10.27.2013

a super special special delivery

i finally got my act together. five months (and one looming craft show) later, i finally, finally, finally designed and created one of my special delivery canvas wall art pieces for little mr. re-nest #2. it had been on my to-do list forever, but with the show this weekend, i really wanted to be able to have this piece there as an example...it just seemed like photos didn't do the cuteness justice!

i think most know what little mr. re-nest #2's nursery looks like. (if not, you can check out the design process here and here and here and here.) what i love about the green and navy is that the color combo naturally lends itself to a very academic-esque, rugby-stripe, feels like fall and football weather kind of vibe. so, i went with that for this piece (note: i was also super-inspired by this pottery barn kids bedroom).

i also knew i wanted to add this to the gallery wall i started in the nursery, so i went with an 11" x 14" canvas. some paint, lots of cutting with the cricut (using my trusty plantin schoolbook cartridge) and adhering, we have the finished special delivery wall art for my special delivery!

custom special delivery canvas wall art. available on the etsy store.
 
another thing i love about this? that this piece can be done with a masculine feel. most of the other pieces i've done and featured on the etsy store have been more feminine, so i love that this piece can feel like it's for a boy's room.

enjoy!
ashley


10.20.2013

part ii: my future scientist

for anyone that caught my original post about the scientist onesie, i had to share little mr. re-nest #2's debut in the onesie. (i had been waiting for the right day for him to rock the adorable geeky onesie...saturday was the day!)

so, short and sweet (both this post and my little man)...

little mr. re-nest #2 and his love, sophie the giraffe

happy weekend to all!
ashley

10.08.2013

yep, i'm getting ready for christmas (already)

yep. i've decided to become "one of those people." call it a need to think and plan way ahead now that i feel like i could lose track of any given thing at any minute, or call it that i absolutely love christmas, or call it that this will be the very first year in my thirty-four christmases that i will not be waking up on christmas morning at my parent's house, but christmas planning has started. you see, with a four-year-old who "gets" the whole santa thing and who last year was starting to ask "but how will santa know to come to indiana for me, and not dekalb?", dr. re-nest (see, honey, i changed it) and i decided that this year, we will stay in illinois for christmas eve and christmas day, so that our little ones can experience the magic of having santa come to their house. let me just say that i can't wait. christmas morning will likely be my third favorite day of the year (behind the day little mr. re-nest #2 was born, and little mr. re-nest #1's birthday).

and, i should mention that i'm not the only one who's gotten on the "we need to plan for christmas now" bandwagon. dr. re-nest has too. he's tossed around (more than once) the concept of using the nice days we have now to go out and put all of the christmas lights around the house. let's just say that i wouldn't be surprised if our house looks like this on christmas eve: 

photo from hookedonhouses.net

but for me, my focus is on the inside. i've always been partial to having our christmas decorations in the traditional deep red and white and silver. i've had the same tree skirt and stockings for probably ten years (one of my splurges when we had no money, but i was working part-time at pottery barn, so i justified it by having an employee discount and a little extra pocket change that said "you must have the red faux fur tree skirt and matching stockings") i love that tree skirt and stockings. but for the past four years or so, i've been itching to change out the color scheme of our holiday decorations to more of an ivory and silver focus. but i haven't found the perfect tree skirt or stockings to officially take the plunge. (because for me, it all starts with these two key elements of holiday decorations.)

but this year, there's the push to find these. that, and i happened to get a special little piece in the mail this weekend, which just pushed me over the edge of trying to find these new decorations now. 



i first was checking out potterybarnkids.com (because little mr. re-nest #1's stocking is from here, and they also have a pretty darn cute stocking option for baby's first christmas), and i happened across these adorable little gems:


um, grey and ivory stockings?!?! yes, please! and they can be monogrammed! even more, yes please! finding these, i was convinced that i could find a great ivory tree skirt. which because of my coupon, led me to potterybarn.com to see what they had to offer. i found this cute, faux fur one, but i'm not totally sold. 



for one, i can likely find something much cheaper at hobby lobby or somewhere else. but i like the look of this one, and like the softness of it. the search will continue, because i love those stockings way too much to let this plan of mine go by the wayside.

that's as far as i've gotten in my sunday morning attempt at finding all new christmas decorations. the good thing is that most of my ornaments are either silver or glass, so there won't have to be a ton of new ornaments purchased either. so maybe if push comes to shove, i can justify the cost of the pottery barn tree skirt because i can use a lot of what i already have in the ornament department?!?!

tell us: are you already planning for the holidays? what's your holiday decor or theme or colors? 

10.05.2013

my future scientist

before last weekend, i made a declaration to a co-worker that "i was gonna get my craft on" last weekend. the week (and that friday) had been horrendous (at my nine-to-five, not at home!) and i needed to be creative. three weeks before, an awesome package showed up from amazon with some material i was just dying to try...so, i set aside time last weekend and got my craft on.

what was this to-die-for material? um, a new roll of the cricut iron-on material. in black. with the intention of making a super adorable onesie for little mr. re-nest #2. oh, and i should have mentioned that about six weeks prior, i ordered the two new cricut cartridges, specially designed for the iron-on material, so i had everything i needed.

the two carts i got we're the boho graphics and brooklyn carts...super modern and fun graphics that will play well on a tee, a bag, a canvas, or a onesie. choosing which design to try was easy: i went with the "science" graphic on the brooklyn cart. my little nod to mr., err, dr. re-nest. 

along with my cartridge, i had a freshly washed (new) onesie, my iron-on material, an iron and an extra piece of cloth. and here's how it went down...


step one: figure out the size to cut the graphic. since we're dealing with a onesie, space is limited. but scale has to be right. admittedly, i eyeballed it and came up with 3.75" as my graphic size. 

step two: cut a piece of the iron-on material and place (plastic side down) on a standard cricut cutting mat. for a 3.75" graphic, i did a 5" x 5" square cut. this is key to plan out, so you make sure to be as efficient as possible with the iron-on material.



step three: cut the graphic. note: you have to make sure to flip your image when you set it up on your cricut. because you are cutting non-plastic side up, you're actually cutting on what will be the underside of your design.




step four: after you have your cut, you want to keep your iron-on material on the cutting mat, so you can easily peel away the negative spaces of your design (if there are any). there's a special cricut tool that you can use for this (it's called a hook tool) that comes in the cricut tool kit. i just simply used a set of tweezers to get these pieces out of the design. once you do this, you're left with your positive design on the plastic.



step five: set up your iron. set it to the cotton setting, and pre-heat your fabric for about 30 seconds.

step six: set your design, plastic side up, on your fabric, where you want it to be ironed-on.


step seven: overlay your extra fabric (i used an old white tee) over the plastic and design, then use the iron to heat the area (with pressure) for about 30-45 seconds. 

step eight: allow the area to cool for about five minutes.

step nine: begin peeling back your plastic, which should allow your iron-on design to stay on the fabric. *note: it actually took me several times to heat the area of my design before i could peel back the plastic and my iron-on material was staying on the onesie. it was a little bit of a trial and error scenario. the good thing is that if you see that a portion of your design is not sticking, all  you have to do is re-lay the plastic down over your iron-on design, place the extra fabric (or tee, in my case) over the plastic and re-iron. 


step ten: take pictures! enjoy! *note: it's highly recommended that when you are washing anything with the iron-on material, to turn it inside out before washing. 

yippee! little mr. re-nest #2's very cool new wardrobe addition
i'm so, so excited about this material and all of the cool things that can be done with it...in fact, i'm pretty sure little mr. re-nest #1 and #2 will both have a ridiculous amount of clothing that will have iron-ons on them. and, i'm pretty sure we're going to be using this to make some adorable holiday gifts for our people too!

enjoy!
ashley

10.01.2013

a little crayola fun

remember being a little one and getting a brand new box of crayons? yeah, me too. wow was that awesome. a perfect box of new crayons was a thing of beauty...almost so that you didn't want to use even one to throw off the perfect balance. 

i happened to come across an idea on pinterest for some cool framed art for the boys' art area in our basement and thought i'd treat myself to a little craft time + a brand new box of crayolas (the 96 pack, of course!)

*side note: okay, it's been decades since i bought a box of crayons. but did you know the following?

- the 96 pack now includes glitter crayons. and neon ones too.

- yes, burnt sienna is still a color.

- macaroni and cheese is a color now too

i digress. so, saturday night rolled around (yes, saturday night...i have a toddler + a four-month old...kids got to bed and i went on my merry crafting way) and i started my crayon artwork.

supplies needed: one 12" x 12" shadow box (purchased from hobby lobby), and one 96-pack of crayolas, one glue gun. 
shadow box + crayons (with a special hello from the owl!)
i started by taking apart the shadow box and getting the insert out. i knew i needed to lay out all of the crayons in the pattern i wanted to: 1) make sure i had enough crayons, 2) allow for enough edge on all four sides so the shadow box didn't hit the crayons, and 3) feed my subtle obsessive need for planning before jumping into a project.



it only took about a half-hour to glue all of the crayons down. oh, and i should mention that my 96-pack didn't get me all the way through...i had to make a quick trip to the store to get a 16-pack of crayolas to finish the piece.

the finished piece!
what do you think? kinda fun. bright. good for a kiddos creative space!


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