Merry Christmas! and Giving Thanks…

Merry Christmas! Hope that you are busy spending special time with the ones you love. We have had a full and blessed year! and I thought I’d take a moment amidst the hustle and bustle to give thanks for our best gifts this Christmas.

The real reason for the season.

My beautiful family and our relaxing moments together (like this trip to the river).

Our big family! All three sides. You guys give us all of the love and support we could imagine! Andy, need to find a photo with you in it :).

The next generation, all of Liv’s buddies.

Friends that we hold near and very dear to our hearts. It was hard to find a picture of everyone… but you know who you are.

Man’s best friend. Err… baby’s best friend.

Celebrating Liv’s very first Christmas! Liv, you are our incredible blessing and I love you SO much.

For our faith, family and friends — it is YOU we are grateful for this season and all year long! and to all of PDB’s blog readers, Thank You for your support! Just knowing you stopped by makes my day so much brighter. Merry Christmas.

Wardrobe Style Boards: New Years Eve

Happy Thursday! Maryam and I have added four new inspiration boards over to the Wardrobe Style Board gallery, you can check ’em all out (as well as sourcing info) over here. Today’s post is sort of a part 2 to last week’s part 1 for winter fashion.

New Years Eve is just over a week away! There’s nothing like a little bit of sparkle and this adorable navy mini would pair perfectly with a comfy, slouchy top tucked in. Match black booties with lace tights for a fun, night-out-on-the-town look.

Here’s a nontraditional winter outfit that pulls together both the comfy cozy of a soft flannel and sweater with capri slacks and a cute fedora. Swap out pumps for flats to run errands or pair with dressy jewelry and heels for a date night.

Maryam shares two of her favorite winter looks:

“I love the idea of this sweater tunic. It is a beautiful blend of a print and a little pizazz. I would wear an outfit like this for a family party, parade or Christmas light viewing.”

“More formal holiday parties and/or New Years Eve celebrations are the time to go all out. Asos has a fabulous variety of glam dresses to chose from. Decide quick, so you can get your treasures in time to par-tay!”

There’s our wrap-up to the Style Board Gallery for 2011 – whether you have a night in with friends or a big date night out planned for your New Years, hope that this provides a bit of fun inspiration!

Project Nursery: Personalized Growth Chart + a Petite Lemon *Giveaway*

Tis’ the season for giving and I have a really great giveaway for everyone today.  Petite Lemon recently asked if they could partner with me to share their line of kid’s personalized growth charts, alphabet posters and photo posters.

Today they’re offering a $50 gift certificate towards any of these, and they were kind enough to send one personalized product my way to check out:


I love their contemporary style and I was immediately smitten with several of their personalized alphabet prints:

But because we have an adorable vintage-esq alphabet poster (which actually served as the inspiration for our nursery), I checked out their growth charts as well.

So cute! This Color Me chart below was my favorite and I thought it would fit right into the colors of the nursery:

It’s as adorable in person as it is online!

While I had ‘Spenla Family’ printed at the top, what I really mean is ‘Spenla Kids’ (since Kevin and I long ago passed up that 60″ mark – wait, does it say 60″? Actually I might still be able to put myself just above that mark on this chart at 5′ 3″…) anyhow, we wanted one chart that would serve the purpose of all Spenla Kids rather than just Liv (so we don’t one day have 2, 3 or even 4 charts up) but I chose Spenla Family because, well, if we are blessed with just Liv then that’s okay too :0).

The canvas growth chart is great on its own, but I wanted to really fill in this corner (between the door to the new bathroom and her dresser) and so I mounted the chart on a handmade fabric lined frame:

And hung the chart with a mustard yellow ribbon from the two top grommets.

I made the fabric frame from molding I had lying around the garage (leftover pieces that I didn’t use in this project), pretty primary colored fabric I found marked down to $4.99/yard, a couple of nails and a staple gun.

The process was fairly easy – similar to stretching a canvas for art. First, cut molding to the desired rectangle sizes (I wanted about a foot on top and bottom of the chart plus 8 or so inches on each side) and secure the pieces of wood together with a nail and hammer (you could do a fancy version of this with a pilot hole but I was going basic here and just tapped the nail right through one end of the molding and into the other).

Next, cut fabric to the same size + 5″ or so on each edge for folding over the back. Lay the frame upside down on your fabric and ‘stretch the fabric up and over each edge, securing the fabric to the frame on the back side with a staple gun (I went a little crazy with the staples for this example but you get the idea :)).

 The chart and fabric tie in really well with the rest of the primary colors in the nursery:

Modern, Contemporary, DIY, Makeover Nursery, Do It Yourself

In fact, it almost pulls all of the colors together!

Back to that giveaway… Petite Lemon is giving away a $50 credit to their entire store! Find fun and contemporary ideas for a kids or teen room. Makes a great gift.


Giveaway: A $50 credit to Petite Lemon towards a personalized growth chart, alphabet poster or photo poster

To Enter: Leave a comment here with your plans for giving this season! (Could be a gift, time, resources, charity…)

For Additional Entries: Become a Facebook fan of Petite Lemon and/or Pepper Design Blog. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

Giveaway ends Friday, December 23 at midnight PST, winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following Monday. Good luck!


In other news, I’m honored that Goo Gone has made me the Gooru of the week! Come check it out over here. Goo Gone is one of those must-haves for messy projects and I’m a huge fan.

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