Growing Family: Waiting on our Little Sprout!

A couple of weeks back we got to meet up with our favorite photographer Morgan of Cobalt & Co.! She photographed our engagement and wedding and it was so fun visiting Washington Oaks State Park and playing among the beautiful trees, water, and beach with our not-so-little-and-still-growing Sprout!

We're still waiting for our little Sprout to arrive (no surprise for us we are waiting on standy.. although we are very excited and eager!) and wanted to share a few of our favorite pics with you all... so here they are!


Thank you again Morgan for these lovely shots, can't wait to get some of us with baby in our arms!! Eager to share our exciting news with you.. when we have some! All for now, Cheers


Growing Family: The Countdown is (way) on!

We're just under 2 weeks until our due date... and getting to meet our little Sprout! I have enjoyed being pregnant but am ready to get this little adventure buddy out here with us to share even more smiles, laughter, and all the learning that is going to happen for years to come. 

While most of getting ready has included tasks like organizing things that haven't been touched in a while around the house, getting Sprout's room ready, and snuggling Archie as much as possible, we've also done some exploring around town just the two (...and a half...) of us. Beach walks had been a pretty regular activity, but as the temps have climbed since June and it's too warm even in the mornings for me we've had to find some other fun things to do. 

We'd been waiting to explore the Lightner Museum for a bit now, and while I thought it might be a rainy day activity, turns out it's a pretty good 100 degree and sunny day one!

We started the tour with a little Music Box session - twice a day the Lightner Museum has a docent do a little show and tell of the fabulous pieces in the collection. It was so neat learning of the history of both these unique pieces as well as more about how the museum came to be. I would highly recommend this as part of your visit here (something i'm excited to take family on when they are here). 

The museum has a large collection, but as they are only able to show so much at time items do continually change - which is great because you can go back again and again and see a different piece of history. While we were there we also had a little snack at the Cafe Alcazar, located where the swimming pool was.

I've got a few other little projects in the works that i'll share more of once they're a bit more complete... i'm running out of time to finish them so here I go to do that! Cheers, thanks for reading.

Growing Family: Bar Remixed to Baby Bookcase

Baby prep is in full swing! We've got the dresser & changing pad, cozy chair, and crib all set up... atop a simple and cute Button Rug from Ikea... pictures to come but there's still half finished projects all around the floor to clean up first!! 

One little nook of the room needed a little something though - and a while back we decided the best use of space was to add a bookshelf. I spent some time looking at leaning shelves, building something custom that would fit just so, and so on and so forth. But in the process of getting a new washer & dryer (happy accident right before baby!) we had to move our old Bar - built from Crates - out of the mudroom to make space. I had contemplated trying to sell this piece I made a few years back, or seeing if it would fit in the guest room. Then inspiration struck! I had nailed and glued the crates together, so why not take them apart and repurpose. We're all for resusing both for the dollar savings and environmental impact. And what a cool way to use something from our first home together. 

Painting the $7.00 crates in the Old Mission house with Archie!

Painting the $7.00 crates in the Old Mission house with Archie!

The 'Original' Crate Bar

The 'Original' Crate Bar

Originally I used 5 crates, a small bit of plywood on the bottom (to keep everything together) and two pieces of 1x6 on the top. Instead of busting the crates into individuals, I decided to keep those that were stacked together as so, and add the last horizontal  one to the bottom.

Hubby chops the crates apart!

Hubby chops the crates apart!

Design Decisions...

Design Decisions...

i'm so happy with how the project has progressed! I decided to paint the crates white to blend with everything else in the room, and pop just enough. Because of how the molding is on the floor Jon helped me add one little foot so that we could push the crates all the way into the corner. Right now we are planning on having the upper section (one horizontal and one vertical crate) mounted with a gap so it adds one more shelf, gets the stained wood to show more, and uses the most space up to the ceiling. 


Next up is to fill it back up with all the books and some other tiny treasures for the little one! (And figure out what to do with the other little piece of wall to the left, which will be behind the door!). This room is coming along, and as much as we are enjoying getting a lot of the big features completed we are also leaving room to change and develop as we learn more and knowing the little one is going to grow oh so quickly!

We're Having A Baby!

Well, baby Sprout won't be here until July (eek!) but the little one is growing more and more every day and we couldn't be more excited. In March Jonathan and I were fortunate enough to be able to travel up north to visit with my family, teachers & friends and get showered with love from all of them. 

We have been eagerly spending time getting the house, and baby's room, together! We're working on wrapping up some projects around the house that have been on the list, and enjoyed getting the nursery painted, dresser put together, and even the crib all set up!

I'm excited to share some photos of the Sprout's room with you all - but for now here are some photos from the baby shower! 

Thank you again to everyone for sending well wishes our way - we are sure feeling the love!

New Website, New Projects


Jonathan and I are almost to ONE YEAR at our home, and it's taken me this long to get my art supplies in an area I can easily use them. Get ready for some (hopefully good!) new projects rolling out. 

To get things going again, I just wanted to post a few photos of the house from our first day there - the empty pallet just waiting for us to fill it with color, love, laughter, and an endless to-do list! After signing our contracts, we went straight over to the house. After signing our names that many times we deserved some champagne (in glasses we had been saving since the wedding, just for this day!) and to sit and look at what we had done. We had spent the last month waiting to hear about bank info, inspections, repairs, and sending so many files back and forth that we'd already sent several times before. But, in the end it all turned out, the keys were ours now.

After all that signing, we were hungry. So, off we went to get Archie, a change of cloths, a run to Home Depot (they need a frequent shoppers punch card - 9 trips and the 10th is free) and some lunch! First project was a mailbox - so we could mark that we were really there. Archie did come along to homedepot and was a very good boy! His first trip there and we couldn't have been prouder. Stopped by Ned's for some lunch, and let Archie explore the yard. He seemed comfortable right away and in between listing off all of the things we were hopeful for and couldn't wait to do we simply looked around and smile at the big step we had just taken.