This Halloween I was really struggling with what I wanted Ems to be. I had a few ideas in mind but had expected her to be walking, so I didn’t feel the ones I had in mind were appropriate for where she was developmentally. I wanted to make sure that she was able to sit comfortably if that was how she chose to spend the majority of her evening. It turns out that she started to walk confidently right before Halloween but I didnt know for sure at the time how well she would be able to walk, especially wearing a costume! Since we already owned the “little donut” shoes from Joe Fresh and had the donut rattle laying around from when she was a bit younger, a donut costume seemed like an easy costume to start to create.
The teething struggle is real my friends! When Ems was younger she wasn’t really like the other babies I’d see. She didn’t drool like a faucet and she sure wasn’t fussy for no apparent reason like I had heard all the other moms talk about. Our girl was definitely more relaxed in the teething department. She finally got her first tooth around 7.5 months and it seemed like it showed up out of nowhere. Even when the second one appeared at 8.5 months the process seemed fairly consistent. All of a sudden, poof there was a tooth! After those two came however, the teething struggle I had heard about became more obvious. She was drooling, fussy and hard to console at times. It was around then that I started to look for teething options and came across a local shop called “Tiny Inspirations”. Tiny Inspirations makes a whole range of safe and fun teething accessories for both moms and babes. From clips, to bracelets, to necklaces and teething rings; the options are endless!
I had a lot of people ask where I got Emsley’s floral lace crown from that she wore at her first birthday party. Originally I was going to buy one through Etsy, but when the Canada Post strike occurred and impacted shipping to Canada I decided to get crafty and make my own. I’m so happy I did as it was surprisingly quite easy and fun to do!
Custom closets can be a very expensive addition to your house. Fortunately Ikea makes a very versatile system that will fool people into thinking you spent thousands on hiring a professional. The Pax wardrobe system comes in two heights, three widths and two depths. There is also a choice of three different colours, although the stained oak colour limits your choices of sizes while the black-brown and white are available in all sizes. Choose the best sizes that fit your clothes organization style and the amount of room you have. Be sure to measure your ceiling clearance before buying the taller wardrobe option.
I love the idea of giving new life to an old item and have been an avid painter over the years. I discovered chalk paint last summer and went to town chalk painting anything and everything I could get my hands onto. Before that I used regular paint to revamp old furniture. I’ve also been one to do a quick recover on dining chairs to freshen them up. I love giving a personal, unique touch to an item and the amount you can save doing some work is great. Plus, you can’t beat having a real wood product over the cheap materials that are being used today. Here are a few of my bigger projects from over the years. Continue reading
I’ve always enjoyed putting together my own Halloween costume, even though there are tons of awesome options out there to purchase. The excitement for me is pulling together items from stores that I can customize or finding the perfect article of clothing that screams an idea at me from the local thrift store. For Emsley’s first Halloween I knew I needed to channel my creativity into her costume as these days I no longer have anywhere to wear one! Being that Emsley is only three months old I knew I needed a costume that would look cute on her from a top down view as she spends the majority of her days lying on her back. I randomly saw a picture of a “Cotton Candy” costume from Pottery Barn Kids and knew I could easily make a version of it.
I was tempted to purchase age blocks from Indigo for $45.00 to document Emsley’s growth this upcoming year but instead decided to get crafty and make my own as I didn’t love the colors being sold and already had a lot of the necessary supplies! Also, who doesn’t like to get crafty?!
Here’s what was needed:
- 1 ¾” min. width wood, 10″ in length (saw required to cut to sizes)
- White paint
- Paint brush or sponge
- Number/letter stickers – 2 packs
- Mod Podge (Matte finish)