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WHOOOO’S having a baby?

November 7, 2012

Not I!

But I will say that Owls are all the rage right now. Have you noticed that? That’s why my friend Whitney and I chose to throw a Rustic Owl themed baby shower for our friend and trendy owl-lovin’ momma-to be, Jessica!

Jessica is not finding out the sex of the baby ( I don’t know how she can even stand not knowing!) so we kept the shower neutral, and a little more rustic than “baby”.

The first impression of any event begins with the invitation. Never forget that! There is no better way to let your guests know how rockin’ your party is going to be than to send them a rockin’ invite. And that is just what we did for this party.

Add gingham lined kraft envelopes and a touch of twine and burlap to make an ordinary invitation something unique.

Purchase your own custom owl invitations in my Etsy shop here!

At any shower or party, I think it’s fun to put the invitation on display. It adds a personal touch. For this shower I simply cut out a carstock “frame” and added green moss from any craft store for a mossy conversational piece on the beverage table.

We added natural elements to stick with the rustic theme. Burlap, wood, moss,and pine-cones to name a few.

Wrap and hot-glue a strip of burlap around a mason jar for an easy beverage display. Champagne cocktails in a mason jar are still classy, right? As long as they are served with striped paper straws – I think so!

Another easy DIY tip for any fall/winter parties; buy a bag of the cinnamon scented pine-cones at your local craft store. I got these at Michaels for $2.00 for about 10 pine-cones. With a piece of paper and a drop of hot glue they double as food labels (or place card holders),  and room fresheners.

I can not take credit for any of the wonderful food at the party. That was all Whitney – the master in the kitchen >> check out her delicious food blog here

Sweet & Spicy Nuts

Pear, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Bruschetta (yum!)

Pumpkin Cupcakes with cloud frosting

And can you even believe how adorable these Apple Pie Pops turned out?

To make the base for these pops (which you could do to display cake pops as well) we used a large rectangular foam block (found in the floral department at a craft store) covered in hot glue and moss. Easy, quick and not a lot of ca$h.

One fun thing that our momma-to-be has been docomenting throughout her pregnancy is her beautiful growing baby bump. She takes photos each week next to a chalkboard and writes a small updated entry on the size of the baby, cravings, moods etc. We printed out the cards and hung them up for all the guests to look at!

Can this ‘lil pregnant momma get any cuter?!

What’s a shower without a custom burlap baby banner!

And a tree of well wishes and advise from all the shower guests for Jessica and her sweet baby.

This could be used at any party…wedding reception, birthday, wedding shower…just find some branches outside, put them in a nice jar or vase and send your guest of honor home with well wishes.

Thank you Jessica for allowing us to “shower” you with love and gifts for you and your little one!

My Etsy Site: It’s Official!

October 15, 2012

Happy Monday!

I want to update you all on a little somethin’ somethin’ that i’ve been working on for a while now. I’m proud to introduce you to Little Ivy Designs.

A few years ago I received a hand-sewn Christmas card from a friend and fell in love with the idea. A year later I made my own version for our family Christmas card and have used that same concept on wedding save the dates, birth announcements and holiday cards.

I custom design a card stock announcement, and sew on a professionally printed photo of the couple/family/baby etc.

Sleek and simple, yet unique with a sewn photo onto the card instead of just a print of a photo. It’s no secret that I’m a freak for texture, I love how the colored thread and the layer of the photo add a unique texture to the cards.

Check out my etsy site here >> LittleIvyDesigns

The site is new and a little empty, so stay tuned for lots of new designs and creative ways to make your special announcements. Everything is customizable so email me with design questions or requests.

I look forward to helping you and your friends/family share your special announcements!

A new{ish} place to park our rears

October 10, 2012

A new{ish} place to park our rears…and no, I’m not talking about a new toilet.

Here’s a project that’s been on my “to blog list” for quite some time.

When we bought the house a year ago, we were left with a lovely housewarming gift. This here peeling, rusty flimsy bench was all ours! Woot!

Before the bench project I was in search of a patio umbrella. I LOVED the look of a classic striped umbrella but only found this one from pottery barn. Adorable, and obviously digging the stripes, but not worth $280! Well, maybe is it….but I’ll never know.


If I couldn’t have a striped umbrella, then I’ll take a striped bench  for a heck-of-a-lot cheaper!

I hopped on Pinterest in search of bench pinspiration, and came across these…

{1} / {2} / {3} / {4}

but decided to stick to a more classic color combo with a pattern like #4.(but how awesome is that #2 ombre dresser!) I ended up painting vertical stripes instead of the horizontal board, because, you know, painting the boards in the direction they are already going would just be too easy.

There was major sanding that had to happen first, so it was easiest to take apart the whole bench.

I measured it out, taped it off, and added a coat of primer, then two coats of navy and white paint. This project wasn’t difficult, it just took time because I had to paint all the white stripes, then remove and re tape, and paint the navy.

We reassembled the bench with new {sturdier} hardware, spray painted the legs with rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint, and had a new and improved seating area.

While I admit the bench is a little nautical and summery…and I like to think I live near the ocean (Lake Michigan, ehh? close enough)…

{1} / {2} / {3} / {4} / {5}

We’ve transformed it into a fall scape with some pumpkins, mums, and candles.

My plan {key word, plan} is to add some boxwood bushes in basket planters (like #4 in the collage above) to be kept there year round.

Maybe a fun pillow on the bench in the summer with a little garden stool to hold a summery cocktail? Here’s hoping for a slow fall &  fast winter!

Psst! Love the stripes as much as we do? Check out our other DIY striped projects here, here and here.

Welcome Back

October 9, 2012

I can’t believe it’s been over two months since posting – I thought our busy schedule was going to slow down after summer, but I think it’s actually picked up. We’ve been gone almost every weekend the last two months and are busy and gone the next 1.5 months. Who want’s to grab dinner November 15, I think we are free! I’m certainly not complaining, it’s all good things, I’m thankful we are able to be on the go all the time, but I am ready for a night off with a little R&R at home.

Warning: This post is filled with a lot of random photos and not a lot of substance. Bear with me here as I jump back into the blogging game 🙂

Weekends at the Lake with family and friends

Celebrated our 2nd Wedding Anniversary!

We visited Kohler Andre State Park for our annual anniversary camping trip and thought it couldn’t possibly be any colder than it was last year, but it was. And we froze. But the days were sunny and warm{er}.

Our yearly family photo {take by the Love Tree}

I wanted to be all nostalgic and take photos each anniversary with us holding the previous photos…something cute like the photo below that i saw on pinterest...


but that just didn’t happen for every reason possible – and I realized I really didn’t want to frame/display photos of me holding other photos.

Here are our photos the last two years. I think if we get a photo each year, that’s good enough for me:) Look for us in awkward family photos!

Packer Game at Lambeau Field

And a Michigan Wedding!

And just for fun…a random Instagram Collage of the past two months…On Instagram? Follow me! >> KMHANS

I have a toasty batch of  pumpkin seeds in the oven as I type this and a mug of hot cider on my desk. Do you do anything special to embrace this cozy time of year?  We are heading out to New England to spend some quality time with  dear friends next week. Leaf peeping, hiking the mountains, exploring the coasts and catching up in the city.

Happy Tuesday my friends and stay tuned for lots of fun new DIY Design Projects & More!

Easy Breezy Weekend

August 3, 2012


TGIF! I am looking forward to a weekend of fresh air, a clean house,  free time and lots crossed off my to-do list. It’s a rare occasion but neither of us have plans this weekend and we are so looking forward to it. “Disconnect to Reconnect” << love that! I hope everyone has a good ole’ easy breezy summer weekend.


Just add stripes

August 2, 2012

I’ve got a 5 minute fix for you! With a simple ceramic pot, craft paint and sand paper, turn a cheap Ikea ceramic pot from blah to ooh-la-la. It’s no secret that I love anything striped so I figured a few gold stripes are just what the photo shelves needed in the Blue Room.

There is something you can’t fake about hand painted items – the inconsistency of the paint stokes are perfect!

The pot I had to work with already had ridges in the design, so I wanted to use those as my guide to paint. It’s a glazed pot, so the paint didn’t initially stick. I grabbed some sand paper and roughed up each stripe to give a little texture for the gold paint to stick to.

Another quick fix I did with old terracotta pots HERE.. and a plastic pot HERE…

And a few more ways to spruce up old pots from pinterest.

The dipped look is hot for furniture, clothing, and pots!



Chalkboard paint pots


Mod Podge and pretty fabric to transform a plain terra cotta pot


12 rooms | 12 months

July 30, 2012

I started talking about our 12 rooms in 12 months here and all the changes we’ve done in our living room..and never really finished. We’ve been busy enjoying our summer! If you were to ask what we did last summer, my first and only response would be sweating our butts off removing wallpaper…and then patching holes, priming, and painting – so we wanted to make a point to take advantage of the {very hot} lazy summer months.

But,  In case you are still interested, let me take you through a few more rooms in the house!

The is the room we refer to as the “Blue Room” It’s our downstairs guest bedroom near the back of the house.

We really didn’t have to do too much in this room, it was painted white, has 2 closets, lots of windows and lots of space!

We have some major plans for this room in the near future. Right now it’s set up as a guest room and Nicks changing room. We’re in the process of adding lots of closet space upstairs so this closet will go away …literally…We’re tearing it out and expanding the shower in the ajoining bathroom into the closet space. My younger sister is moving in with us for a semester while in school so my hope is to get this project in the works so she can have her own bed bath combo. We haven’t told her yet that her rent is a new bathroom 😉

See that little wooden weenie in the picture below holding the belts, I consider that a bonus to our house – already in the closet and what a cutie!

I was nervous painting a big room such a dark color but we ended up LOVING the color – Behr Starless Night. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house.

We added white trim around all the windows and door and will eventually need to touch up all the paint on the baseboards and around the windows.

Read all about how we updated this writer’s desk HERE

And how we updated an old dresser HERE...

We added some shelves and some free DIY art to the wall…

To fall inline with my rule that everything should have meaning, I wanted to add a touch of history, and this amazing photo of Nicks Grandpa from High School does just the trick. Can you tell which one he is?

Maybe I’m crazy like the mom that thinks her baby looks just like the Gerber Baby,  but I think they look so much a like!

Psst! A few of my Pinspirations for the Blue Room..



I love the look of navy furniture on navy walls…new end tables someday?


See that coral in our room in the photos above…I think it needs a POP of color

Thanks for stopping by the Blue Room – Happy Tuesday, everyone!