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Ella is 19 months and officially A BIG GIRL (or so she thinks/acts). A month ago we switched her to a toddler bed. I was slightly worried about the switch….and by slightly I mean, I was sure she would be able to get out of bed, open the door, climb over the railing and fall down the stairs.

But NOT ELLA- she was all “SO? BIG DEAL..I am in a big girl bed”. She took to it like a champion. If you know Ella at all, you know that its not always so easy breezy, so YES I am delighted.

Nathan took a very sacred Saturday to make her a toddler bed and I just finished painting it white yesterday. With just one 2×4, and two small boards my oh so talented husband made this ADORABLE bed for our little nubbin for only $30. SWEET, I love cheap.

sanding toddler bed

Ella doing a preliminary inspection…(before paint)

testing toddler bed

AFTER: In the room all painted nice and WHITE.

toddler bed painted white

The best part about it? Now when she gets up from naps or in the morning, instead of crying, I just hear a “knock, knock, knock”…..this means she is very politely ready to come out now….SO FREAKIN CUTE! I mean, she is NEVER polite!?! But she OWNS this big girl bed.

Don’t mind if I do…

ella in new bed 1

CHILLaxin…in pacifier HEAVEN…

ella in new bed 1

What a HAPPY girl.

Happy ella

CHEESE!

cheers!

sarah

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I am finally (at 7 months pregnant) beginning to work on the kids room. Because I am selfish, I am sticking them both in the smallest room in the house so I can keep the “extra” room as a guest/play/sewing area.

Many of the pieces are coming together, but I have no final photos yet. There is no theme and nothing is match-y match-y. Here is what I have so far:

1- Ella’s quilt. I bought this sucker at Burlington for $20. It was a twin and I cut it to fit her toddler bed (cutting it was scary by the way) and I just finished sewing up the edges. I may or may not have done this right….I just bought some binding stuff and sewed it on….is that how you do it?

binding ella's quilt

ella's quilt- finished

2. Lincoln’s quilt. Since they are in the same room, I had to find something that matched Ella’s – but hers is super girl-y. I found this Alexander Henry fabric on Etsy to use as my main fabric. I will bring in more browns and greens with the quilt AND bumper ect….

alexander henry spotted owl fabric

I think they go pretty well together:

ella & lincoln's fabrics

2. Wall color & Accessories. When it was just Ella, the room was green:

ella's green room

I wanted to change it to something more NEUTRAL. Just last week, I painted the room twice. Yes, TWICE. The first time I got the color wrong and it looked like an insane asylum with all white walls- I love white, but this was bad:

kids room - white wall color #1

The second time, I went with a color called “natural wicker”. MUCH MUCH better:

natural linen wall color

The elephants were given to me by Nathan’s mom. They used to hang in Nathan’s room as a baby. I love them. The lamp shade is from IKEA.

Found these old mirror trays at goodwill and (of course) painted them white. Planning to hang them on the wall with ribbon.

BEFORE:

goodwill mirror trays before

AFTER:

goodwill mirror trays painted white

goodwill mirror trays painted white

4. Dresser. Found this on craigslist last saturday for $30!!!!!! Be jealous.  I love it. Plenty of room for both kids. OF COURSE I will paint it and put new hardware (or paint the hardware that is on it)…..but for right now it works GREAT even as it is!

kids dresser before

That is all so far! Any suggestions are welcome as to how to make it more boy-ish for poor Lincoln.

cheers!

sarah

Nathan’s grandmother had one of these calendar tea towels for every year. When she passed last year, I inherited a few. They were all used and stained, but I loved them. I decided to make this one into a pillow- I am no seamstress, but I think it turned out pretty cute AND it is a great memory of Nana.

BEFORE:

Nana's tea towel 1

Nana's tea towel 1

AFTER:

Nana's tea towel pillow

cheers!

sarah

I used to have a glass dining room table with chairs that matched and before Ella was born, I sold them because I can’t stand glass. Fast forward 18 months or so. I now have a simple dark dining room table from ikea and I had the brilliant idea to collect misc chairs from yard sales/estate sales/goodwill and re-paint and re-cover them all for my dining room. SUPER. This was an excellent SUMMER project, but it was the dead of winter and I ended up having 5 perfectly unlovely chairs for many months before I could go outside to spray paint them.

Whatever. The point is, SPRING is here and the chairs are DONE DONE DONE. The family is sooooo delighted to have happy little seats for our bums during meal time.

BEFORE:

dining room chairs- before

AFTER:

dining room chairs- after

I used a colonial white paint. The fabric was PERFECT and FREE because it came from my mother-in-law. Apparently this used to be old flour sacks that HER mother kept because she like the fabric. It was never used until now- and I LOVE IT!

dining chair - close up after

dining chair - close up

cheers!

sarah

So, in all this thinking about moving and renovating our next home I have done a bit of kitchen daydreaming. We have looked at a house that is a possibility- an old farmhouse fixer upper, but right now it is a waiting game.

However, there are 2 things I am SOLD on:  CAST IRON FARMHOUSE SINKS and WOOD COUNTER TOPS (fyi: ikea sells the counter tops for a steal). Both give that farmhouse feel that we would need for a fixer upper AND I think will look beautiful together. Not to mention I can bath my children in that HUGE sink instead of bending over the bathtub- so fun!

farmhouse sink & wood countertops
farmhouse sink & wood countertops
(image: A Country Farmhouse)
ikea countertops
(image: design sponge)
farmhouse sink
(image: Southern Living)
farmhouse sink & wood countertops
farmhouse sink & wood countertops
farmhouse sink & wood countertops
farmhouse sink & wood countertops
farmhouse sink
(all other images from flickr & google images)

Cheers!

sarah

We spend Sunday afternoon at my parents farm and Nathan let Ella ride the tractor with him.  I snapped a few photos of my little farm girl and I just CAN NOT GET OVER how grown up she looks! I am so proud of her and what a beautiful child God has created. NO, I can never control that mess of a head- but I love the hair anyway and I love her!

It’s not fear those Torrence eyebrows are conveying…more like confusion….

Ella & Nathan on Tractor 1

Ella & Nathan on Tractor 2

Ella & Nathan on Tractor 3

Ella & Nathan on Tractor 4

cheers!

sarah

I know- like THIS hasn’t been done before. But I have tried many a recipe and it turns out I am VERY particular about my standard batch of chocolate chip cookies. My friend Kristie showed up with some the other week that were AMAZING and I asked exactly how she did them. With a few tweaks and a very specific method, I do believe I have officially found my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

I cooked them over the rainy weekend and here is the recipe:

2 1/4 cups UNBLEACHED flour

1 t salt

1 t baking soda

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup ORGANIC sugar

1 cup UNSALTED butter softened

1 t vanilla (the real stuff!)

2 eggs

1 package semi-sweet MINI chocolate chips

Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl- set aside.

Combine sugars, butter and vanilla and beat until creamy.

Add eggs and beat.

Slowly add sifted dry ingredients and mix well.

Stir in the mini choc chips.

Key for consistency- use a cookie spooning thing-y:

cookies spooned on baking dish

Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 min…..

PERFECTION:

tray of baked cookies- perfection

cheers!

sarah

Our bed broke….for the third time. I know what you are thinking, but trust me, all it takes is my 7 month preggo body to sit on the corner and it falls to the ground. We have had it for a while and it was a cheap scratch and dent when we bought it- so there is no love loss. I need to come up with creative (aka: cheap) solution for a new bed. Yesterday I came across this image of a mantel as a headboard…and OH MAN would I love to have one!!

here is is again….cause it is so pretty!

In my current home, this mantel thing would not work, but since we are looking at new houses (particularly old farm houses)….NEVER again will an old chippy paint mantel in the bedroom scare me!!

mantel as headboard

mantel as headboard

mantel as headboard

mantel as headboard

mantel as headboard

mantel as headboard

cheers!

sarah

What happen was this:  the weather finally turned…it is above 50 degrees and that means…I might have gone a little crazy with my painting projects.

I had a bunch of glass items (mostly thrift store stuff) that I had collected. So on the first lovely day, I threw everything outside and got a little glossy with some white spray paint….ok, I went overboard. I painted a LOT of stuff white. I am learning to love white. We don’t know why. Just check out some of the goodies:

Glass Vases Before

Glass Vases After

Glass Fish Before

Glass fish painted white in kitchen

glass globes before

glass globes painted white

Large Tin Vase before

Large Tin Vase painted white

DON’T YOU LOVE WHITE????!!! There is more, but I grew weary of taking pictures. But NEVER FEAR….there is more white to come.

Cheers!

sarah

Remember the sneak peak I showed you last week?

Well, this little ditty is done and I am lovin it.

meet ELLY.

teal zeal end table before

teal zeal end table after 1

teal zeal end table after 2

teal zeal end table after 3

The end table was Nathan’s grandmother’s, the paint is teal zeal, knobs from IKEA and I have had this adorable wallpaper FOREVER (so no idea where its from).

cheers!

sarah

We have a big announcement. But first, lets recap: our family so far consists of Nathan, myself AND:

ELLA JADE who is 1.5 years old and more than likely the most beautiful, above average 18 month year old girl on the planet. I found her the other day like this:

ella jade reading a book

We also have a dog named CHARLIE  who is the most well behaved glorious addition to our family (other than the children) and we love him:

charlie our dog

And NOW, we found out a little over a month ago we were having a baby boy (due June 20).

We were so excited- now all we need is the .5 kid and we are the perfect family!!! (all those who know us should laughing histarically right now). Anyway, we were so excited until we realized we had to name HIM. What? A boy? We don’t do boy names. We have girl names down.

HOWEVER, after 25 weeks WE FINALLY DID IT.

We finally completed the impossible task of naming a baby boy….AND we are still married!! Yay for us!!!

Please welcome

LINCOLN JAMES TORRENCE:

Lincoln James - 20 week ultra sound pic

(and yes, it looks like he is doing a fist bump. that is our boy)

cheers!

sarah

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