Our Little Pumpkin



Happy Halloween!!! It's Maura's first real holiday! Even though we didn't get her a costume (Are we the worst parents ever? She's only 7 weeks!!), she did receive two cute Halloween outfits as gifts.

She wore the first one (from Gymboree) to our neighborhood outdoor Halloween party. Here she is in her car seat/stroller on our way out the door and up the block.

{without cute pumpkin hat}

{with cute pumpkin hat that's a little too big}

On a side note, this was the day after she smiled for real for the first time!!! What a gift! It's so fun to see/make her smile now:)

The second cute holiday get up was an orange "My 1st Boo" onesie and matching jack-o-lantern hat (we added a pair of stylish infant jeans). Every week I've been taking a picture of Maura in her Pottery Barn kids bunny chair (just like Nicole and Eleanor from Making it Lovely or Sherry, John and Clara from Young House Love) to document how fast she's growing.

I've discovered that taking good photos of a newborn is not as easy as it sounds/looks. I suppose I should get a better camera. But I also need a kid who will sit still for a few minutes. And I need more hours in the day. And if it could be sunny during her happy, alert time that would help too:)

Hope you had a great Halloween weekend! Any advice for colicky babies?

The Nursery: Progress Part V



Well, our little Maura Catherine is 6 weeks old (wow, time is flying!!) but I never finished sharing with you guys the pics of her nursery before she made her appearance:)

If you've been following along, you'll remember that I still had to frame and hang my 19th century hand-colored vintage botanical prints that I bought at the Brimfield Antique Show this year. I knew I wanted to put them above Maura's dresser/changing table. Here was that wall before the prints:

And after:

The prints are only 5 x 7, but I wanted to fill the wall and make them a definite focal point, so I chose large scale frames with a wide double mat.

At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep the actual frames black. I thought about painting them (white or maybe some sort of subtle green), but then once they were up I a) got lazy and b) liked how the black picked up on the dark knobs of the dresser and oil-rubbed bronze drapery rods. WDYT? Are they ok black?

I also changed the styling of the dresser and added my letterpress type that spells "play" (also from Brimfield) and updated the "Sneak Peak" frame with one of Maura's real ultrasounds.

I still have 2 more things I want to do in here before I am technically 100% done. Not sure how soon those will happen though. I still at some point want to do a big nursery post with all the pics and a source list. Stay tuned. Hope everyone had a great weekend:)

To see the rest of the nursery progress, check out the before pics here, and during here, here, here, and here.

Fall Ledge Shelves



Hi! Happy Columbus Day:) Hope everyone is having a great long weekend!

Here's the other spot, besides my mantel and foyer bookcase, that I make sure to decorate for the seasons. I'm really liking this combo of warm and cool colors for fall.

Fall Mantel and Entryway Bookcase



Hi! Thank you so much everyone for all your well wishes on the birth of our daughter!! Can't say enough how important and special all your wonderful comments and support have been throughout this exciting time in our lives!

Also, sorry that I've been totally MIA. Hope you'll bear with me as I navigate the murky waters of new motherhood while still trying to keep up with reading blogs and writing posts...and showering and eating and doing laundry:)

Somehow it's October. What?! How did this happen? While Paul stayed home and watched Maura this weekend, I headed out on my annual trip to the local nursery to get some pumpkins, gourds and other seasonal stuff to decorate the house for fall with. I always go with an open mind and not a plan. I just like to be inspired by whatever I find when I'm there, and then when I get home I cross my fingers and hope that it all works.

This year I really loved the small striped pumpkins. I also found one green pumpkin and grabbed a green and white gourd because I knew it would be better when I got home and started to arrange to have two things with green in them as opposed to one. On the way to the cash register with my wheelie cart/wagon full, I spied some random dried berry branches that were really pretty and would add some nice height to whatever I came up with.

And here's how the mantel turned out:

For the bookcase in our foyer, I used some of the real pumpkins I had left and combined them with some of the fall decor I've had in past years, like this bundle of wheat I made and the wooden vice from the early 1920s that I bought on my first trip to the Brimfield Antique Show.

I'm linking this up to the DIY Project Parade over at Roeshel's the DIY Show Off. Head over there to check out tons of fall related DIY projects. Also, I'm a little late for the Nester's Fall Mantel Party, but I'm linking up anyways! If you need fall mantel inspiration, this is the place to go. Thanks for having us, ladies.

Have you guys put up your fall decor yet?

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