Friday, April 10, 2015

Introducing Ollie & Olina

For those of you who have just landed here, the blog moved in 2014 and in 2015 we changed our name. I welcome you to find us over at Ollie & Olina, come and shop and read! We have everything you need for your newborn.

Monday, May 12, 2014

the blog is moving

Are you looking for some new blog content? Head over the the website for new blog updates.

I will be making blog posts and updates from there so head on over, make a new shortcut and see what's going on!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

it's your special day

I love starting new traditions at our house. It makes me feel like I'm making it my family. At my mom's house she has a "Special Day" plate. It's not from when I was a kid because I don't remember it at all. However, the grandkids always fight over it when we go there. It got me thinking... we should have a special day plate at the LaPean house!

I never got around to it.

Enter a great MOMS Night out at Glaze in Thiensville-- a do-it-yourself pottery place. I had been meaning to go there and I wish I would have gone sooner. It was awesome and I can't wait to make a million more projects (look out Christmas).

I made our family a special day plate. It took awhile to gain some inspiration but I'm super pleased with how it turned out. It's the size of a dinner plate. My handwriting is good considering I've never really done this before. But there is certainly room for improvement.

So, get out there and create a new tradition for your house. It's ok to copy another person, if it's new to your family and it will be fun, that's all that matters. The girls are already fighting over who gets to use it. See, that's the deal though, it's has to be your special day! No arguments then!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

kid's art line

When Charlotte started coming home with artwork from preschool almost every day I knew we had to come up with a plan. She wanted me to keep and hang all of her stuff and there just isn't enough wall in our house to do that. I had seen an art line at someone else's house and knew this wall in our family room would be perfect.

The wire is from Ikea and cost like $7-- cheap! Kevin installed it for me and the hooks for it are also from Ikea. I also wanted to have a decal to put over the line and this one seemed to fit great for what my vision was. I think I ordered it from but can't really remember. I had a hard time putting it up and really getting the letters to stick and be smooth. I also put it up crooked. Luckily it was easy to re-position. The end product turned out great. Now two of the girls love to hang their recent art work on the "art line" and proudly display what they have created. 

No mess all over my windows and everybody can see it. Now, take a trip to Ikea and make one for yourself! I've also seen people use the 1/2" curtain rods to hang the work too.

Friday, April 25, 2014

please support a local mom

This week a mom I know from MOMS Club lost her husband. Their second son is in Charlotte's 4K class. He left a wife and three sons (under 7) behind. It's awful and sad. The community I live in has come togethter to show support faster than I've ever seen anything accomplished.

We are all working to support her financially as best we can (funeral expense) and also help to supply meals even months from now.

Here is a link to donate money directly to her family:

Anything you can donate would help her and her three kids.

Afer I heard the news I seriously couldn't imagine that happening and how devastated I would be to lose my hubby. Our girls would be affected forever. So little. So little understanding.

Please help and pray.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

diy keepsake baby hats

I love decorating my girls' rooms. They each have their own little "theme" in at least colors. I also love to have a little "baby" in their rooms to remind me how small they were. Each one has their baby hat mounted inside a shadow box and also a 6-month handprint in a frame. It's something that I hope they can take with them when they are big and have children of their own.

It's easy to do! The shadow boxes are from Michael's (use a coupon!!) and then I covered the back in fabric (no glueing needed). The boxes come with little pins to put the hat in place. I printed the name cards on cardstock at home to personalize the hats.

Elsa has two hats. The pink one I made because I had finally learned to knit. The hospital gave her the Christmas one becuase she was born right before Christmas. It was a little too small so she needed one a bit bigger but I had to keep both!

Hopefully this inspires you to create something memorable for your little one!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

7 year anniversary

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return." - Moulin Rouge 

Happy 7 year anniversary to the man that is still willing to be my huband each morning. We have a beautiful family and I couldn't ask for more. Well, there's always room for more tulips and more salted carmel chocolate.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

diy: princess elsa cape tutorial

We have been watching the movie Frozen every day at home since I could buy it in the store. I can't believe my girls aren't bored with it yet. Gretchen especially loves the movie. They both watned a Princess Elsa cape and I knew it was something I could make.

Charlotte has a birthday party on Sunday that I forgot about so this little birthday girl is getting an Elsa cape and a great Elsa necklace from my friend Sarah over at Chick Times Two. Sarah can put anything you want on a necklace!

1.5 yards heavy glitter satin
1.5 yards sheer fabric
1 bottle silver glitter puffy paint
2 flower emblishments
velcro and thread (sewing machine)

Cape Directions
To make the cape took very little time. Cutting out the pattern was the hard part. 
  1. Measure child to determine how long you want the cape to be. We wanted ours to drag on the ground. 
  2. I layed out the heavy satin on the wood floor and carefully cut out a "cape" shape. The 1.5 yd should give you two capes, one on each side of the fold. 
  3. I left about 6" at the top; this part you will use for the collar of the cape.
  4. Cut out a matching shape on the sheer fabric.
  5. You now have two layers for the cape.
  6. Lay out the sheer fabric on the floor. Put some wax paper or parchment paper under the fabric. The puffy paint leaks through and will stick to plain paper. You want to easily peel off the wax paper from the back after it dries. 
  7. Look up some snowflake designs and draw to your heart's desire. Good luck! Let it dry overnight. (I did this part when the kids were in bed.)
  8. After the layer is dry, take a flame to both layers of the cape. You are going to use a lighter and quickly burn the edge of the silks all the way around the cape. This prevents it from fraying and also you don't need to sew the edges. If you hold the flame too long, it will melt!
  9. Layer the two pieces with the sheer on top and pin at the top.
  10. You are going to cut the 6" of left over fabric and fold edges in and iron.
  11. Slip the cape top into the fold and stitch all the way around.
  12. Add velcro and a flower to the front of the cape.

Good luck! If you have any questions, just let me know. I think it's a very easy and cheap project. The most expensive part is the fabric, so don't forget your 40% off coupon to Joanns.


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