Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bed Crowns

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Bed crowns are a great focal point in a baby nursery, kids or teen room. They can be elaborate or simple, wood or fabric. I've included a few bed crown ideas....

Mirrored Bed Crown 

Beloved Wall Mount Bed Crown 

State Beds and Throne Canopies 

Green Sheer Fabric with Great Light Transmission Kids Room Bed Canopy

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Baby Nursery: Decorating With Fabric

Check out how cute this "fabric" nursery is! The fabric selection is fantastic and look at that!!  I'm really loving the name "Eliana" appliqued onto fabric and displayed in embroidery hoops above the crib. Nursery by Gina Marchica. Baby nursery using quilts .

Another baby nursery using a great selection of fabric...
Amy from the b-line created this modern, fun baby nursery using a selection of various modern print fabrics. She used  Benjamin Moore EcoSpec Egg Shell in Gray Horse 2140-50 paint on the walls. 

 To see which fabrics were used in the fabric collage, check here.

Wooden Embroidery Hoops, Set of 4

44'' Wide Michael Miller Summer Soiree Chevron Aqua Fabric By The Yard

Quilts, Bibs, Blankies...Oh My!: Create Your Own Cute & Cuddly Nursery 

Monday, September 27, 2010

How To Make A Cupcake Stand

how to make a cupcake standA cupcake stand is a perfect way to display your cupcakes. I've included instructions on how to make a quick and easy cupcake stand.


10" and 13" cake boards or (thin wood cutout)
1/2 yard fabric for bottom cupcake layer
1/3 yard fabric for top cupcake layer
2 1/4 yards ribbon
fabric glue
couple (pvc pipe) purchased at Home Depot $2

spray paint
how to make a cupcake standStep 1: Cut fabric a little larger than the board and attach to the board with glue or spray adhesive. I happened to sew elastic around the fabric edges and "slip covered" the board. I couldn't find a cardboard cake board without scalloped edges (which won't work with the ribbon trim), so I jigsawed 2 circles out of very thin pressed wood. How many "layers" to the cupcake stand will depend on how many of these boards you will make and decorate. I made 2 boards - 10" and 13". You could also use wrapping paper instead of fabric to cover the boards.

diy cupcake standStep 2: Place board on a cake stand (cake pedestal) and attach ribbon to the edges of the cake board with fabric glue.

how to make a cupcake standStep 3: I spray painted a piece of PVC pipe fitting a bright pink. This PVC fitting is called a couple and needed no cutting - it is for the center to hold up the next cake board. Instead of spray paint, you could wrap the pipe with ribbon and use glue to adhere the ribbon to the pipe.

Step 4: Assemble pieces on top of one another - make sure to center it. I did not glue the middle coupling piece to the board. If you would like more support, you might want to glue this coupling to the board. I made my cupcake stand so you can easily store it and also redecorate it for the next event.

This size cupcake stand holds 14-20 regular size cupcakes. If you need a cupcake stand to hold more cupcakes, start with a large layer base and add 3 layers. Can you tell this was made for a Luau party?

An inexpensive way to add cupcake toppers is to use hanging string decorations. This was purchased at the dollar store and each hibiscus flower was cut from the string. I ended up with 42 cupcake toppers for $1.

Hope you like the cupcake stand tutorial. REPOST : )

Friday, September 24, 2010

Henious Crimes: Child Sex Trafficking

I am off topic today; but this is such an important story to share with my readers....

Child sex trafficking is a heinous crime that victimizes the most vulnerable among us. The numbers are staggering. It is estimated that 250,000 to 800,000 children are being sexually exploited each year in the United States. No one denies the devastating impact this crime has on its young victims. The average age of the victims recovered is 14. But according to law enforcement, victims have been recovered as young as 10 years of age.

Melanie says, "Words. They are so inadequate at describing what these children must endure night after night. Think about it. Imagine for just a moment it is you – your daughter, your sister or your niece who is being SOLD FOR SEX. Rape. Torture. Abuse. Exploitation. All just words on a piece of
paper; unless it is happening to you or to someone you love."

There is a generation of forgotten children at the mercy of those exploiting their bodies for a profit. Unless someone intervenes, unless someone believes in them, they will remain lost and alone. They need to be rescued. They need a safe place to belong. They need a home. There are many communities that do not have a home for girls rescued out of trafficking. Young victims are often charged with a crime and taken to Juvenile Hall in order to be in a secure environment. But these young girls are not criminals. They need to be loved and taken care of, not handcuffed.

Courage House recently opened in Northern California to help rescue victims of sex trafficking - provide these girls a safe home; offer healing for their physical, spiritual, and emotional wounds; and lovingly show them that God created them “on purpose for a purpose.”

I am on a committee with a wonderful group of ladies - we are planning a 5K/10K race called Run For Courage. All proceeds are going to Courage House.

The 5K/10K will be held in Folsom, California on Saturday, October 2nd at 8:00 am. If you would like to register or donate to this worthy cause, please go to 

Early registration ends tomorrow (Saturday) but you can still register through Sept 30th.   If you want to register for the race or donate, make sure to email me! I would also love to hear your feedback. 


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pink & Brown Baby Nurseries

Once upon a time pink and brown baby girl nursery designed by Nicole Richards. Clever idea using the "R" initial as a fabric valance holder.

Loving the memo board with the cute tutu, headband, baby shoes and shower invite.

More baby girl nurseries....
This sweet nursery is from Sproutstyle

 Pottery Barn Nursery

Chic & Cheap Nursery featured this brown and pink nursery.

Trend Lab Striped and Dot Two Picture Frame Set in Brown/Pink

Skip Hop 20 Piece 70"x56" PlaySpot Floor Mat, Pink/Brown

Kid's Maya Striped Modern Chair with Matching Ottoman

Levels of Discovery Princess Clothestand & Growth Chart