Chevron Drawers

I recently completed a quick little DIY project for Lula’s room.  Unfortunately, I can’t find the before pictures of these drawers. I’m missing a memory card and can’t find it anywhere! But, just picture old, chipped paint and basically ugly…

I repainted them all white and then taped off the middle section of each drawer and painted over it with some leftover yellow paint I had.  I also spray painted the knobs with some leftover red spray paint.

Now I have a cute little spot to store Lula’s dress up clothes all for free!

Has anyone else tried painting chevron? It wasn’t too difficult, but I could see lots of math involved if you were wanting to do an entire wall!

Vintage Post: Winter Wreath

Here’s an oldie but a goodie….the winter wreath I made back in 2010. I’m in the process of making another one for this year, but just had to re-post this one because I still love how it turned out!

I recently came across this yarn wreath tutorial and had to try it!  My fall wreath had been hanging on the door for a little too long. This was so cheap and simple to do and I love how it turned out!
I decided not to make it overly “Christmasy” so that I can have it out for most of the winter.
I had never made felt flowers like this before and I really love how they turned out.  I plan to make more using this method and add them to other projects.  I also picked up some of these white berries at Joann’s for $1. I think they really add the finishing touch to the wreath.

RECIPE: Carrot Banana Cupcakes

I’m going to pretend like no one has any cooking to do and desperately needs another recipe to make tomorrow.  Realistically, you can save this one for a rainy day or when you are craving something sweet.  I whipped up these carrot banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting the other day and they are just amazing.

I adapted the recipe from MADE’s carrot cupcakes. I love how she modified it to use a little banana, so I added in a little more banana, lessened the sugar a bit and made my homemade cream cheese frosting.

First, you will want to grate about 4 carrots. (BTW…I love that I can now take pictures of food on my counter top without hiding in shame.)

Mix up your dry ingredients

And your wet ingredients…

Add a brown old banana from the freezer (or your counter…or just a normal banana)

Add the dry to the wet ingredients.  After that is all mixed, add in the carrots.

Fill up your cupcake liners about 3/4 full with an ice cream scoop.

Once they are baked and cooled (350 for about 20min), mix up some cream cheese frosting. It’s just a bar of cream cheese, a little vanilla, confectioner’s sugar and butter.

Spread it on the cooled cupcakes with a knife, or pipe it on. I just put some frosting in a ziplock bag, snipped off a corner and piped it on. Then, my girls added sprinkles of course.

Enjoy! The banana flavor is very subtle, but it’s there. They are so moist and yummy. I just frosted half of them and froze the rest of the batch for another day.

Here’s the full recipe!

Carrot Banana Cupcakes (adapted from MADE)
2 cups grated carrots (about 3-4 large carrots)

1/4 cup oil
1 over ripe banana

1 1/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup lowfat milk mixed with 2 tsp vinegar)

*Heat the oven to 350ยบ.   Mix the flour, soda, salt and cinnamon, set aside.  In a mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil and banana. Add in buttermilk and mix until incorporated. Add in the dry ingredients until mixed.  Add in grated carrots.  Fill cupcake liners 3/4 way full and bake for about 20-22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. (makes about 24 cupcakes)

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz bar cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
4 tbs butter
5-6 cups confectioner’s sugar

*Beat softened cream cheese and butter together until whipped. Add in vanilla and slowly add in confectioner’s sugar until it’s a thick consistency. Spread or pipe on cooled cupcakes.

Kitchen Update: Faux Roman Shade

We are still putting the finishing touches on our kitchen remodel. However, this is actually not the finished product. I decided to make a few tweaks (and it needs to be ironed as you can tell!)

I’ve had this chevron fabric for a few months now and just now have finally made a curtain for the kitchen window. It’s Premier Prints Zoom Zoom Twill in Harmony

Isn’t it just perfect? I’m in love with it. I was going to make a roman shade like my bedroom blinds, but didn’t know how that would work in the space. And realistically I wasn’t going to have it all the way down.

Then, I saw Young House Love’s brilliant faux roman shade and decided to make my own version.

I actually used a tension rod and sewed mine instead of making no sew one like they did.

I will post a full tutorial once I make the final touches. I’m going to shorten it a bit and fix some of the little puckers.

I also may or may not have made a bonus mini curtain for the girls play kitchen! Stay tuned!

I’m Back with an Update!

I’ve been absent this past week because we’ve been in Florida for a youth pastor conference! It was such an amazing time to get away in the sunny weather. I started reading an amazing book…

If you are looking for a good read, I’d highly recommend it. It’s called Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick.
I also have baby news! We found out the day before we left for Florida…
Yes, we are expecting baby GIRL #3! We are honestly so excited to have another little girl. Her sissies are so happy to have another sister. It’s such a weird feeling to know this time around what we will be having. I’m excited to change things up in the nursery. 
I’ve been pinning some nurseries that I like. I’m loving white walls with just a few pops of color. I’m even thinking of painting our crib a fun bright color. Maybe yellow or green? It’s looking a little “worn” after the 2 girls (and we had bought it used after it had already been through 2 kids).
I love the mobile and all the white in this room. If you click over to see more pictures, the art collage is wonderful!
The white on white letters on the wall are so soft and modern! I can’t tell if the walls are truly white or a light gray. Either way, it works!
This room is just so bright and simple. Love the stripes on the ceiling!
I can’t wait to change some things up with paint and fabric for baby girl #3!