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Glenn and I love sushi.  We started going out for it when I was in college, and every time Glenn came to visit me he had to go out for sushi!  And we always try to find some when we go out of town.  No fun when I was pregnant, but going out for sushi is still fun even if you can’t eat any!!  Well…no sushi bars in Likely, or anywhere for 100 miles.  Before we moved here, we actually bought a book on making sushi, as well as a nice set, and we haven’t gotten to use any until now!!  We saw they had fresh sushi grade tuna at our local grocery store, so we tracked down all the ingredients (we had to go to 2 different stores for all of the pieces!) and decided to have a sushi lunch the other day!  It was fun…a lot more prep work than we anticipated, but we weren’t in a hurry and we enjoyed the whole process!  Especially eating it!

The mini cookbook that we have is simply called “Sushi” and it’s by Ryuichi Toshii, Brigid Treloar, and Hideo Dekura (find it here).  We bought our sushi set at Cost Plus World Market, and our rice cooker was a wedding gift!  I really won’t go into details on how to make it, we’re not pros (yet, hee hee!) but I had to share the pictures of our yummy lunch!!

1st attempt -- not too shabby!!

We made some Classic Thin Tuna Rolls (Tekkamaki), but we added some avocado. Mmmm…
Sushi chef

Along with some pink lemonade…that’s Japanese, right?? 🙂
Our homemade sushi lunch

Mmm...I wish it was in focus

We’re definitely going to have to do this again soon! Maybe we’ll make a night of it with some friends!!


Birthday princess!

I can’t believe I’m posting about this, time flies so quickly, but I threw my baby girl’s 1st birthday party last Saturday!! It was so fun, and although she won’t remember the party, I had a great time planning and crafting to put it all together. The theme was based on a party package (a PDF printable that they e-mail to you and you use how you want!) that I bought from happypapers on etsy. It’s the “Cupcake Birthday Set” and I picked it because I loved the colors; pink, green, orange and blue! The set included an invitation, 2 patterns, center box, gift bag, gift tags, a party hat and goodie cone — all for $5 and e-mailed right to you! Although it included invitations, you had to write on theirs, I used their patterns to create one on the computer, which I just printed and mailed!

Harper's Party Invitation

Another theme from the invites was cupcakes, so I jumped at the chance to make our own cupcake toppers, as well as a big cupcake (or mini-cake) for the birthday girl!

The Birthday Girl's Special Cupcake


I made 3 different types of cupcake toppers — “H” toppers, “Harper” toppers, and “1” toppers! And we had chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, and yellow cupcakes with white frosting. We made Harper’s with yellow and white, to avoid the chocolate stains!

Cupcakes with toppers

I filled the Happy Papers center cone with pink and green Jelly Bellies!

Jelly Bellies

I also used the patterns to create a lot of other decorations, including a month-by-month photo decorations to hang from the dining room chandelier, and a “Happy 1st Birthday Harper!” banner!

Decorated chandelier

Month-by-month photos of Harper

Happy 1st Birthday Harper! Banner

And how cute does the birthday girl look in her tutu?? These are from Fairy Wonderful! I bought 2 and stacked them. They also have an etsy shop.

Just chillin'

The outdoor decorations are my new favorite things — they are the Martha Stewart Pom-Pom kit and you can buy them at a Michael’s craft store or find them online! And yes, they are now hanging in Harper’s room!

Outside on the deck

Isn’t the location gorgeous? It’s my in-law’s guest ranch — Mahogany Ridge Guest Ranch. And yes, you can come vacation here. 🙂

Outside on the deck

On the menu was “Paella” — the quick version from last month’s Cookie magazine. Unfortunately I can’t find the recipe on their website, but it was sure yummy! We also served Tater Tot Casserole, lots of hors d’oeuvres (guacamole, cheese ball, shrimp/cream cheese/salsa, deviled eggs, cantaloupe, baked brie — all thanks to Glenn’s sisters, and both of our moms!), along with Hansen’s sodas and pineapple orange punch! There was a lot of food!!

So much food, that Glenn’s sister’s dog (it was her birthday, too!) partook in the cupcakes!

Happy Birthday, Mischa

Daddy helped Harper blow out her candle…

Daddy helping her blow out the candle

And mommy helped her open her presents!

Opening presents

It was so fun, and Harper got a lot of great gifts! Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen and who was able to share her special day!

Be on the lookout for a tutorial on how I made some of her birthday crafts!

Banner close up

I want to send a shout-out to the ultimate kid’s party stylist, Kim at her super inspirational blog The TomKat Studio! Her ideas and crafts are sooo adorable and were a big inspiration for me for Harper’s party — and she is so sweet to boot!!  Thanks, Kim!!

I wanted to title this post “Harper’s Nursery,” but I really don’t feel like she is a baby with a nursery anymore.  It is turning into a little girl’s room.  She just turned 1 last Friday, and I can’t believe how fast she’s growing.  I guess it’s technically a nursery — she still needs her crib and changing table, but she is rapidly turning into a little girl right before our eyes.  She plays in her room, with her toys.  It is her very own room.  She is getting more and more independent every day, plus she’s mobile and has a hilarious little personality starting to shine through.  I think her birthday gave me the little motivation I needed to finish her room like I wanted it, and I finally got it all set up and photographed today.  Enjoy!!

If you’ve been reading, you’d know that I’ve been busy painting things for her room – including her changing table, a side/magazine table, a wall shelf, and her dresser. Here are some “before” photos, and you can see the finished product in her room photos!!

Changing table with cloth diapers

Shelf for painting

Old dresser

Here is the entire room from the doorway:

Harper's Room Panorama

So as a refresher, here is what it looked like when we first moved in:

Harper's Room

And here’s a shot of it that I took today (at almost the same angle):

Harper's Room

Lots of new details!
Harper's Room

Harper's Room

Harper's Room

New mobile

New shelf

Little shoes -- and a John Deere tractor

Harper's Room

So here’s the breakdown on Harper’s room:
Crib: IKEA
Crib bedding: Olivia by Dwell Studio for Target
Recliner: La-Z-Boy
Blinds: Home Depot
Rug: Target
Bookshelf: Way Basics
Dandelion Wall Decal: Etsy
Pom-poms: Michael’s by Martha Stewart
Changing table: Hand-me-down
Baskets: Wal-Mart
Dresser: Thrift Store
Side table: Hand-me-down
“H-A-R-P-E-R” Wallpaper Letters: Land of Nod
Lamp Set: Fred Meyer
Wall Shelf: Hand-me-down
LOVE Print: Oh Brooke

This is my new favorite room in the house! What do you think of Harper’s room??

Okay…I know I’ve been MIA lately, but it has been a crazy, crazy week!!  My daughter is 1 today, I can’t believe it!!  So I’ve been very busy planning her party, and I haven’t been online a lot (which is amazing for me!) so I’m sorry!!  But don’t worry — please keep coming back because there will be a lot to publish very soon, and I’m very excited about all of it! Now to just find time to blog it all!

Here is a picture of my sweet little girl, 1 year ago today…practically to the minute!  She was born at 11:11 PM PST.  🙂  If she was born 49 minutes later her birthday would have been 8-8-08.


Yes, that is a little scary looking, but even with the tubes she was still a cutie — just look at those lips!!  🙂  She was born 6 weeks prematurely and she had to be in the hospital for 2 and 1/2 weeks before we could come home!  It was the longest 17 days of my life.  But she did great — no one can tell us why she made an early appearance, she just had it in her mind to come into the world her way!!  And she was perfectly healthy in the hospital (a lot better than most of the babies in the NICU!), she just had to get a little stronger to feed herself, etc. Textbook perfect pregnancy, I have no health problems, so it is a mystery, but she is in perfect health as well and always has been!


And here she is as she is today — as you can see from that smile, she is such a happy girl.  I can’t imagine our life without her now.  🙂  She is crawling, almost walking, babbling, pointing, comprehending, and constantly smiling.  She is so fun! More and more so every day!

Anyway — as her birthday party is in 13 hours, I’ve been very busy planning and crafting it all together. I think you all will be so excited to see what I’ve put together!! If I can pull it off, that is — KIDDING!! So be sure to check back here for lots of pictures, and a re-cap of my sources. If you follow my updates on Twitter, I’ve showed a few sneak peeks of what I’ve been up to!!

I’ve also been working very hard on her bedroom, and I am so close to having it finished, so after the party buzz is over, I’ll photograph her cute little room and post it here soon! For now, here is a little glimpse of what has kept me so busy:

See you next week!!

Tonya and Cody asked for my help, ready to move the babies out of their room because they wanted an update to their bedroom (which is already an amazing room to work with) with some rustic modern style.  They love neutral and natural colors and furnishings, but with some contemporary style.  The bed and headboard, green chair and ottoman, black desk, rug, and black gun cabinet had to stay, while everything else was able to go, so I got right down to work to put a plan together.  Tonya’s biggest issue was the bed. It really can only go on one wall (unless you get rid of the headboard — not happening according to Cody) because of the angles of the roof — something you don’t realize will be problematic until you live in the space. I’ll let the pictures do the talking!

Here are Tonya’s before pictures:
Tonya & Cody's Wyoming Bedroom

Tonya & Cody's Wyoming Bedroom

Tonya & Cody's Wyoming Bedroom

Tonya & Cody's Wyoming Bedroom

Tonya & Cody's Wyoming Bedroom

Tonya & Cody's Wyoming Bedroom

Tonya & Cody's Wyoming Bedroom

As you can see, the bones of the room (and rest of the house) is new and updated, so they wanted their decor to be calming and a restful space to enjoy away from the kids. The floorplan is a “U” shape surrounding their master bathroom, with a lot of difficult angles and tight spaces, so I had to focus on low furnishings and camouflaging to make use of wasted space.

Here is their new bedroom floor plan (click the photo to see it larger):
Cody & Tonya's Bedroom Floor Plan
The main differences are that the desk will be to the left of the bed, the chair and ottoman will be in the entry, and the new furniture is around the walls. See more info. below!

And here is the plan I came up with:
Tonya & Cody's Modern Rustic Bedroom
And here is the color/material board breakdown:

  1. This room will be a palette of green, brown/blacks, creams and a little red in the existing rug and bathroom paint.  This first color is the wall paint color, a soft, sagey (yet masculine) gray-green to coordinate with their existing green chair and ottoman, and ground the room in a nice, earthy color.  It will also bring out the greens in the rug, and tone down some of the other main colors.  If possible (but it will work either way) I would like the headboard and floor mirror to be stained a deep brown/black stain.  This color is called Misty Air (OC-44) by Benjamin Moore.
  2. This is the ceiling and trim paint color, a nice warm cream that will soften up the ceiling angles and warm up the space.  Sea Haze (2137-50) by Benjamin Moore.
  3. I chose to darken up the duvet with a nice chocolate brown organic set with lots of fluffy texture.
  4. These wall mirrors with java-colored shelves will add some sparkle (especially with a few candles flickering on them) and reflect the warmth of the ceiling.  These (I chose them as a pair) will go on the flat wall on either side of the bathroom door, off the foot of the bed.
  5. I chose black grommet curtains for both windows to add some modern pop and to make sure to block out the view as the neighbor’s house is right out of the window behind their bed!  This will also tie into the black desk, gun cabinet, and new brown/black furniture.  They will have to be hemmed for the low window.
  6. To soften up the modern black curtains, I’d choose a double rod and add these graphic (yet rustic-patterned) sheers underneath.  Layering always helps finish a room.
  7. Another great contemporary decor statement would be these block shelves, which come as a set, and will go above the existing desk.  The desk will be moved to the left of the bed, on that same wall.  The existing photographs and artwork (which is now on the floor and the gun cabinet) will go here, along with some candles or accessories that Tonya already owns.
  8. These black and white ikat print throw pillows will add more rustic, yet contemporary, charm to their bedroom while coordinating with the other patterns in the room.
  9. Tonya requested some natural textures and botanical touches, so these willow branches (maybe even 2 or 3 vase-fulls around the room) will add some height and camoflauge in those awkward spaces.  So speaking of camoflauge and awkward spaces, the gun cabinet will be pushed away from the corner as far as it can go and turned 90 degrees (with the door facing the room), and the vase of willow branches will be placed in front of the door.   Another spot that could use a vase of willow branches is in the opposite end of the “U”.  Back there is a built-in countertop, sink and mini-fridge with a mirror above it.  However, the slope of the ceiling is so sharp that unless you’re standing right next to the countertop, you can’t even stand in there.
  10. This is the vase that the willow branches will go in.  Self-explanatory, right?
  11. What do all quiet work desks need?  Why a nice little lamp!  Again, the desk will be over to the side of the bed!
  12. This is a black and white woven throw, which would be a nice touch on the green chair and ottoman to make a new little reading nook.  The reading nook will be located in the room’s entry, which is where the gun cabinet is located.  This will also help to camoflauge the awkward corner that is left right there. (Note – this throw has already sold out!! So I’m substituting this organic version in natural or clay.)
  13. Tonya and Cody’s bedroom could definitely use a little more storage — so let’s cue the new dresser!  The nice thing about this dresser is that it is low enough to fit under the angles of the ceiling, and it also will triple as a media cabinet (to hold her printer) and a changing table (which is what it technically is).
  14. I thought this console table with storage baskets would be a nice storage piece for right next to the entrance; a spot to drop change or watches, and it could store some books as it is right next to the reading nook.
  15. All reading nooks need some light, and I loved the shape of this floor lamp.  Another piece that would camoflauge the gun cabinet with some height.
  16. As to not leave the other far wall bare, this black/brown bookcase will be laid horizontally underneath the low window in the room, providing storage and display space.
  17. This side table will add some more natural texture with its woven base, and a little sparkle with its glass top.  These could be used in the reading nook, next to the armchair, or even against the bathroom wall (under the mirrors) off the end of the bed.

And there you have it!  Tonya and Cody’s rustic modern bedroom, set in beautiful Wyoming!  We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

If you’d like your own custom color/material board and e-decorating package, then visit this site or contact me to get started!

These lovely pictures I have below are of our teeny tiny half-bath (or powder room as some like to say!). It is located in our daughter’s room, actually! Lucky baby, has her own bathroom! We haven’t done much to it since we’ve moved in, except for new flooring. It had a piece of carpet just laying on top of old linoleum tiles, and my husband put new faux-tile laminate in to replace it!  Here it is with the carpet:

Sweet sink and medicine cabinet shot…


This one shows the linoleum tile that was underneath the floating piece of carpet.


And here is the new flooring that Glenn installed a few weeks ago!

April 5th 2009

As you can see, it is a teeny, tiny room, so I think it would so fun to do a fun wall treatment in here.  Wallpaper?  I’ve never done it, but I know people who can help me and this might be a good room to practice on!  Wall decals?  Maybe, but I think something textured would be even better.

April 5th 2009

Design Public has some really fun (can I stress enough that I want something FUN in there?? :)) wall applications that I’m loving.  Any other resources for textured wall applications?  I like these, especially because you can paint them, but I think I want something a little less juvenile…

These are pretty cool, but I need to do the math.  Each panel is 18″ x 18″ and you get 10 panels for $84.  Maybe I could do just one wall??  Maybe two??

These are fun, but I want more coverage.  I saw something that was overlapping, multi-colored raised squares, but now I can’t find them anywhere!  Can anyone help?? Any other suggestions for my search?

Seriously – follow the links and buy these items NOW!  I have a sixth, or maybe even a seventh sense about forecasting interior trends — you won’t be sorry!

1. Bathtub chair – who wouldn’t love a nice soak in a bathtub (chair) after a long, hard day?  And you don’t even have to lay down.

2.  Side-sleeping bed.  Supposedly the MOST comfortable bed you’ll ever sleep on.  Just don’t roll.

3. Appliances for the multi-tasker.  I would say this is multi-tasking at it’s best.  Don’t you agree?

4.  Cow-print Coffin Couch.  Enough said.  I’m saving up for this one!

5. Chopper sink.  Ladies, take one for the team and get one of these to appease the man in your life.

6.  Zero-gravity Recliner.  We can’t all go to the moon, but at least we can fall sleep in front of the TV like we did!

7. Recycled silverware coffee table.  It’s all about going green this year.

8. Porcupine Pendant Lamp.  Looks dangerous but would be SSSOOOOOO worth it!

9. Fake blood pillow.  Because nothing says “Good morning!” like the thought that you might have killed your significant other in your sleep.

10. Bookcase with limbs.  A warning to your children — what they will be used for if they don’t behave!


I just couldn’t help myself.  You really didn’t believe that those are things I would like, did you?  I would hope not!!  And thank you to Julia at Hooked on Houses and the Moggit Girls -Joy and Janet- for their inspiration on this post!  It was pretty fun!!

(all images are -unfortunately- linked to their sources.  sorry!)

Kindred – home .

Above is a link to the super inspiring website “Kindred” – a collaboration between Ez at Creature Comforts and Holly at decor8 (two of my blogging heroes!).  They’re bringing together some super amazing talent and offering gorgeous computer wallpapers and printable note cards- all for my favorite price – FREE!  It’s also a place to communicate in some very friendly forums – what else could you ask for??

I love the inspiration, ladies…thanks!  And for the rest of you – check out The Kindred Site!  Love it!

Here’s some TGIT loveliness for you!  The weekend is almost here!

I was checking out the new posts at one of my favorite blogs and Ez posted this video for “Her Morning Elegance” by Oren Lavie.  I’ve never heard the song, but now I am hooked – and the music video is sooo cute and creative.  Enjoy!

Ez likes the scarf scene and underwater part.  I really like when they’re dancing and when it looks like she’s floating away but he brings her back.  Darling!

Creature Comforts: Making Me Happy.

Thank you for your weekly “Real Talk” series. I get so excited for Thursdays and I wish you had posts like this every day, but I realize that they are spread out on purpose. You are helping us grow, and that takes time. Which coincidentally, is exactly what your post is about today.

You are an inspiration (one of many) to motivate me to work on my top ten list. Thank you. Feel free to comment if you read this. Hee hee!


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