Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Upholstered Gray Chair... Finally Done!

Well, almost two years after I purchased this chair, it's finally finished. Stick-a-fork-in-it finished. Wait, you say. Didn't you already finish this chair (ala this post)? Well, yes. Yes, I did. Almost... We finished everything but the detail on the front of the arms and around the back along the edge. 

I finally got my act together and decided to go with some nail head trim. The original had some wood detailing on the front of the arms, but it was damaged and irreparable. The arms are too curved and unique in shape to try and recreate the wood piece myself, so nail heads it was! I'd done nail head trim before on our Queen Headboard (post forthcoming) with individual brads I got from Lowe's. I had seen this nailhead trim at JoAnn's which looked much easier to use since all the brads were connected. Um, no brainer! And with a 50% off coupon on my JoAnn's app (it is my goal to never pay full price for anything at JoAnn's or Michaels!) it was a great deal. 

The trim has actual nails every five brads so there is much less time spent nailing and the brads are also evenly spaced, which makes it much much easier and faster to put on the chair. It's also somewhat bendable, which helped for the front arm detail. I just molded it to the shape I wanted and made sure to nail in the brads where they would stay put. Easy peasy. 

If you look closely, you can see the difference between the trim and the brads that you actually nail in, but not unless you look really closely, which no one probably will. :)

I'm glad I finally finished this bad boy! Such a handsome chair (for my handsome husband). Good to know there is another alternative out there besides having to nail in 100 individual brads!

See this post for a DIY in pictures of how we reupholstered the chair and this post on how we picked the fabric.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

DIY: Teacher Appreciation Gift

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week! This year was the first year (obviously) that Emerson has had a teacher. We love Em's daycare and her teachers are so great. They love her so much (and we love them)! They are the most caring teachers and take such good care of Em and the other kiddos. 

To show our appreciation, I whipped up these quick and easy little gifts for them. They probably cost around $3 each and are pretty darn cute.

- Patterned metal buckets ($1 from Target)
- Hershey's Kisses and Hugs (I used two packs for all three)
- Scrapbook paper
- Tape
- Stick of some kind (I used shish kabob skewers that I had on hand)
- Pack of flower seeds

I just traced Emerson's hand on some colored patterned paper and cut out about five of each color. I taped the hands together with double sided tape. I then cut a circle out of coordinating paper and taped that on, as well as the skewer. After pouring in the kisses and hugs, I just popped in the skewers. The candy held the flowers upright. And that's it! 

The teachers thought they were great (I mean, who wouldn't want a bucket full of chocolate???) and they are such a quick and easy way to show some love!

Did you make anything fun for Teacher Appreciation Week? I'd love to hear!

Monday, May 12, 2014

My First Mother's Day

The past week has been quite busy around the Kane household... My birthday, Mother's Day and Teacher Appreciation Week! I had a great Birthday and Mother's Day and definitely got spoiled by my hubby and the little stinker. The hubby got me a piece of art that I had really been wanting (for my bday) and then a spa day complete with facial and massage (for mother's day). Spoiled. Too bad I couldn't schedule the spa day until the end of June because we are jam packed with events every weekend until Zach starts residency mid-June! Oh well, it will be great whenever it is! 

At daycare, they had a "Moms and Muffins" breakfast Friday morning. It was so cute! Em and I did a little DIY art project and then got our picture taken - so sweet. I love our daycare!

I also got breakfast in bed for Mother's Day! Eggs Benedict, coffee, and orange juice and a sweet homemade card (Emerson even "signed" it!). So sweet and I felt very loved this whole week. We had both sides of our families over to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday. Unfortunately, Em was running a fever and has a little cold... she was a little clingy to me the whole day and was definitely more fussy than her usual cheerful self.  Zach took her to the doctor this morning (weird, right?) and she has some fluid behind her eardrum, most likely because of her cold. :( Poor thing. Still has a little fever and if it still hasn't broken by Wednesday, back to the doctor we go. Thankfully, she was acting more like her normal self today with Daddy - some giggles and smiles, but more snugly than her usual busy body self. I don't like it when my baby is sick!

My first Mother's Day was awesome and I definitely have a greater appreciation for my own mother (and mother-in-law) now. I don't think you can fully understand until you are a mother yourself, the sacrifice and love that your own mother has for you. It's pretty amazing and I have so much respect for such awesome women! I love you Mama! Love you Nae!

How was your Mother's Day? Do anything exciting or fun? I hope it was filled with lots of yummy good, some good sleep and as little poopy diapers as possible! :)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Seven Months

Time for a seven month update! I told you I was slooooowwwwwly catching up! Here it is!


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