DIY Toddler Water Table from Recycled Wood: The Backyard Just Keeps Getting FUNNER

Make this DIY Toddler-sized Sand or Water Table

It is not lost on me that this has kind of been the summer of kid stuff here on the ol’ blog. I feel like maybe I need to apologize to readers without kids for being so relentlessly child-focused. We painted grown-up friendly chairs just last week to appease you! And, honestly, I might have more kid stuff coming up … Continue reading

Milo and August’s Forest Room: Tour, Sources, and Elaborate Backstory


This room has taken an awfully long time to come together, particularly given that I think I started planning it in my head earlier than any other room. A long, long time ago, even before we bought our house, I came across this forest themed nursery with a big old wall mural featured on The Lettered Cottage, and I knew … Continue reading

Washington, DC: Monuments, National Archives, and Spy Museum

Abe with Fala and FDR

Another installment of our summer roadtrip re-cap! It won’t be summer anymore by the time I finish these! But that’s okay. I’m pretty sure all the stuff I’m talking about will still be around whenever you’re reading this. So when we left off, we had just finished our visit to Colonial Williamsburg. We left Williamsburg in the evening and made … Continue reading

Painting and Re-upholstering our Mismatched Kitchen Chairs… long last!


This project has been on our list for nearly as long as I can remember. Or at least for a long time. Back when we made the farmhouse table for the kitchen, almost exactly a year ago, I starting rounding up mismatched chairs from thrift stores, with the plan that eventually they’d all be painted the same color. And, look, now … Continue reading

Abe at ONE AND A HALF! Also, other kids and a fence


(This was going to be a post about our trip again, but then it got late. Maybe because I was taking so many pictures of my one and a half year old. Next week!) Abraham Barry is ONE AND A HALF! So that’s pretty crazy. I’ve had it in my head that 18 months is when they start to get … Continue reading

Hobbit Gallery Wall: or How I ALMOST Made the Coolest Gallery Wall of All Time

hobbit gallery wall

Let me tell you a little cautionary tale about how important careful reading skills are. Awhile back, I came across this post about art from The Hobbit on the blog, Brain Pickings. The post featured artwork from different editions of The Hobbit from all over the world, like this illustration by Tove Jansson: Gollum?! Is that YOU?! It was pretty … Continue reading

Special Guest House: My Mom’s! Plus the Least Comprehensive Haven Recap You’ll Ever Read


I am still quite sleepy and mentally drained from my weekend at Haven (a blogging conference for DIY/Home bloggers). I wasn’t sure going into it whether I was going to write a full scale blog post about it, but the decision was kind of made for me when I wound up taking all of two pictures. Oops. To sum up, … Continue reading

Colonial Williamsburg: Summer Road Trip, Part 2

Colonial Williamsburg with Kids trip report

So when we left off, we had just spent a fun/history-filled, ridiculously hot day touring Jamestown and Yorktown. The next day, our designated Colonial Williamsburg day, was overcast with a high of around 80–a very pleasant change from the day before. You start out at the Visitor’s Center in Williamsburg, where there’s plenty of parking and a building with a … Continue reading

DIY Honeycomb Hexagon Shelves

DIY hexagon shelves

I know hexagon shelves are a dime a dozen these days, but I wanted to make some for Milo and August’s room because they’re awesome. We have a special affection for hexagons around here because two of our bathrooms came with hex tile. Our house had hexagons before hexagons were cool. But not hexagon shelves. We’re pretty late to the … Continue reading

DIY Bullseye Tie-dye T-shirts for all the Cousins

DIY Bullseye Tie-dye shirts

I was compensated for this post as part of a campaign by Tulip and Blueprint Social. I have a few tie-dyeing experiences under my belt. I remember most all of them as involving giant messy vats of dye and results of….questionable beauty. But I have a lingering affection for tie-dye that maybe dates to a special class on the sixties … Continue reading