Mieka’s Berry First Birthday

April 1st, 2015

My baby girl is growing up! Despite the fact she’s been toddling out of my reach for a few months, Mieka is now officially a toddler. And so begins the stage of whole milk drinking, nap time dwindling, and long sloppy smooching (just the way I like it!). Sometimes Kevin and I think Mieka might be a real-life genius. Then we’ll catch her eating dog food and think, “Wow, she’s striving to create a better dog food formula, how smart is she?” Although I can’t condone the dog food taste testing experiments, I fully support her quest to read every book in this house a thousand times over. Happy birthday miss Meeks, you will always be my strawberry sweetie.

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Credits: Strawberry Tissue Hearts from The House That Lars Built // Cupcake Toppers from Plumcake Parties on Etsy // Red Polka-Dot Leggings from Pitter Patter Shop on Etsy // Strawberry Wax Paper from Giftaholic on Etsy // Happy Birthday Sign with printable template COMING SOON to Banana Mustache!

Strawberry Fields Tunic: an Old Navy Dress hemmed by my grandma (Thanks grandma!) and designed/screen printed by myself with huge help and thanks to Tim Sievert and his friend Brett. THANK YOU!!! The Peter Pan collared onesie that’s underneath was found at Once Upon A Child. Um…I love Peter Pan collars!

Mini Strawberry Hair Clips: Made with these strawberry appliqués from Boutique Supplies Co. on Etsy and glued onto red mini snap clips.

Strawberry Sugar Cookies: Made using this amazing sugar cookie recipe from Baking a Moment and with this strawberry cookie cutter from CopperGifts.com. Many YouTube video tutorials were used to help me decorate them!

Thanks: A big thanks to my mom for making the strawberry cake pops and mini fruit pizzas. Yum! Also, thanks to my sister-in-law Tara for the Etsy Gift Card she got me for Christmas. It helped make this wonderful party possible!

KevinTruckenmiller.com

September 8th, 2014

Kevin and I recently teamed up for the design and development of KevinTruckenmiller.com—a portfolio site of his work in music. The site is a responsive, one-page design with some trendy parallax scrolling. The “work” section is a discography of albums he’s credited in and offers listening samples on rollover. The site also features some fun looping clips of music videos for songs he’s been a part of—my favorite part! As always, I enjoyed working with Kevin to bring this thing to fruition and am hopeful it will bring him more clients to make music with in the future!

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And, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the live site in it’s full glory at: KevinTruckenmiller.com.

Tomfoolery, Colors and a New Camera

July 15th, 2014

A recent trend (or maybe not-so-recent trend) for me has been starting blog posts and not finishing them. On the off-chance I get some down-time to work on them, the ones I’ve started always seem too outdated to continue moving forward with. Well, enough is enough! Not that I’ll probably be posting more—because, let’s face it, with a two-year old, an infant, and a full-time job there’s hardly time for me to remember the laundry needs to be changed out…or the lawn needs to be mowed…or the bills need to be paid…or Dakota needs sunscreen…or…where was I?—oh yeah no more of the starting and not finishing posts. That’s just tomfoolery!

The Color Run happened again this year and it coincides perfectly with our teaching of colors to Dakota! Truth be told, we’ve been working on our colors for months. It’s the only thing he seems to be having a tough time mastering. Letters, numbers, and shapes he has an amazing memory for. We’re starting to think he might just be colorblind like me…well color deficient. Uhhhhh I mean…I see colors PERFECTLY! <Let’s change the subject> Oh hey! I got a new camera from Kevin for my birthday! Woohoo! So let’s get to it then! Here is aftermath of the colorpocalypse (yes, I added “apocalypse” to the word “color”) shot with my new Nikon D7000!

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The new team Truckenmunch 2014. Only Shiloh’s butt made it into the picture, but he’s part of the team too!

Mieka’s Newborn Photos by Taryn

April 19th, 2014

A couple weeks ago Taryn Christine Photography popped over to take Mieka’s newborn photos! I don’t know about anyone else, but I find it very challenging to lull newborns to sleep when you really want or need them to. Luckily, with Taryn being my friend, we relished in the chance to talk photography and design in the –I forget how many– hours it took to get Mieka in, what I like to call, “prime newborn photo mode.” Although Mieka was never in it for long and not nearly cooperative enough to do the oh-so-trendy “Head in Hands” pose, I can’t thank Taryn enough for being patient enough to wait out some fussiness for these shots. I’m excited to post a few favorites from the shoot!

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Dakota and Mieka’s Nursery

April 1st, 2014

With Mieka on the way, I figured it was about time I finally finish the nursery! And now that she’s here, I’m calling it done and moving on to the next. So without further ado, here is Dakota and Mieka’s shared digs!

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The design of this room became based around my favorite tangerine, orange and creamy yellow hues in effort to create a warm, cozy nursery that feels bright and happy even on those cold, dark days of winter. These are a few of my favorite items in the room:
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1. Geo Zipper Drum Shade Pendant Light from Shades of Light
2. Espana Area Rug from Home Decorators
3. BÖJA Table Lamp from Ikea
4. Modern Wall Frame from Pearhead
5. Fox Plush Toy from Personality Ink
6. Handmade Joel Dewberry Aviary Pillow from The Red Pistachio
7. Elephant Animal Hamper from Home Decorators
8. Deep Pole Handle Storage Basket from the Basket Lady

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I chose Glowing Apricot 165 by Benjamin Moore for the wall color and Pearly Gates 190 for the ceiling. Kevin sanded the floor right after we closed on our home in 2011 and together we painted it with a clear, water-based polyurethane.

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The decor of the room centers around this beautiful handmade quilt and matching Joel Dewberry pillows I found from The Red Pistachio on Etsy. It is my absolute favorite part of the room and worked as a color palette for all the other oranges, yellows and patterns I wanted to incorporate.

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The bunting banner was handmade by myself and my grandma who helped sew them! I was able to find fabric from the quilt on Etsy. If anyone is interested I can do a template download and tutorial for this in the future. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

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The prints and frames shown here were featured in a previous blog of mine, and the valance was made using this DIY tutorial.

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Most of the furniture (like the crib and the glider) were things that I found on Craig’s list for super cheap. The glider was in great condition, minus it’s old red cushions, so I ordered new ones in a creamy, soft microfiber material from the Nuture Center. Other furniture (like the bed frame and nightstand) were things from my previous bedroom set that I painted white to match.

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And there you have it! If I missed anything or you’d like to know more just ask!