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Knowing I love painted furniture, my mother-in-law gave me this little cabinet with instructions to paint it. We tried it in a few places before picking a color and when we decided it should go in the girls room, we also knew it needed to be blue.  I had a lot of little helping hands when it came to the painting!

We used my current favorite Annie Sloan Chalk paint color “Provence,” with clear wax over the paint.

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Okay, so I thought I subscribed to enough of those if-you-sign-up-your-friends-you-get-credit shopping sites, but someone just got me hooked on another one. These are some of my favorites items from today.

This is way beyond my budget ($375) and I am sensitive to cashmere, but I can dream…

These are pretty darn cool. They look like they’re made out of thick paper. The details say they are made of 30% recycled content. For a pad of 50 placemats you pay $22. Oh, and you can write on them with chalk!

My mom has been looking for these for a while. I have to say that I’ve been tempted on a number of occasions and this is another one of those. These guys have a few different colors and patterns available. $84 its a bit steep in my opinion, but with some credit it might become more of an option.

Now, I really love Aden and Anais blankets. Target has 4-packs for about $35, but the local store has never had these patterns. I saw them in person in a little boutique selling individually once (maybe they were knockoffs) but they were priced at a ridiculous $20/blanket! It didn’t stop me from coveting the striped pink and red (the close-up makes it look pink, but from my memory the dark pink reads more red in person). Open Sky is selling this 4-pack for $50, which is good I guess if you want these 4 (I really only want that striped one) and can’t find them elsewhere.

Now this is pretty cool and affordable. I would love to receive something like this for Christmas. Grow your own mushrooms! Now, I probably wouldn’t be 100% successful, but I would enjoy trying and every time I attempt to garden I think I get a little better at it. This pack is $20. To be honest I have no idea it this is a good price.

Now this is pretty cool. For $25 you can get a cutting board with precise measurements. I’ve always wondered how far off I’ve been from a perfect julienne.

Anyway, you can find all of these things (well, whatever’s not sold out) and more here at Open Sky.

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Ever since we went on vacation with some thrifty friends, I’ve been wanting to grab one of these Boppy travel swings for myself.  I got this one for $15, which is the same price my Craigslist-pro friend got hers for.  I was pretty darn proud of myself for that!

It folds up flat so its easy to throw in the car.  And the color scheme goes well in our place!

I don’t think these swings are available new anymore, but a similar one by Bright Starts is about $50, so I guess I saved about $35.

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When the time came to move our first daughter to a toddler bed, I decided to be absolutely ridiculous and insist on making one ourselves.  At nine months pregnant, my family would come over and find me furiously upholstering an insanely heavy bed frame made out furniture grade plywood.  One of my many mistakes was to only follow a handful of the directions I found in the one upholstery book that I bothered to pick up.

My super helpful father-in-law cut out the back piece according to a pattern I made out of cardboard.  My mother-in-law and I took that same pattern to UFO in San Diego to have foam cut.  Why do I always feel the blood drain from my face when they tell me the price of foam!?  While we were gone, my husband and his dad finished piecing the bed together only to have to take it apart again to transport it to our house for upholstering.

I squatted and kneeled and laid on my side on the laminate floors of our family room for weeks attempting to upholster that bed around my giant belly.  Little green flecks of velvet were everywhere.  My dad (who lived next door) came over just to shake his head at me and occasionally offer a hand.  My mom (who also lived next door) came over to watch our almost two-year-old, so that I wouldn’t have to keep moving her off the bed frame in order to get the fabric tighter.

I’m still not 100% happy with how the tufts turned out, but overall I love the piece.  It means a whole lot to me that at one point or another in the process of making this piece we had the help of both sets of grandparents.  When our last baby grows out of the bed, my plan is to add some legs and make it into a little reading sofa for the girls’ room.  This piece is here to stay!

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