Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fashion | Wrap your hair

Mmmkay. Liz from Say Yes! to Hoboken is one of my top blogging heroes. Yes, there is such a thing. I'm in love with summer turbans, and she just posted a great tutorial on her two favorite ties. I'm wondering how well they work on super-short hair like mine? There's only one way to find out, I guess. Maybe I can make a quick trip to Salvation Army to find a vintage scarf today...

Have you tried this look? What do you think of it? Thoughts, please! I hope you had a marvelous and relaxing Memorial Day weekend, and were able to thank people who have given their time and risked their lives for our country.

P.S. The Priscilla home will be (gradually) undergoing a face-lift. I hope you like it!


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Wear | Baby Hobo

Here in Michigan we've had a very cold and rainy May. For this reason, I've been dressing Seb in sleepers and pants more often than I would have thought necessary. I found these little sweater pants and think they are adorable and look so cozy. I love the simple construction, fabric, and neutral color. And these bibs! What a sweet color-blocking construction.

When I asked Lisa, the creator behind Baby Hobo, what inspires her, this is what she had to say:

"My work is inspired by an interest in re-purposing fabrics, which is an extension of my passion for textiles.  I am most drawn to materials first, and then by examining their inherent qualities, I am led toward a design that most highlights what I like about the fabric's texture, weight and color."

You can find Lisa, as well as more of her work, on her blog.

images via Baby Hobo shop

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Textile | LemLem Sun Lion Gabi



Happy Birthday, Sebastian!

Our sweet boy is 1 year old today. Cody and I are amazed at how much he's grown and how he becomes dearer to us each day. I love that little guy.

Being a mom to Sebastian is such a blessing. So much so that I have been working on a way to share with you more facets of being a mom and raising little ones. It comes in the form of nestling, a blog dedicated to all things baby. And what better day to announce it than on our little man's first birthday? Nestling is the word for a baby bird not ready to leave the nest. I hope you'll stop over!

I will continue to post regularly on the priscilla home with more of a focus on food, fashion & home. Don't worry, Seb will still make appearances. :)

My Bub | Happy 1st Birthday, dear son.

Just one year ago we saw our little man's face for the first time. Holding him was surreal, to say the least. Looking at his strangely unfamiliar face, I thought his cheeks were plump and adorable. Such round little tufts of chub! Just moments before, I didn't know anything about him, and suddenly, I had a baby boy, with a little nose, skinny little legs and arms and the loudest, sweetest cry.

We named him Sebastian, and I love him more every day.

And oh that cry... It kept me up into and throughout the wee hours of the morning more times than I can count. Yet when I did get a few hours of uninterrupted rest, I would wake up and strain to hear him breathing in his crib. Being a new mom is a strange and often painful thing, but I wouldn't trade my little man for anything. He is perfect, and I can't imagine a better job.

So dear Sebastian, here's to eating blueberries, chasing each other from end to end of our apartment, learning to walk, reading stories, and snuggling a little each and every day. Mama loves you.

P.S. Seb's cheeks are still chubby. Cody thinks we should call him "cheek factory." I'm in hearty agreement.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wear | Shoes

The world of baby shoes is an exciting place. I want those red ones for myself! And those star shoes... I would love to see someone replicate the look using some plain lace-up Keds or Bensimons. Is there a specific look you like on babies? Vintage?

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
plus, have you seen these gorgeous neon stitched mocs? [via]

Friday, May 27, 2011

Speaking of food... give some!

My father-in-law is promoting and participating in *SON Ministries' Hunger Walk & 5k Run in Cincinnati this Monday.

Every $20 donated will provide 100 lbs. of food (that's 78 meals) to families in need in the Cincinnati area. Please consider giving! It's a big impact at a small cost.

Find out more about the Hunger Walk & 5k Run.

*SON Ministries is a freestore foodbank serving the Colerain Twp. area of Cincinnati.

Food | I'm an inventor

I rarely use recipes. 

It's not that I don't like them; I really do. It's just that recipes call for specific ingredients, and ingredients cost money, and I try really hard to save what I can in our grocery budget. I go for quality over quantity. As a result, our diet consists mostly of pasta, rice and beans paired with fresh or frozen vegetables. We sometimes eat salmon, and rarely any other kind of meat (partially because I can't bear to buy meat from the grocery and partially because it's, again, expensive).

So today I let you in on a couple of my day to day cooking experiments. Don't hold your breath, but do try the fries at least.

2 cups rice (cook according to directions on bag)
2 green bell peppers or whatever vegetables you have in your crisper
Dice your peppers and sautee them in your oil of choice + seasoning + salt
To finish, add sauteed peppers to cooked rice.

Wash + cut poatoes lengthwise (should resemble shoestring fries)
Toss in large bowl with olive oil + seasoning of choice + salt
Spread evenly on baking sheet
Bake for 30 min. (Seriously just watch them, because 30 is just a guess. I wasn't paying very close attention...) TIP: to get your fries crispy, bake on the top oven rack.

I'd be lying if I said these weren't the tastiest fries I've ever eaten. I can't wait to try them with sweet potatoes. Be honest; do you use recipes every day?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fashion | Resolution: Wear more dresses

You get bonus points if you wear a floral one.

I'm happy to say that I have two new floral dresses to wear this summer. If you're dying for a splash of flowers in your wardrobe, I would recommend looking at Target, H&M and Dorothy Perkins. Do you often wear floral? What about dresses?

Day floral
Fancy floral
Casual floral
Maxi floral or here
Office floral

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

the cotton anniversary, and how it all turned out.

So it looks like I've kept you waiting for a while, but I promise I have good reasons! My gift for Cody came on time, but it was the wrong color, and then Cody's gift for me was on backorder. Ei ei ei! We cheated a bit with Cody's new bowtie... it's actually cotton linen, but hey, still cottonish. And he got me this extremely cool royal wedding tote bag! Okay, kind of ridiculous, but it's a beautiful hand printed design of the royal wedding procession, and a fun way to remember our 2nd anniversary. Don't judge.

We also unintentionally started an anniversary dinner tradition that we both love. A picnic at home! We go to the grocery, get some tasty treats, and dine in. This year's dinner featured coconut shrimp, popcorn shrimp, Annie's mac and cheese, fresh fruit and Young's double chocolate stout.

j.crew catalog highlights

Sorry, blogger was totally cramping my style yesterday.

I'm back now, and thought I'd hit you with some quick highlights from the J.Crew catalog I got in the mail yesterday. Obviously, I'm totally into stripes. And isn't the strapless dress + belt look really pretty? My cousin sported this style at a wedding the other day, and looked completely fabulous. Have you tried it? Target has some really beautiful floral (my other love!) strapless maxi dresses for less than $30 right now.

What are you really loving right now?

Monday, May 23, 2011

almost walking

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Our visit with family this weekend has really encouraged Seb to move and talk more. Walking is just around the corner! Stay tuned for updates of our anniversary/my birthday/our weekend etc..

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Food—A Cookbook Wish


A friend recently began a fabulous blog about her homemaking endeavors, and keeps posting delicious pictures and lovely commentary of her cooking escapades. She has been directed by the book Fast, Fresh and Green by Susie Middleton. I encourage you to peruse her blog, and get inspired by the amazing dishes she has been preparing. The mushroom quiche looks amazing (and simple!) and even though I'm not a huge fan of brussels sprouts, I'm thinking this recipe could change my mind.

Where do you turn for cooking inspiration?

Friday Fashion—Stripes

pinstripes/nautical stripes/candy stripes/brushstroke stripes/seersucker stripes 
just. plain. stripes.

No matter what kind, they're everywhere. Stripes are totally on-trend right now, and if you're like me, that makes you want to shy away from them. But this is a trend that is completely acceptable and should most definitely be embraced, because the fact of the matter is, stripes are classic—a wardrobe staple—if you will.

Some stripes for you:




P.S. We are totally going to do a stripe family photo shoot, just as soon as we all have some fab stripes to don!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

People are funny. Funny is an understatement.

A friend just shared this on facebook, and I couldn't help passing it along. Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

jeans come in all shapes...

... but lately, I'm totally into the straight look. I also really love the wide leg look that has come back in full force, but I'm inclined to think that those look better on the long-legged type. I'm 5'6", and though not short per se, definitely not tall. And what's more, I have short legs, so the skinny/straight look tends to work best on me. What style is your go-to pair?

Buy these jeans here.

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blackboard backsplash

I really love the idea of blackboard paint. I don't think I would use it on an entire wall, unless it was in a school room for our kids, but I love it as a surface for a kid table, or refrigerator. My favorite idea is this one, which I just discovered on re-nest I have always dreamed of doing a tile backsplash, but not knowing when we will ever own our own place makes me think that this is a fabulous alternative. Not to mention that it would be a fabulous and easy place to create lists and menus. Do you like the blackboard paint look? If so, what's your favorite way to use it?

also, how to paint over a chalkboard wall & how to make your own chalkboard paint (so that you can customize the color!)


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

blue. green. gingham.

Ok. Let's face it, I'm probs not getting either color (b/c $$) but hypothetically, which color should I get? Or better yet, which color would you get? I am really into gingham right now. And ooo... with the perfect jeans? Jeans are my answer to every fashion question. And gingham?


Monday, May 16, 2011

Meet Flora Douville

I came across the blog Flora Douville's Adventures in Wonderland by way of Lena Corwin, and was tickled to not only see Flora's fabulous photographs, but the lovely prints she made in a recent workshop. She used Lena Corwin's Printing by Hand, a book that has been on my wishlist for ages. There is something so marvelous and thrilling about making your own patterns and printing them on various fabrics. I have a piece I made in college, and absolutely must make it a top priority to frame. It has been in storage much too long. Have you ever experimented with print or pattern making? If you aren't the crafting type, but love the look, check out Muny, Aden & Anais, and Giardino. Muny and Aden & Anais are for babies, but I totally want one for myself.

P.S. This woodcut is my favorite art we have in our home (and the frame!). It was my birthday present from husband last year.


Have you taken the poll? Look ——>

To blog or not to blog. Take my poll, please?


For the last couple weeks I’ve been toying with the idea of nixing the blog.

I enjoy sharing my thoughts, ideas and family life with you all, but I often get frustrated with the lack of focus and organization of this online journal. I also don’t want to only be able to share ideas and wishlists. I want to share finished projects, and things learned. I’m sure many of you share in my desire to have time to do things and live life, and stop wishing and wanting and chit chatting about plans that never come to fruition.

Like KCWC...

Has anyone noticed that I haven’t posted any new little gem of an outfit, or even so much as a pant leg from my supposed sewing week? That’s because I have nada. I went through a series of obstacles last week (no pattern, no fabric, yes fabric, yes pattern, now no fabric...), all of which bring me to Monday with nothing to show. It wasn’t an entirely useless week on the sewing front, however. I faced a lot of issues that would have kept me from pressing on any other week. I have a pattern cut out for a new pair of pants for my bub, but have to get some fabric (of course!), so assuming that this blog stays up, I’ll be sharing those with you in the near future.

So if I haven’t lost you on this rambling post yet, I’d like to ask you to take the poll to the right and let me know what you’d like to see more of on The Priscilla Home. If there’s something I haven’t listed that you would like me to talk about please comment.

Thanks. You're a peach.

the cotton anniversary

Cody and I have been married two years today! And what wonderful years they have been.

Cody is such an amazing man. He is slow to complain and quick to forgive. He loves things like circus peanuts, sunsets & sunrises and big green fields. He can bust a move, and it's hilarious, and he loves me so much he wishes Seb said "ma ma" before "da da." I've never met a more selfless person and feel so blessed to be married to him. God has so much in store for him, and I can't wait to see where these next years take us.

P.S. Why "cotton anniversary?" Stay tuned to find out what we gave each other!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Fashion—The year of 24

No, not the TV show! My birthday, the "big 2-4," is in a little less than a week (!), so please forgive me for my self-indulgence. I have a lot of things on my wishlist, and many, admittedly, not at all fashion related. I would love, however, to have these things, just a few of my ideal summer (and simply practical/frivolous) pieces. What's top on your wishlist right now? Happy Friday!

Bensimmon Sneakers, Pleated Pembroke Dress, Gingham umbrella, Vera Bradley Eyeglass Case, J.Crew Marguerite Leather Wedges (in toffee), California Coast Pencil-stripe Tee, Silk Sandbank Tank (in black truffle)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

midweek finds/ideas & the dressing table i love.


I was perusing some of my favorite blogs and found a couple things I am bookmarking. And isn't this vintage dressing table set to die for? I love the wide mirror.


Dream team Aron + Ashley from Hither & Thither show us how to make a gallery wall that is mishap and guess work free. Thank you!

The textile queen, Lena Corwin, received this gorgeous muny baby blanket for mother's day, and dresses her baby boy in tie dye. She is so cool.

Do you have really long hair and crave some funky styling ideas? This girl has plenty.

Monday, May 9, 2011

taking the KCWC plunge.

So I've waited until the very last day to announce what I'm going to be about this week. And if you're into last minute stuff, you should join me!

It's called Kids Clothing Week Challenge (kcwc). And during this week I will be making as many clothes for my little man as I can, but don't be surprised if it's just one thing. This is fine with me, though. I figured one thing is better than none, as he is currently wearing several pair of pants that are size 3-6 months. Yes, they're a bit short, and by "bit," I mean ridiculously short.

Happy Monday, my friends! And if you're not a follower of A Cup of Joe (who isn't!?), you should check out this link she shared yesterday full of beautiful mother/child photos. There are some precious ones.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day No. 1

Happy Mother's Day!

Wow. What an amazing Mother's Day. Cody woke up with Seb at 6 a.m. after only 3 hours of sleep. What a great husband, eh? Then he let me sleep in until 10 a.m., made me a pancake breakfast with fresh blueberries and black raspberries. Seb enjoyed the blueberries and pancakes a lot. We then watched 1/2 of Hitch, took a family nap, and then went to a place called The Root System, a local succulent/cacti greenhouse. There we picked out my Mother's Day gift, an amazing, ruffly-edged succulent! We then capped off the evening with a family walk, a latte for me (compliments of Sebastian), and the second 1/2 of Hitch. Don't I have the best boys?

I hope you had a great, and blessed Mother's Day!

P.S. Check out my new glasses!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Fashion—The better summer sandal

No Flip-Flops

I'll be the first to admit that I will be wearing flip-flops this summer. Not entirely by choice, however. I would love to do away with mine, especially now that they're quite worn out, and don a pair of leather sandals for every day. You may think I'm crazy, but if we're honest with ourselves, flip flops really aren't that comfortable anyway. The strap always make my feet sore at the beginning of the Summer. They only trump other sandals with the convenience factor. Oh. And often, the price tag.

Do you have a favorite non-flip-flop sandal?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Here is a beautiful unlikely love story to enjoy during your down-time. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

P.S. Treat your mom right. And if you're a mom, I hope you get spoiled rotten. Last year I was very pregnant, and woke up to find pancakes and fresh strawberries for breakfast, along with a Winnie the Pooh card with a very special note from my unborn child. That's right, Cody claims that our baby jumped out while I was sleeping and went to the grocery to get me some treats. And made pancakes. I have the best baby.

P.P.S. If you must get flip-flops, Havianas are the best.

Friday Food—1st Birthday Cake

Happy May, my friends!

Sebastian and I spent a couple hours sunning ourselves out in the grass today. We took a picnic of blankets, books and toys with us, but all Seb wanted to play with was his bottle of sunscreen. I should have known. 

But because it's May, it's about to get crazy in a first birthday sort of way! This is Sebastian's birthday month, and I've been spending a lot of my free time working on birthday invitations and party ideas. We are having a big family party at my parent's home and then a smaller one the day before his actual birthday. I am so excited to celebrate my little man with our family and friends!

Do you have any great ideas for a first birthday cake? I want to do something different, but the classic mini cake is just so darling. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

P.S. Some healthy(ish) dessert ideas for babies! A chocolate banana custard would be a tasty 1st birthday cake.

Cinnamon Roll
Banana Cupcake
Banana Split Cake
Classic Cake

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Knockoff DIY: Anthro chair and Pottery Barn growth chart

Two great projects right here. I've commissioned my little brother to make this oversize ruler growth chart (thanks, Tami!), and have tucked this anthro style chair tutorial away for when we have a bit more space.

If you like the growth chart, but don't want to make one (or want a non-wood diy version) check out this Etsy shop. I love that she made them out of a bendable material. I think a heavy canvas version would be fabulous.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Flash Sales: Two sites for mom, little one and the incredible gift-giver

Have you ever visited Zulily or Eco Baby Buys? Even if you don't have a little one of your own, I highly recommend checking them out. They are the perfect sites to find great gifts at great prices! I've bought some Tiny Ducky brand blankets for friends and hats for Seb from Zulily, and remember those Finis swim diapers? Those are from Eco Baby Buys.

Happy shopping!