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The Time We Spend

17 August, 2013 |

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Phew! One more week down :) and I've come out the other end alive, and with teeth adequately brushed. Much needed projects where tackled and finished, including our, ok MY closet (pt.2 blog post to come), the desk/office area, and even the patio is almost finished! I even got some Mama and Me yoga time in, and picked figs at the Husbands Aunt's house. As a former busy bee, and crazy amounts of projects take'er'on'er, I was quite pleased that I managed to get anything done with this little one hanging from my breast most of the time. I finally feel like I might be getting the hang of this whole Mama thing after all, at two and a half months in. To bad all good things must come to an end.

For about a year now I've been working on opening a photography studio here in North San Diego County. I'm over the moon excited to say the least. I do have to admit, I'm pretty darn nervous at the same time. It's great I can take my little one to work with me, but the idea of starting a new schedule when I just got the hang of this one, is a tad nerve racking. That's life though right? You gotta roll with the punches... I mean diapers. I guess that's what being a mom is all about right?

I'd love to hear how you mama's do it, juggle multiple things/projects/children/jobs/breastfeeding/cooking/husbands/work/everything! All at the same time.

Peace & Love, Krystal

Into the Closet

23 July, 2013 |

I’ve always been a girl with what I call a decent amount of clothes. You know.... I could always use more? Nothing crazy or anything (My husband will tell you a different story). Hey, he has a corner in the closet ok! But I digress. Organization, if you saw my OCD cabinet post back when I was pregnant, rather a picture of my nesting insanity HERE. Then you’ve realized that I like things a bit organized. Now how to keep it that way with a small child attached to your breast at all times? I don’t know. Mama’s, how do you do it?

After a trip to my best friends house up in L.A. over the weekend, I’ve decided to dive into my closet full force. You should have seen her closet! I could have lived in it. Color coordinated, the perfect amount of nicknacks, jewelry displayed gorgeously in picture frames. The hubby even commented on how cool her closet was. It probably has something to do with that fact that she’s a brilliant clothing designer and artist, and all around magical person to begin with, seriously if you know her, you are blessed.

And with any great big ole project, here are some images of lovely closets to get my organizational juices flowing.

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Do I dare to show you the "Before"? NO JUDGEMENT

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The Mission: Create a fabulously organized closet, so I can actually find and wear the different clothes I have. Without staring at the abyss that is my closet for thirty minutes on end, trying to decided what to wear. Who am I kidding, I don’t have thirty minutes to figure out clothing options after this little bean was born!

Side Mission: To make a closet so cool, my husband will stop commenting on how I have too many clothes. Moooohooohahaha (rubbing my hands together while mischievously grinning). Stay tuned for the "After"!

Peace & Love, Krystal


DIY: Drawer Lining

16 July, 2013 |

While contemplating on how I would decorate my little ladies nursery, I realized that uniqueness was key. However everything I loved (via Pinterest) was incredibly trendy, no offense pinterest I absolutely adore you. So instead of buying all new furniture for my little ones nursery I went vintage.

Let me first say that I'm lucky to have a mother who saves all my stuff, I'm talking ALL MY STUFF. It probably has something to do with that fact that we used to have quite a bit of our things in storage, until one day someone robbed our unit and cleared everything out... except the crib I had as a child. Since then, my mom refuses to get rid of anything else meaningful, it's not hoarding status or anything. Anywhoo...I told my mom of my 'Uniqueness,' dilemma and she promptly suggested I use my old furniture. I had no idea she even still had it!

Now comes the hard part, what to do with this 80's furniture? Don't get me wrong I love the 80's, you'll catch me sporting some fab 80's wear from time to time. But furniture?? No thanks. So I decided to re-paint it all a crisp clean white, then antique it with chalk paint ( I'm making a post on that soon).

But before I painted the outside I had to figure out what to do with the lining of the drawers on the changer and the dresser. I guess most people would rip out the old lining and call it a day, but remember, I was going for uniqueness. So I decided to line them with love poems, art and gold leaf.

Here is the finished result.

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I'm quite obsessed. So much so that I was sad to actually place thing's in her drawers after I was finished. I fantasize about the day when she's putting her freshly cleaned clothes away and gets lost in the images and lovely words that I so lovingly placed in her drawers.

So here's what you'll need:

  1. Modpodg
  2. Sponges
  3. An old book of poems (Or whichever you please)
  4. Gold leaf

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Sponges, Mod podge, & Gold leaf available @ Michelle's craft store.

Process:

  1. Take out any old lining and wipe down the inside of the drawers to git rid of dust or anything like that.

  2. Cut the pages of your book to whichever size you would like.

  3. With your sponge, lay down a thin layer of Mod podge, large enough for one page, then promptly lay the page over it and. Continue this process until the whole drawer is covered.

  4. With your sponge, now cover the pages with a generous amount of mod podge. Don't worry if it's white, it will dry clear.

  5. Grab your gold leaf and carefully place pieces where desired and cover with mod podge again.

That's it! Pretty simple huh? You could also use this technique with any fabric you love. I hope you enjoy creating your own unique drawer linings.

Peace & Love, Krystal

P.S.I'd love to see your finished results.