Living Room Tour

Hi Guys! I don’t really have a lot to say about these photos other than here is our living room, where we spend all of our time :) I picked up (a little) last week so I thought I would take so pictures to have it documented.

living room

It’s pretty small compared to the rest of our house but it’s so cozy!

living room

Here are the answers to the most common questions we get on Instagram and in real life…

1. Our paint color is Colonnade Grey by Sherwin Williams

2. Our couch is from Ashley Furniture – It’s called the Loric Smoke Sectional

living room

I love our Built-Ins… there were here when we moved in. We have a basket of shoes on the fireplace because the boy’s room is far from the garage and the wicker basket on the mantel is full wipes and diapers. I want to do something about the red brick fireplace but I haven’t figured out what yet. Any ideas?

living room

The built-ins house our project life book, old baby books, yearbook and photo albums. Those colored books are my grandmothers LIFE books from the 60′s-70′s.

living room

living room

There you have it. Short and sweet, and well loved. I have a million ideas in my head but this room works for now. It’s hard when you have really little kids to put anything super nice in your house haha. Let me know if you have any questions about anything in here!

living room

Baby Announcments and a MINTED Giveaway!

I haven’t officially introduced the baby… here she is :)

minted giveaway

Having a baby girl has been so much fun! She is very well loved! A little too well loved, her brothers love to wake her up to see her all day… eek! Because this is most likely our last baby I really wanted to do Birth Announcements because I never have before. I have to check off all of the cliche mom things this time around.

Minted is my go to paperie so I knew I wanted to order from them! Here is a tip… look at the announcements and pick one before you shoot your photo for it because there are so many different layouts and orientations for the graphics. I took my picture first and I left room for her name above her back. Minted has so many options and they are very customizable.

Another huge time saver is the free addressing! (I whited the address out for the photo) I also went ahead and added these little tags in some of the announcements for people that have sent baby gifts. An announcement and a thank you all in one :)

minted giveaway

I love the thickness and quality of the paper, I’m a paper snob.

minted giveaway

minted giveaway

Now for the best part… a MINTED GIVEAWAY for a lucky reader! Minted is offering a $150 online credit toward anything you choose! I can personally speak for their cards, announcements and art prints but they have much more! CLICK HERE TO ENTER 

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Good luck!

(announcements were provided by Minted, all opinions are my own!)

Gleeful Summer Baby Dress

Welcome to the Taylor Made stop on the Gleeful Fabric Blog Hop :)

gleeful summer baby dressA few months ago my friend Caroline made me insanely jealous and designed her own fabric line! Kidding… I’m so happy for her, and her new line, Gleeful is just that. So happy, bright and fun… perfect for summer. I asked for a fat quarter bundle because there is no way I could just choose one of these fabrics!

gleeful summer baby dressCaroline sent the fabric a few months ago and I knew I wanted to make a baby dress. I thought the Summer Baby Dress by Kate and Gleeful were a match made in heaven. Also a perfect match… these buttons!!!

gleeful summer baby dress

I actually didn’t have enough of any one fabric for the skirt part of the dress so I just used two different fabrics which I thought looked really cute for this pattern.

gleeful summer baby dress

I LOVE the fabric on the straps. I also love this pattern from Kate! So easy and so cute. I did add the buttons but other than that I stuck to the pattern.

gleeful summer baby dress

I even pulled out my double needle for the hem, so you know I meant business :)

gleeful summer baby dress

gleeful summer baby dress

I really wanted to have pictures of her in the dress but she is still too tiny… I’m thinking another month or so, thankfully (or not thankfully)  it will be hot here for a while so she will get some good use out if it!

gleeful summer baby dress

Thanks for having me Caroline! You can check out the full Gleeful line HERE

gleeful summer baby dress

a Happy Birthday Quilt Block

Recently I have come to realize that as far a sewing goes, I think quilting is my favorite. It’s long and can be time consuming at times but in the end its magic!

cake quilt block

Some of my favorite quilting products are made by Olfa… how could I quilt without my rotary cutter and self healing mat!? They are celebrating their 35th Anniversary so when they contacted me about reviewing a few Olfa Products, I was in!

cake quilt block

  I was sent a fresh, new rotary cutter, a frosted acrylic ruler and a rotating self-healing mat, which I have been eying  for months. They also asked if I wanted to make a quilt block to celebrate the big 35! The only rules were that it had to be 6.5″ x 6.5″ and there had to be some yellow in it. I started by pulling my yellow scraps.

cake quilt block

I searched online for a block that looked like a birthday cake and I came across this tutorial so I pretty much followed it and used the dimensions she gave, I didn’t make mine wonky though, I went with a straight cake :) I LOVE my new rotary cutter! My other one is a lot bigger so this one is perfect for small projects. I also love the smaller acrylic ruler for the same reason. It also works better on darker fabrics because of the frosted background.

cake quilt block

Let me just say how much I needed the rotatable self-healing mat in my life. I am very lucky and have a huge work table in my craft room but it can present a problem with trying to walk around it for cutting.

cake quilt block

This was a quick block to sew! Its nice to have a quick project that I can finish in no time :)

cake quilt block

cake quilt block

cake quilt block

cake quilt block

I used my rotating cutting mat, acrylic block and rotary cutter to trim it up to size.

cake quilt block

Lastly I used a stamp and permanent ink (which I heat set) for the number 35 on the cake.

cake quilt block

They are collecting the blocks to make a big quilt to display at the Houston Quilt Market this fall… how fun! Happy Birthday Olfa! Thanks for inviting me to the party :)

cake quilt block

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