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christmas wrapping paper

Vivi is incredibly excited about wrapping presents this year.  The moment we put up the tree, she was assembling a collection of toys and items from around the house to put under it right away, and she has been asking over and over to wrap some boxes to put under the tree.

christmas wrapping paper

I figured it would be fun to channel this enthusiasm into some wrapping paper making, so I pulled out a roll of black paper I’ve been holding onto from past craft projects, trimmed it down into 36″ x 36″ squares, and laid them out on the floor with some pink and white paint and paintbrushes.  Vivi loved painting whatever came to mind all over them.

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After letting it all, dry, we just trimmed the pieces as needed for wrapping paper.

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She is completely enchanted with all the embellishments of yarn, tassels, miniature trees, and jingle bells.

christmas wrapping paper

It’s almost like the wrapping is just as good as the gift to her.

christmas wrapping paper

Also, I’m pretty crazy about how some of the wrapping paper pieces came out that she painted – I’m tempted to frame one for over the fireplace, they are so cute! At any rate, it’s like having precious little masterpieces under the tree!

christmas wrapping paper


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brittanyMakes"I LOVE this so much! such a fun project to do with the little ones :) "

Kitty"The wrapping is just beautiful, and so special because of all of the enthusiasm and excitement that went in to …"

Colleen N"Love this. Was think about doing the same in whites "


(note: this giveaway is now closed!  Congrats to Susan M., the winner!)

I’m excited to share that Land of Nod is having daily discounts on different toy categories each day until 12/17, and today it’s 20% off dolls and stuffed animals!   (And there is a giveaway in this post, so keep reading so you don’t miss it!) If you were thinking about some of their cuteness for your girls (or your little guy – there are stuffed dinosaurs and other boy stuff, too!), it’s a great time to purchase!  Brigie will be getting that sweet little Avery doll and cradle with this adorable bedding and I can’t wait to give it to her.  She loves taking care of anything cuddly and has been making little beds for her animals out of leftover felt I have in my craft stash, so she’ll be over the moon about this! (also pictured is the Christmas tree pillow!) 

And how sweet is that little pram?  I’m so excited to be offering a giveaway for a pram to one of you – to enter just leave a comment below, and the winner will be announced this Saturday (12/13)!

It’s one of those toys you won’t mind leaving out, because it’s just so lovely.  I also love these sweet unicorns!   They are sweet and cuddly, but still stand up on their own, and I know they will be a big hit with my girls.

So, leave a comment to enter the giveaway, and be sure to check out all the plush cuteness that is 20% off today (12/12 only)!


Jessica Gibson"So pretty! Would you mind telling us where you got the pink Christmas tree...I LOVE it! "

Valerie"The pram is adorable. We're expecting our first and can't wait for afternoon playtimes. "

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sarah b."everything you put together is always so fun and whimsical...i always want to run out and buy everything! the …"

Tracy"I love the tree. My nieces would be in heaven with the pram! "

Ashleigh"Absolutely beautiful! "


(first, if you are looking for gift guides, check out my new mom & baby gift guide on Style Me Pretty Living here!)

playroom ideas with RH baby & child

Yesterday, I posted photos of this playspace we just finished up with RH Baby & Child; today I’m sharing how we added in some Christmas fun!  We put the little ones in these super cute pj’s and let them enjoy the space.  Vivi loves wearing these fur booties and hood – they are so snuggly!  We added some pine garland to the stair rail, along with some twinkly lights for extra magic.

(pictured above: white illuminated star, dandelion bean bag,  mini club chairs, spool side table,  raccoon portrait, cloud wool rug,  cream chunky braided wool rug, faux fur throw, wood book display shelves)

playspace ideas with RH Baby & Child

The mitten advent calendar is super sweet.  I love that they aren’t too large, there is just enough room for a small treat or note, so it’s not completely overwhelming to come up with 24 big treasures!

Christmas decor with RH baby & Child

And how precious are these wood beaded ornaments?  They remind me of ornaments my grandmother used to decorate with – simple, and sweet, with lots of red and white.  Her trees were always red and white, so it seems very fitting to follow suit in this space. They are so pretty on those willowy cypress branches.

And, seriously, these twinkle lights are the best.  They are LED and run on batteries, so you don’t have to worry about plugging them in, and you can put them anywhere.  They are so delicate and sweet!

These stockings have fun little pom pom details, and I love the subdued palette.  Can’t wait to fill them up!

I put these illuminated houses on the kitchen shelves.  They mix in beautifully with that white vintage china, and make the sweetest glow!  I love carrying over the Christmas decor into other spaces, besides just the mantel.

The little ones are really loving playing here!  The chalkboard top on the game table is already a big hit, and I can’t wait to spend more time around it at Christmas.

And Henry is enjoying it, too.  (I mean, those pajamas!!  My goodness!)

Hope you are inspired!  Be sure to check out all the photos from yesterday’s post for more details!  Thank you so much to RH Baby & Child for working with us on this project – it has been so much fun!

(Products were provided by RH Baby & Child for this post, and all the thoughts, opinions, and enjoyment had putting this together are my own.  )



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playroom inspiration

Our family has a farm in South Georgia where my grandparents, parents, and other family members live.  It’s where we go to spend time with family, and get some fresh air, and we have a farmhouse there where we stay and have family gatherings for birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and such.  It’s such a happy space, and we love being there, but with the recent additions of more small family members, we have had to re-work the space a bit to accommodate the little people!

(shown above: l’ecole adjustable play table, pascal camp play chairs, zig zag weathered denim rug,  workshop storage bench, fordson steel large pendant, surplus play tent)

playroom inspiration

I was thrilled to get to work with RH Baby & Child to create some spaces that blend in with the rest of the house, while also providing kid-friendly details that will keep them entertained while we cook, visit, or work on projects.  Their aesthetic is perfect for this part of the house, where we have lots of heart pine, spruce lined walls, and a huge brick fireplace.

(sources: white illuminated star, dandelion bean bag,  mini club chairs, spool side table,  raccoon portrait, cloud wool rug,  cream chunky braided wool rug, faux fur throw, wood book display shelves)

playroom inspiration

In the center of the main room is a large brick fireplace and mantel, flanked by columns from my great-grandmother’s house.  We have two couches, which are great for visiting, and that weller game table is the perfect centerpiece.  I can see us having lots of family board games here – they will definitely be on the Christmas list!  The girls (Vivi especially!) are taken with the chalkboard top, and she and Chip have been having endless tic tac toe tournaments, her favorite.  The cody denim rug is just gorgeous, and I have no doubt it will hold up well to the heavy traffic and hard playing that it will endure!  The night sky map is also a favorite of mine, as we can see the stars so well down there because of the lack of city lights!

(If you like that print over the fireplace, it’s from a vintage postcard I’ve been holding onto that I printed out large format.  I’ll be sending out the file in the newsletter this week so you can make your own – so sign up if you haven’t!)

I’m also pretty crazy about that gorgeous portrait of my mother.  It’s just beautiful.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how we added Christmas touches to the mantel!

playroom ideas

Behind the couches, there is a little nook under the stairs that we weren’t really using.  We turned it into a little reading/playspace, and it’s so dreamy.  Putting down that rug made all the difference; it is so cushy and wonderful for lounging.  We added that cloud rug for a little extra coziness, and the littles seem to love that it’s a space just for them.

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My father helped me make that shelf similar to this one and it’s so great for storing little treasures.  I didn’t intend for this to happen, but it’s short enough for Vivi, but too tall for Henry or Brigette, and I think she is grateful to have a little space only she can reach.  (I might have to do this at home, too!)  How cute is that vintage style camera?

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Of course I can never get enough of Sharon Montrose’s art, and that little guy is perfect, since we have quite a lot of them around here.

playroom ideas

I made that little chalkboard with plywood, and my dad made the frame.  I love the schoolhouse green color, and it goes so well with the book shelves!

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And aren’t these chairs just adorable?  The girls love that they are their size!!

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playroom inspiration

Lastly, that star is so magical!  It makes the perfect glow, especially at night.

playroom ideasOn the other side of the room, behind the kitchen, we put together this little crafting/play area.  It’s also a super cute place for them to have snacks, and they love it!  The camp chairs are just adorable for the camp-y feel, and the play table is adjustable.  It comes with two sets of legs, so when the kids are taller, we can switch them out, and it will still be just the right height.

(also shown: you are my sunshine print, synonym flashcard art)

playspace inspirationThe storage bench is great for holding extra books, craft supplies, and what not.  It’s easy to just put things away when playtime is over.  RH Baby & Child also put really nice rubber pads on the bottom, so there are no worries about the metal legs scratching the wood floors.  I strung up a clothesline across the window, which is perfect for displaying artwork!

playroom ideas

playroom ideasI think this rug might be my favorite (although it’s hard to say!).  The colors are just so beautiful, and it works as a neutral, even though it has so many pretty shades of blue in it.  It’s a great playroom rug!

playroom ideasThe tent is also such a fun play space, too, and the twinkly little star lights are the perfect touch (I’m pretty much crazy about these lights!).

playroom ideasWe are so happy with how it all came together!  Come back tomorrow to see all the Christmas touches we added!  I can’t wait to spend time here over the holidays.

playroom ideas

Thank you so much to RH Baby & Child for working with me to put this together!  We are so grateful, and I love getting to the opportunity to work with brands who inspire creativity and imagination, especially among the little set.

(Products were provided by RH Baby & Child for this post, and all the thoughts, opinions, and enjoyment had putting this together are my own.)



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present ideas for girls

I’ve been thinking hard about what to get Vivi for Christmas.   She doesn’t really get the whole “you ask for something that you really want and then you usually get it” thing, so her response when someone asks her what she would like for Christmas is usually “a doll.”  But the thing is, she doesn’t really play with dolls, and we got her a doll for her birthday and she has hardly touched it. The things that seem to keep her the most occupied are those that involve or inspire imaginary adventure, dressing up, or pretending, so here is a roundup of some fun things that I think would be a hit – hope it helps you out, too!

(1) Watercolor Set – she is always up for painting, and her self portraits are my favorite.

(2) Pretend Camera – she has one of these, and loves wearing it around the house, and out an about to “take pictures.”

(3) Feather Crown – there are never enough crowns.

(4) Sparkly crowns – because #3.

(5) Sparkly Slip on Shoes – She is always disappointed when she can’t wear her sparkly shoes to school, but she has to wear shoes that stay on her feet and that she can run around in.  These would fit the bill, while also appealing to her sparkly sensibilities.

(6) Ragamuffin pennant – I just love this.

(7) Pink record player – these are just the most fun!

(8) Purple Unicorn Tea Set – it’s pretty and won’t break, and it’s perfect for tea parties.

(9) Stationery Set – one of her latest obsessions is “playing messenger.”  She loves stuffing envelopes, writing secret messages, covering them with stickers, and hoarding them in a special box.   I think I’m going to make her a set for Christmas so she doesn’t keep taking mine!

(10) Gloves – These are essential to playing princess (thanks to Elsa!).  She doesn’t have a proper pair, and is disappointed every time she can’t find any.

(11) Super Awesome Tiger Cape – Need I say more? This is just plain amazing (as is all of Lovelane’s collection!).

(12) Snowjoggers – I just think these are plain awesome, and while I’m sure she would probably prefer pink, I adore this retro palette.  Reminds me of Rainbow Brite.

(13) Growth Chart – I love this design so much!  She would love seeing how much she has grown.  While I cry.

(14) Adventure Case – This would be perfection.  And all of it comes in a very special box.  And things that are in special boxes make it extra fun to her.  I think this would get a ton of mileage.

(15) Mixer Set – to bake like Mama.

(16) Pink Tutu – She loves playing ballerina.

(17) Glow in the Dark Star Wars tee – Vivi and Chip watch Star Wars together and she loves discussing the storyline with him.  Does it get much better than glow in the dark?

(18) Mushroom Pouf – The perfect perch for reading.

(19) Sparkly flats – She has been requesting shoes that “don’t have straps,” I think because they look more grown up to her.  She would probably never take these off.


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