Headed towards back to the basics living.


The Nest, Part 3-It’s Finished!

Paper sack door wreath. Total Cost: $3. Oh Dollar Tree, how I love thee!

Aaaaahhhhh! (Sweet sigh of contentment.) I have finished the baby bird’s nest-finally! It seemed that every time I thought I was done-I would find one more little thing to do-and then another! But, I think-this time, it’s really done! Just in time too since I’m due in a little under a week. Not that it actually means something mind you. I haven’t seen any sign that this little girl is planning on making an appearance anytime soon. My only comfort is that my midwife has promised the latest I would give birth would be October 3rd. Sounds far away but at least I know by Christmas I will have a new little one to coo over anyways.So without further ado let me show you around her newly completed nest.

The paper sack wreath is really easy-but really time consuming.  If you like keeping your hands busy while you watch TV then this could be the project for you,, While I love the results, it takes a LONG time to do! Want the full how to? Check out this great tutorial over at Maryjanes and Galoshes.


Desk turned changing table. Makes for tons of storage and lots of longevity!

Any guesses on her name??? Please play fair, if you  already know it  don’t give it away-we’re excited to announce it ourselves (= Want to see how I made the subway art? Click here. Interested in a closeup of her clothes hamper? Go here.

Future nursing station. Books & burpcloths.

Talk about easy nursery decor. The picture frame art is just made scrapbooking supplies and the nesting doll was a gift from my aunt & uncle when they lived in Ukraine. The poetry book is a copy of the book my mom had when I was little-I used to love reading it in junior high.


Crib skirt and pillows sewn from Riley Blake fabric. All of the baby girl’s fitted sheets are organic cotton. Yay for no chemicals!

Isn’t this  hand sewn sock monkey awesome?! He was a gift from my cousin Cher-xoxo!

Fabric Rosettes to embellish a pillow.

Quick & Easy Pillow dress-up made from leftover ribbon from another project.

This rocking chair is one of my favorite pieces. I was rocked to sleep in this by my own mother. Now it’s been repainted by DH and I made some coordinating fabric cushions for it.

The nursing stool. You know how much I love words so of course I had to use some good ol’ mod podge to embellish this nursing stool with flower names.

DH sanded, stripped, painted and slaved over this now beautiful chest of drawers. He did such a great job! Love you honey!


And of course her room would not be complete without SEVERAL butterflies! Does this collage look familiar? I blogged about making one of these after I saw this tutorial.


Well I hope you enjoyed the tour! It seemed like it took forever to do but now I think that might be a good thing because at this point…..all we can do is wait…..


xoxo, Rachel



The Keys to Attracting & Keeping Wildlife in Your Yard

Do you love butterflies like me? What about birds? I have so been digging them this year! Or have you ever watched hummingbirds only a few feet from your window when making their morning rounds? There’s nothing quite like it. If you haven’t experienced it or maybe your just wishing to see more of these gorgeous little creatures then read on! It’s really easier than you might think!

Let me back up just a bit. Last year, I purchased plants said to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Butterflies were my focus and the birds just a bonus. So I was surprised when I spotted a few butterflies here and there but the  hummers were regular customers. I had no clue as to why. Turns out I  only had one piece of the puzzle. Apparently I had provided nectar to attract the butterflies but provided no host plant for butterfly caterpillars to eat from and provide shelter while cocooning.The hummingbirds on the other hand had found shelter and water in my close neighbors yards and so their habitat was complete with the plant food I was providing.

According to the National Wildlife Federation there are 5 main elements you need to provide in order for wildlife to call your yard home. BTW, your yard can be anywhere from several acres to a small urban back yard. Wildlife is everywhere and always looking for refuge. And depending on the specific elements provided and your location you can get different animals-anywhere from butterflies & birds to snakes or bats! Oh,my! Here’s the 5 elements to provide if you want to see more wildlife:

(See You Tube for some great short videos.)

If you want to take it a step further you can actually become an official “Certified Wildlife Habitat.” And there’s no big rigorous inspection-basically just scout’s honor that you’ve provided a home for the animals. I think this would be really fun if you have kids! For $20 you get a certificate and sign that you can post showing you are official. You also get a years subscription to National Wildlife Magazine and several other bonuses. (No,I don’t get anything for  mentioning them I just think it’s a fun idea.) I haven’t joined yet-our new rental house is missing a couple of elements before that can happen. I’m excited to get started though! Butterfly milkweed here we come (=

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Butterflies-Blog Specimen No. 2

Well, so far I’ve counted three super-dainty pure white butterflies flitting around our yard.  I’ve been trying to snap a picture of them to share with you but inevitably as soon as I put my camera down, one will just flutter on by and is gone in a heartbeat! (That’s alright though,I’ve got all summer!) I just love watching them dance around each other. I once read that if you could hear the sound a butterfly makes while flying, you would hear giggling and laughter much like children at play! Seems fitting somehow.

And while I unfortunately don’t have a pic of the most recent ones seen around my house, I do have a picture of this really cute butterfly craft from Junie Moon. These could be made just to celebrate spring with your kids or you could create one, like Junie Moon did, in honor of an exhibition at the Houston Holocaust Museum. It’s scheduled to debut in Spring 2013 to remember the children who died during the holocaust. There are to be 1.5 million put on display. Wow! Can you imagine! That is so many! I’m sure it will be beautiful! And then when you think about how they represent real people! I know it seems sad! I don’t like to write about sad things-butterflies seem happy-I think that’s why I like the idea though. Children always seem so happy and carefree like butterflies. It seems like a happy beautiful way to remember something that could be really depressing! ( I do hope your still smiling-right?!)

According the museum’s website they have collected approximately 400,000 so far and are still accepting submissions until June 30, 2012. The submissions can come from individuals as well as organizations. I’m thinking about sending in one myself to honor part of my family heritage. If you’re looking for an idea to get you started, this tutorial provided by Junie Moon might make a good starting point and then you could put your own spin on it. I just love how it’s layer upon layer of butterflies-overall butterfly shape, butterfly patterned paper and butterfly cutouts in its wings. For crafts in general, you could probably take this idea and create a flower-overall flower shape, flower print and then flower cutouts too-or what about  a piece of fruit, or animals? The possibilities are endless really. Hmmm, think I’m going to have to get crafting-my fingers are starting to twitch!

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Butterflies-Blog Specimen No. 1

I love butterflies. Love them. (But I’m guessing you already knew that based upon the blog name I chose.) Winter is doing its darndest to hang on this year its seems, but I’ve noticed an abundance of springtime ideas around the blogosphere. And you know what that means? Butterfly crafts, butterfly candies & cakes, butterfly pictures, and butterfly stories-especially now that Easter is almost upon us. Oh, I couldn’t be happier! So just thought I’d share this fun craft idea I found over at The Year of Story.

It looks super easy and yet the simplicity of it is what makes it so perfect. Basically its just involves a craft punch, pretty paper, some glue and a frame.  I so want to make this. There’s a butterfly punch at Wallies’ that I’ve had my eye one for a while now. I know just where I would put my paper punch collection of beauties: in my future little girl’s room! Now if only I knew whether it was going to be a little girl or not….hmmm….perhaps I could go ahead and make it and if it turns out to be a little boy then I could somehow find a spot for it in my in-progress craft room…… or maybe I should make two… just in case…