Saturday, November 28, 2009

a new bed

As many of you know I had a baby in October, and with this new addition my husband and I are now sharing our master bedroom with the mini papercut. Now that the 'nursery' side of the bedroom is complete, we are slowly moving forward on the completion of the 'grown-up' side of the room. I've been looking for furniture for quite some time now (read since May) and a few weeks before having my little one, we finally purchased a bed (white leather, very similar to the one in the picture), which I am happy to say is being delivered TODAY!!! This has been a very long process for me, and I'm quite anxious to have it all finished. Since the bed is the last large furniture piece going into the room, it will be fun to be able to pick out all of the other accessories. We still need a new mattress ( we downsized from a king to a queen), bedside tables, lamps and bed linens, but I would like to have the whole room pulled together by Christmas...not too ambitious, but with the kids going on Christmas break in 3 weeks it'll be interesting:) Here's hoping that my finished room looks something like the one in the picture! Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

birthday love

Here at the Little Papercuts house birthday season starts in November and doesn't end until the end of January, with Christmas falling smack dab in the middle of it all. With the addition of the mini papercut, party season now begins in October. With that said, and coming of the heels of my eldest daughter's 8th birthday party, I've been thinking about birthdays gone by. One of my favourites was inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

Our invitations, made in the likeness of Alison as Alice in Wonderland, were shaped like teapots, and we encouraged all the little girls to dress up as their favourite princesses and join us in Alison's Wonderland for a Mad Hatter Tea Party.

The table was set with mismatched tea pots, pastel coloured cake stands and serving dishes filled with finger sandwiches, veggies and dip, pizza, popcorn, chips, cookies, cupcakes, lots of cake and tea (pink lemonade and apple juice)! Polka dotted and striped mini tea cups and saucers (that were really espresso cups that came in a set of 4), held mini cupcake shaped lip glosses, hair clips, nail polish and candy and did double duty as place settings and favours. The paper lanterns scattered overhead and gigantic paper flowers added to the whimsical atmosphere of the room as did the life-sized characters found throughout.

We were joined by the Knave of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and a curious card attempting to paint some of the roses red :) The White Rabbit also made an appearance with a game of 'Pin the clock on the White Rabbit'.

A beading station, where the girls make necklaces and bracelets, provided tons of entertainment and more goodies to add to their loot bags. The afternoon was topped off with a slice of topsy turvy birthday cake (a gift from a generous aunt), and it definitely did not disappoint! I'd have to say this party was sweet and fun, just like the little girl it was for:)

Our party was the featured party on Ohdeedoh. You can see it here.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

one month

Yesterday my eldest daughter turned 8 years old, and today my youngest is one month old! How time flies :)

wild + hungry cupcakes

If you're looking for incredibly cute cupcakes, look no further! Lyndsay is the super talented mastermind behind Coco Cake Cupcakes, based out of Vancouver. I am absolutely in LOVE with her Where The Wild Things Are cupcakes and her Very Hungry Caterpillar creation. So creative! For more cupcakes by Lyndsay, be sure to check our her blog and shop:)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

happy birthday alison

Alison + her cousin Jessica

To my sweet daughter:) Wishing you a very Happy 8th Birthday! We love you very much! You are an amazing big sister and a wonderful young lady, and we're so lucky to have you!! XOXO

Sunday, November 8, 2009

big thanks

Last week I was lucky enough to have our nursery featured on a few blogs, so I'd like to say a big 'Thank You' to Little Miss Heirlooms, Kenziepoo and Ohdeedoh, not to mention all of the wonderful people who commented. The nursery love is very much appreciated!

Monday, November 2, 2009

at last...

Our nursery nook is complete, and I love it! Although it only consists of a dresser/change table, a crib and a wall shelf (all from Ikea), I think we were able to create a whimsical space for the mini papercut that doesn't take up a lot of space, but delivers huge impact within our master bedroom.

Although the rest of the bedroom is still 'under construction', my little Zoe has a corner all her own. I wanted a space that was created solely for her, and even though the colour palette of the room and the pattern of the crib bedding is not typical of what you'd find in a child's bedroom, by utilizing elements that appeal to my husband and myself, her nook is definitely something we enjoy having in OUR space! Having said that, the addition of a bold floral mural and a few playful pieces here and there makes it decidedly HER space:)

I enjoyed every moment of decorating the mini papercut's nursery. I wanted it to be beautiful and charming, while still feeling clean and modern. Keeping the furniture simple and adding whimsical touches keep the nook from feeling cluttered and overdone. I also love the idea of using items that you wouldn't normally associate with a kid's space for organization and display.

We used a leather desk organizer as a diaper caddy, and a vintage sugar container to hold things like nail clippers, pacifiers, and other odds and ends. A pastel yellow candy dish is the perfect place for washcloths and keeps them in close reach. And one of my favourite finds is the table lamp that doubles as a nightlight that somewhat resembles a milkweed pod.

I also wanted to re-use an old shelf from Ikea that my husband had in his office. I thought the space needed a bit of sparkle, but I didn't really want to purchase a new shelf when I had one that was perfectly fine, although not that attractive. I was inspired by this post on Apartment Therapy, and figured it might be a great solution for the shelf. Much to my surprise it looked amazing, and when the nightlight is on, it reflects some of the light throughout the room.

Other little touches that personalize the space include the paper butterfly garland, the name art above the dresser and the paper flower bouquet. My mini papercut definitely has a corner of the room that belongs only to her. I'm just happy we get to share:)

Items in the Nursery Nook:

Paint Colour: Midnite Hour by CIL Dulux

Hemnes Dresser from

Gulliver Crib from Ikea

Didi Citron yellow + white fabric from Tonic Living
Amy Butler Grey Wallflower yellow + grey fabric from Cotton Thread Fabrics on etsy
Amy Butler Yellow Full Moon Polka Dots fabric from
Cotton Thread Fabrics on etsy

Owl Bookend by

Jubilee the lamb from
doggiepiggie on etsy

Socko the sock monkey from
Muffin Top Designs on etsy

Milkweed lamp, pastel yellow candy dish, leather desk organizer, vintage sugar container all from Home Sense

name art, paper butterfly garland and paper floral bouquet all by Little Papercuts (that's me;) )