Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pillows, Tutus and A Big Mouse

My daughter had a wonderful birthday...Thank you everyone that wished her a happy day!  I read every comment to her and she thinks she's famous now.  More about her day in a minute.

I mentioned that I got my crafting mojo back the other day and I wanted to show you what I've been working on.

First off....I have had BIG plans to make our apartment more appealing.  You may be wondering why I'd want to do this....when we should be moving out of our temporary arrangement in August.  We've decided not to move...for now.

There are a couple reasons for of them being that we still can't afford to move yet and we'd like to put some money in the bank and possibly buy a house instead of renting one.  This is not the best apartment we could be renting but it's nice and it's big enough and we really hate the thought of moving again.

We are happy here (mostly).

Anyway, I had big plans to paint my entertainment center.  I even asked iKeith instead of just doing it and he said yes, and then he said no.  I was really bummed about it.  Instead...I'm working on de cluttering and accessorizing.

I found a really awesome pillow at Target but when I told iKeith how much it was he said NO. Are you seeing a theme here?

I went to Cost Plus and JoAnn's over the weekend and inspiration struck when I found some napkins that were the exact colors that I wanted to decorate my living room!

I bought two napkins ($6) and a pillow form ($9) and sewed them together!  This is my favorite chair where I read, journal and watch TV.  I love it!

My other project was a tutu for Mallory's birthday.  I was feeling badly that I hadn't really done anything for her big I did last year and this little project filled that void and she loved it!

I followed the directions from Wildflowers and Whimsy and I just loved making this!  I worked on it over two nights after the kids had gone to bed, while watching GLEE.  It make me soooo happy!

Mallory was very specific about what she wanted for her birthday cake so I called in a professional.  Gemma from Bella Stella Bakery.   The requirements were: Strawberry Cake, Strawberry Filling, White Frosting and Pink Flowers. 

It was beautiful, delicious and exactly what the Princess ordered!  I have to tell you....Mallory was a little bit reluctant to let us eat it.  She just wanted to sit and look at it.  Thank you Gemma for helping make a little girl's wish come true!  

Speaking of wishes coming true.  This little girls only wish for her birthday was to go to Chuck E Cheese (i call it Chunky Cheese).  She had so much fun, ate more pizza than I've seen her eat in her life and she met the guy in the costume BIG mouse!

Her favorite gifts were  an apron, a whisk and dollhouse accessories that Alex gave her.



  1. Awwww! That last picture is amazing. She looks like she's in heaven!
    And your pillow is freaking cool!

  2. Love it all!

    Happy belated Birthday to Miss M, i.e. the princess! ; )

  3. Tell iKeith I'm going to hold my breath and stamp my foot until he lets you paint.
    Love Mal's tutu... hate chuckee cheese.

  4. AWE!!! How sweet! I love that last pic...sweet hugs. Her cake looks and sounds delish! I love the tutu. You did good.

    The pillow is really cute! You're so do have you mojo back!

  5. O
    That cake looks amazing. I've written sweets out of my life and that's all I think about these days. Can you please save me a piece for Austin?

    Great! Thanks.

  6. Cherish those lovey moments!

    I love looking for the Young and Relentless title in your pictures, it's like finding the hidden Mickeys at Disney.

  7. What a great day! The cake looks delicious - I am impressed you only had a small piece! That last picture is too cute!!

  8. I just found your blog and became a follower! Love your blog! :) Erin

  9. She really loves her big brother, doesn't she? I'm so glad her birthday turned out so beautifully. You did a great job on that tutu!

  10. love all those pictures (especially the last one!). What a great day for her. Z loves "Chunky Cheese" too :)

    The pillow looks awesome and so does the tutu! I am glad to see you got your crafting mojo back :)

    Once again, Happy Birthday Mallory!

  11. That last picture is just too precious!

  12. Mallory looks like she had a terrific birthday! How exciting for her!

    I'm really impressed by that napkin idea, I have two old cheap pillows that are getting kind of blah on my couch and chair and I might do something similar with them just to change things up a bit. I've been wanting to decorate my apartment for so long, but I just don't have the nack for that kind of stuff.

    I LOVE those tutu's, aren't they so fun and cheap?? I used to make them for the kids at my daycare when I was a director, I learned how to make them at a workshop where we also learned how to make these awesome fleece balls that the kids went apeshit for!

    So fun. :)

  13. Good jobs in the crafts! That pillow looks great.

    And that cake looks so yummy I think I just gained a couple of pounds looking at it.

  14. She is so sweet! Love the pillow and the tutu is precious...awesome crafting!

    So happy she had a great birthday and A looks fabulous in his glasses!

  15. Love your pillow idea. And that last picture is darling!

  16. Where to even start?! That apron is too much! I can just see you guys spending your days in the kitchen with your gorgeous aprons! :)

    Also love that pillow and the tutu is precious! Nice work, Mama!

  17. so glad i'm not the only one who has crafty mojo that comes and goes!

  18. Found you via BlogHer and am now your newest follower. Love your blog!! How cute are your kids!?!?! That apron is so sweet!

  19. You should always make your house your home, no matter how temporary the living situation may be. It makes you feel good to be surrounded by things that make you happy!

    LOVE the tutu and that pic of her in the apron!


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