April 18, 2014

Hadley's Big Girl Room - A Peek

Hi there and happy Friday!  We are getting ready to host an Easter brunch and egg hunt for about 18 people, including a few cute kids I haven't seen in forever! Excited!! So to close out the week I thought I'd share a photo from a project I've been hoarding/preparing for over the last few months - Hadley's big girl room!  I'll do a full and proper post on the entire room once the custom quilt I'm having made arrives - it's really going to make the room: ) 

I found this lovely antique full length mirror on Craigslist and snapped it up for just $20. 

Half a can of spray paint (Brushed Rose from Lowe's)  later and it turned into this!

Lots more to share next month!! Have a great weekend!
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April 17, 2014

So This Happened....

Hi!  So when we started this little blog three years ago I had some small goals for the posts and projects I shared.  I wanted to use Sweet Magnolia Way as platform to hopefully inspire other DIYers out there (the way I had been inspired by countless others) as well as get some feedback on my interior design work and crafts/projects.  Well, two days ago one of the biggest things (in my little world) happened when Joy Cho - a blogger/mom/designer that I respect immensely thought enough of my Dinosaur Garden Party for Layla to pin it and share it will all of her followers.  This may seem like a small thing to most but for me it was a mix validation and happiness that someone I look up to so much liked what I did.  It's right up there with the Design Mom tour and having Emily Henderson critique (and like) my nightstand!!  Anyway, this post isn't about tooting my own horn it's to share something great that recently happened to me because of the 1 or 100 people that take a little time out of thir day to read what we write here. So YAY! And thank you!  My day/week/month has been made: )

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April 16, 2014

Wednesday Wishes for my Grandchildren



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April 15, 2014

Cranberry Almond Muffins Topped with Raw Sugar

A delicious muffin with fruit, almonds, and a sugary topping ~ perfect for breakfast or anytime you crave a sweet treat.

Ingredients (for 12 muffins):
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds + 1/4 cup for topping
2 teaspoons raw sugar (or white sugar)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

In a measuring cup, mix oil, eggs, and almond extract.  Add to dry ingredients.  Stir only until combined.

Add cranberries and slivered almonds.

Spoon into greased muffin cups or line with paper.

Bake for 20 minutes or until done.  Cool and Enjoy!  ♥

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April 14, 2014

A Dinosaur Garden Party for Layla

Hi there and happy Monday!  I mentioned last week that my Layla recently turned five but neglected to share the fun pix of her dino-themed party.  So today, I thought I would share a little bit of the fun with a few details with more to come later.

I has been anxiously awaiting the debut of the Oh Joy party line for Target and ended buying almost everything to use for Layla's party.  The pretty colors and the feminine gold accents made the perfect pairing with all those dinosaurs!!


I love using fabric for tablecloths so I bought four yards of oxford blue shirting to use for the dining room table so all the bright colors of the cups, plates and napkins would really pop.


I like to keep all the lunch and drinks simple for parties so I have more time to focus on what's important - a certain five year old and her cute friends.  So I usually (always) make the same sandwiches - mozzarella, basil, tomato with balsamic vinaigrette and turkey, arugula & pesto on ciabatta bread - crowd-pleasers and easy to make the morning of.
The cake this year was fun to decorate...Layla riding a triceratops (her fave).  I made the Layla out of fondant that I mixed food coloring into - it matched her party outfit exactly (see here).


Once lunch was over the girls were each given a plastic pith helmet, bucket and sifter to use while searching for dinosaur fossils in the three sand boxes Scott made.

And after all that digging (those fossils were harder to find than I thought) partygoers got to watch Mt. St. Layla erupt....it was a good thing we made sure everyone stood back...Scott added a little too much baking soda (after his first attempt was a little lackluster) and ended up with a face full of vinegar and baking soda!!

We enjoyed cake on the deck and after the girls went and played some more.  Later everyone got to adopt their own dinosaur at the end of the party.

It was a great day...a sunny day...the perfect birthday party for a very special girl!!

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April 10, 2014

DIY Hanging Barrette Organizer

Hi!  Last month, we were invited to celebrate the first birthday of Bobby and Natalie's cutie pie, Juliet.  When I asked Natalie what to get her she mentioned barrettes.  So, armed with that info,  I jumped on Etsy and searched for little alligator clips that I thought would be perfect for her and her two sisters.   I found this shop and went kinda crazy - they have to most adorable little felt faces and animal barrettes - it was hard to just pick a few!!

Once the clips were purchased I knew they would need a place to live (so Natalie wouldn't go crazy keeping track of them)  so I made a simple hanging ribbon organizer to hold them.  Below is how I did it: )

The supplies:
+D Hook (hardware store or cut one of those ribbon belts!)
+Hot Glue Gun
+Wood Topper (I used a heart from Michaels)

 First I laid out the ribbon under the heart to see how long I wanted it to be. Once I determined the length I snipped the end of the ribbon on a slant.

Next I flipped over the heart and looped the ribbon through the D hook.  When I had the right amount of length I added a dot of hot glue to the inside of the ribbon and then attached the ribbon to the heart with another dot of hot glue.


All that was left to do was add a wooden 'J' to the heart (for the birthday girl) and clip on the lovely little barrettes!

Have a great Thursday!!
Kendra Pin It

April 9, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday - Zara Home Love

Hi there!  I have been on the Zara clothing site many times, but just recently came across their Home department.  Based in Spain, Zara really brings colors of bright, tropical colors into their designs!  I spent some time yesterday looking at everything they currently offer and shared my favorites below!

Pom Pom Towels are mighty cute!
Little Zig Zag Stool

Bight + Happy Printed Rug
Flower Serving Plate

Confetti Fringed Throw

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