garland you’ll need a few supplies:

Orange card stock (1 and half 12×12 sheets – my pumpkins were about 2″x2″)

Washi tape

Jute

Hot glue gun

Scissors

Once you have your pumpkins cut out (I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the pumpkins) you are ready to go. To assemble this garland simply hot glue a line on the back the pumpkin and stick the jute to the hot glue. Spacing every 2 inches or so, wrap a piece of washi tape around the jute and stick it to itself. Then, cut off a little triangle from the tape to give it a flag look. Continue until you have garland your desired length.

See, I told you it was easy!

Now hurry and go make some before YOUR Halloween party!

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Pumpkin Applique Onesie Tutorial

Halloween is such a fun holiday! Dressing up the baby in this pumpkin applique onesie is just too cute not to share!

This weekend I worked on some last minute Halloween projects, and I’m going to share this Pumpkin Applique Onesie with you today. This applique is super festive and very easy to whip up. I plan on putting my little girl in this with a pair of leggings on the day of Halloween before it’s time to get all costumed up for the night.

Pumpkin Applique Onesie Tutorial

To make this fun little onesie you’ll need:

A plain white onesie in the size of your choice

Fabric scraps

A pumpkin stencil (or any stencil of your choosing)

Double Stick Fusible Webbing (I used Steam-A-Seam2)

Coordinating thread if you plan to sew on applique

Shall we jump in?

Pumpkin Applique Onesie Tutorial

First, pick some fabric! I had both of these fabrics in my scraps bin from other projects so it worked out perfectly. You really don’t need much. I used a 6-9 mo onesie. The pumpkin body measured about 6 in wide and 3 in high, and the stem was about 1 in wide and 2 in high.

Next, print the graphic you plan to use as a stencil (I downloaded this graphic from Silhouette).

Following the directions for the fusible webbing, trace the graphic onto the paper liner that stays with the webbing. (My directions said to trace the design in reverse but with this graphic, it wasn’t necessary).

Peel off the liner and stick the wrong side of your fabric to the web.

Cut out your graphic, after cutting you can remove the tracing liner.

Pumpkin Applique Onesie Tutorial

Position your graphic onto your onesie. Once you’ve got it positioned correctly, remove the liner and allow webbing to stick to the onesie.

Iron on the applique. My directions recommend to press for 10-20 seconds on the cotton setting.

At this point, your applique should be on securely. However, you could also quickly run a stitch around your applique. I decided not to stitch mine because I only intend on my babe wearing this adorable little thing one time.

Pumpkin Applique Onesie Tutorial

I love the pumpkin applique onesie!

These cute little onesies are so universal, you could do one for any holiday you choose. They are also great as inexpensive personalized baby gifts.

Pumpkin Applique Onesie Tutorial

And for a little extra cute. You can make a little headband to match. Here’s my little pumpkin modeling her sweet little pumpkin applique onesie.

Happy Halloween. If you need more Halloween inspiration, check out my Jack O’ Lantern Treat Bowl or this fun Pumpkin Garland

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Miss P’s Nursery

Hi friends! I want to share my daughter’s nursery with you. I’m so excited to share this space for two reasons. One, it feels like such an accomplishment because it’s the only semi finished room in the house. And well, it just got completed. And two, it’s the most sentimental room in the house.

Knowing that we would be moving just weeks after her birth we didn’t bother setting up a nursery in our old house. It would have been just more to pack up and honestly, you just never know with base housing if you’ll have space. So I spent the majority of my “nesting” phase working on little projects but it didn’t all come together until about a month after we moved here.

I picked the Jenny Lind crib because of it’s classic look. I played around with the idea of painting it but when it arrived I loved it too much to change it. All of the other furniture in the space was purchased used (oh how I miss Texas Good Will Stores) and brought back to life by my wonderful husband. I knew from fairly early on that I wanted a pink and gray nursery. I had played around a bit with other colors but I had my heart set on sewing the crib quilt and well I fell in love with some pink and gray fabrics and that was that.

Because of our ugly standard glossy eggshell walls, I went with some painted picture frames to create P’s little gallery wall. We picked up these picture frames on several different trips to Good Will. Most of them were under $1.00 and ugly as can be. My husband painted them gray and sanded them to give them a weathered look.

I made a button monogram and picked out a few of my favorite photos. My husband and I on my last day being pregnant, P as a newborn, and my favorite is that photo of a blue bonnet, the Texas state flower. Since we knew she wouldn’t spend much time in her birth place we wanted to bring a little bit of Texas to her room. On the opposite wall we put up our first family photo and a memory shadow box.

I covered a couple boxes with fabric to hold her bows and  headbands. And at three months old we did her foot prints on canvas.

Like I mentioned, it was really important to me to make her crib quilt. I wanted it to not only be custom but a keepsake.

There are so many reasons why I love this room. It was something my husband and I worked on together. A labor of love in it’s truest sense. I love the way it turned out. Simple yet feminine. Functional but not cluttered. Years from now when my baby is no longer a baby I imagine taking the crib out (I could cry thinking about it) and easily transitioning this into her big girl room. For now, I won’t think about that and I’ll just enjoy it.

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