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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Can you believe that Christmas is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY?? I am in complete denial. I have most of my shopping done but have not even thought about how to wrap my gifts. In years past, I have designed my own tags and printed on sticker paper stock. But, this year I found so many chic FREE PRINTABLE TAGS that will save me so much time. Here are a few of my favorites. Happy Holidays from little uni and good luck wrapping it all up!

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Lemon SqueezyHaciendo el IndioEat Drink ChicMiss Pickles Press

 

 

Clockwise, from top left

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Little Uni by the Month

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

For the last 12 months, we have made this sweet baby cupcake onesies for each of her month birthdays. Her mom always ordered a custom tee - cupcake design with “1 month,” “2 months,” 3 months,” etc. as the personalization. When she turned 1, her mom sent us these gorgeous pictures marking each month of her first year. For her 1st birthday, her mom ordered a custom birthday cake tee personalized with “Amelia.” We feel so honored that she dressed her in Little Uni to document these precious milestones.  

It is amazing to see how she has grown each month. 

Happy Birthday beautiful Amelia! 

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Happy Hanukkah!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

We want to wish all our Little Uni friends a Happy Hanukkah! We initially made this paper flag-style banner for a birthday party, but just modified the letters and colors in our online template, and ta da - a hanukkah banner. We feel lucky that we get to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas at Little Uni. 

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Sweet, Sewn Ornaments

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I'm constantly pinning with the hopes of taking an idea and actually making it. This weekend, the perfect opportunity presented itself. Some background…Last year we celebrated Christmas up at our lake cottage and we took all of our ornaments with us. This weekend, after we set up our tree in the city, and I went to get the ornaments, I remembered this sad fact.

What is a crafy girl to do? I decided to make some ornaments. My daughter was really into the idea, and I have tons of collected vintage fabric scraps. I have had my eye on some cool fabric tree ideas on pinterest seen here. 

 

Clockwise from top left: 1 Kirsty Elson, 2 luvinthemommyhood, 3 BeledienHandmade, 4 Thumbeline, 5 yayahandmade, 6 monda loves

Ok, how hard could it be? Of course I realized it's never quite as easy as it looks, but we did have fun. We each took turns "designing" the trees (fabrics and shapes), I did the sewing and she did the stuffing. My technique was far less precise than our Little Uni appliques but perhaps the sloppy sewing adds character? Sloan lost interest after her friend came over. My family lost interest after I trashed the dining room table. I finished around 15 trees, lost interest too, and then packed it up and called it a day. Here are our new homegrown ornaments. 

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DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

Sunday, November 25, 2012

With a 4 year old in the house the holidays are getting more and more exciting and full of anticipation. I think an advent calendar would be a great way to count down the days until Christmas. I have to hustle to figure out if i'm going to make one or buy one. With gifts or no gifts? There are so many amazing ideas I have seen on Pinterest lately. I'm just trying to decide!

These little advent sacks from OH HAPPY DAY are the coolest and you can download the printables and iron them on!

 

This DIY one from SHIM & SONS is modern, simple and she even included holiday activities!

 

Love these cool and colorful boxes from YOU ARE MY FAVE and they can be filled with gifts or yummy treats.


 

This one from Martha Stewart looks pretty easy, provided you have some cute little socks.

 

or I may just cave and buy this one from Target… then I just have to come up with 24 small treats!

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Quite possibly the best cookie ever

Monday, November 19, 2012

If you are a coconut lover, than you will be obsessed with these cookies. Every time I make them, people demand the recipe. They are Martha Stewart’s Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel. Perfect for Thanksgiving or over the holidays. I’ve made them the day of an event, and I’ve made them in advance and frozen them. So yummy, trust us. Here is the recipe. Let us know what you think!

 

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel

Makes 54 cookies
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs beaten
12 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
44 small soft caramel candies
6 tablespoons heavy cream
Flaky Sea Salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Beat together butter and sugar with mixer on medium speed until it is pale and fluffy, then add vanilla. With mixer on low, add flour a little at a time 1/2 tsp salt and beat to combine. Using plastic wrap, press dough together to make it a bit flat, and roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Using a spoon, dip each ball into the beaten egg, let excess egg drip off, and then roll in coconut.

Place balls on parchment-lined baking sheet and press an indentation of your thumb into each cookie (I actually use the end of a wooden mixing spoon for consistency). Bake for 10 minutes, then remove sheet from oven and re-press indentations (I still use the end of the wooden spoon for this - cookies are HOT). After that, put the sheet back in the oven and bake for another 9-10 minutes or until golden. Let cool on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough.

For caramel: Place unwrapped caramels and heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirry constantly, until the caramels have melted and the mixture is smooth, 4-6 minutes. Spoon caramel into the indentations of each cookie and sprinkle with sea salt. If the caramel starts to harden, rewarm it on low heat! (Store in airtight containers for up to 2 days.)

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How bout them apples?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I learned from my mom to always try and find a use for any packaging, container or box. We get these apples from Costco, and the plastic packaging is begging to be used to organize something.

I don’t have any wall or counter space to hang necklaces, so I am always looking for organizing solutions that can go in a drawer. More importantly, something that keeps the jewelry from ending up in a clump from opening and closing the drawers. Ta-da. An easy way to keep necklaces, bracelets and headbands organized, and to keep them in place in the drawer. 

I also love the Costco egg carton too. It holds 18 eggs, so it is larger than a standard dozen carton. I use this for earrings and smaller, delicate necklaces. 

I am collecting these, so let me know if you need any :)

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Mudroom Makeover

Friday, November 16, 2012

Our mudroom was in need of a makeover. There was some attempt at organization, but no matter how much I tidied and sorted, it always LOOKED messy. This is the view I had when I walked in through back door. Uninspired and cluttered. It put me in a bad mood every time I came home!

The mudroom is also very visible from our family room, so it was also in need of some design inspiration to tie into the rest of the house. Here is the old view from our family room. Also uninspired, I know.

I spent one Sunday morning sitting in front of the cluttered shelves, and drew up a design to organize all the stuff we had.

I wanted to KEEP:
--the hanging rod for adult coats
--the space below for storing tall boots
--individual cubbies for our seasonal stuff 
--the hooks on the side wall for kids’ coats and bags
--the cherry bench/shoe rack
--the dotted area rug 

I wanted to ADD: 
--upper cabinets to hide the stuff that will never look organized
--a space for a recycling bin and dog food bin
--more shelves for additional shoe storage

I found a carpenter who could build the shelving unit I designed. We decided to use white laminate since it would be bright, modern, and easy to clean in a mudroom, and also less expensive than wood. I wanted to wallpaper the space, so I ordered lots of wallpaper samples online. It took me several attempts but finally, I found this beautiful wallpaper from Miss Print. My friend Kim also gave me the idea about painting the inside of the door. I became obsessed with painting it yellow. I used Benjmin Moore Mulholland Yellow  #369. 

Here are the after shots:

 

I can now enter my house with a smile on my face! We'd love to hear about any mudroom design challenges you have solved.

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DIY Dollhouse Rehab

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This summer, our family was checking out garage sales and we found this dollhouse. My daughter, Mira, has a dollhouse already, but insisted we needed this one. It was bigger and the open front makes it easier access the furniture. And it was $8. It needed some love.

I came home right away and looked up dollhouses boards on Pinterest. I found some great ideas that inspired our dollhouse rehab.

Mousehouse

Young House Love

We went to Paper Source to pick out different papers to use as wallpaper along the back walls. Mira was very particular about what she liked, so I had to really step aside and let her curate the selection of papers. We bought a paper adhesive which works well on wood; white semi-gloss paint and primer, and used gray paint (for the roof) that we had leftover from painting our bedroom. Before we could get to the wallpaper, we had to do some cleaning, sanding, patching, priming and painting. I am a little impatient, so it was hard for me to take my time with these steps. Mira was very helpful.

Finally, we were ready for the wallpaper. I did my best to measure and cut out the paper to fit the walls, but it took a few rounds of trimming to get the right shape. I traced the outline of the window openings in pencil, and used an Xacto knife to cut them out. I figured out that I only needed a thin layer of the adhesive, especially with the thinner papers.

We were both so excited with the end result. In the heat of the moment, I splurged on a $40 mod bedroom set on Ebay. Pretty cute, right? 

We'd love to hear about your DIY dollhouse furniture ideas. Comment below and let us know about your dollhouse designs!

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Personalized Holiday Plates

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The holidays are almost here, so let's eat!! Holiday meals will be more fun for kiddos on their own personalized holiday plates. Mom + Dad, you know you want one too!! Get a set for the family, maybe Santa? Hanukkah Harry? Little uni is offering our valued customers 15% off personalized holiday plates now through December 15. Our personalized plates were featured in Daily Candy Kids and Southern Living magazine!! Use promo code HOLIDAY2012 at checkout.

Hanukkah happiness with our menorah personalized plates!! Great for all 8 nights. 

Merry Merry! Santa will love his cookies on a personalized plate! A modern holiday tradition. 

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