Monday, April 28, 2014

the last bathroom: updated vanity & new floor

Just a short update today! We have been working away over here at this house of ours, but haven't quite finished a whole lot to post about. The final touches of the kitchen are coming together, so I will {hopefully} be posting about that very soon!

In the mean time, I've been jumping around to different rooms of the house a little bit to get other projects done, and started on our guest bathroom upstairs.  When we moved in, this is what the bathroom looked like:
Nothing in this bathroom is too terrible, but just on the boring side.  However, this bathroom has amazing light, probably the best light in the house, and I plan to keep it fairly airy.  The only part of this room that won't be kept light is the vanity, which I got stained nice and dark just like the other cabinetry in the house (half bath, kitchen and master bath).

I also did the same grouted vinyl tile in this room that I used in the half bath and the laundry room.  I like to use the same or similar base materials like this throughout the house so it flows well.
 Here's the up to date checklist for this room, from the larger checklist we made at the beginning of the year:

  • Come up with a design plan
  • Stain Vanity
  • Paint Walls/Trim
  • Update Floor - probably the same as the half bath
  • Frame Mirror
  • Remove towel bar/add towel hooks - like in the master bath
  • Buy New shower Curtain
  • Add Art/Accessories

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

diy pregnancy announcement photos

I mentioned last week that we took some pregnancy announcement pictures with Matt's brother's family while we were in Austin, and it was so much fun! When we got home, I took some of the images and made them into announcement photos for them to share the news on Facebook.

I know everyone is looking for cute ways to announce their pregnancies, so I thought I would share a few ideas that we came up with.

We knew going into the photo session that we wanted to get some pictures with a lot of sky, so we could add white text.  I can't take credit for this first cute catchphrase...that was all the momma-to-be's idea!  

Note: This first awesome font is called "Nella Sue" and was made by the fabulous Jenna of Jenna Sue Design Co.  Go check out her amazing shop and blog. You won't regret it!
I love this shot, and think it would make the cutest postcard announcement.
Aden picked up these cute glasses/mustache combos as a nod to their new little boy.   Kiva is also rocking a little "boyish" outfit with suspenders and a clip-on tie.  

We noticed the key to getting good pictures of this active little lady was to snap away over and over, and then crop down the good shots.  At first this picture was a much larger shot with other people unfocused, and cropping it down made this adorable image.
Again with the nature of working with a little one, Kiva started moving around when we got this gem.  Her smile says it all, and I made the background a bit blurry, and added the text using Photoshop.
 After I sent them to Aden, she put a few of her favorites in a collage and this was the main announcement picture.  I absolutely love it and we were so happy to be a part of this special moment in their lives.
I hope some of these tips and ideas were helpful to you!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

family time in austin

 A few weekends ago, we visited Matthew's family in Austin, TX.  We lived in Austin for a few years and just love it when we go back to visit.
 The best part of the trip was spending time with family, including this little niece of ours.
 We went to a few parks, ate a ton of food and made some wonderful memories.
 We also got to take some very special pregnancy announcement photos with Matt's brother and his family.  They're expecting a baby boy in September, and we are thrilled for them!
 The trip was so much fun, and we can't wait to go back later this year to meet our nephew!!
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