Friday, December 31, 2010

Ringing in a Brand New Year!

Ringing in a Brand New Year is one of my favorite songs, it's an old R&B classic and it is on my mom's Christmas Classics song CD, so I've listened to it for the past 32 years! I will be ringing in this new year by making a blogging resolution to post more often, to do more projects, and to have at least one giveaway or contest a quarter. Although, I am in a rental I will be attempting to make it more homey this year. My big 2011 home plans include:
  • Painting and reupholstering my telephone/gossip bench (This week I relocated it to a lonely wall in my bedroom vs the entry way where it was becoming a stuff magnet.)  
  • This makeover from Design*Sponge is cute!
  • Painting or refinishing my Sprague & Carleton sidetable. It is currently sitting inconspicuosly in a corner (nobody puts Baby in a corner!) so I need to make it pretty so it can become a star in my home. 
  • I just LOVE this makeover!
  • Buy a new dining room table. My current one is LITERALLY on it's last leg.  
  • I love this from Modern Montage in Alexandria, VA
  • Recover my dining room chairs with an oilcloth fabric so that my son's cannot totally destroy them, like they have my current ones, you can tell where they've sat vs. where an adult has sat.  

Dana at Made can make anything gorgy!  Can you believe oilcloth can be so pretty?

  • Cover my bedside lamps with a fun fabric and make coordinating throw pillows.  
  • John & Sherry from YHL make it look easy!
  • Finally make myself that fabric headboard. I think I might ditch my previous fabric for something more neutral so I can change my bedlinens more often. Something like Centsational Girl's is certainly swoonworthy  
  • oooh, pretty!
  • Find a solution for my entry. I need something pretty and organize-y (I know that's not a real word) like this from Pretty Handy Girl.  
  • So organized, so pretty, so neat!
  • Find storage solutions for the kiddie ephemera that seems to consume my lving/dining room! OMG, cleaning up is like herding cats! I need to find a way to just throw things somewhere and it look purty, kinda how H*T does!

can you spot the toys in this picture?

And last but not least...Cre8tive Rooke will be getting a makeover from the wonderful Design Girl Studio!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa Baby...

Santa Baby, slip one of these under the tree, For me.
been an awful good girl, Santa baby,
so hurry down the chimney tonight.

Santa baby, how about this too,
It's  got some light blue.
I'll wait up for you dear,
Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

It's less than two weeks before Christmas and I've been getting my Christmas on, but a bit more low key than in previous years. However, a certain blogger is KNOCKING MY SOCKS OFF with her Christmas prep and decorations. It's Dana from House*Tweaking's *my newest fave home blog*. I hope to incorporate some of her ideas next year when I'm a little more settled into my new home.


To check out all her Christmas projects, visit her blog!
*Pictures Dana from House*Tweaking

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Life Changes for the Baby Head Diarist...

Hello Baby Head Diary Readers,

I apologize for my lack of posting, but I’ve had some major life upheavals. Most significant, the Baby Head Diarist is now co-parenting with the bulk of the day to day parenting being headed up by yours truly. I plan on blogging more about parenting while separated/divorced and will share with my Baby Head Diary readers what it’s like attachment parenting as a single mother. Another significant change is that I have also moved to a different state and started a new job. This was a lot of change at once, but the boys have weathered it well and I’d like to think that Attachment Parenting played a big role in their adaptability.

In providing secure attachment for the children, what may have been a huge upheaval never felt like abandonment or confusing to them. For my eldest son I bought him the book Two Homes and read it to him before we moved. The book never mentions the “Dreaded D – Word” and simply shows a child in two loving homes, one with mom and one with dad. The book shows the similarities of both homes, they both have a favorite chair, friends, and someone who loves them in each. My son truly enjoyed this book and even quoted a line from it, “my daddy loves me wherever I am.” I would definitely recommend this to parents who are in the process of separating or divorcing with young children.



Also, API (Attachment Parenting International) has a page on Dealing with Divorce and Custody Issues and Blended Families .

I will be back to a more regular posting schedule now and I hope that you all continue to read!

Friday, October 22, 2010

TWINS...

Whenever my son and I do something alike or order the same thing, we always say TWINS in unison.  Well, here are some twins to things that I have in my home. 

My telephone table is a deadringer for this one, that's been made over beautifully! 

I want to paint mine as well, it has a chip on the side of the seat and I can't remember what the product is to fill in gaps in wood like that.  I'm thinking maybe painting this a dove grey and I need to find some fun fabric for the seat and back.

MINE:

Inspiration Transformation:







This is a fraternal twin of my Sprague & Carleton endtable, mine had a drawer instead of an open step and I am currently using it as a media table for my television since I just moved.

I love how she kept some of the wood showing; I posted before about maybe doing a chevron pattern on mine.

MINE:









Inspiration Transformation:


  

*all images courtesy of the wonder-lifilous Design*Sponge

This post serves as a "get your azz in gear" reminder to myself for all these projects I've been delaying!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Make Your Bed(Room)!!! parte uno

Okay, I will be having a series on the evolution of my bedroom which will also be my "mom cave".  Today the movers finally came (I've been in VA since the 8th!) and my new to me bedroom set is here.  It is mid century mod -my fave- and has veneered wood tops.  Disclosure: some of the veneer is peeling so I will need to fix that!  I have been thinking about painting the tops white...sounds crazy I know, but looks gorgy. 

*searching for evidence* and this is why you should save all pics you love/that inspire you to your computer when you see it!

Exhibit A:

YHL's Sherry & John did it for their nursery; they also darkend their stain, but I like the walnut color!

BEFORE


AFTER


Exhibit B

Design*Sponge's before & afters have a lot of white and wood combos; but this one is my fave!



Okay, so here's my stuff, excuse the bad lighting and pic quality.  I am using my sis' camera phone because I cannot find my upload cord for my camera and of course it fits no other kind but it's own! 







Saturday, October 16, 2010

Blog Crawl {Compai Style!}

Found this awesome blog called Compai. The founders are some cool and creative multi-culti girls my age and I'm loving what I'm seeing so far. To learn a bit about one of the authors of the blog, read her post entitled: Blog Crawl {Compai Style!}.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Nest...

 Welcome to our new nest!


I made a new wreath to celebrate Autumn and my new home! 
My friend was laughing at me because I wanted it done THAT NIGHT, before my boys came home.

*shameless plug*  I will be selling these in my Etsy shop by the middle of November. 
Autumn, Winter, and Christmas wreaths.


I also did a little Halloween decorating while I was at it.


This is our newest houseguest!

Monday, October 11, 2010

No TV in the bedroom...

In my new place I purposely chose to not have a television in the bedroom.  There is a lot of research on why you shouldn't have one in your bedroom, ranging from leading to obesity, inhibiting your sex drive, causing insomnia, etc.  I

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mom Cave? Yes, please...

This is an ingenious idea; HomeGoods has a new movement out for the "Mom Cave".  I've wanted to have a room of my own for a while and now that I will be moving with my two little boys I will indeed need a room for respite.  I plan on creating a "mom cave" out of my bedroom.  My new bedroom will have no television, but MUST have a comfy reading chair along with many bookcases for my NUMEROUS books.  I also need a space to sew and drink some tea!

I'd LOVE something like this in my Mom Cave; I could sprawl out on it, read my books, sip my tea, and RELAX!


Home Goods states that a mom cave should have the following:
  1. A place for you to sit.
  2. Space to organize your stuff.
  3. An area to do things you love.
  4. Room for your girlfriends to visit.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

What I Bought...

I got myself some wonderful fabric from Bloomerie in a fab grey and yellow color scheme, with wondrous love birds on it, as well as a cheeky grey/white “egg” themed fabric.  What will I make of it you ask?  Why, throw pillows of course!!!



I also bought a KICK AZZ, mid century modern bedroom set from a lovely older couple, that had no idea what a great piece they had, so I was able to get a dresser w/ mirror and two nightstands for a mere $280!  I will post pics when it’s all set up in my new place, right now it’s in my current dining room waiting to be ushered away to its new home! 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

October is Attachment Parenting Month!!!

October is a great month for many reasons: my birthday, the bambino’s birthday, Halloween and of course…ATTACHMENT PARENTING MONTH!!



This year’s theme for Attachment Parenting Month is "Full of Love: parenting to meet the emotional and physical needs of children".  API is drawing from API’s Principles and new research to focus on childhood obesity prevention and overall health promotion through secure attachments.

In honor of this year's Attachment Parenting Month theme, I will be doing a giveaway later this month, so STAY TUNED!!!


API is also hosting a blog carnival for AP Month.  To participate in the carnival, submit a post on one or more of the following topics as we celebrate emotional and physical health:
  • For parents who have struggled/are struggling to make healthier nutritional and/or activity changes, what has been the impact on the children?  The whole family? (May be better or worse than desired or in flux)
  • For parents who may be the epitome of physical health, yet have children who regularly make different, less healthy choices, how do you resolve the challenges?
  • Families whose children are regularly exposed to unhealthy options, how did/do you work through this situation?
  • Ways we’ve uniquely accommodated and/or resolved common food and activity emotional hot buttons. (Do you have an automatic impulse to make your child clean her/his plate? What do you do?  How do you handle deserts? Vegetables? Do you require numbers of bites until finished? )
To participate, simply publish a post on one of the previous topics to your blog with the following text (including hyperlinks):

This post is part of the Attachment Parenting Month blog carnival, hosted by Attachment Parenting International. Learn more about how you can keep your children “Full of Love” by visiting API Speaks, the blog of Attachment Parenting International.

Once your post is completed, please send a note via the API Speaks Contact Form with the link to your blog post as well as a short message that the post is part of the AP Month 2010 blog carnival. Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, October 13 at noon PT.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Moving...

I am moving with my two lovely little boys from a bustling urban enclave off of Washington, DC to a small town in the Shenandoa Valley in Virginia.  I am making a career change as well as other changes in my life, big and small.  The town I'm moving to has lovely historic homes, 1930's cottages, 1940;'s bungalows... just a lovely community.  I will not be buying right now, but if things go well this might be my "forever home".  It's a great place to raise a family and I want to live somewhere safe and with good schools for my little ones.

But the most exciting part is.... REDECORATING!!

Let's look at some inspiration, shall we?





Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Purchase!!!

I found a wonderful blogger through YHL, named Jen Woodhouse and her blog, the house of wood, is wonderful, as is her Etsy shop.  She is a DIY-er, wife, singer, and will soon be a new mom!

I just bought this print from her shop:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Oh Happy Day!!!

FURBISH NOW HAS AN ONLINE STORE!!!!

SHOP FURBISH


If you really loved me, you'd buy me this!
Go on buy it here; I'll tell you where to ship it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Project Idea

I'm really loving the look of Chevron stripes right now and I think I will update a Sprauge & Carlton mid-century step table that I have with painted chevron stripes.

THIS:



PLUS
this:



EQUALS
something like this:


I'll post when I finish it.  All my furniture is in a pod in my parking space because of the house reno!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mother's Affection = Better Well Being...

Something those of us who practice Attachment Parenting already know:



Babies whose mothers are attentive and caring tend to grow into happy, well-adjusted children. But the psychological benefits of having a doting mother may extend well beyond childhood, a new study suggests.
According to the study, which followed nearly 500 infants into their 30s, babies who receive above-average levels of affection and attention from their mothers are less likely than other babies to grow up to be emotionally distressed, anxious, or hostile adults.
Source: CNN

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Kitchen Designer Came...

Can you tell I’m excited???  The Kitchen Designer is came yesterday and I am amped.  Our home renovation is supposed to be completed by Aug. 19th and we are really eager to be back in our home, not so eager for the monstrous job of unpacking, though.  Because of my new job and the fact that I’ve already taken off twice to take care of my sick baby; I won’t be there, but I’m leaving my husband with detailed questions to ask and features I want.  My inspiration for our kitchen cabinets is Sherry & John’s kitchen, from YHL & YES I AM BITING, LOL! 

In other news:

I found the best blog today:  Pepper Design Blog

I think I want to recover my dining room chairs in Alexander Henry Fulham Road Como Lavender fabric because with my new wall color I’ve really been thinking about leaning to purples and lilacs as room accent colors.  But I’m also thinking about using an oilcloth fabric for recovering them because of my two little munchkins.  One seat has had its share of Chik-fil-A Polynesian sauce dropped on it and oilcloth would be great to wipe off.  In oilcloth I like Trumpet Flower by Amy Butler.

Alexander Henry Fulham Road Como Lavender
  


Trumpet Flower by Amy Butler

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic

Hello Monday!

This week we are going to do the Dolch Words lesson plan for last week, since I slacked before.  I've also decided that I am going to hold off on starting the Primary words for at least two weeks.  I would like to use that time to do more reading of books and identifying the words he has learned so far.  This week I will alsoa word book with all 40 words from the pre-primer.

In other learning news, the big boy is doing really well with his handwriting.  His school uses the Handwriting Without Tears program and he's doing really well.  He can spell his first name by himself and he has finally gotten the hang of making the letter S, that was the most challenging for him.  Also, my husband has been working with him on addition and subtraction and he's really taken well to that.  So I guess we're doing the three Rs! *wink*


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