Friday, October 28, 2011

Anthropologie Inspired Bedding

So now you all can know what secret project I have been working on: my Nimbus Jersey Comforter knockoff from Anthropologie!

Here is my inspiration:

And here is my version {Ignore the black curtains and snickers on the bedside table... :)} :

Iloveit. Do you?

I researched a few other DIY anthro comforters and all of them said "it took me 5 hours" or "it took me 10 hours" Well ladies, you must have been expert seamstresses because this baby took me like 20+ hours.

I don't have a ruffle attachment for my sewing machine and I don't have a serger so that made my project time infinitely longer.

I took a duvet and used it as the base and {simply} sewed the pleated side {made from cut up sheets that were on clearance!} onto it, flipped it, DONE.
Oh and the best part? If I had bought it at Anthropologie it would have cost $500+ for the set. This cost me $50 to make.


It needs some fancy pillows but for this mini photoshoot I just used what I had lying around the house.

Now I have a serious problem... I need to re-do the rest of my master bedroom to match it! :) I am so ready for my room to be painted {it still has the flat paint from when the house was built in 2006} and for my furniture to be updated and LIGHTENED up {everything is black and white}. I need COLOR and lightness!

Now I try to spend even MORE time in bed {with snickers} :)

What do you think?

I'm Linking.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My trip... and no WPW

Hey there friends.

I'm home from my trip to Utah to see my sister and help her family while her youngest is in the NICU. It was a great trip although we were hoping that she would still be on bed rest by this point. I really miss their family and always love spending time with them!

I was pretty nervous because Mr Harrison had his first flight on this trip. I mean, I had nightmares about this for weeks before the trip. Ironically, after a 3 HOUR delay {
yeah that sucked} he slept the whole way there... and cried the whole way back! haha oh well.

Here he is soaking up the beautiful 70 degree weather.

He's got his stunnah shades on. He left these on for like half an hour! He really likes to be trendy.

Here are my sister's boys at the park- probably the only place where they can actually get all of their limitless energy out! Kyler, Brayden, and Keaton.

Mr. Harrison of course had to have his photo op at the park as well :)

Shirt: Thrifted Sunglasses (above) and Pants (not pictured): Children's Place

I only have one picture of my sister and I. We were so busy with her kids and trips back and forth from the hospital that we didn't really stop to think about it. I'll have to show you that one later because she asked me to hold off on any NICU pictures for a little bit.

I do however, have a few {blurry} outfits from before my trip to show you...

Outfit 1- Top & Neckace: F21 Cardi: Wet Seal Skirt: Target Belt: Agaci Shoes: Payless
Outfit 2- Undershirt: DownEast Shirt: borrowed from my sister Jeans and shoes: Target

And sorry guys no Wet Polish and Wardrobe Wednesday for this week {at least the wet polish part}. I'm fighting off a cold along with my little guy being sick too. Did you know that sick days are not nearly as fun when you have to take care of sick babykins too? I do! Anyone have any remedies?

And then of course there's my secret project... did you forget? I will be posting about it tomorrow!! So excited. What do you think it is? We have some close guesses so far.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quick WPW Wednesday

I only have a few seconds because I'm here in utah helping my sister with her baby Paxton who is in the NICU. He was born at only 25 weeks 6 days gestation and weighed 2lbs 5oz. so if you have prayers to spare, please include him and their family in them.

these were quickly done before I left and I think they turned out ok.

I tried to make them look like wallpaper-ish or decopaged. What do you think?

As for the outfit, also quickly put together, simple, blah.

Feeling a little like fall. Maybe if I wear warmer clothes it'll get colder outside?

Shirt: F21 Jeans: Target Chucks: kids journeys (yes I wear kid sized shoes)

And we can't forget my red MAC lipstick. The best.

This was Mr. Harrison's outfit for the plane ride. He was stylin' and comfy in his puma track suit.

Pants and jacket: Puma, gifted Onesie: Costco

Sorry it's quick. Hope your Wednesday is great!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Secret Project Sneak Peek

So I've had a huge project that I spent like 20 hours on over the past week! I love how it turned out and I'm very excited to show you the finished product...however, I'm leaving to go to Utah to see my sister for a week and won't be able to arrange everything until I'm done. {Plus, what's the point of arranging it all and then not being able to enjoy it for a week?}
I'm not going to post the finished product on here until I get home. But I will give you a sneak peek... ok? OK!

What do you think it is?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

I was given the Liebster Blog award by my new bloggy friend Kelly over at {Keeping up with the Manns}!

She is so fun and has this amazing Fireplace-less mantle that I covet deeply.

She is always doing renovations and projects for her house so check her out!

The Liebster blog award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word meaning dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

So now it's my turn to pick 5 people who I think deserve this award {with less than 200 followers} And man it was hard because all of you friends have a bazillion followers. I'm jealous ;)

1. Jennie at Ampersand Photography. She is not only a family friend for life {literally since we were born}, she is an awesome and artistic photographer. If you need any photos done in the Mesa, AZ area, she can give you a great deal and give you awesome shots.

2. My sister Elizabeth at LizzyLuu Designs. She makes designer bum accessories for yourself and your little one! You can just grab one of her wipey clutches and go. These are amazing and so is she for being so creative! Check her out for sure {especially since she may be sponsoring a giveaway soon...hint hint}

3. Liz at The Quick Journey. I've only recently gotten to know her in the bloggy world but she is very crafty and family oriented. Her headbands are awesome and very stylish as well as her beautiful family pictures. Give her some bloggy love!

4. Emily at Knot Knot, Who's There? I've known Emily for several years but she only just recently started her blog. She is one of those people that think "that's too expensive, I'll just make it myself!" and did! She has some amazing new crochet beanies for little ones that are so cute! She also posts about her little guy and family. Check it!

5. Lauryn at Love Notes by Lauryn. I don't know if she knows that I blog stalk her but her last few posts have been amazing! Especially her latest wedding invitation that she made- it makes me want to do mine all over again! She takes some great photos and find amazing inspiration online to post for everyone. Send her bloggy love and maybe she'll realize that I'm a fan... haha :)

To keep this award going and pass it along to other new deserving blogs, the recipient must now recognize five other bloggers with less than 200 followers that have really stood out in the crowd.

The rules for the Liebster Award are:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love too!

That's all for now... I'm having a VERY lazy Friday morning in preparation for the project frenzy I'm about to enter in an hour or two :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WPW Wednesday

Holler. It's Wet Polish and Wardrobe Wednesday! Try saying that five times fast...never mind.
So my sister and her girls came over today and we decided it was time to bust out the Halloween nails. I did these for my niece Claire. And don't mind the silver that I got on her finger... I didn't notice it until after I took these close up pictures.

As for the wardrobe; Yes I'm THAT girl. The girl who you see walking around in boots and you think to yourself "Isn't she hot?" but not THAT kind of hot. More like a "I'm wearing shorts and flip flops and this girl is wearing pants and boots. Isn't she HOT?"

But I can't help myself. It was nice on friday so I had to take advantage and pretend that I wasn't a little warm by lunch. {I'm a blur in these photos...what happens when you don't ever remember to take them until you're about to run out the door}

Shirt: XXI Skinny Jeans:Target Boots: Cathy Jean on Black Friday of last year :)

These boots are amazing. They can be pulled up so that they are mid-calf or they can scrunch down for a different look. They were pretty cheap but they've held up through my last pregnancy and Winter.

And here is the Trendy Mr. Harrison enjoying the new grass in the backyard:

I'm so glad that it was cold enough on Thursday/Friday for him to wear a few of his new winter outfits!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Fallish decor

I'm all about the pumpkins this year. Not really into much else for decorating purposes.
So here's my Fallish doorway:

My fav new lanterns that I got on sale at Lowes! Amazing.

My Halloween wreath that I made. I ran out of orange burlap so it didn't turn out how I wanted it to. And I am too lazy to go buy more and fix it. Don't look at it. I know you aren't going to listen. But don't.

peek-a-boo pumpkins.

Front entry table:

Yay for pumpkins on candle pillars!

Yay for candles! CANDLES! I LOVE CANDLES.

But seriously. Buy me a candle, and you're a friend for life.
Even the Buddha got in on this Halloween Fallish action!

So there's my Fall spirit. Yay Fall!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

Every time Kendall and I go to Olive Garden, he gets the Zuppa Toscana soup and goes on and on about how good it is.

{Every Time}

Did I mention that he likes it?

Because he tells me he does. Every time.

So I took the hint and decided it was time to find out how to make this recipe at home. I looked at a few different sites and tried it a few different times. Finally, I tweaked and combined the recipes that I found online until I felt like it tasted as close to exactly the same as I could get it. The husband approves!

{And can I say FINALLY, I have found a recipe that he raves about, and tastes better than how his mom cooks ;) has any of you ever had that challenge?}

So try it out and enjoy!

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

Makes: 6-8 servings


  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1½ tsp crushed red peppers
  • 1 large diced white onion
  • 4 Tbsp bacon pieces, chopped very fine
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 10 cups water
  • 5 cubes of chicken bouillon
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb sliced Russet potatoes, or about 5 large potatoes
  • 3/4 of a bunch of kale
  1. Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, set aside.
  2. In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic over low-medium heat for approximately 20 mins. or until the bacon is cooked all the way.
  3. Add chicken bouillon and water to the pot and heat until boiling.
  4. Add the sliced potatoes and cook until semi-soft.
  5. Add the heavy cream, sausage and kale, let all heat through and serve.


Cherished Treasures”=

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

WPW and candy corns!

Who has two thumbs and doesn't know the order of the candy corn colors? This lady!

I went to do candy corn nails this last week and felt all proud of myself at how I was getting into the Halloween spirit. Then I saw some other candy corn nails online and realized that I didn't do the stripes in the right order... Who really cares about that anyways? When I see a candy corn, I just eat it. I don't really sit and ponder the order of colors.

Anyways, I'm changing Wet Polish Wednesday to Wet Polish and Wardrobe Wednesday.

Yay. I'm finally brave enough to try and wear normal and not maternity clothes. Haha. So here is the wardrobe for today:

I'm into the high waisted skirt and belt thing right now.
Shirt: XXI Skirt: Thrifted in high school!
Belt: Agaci Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Yay for my brown belt that I try to wear with everything! I bought it at Agaci and it has really paid off. It fits tightly but it doesn't make me uncomfortable or out of breath.

And we have to include the wardrobe of my little guy of course. Here is Harrison wearing one of his dressier outfits that he usually wears to church:

Shirt and Pants: Children's Place Sweater: Gifted Hair Product: American Crew Men's Pomade

Oh Hello there tongue! I found you a week ago and now I can't stop showing you off!

So what do you think? Wet Polish and Wardrobe Wednesday? Or get rid of it all and just blog normally?