Loving & Linking

LOVING

These colorful carrots.

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Because don’t they look so perfectly Easter-ish? What a fun treat to leave out for the Easter bunny.

LINKING

Screw perfection.
Looking forward to this book coming out.
What we will be eating for brunch on Sunday.
Next week, no complaining! Do you think you can do it?
Why babies cry at night. My baby must really not want a younger sibling.

And a big thank you to everyone who has linked to my Easter eggs in the last few weeks. I feel so very honored! Here are just a few of the recent features, check them out for a ton of Easter inspiration:

Along Abbey Road
Apartment Therapy
Blah Blah Birds
Blog Arredamento
BonBonBreak
Bonjour Jacqueline
Crafty Sundries
FlipFlipMeHeidi
Ganduri Si Bucatareala
Harp on Life
Housing A Forest
Le Frufru
On The Brightside
Random Llamas 
Say Yes
Smallish Blog
The Crafted Life
The Sweetest Occasion
To Live Beautifully
We Are Far From Normal

Happy Easter Everyone!

 

My Little Bunny | A DIY Easter Onesie

DIY Bunny Onesie - Great Easter Project!

I saw this sweet Bunny Tee the other day and knew I had to make my own version for my babe to wear this Easter. Especially since the heart onesie is still worn regularly.

As usual, I needed to work with only things that I already had in the house, so the materials needed for this one are minimal. And it only took about 15 minutes, including gathering the supplies. Perfect for a last minute project.

It came out so cute. It is very subtle, with just a hint of Easter style. She will definitely be wearing this all spring!

Bunny Onesie

You will need:

  • a white onesie (or tee if you are making it for an older tot)
  • embroidery thread in your choice of colors
  • a needle
  • scissors
  • pencil or erasable fabric marker (not shown)

DIY Bunny Onesie

Directions:

  1. With a pencil or erasable fabric marker, lightly mark where you want your eyes and nose to go.
  2. Using the embroidery floss, make a vertical straight stitch and then two horizontal straight stitches above it for the nose.
  3. Go over it a few times until you are happy with how it looks.
  4. For each eye, make a french knot.
  5. Voila!

DIY Bunny Onesie
DIY Bunny Onesie
DIY Bunny Onesie
DIY Bunny Onesie
Bunny Onesie

  • Marilyn - What a cute idea! Now I just need one of my friends to have a baby so I have someone to make this for!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Kaley! She is sooooooo cute, and growing up quick! Great images & post!! xoxoReplyCancel

Loving & Linking

A lot of you have been asking about the link posts that I was doing a while back. So back by popular demand, but trying a different format. A little of what I am loving lately, along with some links for your weekend reading pleasure.

LOVING

These baby food cookbooks.

My Favorite Baby Food Cookbooks

Because things just got a lot more fun around our house. I love, love, love making my own baby food, and checked out a few books from the library to give me a little inspiration since it has been a while. And have I mentioned before that I love the San Francisco Public Library? Because I do. A lot.

(from top to bottom)

201 Organic Baby Purees  |  The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market Cookbook  |  Weaning  |  Cooking for Baby  |  The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook  |  The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet  |  Organic Baby & Toddler Cookbook  |  The Petit Appetit Cookbook  |  Bébé Gourmet  |  Baby and Toddler On the Go Cookbook  |  The Baby and Toddler Cookbook

LINKING

Love. Just love.
In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day tomorrow.
Could somebody please improve the breast pump already?
I have been guilty of this. Trying to remember to never do it again.
Bright, fun, and ice cream themed.
Playdough for the Easter baskets.
My new wallpaper.
Cute Pencils.
Go Ags!

  • jenny - thank you for all the great links! love the playdough in the eggs idea! and that honeymaid commercial…. so beautiful :)ReplyCancel

Natural Brown Easter Eggs

Painted Brown Eggs

A few days ago we decided we were ready to dye some Easter eggs (naturally, of course!) and opened the fridge to find only brown eggs. Not the best for dying. But instead of waiting until we could get to the store to get some white eggs, I improvised. I found a non-toxic white paint pen that miraculously still worked, and went to town on those pretty brown eggs. They are so nice looking, maybe we don’t have to dye any at all this year. On second thought…I know my 4 year old won’t let me off the hook that easy! :)

Painted Brown Eggs

You want to make some too? All you need are some brown eggs and a non-toxic white paint pen. Then doodle away. I used simple geometric shapes and lines to keep it simple.

Natural Brown Eggs with White Paint
Painted Brown Eggs

And would you like to know my secret? I painted the raw eggs, too. So for the next week, every time we pull out our eggs to scramble in the morning (yes, we eat the same thing almost every morning) they will be decorated. What a great start to the morning!

Painted Brown Easter Eggs
Painted Brown Eggs

More Easter egg decorating ideas:

Naturally Dyed Eggs Go Ombre

Remember these colorful beauties from last year? We

dye Easter eggs naturally

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Who knew that Easter egg dye kits are only an American

A Beautiful Wooden Play Gym for Less | The Ikea Leka Hack

Ikea Leka Play Gym Hack
Before we ever had kids, I vowed that our living room would never look like Babies R Us on crack. I truly believed (and still do!) that you can chose a few beautiful, well made toys for your babies that won’t be an eyesore in the room.

So I wasn’t going to give in to the bright, loud, and obnoxious play gym phenomenon. There are some truly gorgeous wooden play gyms available, (like this, this, and this) but most were a bit more than I wanted to spend. I had seen the Ikea Leka Play Gym a few times and it was definitely the best bang for the buck as far as wooden play gyms go. It was just a little too primary for my taste.

But it was wooden, which I wanted, a nice clean shape, which I liked, and I just so happened to come across one on the classified section of my mother’s group. I figured I could throw a little paint over the bright colors and it would be exactly what I was looking for.

My husband, who loves color, tried to talk me out of painting it. But I won him over when I reminded him that newborns can only see in black and white, so we would be helping her development by painting it. Or something like that.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of the process. Partly because I wasn’t really sure how it was going to turn out. And partly because it took forever.

I first cut the strings that held the hanging toys together. Then I unscrewed the base pieces from the main piece. So far, so good.

Then I tried, unsuccessfully, for a very long time to remove the spinning plastic toys from either side of the main piece. I asked my husband to do it for me, and after a lot of cursing and prying and sawing, he managed to get them off. (There has to be an easier way!) I had planned on painting these, too, then reattaching them, but the removal process did a bit of damage to them, so into the trash they went.

After I had the entire thing apart, I laid out the pieces and painted some of them black and some of them white using no-voc paints. It took 3-4 coats of paint since the colors were so vibrant, and it was tricky getting both sides evenly painted. Add in the drying time and I was still working on it days later.

Putting it back together was super easy. Once everything was completely dry, I reattached the base pieces to the main piece. then used some natural cotton cord to reattach the hanging toys.

It may have taken me about 10 times longer than I had anticipated, but didn’t it turn out beautifully?

Ikea Leka Play Gym Makeover
Ikea Leka Hack
Ikea Leka Play Gym Makeover
Ikea Play Gym Makeover