Best. Gift. Ever.

My husband and baby gave me the sweetest gift ever! (Okay, aside from my engagement ring and the gift of my son).  It is a fabulous idea for a push-present, Christmas gift, or Mother’s Day present.  It’s a custom made sterling silver silhouette charm necklace from Le Papier Studio.

The charm is also available in 14k gold and is made from a profile picture of your babe.  Best part:  they do such a good job, it actually looks like your child!

Hope you had a very merry holiday!

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Happy Christmas!

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May your holiday be merry and bright!

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December 24, 2011 · 7:14 pm

Holiday Traditions {Guest Post}

Hello Style Stork readers!  I’m Jessica, and I write over at Learning Love’s Life about my family, our adventures, and lessons learned along the way.   This will be our first Christmas as a little family of three, and I can’t wait to begin some special and fun family traditions as Dylan grows.  Thanks to my favorite addiction, Pinterest, the possibilities for all ages are never-ending.

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Making Christmas cookies: thinking of a new holiday theme every year, the more imaginative the better, gives all of us an opportunity to show off our creative skills with a great, sugary reward at the end

Christmas countdowns: I can’t think of anything else that will help increase the kiddo’s anticipation than by creating an advent calendar full of daily surprises

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Having their own tree: this activity provides hours of entertainment for kids to decorate and redecorate their felt Christmas tree to their little hearts’ content

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A book a day: wrapping 25 books to put under the tree and starting December 1st, having the kids pick which one to open and read together that day.  Included in this list would have to be some of my favorite childhood classics like ‘A Night Before Christmas’ to share with them

Stocking picture: this is just adorable… and a clever way to measure growth through the years

Ribbon door barrier: on Christmas morning when the kids get ready to stampede toward their presents under the tree, they’ll have to break through Santa’s enclosure (just crepe paper!)  first

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Either way, I have a feeling that the holidays are going to be that much more fulfilling now that we get to plan activities with a little one in mind to carry for years to come.  Thanks for having me Style Stork.  Have a merry Christmas everyone!

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DIY Headboard

My sweet (and handy) husband made the headboard for our bedroom and for our dear friend Juli (who will be posting later about upholstering your headboard).  This is an easy project that can save you tons of money, especially if you want an upholstered headboard like this one from Restoration Hardware for your little one’s room.

 

 

Here is how you do it:

 

Before you begin you will need to acquire some basic supplies:

From your local hardware store:

    • One (1) sheet of 3/4″ plywood
    • (HINT: plywood is sold in 4’x8′ (48″x96″) sheets, unless you have a pickup truck this is difficult to bring home. Most large, box hardware stores will cut these sheets down to size. I had them cut my sheet down to 4’x5′(48″x60″). This made it easier to transport and work with once arriving home. The height of the headboards I make are usually always 4′, this allows me to use one sheet of plywood and minimize the amount of cutting. The width is adjusted based upon the size of the bed, a width of 5′ was used for a Queen size bed. I recommend you measure the width of your bed before you purchase the plywood.)

                •  One (1) 2×4
                • One (1) tape measure
                • One (1) circular saw
                • One (1) jig saw
                • One (1) speed square
                • Wood screws (1.5″ long)
                • One (1) can of spray adhesive
                • Sheets of a medium and a fine grit sandpaper
                • One (1) nail
                • String, 2′ should be plenty
                • One (1) Drywall saw or any sharp serrated blade
                • One (1) Long level
                • One (1) Power Drill
                • Optional: Chalkline

From a fabric store:

    • Fabric of your choice
    • Upholstery foam (the thickness will be your preference; however, I usually use 1″ thick foam as I have found it to be suitable and it is less expensive)
    • Staple gun
    • Optional: Batting, Decorative nails, buttons (if you wish to tuft your headboard, the following design is NOT tuft)
Other:
    • Graph paper
    • Pencil

Now that you have all of your supplies, you need to decide on the design and shape of your headboard.

  • First draw out a few designs on graph paper.
    • With this particular headboard, I started by drawing a scale sized rectangle. I use graph paper with larger squares, to scale it down I allow each square to represent 6 inches. By drawing the design to scale I can easily transfer the measurements to plywood so that it is symmetrical.
    • I recommend finding the center line of your rectangle and measuring everything out from the middle.
    • Basic geometry will apply. To make curves in your design, first find the radius of the circle you would like to use.
    • A basic headboard design I made can be found here: Headboard Design
  • Once the design is on graph paper and you are happy with it, you need to begin to transfer it to the headboard. The same principles for drawing it on the graph paper will apply, but now everything will be measure to scale.
    • REMEMBER! Measure twice, cut once.
  • Begin by making sure your plywood sheet is the appropriate sized rectangle. If you did not have it pre-cut at the hardware store, you first need to cut it to the appropriate size.

  • Find and mark the center of the plywood. I used a chalkline to mark these points, its an easy way to get straight lines on a larger surface.
  • Begin to draw your design on the headboard.

  • To make curves, I used string, a nail, and a strong pencil. The curved section at the top of the headboard is semi-circle with a 6 in. radius.
    • Measure 6 inches down the middle line and mark that point with a pencil.
    • Measure 6 inches to the left and to the right from the point you just marked
    • Hammer in a nail approximately half way in the middle point.
    • Take your string and create a loop that the pencil can fit in.
    • Wrap the rest of the string so that the length from the nail to the pencil is six inches (Make sure you keep the string tight at all times!)
    • Starting at either the left or the right point, begin creating a semi-circle by keeping the string tight and moving around to the other point.
    • Work slow. If you don’t end on the other point adjust your string and try again.
  • Once the design is on the plywood, begin cutting it our using a jig saw. Again work slow, I start at the top and cut it out in sections.
  • Measure the height from the floor to the top of the mattress. This will be the needed height of the legs. I usually subtract an inch or two because I like the bottom of the headboard to sit just below the top of the mattress.
  • Once you have the length of the legs you want to add 6 inches. This additional six inches will overlap the back of the headboard and provide you with surface to screw into the headboard.
  • Cut the 2×4 to get two legs that are of appropriate length. I cut the legs  in this project to 26″.
  • Measure six inches down from one end of the leg and make a line.
  • Set your circular saw so the blade will only cut 3/4 inches deep.
  • Starting on the line, make multiple cuts up the leg to create a notch that is 6 in. high and 3/4 in. deep.
  • Now use sandpaper to sand all the edges.
  • Using a small brush clean the surface of the headboard.
  • Spray the surface of the headboard with the strong, adhesive.
  • Place the foam on top of the headboard, put heavy objects on top of the foam while the adhesive dries.
  • Using the drywall saw, cut the excess foam from around the edges.
  • Once the foam is set, flip the headboard over and screw the two legs into the back of the headboard with four (4) wood screws in each leg.
  • Once the foam is on, you may then begin to attach any batting or fabric. Use a staple gun and make sure the fabric stay tight, this is usually at least a two person job. We used a standard staple gun from a hardware store; however, I have been told that air powered staple guns work remarkably well for this type of task

Here is a picture of a completed headboard with a different design.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me and Tyler (hubs) or I will try to help you!  Good luck!

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Don’t Teeth Me

We have had quite a {sleepless} week!  Gray is getting three teeth and has another cold!  This has left me on a mission to find a teething solution!  Here’s what I have so far…

Sophie the Giraffe $23

Gray loves playing with Sophie, but she hasn’t been super successful in helping with teething

Cornstarch Teethers, $10

These are famous (featured in People magazine) only problem is we are always losing ours! These also make a great gift! I just bought one for my dear friend Hayley!

Jelly teething rings, $10

Love these straight from the fridge!

Organic Teething Biscuits, $2.50

At the suggestion of my friend Lori, we just started trying these. Gray seems to at least enjoy chewing on them so far!

I would love to hear from you! What are your teething secrets?

Coming soon!  A post on Nursery Design 101 AND how to DIY your own upholstered headboard! (For you or your tot)!

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Moving On Up

The Farrell twins have officially moved into a big kid room and boy are they loving it!  Their momma is loving it too as I had another opportunity to design a room with style.  Before even getting started, I needed a plan.  As I have mentioned before, I have boy/girl twins which can get tricky when trying to incorporate color schemes and gender neutral hues.  With the help and guidance of a designer, I decided to create more of a boy’s themed room and make my daughter’s side a bit more girly as necessary.  Eventually, she will move into her own room and we can go all out for her.

I only had a few requirements for the designer.  I am a sucker for a big monogram so that was a must.  And I wanted bold colors and classic designs.  Well, she did not disappoint.  Check out a few pics from the twins room:

Darling and classic bedding from John Robshaw Textiles.  Walls are painted classic Benjamin Moore, “Navajo White.”

Love this “gent’s” bed skirt in red

These lovely animal prints were a great find on one of my new favorite sites- One Kings Lane.  It is hard to tell but they are framed in black bamboo.  So cool!  And love that they are not so “kid-ish” that I couldn’t eventually use them elsewhere in the house.

Check out these cute lion bookends from Serena and Lily.  Functional and handsome.  I am on the lookout for some vintage children’s books but for now, I have these Museum of Art books as a place holder.   Also, this is a PBK dresser that I had painted in Benjamin Moore “Cloud White.”

And finally, look what just arrived in the mail today?!  This area rug from West Elm in flax.  I haven’t had time to set it up in their room yet (needing my hubby’s help) but it will be so nice to have something soft.

A few more decorative items to come but in my book, simple is best…especially with two 2-year old toddlers!

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And the winner is….


My dear friend Shannon Doughtie and her daughter Ella!

 

Thank you to each of you who participated in our first give-away and thanks to my hubs for drawing the winning ticket!  Be sure to check out New Creations for some super cute children’s products!

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Happy (late) Thanksgiving! Hope yours was full of joy with family and friends, ours sure was!  Of course, I am most Thankful for these guys:

  (Picture by Michelle Marie Photography)

The only thing is, I kind of find myself wanting a vacation from our vacation!  Cannot believe there is just one more day left of our break!  Why does time fly so fast?

Anyhow, I think I have mentioned before how much I love LOVE the blog A Cup of Jo by Joanna Goddard. I mean, she is just so cool and inspiring!  Especially when she talks about motherhood and her son. It is a must read if you are soon to have a baby, or if you live in NYC ,or if you are female and under the age of 80!  I especially adore the design of her little man’s nursery, and because she is so nice, she said I could share it with all of you!  This is just a teaser, so check out the full post here.

Seriously, how cute is this?  The sailboat mobile had me at first glance! Plus, I think the crib is from Wal-Mart.

Have a lovely rest of the weekend! Stay tuned for winner of first give-away.

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November 26, 2011 · 7:33 pm

2 Birds, 1 Stone

I had no idea that once I had a baby it meant everything in my life (at least as far as the baby was concerned) had to be labeled.  From my maternity clothes (you will end up borrowing and loaning these) to bottles, wipes, diaper bag, etc. it’s like I am an elementary schooler off to camp all over again!  Well, thanks to my sweet sister in law, this week we have our first give away (hooray)!  It something every momma needs AND it’s labeled!

 

Wipe Case from New Creations

 

Here’s how to win it:  First, if you haven’t already, subscribe to the blog!  Then post a comment by November 27th about what you would want your wipe case to look like and say.  The winner will be randomly selected and notified.  Feel free to tell your friends!

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A Boy and A Coat

Gosh, I hate to say it, but I think life is easier if its a baby girl you are shopping for!  I have been trying to find my little man a decent coat. Well the search is (finally) over! Here is what I found….

Woollen Three Quarter length coat from Zara, $45.90

Widgeon Fleece Toggle Coat (via Diapers.com), $45

For a splurge, Burberry Merino Wool Hooded Jacket, $215

You might also want these cashmere booties from NM, $35

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