The Mirror Of My Dreams Becomes A Reality

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Back in May of 2016, I was in the throws of the entryway makeover. I was on the hunt for a ginormous mirror and stumbled across this one from One Kings Lane. I absolutely loved it, but as I mentioned in my Instagram post (below), it was a little too wide and way too expensive ($450 before taxes and shipping). I put it in my mental “Dream Decor” file in my brain and went on my way.

Fast forward to February of this year. Lo and behold, check out what was awaiting me at our local discount furniture place. Despite it being just short of 5′ tall, I nearly missed it! I walked right past it at first as it was off in the lonely “damaged” corner of the store, with a giant sofa in front of it.

It was pretty banged up, with damaged corners, but the mirror itself looked great and I absolutely loved the gold color of the frame. And did I mention it was huge? Huge things that I can actually afford are hard to come by these days—I just wrote a whole post about living in a house that seems to require big-everything. So yes, I bought it! Not without a little haggling of course. I got it for $140! (Hey, it never hurts to ask and he didn’t seem too offended with my lowball offer. I think the mirror had been there for awhile…)

I tried to bring it home right then, but my attempt to stuff it in the truck of my Honda Accord was laughable. Aaron returned the next day to pick it up, although I had failed to mention that it was absolutely giant and weighed around 80 lbs. Here’s his reaction of that. Oops. 🙂

Now it was time to hang the thing… and where?! I first thought maybe the first floor, just because I hate to hide the pretty mirror away, but Aaron reminded me of another space—the master bedroom. Our master bedroom is on our to-do list for this year (it’s so, so bad), and this mirror is just one piece of the puzzle. I used this picture hanging trick to get it perfectly mounted without measuring, and as luck would have it, we struck studs at both anchor points. To keep it extra secure, we used lag screws (a bolt/screw hybrid) and heavy duty D-rings to hang it.

Zig Zag Dream Mirror in Master Bedroom

Now, back to the damaged corners.

Zig Zag Dream Mirror in Master Bedroom

Zig Zag Dream Mirror in Master Bedroom

The mirror frame is made of a thick fiberboard, wrapped in a thin, gold overlay of some sort. I’d imagine all the transportation and handling of this mirror on its journey from warehouse, to full retail, to discount warehouse left it pretty banged up. These two corners (above) were the worst of it. I didn’t have the perfect solution, but I came up with a pretty good one—Rub ‘n Buff, which is essentially gold-colored wax. I had it leftover from this DIY where I made a simple white mirror look like it had campaign-style bracket on its corners. (I can’t believe that was four years ago!)

Zig Zag Dream Mirror in Master Bedroom

Here’s the after… the gold isn’t a perfect match, but good enough! I also like that the texture of the gold wax is similar to the original finish.

Zig Zag Dream Mirror in Master Bedroom

Zig Zag Dream Mirror in Master Bedroom

It’s helped breathed a little bit of life into the decor of this otherwise boring space… we’re getting there!

Have you had any great bargain finds lately? These are the things that I’ll hold on to forever!

xo,

emily

The Arrival of Otto Richard!

By | The Brothers May | 8 Comments

Otto's Birth Story

Otto Richard May

March 17, 2017

9:07 am

9 lbs 3 oz

21.5″ long

Oh Otto! What a wild ride you have taken us on. Wild, but awesome and blessed and yes, crazy and all of those fun things that happen when you add a newborn to an already chaotic house! We are so happy you are finally here… we’ve been waiting for you!

Otto's Birth Story

The days leading up to Otto’s birthday were full of uncertainty. This whole “wait for baby… who knows when/where I will go into labor” was an entirely new ballgame for me. With the twins, I was on hospital bedrest leading up to their arrival, so I was literally steps away from where I needed to be day and night, surrounded by professionals. But with Otto? Shoot…  I had no idea! I had a silly, irrational fear that I’d get stuck, blocked in by cars on all sides, in a fast food drive thru lane. Or what if it was in the middle of the night? What would we do with the boys?

Otto's Birth Story

But of course, it all worked out. I had been feeling pretty good all day on the eve of his birth, minus some belly discomfort, which I chalked up to my pants being too tight (ha!). I left work a little early to get my hair done… an appointment I never thought I would make being 38w5d along. (By the way, can I just say how awesome it felt to be able to go full term with this kid!?). We finished my hair and as I was signing the credit card receipt, I felt my water break. I knew instantly what it was… and thank goodness I had a long coat on that day.

The nurses took one look at me when I arrived and deadpanned, “Yup, that’s a rupture” and admitted me. I’m glad they were calm, because I wasn’t! I realized about halfway through the triage process that I may have gone to the hospital too soon (you know, these things take awhile) but for whatever reason, we were all convinced it was go time. And it sorta was… in about 16 hours. Aaron showed up 90 minutes later… he had been with the boys waiting for my parents to arrive (they flew down the interstate from Indiana).

I labored throughout that night… all I wanted to do was walk. It was the only thing that felt good. I must have worn a path in the floor, going round and round, with Aaron at my side to lean on when the contractions hit. (Aaron continues to be the best birth coach, ever. Who needs a doula?) Finally, around 6 am, I asked for the epidural. I was about 5-6 cm at this point and ready for some help. There’s some sick part of me that likes to feel the pain, to know the pain, for as long as I can stand it. But then I’m all about some relief so I can focus on the pushing, enjoy the process and be present for his arrival.

Otto's Birth Story

The active labor part was very similar to the twins. Little boy was ready to arrive, because after just a few pushes/minutes, he was here. The relief I felt… that immediate lift of worry/anxiety/questions/uncertainty… was lifted when I saw his beautiful face. The best moments of my life are seeing my boys for the first time, and watching Aaron see our boys too. I loved my doctor… she is all about being present… and I distinctly remember her saying “Look at him!” as he was being born. I didn’t take my eyes off of him for hours. Also, Aaron watched the whole thing this time around and you should have seen his face! A mix between wonderment and pure terror.

Otto's Birth Story

And unlike the twins, I didn’t have to leave my sweet boy there at that hospital. He was by my side always… something you notice when you’ve done the NICU thing in the past. We stayed for two nights after he was born, which I was originally against, but I needed the rest. And I needed time to be skin-to-skin with my boy as we waited for my milk to come in. The big boys came to see us, with my parents, at the hospital on Saturday and it was amazing. Aaron got them each a Big Brother balloon from the gift shop, which was the best distraction for two excited toddlers. Teller and Nixon did so well with him at that first meeting and continue to do so well with little brother. They are loving, yet curious. They touch his nose, eyes, feet… examining them as closely as I did when he first arrived. They could say his name immediately, “Ah-TOE!” and Aaron and I have since adopted the super cute pronunciation.

Otto's Birth Story

Otto's Birth Story

Otto is one-month old already, if you can believe it. I know time will escape us faster than it ever has, so I’ve been trying to stay in the moment and soak up every ounce of this newborn phase. We’re still trying to figure out our routine and getting to know our little man. Right now, my main goal is to make sure everyone feels loved and cared for. The twins and I have special time together each night, just like we’ve always had, whether it’s me reading to them or playing with cars, and that has helped tremendously with the transition.

That’s all for now! Welcome to this world Otto!

xo,

emily

DIY No-Sew Modern Easter Baskets

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Easter is almost here! I’ve been excited for this holiday because my two-year olds are old enough to understand what’s going on and really get into it. We took them to an Easter egg hunt this past weekend and they had a blast! They are at that age where “collecting” is really fun, which makes egg huntin’ the perfect activity. And what is an Easter egg hunt without an Easter egg basket? I had so much fun creating these bunny totes. Seriously the easiest thing ever!

DIY No-Sew Easter Baskets

I had been hunting for cute Easter egg baskets for awhile, but I couldn’t find any that I liked! Or at least ones that were reasonably priced. I wanted something fun and more modern, so I took matters into my own hands. The requirements: under $15 each, no sewing required and no more than 10 minutes to assemble each one (hello, we’ve got a newborn over here). Easy peasy.

First up, I ordered these blank bunny ear burlap totes off of Etsy for $10 each. I’m not sure the Etsy option would ship in time for this Easter, but no worries—they are also available on Amazon Prime!

DIY No-Sew Easter Baskets

With the tote already made for me, I focused on creating the felt block letters for the front. I made my own letter stencils the way I always do—tracing them right off of my computer screen. I chose my font (Andale Mono) and my font size (600) and made pencil marks around the outline of each letter. (Note: I know my screen says a font size of 800 but it was too big! 600 at 100% view ended up being perfect.)

DIY No-Sew Easter Baskets

The reason I didn’t trace the letters fully is because I wanted them perfectly straight, which is hard to do when tracing on a screen. I used the marks I made to draw the final, straight lines with a ruler. The “O” is obviously a little tricker… I eyeballed that one. 😉

DIY No-Sew Easter Baskets

When I cut out my letters using the stencil, I used the clean edges of the felt sheets as much as I could to ensure straight lines. Can you tell I was straight line obsessed? I didn’t want the letters too look too “crafty”… ifyaknowwhatImean.

DIY No-Sew Easter Baskets

With all of the letters cut out, I eyeballed the placement on the tote, then used Tacky Glue to glue everything down.

DIY No-Sew Easter Baskets

Each tote is also fully lined, so to ensure none of my glue leaked through to the liner, it was easy enough to just pull the liner out while I was glueing everything together. I popped it back in once everything was dry.

DIY No-Sew Easter Baskets

All done! Seriously so easy. It’s really just cutting out letters and glueing! The boys received tons of compliments on theirs and they’ve had a ton of fun carrying them around the house. All weekend long they would sling it over their shoulder, yell “Bye!” to Aaron and I and try to head out the door. Lol!

DIY No-Sew Easter Baskets

=DIY No-Sew Easter Baskets

Hope everyone has a great Easter!

xo,

emily

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