Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Working Grandmother

People are always talking about the working mother, but who talks much about the working grandmother?


My mother, aka Geemee (more like Dr. Geemee since she has a PhD in Statistics) is one of the busiest people I know. She is constantly juggling her busy job as a college professor and administrator, being a wife and mother, and of course now being a grandmother to these two adorable ones.



How often do you see a grandmother running around a soccer field with her grandchildren... in between classes... in her skirt suit?




Side note: while we were at the park we saw some beautiful blue birds. There were two of them going after each other. We weren't sure if it was a love thing or a hate thing at the time, but now we know they are two males and they seemed to be trying to kill each other. I even sort of tried to break it up, but they were in their own little world.

A few of their friends even sat around and watched.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #29

Welcome!

Stop by and enter this great Shabby Apple dress giveaway.

We are leaving a day earlier than we had planned to drive up and visit my parents. Benjamin is especially excited because he loves riding in the car more than I ever thought a 2 year old could. I'm going to combine features for this week and next week and post the party a little early.




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Friday, February 24, 2012

Mini Photo Canvas


This is such a fun and easy way to display a family photo.

What you need:

A mini easel and canvas (both easily available at any craft store)
A brush and glue or mod podge
A photo cut slightly smaller than the little canvas


What you do:

Brush a thin layer of mod podge or glue onto the canvas and onto the back of the photo. Place the photo onto the little canvas and press down to make sure that there aren't any large clumps of glue underneath. Remove the excess glue from the edges with a slightly damp cloth or paper towel. Let it dry and then display it on the mini easel.



Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Decorating Benjamin's Room

I wanted to share a few more pictures with you of Benjamin's room. A few people had asked what he thought of his new room. He was so thrilled with the blue walls and talked about it for days. Now he calls it his blue room. I was actually surprised by how much he cared and it made me feel a little bad I hadn't painted it sooner. He also loves the polka-dots and likes to point and say "green circle" "orange circle" "white circle", etc...


I am so glad that I FINALLY painted it and I especially love how great the stencils turned out. The best part is, I have leftover paint in the colors of the polka-dots to use for future projects.

I painted three Ikea spice racks with the lime green paint to use as bookshelves.


I used simple sticky tack and flash cards I got at Target to write out Benjamin over his closet. I like how cute this looks and how ridiculously easy it was.


We already had this little red Ikea table. I love the look of different colored chairs. These also happen to coordinate with the polka-dots. These adorable Haba Fantasy Blocks were a gift from Grant's parents.


I made these two paintings for Benjamin when he was just a little baby. I have big plans to make a third painting and post a tutorial.



I can't decide between these books:
1. One Fish Two Fish
2. Fox in Socks
3. Green Eggs and Ham
4. Hop on Pop
5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
What do you all think?

Turquoise is such a beautiful color. Two of my favorite color combinations are Turquoise & Red and Turquoise & Blue. I combined (and safely mounted) two Ikea cube shelves that had been in Benjamin's old nursery. The lime green bug wall light from Ikea (did not turn out well in the picture) looks very cute against the new turquoise/blue wall. The dark blue cloth bins are from Target and fit perfectly in the cubes.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway

I am so excited to share this Shabby Apple Dress giveaway with you all!

If you haven't heard of Shabby Apple before, then you're missing out. They have a wonderful online collection of unique jewelry, vintage inspired dresses, and even adorable clothes for kids.

Shabby Apple is offering one Lines Across reader a chance to win this gorgeous "Bali Ha'i" dress ($78 value), a gorgeous purple spring dress.


This dress is a part of the Shabby Apple South Pacific dress series.

"With flirtatious details, bright, Oceana-inspired hues, and summery cuts, these dresses would be the prefect tagalong for a trip to the beach, a month at sea, or a trek through exotic markets.  Pack one on your next warm-weather adventure and see if you don't feel just a bit more free." -Shabby Apple Website


Check out some of these other gorgeous dresses. Just looking at these is getting me excited about the Spring.


The New Caledonia: Bright vermilion dress with a scoop neck bodice with a double bow and half length sleeves.




The Cockeyed Optimist: Bright papaya dress with a beautiful portrait neckline.




The Pineapple Princess: Sunny yellow dress with a waist line ruffle.




But I think my favorite dress at Shabby Apple is this adorable polka-dot "gumball" dress for little girls. My daughter Lyla would rock that dress!






How to enter:


This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only. The giveaway ends Wednesday, February 29 at midnight. I will choose a winner with random.org and contact you on Thursday.


Leave a separate comment (WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS) for each entry.


1. (MANDATORY) Follow Lines Across. Visit Shabby Apple and leave a comment below letting me know which dress is your favorite. 


2. Like Shabby Apple on Facebook (new or existing)


3. Like Lines Across on Facebook (new or existing)

I heart foxes... a collection of fox inspiration and crafts

If you haven't noticed by now, I LOVE animals. My latest obsession is the fox. In my opinion, the fox is the new owl. Haha.

Who knew baby foxes were so adorable? Thank you Pinterest!


Source: i.imgur.com via Noel on Pinterest


Source: flickr.com via Nettie on Pinterest




Fox Pocketbook Favor Box (with free printable template) from Paper Source



Hand Screen Printed Fox Pillow from the Etsy shop Robin and Mould



Melissa & Doug Princess Soft Toys Frisky Fox



Sleepy Fox Plush from the Etsy shop Sleepy King



Fox and Baby Print on Maple Veneer from Petit Collage



Printed Fox Pillow from the Etsy shop Kate Durkin



Fox Ukulele (with great tutorial) from Indie Pretty Projects



Toddler Fox Dress from Wild Things Dresses



Fox Painted on Wood from MirDinara


Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #28

Welcome!

Congratulations Ashley from Domestic Imperfection. You won the Cutting Edge Stencils Giveaway! Check your email for the details.

Features:

1. Button Heart from Southern Lovely


2. 22 ways to entertain your kids from Lifestyles of the Stay at Home Mom


3. Sewing desk makeover from How to Nest for Less (I LOVE the whole room)


4. Chalkboard napkin rings from Desperate Craftwives



5. Paper flowers from Everything Under the Moon (I love this picture!)


6. Personalized subway frame art from Crazy Daze Designs


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Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #27

Welcome!

If you haven't already, stop by and enter the Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway.

Last week the link party collected was a little weird. I'm not sure why, but it seemed that everyone got a lot less clicks and views than usual. Everything this week should be back to normal. Also make sure you don't just link and run, but stay and check out some of the other links. If you are one of the first to share, then come back later in the week and see all of the great projects.

Features:

1. Ruffled heart top (with a very helpful tutorial) from Polka Dots on Parade


2. Pink chevron frame from Pitter and Glink (I love string art and the little heart is such a cute touch)


3. Valentine's hoop art from Life on the Miracle-Round


4. DIY ABC Board Book from One Dog Woof


5. February mantle from One Orange Giraffe (I love the look of red, white, and pink)


6. Hand-stitched Valentine's Letters from The Sewing Loft


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Friday, February 10, 2012

Owl Crafts and Inspiration

These mama bird owl cards are so cute and would make a wonderful card or decoration at any time of the year. See the full tutorial, along with a free printable template at Mmm Crafts.



Make cute owls from toilet paper rolls with this tutorial from El Hada De Papel.



What an adorable owl bib! This would make a great gift for a new baby, especially at an owl themed baby shower. Skip Hop Zoo Bib, Owl



I love these adorable Sleepyhead Eco Felt Owl Phone Cozies from the Etsy shop Happy Felties.



Make your own owl wings for a child with this wonderful tutorial from Lleve El Invierno.



Check out these beautiful fabric owl softies along with the helpful tutorial at Efemera Ink.



What an creative Valentine's Card - An owl made of hearts - from Live Learn Love



This adorable owl ornament would look cute any time of the year. I would especially love it in a nursery. You Go Girl made this using THIS excellent tutorial and free printable template.



I love how these black and white owl silhouettes look. See this beautiful wall art at Till Death Do Us Part.



I LOVE these owl rocks that were painted by Lori-Lee Thomas.



These Owl Treat Bags (great for Valentine's Day) are actually made with a sewing machine. Check out the full tutorial at Needle and Nest Designs.



This Owl Fabric from Bella Blvd is very cute. ("It's a Hoot #318)



What a beautiful owl switch plate from Anthropologie. I would love this in my room, if it only fit my light switches.



Here's one I made... a yarn-wrapped owl ornament. This was insanely easy and free to make.


Can't get enough owls? Go to My Owl Barn... a wonderful blog with a huge collection of owl crafts, products, and inspiration.
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