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Where did the week go?

Goodness, it’s Friday again! I had plans to get a whole bunch of posts prepped and ready over last weekend to publish this week while we were away enjoying our spring break, but with games and church and dyeing Easter eggs and packing, it all came to nothing. And next week we have family coming into town, so we shall see if I can get the projects posted I’ve been working on lately.


Baby girls has been crawling and getting into everything lately…I had to laugh this morning when she somehow got herself stuck on the corner of the coffee table! I shared it on Instagram (I’m janimouse over there if you want to follow along!) with the #meanmom then got caught up scrolling through all the other mean mom pics. Some are pretty hilarious if you need a laugh!

Enjoy your Easter weekend! We have an egg hunt with cousins tomorrow then church to celebrate our Savior’s resurrection. This is my favorite season.

it’s Friday!



How’s your week been? We’ve had our ups and downs, with a few sick days thrown in, but it’s the last school day before spring break and we.can’t.wait! We have some fun family things planned for next week that we are all looking forward to.

Our sick days gave us a little time off from our crazy five-days-a-week softball schedule we’re currently in, so we’ve had a bit more time at home enjoying the beautiful springtime, like the blackberry bush that is a riot if blossoms in the photo above. It’s completely taken over one of our raised beds in the garden, but the blackberry jam and pies I’m dreaming of will make up for that lost garden space. We’re really more of a fruit than vegetable family anyway.

I’m off to do a little last minute Easter shopping while the kids are at school and I can keep some secrets, then I’m looking forward to helping out with the second grade class Easter egg hunt! With a nursing baby at home this year, I haven’t been able to be in my girls’ classrooms like I would want to, and I’ve missed it. So this will be the perfect way to ease into our break.

I’ll be back next week with a few quick and easy projects, plus it seems I’m sewing new pillows for virtually every space in the house. Have a great weekend!

glam it up! {customizing a free printable}


If you’re visiting from Make It and Love It, welcome! I’d love if you wanted to poke around at some of my most-clicked posts: updating oak cabinets, an easy desk chair makeover, fairy house decor, a coffee table trunk, and soda crate shelves. You can see the entire nursery reveal that goes with the blanket ladder tutorial here. Thanks for stopping by!!!

One of the easiest parts of baby Ellie’s nursery was the gallery wall.

impressions by jani nursery gallery wallI used all frames I had on hand, purchased the “You Are My Sunshine” canvas from TJ Maxx, and received a few prints (Love is Spoken Here and Baby Elephant) as gifts. I made the blessing gown hanger from a small wooden plaque and a knob left over from my desk makeover a few years back. The hanger the dress is on actually has a crocheted cover that my grandma made and I love.

IMG_7029That’s me in that cute little rainbow frame! My parents found the rainbow when they were helping clean out my grandma’s home after she passed away, and handed it down to me. Since rainbows are our own family symbol for our sweet Patrick, it was perfect to add to baby E’s nursery.

I also framed a scrap of the ikat fabric I used to make the nursery pouf, added a few free printables (E hot air balloon & You Will Do Great Things), and painted the LOVE sign with some of my favorite rub n buff.

For one of the printables, the feather, I decided to add a little extra bling to customize it just a for my space. It’s so simple to do, this could be done with literally any printable out there.

Start with your printed printable (say that ten times fast!), quick drying tacky glue (I love Aileen’s!), and glitter of your choice (I used a super fine gold from my stash).

customize a free printable with glitter at impressions by janiTrim it to size to fit your frame (mine is 3.5×10) and then simply trace the portion you want to glitter with the quick-dry glue. Don’t be too much of a perfectionist here–the glue is not super fine-tipped so it’s hard to be totally precise. But I think that adds to the finished result. Once you’re done with tracing the glue, liberally sprinkle glitter and let it sit to dry. (Don’t rush the last step! I’ve discovered if I lift a project to shake off the excess glitter too soon, the glue will run and ruin the result.)

update a printable with glitter at impressions by janiOnce your glue is completely dry, shake off the excess glitter, then pop your customized printable in a frame and you’re good to go!

customized printable at impressions by janicustomizing a printable with glitter at impressions by janiThe possibilities with this kind of project are limitless! You could glitter up the flowers of any of these 24 free March printables. My oldest daughter would love this butterfly printable with a few glittered butterflies. How pretty would this deer silhouette be with either the deer or the space around it all glammed up? I’m trying to decide which of these printables to use in my master bedroom–they’d all be gorgeous with a touch of glitter. And my fairies printable would be perfect with a touch of pixie dust added!

I’m sure there’s a room in your house that could use a touch of glitter–if you try this out, I’d love to see a link to your result!



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are we done yet? {pink, navy, & gold nursery reveal}

Baby Ellie’s nursery is finally done! Yes, she is nine months old. Yes, it has been 80% done for the past nine months. And yes, she only has one curtain panel, but for all intents and purposes, this baby is done-zo! It’s the only room in my house that I consider completely finished, and I am thrilled with the results.

IKEA spice racks as book shelves at impressions by janiIMG_7007IMG_9870Ahhhhhh. Let’s take a look around this tiny little room where one-fifth of my heart resides.

This room is directly off the master bedroom–baby Macie lived here for two years. It was supposed to welcome home baby Patrick, but instead became a short-lived office/junk repository. I kept the door closed. I never went in there. A bit of the blue paint we’d put on the window-wall the day we found out we’d lost our boy is still on the baseboard, and I would just stare at that could-have-been spot and not get anything done.


Then, joy after all the tears. Baby #5 was on the way, and I allowed myself to dream again. The sonogram said GIRL and I jumped in with both feet. Baby Eleanor will never replace my missing boy–he has his own treasured spot in our family. Ellie is just as precious and deserved her own welcoming, special place.

IMG_6989IMG_6949I love planning and creating rooms for my children. I can be playful and have fun, DIY to my heart’s content, and with four daughters in three rooms, I have the chance to create three different rooms I would have LOVED to have as a little girl! What’s not to enjoy about that?

IMG_9863So, the nursery. It’s itty bitty and so cozy and sweet. The navy dresser combined with the classic baby girl pink inspired the color scheme for the space. The gold pulls add that hit of bling that every girly space needs–blue+gold is one of my serious color crushes right now.

IMG_7001This is the space that I sat with E for hours and hours last summer and nursed and rocked and sang and cuddled her to sleep. Everything is washable and wipe-able, but a little fun, as well.

IMG_6896There are hints of meaning all around the room–baby blankets made for Eleanor and my older girls by loved ones. Meaningful prints and artwork. Our unofficial family motto. A little owl figurine for her brother. A rocking chair passed down from E’s great-grandma. A mobile that shows her how high she can reach.


This nursery is full of DIY and love. DIY mobile, DIY monogram, DIY blanket ladder (see the tutorial here), DIY glider and pouf, DIY curtains (are you sensing the theme?). All those months as I was anticipating and dreaming about sweet baby E, I worked away in this space, creating a room for the two of us to share and enjoy through these precious early months.

IMG_7029pink and navy nursery monogramIMG_7023IMG_7033IMG_7031IMG_7040I think she’s pretty happy with the results.



Bedding: PB Kids

Art: Love is Spoken Here, E hot air balloon, You Will Do Great Things, glitter feather, and baby elephant

Fabric for pouf and glider: Hobby Lobby

Book shelves: Ikea

Dot decals: House of Smiths

Have you officially finished any spaces in your house? Share!

I’m entering this is East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars!

Also linking up with Home Stories A to Z and Not JUST a Housewife.

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