Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekends that are good for the soul...

Hello! I'm back from a great and restful lent! I took a little while longer to come back to social media. It was such a good and restful time spent with my family and working on myself including the main man upstairs. Good times.

  You ever have those weekends where you get so much done that you feel good? It has been one of those weekends. I feel refreshed and purposeful. I crafted my little heart out this weekend... and it was SO nice. I made our Mother's Day gifts on Saturday and Sunday made some goodies for all of us girls. Little sister is finally on a schedule with her naps and bedtime in her own crib. While I miss those snuggles sometimes, it is nice to be able to sleep greater than 6 hours at night!

I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned that Wade (my husband) is in college. Yes, I'm a stay at home mom and he works full time and is taking 2 college courses. He is trying to better our futures by being able to get a better job. How blessed am I with such a good man that will do whatever it takes for us? So so thankful and lucky to have such a wonderful best friend and husband. Anyway, my point with all that is that he tries to do homework during the weekend and I'm trying to keep busy so that he can focus. Sometimes it's not that easy because I can talk his ear off but he never complains. I was definitely out of his hair this weekend though! 😂

While I can't post Mother's Day gifts yet, because I'm pretty sure my mom follows my blog.. I see you! ;) I will post what I made for myself and the sisters.


So the top picture is matching shirts that I made for myself and Jae. The bottom right picture is a cute little top and bottom separates that needed a little something on the pocket, and bottom left is a plain ole swim top that needed something to match little sister's bathing suit. I'm still LOVING this Silhouette Cameo but I'm really wanting to get better at sewing. I've got teacher appreciation week all planned out and I will hopefully start on those tomorrow then maybe Betty (sewing machine... hee hee) and I can get some one on one time. Until next time...

XOXO

Monday, February 20, 2017

No Soliciting!

Hiya!

     We had such a busy weekend this weekend. Sometimes those are good to be so caught up and no down time. Other times however, it is nice to have lazy weekends. We had parent teacher conferences for my oldest daughter on Friday and she seems to be doing great, except her handwriting. We have to work on that. Pinterest to the rescue! 🙂

On Friday, I also finished my No Soliciting sign for my plant on our porch, and yes, so far the new plants are still doing great. Today was watering day! Anyway- I really need to work on centering my projects. This one runs down, I get super excited and just want to stick it on. I also didn't measure right but I was not about to waste that vinyl so I ended up cutting each letter that way I could place them closer together. If you care at all how I made it, keep on reading!




  • I first bought a wood sign at Wal-mart and spray painted it black.

  • Then we bought some gardening stakes from Lowes and I put liquid nails on the back of the stake and lined it up with the center of my board.

     
  • I designed my signage in Silhouette Studio and printed it out on white vinyl. I wanted contrasting colors so people can see it.

     
  • Placed vinyl and stuck it in my plant. VOILA!


On an extra side note. I received my February Swagbag in the mail today. It's this super cute (and comfy) pink tee with my initials and I. Love. It. February is almost over but this will be a cute summer top or even sleeping shirt. I haven't been the happiest about this companies shipping but you cannot beat a monogrammed piece of clothing for 14$ and that includes shipping...
 Goodnight and Sleep tight.😴😴😴😴😴


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Though She be but Little...

She is Fierce
- Shakespeare



I was bound and determined to eventually one day get a cameo. The main thing I wanted to make were shirts. I had already had Silhouette studio downloaded and even BOUGHT some things... I even made some pumpkin shirts and printed them on some iron on transfer paper. They did not even make it through the wash... I thought and used it as a buying vice for my husband, if I can just make shirts we won't have to buy any. They are exactly how you want them and come on... I like being crafty and creative. How much fun would it be?!

When I bought the heat press on Amazon there was a little package deal like they always have at the bottom and you could get some Teflon sheets and 3 sheets of Siser Easyweed for like 20$ bucks more so I figured I would for sure need the Teflon sheets and thought what a great bonus for HTV. I was so nervous to use the heat press that I just got started on this onesie last night. It was SO easy. I'm so ready for my larger order of HTV to come in so I can make more. St. Patricks day is coming up and man oh man I already have all these cute things in mind. :)

This SVG file was one of the first that I found (I think on Pinterest looking for 'free SVG'). I opened it in Silhouette Studio and I also did my little ones initials... Full intent of putting the initials on the front with this saying on the back and I didn't mirror her initials... bummer. I wasn't going to waste my perfect opportunity with this scary heat press clicking ever so often to keep it's temperature up. I started weeding and it was so easy.. duh Easyweed! :)


I then took the onesie and pressed it a couple of seconds to get the excess moisture out and flatten it. Then grabbed my vinyl and centered it. Thanks to Silhouette School I downloaded the Siser app and it told me exactly the heat settings and time I should press for. Temp was 305 and to press for 10-15 seconds with medium pressure. Worked like a charm. I peeled the transfer paper off and voila! A super cute new onesie for my little love bug. It wasn't finished yet though. I flipped it inside out and pressed again just to make sure that it had adhered. 

So after all that, and realizing how EASY it was I cannot wait to do it again. I have all these fun and cute ideas. I've ordered some green raglan shirts from Jiffy Shirts and they have already shipped and should be here today. I ordered them about 2 days ago. Super impressed. I'm almost done with my No Soliciting flower pot sign too. :)

Byyyyeeee!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Silhouette Cameo

💓Happy Valentine's Day!!

My awesome husband bought me a Silhouette Cameo. I got it last week, that's why there hasn't been any blog post. I have been busy learning how to make fun stuff on it. I made a couple of things for big sister's party, which was blast. Two of the girls ended up staying the night, SLEEPOVER! They didn't go to bed until 3 that morning. haha. Good Times.





My mom also asked if I could make her some vinyl monograms for her Beti (WM Yeti). A girl at her work asked for one too. We found this really cute saying that said "Winey Bitch" and she thought it would be perfect for her friends wine glass. I layered my moms which I was nervous about because she requested 2 different colors but it turned out great!



Then last but not least I also made some applying vinyl decal instructions tags. That way if/when people order them then I can mail the instructions a long with them. It is also a "Thank you for your purchase" tag as well. I'm a sucker for packaging so I like to make nice packaging to go along with someones vinyl.


My next step is to make some shirts. I received a couple of Heat Transfer Vinyl (only boring colors: black, white, and gold) with my heat press but I've been too nervous. I bought the girls some shirts so I'm going to make them something today. Just have to think and or find a design I want to try. Please forgive me if I post less but I'm having fun... still rambling a long but having fun. :)

TaTa for now. 💋

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Nostalgia and Bolster Pillows

     I was driving the other day and this song came on that just takes you back to the old days. It is called Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie. It was on one the Chronicles of Narnia soundtracks and I just love the song it totally puts me in this amazing peaceful place. The exact reason I love music. It made me think of the good old days of Xanga and MySpace where you could put music on your profile pages. Don't you miss it? I miss it! This song would be my background music for sure...

We have had our table and chairs for years, they have been brutally abused by a now 9 year old and missing her mouth. She apparently needs to learn how to eat again because those things were gross. haha. We decided it would be an easy fix to just recover them with fabric. They turned out super pretty and they will be scotch guarded. (we aren't completely done yet... 2/6 chairs are done... lol)




We had some extra fabric left over that wouldn't necessarily cover another chair. I also found some gray remnants left over from something we used a long time ago. I wasn't sure what exactly I was going to sew until I put two pieces of gray on each side of the fabric we used on the chairs. Then it hit me, I could totally make one of those long cylindrical pillows. After googling and finding out that it is called a bolster pillow... I made one! I haven't ever completed a project sewing but as discussed earlier in another blog post. I'm going to finish one project at a time, and I did. It isn't perfect but I love it.



It even has a matching button on the ends. It's stuffed with Polyfil and probably cost about 5 bucks total to make. :) Can't wait for more sewing projects. Sewing is such a wonderful skill to be able to teach your kids because people don't know how to use them anymore. I found a chair and ottoman at Goodwill that needed a little color, so the bolster pillow has a new home.


Goodnight.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 7th, 2008

   
     On this day 9 years ago around 3:30 pm my oldest child made her appearance and my life forever changed. I think for the better, actually I know for the better. I always assumed that I would be a boy mom just because I don't and didn't feel as if I'm sympathetic enough to be a girl mom, but so far this is the beautiful life that God has blessed me with and I know I'm not the best at it but we get by and I feel as if I've raised a damn good kid. Anyway - today we celebrated her and her 9 years of life.

I have received these emails from Babycenter.com since before she was born, they would tell me how big she was in my stomach, the terrible twos (threes were worse), and the bossiness that would occur with an older child. I would read over these emails and confirm or deny what was happening until about a week ago they said they would no longer be e-mailing because my baby was about to be 9 and they stop at that age. Heartbreak. Everything hit me at once, my baby is no longer a baby and the ugly tears came. Even today as Time Hop was showing me all through the years previous on her birthday and the picture above popped up and ugly tears as I was setting up her surprises. Time. Flies.

She has been begging to take piano lessons for over a year now. After failed attempts at cheerleading and softball, we are hoping that she enjoys music. We have grilled into her it isn't easy and you have to practice everyday. Her big surprise was that.. an electronic keyboard and piano lessons. She was excited but claimed she did see me texting a piano teacher. *eye roll*


My mom wanted her to have a new bedroom set and asked her what theme she wanted to do and Jaeden said, "Paris!". Okay we can work with that. So my mom got her a new comforter set, an Eiffel Tower lamp and dry erase board. We had previously purchased a used dresser, that we scored from Goodwill for 25$ (she has been due for new furniture for awhile now. Her dresser is as old as her). It has been in the garage for a couple of months. Wade has chalk painted and antiqued a lot of our furniture and with the Paris theme you can't go wrong with some antiqued furniture. Here are pictures of her bedroom surprise.






Her Grammy and Pop sent her some money which is always good and she was very appreciative of. Overall, I think she had a great day! Sometimes I don't think she realizes how lucky she is, but I take it with stride and try to get her to appreciate and take care of her things.

We are all very tired and worn out. Bed time has come easy tonight especially after the pizza dinner she chose as her birthday meal (and the chocolate cheesecake). :) Hello, Carbs... So another year has come and gone and my little girl is officially nine... I don't think she will ever know how much she has done for me in the nine years of life that she has had. So thankful that God chose me as her momma.
Goodnight, world.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Let's talk about my brown thumb...

     My mom has always, always had indoor and outdoor plants ever since I can remember. I however have not been that lucky with plants. I either forget to water them or don't even pay attention to the specific care that they need... so what have I done? Yet another challenge for me to attempt. Hey, life is about challenges right?

So I've had this struggling fern, (in this beautiful galvanized pot that we found at Ikea) on our front porch and I decided to put it in the back yard on the deck for some extra TLC. I wanted a duo at least of plants, preferring a hanging ivy with some color so a quick stop at Lowes and I decided on these two. Some purple and white mixed pansies and a hanging ivy Pothos or Devils Ivy... I would pick that out, wouldn't I? haha. I plan on getting a little chalk board and stake and putting, "NO SOLICITING PLEASE" on it. :)


While at Lowe's I found this really pretty looking tree and I thought it would look great in the corner of our living room and provide some green. I had to ask my green thumb of a mother what kind of plant it was and she knew. (Thank goodness for moms, right?) It's called a Dieffenbachia or The Dumb Cane... again, I would pick that one right? *eyeroll*


So sprinkle some green on my plants over here and pray they live. haha. :)

Luna also had fun helping me re-pot these plants. Hers a good girl.



Lets try this again... and again.

     If you haven't guessed it, I'm pretty on and off again on this blog. The idea of it seems wonderful but getting down to business and doing it is a totally different story. That is my life. I have all these grand and wonderful ideas but when it comes to actually doing them, I just don't and move on to the next big thing. I realize this is a problem and is going to be something I'm going to work on. I mean I feel if I can actually stick with breastfeeding, which is super hard (hello, almost 7 months) and cloth diapering then maybe something is changing in my pattern.

My poor family and friends are probably sick of seeing all the pictures I post on FB so I'm going to get back at blogging it. That way if and when family and friends want to check it out, they can at their leisure. I'm also, I guess getting to the point (cough, age...) where I don't really care what everyone thinks. I used to be so afraid to publish this blog to my facebook in fear of what others would think and or say. I'm a libra and it's in my nature to be a people pleaser. If you don't like it, don't look at it. That simple and I need to have that mentality more.

We are currently getting ready for Jaeden's 9th birthday party this weekend! It is a movie themed party at home. We are going to watch Trolls and eat cake and popcorn with a couple of her friends from school. We have a big surprise for her on the day of her birthday. She is going to start taking piano lessons and thus will be getting an electric keyboard from us. Her Nana got her a new Paris comforter and some decor. The plan is to take her to school and set up all her goodies, so when she gets home she will be surprised. It's so hard to believe she will be 9 tomorrow. My first baby.

Until Next time...