Sunday, October 27, 2013
Most of us get adorable Christmas cards from friends and family each year and many of us try to come up with a cute way to display them. I've always just put them on the fridge but this year, probably because it will be the first year I send a Christmas card, I wanted a new idea. SO...instead of buying one I decided to make it. This is my first try and I'm very critical of the spacing and lining of the lettering so go easy on me. But all in all, I love how it turned out!!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I go back and forth between getting really into making my banners and closet signs and thinking I would love to sell them at boutiques and such and then big gaps of feeling like it's really stupid and getting close to giving up. But as of today, I continue to work on them and hope that someone takes a liking and buys one. I particularly love the idea of using my banners as "photo op's" and have seen similar ones (but not the same quality of course) selling on Etsy for an un-godly amount of money. I love the idea of ones in maternity pics, gender reveal, newborn pics, family pics, and even wedding thank you photo's that are ever so popular today. As of today, I have the following banners and can make really anything anyone can come up with. My next project is to do triangles as those are popular right now as well.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
I always ask my hubs to buy bananas (he does all the grocery shopping) and a good portion of the time I don't eat them before they brown. My hubs doesn't mind because he loves when I bake banana anything:) I've tried a different bread each time and today's is especially yummy. I got the recipe off Pinterest and Sally has outdone herself:)By the way, I sure hope my link works as I'm having trouble with it. In case not, here's the link you can copy and paste to (http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/10/15/banana-muffins-with-cinnamon-chocolate-chip-streusel/).
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Obvi I'm still on bed-rest and trying to stay busy. I'm doing a pretty good job! I've got six more weeks to go if I go full-term and the nursery is totally done. Of course that doesn't mean I've stopped projects for it though. I think my hubby is worried the nursery will explode in projects:) I wanted to share the hair bow/band holder/display that I made. My bff made an adorable one for a shower gift and sadly, in the process of hanging it, I dropped it and it broke:( So I made one myself and I'm pretty excited with how it turned out:) BTW, burlap works great as the background as bows just clip right on so easily! I bought some cute already decorated clothespins that I glued to the frame to hold the headbands. Love!
I can't remember a time when I wasn't obsessed with the Fall. I didn't grow up celebrating Halloween so October and November are Fall/Harvest time to me and I love everything about it! I love the leaves in bright oranges, reds, and yellows. I love to decorate and bake with pumpkins and I love the smell of the candles that come out this time of year. So anyway, as I mentioned in my last post, I started making the adorable "give thanks" banners and hung mine on my mantle. I then decorated around it and I love it!!!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Spending over two months on bed rest may inevitably kill me. Everyone keeps telling me it will all be worth it when I have sweet Avery in my arms. I know that's true but the wait is probably one of the hardest things I've ever gone through. So in order to fill the time, I do a lot of organizing, nesting, and crafting. I'm constantly on the look-out for a new DIY project I can do that will keep me busy and sane. I am a holiday fanatic. From October through the end of December I am a sucker for Harvest/Autumn time to Christmas decor. I love to decorate for Autumn and nothing is better than the crisp air, colorful leaves, windows wide open, and decoration of pumpkins and such. The craft I worked on today is a burlap banner for the fireplace. I got the ideas from Pinterest and used various ideas from a few different sources. This was pretty easy and I took my time so that it filled up a couple hours. I love the way it turned out! I started with a roll of burlap. I decided to measure squares 4 1/2 inches across. I used a lighter (this scared me at first) to burn the edges to ensure it doesn't all come unraveled. The squares turned out all the same size and with good, clean edges.
Monday, September 30, 2013
The last eight months have been filled with fantasizing about the nursery and then slowly making and buying items to carry out the ideas in my head. I feel almost sad in some strange way that it's basically "complete" other than a few minor details. It has kept me busy and given me an outlet for my creativity.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I'm 8 months pregnant and officially the size of a small solar system. I'm on disability and home every day so I have A LOT of time to notice my ginmrmous belly and wonder how much bigger it can possibly get. I'm also finding myself becoming more and more connected to my baby girl, Avery. She moves around and kicks like it's her job! I have moments of finding myself saying aloud, "Avery, that was hard on Mama. Take it down a notch". She doesn't seem to listen:) I find myself talking to her aloud here and there while I'm alone and doing things around the apartment or driving my car. Just little things like, "Mama is crazy, isn't she?" I made a playlist on my phone of lullaby songs combined with sweet love songs that I want her to know and I play the playlist often. I'm hoping she knows the songs when she's out here in the world and is comforted when I play them. I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be a mama. What I hope to be like. I What I want to teach Avery and I constantly wonder who she will be. I've narrowed down to seven most important things I want to teach her and model for her:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I've seen countless women dig into their creative and crafty side when they become pregnant and/or become a mom. I never understood it. Ooohhh, do I get it now! I'm on bed rest for two months before my delivery date. Talk about making me crazy! I'm not one to be able to sit around, staring at the television, and eating chocolate. Although I appreciate those moments:) I need structure and human interaction. I need to feel useful and productive and it's killing me to just sit around! Everyone tries to make me feel better saying things like, "consider it your job to lay low and keep your baby from coming too early". While I appreciate the attempts, that does not help ease my restlessness. I also have an anxiety disorder on top of it totally unrelated to the pregnancy so put it all together and I'm a hot mess! All that to say, I have to have at least one plan per day. Doctor appointment, lunch or dinner with a friend, visit with Grandma, store with the hubs, go to my bff's house, whatever it may be...I just need one thing to wake up for. I also need projects. So I've been crafting. The nursery is almost completely DIY projects and it continues! I thought I would share a few of my projects.