Thursday, December 24, 2009

it really is a wonderful life...

I've been MIA...too busy enjoying my newborn daughter to blog! But I have to share this...

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Emma's Nursery

We have finally put the finishing touches on the baby's nursery, and I was able to take a few pictures tonight. The pictures are not great - dark and a little blurry - but I wanted to share anyway since I don't know when else I will get a chance to get better pictures. There are actually two details that we are missing:

1. The tree decal - we bought not one, but two, of these: neu tree decal (in gold). It was supposed to go on the wall behind the glider. The first one we bought ripped when we were trying to put it up. I sobbed hysterically and ordered a new one, which we received a few weeks later. Ultimately, we decided not to put it up. As much as the website advertises the decals as "removable" and "reusable," we had such a hard time putting the first one up that we could not fathom being able to remove it and relocate it in one piece. Since we are hoping and praying to buy a house in 2010, we chose to just save the 2nd decal so that when and if we move in the near future, we can put it in Emma's next bedroom.

2. Our birdie knobs - found on eBay and spray painted white. They came out adorable, and we were supposed to put them on her changer/dresser. However, we have tried three different screw sizes and none of them have worked - meaning that we need to customize some of the standard sized screws by sawing them down so that they will be the proper size and hold the knobs in place correctly. We haven't gotten around to that yet. The knobs that the dresser came with seriously bug me - they stick out like a sore thumb in her otherwise white-furnished room. I'm hoping we get the knobs figured out soon...

So without further ado, here are the pictures!

The closet with her name spelled out on top (hard to make out, I know):

Her first Ralph Lauren sweater :)

Handmade wall art from one of my best friends:

Her stuffed animals and polka dot nightlight:

View of the wall with her crib:

Detail of her birdie curtain rods:

Her crib:

Details from the beautiful bedding sewn by my mom :)


Bin full of shoes:

Framed baby shower invitation and piggy bank (her dad already threw in her first $5!):

More handmade wall art by my friend, and a keepsake box:

Her books & DVDs with her birdie bookends:

Beautiful handmade birdhouses:

Samantha doll:

Dresser/changing table:

Closeup of artwork over dresser:

Birdie lamp with pink polka dot shade:

Music box #1 - early Christmas present to Emma from Gaby & I:

Music box #2 - birthday gift from my parents...a jewelry box dedicated to Emma and I; plays "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" when you open it :)

Her glider with a personalized pillow (which Stella is blocking):


Emma's clothes (newborn and 0-3 month stuff):

Drawer full of bows, ribbons, socks, tights, and hats :)



Monday, November 30, 2009

my dogs

being all kinds of adorable:

For Once In My Life...

Oprah is currently playing an episode of live musical performances by famous artists of Christmas music. It made me think of my favorite live Oprah performance ever...Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Carrie Underwood, and Michael Buble doing "For Once In My Life." Not a Christmas song, but it still makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)

Carrie sounds like an angel. I am not a country music fan, but if she were to do more jazzy stuff like this, I think I'd own every CD she ever put out. And Michael, despite looking bloated and somewhat sickly in this particular clip, still makes me swoon in all his Rat Pack-channeling glory.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

i can be a handful

And I feel guilty about that sometimes. Gaby puts up with a lot. I saw this Marilyn Monroe quote for the first time today and it was very affirming:

some recent favorites...

Just a few things from around the blogosphere that have inspired me in the last few weeks:

My dream home office desk. From My tiCKLed PiNk.

That dress + me = New Year's Eve 2010. Give me 13 months. From Coco+Kelley.

I need to stock up on pretty little accessories like this for when I'm too much of a mom to anything more with my hair than throw it into a messy bun. From A CUP OF JO.

Floral embroidered Mexican dresses like these might just become my Spring/Summer 2010 uniform. From Brown Button.

Caramel apple pie bars = deliciosity. From CakeSpy.