Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mirror Redo

I've been on the lookout for a mirror for our entryway for a while now. Mostly going into Hobby Lobby, TJ Max, Ross... the bargain places. But they all looked like the same generic square or rectangle, so i hadn't gotten anything. Then i decided to go to a favorite antique store to browse for Annabelle's room, when i expectantly found three mirrors that i loved. I came home with this one because the one i really wanted weighed a ridiculous amount, and i knew Alfie would never hang it, and the other was again, a basic rectangle.

So here is the before.

And here is the after

It is hung a little high and the entryway still needs to be painted... but i love the way it turned out, therefore impatient me posted some more bad quality photos do to lack of natural lighting, so please forgive the huge halo shinning down.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

20 wks and some change

Alfie seems to think you cant see any belly in this photo, but i would like to point out that that white shirt used to be long. Not so much any more. It either needs to be worn with something over it, or not at all. And just to prove my point, I am publicly showing one of those rather embarrassing bare belly shots. I seriously believe this to be my last bare belly photo, as my book has said from here on out, i will consistently get bigger.
But enough belly. We have picked out colors for the nursery!! I tried to get some good photos of the actual color, but i don't think it turned out as well as they really look. The really small scrap of fabric, though beautiful, is out. At $100.00 a yard, i think I'll pass. I am still on the hunt for a silver blue silk that has a small design like it, but am running out of places to go. Any suggestions are welcome. The wall color is Silver Sage, and the pink is more of a dusty rose color, it will be for the bumper, with the silver being a ruffled bed skirt that goes all the way to the floor.
I am really trying to stay away from the "baby pink" as my mom calls it. More shabby chic, i suppose. What do you think? Yay or nay?

I will leave you an inspiration photo. I love the muted tones in the room. Very relaxing, which i will need at the wee hours of feeding. The only thing i will change is a brighter pink. If you know who i need to give credit to for this photo, please let me know!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentines

Lovingly given to me from my students. I think this might be my most favorite V-day gift ever from them. I know i am going to catch a lot of crap about this, however, "to thine own self be true" (i believe that is Shakespeare?). and i must confess the truth, i have a mild love for both twilight and chocolate.
i hope everyone else enjoys their day of love!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Things are Happening

Many things are happening at our house. Even though we have lived here for two years, these past few weeks of cleaning out, rearranging, painting, and general home improvement for baby, makes it feel like we are either coming or going. Alfie is getting excited to see things (painting) finally come to an end. What he doesn't know is that i have big plans for the guest bathroom, which will require some refinishing and painting. I just made a recent discovery of bead board wallpaper, and am running ideas around about yet another decor change in the dinning area. Eek! I get excited thinking about the possibilities, yet nervous to inform the significant other of my plans :)... i will at least wait until he is done with the nursery. But all of that is another post entirely.

Speaking of getting baby ready, he is putting together the crib tonight! I know we ordered it a bit early, but we knew we loved it for a girl, and since it has been delivered, we might as well get started.
Directions required

Some serious concentration. Must be just right (and safe) for Annabelle.
The other purchase that arrived was the much anticipated "petunia pickle bottom" must have diaper bag.
The verdict is still out on this. Not exactly what i was expecting here. All i told Alfie was that i wanted a neutral one to use for future children, and one that could be used as a backpack or messenger bag. He did the rest. Can't go wrong right? They are all so cute. What i did not know, was that not all bags come in the soft plush material i have seen. Bummer. Ours is not. See the shine?

He loves this aspect though, and it is something i can live with. Other minor disappointment is the color. Online it looked more grey than black, but guess what. It's more black than grey. Another minor let down, but it is still neutral, so again not a major complaint. My one and only concern is that the top does not open as wide as i would like. The zipper stops on the top and not down the sides.

I can see myself getting frustrated at this as i am digging around looking for whatever baby necessity i am looking for. I have never actually opened one up before, so i don't know if this is typical of all the bags or just the one we have. I am going to do some asking around. But when it is all said and done, though i am a little disappointed, Alfie loves it. So that along with the price tag, will keep me from complaining too much. I think.
What do you think? Keep it or send it back?