05 November 2009

pom poms

from the etsy shop PartyPoms

i love pom poms. i had them at our wedding and now i want to use them in our baby girl's nursery. i think i will do something like this right above her crib...in lieu of the traditional mobile. i think it's very feminine!

here is a link to a martha stewart tutorial on creating tissue paper pom poms (i used this tutorial to make the pom poms for my wedding and it worked out well!)


20 September 2009


just found this in the antique's section of the phoenix craigslist (here). too bad i don't have an extra hundred bucks to drop. it would be a nice addition to my house.

13 September 2009


i love how classy this halloween decor looks!

see it on life in the fun lane.

10 September 2009

cute decor

i stumbled upon this dining room/family room combination by stacey sargent and really liked a lot of the elements, so i thought i'd "catalogue" it for future reference. i like the wall by the dining room table especially! i love how it adds a little pop of color to the house. i also love the wall paper!

see the original post here.

07 September 2009


how adorable is this little swimsuit?

you can find it here.

but - since it costs a lovely $66, maybe i'll try making one in the future. i just love the design!

20 August 2009

more play kitchens

i am back on a play kitchen kick today, after taking max to the doctor and him loving the play kitchen in the office. i really don't like the look of the commercial play kitchens, they're kind of an eye-sore in a house, so i am really wanting to make our own. plus, a DIY kitchen has the potential to be much cheaper (the plastic kitchens and specialty kitchens are upwards of $150!). here are a few i have found that i am loving and will use as inspiration for the project.

most of these kitchens are from ohdeedoh.com and use ikea components as the base of the project. some are pricier DIY's than others but i think overall, i could probably make a play kitchen for easily under $100, but hopefully under $50 or $60 (perhaps using thrifted units instead of new ones from ikea).

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aren't they all so cute? there are a few i just love.

hart & sew giveaway

there is a little giveaway at hart & sew which i am super excited about because they are cute, girly headbands perfect for my little #2 on the way!!

go check them out now!

here's a link to the etsy shop, hairblooms.

07 August 2009

thinking october...

is this not the cutest halloween costume you've ever seen?

well, i think it is. i guess i just have something with animal costumes...i absolutely love them!

i think it'd be so cute for mr. max this october...but, if not for him, definitely for some baby in the future!

and it works, girl or boy...because this cute little monkey is a girl...

from katie did

29 July 2009

DEFINITE must-do project

i just saw this project on design mom and fell in love! i have been trying to figure out what to do for max when he is ready to move to a big boy bed and have been going between the toddler bed or twin bed scenario.

i wanted to do a twin bed cuz i didn't want to purchase another crib mattress (since a baby will be sleeping on it - we'll need two). but then, a toddler bed is a much better size and i am sure someday we'll need both a twin and a toddler bed.

this project would cost $75 for two toddler beds, so even cheaper for just one! that definitely beats out even the cheapest beds i have had my eye on. that price doesn't include a mattress but ikea has some mattresses (here, here, and here) that are definitely priced in my budget. PLUS, i can customize the bed however i want as far as color scheme goes.

i am really excited about this! i think i will either do it later this fall, before the baby comes, or have my dad make it for me when my parents come down to see the new baby. since big brother won't be two until after the baby is born, i think i definitely have time before he is ready to move to a bigger bed (that is unless he magically starts climbing out of his crib suddenly!).

see the entire project & tutorial here.

27 July 2009

magnetic ABCs

what a cute idea - and relatively cheap! which i always love.

this is the perfect way to teach my baby his ABCs!

tutorial here.

10 July 2009

dream kitchen

i love white kitchens and i just found one on design*sponge that i absolutely love.

go here to check out more pictures.

more nursery ideas

ever since i saw this nursery, i was in love!

it kinda goes along with the color scheme i have been thinking of...but i just love it. especially the bright, bright yellow!

it is my dream nursery, i think.

i love this idea. i was thinking of using frames to put fabric in but these hoops are neat too. i love the circular look. maybe even a combination of circles and squares would be neat.

how could your baby not be happy in this cheery crib?!? :)all pictures from megan at me and wee

thanks for the inspiration!

09 July 2009

baby room

although i don't know what i am having yet (finding out august 10th!!), i am dreaming of what i would do for a nursery if we had a girl...

of course, if we have a boy, i will just continue to use the bedding we already have for our son...but, it'd be fun to have a girl because i could change things up!

our third bedroom gets the hot afternoon sun, so it heats up really badly. i bought some curtains at ikea the other day (on sale for $14.99 - but incredibly heavy, and good quality!) to help keep the room cooler. they are a light red, almost pink-red, color. so...i thought, if we had a baby girl, those curtains would obviously already be in her room, so here are some ideas i am stirring around in order to tie those curtains in with a nursery...

maybe a bumper made out of this beautiful amy butler tree peony in ivory fabric...

and maybe some accents with this amy butler lotus wallflower in mustard fabric...

and of course, i would need to put lots more pink in the room...so maybe some wall hangings done with some other coordinating fabrics...

what do you think of a light red, pink, and mustard color scheme? not typical...but, i think it would work! do you?

23 June 2009


there is something that is very appealing to me about living in an older house and then updating it. i like the "new house" feel...and the comforts that go along with it, but a big part of me has always loved the "old."

often, old houses need a lot of TLC and design wise, are pretty ugly. i thought i would post some pictures i've seen recently of things that have inspired me and showed me what you can do with something that may appear to be sort of "blah." i've learned you can really make things look great with just a little paint and some creativity!

how ugly is this? well...i think it is. it's just very plain and typical.

how lovely is this?? a COMPLETELY different feel to the house!from design*sponge

those wood doors seem to be so common in older houses and i am really not a huge fan of wood...i really like lots of white in a house...

look what some paint can do! it instantly updates it and gets rid of that '80s look.from design*sponge

another way to update a very out-dated room...again, the wood doesn't appeal to me at all...
doesn't it look completely fresh & different after the new paint and molding?
what is the best about this makeover is that it cost $82. INCREDIBLE!
from the lettered cottage

now here are pictures from my friend's sister's house...
it looks incredible...tiffany is of course an interior designer...but still, i think with some help, anyone could do this. her house looks great! (some of the rooms are still in progress in the photos but they still look completely amazing!)

how beautiful is this room now? i love the molding around the window. instant update.
how many kitchens have you seen like this and think how expensive it would be to update it? some paint on the cabinets and new hardware is a great way to save money yet still have an updated look...
the countertops are supposed to be a concrete look...i really like it. very modern.
this is the living room after they refinished the floor. i really love how it looks.
all images from modernbarn

16 June 2009

so many wants

lately i have felt sad as i see so many projects that i want to do but then realize i can't because of the lack of money we're experiencing. it is a hard time of life to be in but it is making me realize that wants aren't everything...although they sure are fun!

there are some current *i want to do these really bad* wants that will just have to wait at least a few months, maybe years, who knows...i'm trying not to feel depressed about not being able to have this creative outlet!

so basically i haven't posted anything in a long time because it's just depressing right now to be blog-surfing and see all the things i want to do but can't. so...if i am MIA it's because i am taking a break from my "wants" so i can focus on just being happy with our needs!

update: okay i feel a little better...i was really just down but then i decided to use some fleece i had bought awhile ago to make this cute neck pillow for my son from make it & love it. quick, easy, little to no cost project. gotta love that! of course, mine was not pink...instead, dinosaurs!

28 May 2009

baby doll

are these not the cutest dolls ever? when i have a baby girl some day, i am going to make one of these!! found here but not sure where she got the pattern, or if she made it up. i'll have to ask!

15 May 2009

DIY play kitchen

i would really love to make max a play kitchen for christmas. so, i'll be gathering up ideas on making one which i'll post here.

found here

07 May 2009

vintage suitcase

i have a vintage suitcase that my grandmother used on her honeymoon and i can't think of how to use it...it doesn't quite go with the decor in my house, so i have been a bit stumped because it is something i love and would love to put to use.

i think i have an idea brewing after seeing these...

oops can't remember where i got the above image...

image from here, as seen on design*sponge

06 May 2009


in celebration of the opening of my new etsy shop, petit.enfant designs, i am doing a giveaway! head on over to my personal blog to check it out...tklarsen.blogspot.com.

the giveaway ends friday night so hurry hurry!


04 May 2009

diaper giveaway

you all know how much i love cloth diapering...here's a great giveaway going on! check it out!

02 May 2009

cute projects

here are some cute projects, all from make it and love it...

i am always in need of a cute bib and loved this pieced together look...

a great table cover that doubles as a fort - i think it'd be perfect for play time!

30 April 2009

tissue box

i always am in need of a tissue but i hate how ugly the boxes are. here is a great tutorial on how to make a tissue box cover!!

i need this!

i love this idea. i think it would work great for those things i am constantly trying to pass to my son in the back seat (like snacks, toys, sippy cups, etc.). maybe i'll have one for trash and one for "things" haha!

see the tutorial from "make it & love it" here.

cute embellishment

image from here

someday when i have a girl (or actually even for myself) i'd like to embellish a plain tee just like this. tutorial here.

23 April 2009


i love white. in my dream home, i want a white kitchen and big white molding. here are some pictures i found today that i want to remember when planning my dream home (which hopefully i'll get someday!?!?).

i LOVE this green door!

this person had the cabinet bottoms cut out and set directly on the countertop so as to be able to store appliances so they look good but are easily accessible. what a great idea!

i just love the colors in this dining room.

all images taken from design*sponge

19 April 2009

cute bunny

here's an adorable bunny i want to make my son for next easter! my favorite part is the diaper!

tutorial here.