This has been such a busy week, so busy that I can’t believe that it’s almost over. But I am equally thrilled that it’s time for a little rest and rejuvenation :).
I love to share Friday guest blog interview posts with you because I love to share really great finds (read more about those here). Today I’d love to give a warm welcome to Alison from Deuce Cities Henhouse who is joining me to answer the usual five design & inspiration questions, and to share her vintage modern style and photos of her amazing home. I love (love) this girl’s home. So much about her 100-year-old casa speaks to me. There is something about the art of decorating something so old that is both exciting and incredibly daunting. I never feel that we do our 1930′s bungalow justice – and it makes me happy when I get to be inspired by bloggers that do do the old thing so well.
I originally noticed Alison’s home when I caught a sneak peek of her music room and that amazing wallpaper. The rest of her home is filled with beautiful patterns, a mix of modern & mid-century furniture, gorgeous green house plants and even a Franco Albini wicker ottoman (yep, Alison’s living room was one of the photos from here).
Alison (who goes by Scoops – awesome) is mom to Gus & Finn, majored in photography (hence all of the pretty pictures) and named her blog after the Twin Cities (her hometown).
Head on over to the full interview to see more house shots and read about Alison’s favorite tips and inspiration – plus an awesome DIY project that she recently tackled.
I recently came across the idea of recycling Christmas cards into gift tags in Martha Stewart Living and decided to try it out. I love receiving holiday cards – it’s truly one of those joys of Christmas that I most look forward to. It’s like old school, once-a-year Facebook. You get to check in with friends and family via smiling faces and a few kind words – it’s a little peek into what’s going on in their lives. Families that you haven’t seen in years still feel part of your world because of that little card. I also love that I feel like I’m reconnecting all season long by displaying their Christmas card in full view somewhere in the house.
It seems silly to waste so many beautiful, well-designed cards at the close of the holidays…
So I pulled all of my craft punches, bakers twine and ribbon bits from my craft drawers to create holiday tags for next year. I already feel ahead of the game (I’m on a roll this year).
After cutting out favorite words or patterns, I used a simple slip knot on most so that I could either tie or tape the tag onto a future present:
Now I’ll put them all into a little ziplock baggie and throw them into my Christmas box out in the garage to be discovered in 11 months!
Whoever thought up the idea of Christmas cards was really on to something… some of the relationships I have with friends from back in college, high school or even grade school exist because we swap cards of our families. I dig that we still get to stay connected and I LOVE the excuse for our family to take a family photo once a year (even if labeling, hunting down new addresses, mailing and all of that is such a pain). Can’t wait to find these sure-to-be-forgotten-about tags next year, we’ll see if reusing these cards as gift tags was worth the effort.
Do you display your holiday cards for a while or pull them down right after Christmas? I’m feeling like I took mine down a little earlier this year…
You know what’s amazing? Little hands, little toes. A little face that lights up with the most brilliant little grin when you shine a smile in her direction.
We are beginning to manage a stretch of sleep that is longer than five hours these days. Five hours isn’t horrible, it’s way better than two. But by three months old (let alone seven) Liv was sleeping for 13 hours straight and I was happy as a sleeping clam. Oh man, those were the days.
We followed BabyWise and Secrets of a Baby Whisperer (loved both, I’m leaning on the latter at the moment) to a t with Liv from when she was 2-3 weeks old. I sort of forgot all about it when Taylor came around. I remembered the steps but wasn’t diligent about employing them, and, obviously, that is the secret. So we’re back on track now but it will take a bit of time.
The above pics chronicle T’s first seven months! I have this big, fuzzy white blanket that I keep in the living room for snuggling on the couch and it was a perfect prop for her newborn photos, I love how cozy it looks and plan on using it in her regular photo updates just like I did with Liv’s giant bear.
Taylor is the best baby. She may not sleep as much as I’d like, but everything else about her little personality, coos, scoots and hand clapping is addictive. I’m trying to get her out of my bed, but in reality falling asleep with her on my chest (Kev constantly lets her fall asleep wrapped up against him, and he’s always reminding me that that is truly the best feeling in the world) is my kind of cuddling. She’s sweet and energetic and perfect.
PS I pulled together all of my favorite baby product posts into one easy to find spot.