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The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly Minds

All interior photos by Squirrelly Minds. All maternity photos by Centric Photography.
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Squee! Today I get to share maternity photos with you guys! I got my photos done at 36 weeks, and the weeks leading up to the shoot I was worried I’d go into labour and miss out on this wonderful experience. Thankfully squirrelly baby decided to behave and stay put!

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsI had a wonderful time getting our photos done with Stephanie of Centric Photography, and had fun playing dress up with my various outfits! I knew I would be printing these off for framing, and couldn’t bear the thought of wearing the same outfit in each photo. Yep, I over think these kind of things.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsI ordered a pack of 6 4×4 prints (their square shape make them perfect for instagram photos!). The photos are printed on art paper, giving them a cool textured look. I put the pictures in a 3 pack fotobit frame, but because I ordered 6, I played around with the set up and combination of photos, and where I wanted to put them.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsI normally hate taking pictures in and out of frames. The tabs are difficult to move or the picture shifts each time you take it in and out, etc etc. But I found the fotobit click and snap system insanely easy, so taking pictures in and out and rearranging the frame orientation was a total breeze. Because I wasn’t frustratingly swearing my head off like I normally would, I tried out three different arrangements and photographed each one for you to check out – on a table, on a shelf, and hung on the wall.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsThe first set up I put the frames in a sort of L-shape, and had them standing up on the side table. I really liked this orientation, especially with the cute little teddy bear sitting on top!

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I only have three boxes/frames so there’s only so many arrangements I could do, but with more boxes you could create all sorts of different shapes. The thick base makes it easy for these to stand up on their own too.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly Minds
We have a couple wall shelves that holds our board book library. I liked the idea of mingling a couple photos in there as well to break it up a bit.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsThe Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsThey easily blend in, and of course being rested on a shelf, you can always move them around if you’re the kind of person who needs to ‘mix things up’ every now and again.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsThe Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly Minds
For the last arrangement, I put the frames back into an L shape and mounted them on the wall. I decided this was the one I wanted to stick with. Paired with the “reach for the stars” print and the gold geo shapes, it fit perfectly.

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsThe Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly MindsI decided to only use two photos from the maternity shoot however. Why? Because I have a whack load of ultrasound photos just sitting in a drawer begging to be used! I figured they would work perfectly in these frames, and hooray I was right! How fun will it be for squirrelly baby to see photos of the two of us, my huge bump, and what he/she looked like way back when!

The Bump: Maternity Photos with Snapbox Fotobit | Squirrelly Minds
Table top, on the shelf or on the wall, what arrangement do you like best?

Frames and prints provided by Snapbox.
Maternity photos by Centric Photography

Home | Squirrelly Baby’s Land of Nod Nursery

Squirrelly Minds Nursery Reveal with Land of Nod You guys, it’s finally time! I’ve been giving you sneak peek’s over on instagram, but today I finally get to share the entire mint, gold, and grey nursery over at Honest to Nod! I couldn’t be happier with the space and all the lovely items that make it so perfect.

Squirrelly Minds Nursery Reveal with Land of Nod Now I have made a few tweaks and adjustments since taking these photos (the downloadable moon phase art print for example) so, providing baby let’s me sneak away for a bit, I will be back on here in a few weeks time to share the updated nursery with all its sources.
But for now, head over to Honest to Nod to check it out! See you there.

Home | Buying and Updating Used Furniture

Tips and Tricks When Buying and Updating Used Furniture | Squirrelly Minds
You know that runners high people talk about? Yeah, I’ve never experienced that. The furniture hunting high on the other hand is something I’ve had many a times.

When the mister and I hunt for furniture, the furniture store is generally the last place we look. First, we always turn to websites where people sell items, and we’ve always had a crazy amount of luck. From scoring a 9×15 authentic moroccan rug for $300 (easily worth in the thousands) to barcelona chairs on the side of the road for free, we’ve always come across amazing deals – but it’s not without work. We hunt, and by hunt, I mean when we decide we need an item, we scour these websites every day, multiple times a day, until we find the perfect item. And the perfect item doesn’t always look perfect when we buy/grab it.

Tips and Tricks When Buying and Updating Used Furniture | Squirrelly Minds
I’m over on the Used Everywhere blog sharing my tips and tricks on buying used furniture and how to bring it back to life. Starting off with knowing how to spot good quality right down to how you can hide scratches and other flaws, come on over to see some items we got for free or super cheap, and how we turned them into gems.

Home | Copper and White Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
I know, I’ve been promising it for months now, but today is the day! It took me ages to reveal our kitchen because it’s not exactly what I want. The hideous tile backsplash still graces the sink area, and one counter is still green ‘marble’. But considering we had to do this makeover on the super cheap, it’ll do for now. Just how cheap? Under $400! Friends, welcome to our on-the-cheap copper and white kitchen.
Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
This makeover is meant to tie us over until we have enough funds to completely overhaul the space. I have to say, putting in the ‘counters’ made a world of difference. Ever since we got rid of all that hideous green ‘marble’, and painted the walls from the ‘banana split puke’ that covered the entire house to a crisp white, I’ve felt much better about the space. Care to see what we lived with for months beforehand? I warn you, it’s not pretty.
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These photos were taken during our walk through, so apologies for the horrible quality. But they really do give you an idea of just how awful the kitchen was. Some things we changed immediately (the hideous lights above the kitchen sink) and others were recent changes such as the fan we got last month.
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How did we keep our kitchen makeover super cheap? We avoided having to buy three kitchen large ticket items – flooring, cabinets, and counters. The flooring we kept the same, but the other two we reused and re-beautified what we already had. It was a ton of work, but well worth the hours.

Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
Cabinets
For the sink area, we wanted it to have an open feeling, so we left four cabinets off to create open shelving. This was great as it resulted in less work.
We kept our original cabinets, but sanded them down, filled in the holes from the old hardware, and painted them all white.
For the drawers and a few key cabinets, we made our own handles with copper piping, an idea I first saw at Upcycled Treasures. A warning: The longer handles with two anchors work perfectly. However, we had a lot of trouble with the smaller drawer pulls (see oven photo below). The part that holds it together keeps distorting and the rods keep falling off, so we have to pull from the bell hanger rather than the rods. A few we’ve just given up on and just use bell hangers as the pulling mechanism, as you’ll see on the top left drawer beside the oven.
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Hinges
We originally were going to buy new hinges as we figured ‘hey they’re cheap’. But there’s a lot of them when you’re dealing with kitchen cabinets, and at $4 a pop that adds up quick. So instead we decided to use what we had, but didn’t want the stark black colour to disrupt the look. So we picked up a copper leaf pen and painted all the cabinet hinges to match with the copper in the room. It worked perfectly.
Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds

Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds

Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
Counters
This is what really made a huge difference in the kitchen. I couldn’t stand those hideous 1980′s countertops and wanted to get rid of them entirely and replace them with butcher block. However, since we plan to completely reconfigure the space in the future, we knew that would be a waste of money. So instead I turned to pinterest for ideas and found a
video of someone who recovered their bathroom counter with granite contact paper. I figured hey, copper contact paper is a thing – let’s do this!Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
It was a lot easier than I expected. We followed the tutorial in the above video and were pretty successful. The trickiest part was getting it cut properly around the sink. We didn’t do that great a job measuring around, but the mister applied white cocking around the sink to give it a clean finish and hide our mistakes. Plus it helps to seal in the contact paper, preventing any water from seeping underneath.
We’re careful with our counters, making sure not to cut on them and to wipe up any spills so they don’t get in between the cracks. Even so, we thought it might last us about 6 months. We’re on about month 8 and, while you can see some nicks and scratches up close, it still looks really good.

Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
As you can see, we didn’t cover the back counter (which used to be an old 1980′s style ‘office’ area, hence the space for a chair). To save money we intended to just paint it with left over paint from the dining room. Yeah we never got around to that. But it sits a little separate from the kitchen so it’s easier to ignore.
I really wanted to put in a hanging garden or fun shelves on this big wall, but it back onto the chimney so we’d be drilling into concrete. I didn’t want to mess with that so instead I taped up my perpetual harvest prints. It adds a lot of colour to the space and is a good reminder to get outside and garden!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, we didn’t forget to paint the wall under the counter ‘desk’. We left it uncovered because we liked the bright teal the kitchen used to be, and it’s a fun reminder of all the hideous wallpaper we removed from the space and the adjoining dining room. We stand there looking at that space and often say “Oh man…do you remember what this kitchen/dining room used to look like?”
Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
So just how much did we spend on our kitchen makeover?
Copper leaf pen: $20
Paint: $50
Overhead sink lighting: $30
Ceiling Fan: $80
Copper contact paper: $100
Copper piping and accessories: $100
Total: $380

Yep, a complete kitchen makeover IS possible on the super cheap. Sure, our flooring is still blah and that tile backsplash makes me cringe every time I do dishes, but why spend thousands of dollars when you only need to spend a few hundred? Especially if it’s only meant to last a year, or two….or three. We’ll see when we get our butts into gear to redo the kitchen properly.

Want to get the look with an easy project? Try out the DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder

DIY Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder

What colours/metals are in your dream kitchen?

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