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1. Make this Jalapeno Popper Dip. It’s an easy recipe that was loved by everyone at the Super Bowl party.
2. I just cleaned my oven using this simple formula. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your oven, pour on a little vinegar, wait 20 minutes, and wipe away.
3. This print would make the sweetest gift for Valentine’s Day. Or any day, really.
4. Try this hair tutorial. If you have stick straight hair like me, it was a totally new technique for making pretty waves. I tried it yesterday and the curls lasted all day long.
Hope you have a happy Monday!
I am in the process of turning my daughter’s room into my daughters’ room. The crib that Estelle has as a baby was beautiful, but huge. Now that we are cramming two kids into the tiny room it has to go. I have landed on replacing it with a Jenny Lind crib to match the cradle and changing table I currently have in my master, where baby is currently bunking. While trying track one down I was stunned by this style of crib’s versatility and popularity. I was also surprised to learn that it is not a brand of crib but a style named after a an opera singer from the 1850′s.
Here is a little round up of some colorful Jenny Lind cribs:
Or there is the plain white option:
So what do you guys think? Painted or plain?
I’ve had the January bug. I don’t know if that’s a real thing or not. But I’ve read so many blogs throughout this month with New Year promises to live more simply, to re-organize, to (insert your own goal right here)… that honestly, I was inspired. And I think that is a wonderful thing. If we at Hey Little Birdie do nothing else in this little corner of the internet, my hope is that we inspire you to authentically embrace where you are in life and to share that with others around you. Transparency and community are two compelling concepts; they have the power to change your life.
So, I’ve been tweaking things around my house… in an effort to clear spaces and consequently to clear my head. It’s been a little chaotic in both.
In full disclosure, I thought I would share some of these with you. Keep in mind; it is nothing earth-shattering. I would have to charge for gems like that. Instead, they are simple fixes that are (1) helping me, (2) letting you in a bit, and (3) maybe something you could use too. As Pam on The Office would say, it’s a “Win-Win-Win”.
First, I’ve finally created a proper workspace for me. Yay! There is this odd corner in our kitchen that is too big for nothing and too small for a table. So, I added an extremely small desk that I bought at a vintage shop not far from my house.
Side note: If you live in Phoenix, there are some amazing vintage/antique shops in the midtown/uptown area of Phoenix. I never knew this when I lived in the burbs, but so far one of my favs is Lizabel’s Treasures on 16th Street. They have reasonable prices and some of their vendors have amazingly consistent collections.
My desk is slightly mid-century and perfect for this space. I have some major tweaking still to do on the frame arrangement on the wall (now that I stare at it everyday), but I’m pretty happy. Plus it’s right by a window so I get beautiful natural light there. Creating a space (even if it is small) can be incredibly grounding. All of a sudden I feel more productive, more organized, and an all around better person (okay maybe that last point is taking it a bit far).
Another fix was to make the most of Lyla’s closet storage. See, like many kids in America, she received a small village’s worth of Christmas presents this year. Top that with a late in the year birthday, and I was starting to feel overtaken with pink and plastic-y madness. So, I found a spare rod tucked in a corner of her closet (why had I never seen it before remains a mystery to me), and I decided to hang a couple of baskets from it. One for shoes and another for accessories. Yes, we’ve entered that stage where Lyla now requires accessories. My baby is a baby no more. Anyway, this opened up other storage around the room for toys that were collecting… well, basically everywhere. And this solution is cute to boot.
That’s it for me, this week at least. I’ve noticed because of little successes like this, I’ve taken on more. So, who knows maybe I will be back with other things next week. Until then, tell me what you’ve been tweaking… or wanting to tweak… or dreaming of someday potentially tweaking with no pressure of actually completing. Trust me, I get it.
p.s. Sorry about the poor picture quality. I’m still trying to learn how to use a real camera in differing light and all that technical stuff that still eludes me.
Earlier this week, Nicky wrote about picnic inspiration. And I have to say, I climbed right on board and brought along my checkered tablecloth, a delectable mix of cheese, crackers, strawberries and probably some wine. Dreaming about it, I can almost feel the sweet sunshine on my face and a light breeze in the air. You know, enough of a breeze to gently blow my hair perfectly but not enough that I look like I just got out a convertible that had been traveling down the autobahn.
Wait, back to the picnic. Sorry, I got distracted by my hair. I wish I could say that was the first time that’s happened to me… today.
I think these little goodies from Anthropologie would be the perfect addition. I mean they ooze of springtime goodness. And even on the rainiest days or, more accurately for Phoenix, the most horribly hot day in July, they would flood my brain with picnic images just by sweetly residing on my kitchen countertop.
p.s. they come in two sizes, so take your pick.
I spotted this image of a gorgeous picnic on Pinterest and it got me all dreamy.
Apologizes to those of you who are buried in snow, but here in Phoenix we are enjoying highs in the 60s-70s this time of year. It makes up for our hellish 8 months of summer (kind of). The trees are full of citrus, there is sun but with a cool breeze- it is a wonderful time to be outdoors in the Valley. And what fun would it be to create a picnic in the groves like this inspirational scene?
My in laws bought my daughter, Estelle, a doll house for Christmas. I wasn’t thrilled about it at first, now I am completely over the top into it. Because it is about me, you know. Anyhow, Jina reminded me of Emily Henderson’s I am a Giant contest and I started looking up ideas. And all I can say is, whoa. Doll house people have their own crazy and decidedly creepy subculture. I guess that is the path I am going down. I don’t think I am going to let my daughters even touch it when I am through “remodeling” the house. Here are few of my favorite ideas I have tracked down.
I love everything about this exterior. Estelle told me it needs a pink door, I think I will make that concession.
How is this for an interior? I am really making this house about me, you don’t think Estelle will mind do you?
And if the child insists on some color, I found a few vibrant rooms for inspiration as well:
I will post some pictures as the dollhouse progresses!
This post might seem a little self-serving, but honestly, as I’ve been searching for the perfect gifts for all of my family members, I’ve also found myself enamored with an entire host of things perfectly suited for me. It’s kind of like that game – one for you, two for me. Is anyone else there with me? Or are all of you completely altruistic? You are, aren’t you? Color me impressed.
So anyway, here lies a few of the things that have been catching my eye lately. I will admit, to date I have purchased none of these things. So that should count for something, right?
(Image Credits: 1- milloo, Almathea Clutch; 2- Fail Jewelry, Crescent Earrings; 3- Oh So Retro Vintage, A; 4- Efrat Deutsch, Mint Butterfly Necklace; 5- Sugar Fresh, Twinkle Star Print; 6- West Elm, Favorite Throw Striped)
You know how we all post a buttload of ideas to our boards on Pinterest and never implement them? Well, I am to be the exception to the rule this month. (And apologizes if the word buttload grosses you out. But I grew up with 2 brothers and a really silly dad. Buttload is just a part of my language. Ha!) Anyway, I better get to work. I love crafting, it is very therapeutic for me. But I also love that it saves a mountain of money. Why spend $10 per ornament at Pottery Barn when I can easily make my own for a fraction of the cost? Here are the projects I want to complete before getting out the tree:
No sew ruffle tree skirt. Hot glue, cotton, and ribbon? I can handle this one!
Glitters stars. From cut up toilet paper rolls (or use papertowel rolls)! These will be all over my tree.
Tomato Cage Tree. This idea is genius because these things are so expensive at stores! Grab a planter, stick in a tomato cage, and wrap faux garland and lights around it. Instant beautiful potted tree!
Wreath Trio. My current wreath is old and tattered. I plan on putting up something like this but with a different color ribbon.
I hope you can use some of these ideas in your home this upcoming Holiday too!
I’m daydreaming this morning about big girl rooms for Claire. She only has a smidgen of space left in her crib. Here is some inspiration:
Love the DIYed white duvets and pops of color.
Good mix of classic prints, clean lines and just enough glam.
I adore so many of the details in this room. The built in look of the day bed and headboard are perfect!
Another pretty room with tons of DIY inspiration. Love the bold striped wall too.
I’m finding I am drawn to ideas that feature lots of white with pops of color. Hmmm, that doesn’t necessarily mesh well with Claire’s espresso wood furniture. I may have to do a bit of painting! I also love clean, classic shapes with a feminine edge. And of course realistic do it yourself projects. I don’t want to spend a fortune or pretend I am a high end designer!
Hopefully, I will get to start on the project someday soon, so look for updates along the way!
I have a little globe collection going. I started buying globes to decorate my son’s nursery. I wanted it to have a travel theme, kind of a “Oh the places you’ll go” motif. He has recently started wanting to see where different people live and where places like Ohio are. I love seeing him become aware of the world and its existence outside of his little bubble. I watch his little fingers trace around the globe and just hope that some day he will travel near and far.
I recently spied a collection of globes that embodies that beautiful potential. Artist Wendy Gold created a line of vintage globes customized with whimsical artwork called ImagineNations. While I might not be in the market for a $500 globe, I just adore this idea.