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Here’s a closer look at the silver touches in our white & silver with a splash of yellow nursery…

First up, diaper storage. We wanted a creative way to store this nursery necessity – without drawing a lot of attention to them. We found the perfect solution at Ikea:

The Allamalla (don’t you LOVE those names?!) wall basket was only $19.99. It’s three holders are the perfect size for diapers. Only problem – that black iron. We knew that would stick out like a sore thumb in our space. So… cue a little silver spray paint…

and VOILA! Here she is in all her silver, diaper-holding glory…

So, once the diapers were stored, we also wanted a place to keep all those cute little bebe toys. You know, up high and away from the infamous toy-hoarder in our house…


We spotted a great basket at Joann’s – in the clearance section…

We scored this for $12. But, yet again, we have a color issue – and, yet again, we whip out the silver spray paint…

And here’s the shiny silver toy holder in all it’s keeping the toys out of the Bulldog’s reach glory…

this is the face of a bulldog not pleased...

...and this is the look of sheer annoyance after realizing some of those toys SQUEAK! (How dare we keep him from them?!)

We also threw together this little DIY silver polka-dot lamp…

It started as a hand-me-down, simple frosted lamp – we think originally from Ikea. We simply used some of the leftover polka-dots from the wall project and cut smaller dots and stuck them on glass. Easy peasy.

Now, we need some help from YOU!

to paint or stain? that is the question....

Mr. Dreamer and the Original Dreamer handmade a FANTASTIC holder for our changing table pad. This will keep the bebe more secure – and helps our converted dresser actually look like what it will be used for – a changing table! Mrs. Dreamer thinks it should be painted white – to match the dresser, while Mr. Dreamer thinks the wood is too nice to cover in paint and it should be stained (likely to match the drawer on the crib). What say you? A couple more photos and a voting opportunity… can’t wait to see what the “masses” say!

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So, this is completely off-topic – but good for a laugh.  Mr. Dreamer practiced his superb swaddling skills (which he learned at “Daddy Bootcamp”) on Bowdoin the Bulldog.  Of course, Bo thought it was really funny. 🙂

We don’t pay for video hosting (yet), so you have to click on this link to see it:


We’re hoping the mini-Dreamer is a bit less squirmy!

Post about the nursery curtains/valance is in the works and coming your way soon!

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Merry Christmas from the Dreamers!  What a day!  The mini-Dreamer is spoiled already and he/she isn’t even half-way baked yet. 🙂  Be sure to check out the new photo we posted on our Coming Attraction page.

We hope your Christmas was a wonderful one, just like ours:

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You try coming up with a clever title for this one using the word “Dream” when the obvious choice is “It’s a Wrap!”

The addition of Baby Dreamer to my belly is getting the creative juices flowing – or I’m entering the nesting phase of pregnancy.  Either way, I like it!  I submit the following as evidence:

A co-worker recently had a baby shower (something is in the water over there) and I had a challenge when it came to her gift.

First, the obvious choice was the gift I get for all of my momma-to-be friends… a personalized onesie from Mitetees.  Seriously – how cute is this?

But just one onesie does not a good shower gift make and so off to Babies R Us I went.  That place is crazy overwhelming for a newly preggers gal!  I thought I’d spend hours roaming and dreaming.  Nope!  I wanted to cry.  Too. Much.  I got the registry, a gift, and hit the road faster than you can say “epidural.”

This hamper was a great compliment to the onesie.  The right price and something my almost-new-momma friend wanted for her nursery.  However, how do you WRAP this?!

Cue: crib sheets

My friend also had a couple of fitted crib sheets on her registry – which gave me an idea.

The fitted sheets were a perfect fit to the odd-shaped hamper box.

I stretched two out to cover the box – but then was left with a rather boring, sheet-covered box.

Since I was in my sewing/craft room anyway, I looked around at my options – which all consisted of scrap fabric.

My friend is doing her nursery in green and brown – so the scraps from my still-being-assembled patio cushions were a perfect fit.  I had just the right amount of fabric to cover the awkward box.  Including this one really long piece:

I used straight pins to get everything just right.

Then, I secured the cute onesie in the middle with clothes pins and voila!  We have a cute baby shower gift:

Best part – none of it went to waste as the cute mom said she could even incorporate the fabric scraps into her nursery.

Speaking of nurseries, guess I’d better start dreaming up a creative one for our bun in the oven.

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The Dreamers are beyond pleased to announce the impending arrival of a mini-Dreamer!

We are humbled and blessed by this miracle and thank God for trusting us with one of His amazing creations.

11 weeks along and already the size of a pumpkin!

(In other news, I chopped my hair off – “for real” this time!)

The babe will grace us with his/her presence in May (or June?) 2011.  Until then, we’ve got to get to work on this:

And we already have a plan that includes this fun item.  Oh yes. we’re “those” people!

However, the real Bulldogs have no idea what’s coming.  NO. Idea.

Poor kids.  They’re not going to be “top dogs” for much longer.

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(This post contains some pretty darn cute videos of our “babies.”  Make sure you check them out by clicking on the links.  We’re too cheap to pay for the Video Upgrade.  We’d rather spend our cash on The Dream.)

What up blog-readers?  My name is Paris and I’m taking over this blog.

Sometimes, my mom & dad refer to me as “the cripple.”  Pretty sure that’s a term of affection. Right?  Anyway, they’re not that far off.  After all, I do have a pretty dramatic story to tell.  But… my hip has healed nicely, and I’ve recently surprised the whole fam by conquering the stairs.

You see, for the last year – since I was adopted – I haven’t been allowed upstairs.  Darn hip!   Every once in a while I’ll get carried up/down to hang out with the parents and my brother, Bowdoin – who gets an all access pass to the Dream. (Jerk!)


can't you just see the "don't you dare come up here" look in his eyes?


Meanwhile, I’ve been left all by myself in a gated area downstairs. I still can’t be trusted on the carpet (whatever, I like it when it smells like my pee – but, to each his own).  Both Bowdoin and I are terrified of the gates (baby gates) – not sure why… but mom & dad can just lay them down on the ground near an area we’re not supposed to go and we stay far, far away.

Even Bowdoin is terrified.  Need evidence?  Check out this video – it’s pretty hilarious. When I’m in that “prison” I usually whine really loud – and apparently sound like a cow moo’ing.  It breaks my mom’s heart (which is exactly the point!).


I've masted the pitiful look... it's my secret weapon (and the moo-whining)


Well, I spent a lot of time upstairs a few weekends ago when mom & dad were painting the Master Dreamroom.  That was so awesome.  I finally figured out what I was missing out on this whole time.  So, when I got left behind again for another fun time working upstairs, I’d had enough.

There was a small gap between the wall and the terrifying gate.  Somehow, I managed to drum up the courage to squeeze through it.  I made it up the stairs all by myself, bounded into the room where everyone was, and greatly enjoyed the shocked look on mom, dad, and Bowdoin’s faces!  Once they got over the shock – I got lots of pets and belly rubs!  However… they did carry me down the stairs… which is never very comfortable, because I’m kind-of a big girl.

But the adventure was totally worth it – and I got a good look at the Master Dreamroom progress – it’s awesome!

My mom was curious to see how I managed to go up the stairs all by myself, so I demonstrated for her and you can watch that here.  Compare that to how fast Bowdoin is here.  Please note the time difference!  It took me 6x as long as Bowdoin. Whatever.  It’s not a race. It’s cool.  Really.  I mean, I did break a HIP – so what do you expect?! Whatever. I did it and I’m proud of myself.

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This weekend, we had our friends over for dinner.  With the Arizona desert temps finally dropping below 100, we enjoyed our meal outside.  By candlelight.  Chowing down on the all-important Fall staples – cornbread & chilli.  Bowdoin the Bulldog drooled with jealousy.  It was a fabulous time!

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