Savannah is ONE: A derby party!

I really can’t believe my baby girl is already one! I mean, didn’t we just bring her home from the hospital? You can read my birth story here. About two months ago I started planning her derby-themed birthday party. What is more fitting than celebrating her actual birthday on derby day?!

The feeling is pretty unreal to have a child, but then even more so to be celebrating her first birthday already. We couldn’t be happier to share this special day with all of Savannah’s closest friends and family. (We are missing baby Lydia in this picture, darn naps!)savyparty6DSC06985DSC06801
So many people came with handmade hats and bows! It made the party so much fun! I sewed and hot glued mine and Savannah’s. We even had matching flowers and feathers. DSC06797
And ‘my person’ Kat came from Louisville with her sweet family. This friend traveled the day before to help me with party planning. I love you so much! It is rare to find such great friends like you!DSC06842DSC06839What better way to celebrate upcoming Mother’s Day with your own mama who is staying all week after the party! DSC06830DSC06828A derby party wouldn’t be complete without betting, right? Well, I bet on Blue and he won our hearts with this adorable little jockey harness. And if Dan and I would have actually stuck with our original horse picks, (his #5, mine #1 for Savannah’s first birthday) we could have been rich! hahaDSC06827I painted this wooden jockey silk to go with the party and to use each year after when derby rolls around! Savyparty2These hot brown bites were a hit, and approved by my smallest judge! They were super easy to make and a great addition to any Kentucky party! Served with mint julep lemonade, Raising Cane’s chicken fingers, and mint topped fruit salad.

DSC06819If you are here in Lexington, Ky I would recommend using Ashley with One Smart Cookie! We were so impressed with these adorable custom derby cookies. They were almost too cute to eat, and so delicious! I ended up making the cupcakes and they also turned out great. (Basic yellow cake mix, and this amazing buttercream frosting recipe with added cream cheese) I added a bit of food coloring to achieve the pinkish color and added little blue gemmies.DSC06786DSC06784DSC06785DSC06867And this big one year old ate the entire cupcake!! Savannah was blessed with lots of fun birthday presents. Some dolls, musical toys, swimsuits, a beach bag for Gamma’s house, jewelry, books, and much more!DSC06906savyparty4savyparty3I was lucky enough to get some snuggles from this little guy! And we were so glad to see some little boys around 🙂savyparty1Thank you again to all of our family and friends who drove from out of town and spent their day with us. And from those of you celebrating from afar! We love you all so much!

I would love to hear about your derby day! Please share below in the comments!

Thanks for reading,
Kim & Savannah

Nursery Inspiration: A collage of ideas

This is the best part. Using my creativity to inspire some nursery ideas. Of course, the process starts with Pinterest, but I wanted to share some inspiration for our soon to be nursery! Most of my designs are gender neutral and then once we find out the gender, we can personalize it more. Here are some photos of some precious vintage nurseries that I absolutely love!

Check out this cute camping themed room from K. Pearson Brown:

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And going to add horses somewhere, right Kentucky? You will see this carried over on my inspiration wall!

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And what I love most about this vintage room is the cute little pompoms and the world map. Lots of great ideas I can use!

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No room would be complete without a quote or vision. That is why I love this room! Such a simple addition that adds great impact.

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Now the moment I have been waiting to share with you. Here is my inspiration board for our little one’s nursery. Tada! The Spalding Baby Inspiration board:

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  1. Horse wallpaper or stencil horses
  2. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49.16 Custom wood art by me!
  3. White crib, rocker, fluffy rug and leather poof
  4. Vintage containers
  5. Vintage dresser changing table

Of course, we will see once decorating begins, but this is a good start to having a vision for our little guy or gal. We find out the gender in December and I will keep everyone posted. Hope you enjoy these vintage inspired nurseries as much as I do!

Thanks for reading!

Kim

How to Update Doorknobs!

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We are still in the homeowner’s honeymoon phase- where we constantly redecorate and buy new things for the house!  So, with that being said, I am always looking for ways to save a buck or two. I am sharing one of the easiest things you can do to spruce up your new house: DOORKNOBS! Not paying for new, but working with what you have and a few cans of spray paint!

Here is what the doorknobs looked like before:

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And here is the simple process:

1. Remove the doorknobs (make sure to keep the screws together with them).

2. Prep the doorknobs. Ours are metal and just need some steel wool action. This is the part of the process that takes the most time. Rough them up good, and don’t worry about making them perfect. You can always go back and touch them up later with paint.

3. I put all the door knobs and handles on a styrofoam piece so they would be raised up some. This way you can spray paint them around all the edges. Do the same with the screws.

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4. Spray paint. I used Rustoleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. There are other colors I would recommend too depending on what look you want. I also really like the Copper look. I found these at Home Depot or Lowes for right around $3-4/can. And for about 15-20 knobs, I think I used about 3-4 cans. So right around $20-30 all said and done with steel wool! That won’t even buy you one new knob!

5. When spraying, make sure to take the advice of the can! Make sweeping motions with the spray so you don’t have many drips.

Here are some more photos of the process and before/after!

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Here are a few tips I learned the hard way:

– Make sure to spray the back of the knobs/handles first. Then do the fronts after those dry.
– Instead of taking ALL your doorknobs off at once, do them in sections of about 5-10 at a time.
– Buy some touch up paint in the same color. Once you screw the knobs back in, some of the paint may wear off around the screws.
– Make sure to take safety precautions: wear gloves, respiratory mask, and work in well-ventilated area.
– You may need to buy extra screws. If you don’t know which go to each door, the sizing may be off.
– Don’t spray your screws too much. This will gunk up (is that a word?) the screw and it may not go back in.

IMG_2996Wala!! Updates the house with very little money and after a year, they are still holding up nicely! What other tips do you have for this project? Leave a comment below.

Kim