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


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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!