Ribba picture ledge DIY bookshelves

I spent the other day organizing Lucca’s bedroom. I bought the Ribba picture ledge from Ikea and turned it into bookshelves. We had an awkward wall in his room between the closet and window. I decided to utilize that space since he doesn’t have a large room.

So easy to do. What you need:
A level
Hammer drill
Ribbed plastic anchors and screws (doesn’t come with ribba ledge)
Tape measure

Also seen in photo Haba tent Neiman Marcus,Monkey toy bag 3 sprouts, giraffe Bellini, rug home goods

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building memories

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The past month has been trying. Sleepless nights, a teething baby (4 teeth now) booking lots of jobs and trying to juggle it all. I have never been a morning person and am starting to learn an except getting up before the sun rises is actually really nice. I find myself looking at the time and thinking I need to go grab lunch or make a phone call but realize its only 9 am which feel like noon by that time. There are moments mid-day I want to crawl back into bed take a nap but can’t cause I have a baby crawling and climbing up everything or laundry to finish. The crawling took me a while to be ok with, not because I have to keep an eye on him getting into everything but because no matter if I just mopped Lucca seems to prove to me I am not that great of a cleaner. And I seem to feel I am failing in the co-sleeping midway through the night. It just seems easier that when I get up to go to my baby and nurse him to sleep the spot next to me in bed is calling his name. And there we sleep next to each other. At the end of the day I don’t want to be hard on myself.

Whether I am sticking to what I said I would do or not do. It doesn’t really matter. In the moments where you feel overwhelmed with motherhood and trying to hold down the fort. What matters is enjoying the ride and living in the moment. We are building memories, for good or bad.

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6 months

Lucca is a little over 6 months and I still am in shock. He finally started sitting!!! yaaa that means more hours on end he can entertain himself. Also now I can capture a different variety if shots other than just lying there. I was messing around with my camera. Have to say i think I did a pretty good job, and i don’t mean the pictures themselves. I mean setting up the blanket, placing the baby on the blanket, keeping him from pulling the grass and eating it, all while figuring out what ISO and f/stop to shoot with. The sun was setting, it was around 5:30pm so I went with 1/500, F5.0 and iso1600.IMGP1460 IMGP1442IMGP1417

Baby’s 1st Christmas

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Well it was our first Christmas with a baby. And we racked our brains on what to buy Lucca for Christmas. Frank wanted to get him a go cart. No seriously. We literally fought back and forth over it for weeks. I’m not against it ever, but thought it would be better for him to receive big gifts like that when the time is right. For now I want to enjoy every moment and not speed anything up.

Santa brought him some stuffed animals, a chevron print gray and white blanket and a monogram chair. Grandma got him a Radio Flyer wagon and I bought him some clothes new clothes since he is quickly outgrowing everything. My dad joined us after Christmas and happened to get Lucca a Radio Flyer rocking horse.

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Some Christmas instagrams

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DIY: Dyeing Onesies

Newborns live in onesies but I have been looking for different solid colored onesies but can’t find any. Lucca goes through so many outfits a day. I don’t like alot of the boys clothing out there so I figured let me dye my own. I went to BuyBuyBaby and bought a bunch of onesies in all different sizes. I then washed them all so that way it would remove any starch and shrink the fabric down to the true sizing.

While I was at it I wanted to dye an Aden + Anais swaddled blanket. I had a couple white ones on hand. Buy you can purchase and cotton white blanket since the Aden + Anais are a little pricey and you may not want to try your first dying experience on one of those. I attempted to do an Ombré effect on mine. Ombré is a French word meaning “to shade” and is often used to describe a dip-dye effect given to fabric in which the shades of color graduate from light to dark.

Dip 1/3 of your fabric in dye of your choice and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes depending on how dark you want your darkest piece of fabric to be.

Then dip the next 1/3 into mix. making sure you are pulling it in and out of bucket so its not just sitting there.Remove fabric from dye bath and wring out excess dye. -Rinse fabric under cool running water, holding the lightest color at the top. This allows the dye to flow through to the darkest area. Then rinse fabric in warm water, until water runs clear. Wash fabric in warm water with detergent. Rinse thoroughly and wring out excess water. Machine dry or hang to dry.

 

 

 
Dyeing Tips
• Make sure the dye is mixed well with the water
• Use a large bowl
• Make sure the water is hot. I bought Navy Blue dye and I waited too long to dip my fabric into the dye. This resulted in having purple onesies instead of Navy Blue
• Make sure your fabric is thoroughly wet and saturated with normal water before dunking it in the dye bath.
• Only rinse and wash fabric with fabrics of the same color for the first few cycles. After a few washings you should be able to wash the dyed items with other clothing as well.