1 Nov

An Exciting Announcement!

I have not been posting as much as I’d like to lately, but I promise I have a good excuse (besides the 3 month old that has been ruling the roost lately!)  I’ve been working hard setting up my Etsy shop, Heart of Hazel!

Heart of Hazel is a labor of love, inspired by my sweet Hazel Mae.  I’ve been making her lots of hair bows and headbands these past few months and have been having so much fun with it, I decided to turn it into a bona-fide little business.  Here’s a sneak peek of some of my creations…

You can browse the full selection on Etsy.  Heart of Hazel also has a Facebook page and Instagram feed featuring special discounts and giveaways, if you’re interested.  I’d love for you to check it out!

10 Jun

Nursery Tour

Ok, my sweets, it’s finally time for the big reveal :)  I’m so excited to share photos of our little girl’s nursery with you.  We’ve spent the last few months painting, DIYing, and putting together furniture and I think it’s officially ready!

Care to take a peek?

I already showed you a sneak peek of my DIY rocking chair project and our painted dresser-turned-changing table, but I am in love with these honeycomb shelves, made by hand by my super talented dad!

I think the best part about being done with the nursery is having all the little necessities organized…

We’re planning on using cloth diapers, but we got these compostable ones for the first couple months while we get into the swing of life with a newborn.  I’m kind of obsessed with how tiny they are!

I tried to keep the feel of the nursery light and airy, but to keep things interesting, I played with lots of different textures.

I sewed the crib skirt myself, but I think my favorite DIY nursery project was the mobile…

Also, how cute are the baby animal pictures by Sharon Montrose?

Overall, I had a great time putting this space together and I’m happy with how it turned out!  I’m sure it’ll adjust and evolve, but for now it feels good to have this big project checked off the to-do list :)

22 May

A Shower for Baby Girl

I think I’ve finally recovered from my baby shower this past Sunday… what a day!  LOTS of women, lots of beautiful details, and lots of love for our sweet babe.  The shower was held at my parent’s house (the same place we got married!) and my mom went all out with the girly cuteness.  She made all of the food and the majority of the decor herself.  Want to see some photos?

{the pom poms over the dessert bar were hand made by my mom!}

{guests left sweet advice and/or wishes for me and baby girl in this “bucket of blessings”}

{decorating the cupcakes was my biggest contribution… confession: this took FOREVER, haha}

{a girly shower wouldn’t be complete without nail polish party favors!}

{me and my sweet momma}

{in this photo, I’m wearing a special labor necklace created from beads brought by our guests… more on that in a future post!}

Now that the shower is over, it really feels like baby girl’s arrival is imminent!  I can’t believe I could give birth in as little as 6 weeks… yikes!!

(P.S. My maternity dress is from ASOS.)

9 Apr

Before and After: Ombre Dresser

Want another little sneak peek of baby girl’s nursery?  Today, I thought I’d share photos of her sweet coral dresser, which was a DIY project inspired by this photo (which I saw ages ago and earmarked for our future nursery instantly!)…

I bought the dresser for $20 on Craigslist because it was the perfect height to double as a changing table.  Still, I knew that it would need some major upgrades in order to be nursery-ready.  I employed my mom for help and we got to work.  Check out the “before” picture, below:

First, I sanded it down so the paint would stick more easily.  Then, we used a white semi-gloss paint to cover the body of the dresser.  I bought a quart of coral paint at Home Depot to use for the drawers, but when we played with a swatch, it turned out to be much too orange.  So we added some red and white paint and created the perfect custom color ourselves!

Like the inspiration photo, we put the darkest shade on the bottom and then kept adding more white as we went up with the drawers.

Once the paint dried (most of it needed two coats) we added the sweet pink glass knobs, which were a clearance find at Pier One— score!

So far, I think this is my favorite piece in the nursery.  I love that it’s girly but not too girly and I can’t wait to find the perfect fabric to use for the changing pad so I can really complete the look.

3 Apr

Before and After: Rocking Chair Makeover

I’m still adding finishing touches to baby girl’s nursery, but I thought I’d share a sneak peek of one of the projects I’ve already completed, if you’d like to see…

In my first trimester when I was so sick, I found that rocking back and forth in the glider at my midwife’s office was very soothing.  I decided that I wanted to get one for the house and I started scouring Craigslist for good deals.

I came across this simple rocking chair and thought it would do the trick, so we snatched it up with the goal of re-covering the cushions.  Here’s a before photo:

The color was a tired mint that was yellowing with age.  I didn’t know the condition of the cushions underneath, so I decided to keep the mint covers and sew right over them.  I chose this grey and white polka dot fabric knowing that we could use it down the line if baby #2 is a boy.

The glider didn’t come with an ottoman, so I searched around for something creative to use.  I found this knitted pouf on sale at Target for $30— score!

Now, to find the perfect throw pillow and I think this project will be complete!