Thursday, February 27, 2014

Smash that Cake Baby Girl | Family Post

baby girl cake smash
How in the world did 12 months go by?  I wish someone would have warned me that a second child isn’t like the first.  You don’t get to soak in every second, you get like every other hour if that.  I mean come on people!

So. Her cake smash.  It was PERFECT.  But, it didn’t go perfectly as planned.  As you may have recalled if you follow me on Facebook I asked a few different décor settings for her cake smash.  I thought about this for a while… I wanted something perfect for her, unique to bring attention, but easy going to allow for the unexpected.  I had LOTS of ideas.. but my final idea was this..
white backdrop.  white distressed wood floor. BIG fluffy “vintage” purple tutu, a soft pink rosette cake with white inside,  and a cluster of clear balloons with confetti inside.  Confetti the color of mauve, blush, teal, silver, glitter.  I searched online and in stores for DAYSSSSSSSSSSSSSS for confetti that fit what I wanted.  I planned to have my balloons filled and ready for pick up the morning of the shoot by Party City.  So a week before the shoot I went and spoke with them double checking that if I brought in clear balloons and confetti they’d just fill them and be ready for pick up, and they said yes absolutely.  So I searched for two weeks for my perfect color scheme.  Couldn’t find it in the turn around time I wanted.  So then two nights before her shoot I go back to Party City to choose the best colors I can of their confetti and schedule the balloon pick up. I was in there for about a half hour while my husband and two kids waiting in the car and pushing dinner time…aka…”stress time”.  I finally bring everything up to the counter to pay and schedule… NOPE. “Sorry Mam, we can’t use anything put tissue paper confetti inside balloons”. 
:::Enter internal mental and emotional breakdown::How was this not brought to my attention earlier, like a week ago when I talked details with them that they could do this for me.  Needless to say, my entireeeeeeeeeeeee plan that was centered around the clear balloons with confetti inside was SQUASHED, 36 hours before her photo shoot. I cried.  a lot. Poor husband did not know how to comfort me since usually I’m all “I can handle anything and a big DIYer who tackles everything” yet here I was crying over cake smash decorations. oh wait…did I mention I’m SUPER stressed about this whole moving to Minnesota side note that effected this situation.

Well I felt like I had this pressure of perfection.  I mean we kinda nailed our baby announcement, and then we nailed our gender announcement. I felt like her 1st birthday had to be EPIC. And I was worried that this the fact I centered this entire photo session around a cluster of balloons with confetti in it was going to ruin everything.

Here’s where reality sinks in.  Fast forward to the time of the photo session: SHE HATED THE CAKE. Refused to take a bite, threw up when she finally got a bit of frosting in her mouth.  She wanted NOTHING to do with it.  Wait… where are those balloons I cried over? Oh right. Who cares. This photo shoot is capturing my baby girl in her essence… not capturing her mom’s perfect decorating planning.
Luckily though I was able to show up at  Teal Tree Studio where we got our session done and she had the PERFECT pendant banner to add to the background as a subtle detail.  No, there’s nothing truly “unique” or “trend worthy” about her session…. but I love it none the less, actually I love it more!

Photo time:

Do you feel that? Your heart skip a beat? That’s because you just fell in love with chunky baby thighs and so much happiness exploding from her face.   soak it in

Now… the question is… which ones do I develop??

And quick shout out to those that DID make this happen:
Teal Tree Studios: Can’t say enough about her… she is so calm and easy going she made the whole thing effortless.  Not to mention she offers an all in one deal for cake smashes.  If I wanted I literally could have shown up w/ a naked baby and she would have dressed her, set the stage, provided the cake and taken pictures ALL IN HER BUNDLE PRICE.  I of course, tried to make it harder.s
Kutie’s Tutus: There’s a million and one tutu shops on Etsy, billions more in the world. But, Kimberly from KutieTutu’s is the best. I mean… do you SEE THE FLUFFINESS OF HER TUTU. Yeah. She worked with me so much to be sure the color scheme I wanted was what I was getting.  We messaged back and forth A LOT and she’s a busy gal, but she was always willing to help deal with my little details and perfection points.  Needless to say… when her tutu arrived I was SO HAPPY.  Incredible value for an incredible price. If you’re looking to buy a baby girl tutu, seriously. Visit her etsy shop, they’re amazing.

no these were not sponsored they’re just awesome sports of my crazy baby perfectionist antics so they deserve big shout outs.


Monday, February 24, 2014

Golden Dipped Initial–The Letter M | Home Decor

painting with modern masters metallic paint
Okay confession the first picture is just for my own pleasure – I’m slowly trying to learn more and more about Photoshop.  I was working on my metallic font effect in PS.  Still love the picture though – two of my favorite things, paint & a Purdy brush!

Onto the real deal:

tutorial for golden dipped letter
I love big chunky letters.   I love gold and metallics.  I love the dipped effect (may be a “trend” but it’s probably going to be a timeless look in my décor). 

Super easy tutorial but I’ll still give a step by step.  But as you can guess it’s mostly just tape, paint, peal off tape, and enjoy!

I ordered my big chunky letter online and it was cut from MDF so a very light wood color when I received it.  I stained it in Minwax Provincial (like I stain anything in something else).  Then I just used painters tape to cut the straight line.  I wanted a lot more dipped effect than usual. Typically your “dipped” is the lower 1/3 of the piece, but I wanted it mostly gold with just a touch of unpainted at the top. 

I used Modern Masters champagne metallic paint.  I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE their paint!  I’ve used it in my daughters nursery for her ceiling and also this past Christmas on a holiday sign I made. 

The paint goes on really thin so you just have to do multiple thin layers.  As you can see above the first couple layers leave a lot of brush strokes.  After about 3 thin layers I didn’t see any brush strokes and had a smooth fully painted surface.

Next up – have your beautiful assistant help you take the tape off.  She was pretty excited – I think she’s a genius and knew this was for her. Logical.

It’s the perfect small addition to her room.  A personalized touch that matches her bedroom theme.

A nice quick afternoon weekend project. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The BIG news… And a long moment to reflect | Home Tour

leaving post

Eyes are filled with tears.  Lip is bitten. Hands are shaking.

We’re moving.

It’s good.  It’s actually great.  We have been a military family since 2008 and been away from our family and life long friends since then.  My husband has finished his term in the United States Navy and showed civilian life how to be a #boss by landing an amazing career with a company he dreamed to work for. 
We’ll be living within minutes of our family and friends that we haven’t seen more than quick visits in 6 years.  Our kids are going to be able to play with their cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.  There isn’t any problems or consequences to the fact we’re moving to Minnesota. 

What is sad, for me, is the fact of leaving VA.  Going to MN is great, but leaving VA is hard for me.  Leaving the life and friends we’ve made here in VA.  My son has spent three years growing in a school that know his quirks, personality and humor.  My daughter has been welcomed into a family daycare that love and treat her as their own.  I have worked for a company for three and a half years that has helped shaped me as a person.  I’ve met people, best friends, that have helped me grown as a person, a mom, a worker, a every way.   My husband and I have learned how to be a family, how to be parents, doing it “on our own”.  ( I say on our own because we’re blessed to have parents that have flown down to VA to be at our rescue within days notice when we’ve needed it). the super dorky DIYer way of me.. I’m sad to be leaving this home.  This house we turned into a home.  It’s our first home we’ve owned, our first roots, our first footprint in this big scary world as we became official adults.  And now we’re handing the keys off to tenants… and we’ll now crown the title “Landlords”.  We are unable to sell yet because of lack of equity, so we’re renting out our home… hopefully to a lovely family that will love these walls as much as I have. It’d be a blessing to provide a home for a family that is not quite ready to purchase yet but still wants to feel like their rental is a home.

A “quick” reflect on the stages and process of this house in the past three years!

Curb Appeal

2011: First year of moving in:
2013: Still trying to learn how to garden – but getting there:
Summer Front Door
2010: Walking in the first day - Before:
2011: First entryway post:DSC_1735b
2013: A later version:DSC_8624b
Living Room2010: Unpainted naked before:  DSC_0122
2011: First year and half:DSC_0889
2013: A more recent post:  pbjstories living room
Still pretty outdated but I cannot get a shot of our living room that I love!

2010: Simple Kitchen Before: 
Not bad…but not amazing.
2013: After our Kitchen update:
Kitchen 1
Kitchen 3
Master Bedroom
2010: Before (I cringe): 
2011: Post-Makeover:Master Bedroom 1
Master Bedroom 2
Jackson’s Room 2012: Never took a “before” in his room – just been little by little updates along the way:
3rd Bedroom/Makenzie’s Nursery

2010: The worst of all before’s – when it was a “dump” pile room:
2011: It’s mini makeover when it was a spare bedroom:
2013: Her nursery:  3rd Bedroom 2
3rd Bedroom 1
2012: 2nd Full bathroom/Modern Kid Bathroom Makeover:
2nd Full Bathroom 1
2nd Full Bath 2
Backyard Patio Area2010: The Dreaded Before:    DSC_9173b
2013: The Happy After:  Backyard Patio
It’s crazy how much we’ve done to this home in just three years.  Now I am spending every night trying to get it totally ready for another family to live in it. 

Have you wondered what this move means for my blog?  Well let’s just say – get ready for some crazy times!  I plan to completely take you along on this journey…. I’ll piece together what the next upcoming months means for us.. but it’s going to get interesting Winking smile
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