Elements of our Nursery

July 14, 2013

Once I found out that we are having a girl I couldn’t help but think pink for the nursery.  After much Pinterest inspiration I knew that shades of pink, coral, teal, yellow, green and aqua would be my focus.  At first I intended for the colors to be vivid and saturated, but after I saw this rug at L.L. Bean I fell in love.  It became the central design element from then on. It’s made of chenille and is super soft underfoot, which will be great for my crawling babe:

Image{The shades are more rustic, but the colors I wanted are all in there. In person the colors are softer.}

For the walls we decided on a green that worked with the natural landscape that is just outside her window–there is a 70″ wide window in the nursery that overlooks our yard and the trees at the back of the field. The best view in the house:) Luke just built a bird feeder stand out of old fence wood and branches just outside her window so she’ll have birds to watch. {Daddy love.}

Image{‘Timothy Hay’ green wall paint by Martha Stewart.}

For the crib and dresser we went with white for a contrast against the wall and creamy trim color:

Image{DaVinci ‘Kalani’ crib.}


{Ikea ‘Hemnes’ dresser.}

To spruce up the dresser I will replace the knobs with one of these:

Image{‘Lulu’ knob at Anthropologie.}

Image{Another version of ‘Lulu’}

Image{Or a pop of yellow in a ceramic knob, also Anthropologie.}

The curtains are where I went decidedly pink and girly. They’re so pretty in person and add some soft dimension against the walls.

Image{The Land of Nod ‘Antique Chic’ panels.}

Other elements include a light aqua side table, a maple rocking chair, a yellow pot for a plant, a white book shelf filled with books and plush animals and topped with gorgeous picture frames I scored at Home Goods that have touches of gold leafing, a very special original painting made just for her, some hanging hand-sewn birds, and lovely framed Rifle Paper Co. botanical prints that I cut out of an old calendar and put in basic white frames that we hung in a cluster above her dresser/changing table:

ImageWe’re not finished with her nursery just yet, but I love the way it is evolving.  I’ve been particular about what goes in there and choosing items that are soft, add texture, and that are nature inspired. She’ll be in our room for several months but I will bring her into her nursery for play time and to get her familiar with it as a happy and comfortable space.  That may make her transition from our bedside to her own crib easier. 

Nesting has been so much fun!  Her space {and dresser} are full of wonderful gifts from our family and dear friends.  That makes things even more special.  We have such wonderful people around us who love and care for her already.  Bringing a baby into the world is an amazing process that connects you to others in so many ways even though it is a very personal life event.  We’re so excited for her arrival! What a beautiful thing!




July 13, 2013

Oh my goodness, remember me??  I’ve taken a hiatus– just been busy creating life and nesting. Today is my due date–and Luke’s birthday!! Happy Birthday my Love! While I would love to give him the gift of our little girl today, she seems happy to hang in utero longer still, so I continue to nest. The birds around our yard have been busy doing the same…nature and I have been on a similar cycle:)

Image{A pair of Bluebirds checking the box for a possible nesting site earlier this Spring.}

Image{Such beautiful birds! Each year I am grateful for their return.}


{A male perched on the box.}

Most of the boxes have been nested in by Tree Swallows this year.  They are fun to watch flying through the yard, catching bugs, and protecting their boxes.  Don’t mess with a Tree Swallow, they’ll dive bomb you!Image

Other birds we see in our yard:Image{Rose Breasted Grosbeak.}


Image{Female Hooded Warbler– we think! CORRECTION: Common Yellowthroat! }

Image{Female Purple Finch.}

Image{A Cedar Waxwing– stunning!}

There are lots of other birds that visit us like Gold Finches, Chickadees, Morning Doves, Sparrows, Phoebes, and various warblers. Luke took all of these photos; he’s got an eye for spotting birds and loves to be out in the yard watching them.  Most days after work and on weekends we walk the paths in our field and spy on birds. 

Have a wonderful weekend!



Shoes for mamas-to-be…

April 16, 2013

…must be comfy.  That’s the prerequisite for my next pair of shoes. I’ve got a red shoe thang and think that I should go for some new color, or a neutral, but I know that I should go for comfort.  With 3 more months to go and warm weather ahead, I’ve got to plan for tired and dare I say swollen feet.

{Dansko “Thea” sandal. There are other colors, including red, though green catches my eye.}

{Earthies “Cardonna” sandal.  Got to love a comfy wedge.}

{Pikolinos “Trinidad” t-strap sandal.  Definitely a contender.}

{Swedish Hasbeens sandal.  Very much a contender.}

I’m hoping that a heel will be ok given they’re all considered ‘comfort’ shoes. I think any of the above will add some ooomph to my full panel maternity leggings and dresses.  Besides, who couldn’t use a new pair of shoes?!!

Snow is falling outside, inching toward the foot that we’re supposed to get, and inside I have been busy baking.  This recipe from Real Simple magazine that I’ve made a few times is so delicious {and easy!}, you’ve got to try it.  My little one is bouncing around in utero now as I enjoy one of these chocolatey concoctions:) I sprinkle a bit of confection sugar on mine when they’re fresh out of the oven.


{Rich batter that was hard to resist eating raw.}




{Sprinkled with confection sugar.}


{Warm and gooey with a slightly crunchy top layer- Scrumptious!}

I had mine with a mug of almond milk.

Not my Cuppa

March 8, 2013

Finally I tuned in to the show Girls that has been raved about and often recommended.  (We typically do not have HBO, but purchased it for the month.) I watched the entire first season and started the second season and, well, I don’t think it’s my cup of tea. It’s dialed in to post-college city-living and the craziness your 20’s can be, which is entertaining at times, but still I don’t care enough to keep on tuning in and the main character Hannah started to annoy me.  Since it’s so popular, though, it makes me wonder what I might be missing about it?

Over the Moon!

March 1, 2013

My heart is full and swelling with joy–so is my growing baby bump!  Luke and I are expecting a little one in July!  I’ve lately been feeling my sweet one move around in utero and it has me beaming:)

Baby nursery mobile

{How cute is this hot air balloon mobile? Oh Pinterest! }

Friends of mine are expecting, too, (you know who you are!) and it’s been great sharing the experience.  One is about to have her baby any minute! I’ve been daydreaming about what’s to come, pulling together a registry, and watching my body grow! All very occupying:)

Have a happy weekend!

Blizzard of 2013

February 8, 2013

Well, hellooooo there. The blizzard is in motion! This is supposed to be a big one, so big that the Weather Channel has named it “Nemo” like the tiny, lost little fish of Disney fame.  Makes sense. Will the storm live up to the hype?  All I can assume is if the snowfall keeps up at this pace it will. The view from inside is blustery:





Wishing you a safe blizzard weekend–and hoping there is shelter and warmth enough for everyone.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas! Wishing you all peace and love. Here in Maine we are beginning to have a white Christmas with the snow falling fast– stay cozy!



Holiday Traditions

December 18, 2012

Holidays are for tradition. We carry on the the traditions we loved as children and we make new ones, too. One thing I do every Christmas is bake Italian Anise cookies from my grandmother’s recipe. This year I made a batch with my mother, which was a treat. They’re a labor of love {prepare the dough, chill, roll into balls with oiled hands, bake, ice each one with glaze and sprinkle it with confetti dots before glaze hardens, repeat}. This year we skipped the tree {I figured poinsettias and a wreath would suffice} but I wouldn’t even consider skipping the cookies!




Cheers to holiday traditions and celebrating the joys of the season!


November 27, 2012

A couple of weeks ago our rooster Ruby lost his voice. Then his breathing became very labored and he wheezed like a serious asthmatic.  It was kind of scary and also kind of nice and quiet! The guy at the farm store suggested a few things.  What we tried first did the trick–adding some Gatorade to the water source {and a good cleaning of their coop}.  Within a couple of days he was back in business, feisty and loud. Who’d have guessed some electrolites would bring a chicken back to glory?!

p.s. I recently went to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival hosted by Friends of Casco Bay. {The festival is making its way around the country, so check for dates near you.} 15 environmental films were selected from about 55 for viewing.  The films are short, between 4 and 18 minutes each.  Seeing people who are passionate about the world around us, who creatively deal with things like plastic litter, or lack of resources, and the respect they have for nature was very inspiring.  Here is one of my favorites:

Another film that will put a smile on your face can be found here. {It’s short & sweet and involves a genius solution for old plastic liter bottles as a source of lighting in villages without power!}

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