Mint Green Gables {The Farewell Tour}

As we are beginning the process of painting and decorating our new home in Georgia, I realized I never shared the AFTER pictures of our home in Virginia. So here is a little farewell tour of our 1910 Victorian, which we nicknamed Mint Green Gables. {For the BEFORE pictures, you can visit this post.} Here is a picture of the exterior... We didn't do much other than replace the front door (which we had already done when I posted the BEFORE pics), paint the mailbox, replace the … [Read more...]

How to Design & Hang a Plate Wall Display

I love to collect pretty plates, tea cups, and vintage linens. At few years ago, I finally had enough small plates to hang my first plate wall display. When we bought our new house, I knew that I wanted to hang my decorative plates between my dining room windows. I also knew that I would need a few uninterrupted hours to make this happen, so for weeks the box of unpacked plates sat against the kitchen and I kept re-writing "plate wall" on my to-do list as I turned the page of my weekly … [Read more...]

Cottage Garden Help!

First of all, thank you to those of you who have given me advice and ideas on how we can salvage the original pine flooring at Mint Green Gables. I will definitely come back to these ideas when we are ready to tackle the floors. Now I would like to ask for your opinion on the front door color and landscape ideas. Let me preface this by saying I love the color of the house and have no plans to make changes there, but I am thinking about painting the front door to give the front a nice pop of … [Read more...]

Moving In

In January we drove up to Virginia to look at houses. I had found three houses I really liked on Zillow, and we toured them back to back. I felt like we were on an episode of House Hunters. The first house was a yellow Victorian that reminded me of the Dragonfly Inn on Gilmore Girls and I LOVED it, but it was way out of our price range. The second house was move-in ready and priced well, but lacked charm and was on a busy street with a lot of foot traffic. The third house was a 1910 Victorian … [Read more...]

Little Red Riding Hood

I made Kate a Little Red Riding Hood cape for her Halloween costume. I followed this easy tutorial and lined it with a cute owl flannel to make it extra warm. I also thought the one in the tutorial looked a little plain from the back, so I added a ruffle to the bottom. I can't get enough of that sweet smile. Cheese! I had enough fabric left to make a matching little cape for her dolly, but not enough to add a ruffle. Sorry dolly. Jack hasn't been feeling well at all today, … [Read more...]

DIY Babywearing

For the past few weeks, my friend Gretchen has been hosting a great blog series called For the Love of Babywearing in honor of International Babywearing Week (which was October 4-10) and World Babywearing Awareness Month. I have been babywearing for over 7 years now and truly can’t imagine parenting without wearing my little ones. In my babywearing journey, I have tried just about every style of carrier available and have even made a few of my own. Join me over at Gretchen's … [Read more...]

What We Do With Our Christmas Cards After Christmas

I hope you had a great Christmas! It has been a busy post-Christmas week here at our house. We've been doing some cleaning, purging, and rearranging around the house, made a visit to IKEA, several trips to the thrift store, and even did a few Craigslist deals. Our Christmas stuff is packed up and I am ready to ring in 2015, but first I thought I'd pass along this great idea that I got last year from my friend Jennifer, who is always an inspiration to me as a mother. If you are busy packing … [Read more...]

DIY Co-Sleeper Review {One Year Later}

A little over a year ago, I blogged about the DIY Co-Sleeping Crib we made and it became pretty popular on Pinterest with over 152,000 pins to date. I had no idea that so many people would be inspired by our little IKEA hack, and since I blogged about the co-sleeping crib before Kate was born, I thought it would be helpful if I shared my review after using it for one year. The Quick Version I love it and I wouldn't change a thing! We are still happily using it and will continue to do so … [Read more...]

Kate’s County Fair 1st Birthday Party

With Kate having a late fall birthday, I wanted to incorporate the season and it's beautiful colors into her party. After a quick search on Pinterest, I knew a county fair themed party would be the perfect way to celebrate Kate's first birthday, especially when I realized my vintage red & white baby dress was sized 12 months and would make an adorable party dress for our little sweetie pie! Before the party officially … [Read more...]

Her Vintage Nursery

This past weekend we finally finished and hung the wall arrangement in our (almost here!) daughter's room, and on Tuesday, Jack and I finished up his crafty little contribution, so I am excited to share pictures with you today! I guess you can't technically call her room a nursery, because there is no crib (we co-sleep), but it is still her room nonetheless! The thrifty DIY gal in me is proud to say that I only spent about $50. We mostly reused items that had been previously used elsewhere in … [Read more...]

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