Four Things

Though the weather outside may be dreary, we have spring on our minds! Signifying the rebirth of all things beautiful, from colorful flowers and lush leaves to the influx of newborns this time of year always brings, we are looking forward to warm weather baby showers and the newest little arrivals in our lives – be it our own, our family’s or our friends’. Get inspired this weekend by the four things we are longing to eat, wear, do and create!

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Gorgeously rosy shades in a trendy design make this mouthwatering Pink Ombre Vanilla Cake the perfect slice of heaven we can’t wait to dig our forks into.

 This Jessica Simpson Hanky Hem Maternity Dress, in trendy pastels, is the ultimate party go-to primed for a baby shower, afternoon wedding or birthday celebration.

 Take a cue from the beautiful Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Hudson by pairing the aforementioned dress with a luscious matte lip.

 Made for your own little one or as a sweet gift, these DIY Pacifier Clips are just the right mix of function and adorableness, with a side of super easy to do!

DIY Wednesday: Owl Bookends

A homemade item with both charm and practicality, these DIY Owl Bookends from The Little Appleseed are too cute for words. Customize them to your liking with any fabric of your choice; it’s a simple-to-do project with lasting appeal.

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Photo source: thelittleappleseed.com

Materials:

 Fabric

Pattern for the owls

Scissors

Felt

Flannel

A Sewing Needle and Yarn

Rice

Step 1: Make a pattern for the owls.

Step 2: Cut out the fabric needed for the owls. Use flannel. felt and other fabric for the eyes and wings.

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Photo source: thelittleappleseed.com

Step 3: Hand embroider all of the pieces in place before sewing them together.

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Photo source: thelittleappleseed.com

Step 4: Leaving an opening at the top, stuff them and put rice at the bottom to weigh them down.

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Photo source: thelittleappleseed.com

DIY: Zig Zag Tray

A household can never have too many trays; useful for just about anything from books and magazines in your living room to delicate jewelry and a candle on your nightstand. Courtesy of Style Me Pretty, this fabulously chic gold and white zig zag tray is an ideal addition to your home décor or even to serve as a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table! We love how an everyday tray is revamped with a touch of glam color and design. With just a few items required to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, see the easy pictorial directions for the DIY below:

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Photo source: stylemepretty.com/living

Here’s what you’ll need:

White tray of your choice

Adhesive size

Gold leaf

Glue brush

1” Painter’s tape

Paint brush

Clear acrylic spray

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Photo source: stylemepretty.com/living

For addtional instructions for this project, visit Style Me Pretty.

DIY Wednesday: Baby Shower String Monogram

A cute and crafty addition to your shower décor, this string monogram project comes courtesy of eyeheartprettythings.com. We adore her use of unconventional colors and how she chose to display it on her dessert table. This super easy DIY only requires a few items which cost under $20 dollars – such a steal for such a sweet shower addition! See the easy pictorial directions below:

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Photo source: eyeheartprettythings.com

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A piece of wood (you could use reclaimed wood or brand new from the hardware store)
  • Paper to trace letters
  • A ruler
  • An Xacto blade (or scissors)
  • Nails
  • Yarn
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Photo source: eyeheartprettythings.com

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Photo source: eyeheartprettythings.com

Four Things

The sights and sounds of fall are all around us, humming and buzzing with rich colors, cozy fabrics and foods that epitomize comfort! This weekend, take advantage of your 48-hour break by wearing something new, doing something dramatic, baking something delicious, and creating something spectacular!

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There’s no better way to kick off autumn than with the “Best Pumpkin Bread” recipe.

A fleece maternity jacket in fall’s “it” color is the perfect accessory to your off-duty look.

Create your own Warhol masterpiece with this fabulously simple DIY Gallery Art project.

Get even more gorgeous with smoky bronze eyes that will make your features pop.

DIY Wednesday: Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a great way to reminisce all of your favorite memories and milestones! Remember this special time by capturing stages of your pregnancy and those first days at home! There are so many ways to decorate your scrapbook to accomodate different experieces and memories during this special time in your life. You can decorate it with photos, important trinkets like your hospital braclet, and even unique 3D stickers! Check out all of the adorable ideas at Better Homes and Gardens, and a few highlights below.

He or She Page

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Photo source: http://www.bhg.com

Just Born Page

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Photo source: http://www.bhg.com

Baby’s Toes Page

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Photo source: http://www.bhg.com

Baby Treasures Page

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Photo source: http://www.bhg.com

DIY Wednesday: Nursery Wall Circles

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We have been daydreaming about this gorgeous wall design from blogger, Aedriel! The second we saw it, we knew it was too cute not to share. Incredibly easy to DIY, check out her instructions below for the step-by-step:

 Materials:

- Embroidery hoop

- A scrap piece of fabric that is a few inches wider than the hoop

- Scissors

- Elmer’s glue (you can also use a hot glue gun)

Instructions:

- Place the fabric in the embroidery hoop.  Make sure to pull the fabric so that it is taut.

- Flip the embroidery hoop over so that the wrong side is facing you.

- Place a small amount of glue all the way around the edge of the inside hoop.

- Press the fabric into the glue.

- Once the glue is dry, trim the fabric around the edge of the hoop and the finished hoop is ready to hang!

Click here for further instructions and adorable additions to this design from Aedriel!

DIY Wednesday: Make Your Own Baby Blocks

DIY Baby Blocks

Photos source: wrenandmade.typepad.com    DIY Baby Blocks

It’s DIY Day!

Although summer usually means sunny days and blue skies, warmer weather often guarantees some rain will be in the forecast. Use those indoor days to jump start your creativity!

We’re absolutely crazy over these homemade AND handmade baby blocks from Laura Normandin of Wren Handmade.  Laura, an artist and craftsperson from Brooklyn, creates one-of-a-kind art that she sells at local art shows. We were inspired by her use of pretty fabrics and the ease of her instructions; what more could you ask for?

Check out the full tutorial and DIY instructions on her blog. Happy crafting, happy baby!

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