Archive | July, 2013

kiddos … blabla

Well, no baby yet. Today I start operation meet this baby, I’ll let you know how that turns out.

In other news I am really excited to share my favorite children’s accessory with you today. I have been a fan of blabla’s since I was introduced to them in 2004 and try to gift one to every little one who comes into my life. Not surprisingly they quickly become the favorite companion of the little one. Sure, it could be because I gave it to them that they choose to love it, but realistically I think it has much more to do with blabla than me. Hard to admit it’s true, but sometimes we do have to face reality.

Tragically nugget, that’s what I call our baby, does not have a blabla in his collection yet so I am tasked with picking out the perfect one just for him. Made from 100% cotton these guys are so soft, squishy, and cuddly they make the perfect companion at any age. I have narrowed down my choices to six but am now a bit stuck. Do you have a favorite blabla? Which one would you choose?

My other favorite part about the knit doll line is the names and stories that accompany each buddy. Take Theo, he is a cat. He also conducts a butterfly orchestra that meets every Wednesday by the opera. Wooly the sheep likes to sleep upside down with his feet on his pillow and dreams in green and yellow. Oh and what does Berlioz the bear like? Well, he is a true romantic. He dances the Boogie Woogie and can’t keep his bow tie steady. With names and personalities like these how can you not fall in love?

hello there blabla's | K Flick StudioI’ll be sure to keep you posted on which blabla I choose and how operation meet this baby turns out.

Have a great day. XO

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homestead … dresser re-do

I’m so excited to share with you a great dresser re-do today. Remember when I went antiquing in Frederick last month? I mentioned that Katie was also out scouting for new finds that weekend and today I am excited to share with you what she found.

Katie had been on the hunt for a dresser, or two side tables that had plenty of storage for a while now. The piece, or pieces, she was looking for would either flank the bed, or fit right underneath one of the intended rooms windows. That weekend in Frederick she lucked out. There was a barn filled to the hilt with dressers of all shapes and sizes and in relatively good condition. Sure there were some that were rickety, and full of splinters, but most were in usable condition and just in need of a little vision.

Fortunately vision is something that Katie has in spades. She was able to pick this red and white lady from the masses and see its potential through the country kitchen exterior.

Red and White Dresser | K Flick StudioShe got the piece home and immediately went to work that afternoon with the palm sander. Originally she was planning on painting the dresser grey but once she saw the beautiful wood underneath opted to forgo the paint.

Step One Dresser Re-do | K Flick StudioFortunately the sander made short work of all the existing paint with the exception of the legs that required some intensive hand sanding.

Step Two Dresser Re-do | K Flick StudioThe finished dresser fits perfectly under the window and with the addition of pink glass knobs brings a really nice balance of rustic sophistication to the room.

Dresser by Petal and Print | K Flick StudioCurrently the dresser is being used as a changing table but will easily transition in later years. I am so happy that the project was such a quick success for her. In the end she got exactly what she wanted and didn’t have to settle for good enough for now, which let’s face it, sometimes we all have to do.

I’m off to an early start today getting last-minute things checked off my list. XO

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a little soiree everyday

How was your weekend? I hope it was a good one. Our’s was filled with a trip to the pool, milkshakes for dinner, cleaning the basement, and goodwill. All in all relaxing and productive, a strange combination for sure.

I also took some time to add a new design to K Flick Studio’s Society 6 collection and I am so excited about it. Probably my favorite design thus far it’s like having a little party in your purse, or hand, or pocket, or wherever you keep your phone. It’s a little soiree everyday!
Soiree iPhone case | K Flick StudioThe design is available for the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and iPad. You can also purchase a skin for your computer and greeting cards and wall art, it’s just a little crazy. I prefer to stick to the handheld devices, but hey, do what you want!

I hope you all have a great start to your week! Our little one is due on Friday so I will keep you posted! XO

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cook it … chicken and waffle sandwich

I am drooling over these Fried Chicken and (Bacon, Cheddar, and Green Onion) Waffle Sandwiches from Bon Appétit. For real, how amazing does this look? Fried Chicken and Waffle SandwichesI’ve been thinking about getting a waffle iron recently and this might be the tipping point. The bacon, cheddar, and green onions are in the waffle batter. The chicken batter has hot sauce in it, and there is a maple mustard sauce, what!! I have a few things on my list for this weekend but this might have just moved to the top.

Have a great weekend! XO

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homestead … nursery tour

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to go with a vintage sporting theme for our nursery. Funny since I don’t really care for sports, or people’s shrines towards them, and in no way want to instill that fanaticism in our child. I was thinking more 1920′s men’s sports club, tufted leather, cigars, scotch, and brass trophies. You know, all things kids love.

The inspiration was drawn from a pair of my fathers tennis rackets that I long ago found in their basement and claimed as my own.

Tennis Rackets in Nursery | K Flick StudioTwo years ago we painted our guest room knowing one day it would transition into a nursery and that we would not be re-painting it. So I got started. Painstakingly I measured, and marked, taped, and painted. Eventually I was rewarded with this great gold and coral chevron wall. Clearly doing all the walls with the chevron would have 1) driven me mad 2) been way to much for this small room. The focal wall was graced with chevron while the other three walls were painted a glossy navy blue.

Nursery | K Flick StudioNursery Crib and Chevron Wall | K Flick StudioI held off as long as possible buying things for the nursery, but finally in March I decided that I needed to start collecting some accoutrements. At 4:30am one morning, I am not kidding, 4:30am, I woke up, bundle up, met up with Katie, waited for Starbucks to open, yes it was that early, and headed up north. We arrived to find snow on the ground and no one there but us. The day ended up being filled with great finds, and a really great milk shake. What more could a lady want?

The medals above the crib, painting, boat and aviator helmet above the dressers are all from that trip. The dressers are from Ikea, and yes, your eyes are not fooling you. There is a yellowish one, and a white one. The yellowish one is going on 11 or 12 years with us, and the white one is new. We added it for extra storage and changing table space. It’s possible that the changing table is a bit high, but I figure we will make do. Seemed better than having a really short one that we had to bend over all the time. I’ll keep you posted on how this experiment turns out.

Nursery Dresser | K Flick StudioNursery Dresser | K Flick StudioNursery Dresser | K Flick StudioFinding a chair for the room was proving to be a challenge. Spending upwards of $1,000 on a glider for the nursery was not in my budget, and let’s face it, most of the chairs that I wanted were above that, crazy I know. We have a similar white, slip covered chair in our living room. While trying to make peace with bringing it up to the nursery I had a great idea. Ikea has cheap white slip covered chairs, and you have to be able to buy a glider base on the internet, you can buy anything on the internet right? Clearly, we (the husband) can make this chair happen very easily. It took one google search and the first website I clicked on told me exactly what I needed to (have the husband) do. Crisis averted, living room intact, one more thing added to the to do list. There might have been some eye rolling from the husband.

White Nursery Rocker | K Flick StudioThe husband moved a lot as a child and therefore does not have a lot of stuff from growing up. Somehow this bookcase always made the move and has been living crammed with junk in our basement. The only request that he had for the nursery was that said bookcase have a home. How could I say no to that? Originally I planned on painting it white to match the rest of the furniture. Then time rolled on, and I thought, let’s just try it with the wood. So happy I did, love it.

Nursery Bookcase | K Flick StudioNursery Bookcase | K Flick StudioVintage Children's Football Pads | K Flick StudioHow cute are these little football pads! The framed piece in the background is near and dear to my heart. My Dad made it for me when I was born. Now it has a place in my home, and is one of my favorite things in the nursery.

Nursery Vintage Coat | K Flick StudioNursery Vintage Coat | K Flick StudioThis little jacket also belonged to my husband when he was little. In second grade he would only wear a suit jacket and tie, amazing. The pictures from this period in his life are almost more than I can handle. We recently found the jacket in a box of stuffed animals his mother saved and knew it had to have a home in the nursery.

I’ve done something a little out of the normal for all the curtain rods in our house and I knew this room could not be the exception. During the March antiquing trip I found an old exercise bar and knew that it would be the perfect solution for the window. Fortunately the curtain loops just fit over the bulbous ends of the bar.

Exercise Pole Curtain Rod | K Flick Studio

When I came across this scratch off map I thought it would be the perfect fit for the room. I was lucky enough to do a fair amount of traveling with my parents when I was young and would love to have a visual record of all the places that we went. I think that it will be a nice tradition to scratch off each state as he visits them. He will probably just want to scratch everything off at once and do it one night while I am asleep and I will be crushed. At least that’s what I would have done as a child…

USA Scratch Off Map | K Flick Studio

I know that there are a lot of things in this room that are not so child friendly and there are a lot of Mom’s out there laughing at my naiveté. That’s fine. I am fully aware that I will make some changes as he grows and starts interacting with his environment. You only have your first child once and I wanted to create a special space for him before I start to base my decisions on realistic expectations of what a child might actually need or want. I am ready for motherhood or what!

So that’s about it. I’ll update you all with how things go as he grows and shows me all the ridiculous decisions that I made.

Have a great day! XO

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homestead … pennants

Recently I sent some pennants to one of my favorite little ladies in England. I thought that they would be the perfect addition to the room that her Mom has lovingly put together for her.

Bunting | K Flick Studio I think that they look really lovely. You might remember these pennants from the baby shower that I hosted earlier this spring. I had such a great time making them and was excited to be able to share them with all the new little ladies in my life. There is still another strand all boxed up and ready to be sent. Somehow I keep going to the post office while they are closed, super frustrating. Is anyone else doing this?

Bunting | K Flick Studio

Hopefully I will make it tomorrow! A few strands of bunting will be listed in the shop sometime this week so keep an eye out!

Have a great day!

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