Shading with Stain on Dining Table {Succulents}

'Shading with Wood Stain' technique by Sawdust and Embryos

So lately I’ve been keeping my eye out for old tables at yard sales. The only stipulations I have is that they be sturdy, solid wood, and dirt cheap. This 90’s honey oak pedestal table fell into that category at $20 buckeroos. First order of business was to strip the top surface. I used the same techniques from my stripping tutorial to completely remove the finish down to the raw wood grain. It’s a messy job, but somebody’s gotta do it! The beauty about this is that it also removes the tint from the previous stain... so no more … [Read more...]

Upholstered Ottoman (Diamond Tufting}


There’s just something about posting ‘After pics’ in the Part 1 post that takes all the fun out of writing the Part 2 post. I need to quit doing that! You already know how awesome our Leather Tufted Storage Ottoman turned out… and I have a sneaking suspicion that some of you are actually going to build one of these for yourselves… so I must persevere and  knock out this Part 2! *Deep Breaths* Now that we taught you how to make the base, let’s talk about the tufting of that cushy glorious top! In the same fashion that I glued … [Read more...]

DIY Leather Upholstered Storage Ottoman


When you have a smallish living room like ours, every piece of furniture has to serve a function other than just being pretty. Trust me, the monstrosity of an Exersauser (baby entertainment play-thing) isn’t my favorite feature of our main living space right now, but it serves a very important purpose… so it stays. At least for a few more months. Anyway! We’ve been using that hexagon end table (that we made over a few years back with the white and gold swirls) as a coffee table… because I’m one of those people that just needs a coffee … [Read more...]

Embroidery Hoop Pendant Lights


Mondayyyyyy! Wait don’t leave! I’m only so chipper because I’ve had many MANY cups of coffee already. Cypress thinks it’s super fun to get a jumpstart on each day by ‘rising’ bright and early (AKA 4:30am… give or take 5 seconds). It’s not a huge deal because Nick and I are early risers anyway, but 4:30 is pushing it, dear friends. But! The good news is that I have a fun new project that I finally finished and photographed. Oh yes that’s right… just because a project is ‘finished’ doesn’t mean that it can be posted for the world. It’ needs to … [Read more...]

Once-a-Month Groceries / Meal Planning


I mentioned in passing on our Facebook page that I hadn’t been shopping for 6 weeks. Well the truth is, we were out of town quite a bit this summer (thus not eating as much food at home)... so it was a little misleading. We typically hit the grocery store every 4 weeks or so. But after inquiries from lots of curious readers and friends, I thought I would share some details anyway! When we moved to our farmhouse in the sticks 7 years ago, it was a bit of shock in many ways. I’ve never lived in the country (though I did grow up in a small … [Read more...]

Haven Conference Recap 2015

Sawdust & Embryos

A few weeks back, we left the twins in my sister’s capable hands, hopped on an airplane (with Cypress!), and flew to Atlanta to attend our fave blogging conference... Haven! I was more than a little nervous about how Cypress would do on the airplane. There’s something about being confined with limited space, and being in close quarters with dozens of strangers... and not knowing exactly how your baby is going to feel about it all. For 2 hours. There were a few moments where she got a little fussy and unsettled, but they were … [Read more...]

Strawberry Graham Icebox Cake Recipe

Strawberry Icebox Cake ...super simple recipe! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Hey!! Its Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles! We have spent this summer in Austin, TX for an internship my husband has and it is hot here! So hot! SO I've taken to making more desserts that don't require heating up the oven. This Strawberry Icebox Cake is so simple and tastes delicious. Its sweet, crisp, and creamy. Perfect for hot summer days! Let get our ingredients... We'll start by hulling and slice our strawberries. Then in a large bowl whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add in the sugar and vanilla and whip … [Read more...]

DIY Playhouse / Swing Set Update {Part 2}


A few weeks ago, we shared the slow but steady... ok fine, JUST SLOW... progress of the playhouse we’re building from scratch for our girls. As usual (at least for us), it’s turned into one of those things that’s taking 3 times as long as we originally planned. How is it August already? It feels like summer’s gone by like a time-lapse. We’ve found time here and there to put a few hours in on this sucker. And by ‘we’ ... I mostly mean Nick since it’s his design/vision. And, somebody has to watch the minions. I left you last time … [Read more...]

DIY Newborn Photography Prop {Moon Prop}

Newborn Photography Moon Prop Tutorial DIY {Sawdust and Embryos}

A few weeks ago, I was talking to Molly (at Molly Long Photography) about photography props and how expensive they could be, and she mentioned that she really wanted a wooden moon with a place to put a newborn. This got my wheels turning, and I saw an opportunity to play with power tools and use up some scrap wood! This is KIND OF a tutorial. But not super thorough... because I’m sure there aren’t a ton of you that have been dying to make a big wooden moon. But maybe it’ll get your creative wheels turning for something completely … [Read more...]

Annual Fam Camping 2015


First things first? The winner of our RYOBI Jigsaw Giveaway is Korin! Check your email and send us your info Korin!!! And congrats! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Recently, on our Facebook page, I posted this... Well, I’m here to come clean and admit that I was actually asking for myself. And a ton of you piped in and gave some awesome tips... including BRING LOTS OF WINE. You read my mind. If I was a good blogger, this post would be a comprehensive guide to camping with small children and babies. I would title it 10 Tips and … [Read more...]