Inexpensive baby shower gift!

I don't know why but I have always preferred to make a gift over buying one. Initially I would say it was because it was less expensive, but we all know that usually that is not the case. I also love to because it's fun to cultivate my hobbies in the process of making a gift. But really I think I love to give a handcrafted gift because I have just always felt that it meant more to me and hopefully the recipient!

This past weekend I had 2 baby showers so I decided to use this freezer paper stencil tutorial. It was so easy. It is basically 5 simple steps:

1. find and image you like
2. trace the image onto dull side of freezer paper and cut out.
3. iron image shiny side down onto fabric
4. paint negative space
5. Lightly iron image!

Haha I think it would have been even easier had I realized that I could have cut the image out directly from the freezer paper with my Cricut. But, at least this shows that you can do it by hand with an exacto knife as well.

I quickly figured out that I needed a simpler image, so I decided to use this whale silhouette i got from a previous post here on the blog. So here is my finished product! Happy Stenciling!


Kate Spade's Apartment

I love interior decorating. There are few things that are quite as fun or rewarding as creating
a beautiful space to live in. I have come to appreciate it even more since becoming a stay-at-home mom. 
Mostly because I spend most of my time at home and also because I feel passionately about
creating a safe, serene and loving atmosphere for my husband and children.

Few things are as inspiring as seeing a home that is as uniquely stylish as the home of Kate Spade.
Get ready to drool!

Notice the incredible crown molding.

Some of it is a little over-the-top for my taste but I admire those who are not afraid to be bold
and just live with what they love!

I love those checkerboard floors! Someday we will have that in our home.

Beautiful white cabinets and subway tile.

This is probably my favorite image of them all. Textured (dupioni silk?) wallpaper, tiny tile on the floor,
a great dose of framed wall art, and a bright red chair. 

I love that the apartment is not huge- it feels so cozy, warm and safe. 
What an inspiration!

Interior Decorator: Steven Sclaroof
Photographers: Tina Barney, Jason Frank Rothenberg, Noe DeWitt and Eric Morin
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