Nov 30, 2013

a(nother) yellow and white christmas

christmas last year took an unexpected turn towards yellow and white -- inspiration struck while i was standing in the christmas lights aisle at the hardwood store. in hindsight, our holiday color palette was only natural, given the tree's proximity to our yellow and white polka-squared dining room.
click here to read more about our fancy chandelier!

last year, i was aiming for mostly homemade decorations. it was our first christmas in this house and i didn't want to go buckwild buying seventy-two-million ornaments. i wanted our collection to grow naturally, year by year.

Nov 27, 2013

shopping for a second baby

and now...an inevitable baby post.

crab+fish isn't a baby blog, but...this is a blog about our family. and when our family expands, a baby-related post or two might pop up. 

i'm 35 weeks along and i've finally started thinking about...
the second baby is different in a lot of respects. i sort of know, for the most part, what to expect while i'm expecting. we have most of the stuff already. we especially lucked out because not only are we having another boy, but he's due at the same time of the year as K's birthday so all the clothes from our first pregnancy will still be season appropriate.

Nov 23, 2013

some quick and easy christmas crafts

the holiday season is mere days away!
ready to start crafting?? 

i was pretty ambitious last christmas (by my low standards anyway) and wanted to share some of my favorite crafts. they're all pretty easy and not one should take longer than an hour.

Nov 20, 2013

update on the dining table III

fish is making significant progress on the diy dining table -- i think it may get finished before the new baby gets here...wahoo! time to start planning his next project, haha!

the last time we spoke, fish was sanding the completed tabletop...and i nearly broke his back. bad wife!

he didn't get any more done for a couple weeks due to his intense work schedule. but! when he continued, he was able to bang out the table base in just a couple days.

Nov 16, 2013

christmas candy cane tutu

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time minutes...hours
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
hazards : your heart will ache for a little girl
would i do it again? : absolutely!

i may be jumping the gun a bit, but i wanted to get this tutorial out there in case you had a little girl in your life that would love to unwrap a candy-cane tutu on christmas...or maybe you want to put your sweetie in one of these for your holiday cards!

Nov 12, 2013

ultrasound snowglobe ornaments

<<< psst! you can see a full list of my diy projects here! >>>

time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ★   ☆
hazards : messy, messy buffalo snow
would i do it again? : yes!

Nov 9, 2013

powder room mini-makeover

the powder room mini-makeover is a project we wanted to address by the end of the year. HA. with a baby on the way, it's looking like we won't tackle this project until next spring at the earliest.

before any re-tiling or beadboard-ing takes place, there are a few tiny updates we made to satisfy us during the waiting period...

Nov 6, 2013

sick figgy -- SOS!

remember the glory days of our fiddle leaf fig?

after a couple of weeks, he started dropping a leaf or two every couple of days -- we thought maybe he needed more light. so we tried moving him closer to the window...

Nov 2, 2013

placemat shopping

let's talk about family dinners.

we don't make mealtime as much of a big deal as it should be, as i always thought it would be. with fish's crazy hours, we're only home as a family during dinnertime maybe half of the week. maybe.  

also, i'll take some blame: i'm a terrible cook. sometimes my meals turn out edible. sometimes not. i just don't get excited about cooking like i do about crafting.

however! with the brand new dining table fish is building us, i am absolutely going to make family meal time a priority and in order to do that......we need placemats. not what you were expecting, right? but, i want to protect what fish has been working so hard on. ...also, i probably need to take some cooking lessons.

in case you've forgotten, this is our dining room, with screamingly bright yellow polka-dot walls:

Nov 1, 2013

october in review

you may have noticed posting on crab+fish slowed waaay down last month. that second trimester energy is now a distant memory. i'm 31 weeks along -- almost there! despite my desire to laze around on the couch all day, we did get a few things accomplished in october besides all the crazy halloween fun...