K’s Room

After rearranging rooms and figuring out how to make all sorts of things work in Katherine’s room, we’ve finished!  People might say it is thrown together or too eclectic, but when you’re on a tight budget you learn how to repurpose furniture and personalize in your own way.  We got to figure it out together and had fun doing it.  We just love how it all turned out!  I already love sitting in there and praying for our little one.

The changing table was a great thrift find by Spencer’s mom.  It was white so we painted it a mint green.  The bins and baskets were being used around the house already, so we just changed a few things around and reorganized to be able to use them on the shelves.  The fabric banner was made from a friend and used at the shower our church had for us.  The letters I cut out from cereal boxes and wrapped them in yarn I already had.

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It took some time for Chaco to get used to the changes around the house, but now that everything has settled in place he loves spending time in K’s room.  The chaise lounge was my grandma’s, and we love having the extra seating in there.  And anything that was homemade or from family is always extra special!

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After rearranging rooms, we had an extra bookshelf so we turned it into K’s dresser/closet.  Her clothes are so small, and we don’t have the room for a big dresser and need the closet space for our own clothes.  The bookshelf was black so we painted it the same mint green as the changing table to make things a bit more cohesive.  We had the fabric bins on our registry, the basket we already had, and then just put in a dowel rod to hang some things.  The little Disney figurines were given to me by my grandma when I was a little one.  And the pretty little plaque was a gift from a sweet coworker and friend. Our little project is working out perfectly!

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People go crazy with their diaper bags, especially in the South.  But if you know me, you know I don’t like really girly things.  This Eddie Bauer bag was perfect for us!  We were so happy to open it at a shower!  People thought Spencer picked it out, but it was me.  🙂

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We painted the curtain rod and hooks ivory and got the curtains for just a couple dollars.  The bookshelf was on sale and great to use for books and other little things.

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We are starting out using a cradle (great thrift store find) and just love it.  We can have it in our room and keep our little one close to us.  My parents blessed us with a crib, but it’s still in the box.  It’s waiting to be opened and put together for when family is here.  They’ll want a project, right?  🙂

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The window coverings were floor length and less than a dollar!  I cut them down and sewed the bottom of them.

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These aren’t perfect, but I like how they turned out.  🙂  I painted the verses on them and added some fabric flowers.

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One shelf was black, one was yellow, and the mirror was blue.  So we painted the shelves to match the changing table and bookshelf turned closet.  And the mirror is painted with the same paint used on the curtain rods and hooks that hold the curtains back.  We tried to tie everything together so it’s not all so random.  The little different figurines are from my grandma (Dad’s mom) and my nanny (Mom’s mom) from when I was young.  And there are some old French books on the little shelf.

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The rocking chair is from Spencer’s mom.  It is the one she used when rocking Spencer and his brother; we are so thankful to be able to use it now.  It was a natural wood color, so I stained it to match the little bookshelf and the cradle.  I found some cushions that were 90% off at Kohl’s!  The blanket hanging on the chair and the blankets in the basket beside it are all handmade from family and friends.  We love them all!

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So there you go!  Now all we need is little Katherine…and she will join us any day now!

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Thinking About Our Wedding

Summers are full of weddings.  I’ve always loved weddings, but now that we’re married they carry such special significance.  I love being able to be reminded of our commitment to each other and how marriage displays the gospel.  And they always bring up such wonderful thoughts of our wedding.

Our wedding day was just wonderful and perfect.  Everyone’s really is though.  Because they reflect the unique personalities of the couple and represent them.

I love thinking about our wedding.  Spencer and I planned it together.  We worked hard to make it reflect us and had a blast in the process.  We came up with the decorations and tried to be as cost effective as possible. We loved how it all turned out.  So I thought I’d share some of our crafts and ideas.

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We tried to keep things consistent.  Using chalkboards was a great way to do that.  We made chalkboard from frames found at garage sales and thrift stores and chalkboard paint.

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The only flowers we used at the ceremony were baby’s breath.  They were classy, simple, and made things easy for us to set up.  The programs we made and had printed at our university’s printing services (super cheap!), and then stamped with a stamp we used on the little favor bags.  We printed off booklets for kids to color in…which they loved!  (They can be found here:  http://lovelyindeed.com/diy-activity-book-free-printable/)

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We used an old family Bible for people to underline passages for us to go back and read later.  This is something we will treasure and be able to pass down.

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This box is something my grandfather made.  It worked perfectly for collecting advice cards written by family and friends.  The sign is made from burlap, canvas fabric, and paint strung together with twine.  We left out cardstock and sharpies for people to write their advice for us.

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The guest book was a shutterfly book we made filled with pictures from relationship.  We love being able to look through it because of the pictures and the notes!

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A great friend helped make some banners which was such a huge help as we neared the big day.  This banner we were going to use in pictures.  But I don’t actually know what happened to it, haha.  So it wasn’t ever used.  But it looked great!  🙂

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I had this crazy idea of making the bouquets and boutonnieres.  I loved the idea of everyone being able to keep theirs, and so that’s what we did.  A friend taught me how to make them and helped me.  After hours of making fabric flowers, I think they turned out wonderfully!

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These handsome little guys held a sign and pillow that were made also.  I made the sign and my mom sewed the pillow.

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The prayer bench Spencer made as a wedding gift.  We used it in our ceremony when we prayed together and took communion.  And now it is a treasured piece in our home.

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The sign hanging on the wall had our wedding date on it and was the perfect, simple backdrop for chalkboard message pictures guests could have taken.

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We took this photo and used it on postcards we sent out to our wedding guests to thank them for coming and celebrating with us.

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At the reception we had a gift table set up with an old suitcase for cards and a jar that said “Honeymoon Fund” for any cash.

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An old window was the perfect way to display pictures from our relationship.

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No need to pay loads of money for a florist when plenty of talented family and friends are around.  My mom borrowed this vase from one of her neighbors and my aunts put together this beautiful floral arrangement.

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We had a small cake to cut and then provided guests with lots of wonderful cupcakes.  And as a groom’s cake, we had a table full of chocolate chip cookies (Spencer’s favorite dessert)!  They were all a hit.  The cupcakes stands we made with plates and candlestick holders.

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My mom did such an incredible job helping with so many things for the wedding.  She set up the table centerpieces at the reception using candles, old books, greenery, burlap and lace, and mixtures of green and clear glass vases.  Each table was different and they were all perfect.

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Our favors were different types of teas.  We found little brown bags at Hobby Lobby and put a tea bag in each one.  We stamped the bags with Psalm 37:4 on one side and the stamp we used on the programs on the other.

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So that’s a little look into our wedding decorations.  Hope it helps your creativity as you plan for your special day!

Wreath Wedding Presents

It’s definitely the time of year, and season of life for us, that’s filled with weddings.  And I’m pretty sentimental, so I love handmade things and personalized things.  I have fun crafting, too.  Combine those and I figured I’d try to make some wreaths for some friends getting married this summer.  The initials are their new last names.  I chose colors based on their wedding colors.  They turned out pretty swell to me!

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My First Dabble in Painting

I’m not very artistic.  But I love figuring out my own ways to be creative.  We had a canvas lying around and I had a thought.  I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a pack of 2 canvas’ with a 40% off coupon (of course).  They ended up being about $5.  And I had some acrylic paint already.  So then I got to work.  It was a fun process.  And they didn’t turn out too bad.

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I used a paint pen for the words, which are lyrics to three hymns which were sang at our wedding.

The middle one has two lines from “In Christ Alone.”  My dear dear friend Natalie sang that during our ceremony when we had eucharist and washed each other’s feet.

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The one on the left has lyrics from the first verse of “Be Thou My Vision,” sung at our wedding when our grandparents walked in by our sweet friend Alice.  (Definitely definitely check out her music:  http://www.alicecalvery.com  and you can find her on iTunes.)

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And lastly the one on the right, sung before our ceremony by Alice, has lyrics to “Come Thou Fount.”

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Well that’s it.  They aren’t perfect.  But I’m ok with that.  I had fun.  And they hang in our house, and we like them.  Maybe I’ll come up with another painting soon.  We shall see.