Sunday, July 5, 2015

Planked Wall + A Peek at the Nursery

Well, Rowan is 6 months old and the nursery is still not quite "reveal" ready, but there is one thing that is done...and I LOVE it! It was kind of a last minute decision, but it was such a great one! After doing some repair to one of the walls, we decided to plank it! 


Originally, we were going to patch up the spot and texture it like the rest of the walls in the room. Then, I got hooked on Fixer Upper, and fell in love with the look of shiplap. We went to Lowe's and picked out some thin, smooth plywood and had them cut it into strips. The Lowe's in our area didn't charge anything to cut the plywood, but some may. 

Once we were home, we began nailing the boards into place starting at the top and leaving a small gap in between each one. We used a penny to make sure the gaps were all the same size. Once the boards were all in place, we painted the wall. This is where I would make a change to our plan! We really should have painted the wood and the wall before we nailed all of the boards in place. It still worked the way we did it, but it probably wouldn't have been as difficult to paint. (Thanks to my mom, Aunt Selena, Ceara, Dane, and Patty for painting it while my very pregnant self took a nap!) 


I love the way that it looks...in fact, it may be my favorite wall in the whole house! I can't wait to share the rest of the nursery with you. Hopefully, we will get it done soon!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fletcher

Warning: I am probably the only one who will get a kick out of this, but I had to share it! I have to thank A Quiver Full for bringing this to my attention!

I have told you before, that I love arrows...if you missed my DIY arrows, you can check them out here.  

My last name is Fletcher...let's look that up in the dictionary! 

Fletch-er : noun 
a person who makes arrows

I am already loving this, but it gets better...just you wait! 

One of my favorite verses is Psalm 127:3-5.



Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them. -Psalm 127:3-5

So, children are like arrows, right? So, as a mother, I am a maker of "arrows" AND my last name is Fletcher! 

I told you that this was a stretch, and you probably weren't going to find it very exciting!

And because no post is complete without a picture of my little arrow... 



I could handle a quiver full of these little sweeties, for sure! 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sliding Barn Door

So, I have been drooling over sliding barn doors for a very long time! However, it was not a DIY project that I was willing to tackle on my own. I knew I was going to have to call in the big guns for this one. (Big guns = Dane and my dad) Needless to say, those busy guys weren't willing to drop everything they were working on to help me live my dream of having a sliding barn door. So, I waited kind of patiently for them to help me.

And...

We have a beautiful barn door in the living room!



I fell in love with barn doors (thank you, Pinterest) when I was looking at ideas for the front porch, and I was thrilled when Dane agreed that it would be the perfect solution for the nursery.

Luckily, we had a track and some old barn wood on hand. My dad and I (mostly my dad) cut the boards to size and built a door. Then, I stained the door. (Hint: If you are staining older wood, it will be a lot darker than fresh, treated lumber.) Dane and I just had to buy some rollers and other hardware to complete the door.



I absolutely love the final look! I did have to find some flat vinyl art for the wall behind the door...it looked very empty when the door was closed.

Do you have a space that would be perfect for a sliding barn door? I am so glad we decided to add this fun touch to our house!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Pancake Squares

I am usually rushing out the door in the morning, and I don't really have time to make breakfast in between changing diapers and getting myself together! So, I am always on the lookout for some simple breakfasts that I can grab at the last minute. 

I found this recipe on Pinterest, and knew that I was going to have to try them. I love pancakes, but you have to watch over them, and flip them, and it just takes a lot of time. These pancake squares were super simple, and didn't take more than 10 minutes to prepare! 



Ingredients:
2 cups of pancake mix (I use Bisquick)
2/3 cup of milk
2 eggs (I used flaxseed as a substitute)
1/2 cup of maple syrup

Extra goodies: (optional)
Blueberries
Chocolate Chips
Cinnamon & Sugar

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350ยบ. Mix pancake mix, milk, eggs, and syrup together. Pour mixture into nonstick brownie pan (you could also use a muffin pan...pancake muffins sound yummier anyway!) Add your desired goodies. Bake for 15 minutes.

See, I told you it was easy! Plus they taste amazing, and make your whole house smell like pancakes! YUM! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Grandma's Little Quilters

Quilts, quilts, and more quilts! For the past several months my grandma has been teaching some of the girls how to quilt. Grandma has helped me with a couple other blankets (you can check them out here and here). Now it is a quilting party, and it is oh so fun! There are usually 4 or 5 sewing machines going at once, scraps are flying all over the place, and quilt pieces are laid out on every flat surface available. Grandpa will tell you that it noisy...but that is probably due to the chit chat and laughter. 

So, what have I been working on? I purchased an ombre jelly roll from Moda a long time ago, and I have been slowly (I mean REALLY slowly) sewing together a paint chip quilt. 


Don't those strips look like paint chips?! I love the colors, and the overall look of this quilt! There aren't really quilt blocks, but I plan doing some sort of block next time. 

Hopefully, we can continue to get together and sew multiple quilts. Grandma has so much to teach us, and I can't wait to learn and see what everyone else comes up with.

Oh, and...

this boy usually crashes...and does way more pooping than quilting! 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Happy Saturday

I hope you are all having a great weekend! 

It is rainy here, but I always have this little sunshine to brighten my day!











Gosh, I could just smooch those cheeks all day!BTW...I know this started out as a DIY blog...well, I actually have some projects in the works! So, stay tuned for that in the coming weeks.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Lake Baby

We had our first trip to the lake this weekend! Rowan loves to be outside, and I knew he was going to love the lake. He spent most of the time relaxing (he napped on my lap for well over an hour) and showing off his sweet smile! 




We were only at the lake for a few hours, but I already have a list of must haves for our next trip. Luckily, I had most of them with us this weekend. 



Sunglasses are a must with our little guy! He loves them so much, and I am glad he has something to protect his little eyeballs from the bright sun. Every time we put them on his face, he breaks out in a smile...cutest thing EVER!


Sunscreen is a no brainer! We don't want the little man to get a sun burn! Our favorite has been the Babyganics brand. 


It wouldn't be a trip to the lake without some swimming! We didn't have any trunks for Rowan this time, but it was really too cold to swim. These trunks from Carter's are just the cutest...and so are these


The KidCo Go Pod has been a lifesaver for us! It folds up and stores inside a lawn chair bag, which is way easier than hauling other stationary toys to the lake. There is also this awesome collapsible high chair that we will be using when Rowan gets a little bigger. 


So this last thing isn't really a necessity, but it really is adorable. You have to have some tunes when you are relaxing at the lake. I love that this radio keeps my phone or iPod tucked inside...and it is water resistant! Perfect for the lake! 


I will probably bring the Solly Wrap along, next time we go to the lake. There were moments when I could have used both hands while holding the baby, and that would have really come in handy. I am sure my list of essentials will grow as the summer goes on and Rowan gets more mobile...gosh, I wish time would slow down! 


What are your must have items lakes and babies?!