One Room Challenge | Week 4

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

All the Pretty Antlers

Okay a little bit of progress this week. I didn't quite get everything done that I would have liked. I actually almost didn't have a post for you this morning. How is it Wednesday already?! Anyhow...let's start the tour, shall we?

Yay for hand towels! Believe it or not, we had no hand towel holder in here. I had all the towel bars removed when I first painted the walls from that lavender-blue color. Eek. 

With the new mirror in place, there wasn't much room. Fortunately this fun towel ring from Urban Outfitters fit the bill perfectly. It's more petite than you realize from the pictures online, which worked out just fine for me. 

Next up? I hung these lovely set of antlers courtesy of Wayfair. I heart them. These are one of my top three favorite things in the room. And a pretty reasonable price if you're buying them. So adorable. BTW they're made of resin, so no animals were hurt for the sake of my bathroom ;)

Now...for my aforementioned addition to the towel hooks: these vintage-looking "His and Hers" labels. I originally spotted them on Jennifer's bathroom makeover and just had to have them. Unfortunately, I don't think they work here. The reason? They are pretty much the same width as the bow hooks. I think they need to be wider. Sigh. What do you guys think? Yay or nay?

This week was a great mail week. Some fun new accessories arrived! New wooden toothbrushes, a fab new soap dish and BLACK soap from France. Why hello there, you pretty thing, you! The scent is so strong and pure, like only French soap has. And speaking of French scents. The celebrity of candles, a black Baies. Big splurge here, but luckily I was able to use a gift card that we had lying around and almost forgot about. Pretty excited that I didn't have to slap down any dolla-dolla bills.

This pretty little gem of a terrarium arrived as well. I love the sculptural element it adds.

An update on the rug front. So far the vote is overwhelmingly in favor of the vintage rug. This makes me secretly happy. I really hope it works. I think it will. Oh and I tried negotiating for this rug, per Christine's suggestion, but the seller wasn't having it. 

I also spotted this guy the other day. I definitely think it could be a contender. I like it better than the Ikea one from last week. Thoughts? Hmmm, I still might like my vintage rug better...

Next week? I need to stop procrastinating and start on the gallery wall. Oh and I have a little project I've been working on. I'm creating a display for a collection I have been working on for more than ten years. Way to leave you with a cliffhanger right? ;)

Weekly Expenses:

hex towel ring (sold out) | $14
set of 3 antlers (c/o wayfair) | $0
vintage label holders (2) | $5.60
black baies candle (used a gift card) | $0
toothbrushes | $12
soap dish | $18
Black soap | $6
terrarium (used friends & family discount) | $17.40
TOTAL | $73

Now go ahead an check out what the other ladies are up to this week!

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Safavieh Mercer Collection Stratton Linen Side Chair with Nail Head, Beige
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Easy DIY Onesie's with Silhouette

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Handmade, small-production children's clothing is so huge right now. Parents are looking for good quality, unique and artistic clothing for their little ones. Who wants to wear the same thing as everyone else? Not I and why should my children, right? Well, paying $50 for a hand-drawn onesie just isn't in my budget, that's for sure. I understand why the prices are so high since it's usually just one person Mama behind the wheel. Don't get me wrong, I love supporting those independent makers, I just can't afford them all of the time. So I figured I'd create some of my own using my beloved Silhouette Cameo and the Designer Edition Software (which lets me upload my own files for the Silhouette to use). It's been an era since I've drawn much of anything, but I put those rusty skills to use creating a couple of cute (and easy) designs to add to some of Conrad's unadorned shirts and onesies.

I thought they turned out adorable. I loved creating custom shirts using my drawings and picking the colors I like (black and white) of course ;) My mind is racing with other designs I can make!

This onesie was inspired by my love of all things Nununu. I figured this would pair nicely with all of Conrad's Nununu pants.

This one was inspired by my love of Oeuf. Instead of a bunny, I thought this goat/llama was just as adorable.  These two onesies are part of the  Little Bundle line from Old Navy. They're actually super soft and much nicer than Carter's or Hanes.

I thought this one was kind of fun too. Just a friendly little play on the "It's OK" banners that are so hot right now. The shirt is from here. It's hard to find shirts as opposed to onesies in the smaller sizes. It's not quite as soft as the Old Navy onesies though.

 Here are the files for you to download if you'd like to make your own:

And of course, Silhouette is running a great promotion right now (April 21st - 30th) on heat transfer bundles. Remember to use this special promo code at check out to get access to these prices:

1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics

1 Silhouette Portrait
1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics

All Heat Transfer materials will be 30% off as well!

Now I get that the Silhouette Heat Transfer Bundle is an investment, but depending on how often you use it? You'll make your money back in no time at all. I'm always thinking of ways to use it around here, believe me it's not hard! Here are some easy DIYs on my to-do list that can easily be made with the Silhouette and heat transfer bundle:

Gorgeous shams like these ones from Leontine Linens.

Monogrammed hand towels like these West Elm ones.

Or these fun throw pillows from Pottery Barn would be super easy.

Or how about a personalized tote bag?

Just a few of the many ways you can use these heat transfers. Have you guys used heat transfers before? What have you made?

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Earth Day 2014 Favorites

Happy Earth Day! May today help bring awareness to the need to save our beautiful earth. Here are some fun earth-friendly goodies I've had my eye on lately.

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1. Natursutten Natural Rubber Teether $15
I've been reading all about natural rubber lately. So much safer than plastic and silicone. This teether caught my eye because, if your baby is chewing on something, shouldn't it be made of something non-toxic and safe?

2. Eos Lip Balm approx. $3
Arden and I are both addicted to this fun lip balm.

3. Skin Savior Balm $68
I know, I know quite pricey (at least it is for me!), but I've been hearing about all of the amazing properties of this balm. AND all of the different uses. It definitely seems like a workhorse.

4. Everyone Face Exfoliating Cleanser $10
Have you heard? Those little micro-plastic beads used in so many facial cleansers these days are polluting our lakes and oceans. Fish are eating them and poisoning themselves and us. Water treatment plants aren't able to to filter them out of our water because they're too small. So if you use a cleanser with those micro-beads, you might want to think about switching. The Mr loves his exfoliating cleanser, so I thought I'd switch it out for this one and see how he fares ;)

5. Everyone Balance Shampoo $10
This shampoo sounds amazing. It helps balance your scalp while cleaning, instead of drying it out.

6. Jar Sippy Cup $8
A sippy cup made from a heavy-duty canning jar and a silicone mouthpiece.

7. Hevea Natural Rubber Bath Toys $25
Again with the natural rubber. These are so safe for your kids as well as being nostalgic.

8. FEED bag $45
I love FEED bags, I'm addicted to them. I guess it's a good addiction to have, right?

9. PACT Women's Watermelon Tank $28
This is not only earth-friendly, it's mama-friendly. I'm a huge fan of pact clothing, I even added some to Conrad's Easter basket. The shirts are a nice soft cotton, made well with nice shape. This tank is one of my all time favorites though. I love it for it's great flattering fit with out being to tight. It's a fun springtime color and it's long so it covers your bum and belly. Love it.

Happy Earth Day!

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