Carolynn Giordano Lemke - Owner of Two Brunettes


Entries in DIY (27)


Valentine's Party and Free Printables!

Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow! My dear friends Cyd of The Sweetest Occasion and Alice G. Patterson created this little Valentine's wonderland, which featured my little girl and some free printables I created for the kiddies at the party, and now to share with all of you. Head on over to The Sweetest Occasion to see the non glowing mother post, where I just don't feature my daughter. Ha! All the kids were adorable! 


Later Gator

Jordan of Oh Happy Day kills me with her talents. This may be the most amazing DIY ever. Filing this away for a kid party someday! 

Photos from Oh Happy Day


Clara's Baptism on The Sweetest Occasion

We baptised Clara this past weekend! Head on over to The Sweetest Occasion to check out details from the party! Thanks for having us Cyd! 


A Nursery on a Budget

It was a long and FUN journey creating our new baby girls nursery. A project like no other we have taken on in the house. My husband and I completely worked as a team, and he surprisingly compromised with everything I wanted in the room, probably because I'm pregnant! We were working with a tight budget, and I didn't want to go crazy on a room that will change in a couple of years, with lots of fancy furniture, that is no use to us down the road. I wanted pieces that could work in that room forever or in other places in our home.   

When I found out I was having a girl, I'm sure you can imagine what happened pretty much the minute after my ultrasound, I started shopping for treasures! Over the summer our surrounding neighborhoods having amazing garage sales. I found about 50% of the items for the nursery there.

The finished product! I think this dresser is my absolute favorite part about the room. It was $25 from a thrift store and I can not be more trilled with how it turned out. Also what makes the room is my very talented mother was kind enough to sew all the textiles for me so I had so much freedom selected fabric, which I found from Hathrowne Threads

I created the custom art work of our pets! Just a cheap and fun way I can use my own resources to add some color, personal touches and warmth to the room. 

The decals were originally from BILK which I had previously bought when we moved into our home 2 years ago! Talk about perfect fit for the nursery. 

Thrift Store and Garage Sale Finds:

Dresser $25 / Gold Shelving $1.50 plus Spray Paint $3.50 / White and Gold Cabinet $10.00 plus paint $7.50/ Rocking Chair grandmothers Free/ Fish Wall Art $2.00 

New Items:

Crib and Mattress Babies R Us (gift from my parents) $400 / Wall Shelving DIY $35 Lowes / New Closet pulls $8.00 Hobby Lobby/ Sheep Skin Ikea $40 / Rattan Elephant Hamper (gift from sister) $79/ Rug Urban outfitters $48/ Bow & Birdie Hooks Urban outfitters $22/ BILK Wall Decals left over from previous project/ All toys and art previously owned, made, or gifts/ Lamps Christmas Tree shop $25/ Wall Mirrors Christmas Tree shop (previously owned) $5.50/ Blue bookshelf Christmas Tree Shop $20


Decorator white BM paint $50 / Pink Trim Paint $20 / Fabrics $55


Mobile had all supplies / Pink Lamp Shade a DIY found on Poppy Talk $2.00 ribbon

Grand total costs of the room without crib:  $462

$862 Including crib  


DIY Advent Calendars

Not that I have all the time in the world this year to be crafting it up with new baby coming, but I do love these adorable advent calendars. If you don't feel like splurging on these calendars they are a great inspiration for a DIY version. Especially the  Pottery Barn bucket idea, I would have adored that as a kid! 


Purl Bee Goodies

I'm totally smitten with all the cutesy DIY items from The Purl Bee. My mother in law actually pointed these beauties out to me! So cute, and I really would love to sew more. 

Everyone have a great weekend. 


DIY Lamp 

This DIY over on poppy talk is the answer to my prayers! I have been lamp hunting for the nursery and this is just perfectly adorable, cheap, and so simple to do!


DIY Bow T-shirt 

If you don't know Melissa from the blog I Still Love You, you'd had better hurry and go check her out, this girl knows how to do everything!

She has an new amazing DIY to make this bow shirt! I will definitely be making this for myself, and they would make such cute gifts for friends. Wouldn't these bows be adorable on other things too?


A Little DIY

I have a little DIY over on The Sweetest Occasion today, go check it out! 


Peep Bunting!

It's almost easter, and my favorite candy is Peeps, you either love or hate, but I LOVE! Not to mention they are the cutest things in the world. Check out this amazing DIY my friend Cyd of The Sweetest Occasion found!

{photos via Made