quirky kitchenware roundup

1. Nessie Ladle | 2. Help! Small Spoons Set | 3. Melting Mugs | 4. Nut Case | 5. Stars Cutting Board | 6. Go-To Dishes | 7. Cactus Oven Glove

Thank you for all the sweet comments on my recent baby news! This monumental life change is still sinking in for me, despite my growing baby bump, and your encouraging words have quelled some of my mama-to-be anxiety :-) I can’t wait to share some nursery tidbits (AKA a corner of our bedroom) once the place actually looks presentable in some shape or form. Now back to business!

I love inviting friends over for dinner because A) I like feeding people and B) It gives me an excuse to stock up on kitchenware – drool! (Is it weird to drool over this kind of stuff?) I dream of one day having a kitchen with endless cabinet space just to contain all the quirky glasses, serving platters, and cake stands that are forever catching my eye. And you bet your butt every single item in this round up would be on my shopping list. Those melting mugs are so cool, err hot – I want one in every color!

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pregnancy announcement!

Hello friends! Sorry things have been so quiet around here lately. It’s just hard to stay behind a computer for longer than necessary when the temperature outside hits that perfect medium between warm and blazing hot! And the truth is I’ve also been rather busy working on a very special project the past few months, and although it’s not quite finished yet, I wanted to give you all a sneak peek…

pregnancy announcement

Yes, there’s a baby on the way! In early August, to be specific. The apartment is in utter chaos right now as we try to rearrange our entire home to make space for this nugget, but it’s so worth it to see stuffed animals and chunky books start to make their way onto our shelves :-)

Everyone keeps asking me how I feel, and physically? Pretty great! Mentally? Scared and excited to the Nth degree! When we first got Toby (after going to the breeder’s place to “just take a look”), I distinctly remember thinking “OMG what did we just do?? We don’t know how to take care of this thing!” on the car ride home with a squirming puppy in my lap. This is pretty much how I feel as the weeks fly by, poring over pregnancy forums and reviews for baby monitors and strollers and swaddles. It’s an overwhelming time, but I’m comforted by the little (and sometimes not so little!) kicks in my belly each day, and I know we’ll figure everything out together along the way. Toby turned out to be an upstanding gentleman after all, so how hard can all this baby stuff be, right? HA!

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friday grab bag

Happy Friday! This weekend is shaping up to be a fun one, filled with friends and baking and street fair meandering – the trifecta of a good time in my book :-) This week I’m loving…

  • The cheerful pom pom trim of this Lazy Oaf Pom Dress from Nasty Gal
  • These adorable safari tape holders from Verry Berry Sticker that’ll help keep your washi tape collection neat n’ tidy
  • Simple naked cakes like this strawberry beauty from The Simple Sweet Life. This is definitely on my must-make list once strawberry season hits!
  • These paint dipped alphabet magnets from Sarah Hearts that give a childhood classic the perfect grown up makeover
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Camp Pretty May flowers

My eyes are itching like crazy. My nose is giving Rudolph a run for his money. I’ve been buried under a mountain of tissues the past couple of weeks. And yet I STILL want to fill every corner of our house with flowers, seasonal allergies be damned! Luckily I can admire these beautiful “blooming” illustrations over at Camp Pretty without having to reach for my Visine – swoon!

Camp Pretty May flowers

Camp Pretty May flowers

Camp Pretty May flowers

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DIY fruit notebooks

Thanks to an unexpected warm front this week that screams summer much more than spring, I stocked up the fridge with watermelon, strawberries, apples, oranges, AND blueberries. Does anyone else uncontrollably binge shop fruit when the weather turns warm? This obsession seems to have spilled over into my creative mind because I’ve got a fun DIY for some fruitastic mini notebooks for you today! They’re inspired by this whimsical line of Juicy notebooks and super easy to make, so check it out down below!

DIY fruit notebooks

What you’ll need:

  • 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of colored card stock, including green
  • 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of plain white paper
  • bone folder (optional, but SO great for crisp folded edges!)
  • X-acto knife
  • ruler
  • assorted markers
  • small binder clips or paper clips
  • rubber eraser
  • stapler that unhinges open
  1. Fold a sheet of card stock in half and cut it using a ruler and an X-acto knife (scissors will do just fine too) to produce two rectangles
  2. Fold one of these rectangles in half, and decorate it with a fruity pattern. This will be your book cover!
  3. Repeat step #1 and the first part of step #2 with 5 or 6 sheets of plain white paper to create the inner pages
  4. Unfold all the paper pieces and stack the cover on top of the inner pages. You may want to clip it in place with a couple of paper clips or binder clips to keep any pages from shifting
  5. Place the rubber eraser underneath the crease of the notebook and use it as a surface to staple into, about 1.5″ from the top edge
  6. Flip the notebook over, and dislodge the eraser from the staple. Fold the edges of the staple down to secure (I used the edge of the ruler)
  7. Repeat the previous two steps, but staple 1.5″ from the bottom edge
  8. Fold the booklet, and trim any pages that may be sticking out with the X-acto knife for a nice clean edge
  9. For the bookmark, take the green card stock and tuck it into your notebook, lining up the bottom edges
  10. Draw some leaves at the top in pencil, then connect the ends to the bottom of the page in two straight lines. Cut it out, and stick between the pages.
  11. Write down your summer to-do list in your new mini notebook!

DIY fruit notebooks

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super chic ikea hacks

IKEA Tarva dresser hack from Smitten Studio | IKEA Bekvam stool hack from This Little Street | IKEA Rast nightstand hack from Red Book | IKEA Besta + Billy bookcase combo hack from Centsational Girl

We’re finally getting around to updating some of the furniture around our house, which means I’ll be bidding adieu to my trusty Malm dresser and nightstand that have been with me since I moved into my very first apartment here in NYC 10 years ago. Say what you want about IKEA, but some of that cheapo stuff really LASTS! I only wish I had seen these pieces as blank slates to build upon and really made them my own. I mean, just take a look at these incredible makeovers to see what happens when creativity and elbow grease meets plain old IKEA furniture – (expensive looking) magic!

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