Progress Report | living room

So we've been in this apartment for about three years now. It's not the biggest space, but it's cozy and we've managed to make it feel like home. We've redecorated and updated a few things over the years, so I wanted to share a peek. There's still a few things we'd like to add, but it's basically a dream come true to me.

One of our newest pieces is this rug. We had the same rug since we moved in, and we got this rug, from Rug Safari Corporation, and it is so perfect for brightening up our space! It is so so soft and Gretchen is definitely a fan.

This space is perfect for cuddling up to watch Neflix, for early morning homework, for reading next to a long dog, for painting on Saturday mornings, and for living life with my sweet little family.

D E T A I L S | rug c/o Rug Safari Corporation, leather couch/Article, grey couch/Urban Outfitters, lamp + pot + candles/Target, blanket + canvas c/o Tiny Prints, blankets/West Elm, blanket ladder via PS diy, mirror + tv stand + coffee table/Pottery Barn, coasters via PS diy, candles + Kinfolk + catalogs/Anthropologie, prints/Pie N' the Sky + Rifle Paper + Beau Champing, Curtains/IKEA, pillows + chair + tray/Home Goods, candle/Madewell


WEAR | featuring JORD

details | dress: fossil, shoes: Minnetonka, watch c/o JORD

I've been loving this Summer weather! Most days I spend inside at work, but walking Gretchen at around 8, is thee best! The sun is usually starting to set and the temp is just right. Texas Summers are generally pretty killer, but we're making it through just fine. 

xo. Mel


Painting with JORD

It's been awhile, friends! I have been up to quite a bit, so here's a quick rundown. I am finishing up my Masters in December, and homework has been eating up a lot of my free time. I got promoted! I'm now the Director of Online Admissions at SAGU. I started using Snapchat, and it's definitely a good distraction (pienthesky if you want to follow along). Gretchen is now 4 and she's really into long walks and scrambled eggs, lately. Elisha has run several races, and this year he's planning to trifecta TWICE for the Spartan Race. I visited Salt Lake City, New York, Austin, and San Antonio this year, and we have a big vacation planned for August - more to come! I've been painting... a lot! I've been painting prints, wood slices, and more recently, some abstract canvases - you can check them out in the shop. I honestly never thought it would be such a significant part of my life, but I thoroughly enjoy it. Finally, I have been purging my closet and seeking a more minimal wardrobe, which involves incorporating a new staple piece back into my life; I've started to wear watches! I used to wear a watch every single day until about my freshman year of high school (over ten years ago - whoa I'm feeling old!). I'm not sure why I stopped wearing them, but I have recently fallen back in love! I got this beautiful wood watch from JORD, and I am simply smitten. Like whoa.

I really love the coloring of this one, and I feel like it matches everything I wear perfectly. The Zebrawood is beautiful and I love that it has a luxurious look, and is handcrafted with gorgeous materials. Even the packing is unique and special. If you're looking to add to your collection, or start it, be sure to check out JORD. They also have a really great collection of men's watches which would be perfect for Father's Day, which is right around the corner (that snuck up!). I'm thinking Elisha might need one to match mine.

I'll be sharing more soon! Promise. Have a great week, friends!

xo. Mel 


M A K E | ukulele (featuring UncommonGoods)

Ever since I first heard the sweet songs of Ingrid Michaelson, I've envisioned myself as one day owning and play sweet tunes on a ukulele of my own. I am happy to share that I can now say that the owning part is taken care of; now onto learning how to play it!

But first, I wanted to share with you how I created this beauty! First off, I found this awesome Ukulele DIY kit at UncommonGoods. The shop itself is filled with super cute and unique Gifts for Kids, Gifts for Boyfriend, and way more. I actually got this cute cat pillow for my stepmom and this waterbottle has been by my side everyday since Christmas - another post for another time!

Alright, let's get on to the ukulele making!

| S U P P L I E S | 
Wood glue

Step 1 | You'll want to begin by attaching the neck to the body. I had to sand down the connecting piece quite a bit because it didn't fit in just right, but after I did that I used some glue to keep it in place.

Step 2 | Paint! The kit instructions suggest you do this later, but I didn't want to get any paint on the other parts, so I got it out of the way early on. You can be as creative as you want here! I went with a fun floral pattern.

Step 3 | You'll want to lay down and glue your fret board and your bridge. The kit gives exact measurements, so I won't go into that. Once you glue, use a clamp or rubber bands to help the pieces set.

Step 4 | Following the kit instructions, and maybe a helpful Youtube video, you'll string your uke after you've placed your tuners! These strings were a bit more plastic(y) than I had hoped, which made it a bit difficult to tune, so I may buy additional strings. Now you're ready to play!

I think this is a great starter uke, or just really cute decor - ha! This would make a sweet gift for a kid or a friend. Hope you'll try it out and let me know what you think! I know I'm going to hang on to mine for a long while, and hopefully pass it down to my someday daughter! Happy Crafting!

xo. melisa

This post is in partnership with UncommonGoods.


Hand Lettered Envelopes | featuring Tiny Prints

I loooove sending mail, and I especially love sending mail when it contains our Christmas Cards! This year we ordered our Christmas Cards from Tiny Prints and I could not be more in love with how they turned out. They have a cute gold foil trim and I think it's the perfect detail. 

As I'm sure many of you will be sending out your Christmas Cards, I wanted to share some fun ways to hand-letter your envelopes!

Option one is done in watercolor! This is more of a classic Christmas look with green and red colors. I love the little touches of color that the garland design adds to the envelope. I think this would also be really pretty with gold paint on a red envelope!

Option two is more of a minimalist look with both watercolor and pen. I think this design is closest to what I would normally do for our personal cards. I love the simplicity of it!

Option three is even more minimalist and done with a sharpie pen, so anyone can do it! I think this is by far the easiest design, and if you have a lot of cards to mail out, it's perfect for saving time! 

Option four is probably my favorite! I used a gold Sharpie pen to create the branches on the sides and watercolor for the design in the middle. I love all things gold, so this trim was perfection to me! I also loved how well it matched the Gold Foil on our Christmas Card. 

Option five is another watercolor option, but with a fun pop of color! I used a deep red, but it would be fun to use different colors for each person, based on their personality! I loved how these came out - how special would you feel if this was in your mailbox!?

Tiny Prints offers the option of having your return address printed on the back of the envelope, which is just perfect for using up the whole front of the envelope for design! We also got our fun personalized postage here, and opted for the tree pattern for the lining of our envelopes.

I hope these ideas inspire you to hand-letter your envelopes! I'd love to see what you come up with - if you share on social media tag me @pienthesky

Happy Lettering!

This post is in partnership with Tiny Prints.


Preparing for the Holidays | featuring Hallmark

I know, I know... it's not even Thanksgiving yet, and here I am talking about Christmas! Well this post truly covers both. I know how busy and hectic the holidays can get; roadtrips to visit family, Christmas shopping, home decorating, and not to mention all the regular to-do's. So, in an attempt to be better prepared this year, I partnered with Hallmark, to share my short list with you!

1. Relax. Yes, I know this one seems obvious, but let's get real - it is the hardest one to do! Some of the ways I like to unwind are by reading, vegging out on Netflix, taking bubble baths with a LUSH Bath Bomb (yes, please), reading, drinking some tea, or of course by eating chocolate. Because chocolate makes everything better. I found this Crafters & Co. peppermint bark at Hallmark and Elisha and I seriously can't stop eating it - it's like Christmas in your mouth!

2. Start your shopping NOW. As often as I set out to do this, most years I find myself running from store to store, like the two days before Christmas. Be intentional with your time, and it'll allow you to be more thoughtful in your giftgiving. Sometimes ordering online can take longer than expected, so getting a head start will definitely work in your favor. If you need a quick gift idea, I found this sweet sweatered Mug at Hallmark the other day. I bought it for myself, but this would make an easy gift for a friend, teacher, or even as a stocking stuffer!

3. Make a list. Lists always give me the perspective I need. sometimes we feel like we have a million things to do, but if we write them out, we can see that we actually have 20, very reasonable tasks to accomplish. Make a list of to do's and don't forget to make a wishlist too!

4. Create a schedule, and stick to it. As much as I love my lists, I love my planner even more! I wear a lot of hats, as I'm sure you do too, so it is very easy to forget or overplan if I don't write it all out. Be sure to schedule in the big events, but also make certain you write out time to relax, and stick to it! Your well being is important!

You've got this ladies!! And if all else fails, just sit on the couch and sip some tea - I promise, it'll all get done! I shared this short video on YouTube too, if you'd like to take a peek! 

xo. Mel


M A K E | passport cover

S U P P L I E S | leather, scissors, sewing machine, paint/india ink

1 | begin by laying your passport on the leather to get the right width. you'll want to cut about half an inch around on the bottom and top. To the left and right, you will want to cut two inches away from the edge of the passport - these will turn into the flaps that keep your passport cozy in your case.

2 | sew. fold the side flaps down and sew all the way around.

3 | paint. you can be as creative as you'd like now! choose some fun words to express  your adventure.

Now I have an itch to travel! We just came back from Louisiana for a work trip and we'll be going home to New Mexico for the holidays, but I am trying to convince Elisha that we need to go on a cruise. So I've been checking out a ton of different trips. Those of you who have done a cruise, what was your experience and who did you do it through? 

Happy Travels! Mel