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Baby Fever

I have so many things to update you with but I just haven’t yet. I have one almost ready to go, but just haven’t finished it yet, too much going on I suppose. As I mentioned before, I have some CRAZY baby fever right now! So really the only thing on my mind here lately is babies and baby things.

One of my best friends from childhood is having a baby in about 3 weeks (wow, that’s ridiculous to me!) and I planned her a shower and made her an adorable knit blanket and now that is all I can think about. Her shower went great, but it was a little crazy. I had planned the shower in a tiny room because that was all the her church had opened. The day before the shower we were told we got the fellowship hall which is about 4 times larger than the room I was planning on. I had all kinds of decor planned for the tiny room but when you take it to the gigantic room it kind of got lost. So here is the majority of the decor, my camera died after 1 picture and apparently no one else took any, I’m not too happy about that!

Then the blanket I made her, which I don’t think I bragged on, I’m not sure if she reads my blog or not, so why risk it!

You can find the pattern here from The Purl Bee, which if you like to crochet, knit or sew, you’ll love this blog!  They have such creative things.  From this link you can find the pattern and a link to buy a kit from Purl Soho, their shop, with what I am sure are amazing yarns, but for a price, it’s about $130 for one of their kits, I made my blanket from 7 skeins of Caron Simply Soft I bought at Wal-Mart and spent about $10 on the blanket and it feels really great, but I digress.

We have decided to cloth diaper our future children so I’ve gotten started on that, I plan on having 30 newborn and 30 variable sized to get us started. I haven’t decided what I want to concentrate more on,  I think AIOs is the way I want to go.

Here is the first one I’ve made, I think it’s a pocket, it’s flannel on the outside and a premade prefold on the inside, birdseye and an absorbent strip in the middle. I left a pocket in the back to insert a soaker for more absorbency.  Jeremy picked out the fabric, how cute are those dinosaurs.  Since we obviously don’t know what we’re having since we’re not having it yet we’re trying to make the majority unisex.  I still need to get some closures on it, I think I’m going to go with hook and loop, this I need to order online. I went today to Hancock’s and got a few yards of PUL and diaper flannel along with a 1/2 yard of an adorable alphabet fabric and a couple of cute fat quarters for the outside.  I’m excited to get cracking on the rest of our stash!

Now I’m thinking quilts and bedding. I’ve picked out the fabric and the patterns and styles I want, I just have to get the fabric. We don’t really have enough money to play with these expensive fabrics yet, so I’m just dreaming and planning right now.

Here’s what I have planned so far:

This is the girl ensemble. Sorry the picture is not cooperating with me, if you click on it it will be much clearer. This is the quilt pattern I love, with the crib bedding style, with the white/pink bedskirt, not the ruffles, cute, but not what I’m envisioning.  The quilt pattern is from Moda Bake Shop, fantastic patterns and ideas there, love them all!  The bedding ensembles are from Posh Tots, and if you’ve never been there you should visit their site, poshtots.com their stuff is amazing but only for the insanely rich, the one full ensemble is about $600….for baby bedding….really?  So cute though.

This is the amazing fabric, Amy Butler’s Love.  I am so head-over-heels in love with this fabric and can’t wait to see it all together!  I’m thinking the ruffle will be the water bouquet mint, the top right, my favorite of the 6.  There is a darker palette of this same pattern, both are beautiful.

Now for the boy.  Same thing as above, click on it for a clearer imagine.  Jeremy loves to read, he’s actually on the literacy faculty at the college here, so the natural thought is Dr. Seuss. I definitely didn’t want to do some crazy brand or anything super trendy that we’d get tired of, but Dr. Seuss is timeless. Here is the quilt pattern and the bedding style, very simple but masculine. I hope these will end up heirlooms for them!

Now to the fabric, it’s so fun! A lovely mix of blues, green, and red.  The last 2 fabrics will be the  borders though I’m just not sure which will be which.

I’m so excited to get started, I can hardly stand it!

I will keep you updated on these lovely crafts and I will start updating you on what I’ve been up to the last month or so!

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Love or hate

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers do list of what they love and don’t love, so on this Valentines Day weekend, it seems appropriate!  Feel free to leave a list of your loves or hates!

Loving:

My husband

He’s the greatest ever!  For valentines day he made me a website, off of his, and he’s giving me a gift every weekend for the next 36 weeks!  I’m so excited about it, he’s so awesome.

Babies!

Recently married and in my mid-latish 20s and my ovaries are ACHING!

Quilting

Being in the baby mood has put my mind on baby crafts, quilts in particular!

Risata Moscato d’Asti

Best Moscato d’Asti ever….amazing with chocolate covered strawberries!

Amy Butler

She has the most amazing fabrics and I’m dying for her stylish stitches book!  This is the Love collection, adore!

Harry Potter

Rereading all the books before the last movies comes!  Makes me sad thinking about it

Hating:

Dry Skin

I’ve had to stop wearing my wedding set for a while so my hand can heal, really sad.  No photo, just gross

Tests

I have test anxiety so bad I can hardly take them!  Sadly I have 3 this week!

Bass Blasters

I don’t care to listen to that crap, much less feel it

Clutter

I don’t know how people function in mess….

Jersey Shore

I’ve never watched the show, but I have no desire, I just don’t understand it.  Since when is watching trash entertaining?

Have a great week!

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Pinterest

If you haven’t heard of Pinterest by now you must be living under a rock! It’s awesome! It’s an online inspiration board, a place to keep all your potential projects, or ideas, in one convenient place where you can reach them at any time! I first caught wind of this fantastic site at WhipperBerry. If you all haven’t been there before, when you get a chance, take a gander. They have awesome recipes and ideas, this is one of my daily reads. But anyway, back to Pinterest!

You can have, seemingly, as many number of inspiration boards as you wish. Right now I have about 7 or 8 boards, I have lost count already! I’ve recently gotten into knitting, (I’m a horrible blogger, I know this, but that will be another post) and I have a Knitting Inspiration board, a Fun Frilly Things board, Baby Inspiration board (quite things I might find here or there that I would love to make for a baby), a baby shower board (my best friend is due in April, shower is in March). I’m also working on getting my office usable, posts on that should be coming soon, I have inspiration board for things I would love to have in there! There are so many things!
My bookmarks have been several pages long for a while now, and I had recently cleaned them out!

It’s just in its starting phase right now, Beta version, and it requires an invite to be included in the fun, all you have to do is send them a request and they will let you start, or at least that is what I assume, I got an invite and I ain’t nothing special!

When you get your invite you go through the whole sign-up process then they give you a button to put on your bookmark tabs. Anytime you see something you want to save just hit pin it. A separate window will open up and have all pictures from your current page, you click on it and another page will pop up, allowing you to input a description and board, you can use an already started board or start a new one right from this page.

It’s so easy and is absolutely amazing, it has made my life so much easier!
Every page I’ve been on has been nothing but pinterest buzz, and I’m proud to say that I’m part of the beta version! That makes me happy!
I’m finishing up my lovely desk I gushed about far too long ago, 1 more coat of poly and she’s finito, then the big task, getting into this house and through my office door, hoping the top pops off! Saturday is the 4th Annual Humane Society Fur Ball, we all get fancied up and go to a big party to benefit the helpless animals at the animal shelter here, been the highlight of my January since its inception, which marks mine and Jeremy’s second date, isn’t that fun?

Then my FINAL semester starts on Monday, I’m both crazy excited to start, but also dreading it. I’ve got just a few things, a research class that I will be doing in a high school biology classroom, I’m very excited about that. I’ve also got Practical Light Microscopy with my favorite professor, and I’m SOOOOO excited about this, I’m such a dork but microscopes fascinate me. I’ve had a class on electron microscopes so compared to that this should be a breeze.
Until next time, which I promise will be sooner than the last!

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Christmas Decorations

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!  The reds and greens and garlands and wreaths and glitter, I love the fact that you can glitter ANYTHING for Christmas and get away with it.  My house is not as decked out as I would like it, but being newlyweds we just don’t have the money to afford all the beautiful decorations that I would love to have, we’ll accumulate it over the next several years.

One of my favorite decorations we have currently is our advent calendar, which I’ve been talking about recently because of our homemade Christmas!

I made my advent calendar last year because those tiny ones just were not what I wanted.  I just used cute decorative lunch bags, chip board numbers, a little glitter, some kitchen twine and Command hooks. Between this and our October engagement party where I glittered lots of spiders and skeletons and pumpkins for an awesome wreath and party decorations, we’re still trying to get the glitter off the floor and everything we own…it’s totally worth it!  Here are a few close ups of the individual days!

There is also the tree, which is of course the focal point.  It’s full of ornaments that mean something to either me or the mister or both of us!  We try to get ornaments from each trip we take, as well as an ornament to remember the year by.  We have a snowtflake for our first Christmas together in 2007, a really sad clear ball with horrible writing on the front and glitter and crystals inside to remember 2008.  We actually have 3 ornaments to remember 2009 by, but it was the year we got engaged, so it was a big year, our Just Engaged ornament, which I still need to put the date on, a cute picture frame with a picture of us playing in the snow, and a bronzed leaf from Mammoth Cave, we bought on the day we got engaged there.  This year we have a bride and groom to commemorate the year we got married, awww, how cute!

I almost forgot about the ball we bought on our honeymoon at Sandals Antigua!

I love having all these decorations out, even though it effects the set up of my living room.  It will make me sad to take it all down at the end of them month!

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Homemade Christmas Day 1

As I mentioned in a previous post, we’re having a homemade Christmas this year.  Using our homemade advent calendar, we give each other a gift every other day.  This year I get my gifts on the even days and the mister gets his on the odd days.  On the first of December I only had 2 gifts finished, so I knew pretty much what I would give him.  Sadly the 2 gifts I had finished were really good ones, so I’ve kind of falsely given him hope for 12 really awesome gifts, but I’ve told him this much.

This magazine wreath was his first gift.

I got the idea from Rag and Bone Boutique.  It was not very difficult to make, just time consuming.  I started off by searching through magazines for colorful pages, it’s much more difficult than I expected.  You roll the pages up from corner to corner, so what you see most in the finished roll is the edge and the majority of the magazines I had had white edged on most of the pages, which would make for a boring wreath.  I used mostly Food Network magazine, which is a really tall and wide magazine, I took additional pages from Southern Bride magazine because it was the same height as the Food Network pages.

Putting Modge Podge in the corner that I wanted to be the tip on the outside of the roll, I rolled from opposite corner, using a thin paint brush to roll at a constant diameter….well that’s the idea, it didn’t really happen for me.  Some were really nice and small, some were rather big.  I made 75 rolls, but only ended up using 68.  The bigger your inner the more rolls you’ll need.  You can see the milkiness of the modge podge in the corner.

I used a bowl top to determine my inner circle size.  Then I lined the rolls up around top to get my colors my right and to make sure I had enough rolls.  I used a circle of cardboard to anchor my rolls to with hot glue.  This really isn’t sturdy enough, I need to figure out some other type of reinforcement, but I’m not sure what yet.  I started by gluing 4 on and filling in from there.  I lined the points up at the bottom, because it was one or the other and that seemed to be more noticeable to me than the other edge.

Testing my set up with my red bowl top

Getting started with just a few

I loved the turn out and so did he!  It looks really neat, I can’t wait to see it up on the wall in his office!

He’s also gotten his second gift too which was a book business card holder, pictures and tutorial to come soon!

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I’m working on it!

Well, it’s been a buy couple of weeks.  Between work and prepping for the upcoming semester and animals and husband and our homemade Christmas I just haven’t had time.  I have been crafting, but seeing as the Mister reads my blog I can’t blog about the awesome crafts that I’ve been working on for him.  Let me explain.

We spent a lot on our wedding, way more than we should have, but it was amazing and if I had to redo it the only thing I would change would be our heifer wedding planner who was basically useless….but, that’s another post!  Last year I made an awesome advent calendar with cute chrimtmasy paper lunch bags, so it’s huge, and we decided to just do that this year.  We gave ourselves $20 each to spend on supplies and we have to make all of our gifts.  It was pretty difficult coming up with 12 different handmade gifts for the mister, but I did it, I think, I might have to rethink a few.  As the days in December click by I will be blogging about the gifts that I’ve given him, don’t want to spoil the fun, the Mister HATES spoiled surprises, he tells me I spoil something ever year, maybe I do, but not on purpose!

The other project I’m working on is my office!  I’m so excited about this, but it’s slow going.  I’ve bought a beautiful desk from the Goodwill that I just need to sand and finish, then I can really start work on my space, I’ll let you know as I get things done.  The only thing so far is I’ve painted my office, from horrible green to beautiful chocolate brown, pics to come, I’ve got to get them off the camera.

I’m off to wake up the mister and to get our first married Thanksgiving started, I’m so excited about the holiday season with husband!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Tiny kitchen redo

Our kitchen is not small, really, but it has limited storage and a lot of open space for a table.  We got a TON of kitchen stuff as wedding gifts and we had no where to put it.  We bought a steel table for when I work on cakes, but I’ve been doing very few cakes this year so we decided to bring the table in as storage and an extra working space.

The only problem is all the storage under the table makes the kitchen look really messy, and I hate mess!  I needed a table cloth, but one that hangs down to the floor on at least 3 sides, they don’t make tablecloths that long, so I had to make a skirt to go around.  This was the best decision anyways, that way there is still plenty of work space on top and we don’t have to worry about dirtying the cloth.

We only have Hobby Lobby and Hancock Fabrics in town, so I went to Hobby Lobby first, because I just love Hobby Lobby and I found an awesome fabric that would be perfect but it was $23 a yard and I just could not stomach that!  Then I went to Hancock and after much circling the designer fabrics I decided on a chocolate brown pintuck, but it was still $9.50 a yard, I needed 3, but decided it wasn’t going to get any better or cheaper so I bit the bullet and just did it.  I was so excited when she scanned it and told me it was only $6.50!!  I love a surprise sale!  I happily got my 3 yards, thread and Velcro and went along my merry way!

I measured the length it needed to be, then hemmed the top and bottom.  Then I started the fiasco.  I don’t use Velcro much, but obviously got the sticky backed so it would stick to the table.  I didn’t really think about sewing with the sticky backing, and went through a tough 30 minute period while I tried to get a stitch to run through the fabric and Velcro…needless to say, don’t try to sew sticky backed Velcro…it just doesn’t work!  The adhesive on the back of the Velcro is strong enough to hold the fabric all on its own, or so I hope.  I have a feeling I’ll have some felines hanging from them as soon as they figure out it’s possible, so hopefully it’s strong enough to hold 10ish pounds, but I’m kind of doubting it!

I put the Velcro on the right side so it would hang with the Velcro invisible underneath. I snipped the Velcro and fabric at the corners so the skirt can wrap around the table.

Look how much better it looks now!  Excuse the dead flowers, I just can’t find the gumption to throw away the only flowers left from the wedding….one day maybe!

I’m still getting my blogging chops, so stick around to watch me blossom!  Next up is a Dream Board I’m making for mine and my husbands dreams!

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Wife Cave

I’m so excited to create my wife cave, not a mom cave, because I’m not a mom. But I’m a newlywed and while I LOVE spending time with my husband, I need some alone time too to work on my crafts or read or whatever may be on my mind!
Here is my prospective Wife Cave

Total mess, but it has great potential! As I posted in my last and first post I just had a DIY wedding 2 and a half weeks ago and this is the aftermath of that! Wedding gifts, left over DIY decor and a wedding dress with broken hanging loops litter the floor. Think this looks bad, you should have seen it right before the wedding!

I love to craft and I need a space of my own, the Mister just tolerates my crafting, I get quite messy! A gift card to Homegoods, one of my favorite stores, might get my wedding recovering butt into gear to get the room cleaned up, organized and decorated so I can start crafting and sharing it with everyone with my new blog!

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10.8.10 – My wedding!

What better way to start my new blog than with a post about my recent DIY wedding! My husband and I tied the knot in an amazing ceremony at Lost River Cave and Valley in Bowling Green, Kentucky. We had planned our wedding for 14 months and when it finally came we were not disappointed!
It was not an uneventful day, that’s for sure! It started out with waking up a 4:30am, giddiness just would NOT let me sleep, and shortly thereafter being bit by something, still not sure what. After a trip to the doctor’s office, just for peace of mind, we set out for the cave to unload and set up! The day went pretty much how I believed it would, total chaos, we were late for our hair appointment which made us late for dressing which made us late for our first look! But everything ended up on time end the end and really that was all that mattered!
I got dressed at my photographer’s studio, BGB Photo and Design. My mother took me and two of my bridesmaids came to help me get into my lovely dress.

After that, we headed to Western Kentucky University’s campus to meet my groom! We did a ‘big reveal’ or a ‘first look’, which is an orchestrated first look for the bride and groom before the ceremony. We, my husband and I, hate waiting, sometimes hours, for the bride and groom to take pictures after the ceremony. Not to mention our ceremony time was 6:30 down in a valley, and sunset was at 6:29, so by 6:45 when I ceremony was over it was completely dark, but more on that later. We met on the steps of the university’s concert hall, and it was such a perfect location!

Then we walked to what is known to students and alumni as Western’s Kissing Bridge. I don’t actually know the story behind the kissing bridge, not because I haven’t tried, but it’s a lovely area of campus that is perfect for pictures, don’t you think?

Then onto my favorite photo session of the day, Barnes and Noble! The Mister and I met at Barnes and Noble so this seemed like the natural place to remember on our wedding day. We got quite a few strange looks and several comments, but we got our frapps and sat all lovey dovey in the middle of the starbucks for about 30 minutes while our photographer snapped away.


Then it was time for the cave! We met all our party and family to take lots and lots of pictures.

There was a car fire that blocked Interstate 65, which kept the majority of guest list stuck since our wedding was 45 minutes south of both of our hometowns. But somehow almost everyone made it on time and the ceremony started on time, which was VERY important to me!

On to the party! I basically planned our entire wedding myself and also designed and created the entire décor myself. We had a ‘cocktail hour’ between the ceremony and reception that had no cocktails nor was it an hour, but that was the best name for it! We served lemonade, apple cider and water while our guests mingled, which the few who actually attended, the majority stayed at the mouth, but that’s their loss! I made what I call ‘photo ribbons’ which were, well, what they sound like! I took photos of us, engagement photos, vacation photos and just random photos and put them on pretty brown and orange ribbons. Then my great husband hung them from the trees at the river walk, which is the area next to the river of course, where our cocktail hour was held. We didn’t get any good pictures of the cocktail hour, it was apparently completely forgotten! But here is some sad little pictures, you can even see the pretty rhinestone embellishments I added to the pumpkins!


Our reception was full of DIY treats. From the centerpieces to our monograms to the buzz of our reception, the quotes at each place setting.








We were all about time management for our wedding! Our ceremony was about 15 minutes, if that, then the reception started with our introduction straight into our first dance, cake cutting then food, all within 15 minutes. I’m not a patient lady nor is my husband a patient man. That’s probably the reason why everyone said they thoroughly enjoyed our wedding…not to brag or anything!
Last few pictures, I promise! Some of my favorites




The night ended on a sour note though when my husband, I, our bridal party and families had to clean up our reception in our pretty pretty wedding clothes because we hired a useless wedding coordinator who left 15 minutes after the reception was over, never use Lasting Impression by Leona if you are in the KY/TN area. Then we came home to pack a leave for the Nashville airport at 2:45am for our honeymoon in Antigua! But that’s another day. Thanks so much for reading, maybe next time it will be more crafty and interesting!

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