Introducing Snuggle Up Buttercups

Introducing Snuggle Up Buttercups | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Guys, I’m so excited to be sharing this today.  There have been big things going on behind the scenes here.  And they involved stacks of cuddly fabric, lots of hours behind the sewing machine, and one tiny product tester getting a whole lot of snuggles.

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I temporarily closed my Etsy shop before little man was born.  I was still selling wine decor and signs, which had started to feel very much like something from my past.  There was no passion left in it for me.  And with a second baby on the way, I decided to take a break.  For months, I didn’t have the time, the energy or the desire to create.

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And then, one day, this second time mama discovered a problem.  And no amount of googling produced an answer or a product that could fix it.  So I decided to create one myself.

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Snuggle Up Buttercups was born.  It’s an innovative line of new blankets that are perfectly sized, simply designed, totally snuggly, mom-made and kiddo-approved.  Super soft and cozy blankets in patterns that moms love, that actually fit on carseats and in strollers without falling onto dirty floors, security blankets in darling patterns without random animal heads, and toddler blankets in chic prints that fit their laps in the stroller.

Introducing Snuggle Up Buttercups | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

We just opened and new items are being added regularly!  You can follow along on our Facebook and Instagram accounts for more fun.  Or shop today with code OPENED for free shipping this week only!

Baby Boy’s Nursery Reveal | Blue, Grey and White Nursery

Baby Boy's Nursery Reveal | Blue, Grey and White Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You’ve watched it come together over the last few months, but this is it.  The official reveal of our sweet baby boy’s nursery {and two months after his birth…#newmom #lazy blogger}!  It was such a labor of love to put together this sweet little room for baby C.  As soon as we found out we were having a boy, I started thinking and planning.  I wanted it to be sweet and “baby” but still a masculine, with a touch of a beachy vibe, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.  While he’s not in his room yet, it’s still so fun to use it every day now for diaper and clothes changes, rocking and just hanging out.

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As with little S’s room, I didn’t really want a “theme” as much as a color scheme and an overall feel.  I love the way the light blue, grey and white came together…the colors and the subtle beachy-ness are so calming and I just feel relaxed every time I walk in to change him or sit down in the rocking chair.

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If you’ve been following along, you know that most of the furniture is old or garage sale refurbished pieces {see below for the list of tutorials}.  The crib is from Costco and all bedding and other linens are from Target, but we salvaged and re-did almost everything else!  It was so nice to have a backyard and a garage to do projects in this time around {we were in an apartment for most of my pregnancy with S}.

Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites DIY Pallet Shelves | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I know I’ve said this before but I love the Target linens and I honestly wanted to take and shoot all of the different sheets on the crib because they’re so sweet.  We bought Pottery Barn for little S and I couldn’t tell the difference between the quality of those sheets and the backups we bought for her at Target, so we went Target all the way this time around {not sponsored by them…although I would love to be!  Target?  You in??}.

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Want to try one of the projects yourself?  Check out the links below to each of the tutorials.
Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So Free Print | DIY Pallet Shelves | Free Printable Gallery Wall

Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables

Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Our little guy’s nursery just wouldn’t be complete without some cute prints for the gallery wall.  I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a print-a-holic, and I’m especially partial to the free printables that pop up on Pinterest {follow me here}.  Because, free.  How often does free home decor happen?  Not very often, people.

At first I pinned around casually and then scoured the internet until I found the perfect additions to our baby boy’s grey and blue room.  I wanted them to be sweet, but also a little masculine and boyish.  There was only one that I felt the need to make myself, and I’m pretty stoked with how that one turned out too.

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I spray painted these frames white because I had the paint and Target only had one of the white ones after I checked a million times.  I love the look of non-uniform frames in most of my other rooms, but for some reason the vision I had for this room was more clean and I wanted everything to match.  And once I get something weird like that in my head, there’s no turning back.

The letters came from Jo Ann back in the summer when they had all of the nautical stuff, but I’m sure you could replicate something similar with some unfinished wood letters and a nice stain.

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Links to download each of the free prints are below, and I pinned a bunch more on my baby boy Pinterest board if you need others too!

I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So
Initial Print {customizable!}
Be Brave Little One
I’ll Love You Forever
Feathers
ABC’s Eye Love You
Let Him Sleep
Little Love
Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

There isn’t much to this tutorial, but I threw this together the other day and just had to share!  As I’ve mentioned, we’re rearranging the whole house in anticipation of baby #2.  So when the office/craft room became the guest room/office, we had furniture and shelving that had to be moved.

Once we popped the shelves up above the desk {which will remain unpictured because it’s ridiculously messy and I wasn’t motivated enough to clean it for photos…or to take photos that were well lit enough…#sorryimnotsorry #lazyandpregnant}, there was just a weird gap in between that I knew I had to fill in somehow.

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And somehow for me always ends up being photos because how can you not love them?  Photos are everything to me…I try to take at least one photo a day of my munchkin on my phone {have you heard of the Collect app? It organizes them all for you…I’ve been doing it every day since she was born!}, and as long as I get Hubby on board, I take professional photos whenever I can.  It might be because I don’t have the most spectacular memory, but I feel like photos are the best way to capture life and hold on to it forever.

Anyway.  Back to the mini project.  I realized I had jute left over from making my rustic mason jars and some fun mini clothespins from the holidays {I’m pretty sure they sell them at Target, Joann and Michaels} and all I needed was some push pins and a few of my favorite photos.

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I did some online research and found out that Walgreens will print Instagram photos for you for 39 cents each {and they often run coupon codes for cheaper}.  You can pick them up in the store for free!  You have to trim them when you get them, but it was worth it for this whole project costing about $3.50.  And now that I know, I can switch them out whenever I feel like it without breaking the bank.

So overall it was a cheap and easy project that puts a smile on my face every time I walk into the room.  Total win.

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

PS No sponsored content in this post!  Just sharing the love and the ideas! 

Quick Pillow Covers | Beginner Sewing Tutorial

Quick Pillow Cases | Easy Sewing Tutorial

When we moved into the house we were expecting baby #1.  Naturally, one room became her nursery, one became a never-really-perfected guest bedroom and the last became a craft room and office.  I’m not going to lie, baby #2 was always in the back of my brain, and for that reason, I never really put too much time into the other rooms.  I hoped that the day would come when everything was going to have to change, and now that day is here.

So we’re in the crazy process of re-doing rooms and re-shuffling furniture {I am nesting on twelve right now, my friends}.  The guest room is becoming baby boy’s nursery and the craft room slash office is becoming a guest room slash office.

Quick Pillow Cases | Easy Sewing Tutorial

Let’s take a moment of silence for my craft room, craft bench and craft supplies.  Tear.  Everything has been reorganized into delightful bins, which is totally my jam, but I have a feeling I’m not going to have quite as much time for crafting in the upcoming months.  Or {fingers crossed knock on wood} this kid will be an awesome sleeper like his sister and I’ll continue to use my dining room table as a craft space.

So back to the rooms.  I had some old pillows that my mom had given to us when we moved in that I threw on the trundle bed with an old quilt and called it a day.  Not my best work.  Now that we’re re-doing the room, I’m putting a little more time and energy into making it more “me” as baby #3 is a concept that will probably only live in my daydreams and Hubby’s nightmares {maybe not that extreme but you get the picture}.

Quick Pillow Cases | Easy Sewing Tutorial

I started by picking up this bedding on sale at Target at an unbelievably cheap price and immediately realized that the brown toned pillows weren’t going to cut it.  A quick trip to JoAnn and a quick nap time sewing project later, the pillows have a whole new life, as does the bed.  I still think it needs a little something, but that’ll be another project for another day.

Fear not sewing rookies.  This is an easy one.  And it’s in total lay terms so don’t judge me experts.  This is for me and my fellow newbies.

Supplies
Old pillows to cover
Fabric {I used a yard of the grey for the smaller pillows and 1.5 yards of the yellow for the bigger pillows}
Coordinating thread
Sewing machine

How To…
{photos below}

  1. Lay out the pillow on top of the fabric and cut a piece so that there’s about 3-4″ on either side and enough fabric to fold over the whole pillow top to bottom.  Iron all of the fabric and iron the bottom edge up so you have about a 1/2 inch seam.
  2. Sew along the seam to keep it down
  3. Lay the fabric down so the good side {the pattern side} is up.  Center your pillow on it.  Fold up the seamed side first, and then the raw side on top of it {when you flip it inside out you want the seam to be on top so that’s what you see}.
  4. Pinch the fabric so that you can see how much you need based on the puffiness of the pillows.  Then place a pin in each corner and where the fabric comes together in the middle, giving yourself about an inch of extra room.  Carefully slip the pillow out and adjust your pins as needed.
  5. Sew a straight line down each side, using your pins as a guide.
  6. Turn your new pillow case inside out, poke out the corners with your finger or a knitting needle, and voila!  A pillow case, ready to stuff!

Quick Pillow Cases | Easy Sewing Tutorial

 

 

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign Tutorial + Free Silhouette Cut File

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign Tutorial + Free Silhouette Cut File

Can we just start with a quick *holy smokes it’s September*?!?  I can’t believe it.  Well, partially because it still feels like summer most of the time here.  But mostly because September means fall which becomes Halloween which becomes Thanksgiving which becomes Christmas which becomes New Years and I feel like I always go from September 1 to January 10 in the blink of an eye.  And this year, we’re adding a new baby to the mix so…holy smokes.

Ok, back to the task at hand.  Part of the awesomeness of September is that on Labor Day weekend, I break out my fall decorations {my second favorite decorations to Christmas} and redo the whole house.  Which is one of my very favorite activities.

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In anticipation of this {and thanks to the flutter of fall on Pinterest…follow me here}, I decided we needed just an extra little piece of fall decor.  But for free.  Because with two coming up in diapers, we need all the free we can get.  And then I remembered the sign.  Let me tell you a little story.

Once upon a time there was a sign.  It was an adorable little sign that I made for our very first apartment, and was one of my very first forays into the world of crafting.  I slaved over it to design the perfect look, find the perfect paint colors, and make everything look just right.  I hung it in our little home over our wine fridge and was so proud.

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign Tutorial + Free Silhouette Cut File

The sign read “‘Wine is bottled poetry’ by Robert Lewis Stevenson.”  Which was perfect.  Until I, being a former English major and current perfectionist, realized that it’s Robert Louis Stevenson.  #fail

So the sign got tossed in a closet and moved from one apartment to the other and finally into our home with the intention to fix the minor issue.  And then we became parents and toned down the wine related decor, and with the movement of rooms and such for the new baby, the sign almost got tossed in the trash.  Except I can’t handle wasting a good piece of wood.  Especially when the hanging bracket is already installed.  And September is here so I’m already itching to pull down my fall decorations.

So, while the kid napped, I gave the sign a quick coat of primer and then a coat of white and started in again.  And came up with this sign.  Which I’m now totally obsessed with.  And it was free.  The end.

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign Tutorial + Free Silhouette Cut File

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign Tutorial + Free Silhouette Cut File

Download the cut file HERE and use the tutorial below to make one of your own!

Supplies
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette adhesive vinyl, hook tool and transfer paper
1 piece of wood, approx 11.25″ x 18″
Paint in whatever colors you want for the sign {I used white spray paint for the background and a chocolate brown brown flat paint sample for the lettering}
Sponge brush for lettering
Opt: hanging bracket for the back of the sign

How To…

{photo tutorial below}

1) Spray paint wood with two coats background color and let dry completely {if you’re going over an old sign, use a coat of primer first}
2) Download the cut file to your Silhouette software and cut the adhesive vinyl
3) Use the hook tool to pick out the lettering
4) Roll transfer paper over the top of the vinyl and transfer the top (sticky) layer to the transfer paper
5) Lay vinyl, sticky side down, on the wood and press to adhere.  Slowly and carefully remove transfer paper.  Now you have your stencil adhered to the wood!
6) Use sponge brush to lightly dab small amounts of paint in lettering colors over your stencil.
7) Once all letters have been painted, remove silhouette vinyl stencil.  Let dry completely.
8) If necessary, touch up with a small paint brush.
9) Opt: Install hanging bracket

Enjoy!

Welcome, Fall | DIY Sign + Free Silhouette Cut File

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DIY Pallet Shelves | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial

DIY Pallet Shelves | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I’m done with the furniture refinishing, but I wanted to share these fabulous shelves today that Hubby and I put together for baby boy’s nursery.  I’m totally stoked with how they turned out from an old pallet that we had lying around the garage and a few little pieces of wood.  I’m using a lot of soft colors, and feel like they give the room a little bit more of a masculine feel.

Shout out to Hubby for doing the majority of the heavy lifting on this one.  As much as I’m up for the down and dirty projects, I just don’t feel like using some power tools when I’m this pregnant is the best idea.  Or using some power tools ever.  Let’s be honest, I’m kind of a klutz and I feel like I’m most handy when I have all ten fingers at my disposal.

DIY Pallet Shelves | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Supplies
Wood pallet
Circular saw to cut pallet
1″x3″ pieces to form the bottom of the shelves
Kreg Jig for pocket hole screws to insert bottom shelves
2″ pocket hole screws to insert bottom shelves
Spray paint
Drywall anchors to fasten to the wall

How To…

  1. Make cuts in the pallet with the circular saw for the number of shelves that you need
  2. Purchase cut pieces or cut pieces of  1″ x 3″ wood to fit into the bottom of the pallet
  3. Use a Kreg Jig and 2″ pocket hole screws to fasten the wood pieces in the bottom of each shelf
  4. Spray paint shelves, using at least two coats and letting it dry entirely in between each coat
  5. Fasten into the wall using drywall anchors
  6. Opt: Depending on what you’re putting in them, you may want to pad the inside with some extra fabric or even tissue paper so that everything sits at the right height

Love this?  Check out more work on our nursery:
Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So Free Print

DIY Pallet Shelves | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

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No Sand Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery

Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

When I bought the cheap dresser from the last post, the lady messaged me at the last minute to ask if I wanted a couple of nightstands too.  You know, for $5 each.  Like I can refuse that kind of a deal.

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At first I thought that this one was going to end up in our new spare bedroom slash office.  But half way in, I realized how cute it would be with the remaining light blue paint on the top, so I went with it.  And then it totally belonged with the other pieces in the nursery, so it has now become the “rocking chair table” where the nursing supplies, books, etc. will live.

Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I think this is the last of the refinish jobs for a while, although I still have a couple of nursery projects to share.  I’m so stoked with how they all turned out and now in love with Zinsser Primer Spray Paint and ready to refinish pretty much everything else that I own.  Because the real reason I’ve hesitated in the past is because sanding is just the worst, and now that it’s not an issue, I’m all in.

Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

This was a simple job…no tutorial required.  Just spray with the primer and dry, coat with white spray paint on the bottom half and dry, brush on the blue on top and use a tiny brush to brush the blue knob.  Donezo.  After the other dressers, this was a walk in the park.

Love this?  Check out more work on our nursery: Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So Free Print

Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

This poor little boy.  The last piece of furniture that I told you about was a free curb dresser, and this one was a $40 broken down old dresser I bought off some random on Facebook and roped my younger brother into going to pick up in a neighboring town {the before picture is off of the manufacturer’s website…so imagine it with a wood piece missing, dirty brassy knobs and tons of dings}.  Hubby fixed it, I refinished it, we moved it into his room, and I decided I didn’t really like how it turned out so I redid it again.  Now, I’m actually quite pleased with it.  So I guess it’s not so bad for this kid after all.

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I started by removing the hardware, sanding the whole thing {this was before I learned of the magical Zinsser Primer Spray Paint which would have made the whole process a zillion times easier}, then spray painted it all white and spray painted the hardware silver {I used this one, saving me about $75 on new hardware that I wasn’t crazy about anyway}, and distressed it all over again to give it the rustic look that I’m going for.

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Then, after painting my ombre dresser, I had some of the light blue paint left and I had a lightbulb moment.  I was going to paint the drawers again, this time in blue.  insert hubby shaking his head at me here.  And not only paint, but I was going to *bluewash* it, if you will.  I so loved the whitewash technique that I used for our headboard that I figured, hey, why not try it out with a color?  Worst comes to worst, I would just re-spray paint it white.

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So I took the blue paint in my pan, thinned it out with some water, and brushed it onto the drawers.  Before it could dry completely, I took a paper towel and lightly wiped some of the paint off with the grain of the wood.  And, guys, I’m so stoked about how it turned out.  It’s totally beachy and exactly what I was going for.  And with the contrast of the rest of the newly white, distressed dresser and silver hardware, it’s just perfect in his room.

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Moral of the story?  When you decide to *blue wash* a piece of furniture to re-re-do it and your hubby shakes his head and calls you crazy, ignore him and go for it.  It’ll be totally worth it.

PS Love the print from Where the Wild Things Are?  Download it for free here.

And check out more work on our nursery: Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover

I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So | Free Printable

I'll Eat You Up I Love You So | Free Printable | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I love a good free printable.  It feels a little like Christmas to me every time I’m scrolling through Pinterest {find me here} and find one that would be just perfect in my home.  All you have to do is save, print, and pop it in a frame for an instant, free infusion of home decor.

When I started really getting into the decorating process for the little guy’s room, I gave it some good searches and found so many amazing prints from so many amazing designers and bloggers.  I downloaded my favorites, laid them out, and realized that something was missing.

I'll Eat You Up I Love You So | Free Printable | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

My sweet girl is such a reader, and a fan of Where The Wild Things Are, that whenever I read it, I remembered that I wanted a print that read “I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So.”  Because it’s sweet and amazing and I honestly do want to eat up those chubby baby legs sometimes.  I looked and looked and couldn’t find anything that was just right to match the rest of what I had.  It needed to be simple, sweet and in the perfect colors.

I'll Eat You Up I Love You So | Free Printable | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

So I popped into photoshop and put these puppies together instead.  One for my sweet boy’s light blue and grey room, and one for the girl mamas out there {which I may put up in my toddler’s room too…because she would probably appreciate it more than he will}.

I'll Eat You Up I Love You So | Free Printable | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And, after the last few years of enjoying the beautiful free artwork that others have posted, I feel like it’s time to share some of my own.  Enjoy!

Love this?  Check out more work on our nursery: Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish 

right click or control click {mac} on either image to download.

 

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