welcoming home babies!

it was kind of an unprecedented week for the studio this week...getting to welcome + be a part of two little ones' nurseries! not only that, but one of these special canvases actually became the family's birth announcement to their friends + family online. isn't that just so unique + creative + cool? i am just so touched that the piece i created holds such a special place in that family's sharing of their little girl with the world!

want to see a peek? (of course, you do!)

this adorable vintage-inspired mini monogram
adorned with a pink tutu!
first up is a canvas i had the joy of creating + delivering this week for a sweet baby girl that included my very favorite element of personalization: the monogram. this one was so fun...we had a picture of a swatch of printed paper from a birth announcement, and we worked off of that to match the color + feel of the piece. we wanted to go with a vintage feel, something light in color with a touch of pink. we included a border with a light khaki with an ivory brushstroke overlay (to help give it a vintage-y + weathered kind of feel!), with an ivory center. then the monogram was done reversed out with a pearlized ivory card stock, overlaid on a pale pink paper. i can't wait to see how this super simple, classic piece looks in this new sweet baby's nursery!

and a very special, very customized
special delivery canvas for a new little girl!
and, next up is a custom special delivery canvas wall art...this mama is the one that i made these for back in may (one of my fave projects ever!), and at the time, they were waiting to see if the baby was a boy or a girl! (note: back in may, all bets were on girl!) and, we were right! this little miss arrived in june, and her mama (a great friend of mine) asked me to make her a special delivery canvas, that featured all of her birthdate details. and, this mama was so kind to kind of leave the design up to me. she did detail that she was loving teal + purple together, so i got to creating a mixed media piece that combined acrylic paint, grosgrain ribbon + a little sparkle (because every little girl needs just a touch of sparkle, right?!?)

i so love when mamas + daddys want to add some personalization to a nursery...it really is such a special time, and i love the idea that one of my pieces will be a keepsake for a family, or a piece that carries through a little one's room as they grow!


re-nest life / here comes first grade!

the new backpack. we had to
upgrade from the junior-size
to the real size. (sniff, sniff)
it's here. summer is winding down (boo) + the re-nest house is in full prep mode for the start of first grade. and, by "full prep mode" i mean, i have seven different lists of things we need to get in order to qualify as "ready" for the first day of school. no joke, i carry around more lists and paper and things that are constant reminders to me to not forget the dry-erase markers, or to not forget to have little mr. re-nest #1 try on the gym uniforms to see if we can make last year's still work. am i alone in this?!?! (please tell me no...for the record, the uniforms fit. for now.)

back-to-school time is actually one of my fave times of the year. not because i'm anxious for my little one to head back to school, but because i have always loved the sense of newness this time of year has always meant. i have always been obsessed with new school supplies, new backpacks, new binders, pencils, markers....but i do have to confess, this year, i am excited for us to get back to some sort of schedule that school brings us.

but....like so many of us moms, i end up using this time of the year to also put some sort of great, new thing in place which ends up in place for about 47 seconds after school starts. but it doesn't stop me from trying! for example, here's what is on my list for this year:

my life planner from erincondren.com. i've raved about
this ad nauseum. see that section on the bottom?
that's the meal planning section.
1. absolutely, positively, without any concession, continue meal planning. i've been one thousand percent committed to this since i posted about it here. and, if i need it in the summer, i sure as heck need it during the school year.

2. set laundry days. this is another one that i have to get committed too. little mr. re-nest #1 wears a uniform to school, and since this mama doesn't have an unlimited supply of them on hand, one dedicated day a week to do laundry is a must. my goal: don't have a repeat of the ten or so times from last year when i realized at 7:15am that some piece of the uniform wasn't entirely clean...(notice i didn't say anything about getting the laundry folded + put away....baby
just a portion of this year's uniforms.
steps, friends, baby steps!)

3. no television while dinner is being made. this creates a horrific spiral of attention deficit in our house, and then leads to the television being on during dinner. i'm praying this one shouldn't be too difficult to accomplish. we do this about 73% of the time right now. easy peasy.

just a few of the tools in my toolbox.
flash cards + pipe cleaners.
oh, we're gonna have some fun!
4. this is a big one. at least one night per week (let's just be realistic here....i'm going for the concept of "underpromise + overdeliver"), i really want my boys to focus on something creative/tactile/fine motor skills development. yes, legos are fantastic little pieces of plastic that require fine motor skills, but i'm talking finally, finally, finally digging out a couple of those ideas that i pinned on pinterest + saved on facebook about the activities your kids should do to be creative + develop motor skills. i'm gonna try. wish me luck. (p.s. want to see some of those ideas? here they are here, here, here, here + here!)

5. enforce morning bed making. yep, and this is particularly directed at the six-year-old in the house. i will be the first to admit, i never made my bed growing up, and my mom didn't force me to (i'm fairly certain that's what was meant by "picking your battles.") but i don't think it's a bad thing to reinforce in my child. and someday, it'll make his future spouse very, very happy. and, he has a super cute bed that looks really awesome when it's all made.

i think five is plenty, right? it's a nice, round number. i've covered off meals, clean clothes, a chore, turning off the tube + child development. that should be sufficient, right?!?

here's to the pending first day of school (or if you've already been there, done that this year, i raise my glass of skinnygirl margarita to you). for now, i'm off to target to tackle school supply shopping!


sweet monograms for twins

y'all know i love a new baby. (seriously, who doesn't?) that smell. those hands. the toes. (ahhhhhh.) and, y'all know i love a good monogram project. combine the two + the fact that we're talking twins, and well, i'm in heaven. (actually, add in there that these babies just happen to be born to my bestie, and i'm in total euphoria! which i think kinda means i'm their unofficial auntie, right?!?)

not only was this an awesomely fun project to design just because these babes are like my family, but their mama + daddy just happen to have very similar decorating taste as mr. re-nest + i do. (think mid-century modern.) and once mama showed me some other art + décor pieces that were going in their shared nursery, the designing began!

i love that their nursery went with a bolder color palette (think orange, turquoise, black + a touch of magenta with soft grey cribs) with modern, geometric touches. i was able to sneak a peek at some of their pieces via text + in-person, which totally gave me the inspiration for their little monogram pieces for their nursery!

trying to keep space to a minimum, i went with designing these on 12" x 12" canvases. both have their own color palette - black, turquoise + orange for the little man; turquoise, orange + magenta for the baby girl. i knew i was going with the brushstroke border treatment, and once that was done, i knew it needed something else.

i contemplated doing paper circles....and then decided to take a chance. a little acrylic paint + one of my sponge brushes, and i decided to make asymmetrical circles in paint to add a little extra something to the background! the finishing touch was of course their initials (in a pretty gender neutral font), and we have the finished pieces!

i'm so excited that these are on their way to their nursery + can't wait to see these babes this week!


pretty much the best saturday ever

okay, that might be me being a little dramatic. but barely. this summer for us has been a lot of hard work, work around the house, going here and there, but no real getaways. no vacation this summer. but with a few short weeks left before school is back in session + very few weekends without anything planned, i had one, single solitary item on my summer bucket list that i wanted to check off….

now, we have lived just a mere 90 minutes away from madison for the past eight years, and we’ve never ventured there. not sure why. but getting up to madison has always been a goal of mine. and, then at the beginning of summer, a chance sighting on facebook totally changed the priority of getting to madison: a post by cooking light magazine, showed that madison has one of the best farmer’s markets in the country. what?!? 

and, then my single item summer bucket list was filled. i had to get to madison.

we had an open weekend so i seized it.

and, we had a blast. we just went up for the day, and i had one goal: get a giant, beautiful bouquet of flowers. check. everything else in our haul was just bonus for me!

our haul from the market!

little mr. re-nest #1's takeaway! tie-dye shirts!

i have to highly recommend this for anyone who’s ever in the general madison area on a saturday to go, go, go! this was simply one of the best days ever, and the haul we brought home was so worth the drive and the wait! 

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