Friday, December 12, 2014

max's room tour

Just like Donnie and Marie used to sing, "I'm a little bit modern, he's a little bit superhero/LEGO/gold obsessed". At least, I think that's how the lyrics went.  One of my faults is that I am never done decorating.  I think it's because I'm a stay at home mom/work from home person.  I stare at these walls every day.  Every minute.  With the kids rooms, I wanted to decorate them big so I could look at them and say, done!

The batman decals are from Urban Walls and the pillowcase is from Little Pop Studio.  Those were the first things we got for the room.   Whenever he gets nervous at bedtime by himself, we talk about how batman is watching over him.

I took this photograph while I was working on Max's Pirate Lego Party Invitations.  I just printed it out at Walgreens and framed it.

The lightening bolt pillow and stuffed bat I made (although they are both completely copied from other creative individuals).

I bought all of these green books from the discount shelf at the library.  They were all 50 cents and I knew they would be fun somewhere.  Max was really excited to have "adult" books in his room.  He loves to pretend he's reading them.

This desk has been a long time coming.  I bought it from Craigslist for a steal a couple years ago and it's been hanging out waiting for the perfect place.  The bottom was rusty and painted brown, so I re-painted it white.  

I stocked it with some fun crayons, paper and washi tape.  Now he can create whenever he wants.

Hockey corner fist bump.  The linen hanging I stitched way back when I named my posts after New Kids on the Block songs.  What was I thinking?

Cuddly superhero and costume accessibility.  You never know when you must change into character, or need a quick bedtime companion.

His beloved Lego head is carried up and downstairs pretty often.  And I bought the Cubebot new as another surprise.  Those are so fun.

But these guys are really the stars of the show.  Meet Bag Head.  Laser face.  Darth Santa Claus.  No-Arm McGee.  Guy Who-Is-Extremely-Scared-To-Be-Holding-A-Sword.  And last but not least, Harry Potter with a Turban.  Max will never keep these guys together as they should be and I've learned to embrace it.  He also hates hands.

I set the whole room up while Lola was napping and he was watching a show.  The bed pillows, stuffed ninja, Cubebot, and the art supplies in the desk were all new to him.  The Legos weren't new, but I lined them all up around the room for him.  Seriously people, that wasn't even all of them!  I told him I had a surprise in his room and we went up together.  This is his face when we walked in, priceless!

Checking things out...

Honestly, I did not ask him to try this out.  He sat right down and whipped out an R2D2 drawing at his new desk.

Now, you all know kids.  The room looked like this for half a day, and I was proud of him for even that.  I've tried putting toys away in the closet so they can't get them out without me, but in the end, my kids are more creative when they have their toys and supplies out and ready for them.  These things still have their place, and we are working on cleaning up after yourself... And some days I regret keeping everything out, but in the end, this is how we roll.

That being said, Max immediately felt like that one open wall was just too much.  He sat at the desk whipping out masterpiece after masterpiece and hanging them up with the provided washi tape.  Whew!  Thank goodness we covered that space, now we can relax.

Iron Man and his blasts.

I love his backwards 3s.

And this was his final addition.  Four gold "stars" and a beheaded LEGO man.  Whatevs.

Monday, December 1, 2014

thanksgiving 2014

We hosted 22 people for Thanksgiving, and boy was it fun!  And busy.  But most of all, fun.  Of course I had to decorate a little- I made the felt banner, pom pom garland and two teeny teepees.  

My girl and her Bobo.


I love Mr. Printables.  I used some of their free Thanksgiving coloring pages for the kids.

I heart this picture so hard.  My family, laughing, drinking, the best.

Rolling mini bar.  My sister seriously knows how to do cocktails.  With garnish!

We had three tables that ran the length of our entire living room.  It was so cozy.

I used these Notes of Thankfulness from Oana Befort, we passed them around the table and then the kids taped them to the wall so we could all see.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

the (very furry) lion

My girl is still in love with all animals- big and small.  She asked to be a lion for Halloween, and shortly after I came across this picture (how awesomely boho is she, right?) and thought it would be something I could easily make.  Ahem.  "Easily".

Black shirt and pants from Target, very affordable.  Fur from Joanns, still affordable.  Even with the cutting advice from the sweet old woman at Joanns, I was not prepared for the fur balls floating around my house.  Also, I had to hand stitch the fur to the arms and legs because I wasn't sewing on the seam.  So I sewed the fur onto black ribbon first to keep the fur from unravelling and then handstitched.  

This is Lola's initial fitting.  I made her an extra collar roll since the shirt was a little low cut and I also didn't like how you could see some of the black along the neckline.  I mention sewing, but I never said I did it well...

This is how her face looks when she is telling me something very serious.

She also has a natural lions mane.

I bought the ears and tail from the store, but I ended up hot glueing some of my fur on them so they matched the rest of the costume.  Yes, there is fur permanently attached to my hot glue gun now.

I couldn't leave my golden ninja out of this post completely.  Ninja's are serious- No. 1.

And No. 2, they can be found in the jungle.  Being serious.

And here is how the final costume turned out.  It's not perfect, but it's cute because she's cute.


Happy Halloween 2014!

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