Flowers & Fresh Scents

It may only be February, but spring has sprung at our little tree house on the mountain. So we have been doing a bit of gardening which is why it’s been a week since my last post.

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gardeners don’t mind a little dirt in their coffee

    I have to admit, I’m having a little spring fling! I know my husband thinks it’s a bad idea to plant this early but I just can’t help myself now that all of our plants are budding, and our trees are blossoming. I love that God decided we didn’t need a winter this year :) Yesterday we put our first fruit tree into the ground.

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what a peach

And she has her first blossom..

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Nothing gets me in the mood for spring quite like a few pretty flowers and bright flowery fragrances, and let me be the first to tell you that you can find beautiful fresh scents on a budget! These are my two favorite spring scents so far. On the left, Calgon’s Parisian Charm. This one is a little on the sweeter side but it’s definitely won me over and I’ve gotten several compliments when wearing it. The smaller bottle on the right is Bath & Body Works Country Chic. I like this one because it is has a bright floral scent with a hint of vanilla.  And something about it makes me want to wear a dress with cowboy boots.

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{my current face wash}

Organic homemade Hawaiian Ginger & Oatmeal soap

2014-02-21 13.24.59And last but not least, the Valentine’s day lilies that are still going strong on the kitchen table.

I guess it’s time to start brainstorming for the spring craft-a-ganza!


4 fancy things

Happy Valentine’s Day

2014-02-13 15.31.33{Homemade sugar free baby teething biscuits}

2014-02-13 21.00.49{L.O.V.E. sign from Gigi’s alphabet puzzle}

2014-02-13 20.28.51{My heart bookmark from the tutorial I posted for Valentine’s in 2012}

2014-02-13 20.53.33{We made a new pink yarn toy for Maui}

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

DIY: Valentines Day

Why is it that I always wait until the last minute to get excited about Valentine’s Day? We hadn’t even given it any thought until about.. today. So in an attempt to make our almost forgotten holiday a tad more exciting Gigi and I (but mostly just I) had a craft day to make some V-Day decor with supplies we already had on hand. Here’s what we used..

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A few sticks we hunted down outside. Appropriately colored yarn. Some chicken feathers I collected and washed last year from our hens (may they rest in peace). And hearts cut out of construction paper.

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Cupid’s Arrows

2014-02-11 11.01.58These are simple to make and so cute. Check out a few different styles I found while browsing for ideas.

While we were on the theme of paper hearts and tree branches, I had another idea that I wanted to try, so we picked up a Manzanita branch from our backyard.

2014-02-11 14.09.59These are tissue paper hearts glued onto the tips of the branches.
SO easy! Next year I’m going to get a head start on Valentine’s day because the possibilities are seriously endless.

Follow me on instagram for more of my crafty ideas and projects @ladydepetro

Happy Valentine’s loves.

Scriptures on Sunday: DIY Daily Verse

DIY Daily Bible Verse Board

2014-02-08 21.54.47{vintage picture frame + spray paint = dry erase board}

I love meditating on a verse that stands out to me from my morning reading. This simple ‘dry erase board’ makes it easy for me to change the text daily and stay focused on His word.

The options are endless with this project.. you can leave the glass by itself as I did, or you can put some pretty paper behind it. Get creative with different verses and fonts, too.

Everyone has heard this Psalm before, but I tried to put a little twist on it by emphasizing certain words. If you look at only the larger bold words it reads ‘The Lord desires your heart’ which is an underlying message hidden in the verse. Pretty cool right?

Happy Sunday. God Bless!

thrifty thursday

I have to admit that I’ve had these hidden gems in my sewing closet for a while now with the intentions of refashioning them, but I’ve been going back and forth about what to do with each one.

2014-01-23 12.28.47You wouldn’t know by looking, but this dress is an XL and I’m willing to bet I could fit a few of my friends in it with me :) So it was definitely worth the $5 for this awesome fabric. I’m thinking a cute tank dress similar in cut and style to this Mara Hoffman dress from

2014-02-06 10.24.53And for this monstrosity, I’m thinking a really trendy clown suit. I could pull that off. OK maybe I’m losing it, but I really see some potential in this $3 jumbo polka dot collared shirt. I have 2 ideas in mind:

1. shorts for Gigi

polka shortsor 2. A skirt for me

polka skirtI’m terrible at making decisions so we shall see what really happens with my thrifty finds, but I love getting my creative buzz on in the mean time.

Happy Thursday my loves.

girly details

Something about the start of a new year inspires me to change things up a bit. To me, things are always so much more interesting when they are new.

I’ve been planning to re do/organize/arrange/style… the girls’ room for a while because it won’t be long until Gigi and Camilla become roommates. You can check out the pinterest board I made specifically for design inspiration here, as well as other fun toddler things. Since Gianna loves Disney and all things princess we decided that would be the ‘theme’. I use that term lightly because I hate “themed” bedrooms like this one, and other hideous nightmares like this.

This is definitely a work in progress but I just can’t wait until I’m done to share some of these goodies.

princess bedThis is an early 1920’s vintage brass canopy bed, and it is beyond gorgeous.

nightstandIf you give a girl a princess bed, you know she’s going to want a princess nightstand to go with it.

2014-02-03 17.06.15Tinkerbell sketch.

2014-02-03 16.04.50And what princess room would be complete without a gourmet kitchen and an espresso machine?

Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon to check out the finished project.