DIY

DIY under the stairs play nook

My list of house projects and dreamy ideas runs lonnnnnng. Occasionally the list is shaken up with a spontaneous 'I didn't know I needed this but I MUST DO IT RIGHT THIS INSTANT' project. Thats exactly what happened with our under the stairs play nook that we have dubbed the HofE Clubhouse. In our home… Continue reading DIY under the stairs play nook

For The Home

Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge Finalist!

We are proud to announce House of Esperanza will be participating in Season 4 of the Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge!   We will be renovating a bathroom in our home that sits on the main level.  When we first moved in I added floating shelfs and some art work to hold us over until we had the chance… Continue reading Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge Finalist!

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DIY Wood Cutting Board Refresh

Kicking off this new Everyday Makings series with a wood cutting board refresh. If you spend as much time in the kitchen as we do, your wood cutting board could probably use some love too. We have a large IKEA bamboo cutting board we use for everything but meats, that has been with us for… Continue reading DIY Wood Cutting Board Refresh

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DIY Workbench

We spent the weekend finally building the workbench of our dreams! The plastic folding tables we have been using all of these years are finally getting retired yayyy! Having storage under the table for some of our bigger saws to hang out on was a necessary feature. When we came across BitterRootDIY's plans for a… Continue reading DIY Workbench

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DIY Oversized Chalkboard

One of the first projects we tackled in our home back in 2017 was an oversized chalkboard in our eat in kitchen area. I knew I wanted a statement piece of some sort on the wall next to where the table would be. A chalkboard would not only give me a way to have a… Continue reading DIY Oversized Chalkboard

Keeping it real

Same, But Different

Last summer I won the lottery when my sister bought a neighboring home to ours. Having family close by after moving away from them has changed everything. Spending time with her, being able to ask for her for help, and having her around to teach my son is bringing me tons of joy. I like… Continue reading Same, But Different

DIY · For The Home

DIY Hexagon Cork Tile Bulletin Board

My craft room/studio is always a work in progress. I'm a visual person and I found I needed a bulletin board of some sort to hold onto items I wanted to see for inspiration on a daily basis. The idea of a floor to ceiling cork wall was on my brain but wall space is… Continue reading DIY Hexagon Cork Tile Bulletin Board

Keeping it real

Stay at Home Mom

During a family outing an acquaintance asked what it is I do for a living. It was the first time since quitting my job that I was going to answer “stay at home mom”. I hesitated. I wanted to say something that sounded more glamorous like “work at home mom” or “Etsy business owner”. 🙄Then… Continue reading Stay at Home Mom

Built That

Library Ladder Install

After two years of progress in our home library we installed our custom rolling ladder this weekend. And I am in Love. It is just what we needed in the room to finish it off. I went with an aluminum style from Alacco Ladders in Southern California due to the custom extended length required. A… Continue reading Library Ladder Install

Sewing

Zoey Bunny Doll

I am still on a doll making kick. I was hit with the urge to make some bunny rabbit dolls and after playing with a pattern for a bit I drafted up a couple designs I am really excited about. I gave her super soft plush ears to match her body color. Giving them floral… Continue reading Zoey Bunny Doll

Thrifty Finds

Vintage Sewing Machine

We added another vintage sewing machine to the hoard pile! This one was purchased at an estate sale for just $15. It came with a box full of sewing notions and goodies. I was so excited to sort thru it all. It is a Free Westinghouse machine inside of a small sewing table. Looks to… Continue reading Vintage Sewing Machine

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Heirloom Dolls

I have found a new love.  I've gone down the heirloom doll wormhole and there is no turning back! I started out with a basic pattern from 10x2Studio on Etsy and it was very user friendly. Highly recommend if you are interested and don't know where to start like I was.  Since making a few, I… Continue reading Heirloom Dolls

Sewing

BTS: Serape Paci Clip

I've been making tether clips for a few years now for others but now that I have my son using them for everrrrything I want everyone to know just how helpful they are to have. I not only use these tethers for his pacifiers but also for teething items, and other regular toys. They keep… Continue reading BTS: Serape Paci Clip

Crochet

Crochet Crown

Dusting off my crochet skills this month and thankfully my hooks feel at home in my hands.  I received a custom request for a little pink crown and I was able to whip one up in no time using a helpful tutorial I found here.  It had been a long time since I made one… Continue reading Crochet Crown

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Marine Baby Essentials

I'm finally getting around to tackling projects I've wanted to do for a very long time. One of them is a Marine bib and pacifier set for the Etsy shop. I've had these bib prints for a couple of years now and just haven't had the time to really do a lot with them. I'm… Continue reading Marine Baby Essentials

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Yarn Season is Here!

Winter is coming and I can't wait to start hoarding all the squishy yarn! I recently reopened the Etsy shop with a handful of listings, including some classic crochet items for little ones. Like this Baby Aviator hat heading out to its new home in Florida: This Repeat Crafter Me pattern will never get old!

Sewing

Craft Supplies Coming to an Etsy Shop Near You!

I've decided to start listing some sewing/crafting supplies in my Etsy shop for others to enjoy. This will also help clear up some space in my sewing room, for more stuff...duh. So if you're in the mood, and looking for some inexpensive notions to add to your craft corners, take a peek here 😄

Crochet · Keeping it real

So Much Change, Same Crafty Space

So much has happened since I last posted anything.  Where do I even start? Cliff Notes version: Quit my day job Had a baby, very very early dedicated every waking moment to premie baby Tons of house projects I'll write more about all of these things in the coming posts, I promise. Now that the… Continue reading So Much Change, Same Crafty Space

For The Home · Thrifty Finds

Thrifty Find – Vanity Mirrors

My usual Craigslist stalking snagged me this set of amazing mirrors!! 2 of them for $30! TWO! They are larger in size, really good quality, and were well taken care of.  I was looking for a set to use above nightstands in our spare room. These.were.perfect.

DIY · For The Home

Built That – Bathroom Floating Shelves

We are on a floating shelf kick over here at Casa Chavez.  Putting them evvvverryywhere.  Our downstairs bathroom is a full bathroom with little storage space.  I really wanted to do something with the empty space above the toilet area to maximize the space.  We went with the easy to follow Shanty 2 Chic style floating… Continue reading Built That – Bathroom Floating Shelves