DIY Coffee Cup Display

It’s no secret that I love my coffee mugs. I usually gain five as gifts at Christmas and I cherish each one. Sometime when we are back in our Alabama home, Chance is going to build us an open shelf type display so we can display them all. Have I mentioned that we have NINETEEN more days until we move?! Crazy. Anyway, until then, we have this small DIY coffee cup display in the rental kitchen. I nabbed all the needed pieces at walmart and probably spent around $15. If you follow me on INSTAGRAM, you might have already seen this project a while back but I never shared it!

I used:

– 18 inch towel bar

– three “8 hooks”

– spray paint to match the towel bar

We have a pretty small amount of cabinet space so this helps to keep them uncluttered. It also helps to give some life to the lack of a backsplash! You didn’t notice, right? 😉

Simple as that! I enjoy seeing my favorites out all the time and it’s easy just to grab one when I need it. I could see a larger scale version of this being used to hang pots, pans, utensils, and potholders.  What do you think about it? Could you see one in your kitchen?

– Chelsea

Simple DIY sign for Baby Shower

I have SO many people in my life having or just had little ones! It’s fun to see new stages of life happen in the lives of the people you love.  Sometimes it’s fun to give gifts that aren’t on the standard registry, although I understand you can NEVER have too many diapers. This gift was for a sweet girl I used to work with. She just had her adorable baby boy and his name is Oliver. She wanted to incorporate alligators in her nursery decor and little Oliver’s nickname is “Olligator”. How stinkin cute can you get?  I photoshopped this simple DIY sign idea together and had some fun with it.

Using some supplies that were hanging around in the garage, I came up with this little DIY sign for a baby shower. I painted the board with Van Gogh chalk paint in Mascara and let it dry. Then I used the same method that I used in THIS post to get both the letters and the alligator  just right before I painted them with some acrylic paint. After it dried, I sanded it all down just enough to add some character.

I picked some rope up at Lowes and figured out a way to tie it around the board. I got carried away and didn’t take a picture, so sorry! I’ll do my best to explain. I laid the rope in an upside down V and put the board on top of it leaving about a foot and a half of rope at the ends on each side. So I guess it looked like an A at this point. Then I took one end at a time and pulled it up to the top of the board, wrapped it three times loosly, and put the end down through all three loops. I had to work on each loop to make it tight, then I used the staple gun to secure it to the back of the board. I sure hope that wasn’t confusing. Anyway, what do you think? It’s easy enough, right? Let me know!

– Chelsea

DIY Spool Coffee Table

A while back, I was trying to figure out what to do with this old table I had found. It was in poor condition and was missing a connector piece that fit between the legs. It wobbled terribly and I eventually just gave up on it and left it in the garage for another day.

Chance has a hard time understanding why I hoard old projects haha. I happened to have a small spool that I got from the local electric company and had an aha moment. I threw out the legs of the table and painted the top to match the spool and had myself a coffee table with some character.

I painted some subtle stripes on it for fun & we attached the top with two inch wood screws and that is it! This size coffee table fit our space here so much better than our larger coffee table. The lighter color was much less heavy in our living room, too. I used Valspar “Vanilla” for my white, I was going for a warmer white and didn’t want it to be stark white. I think if we were to stay here longer,  I would have kept this little spool coffee table! We ended up giving it to some of our best friends here in New Bern who are having a baby! No corners to fall on here!

Now that it’s done, Chance is happy our garage is a little less cluttered. Sometimes it just takes a while for the ideas to come! What do you think about my little DIY spool coffee table? Let me know in the comments below! You can find me on Instagram or Pinterest, also!

– Chelsea

A Few Months Have Passed – Baby P!

Last week I realized that I haven’t blogged in a long time. I’m talking since the end of February. Life has been a little different than I had anticipated so far this year. I figured that we would be slowly getting Chance through grad school and hanging around good ole’ New Bern. We have actually been traveling back and forth to Philadelphia since February to be with Chance’s sister, Summer. If you follow me on any form of social media, you may have been really confused as to why I kept going up there! To make a long story short, God had some plans for Summer and Patrick’s baby boy, Paxton, that required them to kind of put their lives on pause until he is born. Paxton has Spina Bifida, which means his spine didn’t finish closing in the womb. A lesion formed where his little back didn’t close and, depending on the severity, has the chance to damage nerves in his back. It can cause some problems, but we came up to Philadelphia in February for their fetal surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which closes the lesion to prevent any further damage to the nerves. Yes, that means Paxton had surgery when he was still in the womb! Miraculous, huh? It is not a cure, but is a choice they made to help him in any way possible. After the surgery, Summer stayed at the Philadelphia Ronald Mcdonald house and was there until Paxton was born on May 21st! Preterm labor was a factor, so Summer needed someone with her at all times. Family members swapped out staying with her every few weeks. It really has been a beautiful thing to be a part of and I have a whole new vision of what love looks like from Summer and Patrick.

Their new little family of three was able to leave the NICU and head back to Mississippi TODAY!!! I guess that wasn’t the shortest story… I couldn’t help but share it all! The day he was born, Chance’s youngest sister Roxie grabbed my camera to play photographer for the day and captured this sweet photo for me. His little hands were like that every single time during ultrasounds. I mean, seriously? Precious.

That little boy had so much love waiting for him in the waiting room!We love that little family and can’t wait until we move home to AL later this summer so we can take full advantage of our new Aunt and Uncle duties! Many family members helped Summer design Paxton’s nursery from Philly, so Summer hasn’t seen the finished product in person. I will hopefully be sharing it with you before too long! It is too adorable for my words to describe. Also, after our last trip to Philly, Aly Kay and Roxie came back to NC with us and are staying for a little while this summer. So. Much. Fun. They bring out my goofy side and I love hearing them laughing with their brother from the opposite side of the house.

Please say a prayer for the transition to life with a newborn for Summer and Pat, and for Paxton as he grows!

– Chelsea

Also, there is a link on the left sidebar if you would like to read Paxton’s whole story in their own words! It’s mind blowing, really.