Glimpses of Adeline’s Nursery

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This room is by far my favorite in our house. When decorating I try to keep things from being too girly since I share the place with my husband, who isn’t the biggest fan of florals and fluffy pillows, but this room gave me full permission to girl it up. 😉

This room has been many things so far – a guest room, an office when I worked at home for my previous job, a storage space for instruments and music/office for my current job, etc. And although its primary purpose is now a nursery, we didn’t want to lose the space as a guest room because our families live so far from us. It’s always been important to have spaces for them to stay when they visit! Thankfully it’s a pretty big room, so Adeline still gets to have most of it to herself!

I hunted for the perfect dresser for quite some time… and by hunted, I mean literally looked everywhere for the perfect piece that didn’t break the bank. I got this dresser, nightstand, “let’s have an adventure box,” horse wall art and bookshelf from The Robin’s Egg, an awesome local antique home decor store that I scour pretty much weekly for new finds.

The changing table is my old desk, disguised by Duck Egg Blue Annie Sloan chalk paint – something I’d been wanting to do for ages but had put off because I was intimidated. For all of you wannabe furniture painters out there, do it! It was soo easy, especially with the help of some friends :). I still need to do the final waxing piece to finish it off (thanks Adeline for surprising us so early!!), but it looks great as is until I get it done.

Those same amazing friends helped me take the leap into making my own curtains!! And by helping me take the leap, I mean basically doing it for me. Thanks again, guys!! I ordered the fabric from (exact print here) and my lovely friend Angela spent several hours ironing on stitch witchery to make them come to fruition! I’m so glad we went with this fun, colorful pattern. It adds so much to the space!

Finally, one of my favorite parts of the room is the rocking horse. Jacob’s grandfather made it for him after he was born and his grandma shipped it to us a couple years ago all the way from Oregon! It’s so special that Adeline will get to play on the same rocking horse her dad did, made by her great-grandpa!

Wondering where we found something?

Crib – Walmart / Mobile – The Glittered Barn / Crib sheets – handmade by friend / Curtains –, then handmade / Dresser, Nightstand, Bookshelf, Horse Wall Art, Let’s Have an Adventure Box – The Robin’s Egg / Bloom & Grow poster – Winsome Easel / Antlers, Pink Flower Wall Art, Shadow Box, House shaped ShelfTarget / Other frames, baskets on wall, blue drawers on dresser – HomeGoods / Rocking chair – free from church / Lamps – Goodwill / Blocks – handmade gift / Changing table (desk) – Target

How I made $350 this year by selling our JUNK

How I made $350 this year by selling our junk

I’m not sure if it’s nesting or what, but I’ve become obsessed with decluttering our lives this year… And when possible, making money while I do it.

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It started with ThredUp (aff link: if you sign up with my link, you get $10 to spend and so do I!). I’m notorious for “cleaning out my closet.” And by cleaning, I mean bagging up a bunch of clothes I no longer wear and then letting that bag sit up against the wall in our bedroom for 6 months because I’m too lazy to take it to Plato’s or Goodwill. Enter ThredUp. They literally send you a trash bag sized mailing envelope for you to pack your clothes inside and they pay for the shipping to return it to them! So I stuffed my clothes in the bag, actually made it to the post office and off they went!

Then I made $54.50 in PayPal cash. Score.

And it continued with eBay. How many of y’all had wedding showers where you received multiples of items you couldn’t return? We sure did. And I kept them, of course, telling myself I’d re-gift them at other showers…. Which turned into those pesky things sitting in our spare closet for the past 3 years. Ugh… Anyone else?!

Well, I got brave and made a few eBay listings. And they sold!!!

I made another $66.71 from selling perfectly usable items that had been simply taking up space in our lives. Win.

And then I learned about Amazon’s trade in program (aff link). How have you all kept this secret from me all these years?! Amazon will buy your DVDs, books and electronics in exchange for Amazon gift cards. Yes. Please. We have so many DVDs and books we won’t ever watch or read again that just take up space.

So I logged on and got rid of 20 DVDs and 1 textbook for $36.37.

It wasn’t much, and honestly I was a bit disappointed with the dollar return on this one, but something is better than the NOTHING I had before, right? And having less stuff has been so freeing to me. Unfortunately Amazon didn’t take most of our books, so I stumbled upon and found a few other sites that would buy our books!

I ended up using Powell’s and and sold 10 more books for $18.57!

They also paid for shipping so, again, I’m getting paid and GETTING RID OF STUFF I DON’T NEED! Ugh, I could just cheer myself on right now I’m so excited.

And, finally, I ventured to CraigsList. It was scary, but I did it anyway.. And I’m so glad! Believe it or not, I won an Instagram loop giveaway a couple months ago (I know, right?! I kind of thought those were scams but I guess not!;)) and accumulated some things I loved and some things I didn’t need, including a stroller and FitBit. I listed the stroller on CraigsList and sold the FitBit on good ole Facebook!

I made $165 off those guys.

So, for a grand total…. $54.50 + $66.71 + $36.37 + $18.57 + $165 = $341.15!!!

The minimalist and financial planner in me has been having a blast finding ways to make a little money and clear some space around here! Have you tried any of these methods? What about other options? I’d love to know how it goes! For example, I’ve wondered about PoshMark… Anyone tried it?

The aftermath of the holidays and TRUE pregnancy stereotypes

I took down all of our Christmas stuff on Wednesday this week and I just about started full-blown nesting. All these things they tell you about pregnancy that you are tempted to scoff at when you aren’t pregnant (and swear you’ll never do them yourself)? They are true.

Pregnancy brain? True.
Nesting? True.
Becoming obsessed with your unborn child? True.

After putting our regular decorations back in order, I listed some bakeware on eBay to sell, bagged up clothes to sell on ThredUp, returned a game to Amazon, cleaned out the junk drawer in the kitchen (we all have one of those, right??), cleaned underneath the sink, cleaned the refrigerator and reorganized our lightbulb and battery storage. What a fun way to use my vacation time this week, right? 😉

On today’s agenda, I plan on cleaning out our book and DVD collections and sifting through the closets to see what else I can get rid of to make room for this baby. There’s something about purging that just makes you feel so clean.

Today’s thankful list:
– Our vacation week between Christmas and New Year
– Slow, quiet mornings sipping chai tea and reading
– My parents visiting for Christmas
– Lazy afternoons binge watching Suits with Jacob
– The ways God has been shaping my heart to find contentment in him no matter our circumstances

Happy New Year!

DIY Natural Lace & Berry Wreath

I have a really fun collab for you today. Madison from The Wetherills Say I Do Blog and I decided we needed to do some serious Christmas crafting this year. So we put our heads together, sort of, and challenged each other to make some Christmas decor with lace!

Madison got all crafty and made these gorgeous ornaments from the lace on her wedding dress! What a keepsake, right?! I went down my normal route and realized I didn’t have an outdoor Christmas wreath to hang! Seeing as it’s already December 11th, it’s time to get some outdoor decor happening over here!

My wreath is super simple, which is my favorite kind. Here’s all you need:

+ Evergreen wreath
+ Fake berries
+ Extra Lace

Unwrap the berries (if yours come in packaging like mine do!) and string around the wreath. If your berries come in more stick-like form, try twisting them around, or grouping them in bunches (like THIS wreath!).

Once you secure the berries around the wreath, you can start playing with the lace! I did not glue the berries to the wreath, but depending on how you bought them, it might be helpful to use some hot glue to secure them.

I have a weird thing for simple, mostly natural-looking wreaths, so I’m kind of an easy wreath craft gal. And that means we are almost done, y’all. The final piece is tying the lace onto the top. I unrolled the entire roll of lace, then doubled it over so it was folded evenly in half.

So the loop is at the top, I pulled the lace through the middle of the wreath, behind the top and around the front. Then I slipped the ends through the loop to pull it all the way through. It’s hard to both explain and take pictures of this part, so just bear with me.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Madison’s post on her DIY Wedding Dress Lace Ornament.

Other wreath tutorials you may enjoy:
+ Fabric Flower Wreath
+ DIY Springy Wreath
+ The Easiest DIY You’ve Ever Seen (Now challenged by this one I’d say…)
+ Christmas Ornament Wreath

Happy crafting!

The Best Handmade Shops YOU Should be Gifting this year

You guys, can you just scroll up again and look at all the photos of these gorgeous handmade pieces one more time?! My favorite part about being a creative is that we can make things, and I love even more when people get to make things for their livelihood!

The prints and decor items pictured above are all handmade by some seriously talented people – people who love what they do and what they make. I wanted to highlight some of them for you, to tell you a bit more about them/their shop AND a few of them have offered special discounts for you all!!

Check them out:

1 //  Winsome Easel

Kristin is the creative mind (and hands!) behind her lovely prints. She is actually from the town we moved from and our circles of friends overlapped, so we saw each other quite a bit. We even worshiped together at the same church! She is a lovely, inspiring woman of God on a mission and you could spend hours drooling over every time in her shop. She sells prints, pennant banners, custom invitations and beautiful woodcuts, all graced by her hand-lettered magic.

The heart behind her shop, so whimsically named Winsome Easel, is that she believes beautiful words and authentic relationships can transform this world. She wants to give you a visual reminder of words we know to be true, but sometimes forget. And she wants to help us celebrate the events and moments of life that make us filled to the brim with joy.

You can check out her shop and follow her on social media here:

2 // Ruffled Paper

Jess, the mastermind behind Ruffled Paper and all of its adorableness, and I kind of “go way back” in the blogging world. She has advertised on 34 Magnolia Street (I think even when it used to be The Albrechts Blog?!) and we’ve stayed in touch off and on since then. I’ve LOVED her prints for a long time – she has such a variety and they are so fun.

The “be brave” print of hers really strikes a chord with me because it seems like as twenty-somethings, we have to be brave to survive! We’re all in this weird tension between wanting to do great things, but not being quite there yet… we’ve got to be brave to make those dreams a reality. She also sent me her “don’t let the muggles get you down” print, which I just think is adorably hilarious.

** You can use the code MAGNOLIASTREET to get 20% off her prints now through 1/20/2015!**
You can check out her shop and follow her on social media here:

3 // Opus & Verse

Barbara was so fabulous to work with throughout this process – you can tell she truly loves what she does. To see a little glimpse into who she is, check out her very own words about starting her shop:

“I love maps! Truly, everything about them — the vintage color combinations, the intricate details, the names of the cities and countries, the unending possibilities they represent. I have been working with maps since I started my first Etsy shop — Magpie and Max — back in 2011, where I make banners and other decor from vintage maps, vintage books and vintage sheet music.

But with Opus and Verse, I wanted to do something more artistic and keep the maps intact. I started by making a few as gifts for friends — travelers, new moms, fellow map-lovers. The response was great and I knew I had to start separate shops for these prints. I enjoy the process of creating each one and love it so much when my customers send me photos of their prints in place at their home, especially in nurseries and children’s rooms. I also love making custom prints for people, so they have just the right wording and map for their space. I always use REAL vintage maps and not photocopies or prints, because I think there’s a real difference in the quality and feel of the piece when the maps are authentic.”

**You can use the code OPUS2014 to get 25% off your entire purchase now through 12/31/2014!**
You can check out her shop here:

4 // The Rustic Orange

Annette seems like such a vibrant lady, from the brief conversations and Instagram stalking I may or may not have done once she agreed to work with me… ;).

But seriously, her pieces are oh, so adorable! I’d encourage all of y’all to check her out on Instagram, since her Etsy shop is on hold until she gets through her next craft show! Despite her Etsy break, be sure to visit her shop and “heart” it, so you can get updates! It’s stalk full of adorably inspiring and I-need-this-now pieces.

This little wooden, glittery, encouraging block has added the perfect bright touch to our dining area!

You can check out her shop and follow her on social media here:

5 // Ace Avenue

Rachel and Drew are the creatives behind their stunning handcrafted wooden signs, knives and furniture. I’ve been eyeing those signs for a while now (haven’t you seen them all over Pinterest?!) and jumped at the chance to partner with them! The inspiration for their shop comes out of their desire to share the hope, comfort and love they’ve found in Christ.

Decorating our home with reminders that Christ is truly all we need is one of my goals because, despite the glaring beauty of that truth, it’s too hard for us to forget! I adore this rustic sign Rachel made us.

**You can use the code MAGNOLIA for 15% off their shop now through 11/30/14!**
You can check out their shop here:

6 // Naptime Diaries

Jess and her team at Naptime Diaries have been such an inspiration to me for a looonggg time. Her work is beautiful, and she has such a heart for encouraging women in their dreams, but also in where you are right now. Because sometime life is just straight up hard.

If you’re looking for inspiration – this is your stop. Check out her blog and her shop, and then go spend some time in the Word. Because you’ll want to.

**You can use the code MAGNOLIA for 15% off now through 11/30/14!**
You can check out her shop and follower her on social media here:

Phew, I hope you loved these prints and decor items as much as I do! It has been such a pleasure to share these shops with you because I’m a big believer in chasing big dreams, even when it’s scary. All of these ladies (and men!) are chasing their dreams in ways that inspire me to dig deeper into my own.

I hope you’ll feel that same little push in your heart. Also, I hope you feel that little push to go check out some of these great entrepreneurs! They deserve a few seconds of your awe today 🙂

P.S. HAPPY FRIDAY Y’ALL!! Let’s celebrate for a second.

Bedroom Facelift

Our bedroom has been the least decorated room in our house ever since we moved in. I’ve had the piece that hangs above our bed since our first apartment, so that has been the lone decoration in our bedroom since we moved in last April. How sad is that?!

Jacob even said something to me the other day. While getting ready one morning, he said, “You know, I think we need to get some things on the walls in here…” I know that when he actually says that, it’s the darn truth!

Jacob took a student on a college visit trip last week, and while he was gone I did a little rearranging. He’s never surprised when he comes home from a trip to see either new additions to our apartment, or everything we have just in a new place. 😉

I received this beautiful Scripture Bunting from December Caravan (owned by Rebecca who blogs at Caravan Sonnet!), and it took me a few days to decide where I wanted to hang it. The gorgeous colors match several rooms in my house, but when I walked into our bedroom, it clicked. I moved our dresser to the wall you see above, hung the print I’ve had for a few months and wah-lah! Perfection.

This little corner is now one of my favorites in our entire house! I walk into our bedroom and just smile. When I’m digging through my jewelry drawer in the morning to get ready, I am reminded, “Rest in the Lord. He makes things secure.” – Psalm 16:9. I need that reminder often, friends. It’s so easy to find my hart wandering off to find un-restful “rest” elsewhere.

December Caravan has all sorts of beautiful Scripture buntings, even seasonal options for this Christmas! Check Rebecca’s shop, and you can use the code MAGNOLIASTREETFRIEND for 15% off.

Happy shopping!!