Monday, August 31, 2015

little sneak peek of a little cutie

I know it's still August, so my blog break isn't technically over, but I just missed y'all so much! Plus I couldn't wait to share some pictures of this little angel!

See the sweet little headbands that my adorable model is wearing? They're from Sadie Sky Boutique and I have some exciting news to share with you on Friday about this great company! But until then you should definitely head over to the website and check out all the cuteness.

And if you find something you just have to have (and I know you will), be sure to use code LITTLEDOVE20 at checkout to receive 20% off your order!

I'm excited to be back to my regular posting schedule, and in addition to something fun this Friday, I have a beautiful, heartfelt guest post coming this Wednesday, and I'll be sharing Little Miss H's birth story next Monday! SO, lots of good stuff coming up; it's good to be back!

Friday, July 31, 2015

summer bucket list update

To say that I feel like I've really dropped the ball on this year's Summer bucket list is an understatement. I mean, we've made a little dent in it, but some of the things that should be a breeze to cross off are still untouched (like building a sandcastle or making s'mores). I guess it will have to be our goal this next week to cross as many things off as possible!

As you can see, we did make our annual trip to a national park already (back in the beginning of June) with a fun trip to Zion National Park.
I love this picture of my little dove and I because the last time I was here (the start of The Narrows hike) I was pregnant with this little man and didn't even know it yet!

We also finally "painted" our shirts (that's what my kids are calling the tie dye, and they had been bugging me for weeks to do it!) which might have been a little ambitious to do with so many little kids, but it was still fun. We invited a couple friends over to tie dye with us and I think everybody had a good time. All of the shirts turned out so cute, and of course I had to make a sleep gown and tiny shirt for little baby sister in mommy's tummy (as she is affectionately known around here).

To make our shirts we used the Tulip brand tie dye kit (similar to this one), and I think it really simplified the process.
My two older kids ask to wear their shirts just about everyday. :)

Lastly, I just want to remind y'all that today is July 31st, which means two things; first, today is the last day to use the code littledove20 on the Timi & Leslie website to receive 20% off your order; and second, I'm now officially on my annual Summer blog break until September! I'll be back in a month with a birth story, a giveaway, and lots of other great stuff; plus more awesome guest posts! If you don't already, be sure to follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook so you can see what exciting things we're up to during the month of August!
Have a great rest of your Summer!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

guest post// diy color block gold leaf log

This post is written by Jess, a mom to 3 kids and wife to a collegiate strength coach. She has a degree in Industrial Design and she also minored in Interior Design. Jess loves to share her eclectic sense of style with everyone on her blog, Domicile 37.

Hello All! I feel very honored to be guest blogging on Little Dove Creations today! I love reading about Justine and her sweet family and all that she can do...She is a talented lady and a great mom. With that said, I thought that I would ease her burden (as she preps for her new addition) and help her out by sharing a simple DIY that is all season appropriate and is extremely easy 
to recreate...and it only takes about 30 minutes. 

Before I get started with the DIY, I would love to give y'all the backstory to how I obtained my log. Please do note, you can purchase your log at a store, this is just a story of how I obtained mine...A couple of months ago, while driving to I do not know where, I saw a pile of logs sitting at the curb of a home in my neighborhood, I assumed they were free...well, I am pretty sure they were free because a few days after I obtained my small pile, I drove back down that street and saw a bigger pile with a sign that said free. Anyways, I threw my small pile of logs in my van and let it sit there for a few days while I tried to figure out how I was going to disinfect them of all the creatures inside of them (I live in a townhouse, so I was most certainly not bringing them in without a plan). I decided to put the logs in my oven at the lowest setting (175 degrees) and I let it bake for an hour. To my surprise, it worked. 

A log or tree stump
Modge podge (any brand will do)
Gold Leaf
2-Paint brushes (or foam brush)

*Note: If you happen to pick up a stump or log from outside to kill the critters, you can bake your logs at 175 degrees (or your lowest oven temperature setting) for an hour PRIOR to attempting this DIY. NOW, this is what worked for me but it may not work for everyone---I also checked on the logs while in the oven every 10-15 minutes to make sure everything was okay and nothing was on fire.

(As Pictured Below)

Apply modge podge to desired area on log with paint brush (or foam brush). You can choose to tape off the section if wanted. I think there is beauty in imperfection so I chose to eye ball everything. When working with modge podge, do a little section at a time. Modge podge dries fast, so you have to be quick when working with it. 

I worked in small sections (the size of a gold leaf sheet) and I applied the gold leaf on top of the modge podge and repeated these steps until I worked my way around the whole lower section of my log. After I placed the gold leaf down on the area of the log covered in modge podge, I gently pushed down on the gold leaf, securing it to the log. When doing this, try to keep the fingers you use to push the gold leaf down on clean and free of glue. You do not want the gold leaf to stick to your fingers. 

After I gently pushed the gold leaf down, I grabbed my dry paint brush and I patted the gold leaf down almost like I was doing a stipple affect with a dry paint brush. I wanted the gold leaf to really sink into the wood and to have a raw look to it. I did not want it to look perfect.

After the gold leaf settled a bit into the wood, I took my modge podge and paint brush (the one used in step one) and applied modge podge over the gold leaf to act as a sealant. 

Voila, now you have yourself a chic, on trend (not too trendy), but classic in style decor piece.

Thanks ALL for having me today! I enjoyed sharing a little part of me with you.

Thank you so much Jess, this is a gorgeous project. 
It somehow perfectly combines a simple, rustic look with chic sophistication, love it!

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