Friday, July 30, 2010

Just listed!

You can find this set on eBay for a little less (5 day auction with TONS more pics) or on Etsy for purchase right away. Lead time is 2 weeks or sooner if you ask us first.

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Told ya those shoes are gorgeous! :)

Because I just can't wait...

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I'll be listing during nap time today.
Choice of lime or chocolate colorway, dress your length.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A giveaway with a twist!

Hop on over to Jessica's blog to see how you can enter to
Ends Sunday!

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And to show our appreciation to Jessica for donating this doll we made for her,
we are giving all of her blog readers 20% off in our shop too.
Just enter littlepumpkingrace in the comments during check-out.

Thank you Jessica for thinking creatively about how to help contribute to finding a cure for juvenile diabetes! Such a worthy cause.
Go right here to read all the details and enter her contest.


And I've learned an important lesson this week. If you write words like "barring any catastrophe" you can bet there will be one...hehe. The day was full of them actually. But we are thankfully able to laugh about it now.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Sneak Peeks!

Our Back to School outfits are almost finished. Barring any catastrophe, photos will be tomorrow and then we will list them as fast as my little fingers can point, click and type. These will have a faster than usual lead time since I know some states start school super early.

The appliqued pants are so stinkin' cute that we were seriously swooning over them last night as we saw them come together. And Amy's husband declared them this morning "possibly the cutest thing he's ever seen" (but in man-speak of course). Sewing is such a joy for Amy and I that when we finally get to see our ideas and plans come together and have it look just like we envisioned (better actually), it's like Christmas morning for us.

Here's a little teaser.

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And just around the corner (7-10 days) is our fall collection. It's designed around these 3 gorgeous fabrics and some adorable owl hand embroidery. This will be a 5 piece collection for mix and matching. Add in some chocolate corduroy and it's perfect for fall, but I think the shades of teal and lime and the luxurious velvet ribbon will make it a favorite all winter long.

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Did you see their little hearts? Go back and look again, I'll wait. Super cute, right? This collection will definitely be worth waiting for. Oh, and if you want to get a jump on the perfect shoes, check out these (fyi: they run true to size unlike the regular Coco Jumbos...we learned the hard way).

See you tomorrow!

Friday, July 23, 2010

A very special delivery

From my backyard...

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To his new nursery.

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See the arrival of Baby Africa in his new home here.

My sweet friend Jenn just got their referral for the baby boy they are adopting from Ethiopia. Don't miss this amazing story and the gorgeous photos as this adorable family awaits the arrival of their newest addition. I am beyond excited to see God at work in their lives. Read all about it here.

Warning: you'll want a tissue close by.

p.s. You can still contribute to this little boys' adoption fund by buying up everything in his Momma's Etsy shop. And word has it, she'll be restocking for fall.
We love our Take a Bow Creations!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The goods

The dresser is sanded and the first coat of woodfiller has been applied. I didn't think Sam would appreciate a flower on his dresser as he gets older. And thankfully all the drawers are in good working order. Except for one of the large ones. But it's nothing a little wood glue and our nail gun can't fix.

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The quilt has been purchased and pillow shams are on order. I picked up some 400 ct sheets at Target today along with red, navy and blue jumbo ric rac to add along the top edge or his sheet and the pillow case. And David picked up his bed during lunch today.

Do you see the cute little doll chairs up there too? I went to a different Goodwill today and found these two matching chairs, in perfect condition for $3ea. Score! How fun would they be spray painted in aqua for American Girl dolls someday?

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And it's official, Sam will be having a Green Eggs and Ham 3rd Birthday party next year. I know, I know, he's not even 2 yet. But since we will be celebrating his 2nd Birthday in the Magic Kingdom this year, he'll just have a tiny little get together with family and cake right before we leave. Mmm...cake... And since Target has some fun Dr. Seuss things in the dollar section right now, I couldn't resist buying 10 of these for goodie bags (I think I should pick up more just in case though) and a few fun things to go inside. His name is Sam after-all, how could I not? And you better believe I'll be stealing a few of Jessica's ideas from her son's Dr. Seuss party.

Wish us luck! Tonight will be Sam's first night sleeping in his new bed. It was a little bittersweet to tuck him in to his crib the last time for his nap today. Project crib-take-down will commence in about an hour. Or as my husband just said "Wonder if he'll stay in bed or give us many.. ahem... opportunities to tuck him in tonight."

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Big Boy Room: Part I {The Plan}

I had originally been dreaming about this bedding and color scheme from Pottery Barn Kids. I even thought I could probably paint a pretty decent Fire Truck on canvases.

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But then the Fire Truck bedding either sold out or was discontinued. So sad. So then I had my heart set on the red star quilt from there instead. I could still paint his upper walls chocolate brown and add white beadboard all the way around the room. He's already got red gingham PBK curtains. I could still add some fire engine details to make it fun.

Then, after today's episode I started thinking of less expensive options since this needed to happen asap. Here's what I came up with next. It's all from Target, except for the Star Wars pillow and glow-stars for the ceiling which are from PBK. Cute huh? Ok, so it's a little over-the-top themed. But I was trying to think of what a little boy would think was fabulous and fun to grow up with.

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I figured David would like this one even more given his love of space and the stars. He dresmed of going to Space Camp as a young boy and now he has a huge telescope. Oh and don't tell him I told you, but he loves to watch shuttle launches on NASA tv too. He even took me to Kennedy Space Center on our honeymoon. So I was pretty surprised to find he didn't care for the space theme. And he especially didn't like the cute robot bedding (just $30 for the twin 4-pc set at Target). What? So back to the drawing board.

Next, he really liked the Pirate quilt at PBK, but I didn't care of it. For that price, I thought it was kind of boring. One simple applique, I could have done that myself. Oh and guess what we are watching right now? Pirates of the Caribbean. His choice of course...hehe...

So now we are pretty sure it will be the Freeport bedding set. It's on sale, and we both love it. I like that it's not "little boy" cute and it can grow with him. And how fun that the black and white photos I took of sailboats in San Francisco Bay (back when you had to put black and white film in your camera...I feel ancient now) will be perfect hanging on his walls too.

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Sam's room is teeny-tiny, so my goal will be for it to feel really cozy. We both like the dark blue (not quite navy) wall color for above white beadboard. But I'm also liking the idea of the horizontal bold stripes. What do you think? Solid or striped?

Oh and that gem we picked up on our way home tonight? Well, I noticed that there was a new Goodwill store right by the furniture store we were at and asked on a whim if I could run in and see if they had any furniture. I've never actually been inside a Goodwill, but I've donated countless times. I've always kind of worried that I would see something I gave away and wish I hadn't (ahem...Madam Alexander dolls). Anyway, they had a great looking dresser for $35 which I'm planning to sand, paint and distress. It's long and low and has 8 drawers. It looked to be in pretty good condition, but after we bought it I said "Hmm...I suppose it would have been a good idea if we had pulled it all the way out and checked to see that every drawer was in good shape, huh?" Can you tell I'm new to this whole thrifting thing? David is picking it up after work tomorrow and I'm excited to get my hands on it.

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I'm trying to decide if it should be painted white, dark blue (same as the walls) or red. It will be against white beadboard, so I supposed white should be out, but maybe it would be ok if I kept the top the wood color like the dresser in the above idea board. What's your opinion? Red, white or blue? I adore red, but maybe it's better to keep the red to a minimum and use it in just a few key accessories? The blue might be best to help keep it cohesive and soothing. Help!

Oh and those painted numbers up there? PBK is selling them for $35. Per. Number. Ouch! It's just painted on wood and distressed. I'm going to try to make them myself. They'll be fun to teach Sam his numbers with. And I have a feeling I can find some old nautical pieces at the Junk Bonanza, that will be my goal (along with vintage camera, a typewriter, globes and letters). I love that navy striped canvas bucket too.

Now for the bed. There is a strange nook in Sam's teeny-tiny room that's about 5" deeper than a mattress is wide, but only 1 inch (if that) longer than a mattress is long. There would be no room for a headboard or footboard, but it just looks like it's begging to have a bed tucked in there. And to put a bed anywhere else really takes up too much of the floor space. This whole time (I'm talking years) I had been thinking we needed to build something in there, a platform with storage under it for a mattress to sit on. I had been planning on making this plan from Knock-Off-Wood. It looks simple enough. But then I saw that people were saying it cost them $250 to make. Not so good. Finally David said, what about just the plain metal bed rails? Seriously? Yeah, why not? They are actually shorter than a mattress, so they would fit. I can't believe this had never occurred to me. I've been so anti-plain-bedrails my whole life that I hadn't even let myself think about it. So $50 later, we have bedrails which will be picked up with the mattress set on Tuesday. Of course that means a bedskirt now too and I have an extra red gingham curtain panel that I'll turn into a straight, tailored skirt. No ruffles in here.

Funny, but the one thing I'm looking forward to most is putting my favorite book front and center on a shelf over his dresser. The sailor Dog is seriously a cute book. If you don't have it, you really should buy it. I loved it growing up and the girls really like it too. So of course we'll need to include a hook for his hat, a hook for his rope, and a hook for his spyglass.

"Born at sea in the teeth of a gale, the sailor was a dog.
Scuppers was his name."

Ready or Not {Big Boy Room}

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The day started out pretty rough. Sam announced he was awake with screaming. The kind that makes you run as fast as you can, flying down the stairs. At first I couldn't tell that anything was wrong. He wasn't even standing up in his crib. But then I tried to pick him up. And he didn't budge, he just cried harder. His leg was stuck between the crib slats. I thought, oh I'll just move him to the correct angle to ease him out. He just doesn't know to do that on his own and he got scared. But what I found was that his chubby little leg was protruding about an inch wider than that opening.

After a few more minutes of trying to free him and hearing him scream even louder, I panicked. I ran to get the phone and called David (he was at work) and said I don't know what to do other than call 911. He said he was coming home. Then I called my Dad (he was closer) thinking maybe he could pull the slats apart a little, because I sure couldn't. And then I started thinking of the best place to cut through the slat and what tool I should be looking for. But Sam was clinging to me and I was trying to support the weight of his heavy body to take some of the pressure off. Then I tried some more, pulling up his pant leg to give him a little more room. That didn't help much, they were thin pj's and his body was sweaty so he just stuck more. Which gave me the next idea, I finally thought to run and get the Aquaphore (similar to Vaseline) to put all over his little knee and the bars. Oh it was heartbreaking to leave him to run upstairs though. Thankfully, it ended up being his saving grace. One hard push and he was free. Surprisingly he bounced back pretty well. He does have a nasty bruise though. After breakfast we went for a walk and he did just fine. We finished with Popsicles on the front step.

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Once David got home tonight, we immediately left for the furniture store and bought a mattress set for him and another little gem to start getting his Big Boy room started. I'll be back in a few to share the plans.

Here's to no more crib accidents.

And here's to hoping that my good sleeper doesn't turn escape artist.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Junk Bonanza

Oh my! I just checked out The Nester's "Nest Files" site and found this little gem. How can I live here and not have heard of this before now?!?! I guess my thrifting radar needs improvement.

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Road trip anyone?
Shakopee, MN is is just across the river from us (6 minutes)
and events like these are much more fun with a group of friends.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Off to a good start

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Faux wood button found at JoAnn. In the Vintage Home Decor section (currently 50% off). At my store it was in the back, sandwiched between the basket isle and the frame isle and just in front of all the smelly candles. About $10 (after discount). Thanks Colleen for the heads up!

I found the fun white letters at JoAnn too. It's a bit intimidating to just randomly start picking letters, not knowing precisely how they will all look once laid out, so I started with these just because they looked pretty in that font. I'm sure I'll end up doing some returning at some point (shhh...don't tell David, he hates it when I buy things knowing I might need to return them), but I am trying to keep that to a minimum. I think the button will end up being painted black unless I can make it look like it's wood. But I'm not too sure I have those kind of skills.

I'm excited to see how this all unfolds. And looks like I'm not the only one either. Jenn is revamping her main floor and an alphabet wall will be making an appearance soon too. Speaking of Jenn, I can't wait to share with you the adorable little doll I made for her newest edition. I'm waiting until she sees him in person first though (probably Monday).

Let's do Lunch! {total cuteness}

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The letter of the day is...

I am in love with this photo.

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And this one...

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and this one...

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I am so doing this over the bookshelf in our playroom. I just did some quick searching and found these fabulous letters to get started with.

Wire letters from Pottery Barn Teen
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And Craft Cuts offers a ton of options. You can choose color, size and font for any letter. Even up to 48"H. Check out all the options right here. They've even got fun Scrabble letters. They come as large as 9"x9".

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Look here for more reasonably prices letters too.

But, thanks to all the comments on this post, I'll be starting my search at Hobby Lobby. I just found out there is one about an hour away and they have great prices. They've got this, this, this, and this, in every letter. Wow!

This flea market is also penciled in on my calendar. Then I'll fill in from the above links if necessary.

And my friend Colleen tipped me off that the large wooden button in the first pic is at JoAnn! I tried to get there today, but with sick kiddos, I'm homebound. Maybe Friday.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Makeshift Raincoat

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I think it's time to buy the boy a raincoat.
And some non-pink rainboots to go with it might be in order too.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sale ends tonight!

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Shop our Etsy store which is stocked full of dollies,
between now and Monday night July 5th (midnight),
and receive 10% off and free shipping.

*Discount will be given in the form of a PayPal refund.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Red Riding Hood

This little cutie was just added to the shop. Find her here. Her lead time will be one week as this one is on her way to her new home. But her twin is ready to assemble as soon as she is needed.

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Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The aftermath

He's pretty banged up looking from yesterday's fall.

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But it doesn't seem to bother him at all.

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The spot on his forehead didn't' actually bleed,
it's more like a bruise in the impression of the asphalt.

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I'm so sorry little guy, I wish I could have stopped you from tripping.

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I will always be there to kiss your boo-boos and give you lots of hugs my sweet boy.

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