Friday, March 30

Meet my yellow chair. We are definitely in chove (pronounced ch-ah-ve) with eachother, meaning chair love. I had been wanting to put a wingback chair in this corner of my bedroom for quite a while, and was explaining to my Aunt B (my dad's sister) that I was looking for something used that was super cheap so I could get spend some money and get it recovered. 
A month or so later she emailed me a picture of this chair saying she was selling it for $40 if I was interested. (We are similar, she buys/sells things for her house lots and is always decorating/rearranging). I almost leapt into the air with glee!!! I was dying over its cuteness...and when they brought it to my door, I swooned even more. It is in such great shape and matches my room perfectly!! The only sad news is that it once had a twin that she'd sold a few months earlier. Tear. 
The bed, dresser and mirror were custom built for us by the Amish before we left Pittsburgh. They actually have a bit of a personal story to go along with them, but I'll save that for another day! I am so happy I only had them build those three pieces to match, because I feel like when you put five plus pieces of matching furniture in a room, it really takes over the space and becomes overwhelming. You can barely see our cream nightstand peaking out above...those are from Pottery Barn, and mixing them in with our dark furniture is one of the best choices I made! They are skinny, so they keep our king bed from looking too huge and overwhelming, and they really lighten up the rest of the dark furniture in there.  
Everything on the dresser is thrifted except the deer is from Urban Outfitters. 
All the yellow bedding is from Target (and the ikat pillow on the chair) and the curtains are from Ikea. There's two sets of curtains on one rod, and it actually works out okay. Thicker white ones underneath and thinner ones with a little pattern in them on top to lighten them up! And the reason why I share a picture of my closet below is because I LOVE all the organizers I have in there from Ikea. The tall wire thing of drawers with smaller drawer organizers inside. And I love the cloth boxes I keep at the top for things so it's not just one big mess of stacks of clothes falling into each other up there! And if you think my closet looks bare, it is! I clean it out really good once a year and sell/donate stuff. I love it bare...I'd rather have a clean closet with a few new things each season that I can wear over and over instead of a closet stuffed with old stuff I rarely wear! :) Lucky for me I don't have to get dressed up and go out much! In fact, I went to church last Sunday and realized it was the first time I'd left my house since I'd been to church the week before! Lol. 
All of the bathroom stuff is from Superstore except curtain from UO and the zigzag mirror from Ikea. Funny story...my friend Brittany who ditched us for the sunnier south (Utah) a couple of years ago fb'd me and asked if I'd run to Superstore (we're neighbors) and pick up some cute shoes that look just like Toms for her little girl. Really? An American wanted a Canadian to pick THEM up something from the store? Lol. My how the tables are turning...and if you haven't heard, snow is the new sun too, sooo.....
I actually didn't realize that most of the U.S. also didn't have H&M until recently either. Who knew? That store is by far the best store for affordable and stylish little boys' clothes I think! I also got my maternity skinny jeans there last year that I lived in. Anyway, I digress. The photo below is just of our boring stairwell...I DID have big plans for that area, but now the house is for sell, so the plans will be moved to the next house! It involved framing in the huge wall with crown molding and wallpapering the inside of it. 
And speaking of our current living situation, our house is officially for sale, has been for a few weeks I guess? And we've signed a purchase agreement on our next house, but there's some things slowing down closing, so I won't share pictures or detials until it's a done deal! (Maybe a month or two). Which is okay, gives us time to sell our current house! If all works out though, we'll be moving back to my hometown of Cardston soon enough! :) Go cougars!! Lol. 

Thursday, March 22

I was editing all the pictures from my iPhone and sent them to be printed for our family photo album and I thought I'd share some of my favourites. I love how random iPhone pictures are...and you'll notice my kids are sleeping in a LOT of them. Baker is my only baby to randomly fall asleep in different parts of the house if it's getting close to nap time. 
Cute Canadian winter boys plum tired. Boston's poor neck. Yes, we have a truck that is more roomy in the back to fit all three boys, but our car is better on gas, so we still squish our family of five into our first car we ever bought together...a 1996 Honda Accord. Don't be jealous. I'll be sad when we outgrow it! 
Baker's early nap syndrome strikes again. He laid there humming for the longest time kicking his feet...then this. 
Can anyone guess what they're up to? Yep, fishing. :) Is there anything better than when they make up their own games and entertain themselves? :)
This is Boston's favourite relaxing position. It's his go-to tv-watching position, and clearly...his sleeping position too. So funny. 
So though Boston's was a great potty trainer, he's had a couple accidents away from home...church being one of them. All I had was a diaper...so on it went! He rocked it. And aren't our running shoes just the cutest couple ever? I really am in love with my shoes...I wish I worked out more just so I could wear them. They're from Famous Footwear. We picked them up on our little couples getaway to Kalispell, MT this past summer. 
Whenever the bed is made (because it's definitely not always made), the kids love to tuck themsleves in between the pillows on Derick's side. Boston can be seen here sniffing his baby (his blanket). 
Love this cousins photo! Me and my sister went somewhere (close) and yep, just squished the kids all in to her minivan. You can't even see cute little Ozzy back by the window on the right. Lol. Annnd Jolene's all ready had another baby since this pic...yeah, that makes five kids in five years for her. She's Wonder Woman.  
Sorry if you think this photo is disgusting....but I think it's funny! We were halfway to BC camping, and Boston and Baker were tanked asleep, and had only been for maybe 30 minutes, and they really needed to sleep longer...and Van HAD to pee....sooooo.....yeah. He did great! Lol. The other picture was right after Christmas. How does one even fall asleep with a headlamp on their head?
This summer I cleaned out and sold some stuff from my baby girl tub that was OVERFLOWING. (I have bought a few things with each pregnancy in case I had a girl, so yeah, it was time to purge). Boston found these pants on his own and tried 'em out. They are 6-12 months! Lol. And this other picture is Boston having a stubborn moment in my office. When he's annoyed of everyone or just plain mad, he'll come into my office during my shift and strike this lovely pose until he feels ready to go play again. So funny. 
Got these sunglasses from Target and I think the different styles fit their corresponding owners perfectly. :) Even when Boston refuses to let us help him put them on. 
And here's what I have been doing with them...I print them off so they look like little mini polaroids and then scrapbook them. I know there's a company out there you can send your pictures to right from your phone, and they'll mail them back to you? I need to look into it! I also need to jump on the Instagram bandwagon..it looks like a fun wagon. I do like how tiny I can make these though and how I can fit so many on one page. Anyway, I had a down part in my shift so thought I'd blog...back to work now!

Monday, March 19

Oh yeah, it's hot and steamy here tonight! Lol. No, Derick is not full of himself walking around with his shirt off hoping I'll take pictures of him. Yes, his calendar will be coming out later this year. :) (And yes, this project has been done since August and I'm blogging it now. Big deal. So what.)
Ok, so seriously, who DOESN'T own some variation of the Expedit shelf from Ikea? Or at the very least one of the wall shelves...(it's the Expedit shelves that are holding up "I love you, a bushel & a peck" in Baker's room. And they just came out with gray and red too! I have a very small modest dungeon office, and I was sick of not having my craft and work stuff organized, so I went for the biggest and baddest version of the Expedit shelf. (Me and Derick may have argued over which size would suffice for our needs right there in Ikea...ha ha). 
I initially planned to just get the cupboard inserts right from Ikea for the bottom two rows, knowing there'd be junk not pretty enough to be seen in open shelving, and knowing all of those open squares would look terrible and messy and would just compete with each other for attention. :) But then I almost choked when I saw the price of the cupboard inserts! $35 each?? And I needed ten! NOT about to spend $350 on cupboard doors...especially when I planned on also replacing the knobs as well...so added cost. 
Anyways, I immediately hatched a plan in my head for Derick to rig up these inserts out of mdf...we used 1 1/2 sheets total...so $30 for all of them! Lol. And some extra cream paint we had. (Ikea's "white" is more of an off-white, so cream matched better). I got the knobs from Lowe's in the states...and they're actually all for sale for $30 if you want them! Ha ha. I paid $5 each, so $50 total...they're sturdy and completely fine, I just am not feeling the color purple. And I have no little girls' room that I could switch them too! :) I think it's the green baskets/purple knobs combo...too much of a Barney vibe.
Those green baskets were bought from eBay for $17 each maybe? I remember they were expensive!! But hey, I saved so much money on the cupboard inserts! :) I think it's pretty self-explanatory how we made them, Derick just lined the wood up and nailed the front right into the edges of the sides (nailed in from the front) and then filled in the nail holes. You can't even see them a bit. And we spray polyurethaned the fronts too so they could wipe nicely. I would say if you were putting them in a cubby that you needed to get in and out of every day, they probably aren't the most functional for that sort of use. But when you are just stuffing in random other things you maybe get at once a month, they are perfect! 

Thursday, March 15


So Lannie and Barlow are this awesome husband/wife photography/videography team in Utah, and they booked months ago, and from the first moment they booked and I checked out their amazing work, I envisioned this chandelier layout, and I was SO EXCITED to finally put it together!!
 And I was pretty excited to find out they were on board with the idea. :) I also loved creating this background for them....I know everyone loves the chevron, and I do too, but it's the herringbone pattern that REALLY does it for me. :) (I just ordered this rug from Urban Outfitters!!) And isn't that post separator so fun? A chandelier banner of sorts. EVERYTHING can be a banner. Lol.
 Aren't those tennis engagement pictures just awesome? I think one day I might pretend to play tennis just to have pictures like this...maybe I can get someone who looks good in a tennis outfit to pretend to be me for the pictures too.
 Love the menu bar too...and a close-up of the chandeliers. One of them gave me outright fits and just about had me cursing. (The curvy one). But in the end, I conquered!! I couldn't possibly love these chandeliers any more. And I thought we did a good job of working the existing logo into things too. Sometimes clients have logos they want to stick with so it can be tricky combing old/new.
And here's their matching marketing set. I love their business card...and I love the plus sign. Isn't it cool how it fades out in the middle on the pink chevron side? Can't wait to use that same idea in more places...it was Lannie's idea! Love creative clients!!
 Above is the inside to their cd case, and below is the outside. I was again, excited she all ready owned these cute lace frames and some matching paper for our color scheme from Summit Avenue.
Above is the back of their prices sheet for a show they attend and below is the front. :)


Tuesday, March 13

Finally! Oh man was I missing my wide-angle 17-55mm lens when taking the rest of the pictures of our house!! In a bad way. If ONLY my sister had bought a Canon instead of a Nikon, LEAH. Lol. Ok, so I've been so excited to share the cardboard deer up there on the wall!! My bro-in-law Alan had my name for Christmas, so he MADE me this!! It's out of white foamboard with that sticky drawer stuff on it...all from the dollar store. I was SO EXCITED when I opened it. Seriously love it so so much. Have been wanting the Urban Outfitters one forever, but just haven't been able to justify the price for cardboard!! And the 3s are all because Baker is kiddo number three. I'll keep the 3s in his room for forever. :) Oh and that 3 is from Station 8, OF COURSE. Rug in front of dresser is from Ron Jon Surf Shop we bought when first married (with plans to put it in the baby's room...two years before we had a baby). 
So there's just lots of close-ups. Baker's room has been hard for me...trying to still use everything from when Van was a baby but still trying to keep it fresh and cute. The bedding is from Pottery Barn, and while I do still like it (and have zero plans of replacing it), I found it hard since it's so red, blue and green...but I think it worked out okay. 
The quilt hung over the back was hand-quilted by my Grandma Bennett years ago (she passed away around ten years ago or so I think?). Anyway, my mom saved it for me, and while it's not totally my style, I just HAD to find a place for it in my house...I think it works! The cutest-ever gray owl is from Pier 1 and the little owls hung on the mobile over the swing are Christmas ornaments also from Canadian Tire. I'm sure I'll take them down when the swing actually gets used again, you know, so my baby doesn't get a piece of wood in the eye or something!!
The whole set of vintage books on that shelf cost $1 and the banners were antiqued (they were $10 to $15 each). Sorry for the bad angle. 
The wall display is called "paint every leftover shelf and frame you have white and put it all on the wall". There's still a few empty ones...I know what I'll frame in there...just haven't done it yet! The little fox sitting on one of the frames is from Superstore. The hedgehog sitting on top of the letter 'P' is from Canadian Tire. (Go Canada, right?)
Lamp is Pottery Barn. This antique-ish scrolly frame with the ABCSs in it is from Station 8, and I cut out and ironed on those letters when I was pregnant with Baker. The whole thing is a bit girly, but I did try and keep it gender neutral, so it's okay for a baby's room I think! I hand stitched around each letter with embroidery thread. And of course...the gnomes...completing the unintended woodland creatures theme. Mushrooms from Pier 1, and I've seen so many cheap ones at thrift stores...like salt and pepper shakers that would totally work.
This deer figurine was also my Grandma Bennett's. It makes me swoon I love it so so much!!!
Derick served his 2-year mission for our church in Sri Lanka and brought back this elephant bamboo painting. Hello cuteness, right? I'm sure he knew at age 19 he was buying it for his future baby's room. :) Curtains from Target. They are only the third pair to hang there. That's not THAT bad is it? 
And the wooden letters cut out for the shelf were by a guy in Cardston who doesn't do it anymore. :( But didn't they turn out fantastic!! I had to wait six long months for them to get done, and I was dying...and was worried Baker wouldn't be a baby anymore by the time they were done! Lol. I just gave him the letters cut out from a CriCut and he used the pattern to do it in super thick wood so they'd stand on their own. I got an extra ampersand for the basement. I LOVE them! That song is the only one I remember my mom singing to us...and therefore it's the only song I manage to remember to sing to my kids. (Though I did force myself to learn the Rubber Ducky song for bathtime because I thought it was so cute). 
Owl from Superstore...and love the Up and Up lotion from Target with the cute owl on it. I also love the prices of the Up and Up Children's Tylenol at Target!! Little white table on sale for $10 at Pottery Barn. 
And the star of the show, Baker! He LOVES that little bunny...which matches his little woodland-themed nursery perfectly. It was given to us in Pittsburgh, and I thought it was the cutest sorriest looking bunny I ever saw, and the first two kids never paid much attention to it, and I'm so happy Baker's decided they're best friends. 
Still no real news on the house we're hoping to buy. One thing is for sure, this blog will be in store for a LOT of major before and afters if it does go through!! :)