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I know I’ve been tempting some of you with reports of my new red door. So here is the proof.

I was gripped with the urge last week to completely cranberry cherry berry RED our front room. SO. I painted the door and whipped up some valances for the window. I must say I just LOVE how they all turned out. Of course reds don’t photograph exactly the way you want them too. But, this is about as crisp and cheery a red you can find.

I’m working on the robin’s egg blue accents for the rest of the room — but until they are complete, the red is all that is noteworthy 🙂

(Here is my current inspiration on Pinterest)

And, I completely forgot in the last post. I do have proof that there ARE hedgehogs in the baby’s nook. All the pictures were completely devoid of any furry creature. Here are the stuffed animals, and the final wall (complete with painted birdcage and hanging artwork).

And so that is the current state of things — can’t wait to bring the little lady home to the Inn soon 🙂

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So! Thanks to my dear sisters, and a very diligent day of snipping, sewing, gluing and painting, we are done with the baby’s room!

Theme: Yellow & gray.
Motif: Birds & Hedgehogs.

I GREATLY desired to make at least a little something for my little girls room, so I grabbed some pretend vintage prints and whipped up a crib skirt. I absolutely refused to make baby bumpers or my own sheets. Perhaps when she’s soiled all the clean ones, I’ll whip up a few for her. Yellow & grey birdy fabric w/ stenciled hedgehogs? YES. Here is the progress, along with a snapshot of some CUTE little burp-clothes (gifts from a dear friend, dyed old cloth diapers and stitched fabulous ribbon on. Love love love.) and the little white IKEA boxes that now hold all sewing materials.

And here we have a better view of the window, with the fabulous curtain made by Aunty M., along with the gorgeous lamp, and tidy shelves.

My sweetheart and I put up the shelves after a long day out at IKEA with my sisters. Quite a challenge hanging such usefulness from drywall, plaster and molly bolts. But. We managed, and put yet another “old-house” notch in our belts. And now they look stunning.

You’ve seen these items before…our dear little girls Going HOME outfit! The jumper was worn by my husband, and I wore the booties. Thanks to Aunty J & M, the little rosettes were added for our little girl. How fitting that her outfit matches her room. 🙂

And finally, little peep at her changing table (tucked into an open closet), snugabunny and new diaper bag.

Luckily, the room was already painted a beautiful whisper yellow, so I just added crib, curtains, rug, shelves and artwork. Simple transformation overall, but it took a bit of time, as mama bird seems to be moving slower than usual these days. Perhaps its the beautiful bump that keeps on growing 🙂 A heartfelt cup of THANK YOU to all my dear sisters (Aunty J, aunty M, aunty R, and aunty L!) for getting it truly 100%!

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I’ve recently been under the delusion that pinning on Pinterest counts as blogging. Have you discovered the delight of Pinterest? It’s a giant magazine spread/look book that you create yourself and share with others along the way. Here are some idea boards I have put together. Don’t these pictures just make you want to create, paint, and organize??

Well! I’m currently scooting along at 35 weeks with this beautiful baby girl in the oven. Mr. T and I have been working hard to get the baby’s room ready. Such decisions that must be made! Yellow, grey, white birches, birds, and hedgehogs etc.! It is such an exciting time. I’m racing the clock these days, as my energy levels drop roughly 2% per day 🙂

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I’ve been attempting to finish my entire home before our dear little baby arrives, and geez, it’s proving to be a challenge. When I say finish, I mean, all those little to-do’s, that irk your mind when you’re walking in and out the door. For example, my curtain quest is as yet 80% unfinished. Who knew I was such a picky bird? After about fifteen iterations, I’m back to square one & robin’s egg blue. When I hit this combination of de-cluttering & re-loving. I go straight to some idea dens to give me vision and get me motivated.

Here are the inspirations of the morning from Anthropologie:

So. Today I’m off to find some inspiration, nail down my actual to-do list, and continue floating on this incredible nesting energy!

In the mean time I’m certain that some more throw pillows will be concocted from the cast-off curtain material, and I may just document my new bathroom re-loving for you all! I call it: Chocolate Robin’s Egg 🙂

xo, Mrs. T

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Dear friends! The dresses are done and runway ready! OR aisle ready, I should say. By the end of the fitting phase, I was referring to them as my six little blueberries. Especially since blueberries are in season right now (bless them!). I’m waiting to unveil the final look until the wedding day, but have no fear, the blueberries will be documented.

Beautiful pic by the talented microcontroleur

Beautiful pic by the talented microcontroleur

With the completion of the dress project, I was able to start outfitting the baby’s room. This means, rearranging and re-purposing the Yellow Room. I started by sweeping up the mounds of blue thread that have attached to everything in sight. Moved on to dusting and other boring tasks. Then I spotted some Cath Kidston wrapping paper I’d picked up in the UK a few years ago. It just screamed drawer liner. And since I’ve planned on using the vintage green dresser as the changing table bottom, what could be more perfect? I was cooing with delight.

Boring drawers…

Transformed with cupcakes and CK. I intend to get a plastic liner as well to go over the top of these. Further sealing in the beauty.

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Has the summer been as sweet to you as to me?

Our dear little tenant moved in 1 May, into the green room — and what a delight it has been! The rooms of the “Inn” are filling up and my goodness it has been a blessing in many ways. Now we just have to negotiate the proper cool air ventilation tactics for the upstairs in this seasoned row-home.

Another new tenant that we’re excited about will be joining us in September. Preparations are in full swing, and it’s going to be a full summer of procurement!

What we have so far for our dear “little t” — a little jumper his father wore on the way home from the hospital, and a little pair of booties that I wore. This will be the first grandbaby on both sides, and my goodness he’s* in danger of being loved to death by grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins, not to mention his adoring parents.

You may be wondering about the blue bliss bridesmaid dresses! They are coming along at a breathtaking pace. Each day another part is stitched into place, becoming part of a beautiful day in July when two sweethearts covenant before the Lord and friends.
Here are some bodices, sitting in a row, waiting to be nipped, turned and pressed. I will not reveal full pictures of the dresses till the wedding has gone off. Must leave a little suspense.

As my beautiful belly gets bigger it’s harder to wrangle fabric (snipping, stitching, stooping), so I’ve been pushing to finish at an early date. Then I hope to make a few of those flirty skirts & flowy tanks to accommodate my belly and this oppressive heat. BUT. No sewing for me or Baby until these dresses are D.O.N.E. 🙂

You may be asking about the nursery. Well, I’ve just finally found my theme. Thankfully! Hedgehogs and birdies. My husband was not surprised that birds made the cut. I’ll post more in the coming days.

Best wishes for a sweet Friday for you all — hope it proves to be as pleasant as mine promises to be!

*No gender yet, but soon we’re hoping to find out. I use “he” in the general mankind terms 🙂

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Doesn’t this time of year make you desire everything to be fresh, green and growing?

After laboring over which color to paint the master bed (putty or greenish?), my husband and I decided to go with a celery sage green — and Behr happened to have exactly what we wanted, aptly named “sanctuary.”

Early Saturday, we collected the paint, moved furniture to the center of the room, and proceeded to coat the walls in the most perfect green you’ve ever seen.

For once, I remembered to document the pre-green state:

Then we painted, and painted and painted. Rehung the art, threw a fresh splash of white shiny paint on the window trim, and after spent about the next four hours admiring the glorious finished work.




All in all, I’m quite proud of the result. Next on the list — finish the guest bedroom. I’m excited about making the “Yellow Room” into another sanctuary of sweet colors and beautiful things.

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