Baby Freia arrived on May 9th, so while I take some time to rest and bond with my little girl, an amazing group of blogger friends is helping “fill in the gaps”. Enjoy their amazing posts :)

Hello, Ashley here from Sugar & Cloth! I’m so excited to be able to fill in with a quick recipe while Audrey is enjoying the new babe! Now that Summer is almost here I thought sharing something cool and simple that the kids could help make would knock out two birds with one stone. I’m sure everyone will agree that busy little ones with full tummies are happy little ones!

The best part is you can even make this recipe calorie friendly by skipping the ice cream and going for frozen cool whip instead. Plus they don’t melt quite as fast, but that’s totally up to you! 

Ingredients:

Once you have all of your ingredients laid out, this little recipe is as simple as building a sandwich. All you have to do is spread the vanilla bean ice cream or cool whip on top of one cookie, then place another cookie on top of that.

Using a little dish filled with chocolate sprinkles, roll the edges of the sandwich in the dish to create the chocolate covered sprinkle edges, and you’re all set!

 

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L:Jenny’s house via Dos Family & Hus o Hem|R: Meringue blackberry & blueberry tart by My Little Fabric

Last week somehow my husband’s coworkers ended up finding my blog somehow, and apparently they were a bit dumb-founded – they said “YOU? You LIVE there?” As in “You, the super masculine geek that you are? You sit in a bright green couch covered in flowery pillows while a flower-wearing lama’s looking at you from the walls covered with more flowers?“. Haha. Poor husband. I do put him through a lot, I have to give him credit – By the way, he has given me a warning that someday I will come back home and the lama will be GONE ;) But the thing is….we’re only getting started here, honey. Like, you see that gorgeous purple table that Jenny from Dos Family has in her house? Someday hubby will come home and he’ll find our table painted some awesome crazy color too – only as a payback for taking my lama away ;)

In any case, today I wanted to show you the pictures of the crazy fun house of Jenny from the awesome blog Dos Family. Jenny’s not afraid to dare with colors and mix & matching furniture and quirky pieces, and I love it. Also a big fan of all the artwork, prints and photographs she put up on her walls – a lot of black and white, simple pieces that contrast perfectly with the bright colors of her furniture. And that giant world map! And hello, did I mention the awesomeness of that purple table already? ;)

And talking about purple – it’s berry season guys! Which means the perfect time to make this gorgeous meringue blackberry and blueberry tart by My Little Fabric. Yumminess!

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Baby Freia arrived on May 9th, so while I take some time to rest and bond with my little girl, an amazing group of blogger friends is helping “fill in the gaps”. Enjoy their amazing posts :)

A touch of feminity, tenderness and sensitivity on ETSY with a pink wishlist for ladies only! I hope you enjoy this little color inspiration while Audrey’s getting to know her sweet little baby girl. – Sofya from Sweety paï-paï and MöØdz.

1. Hello You card / Little Low

2. pastel pink Oxford brogue shoes / Goodbye Folk

3. moth origami lampshade / Nellianna

4. pink & gold studs / Graceful Hunter

5. mini metallic pink enveloppe / Squish n Chips

6. Siren jewel soap / You’re A Gem

7. watermelon seeds sweater / Sheila Couture

8. pink striped paper straws / Fancy That Loved

9. ceramic necklace / Terrafique

10. wall clock / Artis Everything

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I’m super excited to be guest posting while the lovely Audrey is spending time with her newly expanded family!  I am a sucker for cute fabric and an easy sewing project, so I’m here today to share a beginner-level tutorial for making a set of the cutest little hanging zippered pouches you’ve ever laid your eyes on…if I do say so. They’re perfect for using up your fabric stash and (bonus!) stowing away all kinds of goodies. Enjoy! –Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

Materials

  • Fabrics
  • Contrasting Zippers, 12″ long
  • Sewing Machine & Thread
  • Bowl or Mug
  • Extra Large Grommets
  • Grommet Setter & Hammer

Directions

1. Cut your fabrics. For each pouch, you’ll need the following three cuts of fabric: 10″ x 12″, 6.5″ x 12″, 4.5″ x 12″.

2. On the 6.5″ x 12″ and 4.5″ x 12″ pieces, fold about 1/2″ of one of the 12″ edges to the back and press. Fold again to hide the raw edge and press.

3. Top-stitch the zipper to the folded edges with the back side of the zipper to the right side of the fabric.

4. Stack the zippered piece on top of the 10″ x 12″ piece of fabric with wrong sides facing. Trim the 10″ x 12″ piece if necessary. Trace the edge of a large mug or small bowl onto each of the four corners, and cut to round out the corners.

5. Top-stitch the two pieces together about 1/4″ from the edge all the way around.

6. Turn wrong-side-out, and press.

7. Stitch all the way around about 1/2″ from the edge.

8. Turn right-side-out, and press.

9. Install a large grommet in the top left corner. If you’ve never done a grommet before, they can be super easy. Just follow the directions on the grommet packaging to install, but the key is the surface you use to set the grommet. If you try to set it on a surface with any give to it, it may take you as many as a hundred whacks of your hammer; however, if you set it on a super sturdy surface, it could take as little as 4 or 5.

Store, hang, and enjoy!

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I am so excited to finally show you Freia‘s nursery nook – get ready for a gazillion pictures :)

The little lady and I are doing great, she’s now 12 days old – and really we spent the best of the last 12 days cuddling and resting in this very room I am showing you today. As I explained to you all before in my inspiration post and moodboard post, the nursery is just a corner of our master bedroom. We didn’t want the nursery to feel to baby-ish, but still fun for her, and above all things we wanted to the room to feel relaxing, cosy and happy…you know, guessing it would help us get through those evil witching hours of the evening ;)

I drew all the inspiration for the nursery from childhood memories of happy summers. Think ice cream cones, sunflowers, pink clouds and walks in the forest. Shake well and you get this room.

The room didn’t have a lot of space for me to work with but we made it work for our need – and budget! We ditched the changing table altogether (We change her either in  the bathroom next door or on a pad on the bed). I never liked the look of changing tables anyway. We added this simple white crib, a very small rocker right by the little library I made for the girls with clear shelves (tutorial here).

Once the basics were in place, I had fun adding touches of colors here and there – oh the details, that’s where all the fun is ! Some fun prints and photographs  like Max Wanger’s Ice cream photograph- all prints framed by my lovely friends at Framed and Matted-, big yellow wall hooks that look like shining suns ($10 for all 3 from CB2!), and a gold mushroom lamp -because, duh, every babe needs one of these ;)a few little “doudous” in her bed. p.S:If you are a fan of Max Wanger like I am, Framed & Matted is offering this already framed print in partnership with Max until the end of May, hurry!

Amazing friends and readers surprised me the most adorable things for the nursery and helped make this room even more personal – like the bunting above the library by A Moka A Day or the “Little girls with dreams because women with vision print” by Coco + Mingo. They are my favorite things about this room :) Some of my recent projects for the blog also ended up in the room, like the nesting bird hanging planters and a couple of the wallpapered stools.

Right now we also have a little bassinet right by the bed – it won’t stay there long term, but it’s helping me survive the first few weeks by not having to go all the way to the bed every night. It’s all about the little things that make like with a newborn easier, right now :)

The big wooden dresser was already in the nook as our landlord asked us to keep it there, so I added a fake cross-stitch heart that I made out of contact paper (my best friend!) and attached some of the leftover wallpapers that I had from this project and that project to give it a bit more personality- it gives me the perfect storage space for Freia’s clothes! I keep clothes of extra sizes, acessories etc in little boxes and suitcase – it makes the closet less cluttered and I love the extra pops of color they add!

We love this space as it is now, so far it’s been working really well for us! Let me know what you think, friends :) I hope you like it just as much as we do!
Everything in the nursery: Babyletto crib in white , crib sheets from Olive and Andrew, mid-century rocker,  Ice cream photograph by Max WangerPainted Pebbles 1 print by Garima Dhawan, Hand-written “Little girls” print by Jessica at Coco+Mingo,  “Hello. Also, I love you” print by The Big Harumph, all prints framed by Framed and Matted, Egmont mushroom lampFerm living laundry basket, bunting above the library by A Moka A Daydot wall hooks from CB2 that I painted yellow, wallpapered IKEA stools, clear bookshelves, Blabla Kids Fox doll, cloud pillow by me, heart blanket by me, nesting bird hanging planters.

Credits: All photos by This Little Street.

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Hi lovely readers! This is Laicie from A Thousand Threads and I’m so excited to be filling in for Audrey while she’s away with her new little girl!

When Audrey asked if I might like to share, I couldn’t wait to come up with a recipe just for her, so I asked what she’d been craving during her pregnancy – and let me tell you, this girl has good taste. She told me she’d been craving coconut and berries, and immediately I knew it had to be a panna cotta. It was the perfect, delicate combination of the two, and I could easily eat it all day and night, cravings or no.

Now I just wish that Audrey and I lived closer, I’d deliver some myself! (What a clever excuse to meet her new little love…)

Coconut panna cotta with fresh berries

1 envelope unflavored gelatin (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons cold water
1.5 cups heavy cream
1.5 cups full fat coconut milk
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup berries
1 tablespoon sugar

  • Mix gelatin and water in a small saucepan and let stand about 1 minute to soften. Heat mixture over low heat until gelatin is dissolved. Remove pan from stovetop.
  • In a separate pan, stir cream, coconut milk, and honey and bring just to a boil over moderately high heat.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in gelatin mixture and vanilla.
  • Divide cream mixture among eight 1/2-cup ramekins (or other pretty dish) and cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Toss berries in sugar and serve on top of each dish.

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A week ago, we brought home a new life. A new piece of us. The end of life as we new it. A magical new chapter opened last week.

The girls kept asking “Mama. It’s been a LOOOONG time. When is Freia coming?!” I’d tell them that only she knew, only she could decide what her birth day would be, just like they chose them. They’d leave me huffing and puffing still – they just. could. not wait. They wanted their little sister already. Last Thursday I started having stronger contractions than usual, and something told me that she was coming. And I thought she would come fast – because after all, her sisters did. I called my midwives, and we agree that we should go to the birth center sooner rather than later so we headed there late afternoon…to come back early evening. For some reason my contractions died down – it was so disappointing! That good old wisdom I gave the girls earlier just bit me in the butt ;)

But an hour later they picked up again they picked up stronger than before. And I was happy again. I was going to meet my baby girl.

The delivery was longer and somehow more painful than I remembered with the girls – but that’s what your brain does, right? It erases all memories of pain so you’ll have children again. Tricky tricky brain. Anyway. It was tough, I won’t lie, but I am so happy that I went all natural with this one again. Some people like to push their body to run a marathon. I can find no reason more beautiful to push your body to its limits than to bring another human body to this world.

Freia was born at 3:28am on Friday, May 9th, and I think my first words to her where:”You are here! You’re finally here!“. And then I looked at her little feet. These little feet that had been kicking me for month, these little feet that I’d get to move around the side of my belly when she was still in there.

In the wee hours of Friday morning we came back home (the birth center doesn’t keep you there, you get to go home), and the girls could meet their new sister before going to school.

Oh they were so happy. And so proud. And I just had a hard time keeping it together. So many little girls. So much love. And those damn hormones ;)

I can’t wait to see how this little girl changes the dynamics between all of them – but so far they have been so good to her. Olivia sings to her, and not songs she knows – she makes up song for her baby sister. Kinda like Buddy in the movie Elf. “And you’re going to sleeeep! And there will be hoooooooorses in your dreeeeaaams! And unicorns too!!!” It is so funny and so sweet. And Madeline is the best little helper like she always is. She wants to hold her sister, and help find clothes for her, and help change her diaper. Somehow she got so much bigger – and heavier too! – to me. I guess she is a big girl now. Even though I still see her as my little one :)

Hubby was off work all week and helping out with the girls, so I was able to rest a whole lot. And Freia has been an amazing baby – she has already slept 5-hour stretches at home a couple of times! Granted, I know it won’t last and tough ones are coming, but still. Last night as I was feeding Freia on the terrace after we put the girls to bed, everything was so peaceful, so serene and I thought to myself: “This has been the perfect first week with our baby girl.” So hopefully, here’s to more perfect weeks:)

But regardless of the tougher times that I am sure are coming, I feel ready for the challenge of balancing life with 3 kids, and can’t wait to us to figure out our new routine. To figure out our new “life as we know it”. So bring it on!

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Hello This Little Street readers! I’m Jessica, over from Coco & Mingo and I’m so thrilled to be taking over TLS today while our lovely Audrey is taking her maternity leave! I’m so excited to meet + greet the new baby into the TLS + blog family, aren’t you?!

Because babies are on our minds (no, not quite ready for me, but so, so happy for my dear friend, Audrey!), I thought it fitting to do a baby post. And if you know me, I’m all about letters + personalization, so I thought, why not have a personalized mobile to hang in the nursery? To make it even cooler: let’s make it dip-dyed ombre colored!

Please advise: No, Audrey’s new baby girl has not been named “Sophia”!! I just like the name, don’t you? :)

DIY Ombre-Dyed Letter Mobile

What you’ll need:

// 3/16″ or 1/4″ (diameter) wood dowel, desired length – available at any arts & crafts store, like this one.
// White felt sheets (approx. 1 8×10″-sized sheet per 1 letter)
// Your choice color dye pack for Poly fabric (I used the iDye Poly dye pack in Pink; if using cotton felt sheets, use dye for natural fabrics)
// Cotton balls
// String
// Needle + thread

First step is to dye the felt sheets. Because each package of the iDye Poly can dye up to 2-3 lbs of fabric, you don’t need to use the whole thing (since I only dyed around 10 felt sheets, I used only about 1/3 of the pack. Be sure to follow instructions on dye pack). Dip the felt sheet into the heated dye mixture and let sit in a side pan while it cools (with the un-dipped edges leaning up against the sides of the pan). Rinse and wring out when cooled, and hang to dry. To get more of the “ombre” effect, re-dip just the bottom edges of the sheet again into the dye to get it darker, and let cool, once more.

 

Once the dip-dyed felt sheets have dried, cut out the block letters you want to create. I made mine about 4-5″ in height. You can spell out anything! Your baby’s name, a positive or inspirational word, ABC, 123 – it all works!  Sew the letters together by hand or machine, and stuff with cotton balls before closing it all the way up.

String through the top of each letter and tie to the wooden dowel in place (you may need to cut the wood down to size). Tie string to each end of the wooden dowel and hang!

 
Thanks for having me, Audrey! Wishing you and the new baby the best of love and luck!!

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Another removable wallpaper project today! I am so in love with that wallpaper – it seriously all over my house now :)

A couple months back I bought a lot of stepping stools at IKEA – hubby and I were on a mission to make the house as practical for the girls as possible before the arrival of their baby sister Freia. The more they could do on their own, the better for us (see the constellation reward chart I made to help with that). I put a stool in their bedroom so they could reach the top of their closet, another to catch the books in the  little library I put up in the nursery, another one in the kitchen… and one in my bedroom as a much needed side table. We literally live in Stool-land ;) But these stepping stools are only $14.99 and we get so much use out of them – how could I resist?!

I had a bunch of leftover removable wallpaper from when I wallpapered our living room and entrance (see post here), and from when I did the giant wall stickers for the girls’s bedroom, and I thought, “why not use those scraps and had a touch of fun to these stools that have taken over our life?!”! Seriously the easiest DIY project, and they pack up our home with color and fun. The girls of course asked for a bright pink stool - because duh, pink and unicorns and princesses - and I just couldn’t say know ;)

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Our little Freia arrived in the early hours of the morning last Friday – and we couldn’t be any happier! Our hearts are filled with love and happiness. She’s the sweetest little thing and perfect in every way. I’ll share more pictures and tell you more about her birth and our first days at home with her on Friday – for now I’ll go get some rest though, if that’s ok ;)

In the weeks to come I’ll still be around the blog sharing posts and reading all of your sweet comments, and I’ve also asked amazing blogger friends to help “fill the gap” so I can spend much needed time with sweet little Freia. You’ll see a lot more guest posts while I am on “maternity leave” – but I have no doubt you’re gonna love every single one of them!

Thanks to all of you who have already been leaving lovely comments on my Instagram feed, sending sweet notes and pretty gifts for Freia’s birth – it means so so much to me and my family to have this amazing, supportive community around us.

Hugs, Audrey

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