Hello friends! I am SO excited to share with you some exciting news! I will be joining forces with some fabulous ladies over at Craftaholics Anonymous as part of their creative team! This year I really wanted to challenge myself with finding new opportunities and new connections, so when I saw this awesome opportunity I had to take a chance. I feel so honored I was chosen, alongside some other very talented bloggers! Be sure to head over there today for proper introductions and meet some of the other amazing ladies!
The truth is, the past year or two has been some of the hardest years I’ve had to face so far. It’s not because of one pivotal moment that shifted the course of my life, but rather a compilation of things that has caused a vicious storm. One where I cling to my boat with all my might, my nails digging in deep to keep from being lost forever. Out in the sea of all my troubles and woes.
There are so many little issues in my life, it was manageable at one time. When we decided to adopt, I knew it was going to be hard and at times it would feel impossible. And so we went in prepared, knowing what to expect and not allowing for those surprises. But what hurt the most, the thing I never saw coming was how different I would feel. How relationships would fold and how those little issues in our life would become mountains in the end.
The thing is, if I had become pregnant things would be a lot more different. I would fit in with all my friends. I would pose for pictures and hold my belly. I would have all my family gather at the doctors as we excitingly discovered the gender of our little baby. We would throw a gender reveal party and cut a cute cake. We would have showers galore and play all those fun pregnancy games. I would feel and look the part. The mother part.
But the truth is, I stood alone in a corner watching all the other women celebrate and smile for pictures. Pictures that would go in their baby albums forever. I watched as they cut the cakes and discovered a sweet baby boy or girl. I attended the endless baby showers and played all the endless games. I listened to all the moms exchange their birthing stories and laugh about things only a pregnant woman would know.
But when you are adopting, things are so untraditional, complicated, confusing, no one knows what to do. And you miss out on all those little things that make you feel special. Normal. Your babies miss out on being passed around. Snuggled. Spoiled. Celebrated. Because adoption is a messy thing. You don’t know who you will bring home. What gender or age. What ethnicity or past. No baby pictures or belongings. Just a face known only to the system.
And after a while, adoption loses it’s appeal. People forget and move on. There is no count down to a due date. Just a future of the unknown. And the unknown scares people.
And the saddest part is, you end up being alone in the end. I watch. I listen. I force a smile. Fight back tears. Say the right things. Pretend I feel normal. I try desperately to look the part. Act the part. But there’s no use. I am not normal by any means.
But what is it about being a non-traditional mother that leaves you feeling so different?
The thing is, I felt like a mother the first day we brought our little ones home. I felt that twang of emotion when I first held our two month old baby boy. And I’ll still cry when they go to their first day of kindergarten. I’ll be concerned when they go on their first date. I’ll be excited when they find the one they want to marry. I’ll be a basket case watching them walk down the isle. I’ll celebrate when they have their own children – natural OR adopted.
I’ll be acting the part. The mother part. Because I love my babies. They are my very own. No matter how the world may accept and treat us. They will forever be my own.
I don’t know about you, but you can never have enough tea towels! We go through them real quick around here, so I decided to make a few of my own to have some extras laying around!
What you will need:
Tea towel fabric
I simply used the same steps as here. I just love how easy it is to create a great design from triangle sponges! Not to mention, the texture each triangle has compared to the next! And since I love the basic black and white, you can always choose to add pops of color! I wouldn’t mind trying this DIY out again, using some fun color combinations! The fading of the sponge each time you stamp it would allow for an easy ombre effect!
Hope your week is going wonderfully! I am feeling a little giddy today, a good friend and I are hosting a blogger hangout today and tomorrow! I can’t wait to meet these wonderful ladies! We have some fun topics to discuss and I know we will gain new knowledge and insight from one another!
The best part about crafting is being able to just sit with your kids and all do it together! This DIY is perfect for those very special moments! While the kids colored, I got out some paint and whipped up a little something myself.
What you will need:
Stiff white paper
Pencil or sharpie
What to do:
Simply sketch out your heart with your pencil on the white paper. Begin to go over your pencil outline with your black paint. Start to paint within the heart by adding some water to your paint to create a lighter shade within the heart (stay in the lines!). Dip your brush into some new black paint and begin to create geometric patterns within your heart, you can create any pattern you desire! Your heart should take on a more textured feel with the different shades. Let the paint dry completely then enjoy. Most of all – have fun!!
This is a simple DIY that takes only a few minutes! The kids and I had a great afternoon spending time together. Our daughter loves to paint especially, so she was super excited when she saw that we were going to be doing it together!
What do you think of this simple geometric heart art?!
I’m back from a lovely long weekend! So many exciting things in the works that I can’t wait to share with you, but for now I will share this fun little DIY!
What you will need:
Black floor mat
White spray paint ( you could get special fabric paint to keep your design more permanent)
What to do:
Draw out a design you would like to have on your new floor mat! With an x-acto knife, cut out the design from your freezer paper. Iron the stencil onto the mat with the plastic side facing down. Tape the plastic bags onto the freezer paper to cover the rest of the mat. The only area that should be exposed is the area that you want to paint. I used some extra spray paint we had hanging around. If you want to use your mat for years to come, you can easily find fabric paint at your nearest craft store! I did 3-4 coats of spray paint to finally get my heart the shade I wanted. This can differ, depending on the paint you use. Let the paint dry completely. Carefully peel the stencil and plastic bags from the mat. Then enjoy!
I decided to keep the mat inside near our patio doors, just because it goes so nicely with the rest of our Valentine’s decor! This is such a simple solution to add a modern and fun touch to the upcoming holiday!
Our youngest little man will be turning one in less than a month! I can’t believe it! I will never forget when we brought him home. He was two months old and so tiny! Where does the time go?! I am excited to throw him a very special first birthday – we are going with a Twinkle Little Star theme. We want to stick with a modern color palette and incorporate a mid century vibe in there. I am busy gathering supplies and figuring out all the little details – it’s going to be a lot of fun!
/one/ love the idea of these mid century brass stars /two/ how fun to have black balloons for writing cute messages on them /three/ a party wouldn’t be complete without an adorable banner /four/ might have to try and recreate this fantastic moon and star pinata /five/ our little man must have a one-of-a-kind party hat /six/ these star napkins are modern and fabulous /seven/ we are wanting to create a fun chalkboard background for the party – the stars would be a fun touch /eight/ star shaped goodies are on the agenda for sure
What do you think so far? I think it’s going to be pretty fun!
What would Valentine’s be, if you couldn’t snuggle a pillow with the one you love? Ok, maybe it’s just me! My hubby and I are always fighting over pillows, so I decided to whip up one just for the holiday!
What you will need:
Black and white fabric (then the pillow can be reversible!)
Sewing machine and proper supplies
What to do:
1. Gather your supplies 2. With chalk, make a faint line of your heart to use as a guide. Cut out the heart (I actually couldn’t find my good fabric scissors, so make sure you do! It will do a much better job of cutting!). Iron the material as flat as possible. 3. Turn the fabric inside out and begin sewing your heart 4. Leave a small slit so you can turn the material back out so your design is now face outward. Stuff your pillow and hand stitch the opening closed using a simple needle and thread.
This is a fun and festive little DIY! I love the modern feel and the option of having the pattern facing outward (which I drew out with CHALK!) or just the plain white side if you prefer! It’s even something you can keep out year round, since it’s not too overly Valentine’s-ish! I have to admit, it’s not perfect, but that’s perfectly ok!
What do you think of heart shaped pillow for Valentine’s?
A little while ago, I shared some dining table DIY ideas! For months we thought about what would fit our little area the best, while still seating our family comfortably. We talked about different table solutions: circle, square or rectangle. In the end, we decided that we wanted something a little less traditional, a lot more fun and way more modern! We agreed that a hexagonal dining table would be just right!
There aren’t a whole lot of hexagonal tables out there. There are a few, but we really wanted to incorporate hair pin legs into our design and maybe even spray paint them a gold or copper to match oursputnik chandelier! We love the idea of combining metal and wood, so it was at the top of the list. I have to be honest, when we first started putting it all together it was a bit of a nightmare. You have to have it just right, otherwise the table can wobble or tip easily. In the end, it all worked out perfectly!
I love how it leaves us a lot of space in the dining area, but also a lot of table top space as well! It can fit six people perfectly, but leaves just enough room to add a couple more. I love the simple plywood top! It’s perfect since we are going for a more Scandinavian look over all: bright, white and fresh!
Be sure to come back later this week to check out the how-to! I didn’t want to overwhelm this post with too many pictures, because there are a lot! I decided to just show you our finished product and get to the more serious stuff later! Perhaps it will motivate you to make one yourself!
What do you think about this kind of dining table? I’d love to hear what you think!
I’m back today with another modern Valentine’s DIY! I was itching to paint something and so I decided to make this fabulous swiss cross painted heart! I’ve loved this pattern for some time and couldn’t wait to use it again! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me playing around with the pattern a bit last week.
What you will need:
What to do:
1. Collect your supplies 2. Pour your paint in a disposable container 3. Dip the tip of your paint brush in the paint and make sure you have enough for a few strokes on the canvas 4. Make five vertical lines in the center, followed by 5 horizontal lines. This should help with the spacing a bit if you do your vertical lines first (although I ran into some spacing issues, but it doesn’t have to be perfect). Re-dip your paint brush as needed. Work your way outward by making 5 more, then 4, then 2. Be sure to refer to the photos to help guide you a bit more. Let it dry completely and then hang to enjoy!
This is a great alternative for those of you who aren’t necessarily crazy about this holiday! It’s something that you don’t have to take down right away and it would easily go with any decor! You could also choose to use some other fun colors if you aren’t a crazy fan of the black!
What do you think of a more modern take on Valentine’s day? Are you loving the black and white trend for your home this year? Personally, I am loving it!
It’s almost that time of the year – Valentine’s Day! You either take it or leave it, but over the years I’ve grown quite fond over this holiday! I’ve been blessed by many loves in my life – including my incredible husband and three amazing kids! I thought I would start sharing some fun and modern ways you can get your home prepped for this lovely little holiday!
What you will need:
Scissors or X-acto knife
What to do:
Start sketching out different sizes of triangles on the backside of your vinyl – small, medium and large. Take your scissors or X-acto knife and cut them out. Begin playing with the designs on the wall! Vinyl comes off easily, so if you don’t like the placement of one triangle, no problem! Just peel it off and play around some more! In the end, have fun – hearts don’t have to always be so traditional!
I love the idea of a modern black and white Valentine’s! I am currently obsessed with this clean and simple look, so I though it would only be appropriate this year. Geometric designs are still very popular in the design world, so having an abstract, triangular heart will make your home look trendy and fabulous! It won’t look too obvious that it’s Valentine’s decor either!
I know I ask every year, but what are your thoughts on this holiday?! Be sure to come back and check out some other fun modern ideas I’m working on for this little holiday – coming soon!
Now that it’s a new year, I’m itching to give our house a nice and clean makoever. I have been loving the idea of a black and white interior for some time now, so I decided to start adding more pieces into the home that are fresh but still fun!
I have been a long time fan of the Gran Black pillow by Fine Little Day! I was dying to have that pillow in my home, but my husband did not like the idea of me spending $50 on a pillow…maybe one day though! So, I did some research and came across a fabulous website called Zazzle where you can upload your designs and get them printed for cheap!
I decided to create a pillow inspired by the Gran Black pillow! It’s not as pretty and fabulous, but it’s pretty close! I also created a double sided Dala horse pillow, which I thought was a lot of fun! I can have it facing out white or black, depending on our mood! It was so easy to upload my images, choose the fabric, the size and place my order!
I love the scandinavian feel of these pillows! It’s starting to look a lot more modern and lovely in here! What do you think?
For months I’ve been swooning over this amazing plant stand from Modernica! Sadly, I just couldn’t spend that kind of cash at the time. We have so many things going on that we really need to save for! Like our big move in a few months – totally dreading all the packing
My husband and I decided it would be a fun challenge to create an inspired wood plant stand and I am so happy with the end results! It’s exactly what I was hoping for and I am so happy that our budget didn’t keep us from having this great piece as part of our home decor!
I love the sleek and modern look, as well as the mid century vibe it has! I decided to use an old crock as a planter, which seemed to suit it better than anything else I came across. It’s a stable little planter and stand that’s easy to move around, instantly making the room more fun!
This was such a fun project to watch come to life! Sometimes it’s worth trying it out for yourself to save a bit of money, but still enjoying all those beautiful designs for your home! Thank you Modernica for the inspiration!