Thursday, January 31, 2013

Visiting Fenway

Did you know Starbucks made 'shorts'? Lily enjoying her steamed milk and new ladybug backpack!

Monday, January 28, 2013


Lily loved her teepee! I love how it turned out!!

It immediately became her reading nook... her secret hiding place.

What else can I put in the teepee?
Mommy & Lily in the teepee

I think sweet Mia liked it too!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

DIY: TeePee

Lily's mama found this site which gave great instructions for building your own teepee!

After reading her notes several times and sketching out each step, I finally thought, "I can do this!"

There are so many for-purchase teepees out right now that are really cute but so expensive.
Like this one from the Land of Nod for $150
or this one from Restoration Hardware for $270
I spent a grand total of $50... and it could be done for much less if you already have some of the supplies on hand!

So here it is: instructions and all!
I bought one 9'x6' canvas drop cloth from Home Depot ($10). I then sketched it out on paper and decided how to divide up my canvas in order to fit the whole teepee. I mainly followed those DIY instructions linked above with only slight changes. Each of the six sections are numbered above, if you're following along and making your own.
This is the floor plan. I figured out that each base wall would be about 35 inches long.
And then I decided that I wanted to create pockets for the sticks rather than having them exposed like most of the DIY tutorials show. No splinters here!!! Not to mention having the sticks be a part of the actual structure makes the tent a lot more stable. So I chose to overlap the seams by 2 inches on each side.
I marked it all out with tape (because I didn't have anything else handy that wouldn't stain the cloth)
And cut out all of my triangle pieces.
This is a terrible picture but I wanted to show that I ironed all of the seams and then pinned my 2inch overlapping pockets before I started sewing.

I brought my sewing machine over so that Lily could help me sew. I thought she might be interested and she really was. She was such a good helper, too! 

Lily chose this yellow splatter-paint fabric for the doors. (on the sketch above, I basically replaced the two end triangles that are labeled 'door' for this colorful fabric.) I was picturing a big bold print of some kind, but Lily really had strong feelings about this one and it is her teepee after all! The more I looked at it, the more I liked it.
We also picked out some fun trim.
She rolled herself up in it like a burrito. I don't know if she understood that it would stand up when it was done or if she thought I was making her an enormous blanket with doors.
And here it is! Mostly finished! Bryan is holding it because the holes haven't been drilled yet for the leather string that I got to hold the sticks together. (getting the darn thing to actually stand up was a little trickier than I expected. It just takes a little manipulating. I'm also going to put in straps to tie the doors together so that they can close or be drawn open. Oh, and I'm going to stain the sticks so they are dark.
I'll post a final pic when it's totally finished and set up at Lily's house!
So that's basically that!
to make your own you'll need:

  • one 9'x6' canvas drop cloth (I got mine at Home Depot) ~$10
  • six 6 1/2' long 1"x1" square sticks (also got these at Home Depot) ~$12
  • two yards of whatever fabric if you're making the exact tent I made ~$20... you can leave this out if you want or use some fabric you already have! I think it could be cool to paint a pattern on the canvas instead. I also don't think it would look bad at all to have it be really simple and only canvas. But really, the sky's the limit with extra fabric... you could add a panel to the middle all the way around, or to the bottom of each side... you could cut holes for window flaps in the sides etc... get as fancy or as simple as you want!
  • trim ~$3 for the pom pom trim, ~$3 for the leather string, ~$3 for the feathers I got to go with the leather string
Good Luck if you choose to tackle one of these for yourself and send your pics my way! I'd love to see what you do!

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Rockabye Medley

YouTube Video

Lily, the Big Sister

Lily's such a sweet big sister! Mia is a pretty sweet little sister, too... she just doesn't really know it yet!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Welcome Mia!!

Welcome to the world little Mia! Lily is officially a big sister today, and she's over the moon excited!

YouTube Video

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DIY Weather Station

This is such a cute Weather Station from Mr. Printables! I wanted to share how mine turned out!

Lily tells me every other day that it's 'gloomy' outside... mostly because we live in Boston... but it shows that she's interested! I think this chart will help her with describing words and with knowing what to wear everyday... oh, wait, this chart- assuming someone else had already filled it in for the day- would help ME know what to wear outside everyday. But seriously, the difference between calm and windy is like 6 scarves, a hat, gloves, and at least three shirts.

This was our weather here today.

This is what our weather here tomorrow will say!
Oh, and in case you noticed, I am a crazy person who laminated every piece before I put the whole chart together. Grubby two year old hands plus their affinity for ripping all things paper means this chart would have lasted less than 4 minutes. But as it is now, it can be spilled on, trampled on, and then disinfecting-wipe-cleaned over and over again!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Baby Yoga

Who knew that was a thing, right?
We've only had one class, but I think it's fun and Lily really liked it. The teacher is awesome too so any Boston babies looking to get their stretch on should give the Brookline Ballet School a visit!

When she's not too busy being fit out of the house, she's busy being trendy inside! I love this kid!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Our New Shelf

As pile after pile of books slowly accumulated around our tiny apartment we decided we had to get another book shelf (or find something else entirely to do with all our, ahem, Bryan's books).

The second I spied this beautiful old shelf in the basement of my employer's new home I offered to buy it from the previous owners! They didn't make anyone pay and just kindly left it when they moved out! A huge thank you to Danielle & Amiel for giving it to us! I love it! One day it will have a proper home but for now it is wedged behind our bed and our shelving crisis is no more! (We even seem to have a little extra room, but don't tell Bryan!)


I was concerned about growing book piles around the house, while Bryan, rightly so, was more concerned with our heads while we slept. It seems that there was quite a bit of weight and a few sharp things all resting on those floating shelves! If it had ever given way in the night, we would have been squished!

After: We still need to touch up the patched wall with paint and I'm working on a new art piece to hang above!