creative station!

in classic "me" fashion, exactly five days before school started, i looked around our house and decided that little mr. re-nest #1 didn't have an appropriate space to be creative, explore, and eventually, do any homework he might bring home. (yes, he's only five. i'm type a. i like to be prepared.) he had a small craft table down near my studio area that never really took off with him. it was cramped and i always feared he'd knock his head into the side of my table. but....

we had this kind of sad little area in our kitchen that was the perfect space for a desk. (i mentioned in this post that the builders of our house decided against putting in a permanent desk option, which looking back on from my brand new desk that i'm writing at, i'm happy with that decision!) for the last seven or so years, that space has been home to a little console table that we bought when we lived back in indianapolis...it fit, it managed to fit a laptop and a framed picture. but we never really used it. that whole space had the opportunity to be way more functional and useful for us as a family.

i started my usual search for a desk and shelf combo, and i knew right where i was going: ikea. they have such a giant range of desk options that it can get totally overwhelming. but i found what i thought would work: the micke desk and the kallax four-opening shelving unit. (i even measured the space before we went to the store!) off to ikea we went....

well, of course we went in a tad bit of a different direction. mr. re-nest found a much better option for us that actually gave us more storage space (because let's face it, who couldn't use another drawer or two?) so, we built a desk from ikea's massive range of table top, table leg, and console options and came up with a pretty amazing set up (if we do say so ourselves!) 

and, here it is....the newest creative station in the re-nest house. and of course, i had to dress it up with markers and crayons and colored pencils and pretty binders! (and, the early reports from little mr. re-nest #1 are in: he loves it. the biggest heart melting moment was the day it was finished, he pulled up the chair, got our his lego notebook and dove right into the markers to color.)

what do you think? i'm so in love with this space, i can hardly stand it! 


sending my baby off to school

i realize i am not the only mama in the world that spent august 2014 preparing for this ginormous life event. until just a week ago, i was going through the practical steps of prepping for kindergarten. ordering uniforms. filling out forms. writing checks. buying school supplies. ordering a lunchbox. and, then it hit me.

my baby is going to school.
the coveted red backpack. ready to go.

not preschool. (no offense to preschool, because i cried like a baby on the first day of preschool too. in fact, little mr. re-nest #1 talks about his preschool teacher no fewer than five times every week.) but this is school. this is "there's no turning back now" school. this is backpacks and worksheets and projects and homework. this is the real thing.

there will no longer be the ability for us to schedule a trip from august to may. i have to get into "school-mode mind." there will be a lunch to pack every night, a backpack to check for important notes, questions to ask about friends and classrooms and special projects. recess. sports. 

but beyond all of the day-to-day things, there will be so many wonderful things. watching him continue to grow and learn and absorb all of the cool new things he's going to learn. seeing him evolve into a young boy rather than a little boy (which i continue to refer to him as).
the uniforms are hung in the closet with care

i'm so excited for him. and, i'm so excited for our family and our choice of school for him. i can't wait to see him in his uniform tomorrow. i feel so blessed that he will be going to school exactly two blocks from where my 9-to-5 is. and, that i'm going to be able to drop him off and pick him up everyday. that right there? that was what i always envisioned for myself. being close and being able to have the gift of doing that for my kids. 
the perfect book

so, tomorrow, little mr. re-nest #1 becomes a young boy. but you can bet that every night, i will still hold my arms out, encourage him to hold still for one minute, while i hug him tight and tell him i love him to the moon and back.

to all of the other mamas on the same journey with me: we can do this. :)


it's friday...i'm in love

yep, this situation needs some control!
it's the weekend before school starts. and for some reason mr. re-nest and i have gotten into our heads that we have all of these house projects that we've just sort of abandoned this summer. and, there's
been some that have just recently popped up (can you say lego table?).

so, what does this mean? there's a trip to ikea this weekend! (can i get a whoop, whoop!)

i was making a list (and checking it twice). i had a vision for our projects and i wanted to be organized. here's what's on the list (to make + the needed supplies):

photo courtesy of ikea.com. the micke desk in white
1. a whole new desk/storage/workstation in our kitchen. right now, this is total makeshift. the builders of our house had a perfect spot in the kitchen to do a simple built-in desk area with counter, but i guess that didn't make the cut. so, when we moved in, mr. re-nest and i had a console table from target that doubled perfectly as a small desk for that area. you know, somewhere that we could put a lamp and our laptops. so, for seven years that poor console table has been the desk. i've considered sinking the $ into doing a custom cabinet and counter to match the kitchen, but when it comes down to it, i just thought it would be too matchy matchy. besides, i like the idea of using more white in the space to brighten and be more in line with the moulding accents that we have (and it'll look super awesome against the grey paint on the walls!) so my plan is this: the ikea micke white desk (which happens to have some small drawers and a cabinet! add to that the new kallax shelving unit (it used to be the effectiv) in white with one row + four blocks, please. i was going to end there with some cute school supplies and a little lamp. and, then i found this: panyl. i am totally, beyond belief, in love. this is amazing. i haven't even placed an order yet, but i am so over the moon about this, i can't even stand it. (once we get everything this weekend, i'll be placing an order. you can be sure of that. more to come on what i think!)

2. a lego workstation. yep, you heard me right. between "the lego movie" release in february, and that very first lego set that little mr. re-nest #1 received around his birthday, our house has become lego central. the pool table has been taken over. the kitchen table has been taken over. we have lego manuals all over the place. fortunately, i haven't experienced the pain closest to childbirth yet - stepping on a lego. (watch, i say that and tonight, it'll happen!) we need to get this situation under control. stat. (those were mr. re-nest's words, before they even came out of my mouth.) so, what did my adorable husband do? he started searching online for ideas. and the next thing he did, just about made my heart stop: i got a text with a link to a mommy blog that had done a fabulous lego workstation with the words "i think this is it." i barely even had to look at it before saying "yes." so thanks to the google results we found over on that mommy blog, we're going to tackle the fabulous-beyond-fabulous lego table she constructed for her son. watch for pics as we begin the whole process!

it's going to be a busy one this weekend, but one that has some projects i am totally excited about (can you tell?!?!) there's nothing i love more than doing something that will be completely fun + functional for the re-nest house!

tell me: what do you have on your plan for the weekend?


how wonderful life is...

...while you're in the world. isn't that just the cutest set of lyrics for a little one's nursery? it's literally made me smile since his mama contacted me about doing a custom piece with those very lyrics.

this special re-nest fan came across the etsy shop, and liked the look of the "you are my sunshine" canvas wall art. but she wanted it made just for her little one...in bright orange and aqua and with these sweet lyrics included. could i do it? absolutely!

the planning and sketching started, because these lyrics were obviously going to take up more room on the canvas than little 'ol "you are my sunshine" does. and, this sweet mama did ask me if there was any way i could give her a preview of how it might look before i made it. of course. i did a simple pencil sketch with color to help give her an idea of how the words would flow and what typefaces would be used. she approved and i got my hands dirty with paint! (my fave thing to do!)

the one thing i did do when developing this piece is i did a test run. i had another 16" x 20" canvas next to the painted canvas, and i cut all of the lyrics out in scrap paper so i could make sure everything would fit correctly. and, it helped me a ton when adhering the final letters to the actual piece, because i could use the alignment i set up on the test canvas!

and, finally! the finished piece :) i can't wait for this to show up in its california home later this week!

what do you think? xoxo! enjoy! 

p.s. just because you happen into my shop and you don't see an exact saying or set of lyrics that might be near and dear to your heart, doesn't mean it can't be done! this is exactly why i started re-nest studio....it was one project for little mr. re-nest #1 to showcase his favorite, obscure song from when he was a baby. message me. send me pics of your room and your space. we will make it happen!

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