Thursday, April 30, 2009


I drug the Man into Marshalls briefly a couple days ago and lo and behold, found something I had to have. Actually, not sure what my problem is just now, because I am generally a tightwad, but I am so in the mood to buy anything and everything my little heart desires. I'm blaming it on the pregnancy and hoping it goes away. Its not like we are finding enough legitimate things to spend money on these days with the equipment that a baby requires. But I digress.

Isn't it cute? We both thought that it would be a great thing to put in the baby's room. Of course. Its for the baby! Perfect reason to buy anything, right?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tea Poster

Saw this poster a couple months ago at the Keep Calm Gallery and it made me think of Mom. She is a tea person. If you visit her, you will probably end up with a tea cup in your hand.

I thought I'd try to recreate this poster myself and it turned out great. I printed it and framed it for Mom's birthday. I forgot to take a picture of it after I framed it, but here's the poster.

I think perhaps I need one for myself. Then I could add it to the collection of pictures that I love, but haven't actually hung yet. Yup. I have one. You're not surprised, are you?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Roses and Vase Sleeves

A little while ago, I had a chance to run into Pottery Barn in the mall and found these vase sleeves or wraps or whatever they called them. I really liked them. I've not seen them online or in their catalogs, so why they were in the store, I have no idea. They had nice heavy hurricane glass with them, but they were too much, so I picked up some glasses at W*lMart instead and they work fine.

Then the Man bought me a couple dozen roses from S*m's Club and I decided to put them in the sleeve. Those roses are now 2 1/2 weeks old. What in the world? I don't think I've ever had them last so long. They are lovely. I am ready to forget the little tiny bouquets of flowers you can get for cheap. I'm going for the big bunches of roses!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Buckets Gets His Paw Fixed

I've put off a lot of things lately, one of which was fixing the paw of Dutch's "girlfriend" Buckets. Her paw had come open and a pouch of little tiny beads were spilling everywhere. We gathered all the beads up and put her in a plastic bag and hid her away until I could get around to fixing her.

The other day, I decided it was really pathetic that I hadn't fixed the little guys favorite toy, so I got her down while Dutch was out soaking in the sunlight and unlikely to come see what I was doing. I hadn't gotten very far before the Man saw what I was working on and of course, he brought Dutch back to check it out.

That little stinker was so excited. He cried and begged and bounced off my leg the entire time. Fortunately, it didn't take long to get her stitched and Dutch happily dragged her off to the sunshine.And I've got something, however little, crossed off that never-ending list of mine.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


He's a silly dog. I'm not sure what he was doing, but he was cute.

I had to crouch down on all fours to get his picture.

I even, in a moment of complete stupidity, tried to lay on
my stomach to get his picture. That hurt. Duh.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Monogram Designs

Any idea where I you can find monogram designs like these? These are from the RH Baby & Child. I love the bordered designs especially, but you never see things like this in embroidery design selections.

The cutest things that I've found are from Heirloom Letters. This is one of my favorites.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Check out these hurricane lanterns from West Elm. I like!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Exactly 2 months to go!

Childbirth classes start tomorrow. We took the hospital tour last week. This is starting to get real.


Monday, April 06, 2009

Another Quilt for Baby

I don't know how good an idea this was, but I decided a couple weeks ago to take apart the blanket that came with the crib bedding set that I bought and make quilts out of it instead. I figured that I would take each half of the fabric and back it with some super plush minky for a really soft quilt.

It was hard to sew with the minky on the back. I had to turn down the tension to 0 and really push the fabric through the machine. It didn't turn out perfectly, but it turned out rather well. I just quilted a crosshatch following the print on the fabric. I ended up just using plain white fabric for the binding. I sewed it to the minky side and then turned it over and did the hand sewing on the fabric side.

I did start the quilt with the other half of the fabric, but it was looking horrible. I have a few rows of stitching to rip out and then I'll have to repin the whole thing, so of course, I just put it on the shelf and we'll see how long it takes me to get back to it. I really like the other fabric, though, so I'll get to it. Surely!

It is pretty soft. I didn't wash it, so I'm not sure how that will turn out. I thought I'd wait until the other one was done and do them together. Hope it works!

Saturday, April 04, 2009


Feathers and Fairy lights, anyone? I like. . .

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Basement Bathroom

I mentioned a week or so ago that we had a contractor come out to look at our bathroom and to give us a quote on it. We've already ripped it out completely and now we need someone to rebuild it, since we don't really know what we're doing. Home improvement stuff is not The Man's forte, so if he's willing to earn what we need to pay someone else to do it, whatever. That works.

We haven't actually heard back from the guys yet (who's surprised at that??), but we've been doing our shopping and trying to decide what we want to use for materials so that we can get those purchased as soon as they decide they're ready to start.

These pictures are from the original walk-through. As you can see, it was a horribly ugly and tiny little bathroom. Its not going to get more than an inch or two bigger, but its still a bathroom. It will at least look nice when we're done and at least those tiles will be gone! I've never seen so many different tiles in one shower. The guy that built this house was very, um, resourceful. I had forgotten just how tiny this bathroom is. I think we'll have to put some storage or something outside the door!

This is what we've picked out so far.

Tile from Home Depot, faucets from Home Depot, pedestal sink at Lowes.