Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Another big thanks to Stone Tree! Check them out here. I seriously covet their leather bags. And when I say covet, I mean if I saw a woman carrying one on the street I would stop her and say, "Hey, can I have that?" And she would be all, "POLICE, HELP." And then I'd get a ticket or go to jail or something. Anyway, the point is they make awesome leather bags and purses, so check it out.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Of everything Jane recieved (and let me tell you folks, it was a lot thanks to four crazy grandparents), this is her absolute favorite.
One side of the octopus is happy, the other mad.
I'd love to spend a day inside Rachel's mind. I'd love to know where in the world she comes up with her art and projects.
She tries so hard to sing, despite her raspy voice.
But I love how sweet she is.
She's so cuddly when she doesn't feel good.
So we're cuddling a lot.
It totally makes up for the moments when she slaps food out of my hand.
And gives me the stink eye for trying to make her use a sippy cup.
I asked Mom, "Is it normal to be intimidated by a 9 month old?"
She said, "Yep."
But I love Jane's spirit.
It's not milk toast.
That's for sure.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
2. Some random guy waved at me and yelled, "Yeah! Thirsty Thursday huh?" I don't know what Thirsty Thursday is. And it's Wednesday.
3. Our entire office is moving and I'm trying to organize and pack boxes. I ended up in a storage room with enough white dust coating my nose and face to qualify me for the "Don Johnson in the 80's Look Alike" contest. You know. If there was such a thing.
4. I don't understand the hype about The Real Housewives of shows. Seriously. Acrylic nails and ridiculously long hair (ahem* extensions *ahem) give me hives.
6. I've been working on a new book idea. I've got writer's block, which for some reason makes me really want to pick my nose.
7. Jane and I had our first official fight this week. I wanted her to eat supper. She didn't. She smacked the spoon out of my hand and blew food in my face. I got my feelings hurt. Mom said, "It just means she's smart." It still hurt my feelings.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Thanks so much to Missi! She has an adorable blog, and an adorable little baby. Lots of good stuff here.
Another big thanks to Gerda's Garden where you can find all kinds of original watercolor paintings. Check it out here.
And finally, thanks to Loubird's Nest. It's a great site to find vintage inspired jewelry (you had me at vintage). Click here to find something cute!
She sprouted her first tooth this week. She's a cranky little bird.
Last night nothing made her happy. She kept arching her back and glaring at me. I was eating pizza. Yep. You know where this story is going. I gave her a tiny piece of soft crust with cheese on it. She gulped it down. And then another. And then another. And then I became one of those mothers who gives a 9 month old pizza. I can't believe it either. And NOW I'm one of those mothers that blogs about teething. Sheesh.
Teething is the pits.
Monday, January 16, 2012
1. She freezes when she hears music. Every muscle in her body grows very still and her head starts whipping around trying to find the source. She loves it. When she was a baby and had colic the only thing that quieted her was Aretha Franklin and Debussy. Go figure.
2. She has the highest pitched voice I've ever heard. It's melodic and song-like. Our house is full of "lalalalalalalalababababab" baby songs every moment she's awake. Sometimes the pitch is so high it actually hurts. The sound travels straight through my right eyeball and embeds itself into the back of my brain. But even then it makes me smile.
Living with Jane is like living with an operatic Falcon on helium.
I love her so.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
An easy way to change up your home decor is by adding new pillows. However, shopping for pillows can be a bit pricy, especially if you need a few of them. It's easier and more affordable than you think to make some of your own. You can customize the size and color, and change them later if you need to.
I made a pair of decorative monogram pillows for my brother-in-law David ("D") and his girlfriend Alex ("A), for Christmas. Earlier in the year, we screen printed initial letters onto pieces of burlap. I know not everyone has screen printing supplies (I don't), but these letters can be made using stencils and paint or even black permanent marker.
I purchased two 16x16 inch pillow forms from JoAnn Fabrics. Using 40% off coupons, I got them for around $8 each.
Select your fabric, and cut two 18x18 inch squares (this gives you a very generous seam allowance), one for the back and one for the front. If you would like two different patterns on the front (like I did), cut the fabric to the width you want and sew them together to make an 18 inch square.
Place wrong sides together and pin fabric together. Start sewing (with a 1 inch seam allowance) at the BOTTOM of your pillow fabric, about 2 inches from the end. You will want to leave a large enough opening at the bottom to be able to insert the pillow form. You can use a sewing machine or sew by hand.
Sew all three sides until you reach the bottom of the fabric again. Sew the bottom side about two inches in. Snip the corners of fabric so they turn right-side out easily. Turn your fabric right-side out. Insert your pillow form. If it fits perfectly snug, pin the opening together and sew it closed. If it's a little loose, you can always turn the fabric wrong-side out again and sew up the sides a little more.
I used brown corduroy, a pretty pattern and burlap to make these, but the color combinations are endless. You could even make them seasonal.
Decorative pillows are a quick and easy way to change your decor and add customized style to any room. And they make great gifts!