Woodland Nursery

Levi says "Hi, welcome to my room!"
I've been meaning to show you the transformation from girly, pink, guest room to baby boy woodland nursery, for awhile now. But, the lighting in Levi's room is horrible for picture taking, plus he naps in there. But I've finally managed to take a few (a few hundred) pictures to show you.

I love Levi's crib. It has a dark, espresso finish. It changes into a toddler bed and then a headboard.

I got the sweet bedding online. I had to wait six agonizing weeks for it.

The underside of the quilt has little circles.....

....the colors and circles matched these curtains perfectly. I found the curtains on clearance at a different store and they weren't part of the bedding line. Boy did I luck out!

I covered these wood letters with scrapbook paper that complements the colors in his room.

This is where I used to feed Levi in the middle of the night. Thankfully he's been sleeping through the night for quite a while now.

I found these cute, vinyl wall clings at Target.

The table is from TJ Maxx and was half the price that they sell them for at Pier One. The rocker is from an antique store and is very comfy.

In case you are wondering about the S on the box, our last name starts with S.

I found the perfect dresser for Levi's room at Costco. It coordinates so well with Levi's crib.
(which was from JC Penney)

Vintage Noah's ark from Ebay. My mom sent us the silver Noah's ark bank.

One of my favorite things in the room is this print from Jeanne Winters.

Twig lamp from Target.

This little wall is between the bathroom door and the closet.

I love these letter prints. Notice all the things in the picture that start with B. Bear, bicycle, blueberries, basket, birch tree, butterfly, bird, and boat.

I punched holes in the letter cards and hung them with ribbon. I covered the nail with a button.

I framed vintage Racey Helps postcards. I wished they showed up better in the pictures.

They all have cute, little, woodland animals playing games.

I got the changing table from Amazon.

I love the deer hamper.

Baskets hold diapers and bibs etc.

The tags are so cute, but they won't last long, Levi is starting to tear them off!

Levi enjoying his room. We hope you enjoyed the tour!

Spray Painting Ceramic

I decided to try spray painting a couple of ceramic pieces. I had never done this before and wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. So I made sure I tried this on some very frugal finds of mine.

The first step is to use spray primer on your piece. I used gray primer, this way when I sprayed on the cream paint, I could make sure I had even coverage. I then sprayed on several light coats of cream semi gloss spray paint. Next I tried using some antiquing glaze, but I was not happy with the results. The surface was so slick that when I went to wipe the glaze off, almost all of it came off. So instead I highlighted areas just using plain ol', brown, craft paint.

I love the look of this pot, it has that French Azure style, that I love. I bought a bunch when a local nursery maked them down, but I've never liked the mustard yellow color.

So here it is after I painted it. I think I went a little over board on aging it, but I was working in the garage at night so the lighting wasn't ideal.

Here's a little close up of the detail on the pot.

I got this pear on clearence at Kirkland Home several years ago. I do like the color, but it just wasn't working with anything in my house. The beauty of spray paint is you can unify odd items in your house by using the same color on them.

I taped off the leaf and stem because I liked the existing color. I attempted to add some shading at the bottom so it wasn't too boring being all the same color.

I bought this little urn at the thrift store for 99 cents. I loved the shape and color, but not the gold band around the top. I also needed the top to be solid so I could put a cloche on top. I glued a piece of heavy cardboard to the top using epoxy and painted the whole thing out.

I'm really happy with the way this turned out! Urn 99 cents, cloche $1.00, mercury glass bird about $1.25. So cute for under $4.00!!

This little birdie was 25 cents.

Isn't she sweet painted white?

At home in her nest.

So here are all my beauties together! My advice:  DO NOT spray paint anything where you will be devastated if it doesn't turn out. Spray painting ceramics is good for items from;  garage sales, hand me downs, old pieces you are ready to throw out, and thrift store items. Not great for the treasured antique grandma passed down to you! To review: prime first, spray on a light coat, allow to dry completly, repeat until you have even coverage.

Funky Junk rocks y'all!

~new every morning~

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
It is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-26

Caesars Palace

Grant is learning about Greek and Roman mythology in school right now, so when he had a day off from school last week, I thought it would be fun to take him to Caesar's Palace and let him look at all the statues there.
He really loved it.
Grant has his own camara now and took millions of pictures. Several times during the day he thanked me for taking him and told me he was having so much fun. He's a great kid!
And look who we saw while we were there!
Dan Marino was there signing autographs.
He was very tan.
Levi loved getting up close to this aquarium.
It was so cool every time the fish swam right in front of him.
Loved this chandelier in front of one of the Forum shops inside Caesar's. We didn't go inside as everything in sight was breakable.
I loved this lantern. Isn't it gorgeous?!