Noah's Nursery

For the longest time I always imagined what a nursery would look like.... if I ever had a child. I even wrote about it here after we started the adoption process back in 2014.

When we adopted Noah - I was looking forward to creating a space where he could play, learn & and enjoy. A few days ago we celebrated his Birthday & we also surprised him with his own little space. To be honest, it's a large space that is half my office & half his room. Some people may wonder how this could work....well, since he's on a schedule, I always know what comes next & it's easier to plan my days around his day.  Ok, so let me show you around Noah's room!  I have always loved the idea of neon lights, so I shopped around & quickly realized that neon vendors are very pricey!

So, we found another alternative from a company called Cool Neon. We got the one called High Bright Hella Phat. They actually offer EL Wires that glow when electricity is sent through, but not quite in the same way as neon. Meaning, you won't see it as much in the daylight, but as the sun goes down you'll start to see the neon-look! If you purchase this exact light, you would need the light... plus a driver which can also be bought on the Cool Neon site here. The most important thing to remember when creating your own sign is to measure how much you'd need. The wire doesn't bend easily so write whatever the letters are going to be on some paper. We decided to have it say "you are loved" - and our sign took about 20 feet of neon.

Another reason we chose Cool Neon is because it was very affordable, both battery & electrically operated, can be programmed to blink in patterns & doesn't take training to make the signage. The photos are of the sign in the afternoon - but this photo was brightened to show the neon-look a lot brighter. It isn't as bright as this during daytime. That is the only downfall. Eventually, I'd love to get this in actual neon so I can see it brightly during daylight!

Here is an awesome DIY on How-to-Make a Neon sign using the same El Wire we purchased. We are also happy that we got to collaborate with The Land of Nod for Noah's room. They sent some amazing items our way.  One of the items we wanted for his room were bookshelves... so we could place his collection of kids books. We opted for this straight & narrow book ledge in white from The Land of Nod.  It displays book covers so you can find them easily + you can also use it to display kids art or any wall hangings you may have!  We love how it looks on the wall!

Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to have a son. Not sure why......I guess it was just my preference.  So, when I saw this 'Boys Rule' print, I wanted it for Noah's space. You can get one from Mini Learners. Thanks to my friend Sarah for gifting it to him. And how about these wooden bow Tie blocks? Adorable right? They're also from the Land of Nod. Noah loves biting on them.

Of course, a baby room must have an area rug that is comfy.  I first bought a wool rug...BIG mistake. It shed way too much, so I returned it.  This one is a soft trellis shag rug from Rugs USA & we love it! It's pretty thick already but we still went for the thickest rug pad from Rug Pads USA.

Here's Noah (above) inspecting the new space from his Babyletto crib. Below you'll see a similar name print to the ABC kids ones I used to sell in my shop. Well, this one was made by my cousin, it incorporates Noah's name throughout the Jeremiah 29:11 scripture. It's perfect. You'll also spot the blue Wobbly Stacker a popular little piece from The Land of Nod along with one of my mini-zebra prints! 

The silver vinyl star decals are such a HUGE part of his space. These removable stars are from Urban Walls and designed by Danielle Hardy. Thanks to Danielle, these are now part of his room. They were easy to put up, all you need is a soft, clean surface! The gray "pull up a pouf" is from Land of Nod & it mixes in with the space quite nicely. It's soft to the touch, but firm and comfy to sit on.

Toy storage is a big deal to us. I can't stand having baby toys all around the house. So, in order to contain them, we decided on the 3 bin palozza from The Land of Nod. As of right now, all his toys are stored away and he can easily access them.

The cutest Zebra Throw pillow sits nicely in his crib. 

This little wooden robot has parts that come off and are placed back on by magnets. Find him and BoConcept.

Below: Here he is when we surprised him on his birthday with his new space! So grateful for moments like these.

 I hope Noah's new space will INSPIRE you to create something beautiful for your baby!

-post & photos by jen ramos

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New Made By Girl ART + New Site!!

Hey everyone!! 

After not adding paintings to the online gallery for a couple months, I have now added some NEW  pieces including several (pre-framed) colors paintings!  I recently painted some art that was inspired by the GORGEOUS carpets I've seen in local shops along with the Morrocan style rugs I love so much! -  These new additions are currently listed as 'Rug Style' - and they have a slight abstract-feel to them.  I love beautiful, colorful rugs and thought this would be a great addition to my online gallery.  Hope you like them!!

NOTE: My apologies.....the pricing on some of the paintings was incorrect & higher than I had requested. Sorry!!!  - That was an accident & the true pricing is now listed for each painting!

p.s - for commissions and any custom pieces you'd like to have me to paint, please email me.

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Kate Spade Home

Have you heard? 

Kate Spade launched a collection of Home decor items & it's super cute! I'm especially fond of the polka dot Downing Desk.  It's so chic & love how it also has three drawers with a lovely brass finish. As they say, pretty things increase productivity.  I agree. Working beautifully is something I enjoy doing. But a little more than I could spend on a desk at this time...but perhaps it would work well for you? Below are a few of my favorites from the Home collection, available directly on the Kate Spade site!

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Guys: How-To gift your woman Beauty Products

I always find that beauty products make great gifts, but people don't often gift them.  My husband rarely gets me makeup, unless I request it...but if I told him to guess, I'm sure he would have a pretty good idea of what to get.  So, guys....if you don't know anything about make-up (don't feel so bad, most men don't) there are many different ways to find out what your gal would love beauty-wise.  My suggestion would be
  • Take note of the beauty products your gal currently uses daily.  
  • See if anything is running low. 
  • You can also discretely ask how she likes a certain product she is using...or ask what it's for. 
  • Ask her what her favorite shades are if you're thinking of gifting lipstick.  
  • Be creative, add a box of luxurious chocolates with your gift!  My suggestion would be Vosges luxury truffles. 
In the meanwhile, you can also just try something new & gift her either of these beauty items I've suggested below. Of course the Voges bon bons are a must and the candles, why not? Up your romance game with some delicious scents from DL & CO! Always my favorite!! 

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Another year, another Valentine's Day.

We have made our V-day dinner reservations and I am DEF looking forward to a romantic night alone with my husband.  In the meanwhile, for those of you looking to buy your lady a gift, I've gathered (10) items I'm sure she'll be excited about!

Take notes fellas. XO

1.  feminin pouch by clare vivier
2. Olivine Atelier 'You Are Loved' set
3. heart dish via kate spade
4. heart & arrow stackable rings by kate spade
4. 'walk on air' perfume via kate spade
6. lollia hand cream via anthropologie
7. cedar street passpoprt holder via kate spade
8. rouge volupte shine by 'yves saint laurent' via neiman marcus
9. emmie flats via kate spade
10. pearl place rosebowl vase by kate spade

P.S. Don't forget romance. Write a short poem and attach it to your gift! XO

-first image via dana boulos
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