DIY: Gold Painted Easter Eggs

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Dyeing Easter eggs  is something I look forward to every single spring. It’s such a happy little ritual!  But this year I wanted to try something a little different and I completely ignored those little Paas egg dye packages at Target, and headed straight for the art section at Michael’s. With a handful of acrylic paints, a gold paint pen, and some cheapo brushes, I sat down to make some fun artistic designs.

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Here and there


In the past couple of weeks since spring break, we’ve been on what feels like a total lightspeed journey from winter into spring. All of a sudden it’s April, and I’m less than a month away from turning 33. Which for some reason kind of makes me feel weird, but whatever.


Jude stayed home from school on Thursday due to a fantastically raging cough which then led to middle-of-the-night projectile puking. I have very little recollection of that night – at one point I stumbled upstairs and got into his bed because he had completely taken up my side of the bed in our room. In true middle-of-the-night stupor, I didn’t really think too hard about it and then realized the next morning that I may or may not have been sleeping in puke. Then at 4am, Simon stumbles upstairs to find me because the poor child is puking again. Which meant that we changed the sheets on our bed in another stupor. And then he puked some more. This time, though, we just ended up putting a towel down because we were out of sheets.

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Obsessed with: Camp Blankets

With all the fun of picking out decor for our lake house, I’ve fallen madly and irrevocably in love with wool camp blankets. You might recognize them better by Hudson Bay or Pendleton.  But they’re ridiculously expensive, even the vintage (read: used) ones, soo I’m continually on the hunt. Here are some of my favorite ones – and if you see one in a vintage store, buy it!!

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ONE // TWO //  THREE (similar) // FOUR // FIVE // SIX // SEVEN // EIGHT


If you’re not dead set on only the Hudson Bay stripe (by far the most popular – and I daresay expensive), there are plenty of other options. Keep in mind with all this gorgeous virgin wool, they’re still not going to be cheap. My personal favorite find are these custom throws by MacAusland Woolen mills on Prince Edward Island in Canada.

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Carlton Landing: paint is done, now on to floors



Nautical navymodern farm house at #carltonlanding www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Apologies in advance for the overabundance of lake house posts, but it’s kind of a big deal over here in our lives right now! Plus I know I’ll look back someday on all of these photos and remember the process. So humor me. :)



Bright aqua door on modern farm house at #carltonlanding www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Last weekend we made a super fast trip to Carlton Landing to have a design consult about our house. We stayed in the coolest little guest cottage  with the most unusual floorplan

- all the bedrooms were on the ground floor and the upstairs housed the kitchen and living room with a stellar balcony and fun little loft bedroom. A gigantic balcony looks over Firefly Park. And in the backyard resides a truly gorgeous pool with another little guest house. Fun, right?

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I get asked often about how to rent a cottage at CL. The best way is to call Steve at 888.619.1889 and chitchat about when you’d like to go check it out.baker-house

Our house has made some progress since our last visit. All of the painting has been done, and it’s finally starting to look like a real house!

checklist-of-things-to-do  landing

The biggest thing I’m working on right now are light fixture choices.  The only one I’m stumped on is in the stairwell. There’s room for two hanging lights of some kind.


There will also be two pendants over the kitchen island. And there’s room for either a pendant or a fan in the space surrounding the loft.

pocket-door-in-kitchen view-up-to-the-loft

The banisters on the railing of the loft show what the wood floors are going to be stained like. I cannot even wait to see what they look like all finished!railing


Everything was so clean and bright with all that fresh white paint. The house gets a ridiculous amount of light all day long. SO SO HAPPY.white-living-room



Especially this eastern facing window in the upstairs bedroom. I love that we have a view of the lake (at least for now).


Progress is happening! Can’t wait to see all the tile and flooring go in next.

Got any lighting recommendations for me?



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