Easter Nails

My birthday is coming up this weekend. I will be the dreaded much anticipated 3-0.  In the grand scheme of things it’s not that big of a deal.  I mean what’s thirty when we are talking about eternity.  And if I’m thirty that means I have been driving half of my life… which seems like a long time ago. and that’s only fifteen years. So here’s to another 30 or 60 or however many years God blesses me with here on earth.

In the meantime I’ve been thinking about how to personally celebrate my birthday.  You know, a little me time.  A little let me sit back and relax time.  One of the ideas I have is to go get a manicure and pedicure… because what girl doesn’t like to be pampered (and have her feet massaged).  Plus with the warmer weather (minus this week) it wouldn’t be so bad to have cute little toes to show off.

So anyway while I thinking about having my feet massaged and my hands pampered I thought I would share some of the adorable Easter nails I have found on Pinterest.  Oh, if I could only try them all.

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Aren’t these fabulous?! Ok so who has unpolished nails but after reading this post really wants to add a little color to their digits? Me,me!

I plan to be back later this week with a recap of last weekend but if not… “Happy Easther!”

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Design Crashing: stickandstrum

Late last year I got an invitation from some good friends of ours, Shane and Shauna, to help them select finishes for their new business adventure, stickandstrum.

Stick and Strum AcademyI was beyond excited and loved the challenge of working on a tight budget.  It brought me back to my healthcare design days.  Any way, Shane had been teaching music for several years and decided to follow through with his dream to open his own music academy.  So stickandstrum was born.

Back in December Shane sent me pictures of their soon to be studio…



it was a nice place but definitely lacked some personality.  So after talking with him a bit, looking at his Pinterest board, and trying to get a feel for what he likes I created a couple of concept boards on Polyvore and sent them to him.

Music Waiting Room

This was the one that ended up winning both of our votes plus Shauna’s.  The idea is that even though stickandstrum is a music school it would look and feel like a recording studio.  We wanted each of the students to feel special and that they were coming for more than just a “music lesson”.  With a little bit of my help and a ton of Shane and Shauna’s creativity I think we created that.

ss5We chose to go with darker colors on the walls and trim to create a more intimate space and to tone down the bright colors that we wanted to use in the furniture.  Most of the furniture is from IKEA.  Shane and Shauna headed over to Atlanta one day and loaded up a truck full of supplies for stickandstrum.  Shane also took advantage of his collection of poster and used them as artwork throughout the space.


Shauna found the coffee table in the attic space above the studio.  She gave it new life with white paint for the sides and legs and chalk paint for the top. Because what kid doesn’t love letting the world know their thoughts?

Noah Noah’s mom couldn’t resist.

The challenge for the waiting was creating enough sitting room for several parents and a couple of siblings to wait during lessons.  We came up with the idea of adding this bar (not a bar you serve drinks at)  to one of the walls.  It created seating for four and makes a great place for someone to set up their laptop or work on some homework… all without taking up much space.

Shauna found these cool boxes, painted them, and filled them with games to keep the kids entertained… or the adults.  
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This is command central (a.k.a. Shauna’s desk) and what you see when you first enter stickandstrum.  I’m pretty sure they have something cool planned for the wall behind the desk… I just can’t remember what it is.

Directly behind the lobby and waiting room is this giant chalkboard calendar that Shauna created.  I love it!  This is perfect for visual people like me.  They plan to set up a store in this room and also have a guy who does guitar repairs that sets up here.
ss1We chose to use color on the walls in the back area.  The picture above is Shane’s office/teaching room and it showcases some of his guitars.
ss15Further back in the studio is a garage area which makes the perfect space for group lessons and concerts.  Part of Shane’s teaching philosophy is to do more than teach a person how to play an instrument.  He wants to show them how to create and play in a band and them give them a stage for their concerts. How cool is that?

Noah tested out the drums in the group drum area.  I could totally see her rocking some drums some day.  What do you think?
ss3 ss2On the other side of the garage is the stage where students can perform and rehearse. The area is designed so that the group lesson areas can break down and seats be added for concerts. Stickandstrum even prints and sales actual tickets for their concerts. Can you imagine how special this makes the students feel?  I think it’s awesome!

I hope you enjoyed my first Design Crashing adventure.  It was so much fun helping Shane and Shauna bring their dreams to life.  I have loved following them throughout this whole process.  You can follow along to on Facebook, Instagram,  and Twitter.  And if you live in the Birmingham area and are looking for a place for your child to get plugged into locally check out stickandstrum Academy.  They offer private and group lessons for all ages (even adults) in guitar, piano, bass, drums and ukulele.  Shane is one of those talented people that can play a boatload of instruments and also has other teachers on staff.  There is even a Kids Camp this summer for children ages 4-9.  If Noah and Esther were old enough I would probably be considering it because I have no doubt they would have fun.

Ok, now for the fun confession part of the post. Did you take music lessons growing up?  What instrument did you play?  I never took individual lessons but was in the band in Middle and High School.  I played the flute.  I’m by no means going to say I was great but I enjoyed it… plus I learned how to read music while I was at it.  Too bad that doesn’t officially count as a second language.

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Family Friday: Easter Craft Accountability

One of the great things about blogging is that even if no one was ever to read my posts at least I have our life documented.  It’s sort of like a scrap book of posts.  Which is good because it may be the only scrap book I ever make.  But there are a few of you who do read my ramblings.  Thank you!

Because of you, I feel like I need to be held accountable for what I write.  Sometimes,  I may mention a project and it be another six months before I actually complete it but it gets done. That’s where today’s post comes in.  I have been pinning all sorts of ideas and crafts to my Easter Pinterest board.

Growing up I always wanted to be the fun mommy.  The one who did crafts, paintings, and games with her children.  That desire hasn’t changed but sometimes it’s just hard to find time, motivation, and resources to be as cool as I thought I would be.

So, I’ve rounded up a few Easter projects that I would like to do with the girls this year.  Maybe when it gets closer to Easter (April 20) I will share how our projects turned out.  You know whether it was a “Pinterest Success”  or “Pinterest Fail” project.  Has anybody else seen those floating around on Facebook? Some of the fails are pretty funny.

Ok.  So here goes.  Here are the projects I want to try with our girls this year.

toilet paper bunnies more toilet paper bunniesI have been a huge fan of the toilet paper roll crafts ever since Noah created her kitties out of one.  And these are so cute and look fairly easy that I couldn’t pass them up.  Plus Esther has been asking to make something out of our toilet paper rolls ever since she saw the ones Noah painted.

resurrection planterI love this one for several reasons.  First, I love that this one focuses on the meaning of Easter and could be used as a great teaching tool.  Second, Noah love dirt!  i’m sure this will be one of her favorite Easter crafts. Third, we already have an empty planter that needs a little TLC anyway.  And finally, I’m sure the girls will love the extra bonus of getting to plan grass and watch it grow.  Maybe we will plant CatNip for Buddy in it. FingerBunniesnChicks11_1(source)

I’m a sucker for finger print crafts and this one would make a cute card to send to the grandparents.
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My girls love painting… so I’m sure this one won’t disappoint.  I might have to put my own twist on it though.

Ok. So that’s four crafts for us to do in three weeks.  I think I can manage and I’m sure the girls will have loads of fun with these crafts.  Esther’s favorite part of the day is “school”.  Which is good because she sort of holds me accountable for making sure we actually have our lesson each day.

Don’t forget, I’ll be back later in April to share how these projects went.  And I had so much fun looking for and pinning Easter ideas that I might do a few more Easter “pinning” posts.  In the meantime check out my ever growing Easter Ideas board on Pinterest.

P.S.  I would love to give credit to the other projects/photos but a source wasn’t listed.  If anyone knows whose they are please let me know.

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