Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Most Adorable Quilt Ever!

My friend Patti, of Talk of the Town, made the cutest quilt I have ever seen for her soon-to-arrive baby boy. What a lucky boy he is. I think if I made anything this cute I wouldn't let my child touch it until he was 13. And of course by then he would have nothing to do with it. Which would ensure perfect preservation!

Head on over to her blog for more photos (as well as other inspiring things). Sounds like instructions may be coming soon as well!
She's also the genius behind this amazing bird chandelier. I want one.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mosaic Pottery Barn Art

If your house is in need of a little Umph (and mine is!), you might want to try this mosaic tutorial over at Remodelaholic. She takes her inspiration from Pottery Barn and creates a custom piece using scrapbooking paper. I might just have to do this for the large blank wall behind my bed.
The inspiration:
The homemade version:
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thankful Tree

I love love love this idea of a Thankful Tree for the month of November. I want to start this tradition in my family, though little A isn't old enough to understand any of it yet. Click here for the full scoop. Pin It

Friday, November 5, 2010

If you love me...

You'll buy me this book.
Actually, it wouldn't be for me, it would be for my little one.

You can read (and see) more about it over at Prudent Baby. I can only image the other fun pages that must be included. Wouldn't you have loved to have a book like this about your birth?
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kate Spade and Cake

I think Kate Spade would have liked Ava's birthday cake.
From Kate Spade's Spring 2011 Collection:
 Ava's birthday cake:
Do you see that the colors are pretty much exactly the same? Okay, so "pretty much exactly" might not be a real concept, but you get the point. Pin It

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

If I had a dog...

If I had a dog, this is what it would be wearing. It's almost worth getting a dog, just to put it in one of these coats.
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Colored Spoons Tutorial

I found these amazing spoons over at Ladies and Gentlemen. But what if I don't want serving pieces, I want a full set of flatware instead? That is where the magic of spray paint comes in. Here's my version and how I did it.

What you'll need:
1. Flatware of your choice
2. spray paint metal primer
3. spray paint
4. painter's tape
5. sandwich bag

1. Wrap neck of utensil with painter's tape, being careful to make a straight horizontal line; also make sure you press the tape into any grooves to prevent bleeding or dripping.
 2. Wrap the head of the utensil with the sandwich bag and secure with more painter's tape.
3. In a well ventilated area, hold utensil by the head and lightly spray the utensil on all sides with the metal primer. Repeat. (As tempting as it is, don't spray one heavy coat of primer. It will create drips and also fill in the delicate carvings in the metal.)
 4. Repeat step 3 with spray paint color of your choosing. Allow to dry and remove tape and bag.
5. Stand back and admire.

Note: Should you decide to vary from this design, you probably shouldn't ever spray paint the part of the utensil the food sits on. I doubt spray paints are "food safe".

EDITS: Standard spray paints are not food safe. I used to have a link to some food-safe spray paint, but apparently the company doesn't carry it anymore. Anyone know where you can get some? 
I've been reading about powder coating and it sounds like that might be the best option for heavy use.

Also, I've had questions about how these have held up. I haven't used them enough to give a fair answer, but I will say they've made it just fine through 4 or 5 runs in the dishwasher. Thanks for all your interest!
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