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Just like little Harper is now, we’re on the move!  Well, not us…the blog is!  No more wordpress.com for me!  It’s coming along nicely, and I’m so excited!!

If you’re reading this, sneak a peek over at our new home: lindsaychristensendesign.com/blog!

xoxoxo,

Lindsay

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What the heck is “LC Decor Studio?”  That’s me!  I know, probably confusing – Lindsay Christensen Interior Design (my interior design services), Likely Design (my blog) & now LC Decor Studio…but I wanted to separate my Etsy store and it’s always fun to have a new name!  Plus I like the “Studio” part for my handmade items on Etsy.

I’ve had a listing up in my shop for a special “e-decorating” package for a while now as a way to purchase a design consultation online, but I’m moving into party decorating packages as well and I’m so excited!  So without further adieu, I am very proud to announce my new set of original cupcake toppers for your party!

These are made using Heather Bailey fabric prints, and if you don’t know Heather Bailey’s work, I suggest following the link to check her stuff out!! She also has a cool blog called “Hello My Name is Heather.”

This listing is for a set of 12 custom cupcake toppers, which can be customized for your special event! The samples shown were created for a baby shower, but they would also look great for a bridal shower, birthday party, or any event that you’d love to add some great pattern to!

These cupcake toppers are backed with a 2.5″ scalloped cardstock circle in 3 different Heather Bailey prints: “Peonies” in red, “Pineapple Brocade” in celery, and “Zag Stripe” in red – my favorite patterns! The 1.5″ center scalloped circle will include your custom details in red, blue and green to match the patterns! Both layers are mounted on small lollipop sticks.

Please send me the 3 details that you’d like on the center circle. For example:
1. Name, initial & gender
2. Name, initial & age
3. Bride’s name, groom’s name, wedding date
4. Any other idea you might have!

If you would like a higher quantity, please let me know and I will create a custom listing for you!

Be on the lookout for more party decor items and accessories soon!  Enjoy!

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

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

Just a quick post to show off new pictures from our backyard — and it is coming along!! Well, at least the grass is. It’s a little patchy, but we were able to take the plastic fencing down and we had to mow, and we were pleasantly surprised when it was all cleaned up. I blogged about our progress here if you want to see the original “before” and I took the picture below not even 2 weeks ago!

Growin' grass!

And these pics are from TODAY!!!

East side of yard

West corner of backyard

Looking so green!!

We are finally planting the 3rd section, we kept it bare so the dogs had a little more space, and I really wish it was done because it is finally starting to feel like a backyard…

Last section being planted

And here is what Harper did while I went outside for 2 minutes to take the pictures. 🙂

Mad girl!

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:

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

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

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Lots of new details!
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Harper's Room

Harper's Room

New mobile

New shelf

Little shoes -- and a John Deere tractor

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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.

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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!

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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!!

Because every home needs a pet, and every blog needs a dog, I thought I would take some time to introduce you to the rest of the Christensen family — meet Keno and Molly, our adopted mutts that we love so much and think of as our oldest children!

First is Keno, our eldest.  We adopted him from the local animal shelter when he was 4 months old. A small little puppy…if we would have only known HOW HUGE he was going to get! I kid…but he is really a big (GIANT) teddy bear.

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He was born in January of 2002, and we adopted him in May of that year.  We told the animal shelter we wanted a puppy, so they brought us to where they kept the puppies.  There were 5 of them; 4 girls (all sisters) who were gorgeous gray hound-looking dogs, and then this little awkward male with big feet.  I was gawking at these shiny-coated sisters, who were huddling with eachother in the corner of the pen they were in, when I felt something on my leg.  I look down and this little black puppy with big feet and even bigger brown eyes was up on his hind legs with his front paws on my shins saying “Pick me, pick me!”  So we did.  We took him home and he immediately took over our bed and has been there ever since.  He is part lab, maybe part Rottweiler, and who knows what else, but he is a sweetheart who loves to spoon (seriously!) and loves to get his butt scratched.  He can eat chocolate and rat poison and live through it, and will eat anything else that you give him — can’t you tell?  Yes, he outweighs me at 140 pounds!

Next is our middle child, Molly.  By the way, these are not original names.  My husband has had 2 other Kenos and 1 other Molly.  We originally named them Rocky and Maggie, but it just didn’t fit, and I guess we’re not that original, ha!  Or at least his family isn’t.  🙂  Anyway, Molly’s birthday is October of 2002, and we adopted her over Superbowl weekend in 2003.  Nobody wanted Molly because she had a fungus on her face, but we saw through the skin spots to see what a sweetie she was, plus she was on medication and it was supposed to go away (which it did!).

Molly

We got her from the same animal shelter that we found Keno at, and when we arrived she had just gotten a bath because she had been rolling in cow manure.  She still likes to do that.  We told them we wanted a little dog that likes to play with big dogs, and the first time we saw her she was standing on a big sleepy dog and biting his ears.  Keno and Molly became instant best buddies and I am scared for them for the day either one of them goes because the other one might die of a broken heart.

Molly is part Sharpei, maybe part Border Collie and who knows what else!  She sleeps a foot away from the heater while panting like she’s going to pass out and she trims her own nails.  She will also lick you to death, so we have to watch her around Harper!  Especially because Harper will lean into the dogs, open her mouth and let Molly go to town.  Gross!  But a funny story to tell when Harper’s in high school.

Keno and Molly

And as the headline says, these two are the main reason that I cannot allow myself to buy white furniture, or even a white slipcover!  Especially now when it’s hot and they shed like crazy…you can tell by the discolored fur on Keno’s back leg.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Young House Love and decor8 look, but I just CAN’T.  Between the mud and the fur and the drool, my furniture would look like a New York City sidewalk.  I need some colored camoflauge, people!

Here are some of my favorite pictures of the dogs, plus some for scale to see how giant he is!

Keno

Bath time!

We have this one framed in our “reading nook” in our living room.

Harper and Keno

And here we are circa Christmas 2005 in our old rental house, before Harper! Our original children. 🙂  There were a lot of funny outtakes trying to get this shot since we used a timer.  Pretty funny!!  And why did we leave the TV on in the background?? Haha!

Christmas 2005 - Our Little Family!

I hope you enjoyed meeting the rest of the Christensen family!  They would love to meet you…and let you take them on a walk! 🙂

I love, love, love this kitchen.  Well, more specifically I love the color scheme.  It reminds me of the gray that I have in my living room, and I’m tempted to carry the color into my kitchen. I’ve actually had a lot of positive comments about the bright color I have now, which made me take notice of the subtle colors I’m attracted to. I’m not sure about the semi-bright green (“Misted Fern” by BM) I have now but a girl can dream.  Always looking out for the better color, or side table, or rug, or ceramic garden stool.  Which brings me to this kitchen from House Beautiful.

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I love the white cabinets, gray background, and black and green accents.  What do you think?  It might actually help me tie in the “I am too cheap to buy stainless steel appliances” white and black appliances that I have.  🙂  Don’t judge me.  It’s a starter home!  The only problem I have now is my stock blonde “wood” laminate countertops. They’re in good shape so they’re staying for now, but we are planning a kitchen remodel – SOMEDAY.  Our kitchen is way awkward with no storage, so it should be fun!  But I can always repaint!

On another note, I just helped a client choose countertops from a color selection of meganite.  Ever heard of it?  It’s an acylic solid surface.  She wanted black countertops, which would have looked great, but after seeing a friend’s dark acrylic countertops (which were full of scratches) she voted for my lighter selection, which should hide the scratches.  Soapstone would have been so beautiful…but so expensive!

I can’t wait to see her “after” pictures!  I’ll have to post them as soon as I get a picture.  Have a good week, everyone!

(images via House Beautiful and Meganite)

Exactly 1 year ago today, my husband Glenn and I became first time homeowners! We were living in our camp trailer out on his parent’s ranch (hee hee!) until we got the keys to our new home on July 1st, 2008!  And the inside was so ugly and disgusting and un-livable that we still lived in the camp trailer in our driveway for a couple weeks, especially because they were tearing up ancient carpets, which is not good for a pregnant lady to be around.  Our daughter joined us in our home a month and 3 weeks after we moved in, which was an early surprise (Glenn painted half of her room the night before I went into labor – a month and a week after moving in) and while Harper and I were in the hospital for 2 weeks Glenn came home and worked his butt off to get the rest of it ready for us!

On first glance the house was a little scary, old and dusty – it had been sitting on the market for almost 2 years! – but we could see it’s potential through the smoke residue and dirt.  It’s a great first home for us, and we are enjoying being homeowners…except when you’re trying to move 7 tons of gravel one shovel-full at a time! 🙂  I kid, I kid…the main thing I’ve learned is how much time it takes to get to where you want to be.  I still don’t feel like a single room of the house is “finished” and I don’t know if I ever will, but I think we’ve made a lot of progress over the past year!  What do you think??

Our living room and kitchen before:

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And this was taken about 5 months ago…the dining room is different now and we have different living room furniture.

Living, dining rooms & kitchen

Living room:

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Another mid-work shot:

Dining room & living room from kitchen

And here are some new details behind the pool table (but I really want to get some new white (but light blocking) curtains:

New reading nook

Living room with flooring down:

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Living room

Kitchen and Laundry Room:

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Kitchen and dining room

Laundry room:

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Looks the same (no paint yet) except for my pretty new washer & dryer set:

Laundry Room 1

Main bathroom:

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And here is how it looks today…project is still in progress (new shower curtain, towels, mirror and light):

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Our bedroom:

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Like all the other rooms, a work in progress, but it is definitely a livable bedroom!

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Remember, though, I have new side tables! No more baby bassinet in there!

Bedside Table 2

Baby’s room:

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A room I’d really love to “finish.” But it’s low on the list and has to wait…

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April 5th 2009

Harper's Room

1/2 Bath in baby’s room:

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It pretty much looks the same, except for new flooring.

April 5th 2009

I’m always looking at magazines and websites, wishing I had a bazillion dollars to spend so I could finish the house exactly how I’d like it, but after reminiscing over these photos today I’m pretty proud of how far we’ve come in a year, and I’m actually very thankful that we even have a roof over our head at all.  I’m actually very, very blessed in so many ways. 

So happy anniversary to us, and feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you’re thankful for and celebrating today!  That reminds me…I’m celebrating my high school reunion this weekend, too!  Happy Independence Day, everyone!!

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