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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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Pizza Night

I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this before, but we have Pizza Night every Friday night, homemade pizza at that.  Every Friday afternoon I make pizza crust and let it rise, it’s so yummy!  I found the recipe for both the sauce and pizza dough at Perfect Planner Meals.  Both are easy and delicious.

I am guest posting today at Stellar Path.  Sounds familiar because it’s my host site.  My husband asked me to come and post today about our Pizza Nights.  Scoot on over there and visit him and read about our yummy pizzas!

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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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My office redo update

It’s been months in the works, but my home office is finally on its way! If you’ll reminisce with me I talked about starting my office redo in this post, way back on October 26, 2010. Since then I bought a desk and painted the room, both in this post. It’s been very slow going and I’m still not done, and I may never be done, there is always some cute to add or change, but I’m very happy so far!

So here is my before

And after

The desk is a goodwill find, nice sturdy desk, for only $25! I sanded, primed, painted and sealed it. I thought there was too much white, so I broke it up a bit. The brown is the same color as the walls, and the pink, well the pink is the same color as the bottle sitting on my desk. The bottle was a gift from Jeremy for Christmas and the paint really closely matched the fabric I have planned for the chandelier, which you can see in the corner in the after picture, the window treatments, chairs, if it involves fabric it will be one of 6 designs I found at hobby lobby, it’s brown with pink, green, blue, and yellow, maybe some other colors, but they are all coordinating fabrics, which I love!

The Chandelier will be another post, I have all the shade frames made, I’m too cheap to buy them, I might change my mind when I try to cover them, we shall see. Chandelier shades are CRAZY expensive. So far I’ve spent $46 on this office makeover, which includes the chandelier, shades and fabrics. Not bad, huh?

The lovely art you see on the wall was a Christmas gift from Jeremy. I love barbies, you can’t see my small collection of them, so Jeremy painted me some watercolor barbies. They are all the same silhouette, different /colors/ethnicity blond, auburn, black, Hispanic, and Asian. I also have a Barbie puzzle he gave me last Christmas that I am working on putting together and then I’ll get that put up.

Oh, I almost forgot! Back to my desk….I thought to make my desk a little more personal I would monogram it, and again break up some of the white. It’s not really on there yet, just a print out stuck on there. What do you think? Too much? Tacky? Let me know!

Until tomorrow, I have several projects and recipes to share that I just haven’t as of yet! I will get better with blogging, I promise, 2 in one week, that’s pretty good! With that I’ll leave you with some cute photos of my silly animals

Guinness and Roosevelt cuddling in a box, how adorable? A box is all the toy they need

Malcolm (on the bed) and Molly napping one minute

The next they are both grooming themselves

Dogs are so weird, but cute!

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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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