the coveted bunk beds

Holy moly have I get a LOT of requests about the details of the bunk beds in my kids shared room! I’m so glad you guys love them as much as we do and figured it’s probably easiest to point everyone towards a linkable blog post with all of the information I have!

We bought the Kura bed from Ikea a couple of years ago but luckily they still seem to have it in stock and even better — it’s only 2 colors vs the three we had! We first had it flipped with just one mattress and a canopy on top but when my current youngest started wanting to sleep in there anyways [and another babe on the way!], we decided to flip it and have my daughter [3] sleep on the bottom and my son [5] sleep on the top.

We have a regular twin mattress on the floor and an ikea twin mattress on the top. I hated the look of the bed because of the multi-color tone and just knew it needed an upgrade so I painted it the perfect shade of grey! I put a drop cloth down, flipped the bed the way I wanted, and painted with a regular paint brush. First, I did a coat or two of primer and then a coat of grey — similar color here but definitely choose what you like! I let each coat dry for a few hours in between. Does it chip? It’s chipped a little in one spot, I’m thinking it had a tiny flap starting to peel and my son was bored one night trying to go to bed. Will fix that right up one of these days [aka probably never]!

I hope that helps answer everyone’s questions but if you have anymore, please leave them in the comments and I will add the information to this post! Below are not exact links to products but links to where I purchased them.

-LWPH

30 days of sewing with Art Gallery Fabrics

I was so excited to be asked to be chosen for 30 days of sewing with Art Gallery Fabrics! I had such a hard time choosing which fabric I wanted to use but it finally dawned on me that our OLD [and I mean, old] glider needed a makeover in a major way for baby boy’s nursery!

We’ve had this glider since just before my oldest was born [he’s now 5] and it was new to us at that time but not new. We bought it at a local goodwill. It needed some serious TLC so my sister recovered it for me — can you believe at the time I didn’t even know how to sew?! I gave it a good coating in new spray paint and it was like a new chair!

I’ve been agonizing over what to do about a glider — our nursery is so small so a big comfy chair was pretty much out and I really loved the comfy level of our current glider, the look just didn’t fit baby boy’s nursery theme anymore.

I used Bound in Canvas by April Rhodes and literally just winged it on a hope and a prayer. I used the cushions as my “pattern” and it was a really short + simple makeover project! And holy moly isn’t my little guy THE CUTEST!? I just want to eat him up.

The last step in the glider makeover was a fresh coat of spray paint. I’m kind of obsessing over grey right now [if you haven’t been able to tell by my instagram feed] so it was the natural choice. I grabbed two cans at Home Depot and it was done in about an hour. I love fast + easy projects!

I can’t wait to share more of his nursery with you guys! This is probably the most neutral and simple of the three nurseries I’ve put together and I just love sitting in there dreaming about our new little one.

This blog post was sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics and photos by Scott Mosher Photography.

-LWPH

calling for submissions: styling your bump + nursery tours

Hey mamas!

I’m so excited to be looking for some amazing contributors to my blog! As I’m pregnant right now, I’m totally loving styling the bump posts. There is SO much fabulous maternity clothing out there right now and want to see what you love to wear. I’ll be adding posts from myself as well but it’ll be nice to have a few new faces around here besides mine! We also want to see how YOU style your LWPH goods at home! You mamas tag me in so many fabulous photos and inspire me so much I would love to feature a few of your nurseries!

If you’re interested in contributing to the LWPH blog with either a Styling the Bump or Nursery Tour posts, please e-mail LWPHsews@gmail.com with some information: your name, blog link, instagram handle, due date for bump posts and a few photos for nursery submissions. Make sure to put BLOG SUBMISSION for the subject!

Thank you so much, so looking forward to hearing from you lovely ladies!

-LWPH

photo by Jessie Evans

Bump Style Box

I know it may seem silly but having actual maternity clothes this time around (as opposed to going up a size or wearing my husband’s t-shirts) has made me actually enjoy getting ready for the day instead of absolutely dreading it! Even better? Having someone else pull pieces just for you, sending a whole box of goodies to try on, and keeping whatever works best for your body + style! Bump Style Box was an answer from the maternity heavens! All you have to do is sign up, fill out a survey so your stylist can get a feel for what you like, and a box of beauties shows right up at your doorstep!

It was such a personalized experience down to the handwritten note from my stylist, Hannah. I tried on everything in the comfort of my own home and ended up keeping a few pieces and sending back a few pieces. It was so nice not to have to drag my littles to a store, wrangle them in the dressing room while I’m quickly trying everything on and ending up leaving totally frustrated because I couldn’t even enjoy the experience. Anyone feel me on shopping with little kids?!

Any service that makes a mama’s life easier + feel prettier is a-ok in my book! You can order your first box here!

-LWPH

Pink Blush Maternity

 

 

In the past, I’ve never given too much thought to my maternity style — just buying up a size in regular shirts or even in months 8 & 9 with my first just borrowing my husband’s tees! Not surprising, I never felt super attractive pregnant and told myself this time around I’d get a few pieces that really make me feel good but don’t cost a ton. Let’s be honest, who wants to spend a ton on maternity clothes you can only wear for a few months?!

 

I was so happy to stumble on Pink Blush Maternity through instagram because it totally fit the bill! I was looking for more fitted, long tops that didn’t make me look [and feel] bigger than I am! They are always having great sales and I even found a super cute baseball tee for $15 through a special they were having on instagram one day! I wore the floral maternity dress to church a couple of weeks ago and I can’t tell you how many people complimented me in it — talk about making a mama feel good! Getting a few pieces that really fit your growing belly well is totally worth it.

Shop these looks here | here | here

 

–LWPH

Christmas in July Sale!

We’ve been working hard for the last couple of weeks to build up as much stock as possible for you rad customers! I LOVE having mostly everything ready to ship because who wants to wait 3-4 weeks for a quilt? Sometimes that’s just how it goes but this time I’m so glad to have everything ready to go!

The sale will start at 5PM PST on Sunday, July 26, and run until midnight on July 29. EVERYTHING in stock will be 20% off! I only do a sitewide sale once per year and it’s usually on Black Friday but since this baby will be here a few weeks before that, I don’t know if I’ll be able to offer a Black Friday Sale this year — so here we are with an awesome Christmas in July sale instead!

Sadly, a few items will be retired once the last one or two items sell but I wanted to give you plenty of heads up so here they are! You can also see my previous post incase I missed any here.

And a couple more products being retired are The Teagan Plus QuiltBerkeley crib sheetDaisy crib sheetThe Frances Plus QuiltRose crib sheet, and The Amanda Plus Quilt may be retired once the last one sells. Please e-mail me through my contact form if you have any specific questions regarding the sale I didn’t answer here!

-LWPH

prints being retired

I’ve been posting a lot on instagram about tons of prints being retired and I thought it might be helpful to put links all in one place. Easier to keep everything straight and make sure you get notified in case I don’t have time to post about it on social media. A print being retired means it will NOT be brought back to my shop — ever — so if you’ve had your heart set on it, I definitely recommend snagging it soon as some only have one left of each.  So let’s get to the list.

Grey Cat Boppy Cover

Daisy Crib Sheet

The Lilly Crib Quilt [only available in crib size]

Lilly Crib Sheet

The Teagan Crib Quilt [only available in crib size]

Field Party Crib Sheet

The Berkeley Plus Quilt 

Berkeley Crib Sheet

Geo Baby Blanket

Little Bow and Arrow Collab Quilt

The Alison Plus Quilt

I will also be flying on a plane alone with my two kids and pregnant belly to head home for a couple of weeks [wish me luck!] so all orders placed now will ship June 25th at the earliest. All turnaround times are on each listing. If you have any questions not answered here, please feel free to send an email to LWPHsews@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

LWPH

LWPH in Country Living

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the growth of my business. It has been steady and I’ve loved being able to add a couple of talented seamstresses to my team — they are truly fabulous! It got me thinking about some of the coolest opportunities I’ve had since starting my business and one that immediately popped into my head was my 2014 feature in Country Living Magazine!

 

 

I was so beyond excited when one of the editors commented on my instagram and sent me an email a couple of hours later. I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high because I’ve heard that things get cut with magazine features all the time. I happened to be out of town with the most minimal access to finished quilts or the ability to whip out any quilts but it was kind of amazing how it all came together! I had brought a throw quilt I needed to finish binding for a customer, a throw of mine, and my mom had one. My customer was AMAZING and let me borrow her quilt for the shoot and I sent everything overnight.  My friend from California also overnighted a quilt I had made for her daughter. I was so grateful how generous everyone was to help make this happen!

I heard back from Country Living and everyone was raving about the shoot — I couldn’t wait to see it and was still dying to get the final word on if the feature was going to make it in or not! My hopes were definitely high at this point but luckily I didn’t get crushed as I got final word that it had gone to print! My little shop was going to be featured in a national magazine. Is this real life? I even got tagged by a friend from high school after she found me at Target! Totally made my day/week/month/year.

 

 

The best news is I still hadn’t seen the shot! I was under the impression that my quilts were going to be hanging out in the back of some beautifully staged room, piled up or laid across a couch. That would’ve been awesome, right? The morning it was released on digital I got a tag from another shop posting the feature and it was a full page spread! Four of my quilts on a full page. It was seriously one of the coolest moments and I won’t soon forget the feeling. I may never  be featured in another magazine and that’s totally okay. I’m beyond grateful for my experience with Country Living — everyone I worked with was so great and so kind!

This year I’ve been having to readjust my expectations for Little Wife Power House as I’ve been trying to take care of myself [and this growing babe!] but I know I still have so much more to offer and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings my business!

xo,

LWPH

freezer cooking tips + links

Today has been a weird day. I woke up EXHAUSTED and even texted my husband that I could hardly keep my eyes open and would probably be laying in bed all day [like I did yesterday]. I cleaned the kitchen a little then had to pick my 4-year-old up at preschool. I felt guilty that we’d be stuck in the house all day and instead of picking up a quick lunch, we opted to grab some groceries at Target. I was about to go in and got this urge to cook a few freezer meals I made when I was pregnant with Charlotte [now 2 1/2] so we grabbed the ingredients for those as well as the basics. The next text to my husband was a little different — going from complete exhaustion to a photo of all the food I had cooked was kind of surprising to him!

So I thought I’d link to some of my favorite freezer meals and some tips I’ve picked up along the way. I’m a HUGE fan of freezer cooking. I know space can be an issue for a lot of people and I have a few tips to save space but not many, just a heads up!

  • Today I made these chicken enchiladas. They are so good! I just freeze the sauce separately and since we aren’t huge fans of leftovers, I always split recipes in half and either cook half for dinner and freeze half or just freeze both halves.
  • Breakfast items are a must when you have littles to take care of on top of a newborn. Not that cereal every day won’t work. Cereal works and we’ve done that too but every once in a while it’s nice to pull something out of the freezer and feel like a rockstar mom! I make these banana muffins and add chocolate chips. I also always double or triple waffles + pancakes anytime I make them and freeze the extras. With muffins, I fill the liners with batter and stick them in the freezer. Once they’re set, I take them out and put them in a gallon size bag. Then you can either take out and thaw the morning you want to cook them or you can just add a couple of minutes to the cook time! Fresh muffins! Freezing cooked muffins works really well too though and with a newborn, it’s nice to have some stuff that you don’t have to do anything to!
  • Pioneer Woman’s chicken spaghetti is definitely a go to of mine! One tip I always do is I, once again, split the recipe in half but the nice thing about casseroles is you can put them in a gallon sized ziploc, lay flat in a pan and stick in the freezer. Takes up minimal space and you can stack meals on top of meals! It’s great.
  • This white chicken chili was a huge hit for our family and I snagged some of these from amazon for storage. They’re super nice and I also use them for homemade spaghetti sauce. Make sure not to fill ALL the way to the top since liquids expand a little when frozen.
  • Chicken rolls are always my go to for freezer meals! It reminds me of home and they are just so good. Freeze on a pan just before cooking then stack them in a gallon size freezer bag. Easy peasy!
  • You can also freeze crock pot recipes all in one gallon size freezer bag. Pinterest has lots of great ideas!
  • And last but not least…TREAT YOSELF with some frozen cookie dough that you can just take out and cook! Chocolate chip cookies are always a go to but you can freeze any kind!

I hope this helps some of you get started on freezer cooking! I know it’s not for everyone but on hard days where I’m about to ask my husband to pick up take out, it’s nice to get a win and be able to pull out a wholesome meal for your family! Please leave any freezer meal recipes/links in the comments, I’m always looking to expand my list!

-LWPH

wanderer product review

Wow, so coming up with titles for blog posts is REALLY hard! As you can see, I took the more literal route. Full time bloggers, I bow down to you and your endless creativity!

I’m so excited and honored that one of my absolute favorite fabric designers asked me to be her last some on the Wanderer Fabric Tour! I love sneak peeks of products coming so I’m going to share a few things to come with the shop! First up is a new crib sheet that will be coming sometime in March. The print going down the side of the mattress is a perfect addition to the print and doesn’t it just work perfectly for a crib sheet?!

Sweet Madison was the best model! She loved being wrapped up in this blanket, probably because it’s made out of the softest knit ever! You can stretch it crazy far and it still pops back into shape. I remember when I first started sewing, modern prints were just starting to get popular and now lines like Wanderer come out that just leave me so inspired to create pretty things for you + your babes. I definitely couldn’t do what I do without talented ladies like April!

I’ve been talking with Katy from Sweet Littles Handmade for so long about collaborating on a doll quilt. When we were both sent a little of Wanderer to play with, we knew exactly what print we’d be using to make the cutest doll/quilt combo. I was so excited I whipped it up that same night! Make sure to follow me on instagram because we might just be doing the cutest giveaway ever with some of my absolute favorites soon!

I’m so glad you guys have been loving my new everyday blankets as much as we do! My daughter literally sleeps with at least one every single night and they are SO warm and cozy! When I saw this print I knew it was screaming to be used on something large scale! It’s perfect used on an everyday blanket and will be amazing made into a crib sheet as well! Can’t wait to introduce these products to the shop!

I’ve copied and pasted links the other wonderful, talented men + women on the fabric tour so go check them out and be inspired!

Sunday Feb. 15 – Nicole Morgenthau – finchsewingstudio.com
Monday Feb. 16 – Holly Hughes – hollygetsquilty.com
Tuesday Feb. 17 – Shannon Cook – veryshannon.com
Wednesday Feb. 18 – Becca Bryan –  bryanhousequilts.com
Thursday Feb. 19 – Rochelle New – luckylucille.com
Friday Feb. 20 – Kate –  http://seekatesew.com
Saturday Feb. 21 – Amber – oneshabbychick.typepad.com
Sunday Feb. 22 – Caroline Hulse – sewcaroline.com
Monday Feb. 23 – John Adams – quiltdad.com
Tuesday Feb. 24 – Maureen Cracknell – maureencracknellhandmade
Wednesday Feb. 25 – Delia – deliacreates.com
Thursday Feb. 26 – Kelly – cutcutsew.com
Friday Feb. 27 – Christopher Thompson – thetattooedquilter.com
Saturday Feb. 28 – Jen – www.littlewifepowerhouse.com

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to follow April on instagram [@aprilarhodes] for a giveaway of the line!

-LWPH

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