a weekend diy: magnet boards for the kitchen

i can't even count the number of adorable invitations, birth announcements, cute pics + stuff that we always have floating around. and, i have this horrible habit of putting them in a pile, and then moving that pile around to various places in the kitchen. could we put them on the fridge? yeah....but we just haven't. for a while we were putting stuff in this horrible, maybe five-inch wide space on the side of the fridge, but stuff always fell. i've been dying to do a galvanized metal board in our kitchen for months, and i had finally, finally, finally gotten mr. re-nest on board.

after scouring pinterest, i found this. it looked like an awesome idea + one i could totally pull off. all i needed was time. 

and then, i happened to be in michael's this last week. normally i go in on a mission. (mostly because i usually have all of about five minutes to get what i need, or i have two munchkins with me and i'm trying to keep one from throwing boxes of kinetic sand in the cart while the other wants to run away from me.) but this time, i was alone. (woohoo!) and, front and center as i walked in, i saw these framed, galvanized metal boards. they were perfection. plus they were buy one, get one 50% off. i snagged two of them.

i knew i wanted to personalize them a bit, maybe brighten them up a touch with some paint.

i started out just with the idea to paint the frames white. after a couple of coats, and taking another look through my paint collection, i saw this gorgeous sea foam green that i had in my stash. and, then i got the crazy idea to use the sea foam on the outside edges of the frame, for a little contrast. 

after a couple of hours of being coated in paint + adding some command strips on the back, we have two pretty cute galvanized metal boards in our kitchen! (p.s. the top one is for grown-up stuff....wedding invites + such; the bottom one is for magnetic abcs + 123s + all things for the boys!)

tell me: where do you keep invites + stuff in your house? the fridge? a cork board? in a pile?


re-nest life / our einstein

i've wondered + pondered whether i should write about this or not. but after last weekend, i think it might be therapeutic.

at the end of may, our beloved furry family member, einstein, crossed the rainbow bridge to doggy heaven. 
one of my very favorite pictures of him, when he was still
a youngin' + romped in the yard

einstein was an eleven-year-old shih tzu, who was loved, poked, fed, spoiled + prodded at by all of us. he loved with his whole heart; so much so, that it was his heart that gave out on our sweet boy.

he was our first baby. the one who taught us how to be responsible for another being. the one who i would literally carry like a baby in those early years of marriage when i had baby fever, and mr. re-nest knew way better than i did when the right time was for us to grow our family. (that dude is always right!) he's the one we stressed about when little mr. re-nest #1 was on the way...how he would react, did he know there was a baby coming, would he be aggressive? he's the one who would snuggle under the covers in our bed + sleep there the whole night. he slept all day in our closet + he consistently smelled like doritos.

the night we brought him home. this was our "doggy announcement"
to family. :)
so not thrilled with the hot dog costume!

in need of a groom, but hanging in one of his favorite spots.
basking in the sunshine.
i decided to write because not only was he an amazing dog, but because this weekend, i started working through some of his stuff...the toys, his bed, his clothes (yes, he had clothes...when he would get super-hyper, putting him in a sweater or sweatshirt was like kryptonite...no joke.) it was so hard. so much harder than i ever imagined. and, along with it, i was able to add a little something in the re-nest house that helps us honor him + remember him.

another one of my fave pics...taken by the great kelly safarik,
who is probably one of the biggest animal lovers i know.
she was doing my pregnancy photos + she surprised me
with taking these of einstein. it's always been in our
house + now, we have his special puppy paw print with it.
losing a pet is so unbelievably hard. and, if you have ever experienced it, my heart is with you + breaks with yours. thank you for letting me share our story + journey with our sweet boy. we will never, ever forget you, sweet einstein. we love you to the moon + back.


on a budget: a boys' bathroom renewal

the fourth of july weekend gave me a three-day weekend, and a TON of ambition to work on house projects. i had a list that was about a mile long (oh, mr. re-nest was so happy about that!), but there was one space that had been calling out for a decor renewal....my boys' bathroom (which also functions as our guest bathroom when we have special visitors!)

now, the bathroom didn't look terrible. it's painted. it had a really nice shower curtain from west elm. it even has a bath mat + a bath spout cover in the shape of an elephant. and, it had a really awesome shadow box on the wall that i had made with river rocks back well before little mr. re-nest #1 was born. but it was kind of just thrown together. i knew it had more potential.

i do love the color scheme going on in there....white + navy + a teal-ish/seafoam green. i just wanted to bring that more together, while making it feel like a guest bath but also functioning as a boys' bathroom too. i decided the theme i wanted to weave in was a nautical one...i'm totally crushing on all things nautical.

there was no way i was passing up this piece of perfection!
i started down the decor path several weeks ago on a normal trip to tjmaxx. i was doing my usual browse through the aisles (i never leave there without checking out the home decor), and i came across this totally awesome, totally cute wall hanging that i knew i could use in the bathroom. a cynthia rowley navy blue nautical rope wall hanging that spells out "splash." i snatched it. then, my next find came a couple of weeks later as i was browsing through my instagram feed.

i happened across a post by an adorable shop i follow called hello sunshine home decor, out of jacksonville, florida. tammy makes some adorable wall art, and that day, she was featuring and selling a piece of string art she created. which just so happened to feature a whale. (could it be more perfect?!?) it was perfection. i knew i had to have it for the bathroom. i snatched it up.

then, i had to change out that shadow box with the river rocks. i got my little hands on it, and started pulling out the rocks (which left mounds of dried hot glue stuck to the fabric background). hot glue was not comin' off, so i decided to improvise. i set up a design in silhouette studio with just anchors (surprise!) and put together a pretty easy little print that fit perfectly in the 12" x 12" shadow box (covering those horribly awful clumps of hot glue!)

then in perfect "me" fashion, i realized i had to have something to hang over the toilet....there was just a blank wall. a. blank. wall. so i started getting a little creative....enter an extra white wood frame, a roll of spare cork + my new adhesive vinyl, which i used to whip up this super easy, super cute frame with a very necessary set of rules for boys!

okay, now my final touch, i have to totally give props to both my sister + sherry from young house love for the inspiration. it's simple really. if you're looking to change something up in your home from a decor standpoint, the best, first place to start is to shop your own home. walk around. put a new set of glasses on + see each room differently. look at that vase, that rug, that candle, and consider what it would look like in a totally different room in your house. the moral: you don't necessarily have to run to home goods or tjmaxx or target (or online) when you're itching to change up a room. and did i get schooled on this idea....i had a lovely 3' x 5' pottery barn kids rug from little mr. re-nest #1's nursery that was just rolled up in our spare bedroom. i had intentions of trying to sell it on varage sale. but i just couldn't bring myself to do it. maybe it was nostalgia with a twist of hoarding, but it has been non-functional for over two years now. until this weekend.

i was walking through the bathroom, after hanging up my adorable new whale string art, and the color of that adorable little whale struck me. and then i remembered that rug. and then i unearthed it from it's plastic bag, and wouldn't you know it...it fits perfectly in the bathroom. no joke! something i was going to part with now has a new, lovely place in our nest!
the most glorious find from this refresh!
never underestimate what you already have around the house!
okay, so the title of this is "on a budget" so i'm guessing you're wondering just how much this stuff cost....well, i can honestly say that this little refresh (which has totally refreshed my whole perspective on this bathroom) was done for under $100. in fact, i'd say it was safely done for under $75. and, that includes the new light fixture glass globes i scored at lowes. on clearance. (shazamm!) 

so....what do you think? i am kind of embarrassed to say that i feel like my life is a little more complete now that i like this bathroom...and i've warned mr. re-nest that the master bath is next!


today, i'm three!

i can hardly believe it. sometime this week (it was either july first or july third, forgive me...), this little passion project of mine turns three years old. three years ago, i pushed aside every insecurity i had, every worry of "what if people make fun of me?" + i did it. i set up an etsy store. i took some pictures. i posted some things. and away i went.

i've said it before, and it sounds cliche, but i had no idea where this would go. i thought i'd add a few more things to the shop + people would find me. i mean, i was working full-time, had a young son, a husband who works a lot + a house to take care of. this was an outlet for me.

today, it's still an outlet. but it's also very much my baby. today, re-nest studio has grown, slowly + steadily, while much more has come in to my life, both personally + professionally. and through all of it, i wouldn't change it one bit. and, i have bigger visions as to where this can go.

want to join me on a little walk down memory lane?

1. re-nest studio officially launched (on this blog) on july 1, 2012. little mr. re-nest #1 was the only little mr. re-nest at the time. and, he was three. 

2. as of today, this little blog now has over 12,000 pageviews (which seems like a lot to me, because i basically write about what i want to write about, i don't do advertising + i only share my posts on social media!) i know there are blogs with bigger followings, but i'm pretty happy with it.

3. the re-nest studio etsy store has now grown to 37 listings. again, not a ton, but it's respectable. and trust me, i have about double this number of ideas in my head that i will make someday!
whoa. just whoa.

4. in three years, i'm nearing almost 15,000 views on my etsy store. fifteen thousand. whoa. 

5. out of all of my listings, the most popular listing is the "you are my sunshine" canvas wall art. all time, it has almost 4,400 views alone.

6. in may 2013, little mr. re-nest #2 joined the nest! 

the little miss sunshine high chair birthday banner
7. and, while i always said i wouldn't do it, in 2014, i launched the re-nest party room...expanding the offerings to custom party decor!

8. thanks to mr. re-nest, i was able to move my studio from a spare corner in our spare bedroom to a real, honest-to-goodness studio space in our basement. 

9. total awesomeness is that this whole passion project has allowed me the ability to become a guest blogger with the etsymom team + the decorate contributor for modern handmade child.

10. and, a magazine! how cool is that? my great friends at invironments magazine have welcomed me with open arms + allow me to share my home decor how-tos in every issue! 

11. an invitation to feature my work in a boutique! once again, i've made some amazing friends at shop in style in downtown sycamore who were kind enough to welcome my pieces into their shop!

what's more important is that i still have big dreams for this little project of mine. but for now, i'm so very thankful for every single friend, fan + family member who supports + encourages what i do. most importantly, a thank you to my boys - to mr. re-nest, little mr. re-nest #1 + little mr. re-nest #2 - for understanding that mama's bucket is filled when i can have a little creative time. i can't wait to see where the next year takes this little shop + blog, and to have you all along with me for the ride!

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