Diana Photo Wall

A few months before the baby was born I bought my husband a Diana mini camera. If you haven’t heard about them, or seen on before, they are pretty cool. You can read more info about them on the Lomography site.

He has taken hundreds of photos (72 1/2 frames fit on one role of film) and just recently he started going through them and vetting out the best ones. What used to be a photo gallery frame wall (of course I didn’t take any before pics, sigh) is now our ever rotating Diana photo wall. Dom painted a nice thick border to keep the wall from becoming an unruly mess of photos and he used these photo clips to align and hang everything. Here are the results:

Diana Photo Wall
Diana Photo Wall
Diana Photo Wall

Lowes Creative Ideas Website

I learned about the Lowes Creative Ideas website this past weekend and my every waking moment (ok, maybe not EVERY) has been consumed with drooling over/dreaming of all the cool projects they have on the site. The best part is they are labeled by skill level and they also give the estimated cost of the project. Genius.

Here are the projects I am “sure” I will be finishing in the next few months…

Lowes Projects
1. Leaning Shelf
2. Children’s Play Table
3. Kitchen Storage Cart
4. Stack it Up Table (FYI – this link is currently broken on Lowes site)

Magnetic Chalkboard Paint Wall – Yes? No?

We are trying to decide if it would be cool to do a low lying magnetic chalkboard wall along the area that separates our dining/kitchen area from our living area. We have an open floor plan, so it wouldn’t be too overwhelming to have a strip of black running along the wall – with the idea that Hayden could have a place to color and play with alphabet magnets and it might be cool to use it as a rotating photo wall as well.  Now to figure out a cool chalkboard/magnets holder…

What do you think?

Wall Before
Wall After

Put Some Pantone in Your Life

It seems like Pantone is all the rage now in home design so I wanted to do a quick roundup of some cool products & tutorials out there. Being a web designer I utilize color in my everyday work and life, and although I use hexadecimal colors for the web, I am constantly converting Pantone colors from our print department at work. I love the new range of products out there from storage containers to magnets to bags to cakes(!) that feature bright and cheery Pantone colors. So check some out here (click to view larger pics):

PANTONE WEDDING- The Dessy Group Pantone Hotel Pantone iPhone & iPad Cases
Pantone Wedding by
The Dessy Group
The Pantone Hotel
(you heard me right!)
Pantone iPhone & iPad
Cases by Case Senario
Pantone Chip Cookies Pantone Salt Or Pepper Mills Pantone Folding Chairs
Pantone Chip Cookies Pantone Salt & Pepper Mills Pantone Folding Chairs
DIY Pantone Magnets Pantone Cupcakes Seletti Pantone Bikes
DIY Pantone Magnets Pantone Cupcakes! Seletti Pantone Bikes
Ok, how amazing are these!!!

I think I have my color fix for the day!

Crib Skirt

The crib we purchased (the Parklane Baby Mod) from Walmart has an odd space between where the mattress ends and the storage area begins. Especially since we have the mattress up high for when the baby is young. A traditional crib skirt was out because it would interfere with the storage drawers below. So I set out to find a DIY solution and came across this post over at Young House Love. They just so happen to have the same exact crib, and therefore issue, that we have! And because they are loads craftier then me, came up with an awesome, and super easy, solution. Since I am as lazy as they come, I took Sherry’s idea and made it even simpler. Instead of using traditional fabric as she did I found some grey felt in my stash that would do the trick. Since felt doesn’t fray I was able to get away with just using plain, un-hemmed squares of fabric for each side of the crib. I also didn’t bond all three pieces together – I did separate squares for each side. I did use Sherry’s idea of sticky velcro to attach all the pieces on (works perfectly!) and since each side of the felt hangs below, or is hidden by the sides of the crib, I didn’t have to do any sewing OR bonding of the material. Score!

Crib Before

This is crib right after we assembled it. You can see the funky space between where the mattress rests and the storage area below.

Crib Close Up

Here is the after. You can see the felt hangs nicely since it's a bit stiffer than regular fabric.

Full Crib

Here's a full shot of the completed project. I only did 3 sides - leaving out the back.

Tuba Approves

Tuba Approves.

Drool for the Day: Super Buzzy

I found this great tutorial on making your own fitted crib sheets this morning on Prudent Baby and it got me to looking for some cute fabric to fit into our little on-going nursery project! Check out these fabrics I found from Super Buzzy, which has all the Japanese fabrics, notions and craft supplies you could ever, ever want. I think I will be splurging (@ $16.95/yard) on Echino Ni-Co Bicycle in Natural!

Mod Cars - Green

Mod Cars - Green

Echino Ni-Co - Bicycle - Natural

Echino Ni-Co - Bicycle - Natural

Devilman

Devilman

Paris Music Blue

Paris Music Blue