Friday, March 20, 2015

Girl and Animal Dolls - Teagan White for Birch Fabrics Acorn Trail


I'm not really up to maternity photos this week, but that's okay, it gives me a chance to catch up on other things.

I've actually been working on Maeve's room like crazy, we painted one wall "blurple" its a navy color but it has a purple hue to it. We picked up her crib and shelving, my Mom gave me a glider and my cousin gave me an antique vanity [heck yes!]. Now it's all in there and I'm working on putting things in the right places and decorating.

Plus working on her quilt on the side. I'm down to hand stitching the binding on! So close, yet so far.

This post is a little project I worked on for her room. I came across this panel of animals before I knew I was having a little lady and loved it. It waited in my bookmarks until we found out her gender and then it waited and waited and waited for me to sew it.

Before I go into into it, if you want to make your own, I purchased mine from Fabric Worm, the collection is Teagan White for Birch Fabrics - Acorn Trail. They have boy prints too, but not an animal panel. Granted, you could use these for a boy and just skip the little girl [or gift her to a little girl]. There are many adorable prints in the collection, but I just wanted the dolls.

Now, if you're familiar with cut and sew dolls, you don't really need to go any further. But for the sake of those that have never played with these fun guys, I made a little tutorial. I also made doubles of my animals by using fabric on the back instead of making them double sided. See below!


This is the panel you'll receive... well, most of it, I already started cutting my pieces out at this point.

You simply begin by cutting them out along the dotted line.


You'll have four sets and you can sew them together just as they are or if you want double the animals, you can back them with a different fabric just as I will be doing.

You can't double the little girl though, she has a unique front and back.


I chose to back mine with a soft muslin to up that vintage quality they have. You can choose any fabric you desire, I think they would be adorable backed with a coordinating fabric from the Acorn Trail collection. But I didn't think that far ahead and didn't want to wait for an order to come in. Plus, I loved this soft muslin.


Lay all of your pieces out on the fabric and make sure you have enough to cover them all.


And then pin them in place like so. If you're working with print fabric, make sure the WRONG sides are together at this time.


I cut mine into large pieces at first and then went back and cut the detail in. I can't stay bent over too long anymore with all this extra weight on my front side, pregnant lady issues.


All done.


And separated so you can see my little silhouette behind.


Now you're going to switch them and put the right sides together. My backing doesn't have a right or wrong side. But if yours is printed make sure the print is on the inside with the rest of the animal. [Right sides together, in other words.]


Pin it all together.


And put a pin in place to mark where you DO NOT want to sew him closed. You need a spot to stuff him.


And just carefully sew around the edges, be sure the leave an opening for stuffing. I tried to make it as visible as possible in the photo above, you might have to squint.


Next you want to go back over him and clip the curves, you pretty much have to clip these guys all around. Just be careful, if you clip too close to the stitches you'll have a hole.


Once you're done clipping, flip him out. Notice how mine is extremely wonky looking?


Use a pointy, but not too sharp, object to push all the extra little parts out. I use my sewing tweezers to really get into those small areas. The stuffing alone will not get all the small areas so you need to take the time to do this.


Tada! Pokey ears!


Next you'll need some poly-fil... or if you run out of poly-fil, slice open a decorative pillow you kept at the dining table. Your husband really hated that pillow and it spent more time in the floor than it did in the chair, it won't be missed.


Just stuff it in through the hole you made. If you have a kiddo around, my five year old LOVED stuffing them and then I went back and finished them, making sure all the crevices were filled. You can stuff these as much or little as you like, I wanted mine to be fat.


Once you're done stuffing, you simply have to sew him closed. I'll admit I am lazy and had no desire to do a blind stitch, I just ran my machine over it and called it done. You may close him up however you please!


And that's it! All done, squishy and ready for baby. Or big brother, since I keep finding one or two animals in his room. It stopped while her room was under major construction and he was banned, but not it's open again and these guys tend to wander off [as do the baby toys, go figure].


Here they are, all together again. I absolutely love these guys, they are so adorable.

A little bonus for you, if you decide to really use a lot of this collection, you can buy ART from the Artist, Teagan White on her Society6 page, she has so much beautiful art. I plan to pick up a piece for Maeve's room, eventually.

I'll be back in next week, I have a dining room update and I can finally share a gift quilt I made, it took me forever to finish it and get it sent off. But I can't wait to show off my hard work now that little the little guy I made it for has received it.

Until next time!
- Amanda

Friday, March 6, 2015

30 Week Bump and Baby Update


Here we are! 30 Weeks, just 10 to go.

Does that make anyone else super nervous and excited at the same time?

Just me?

Okay, just me.

It's been 5 years since we had a baby in the house, I'm confident that I at least know what I am doing this time around but still, nervous.

I had good intentions to do some other posts this week about some plushes I made her and I have done a little more work in my dining room.

But the unthinkable happened!

My husband caught a cold and has been home sick all week... sick husbands really take up your time.

And I've been working on Maeve's quilt, so my dining room is a total wreck at the moment. [Her quilt top is the background in my pictures this week] But it's totally easier to blame it on my husband, who spent almost 3 days in bed. Bless him.

The good news, we start working on her room next week. We're making a run down to Ikea in Dallas to pick up a rug, shelving and a crib. Well, we hope a crib. The inventory listed online isn't promising, but I agreed to compromise according to stock. It's just a crib after all, as long as she has a place to sleep, I won't stress over the style or shade too much.

I'm excited to finally be putting her room together. I've had ideas bouncing in my head for months and I can finally start pulling them together. I'm pretty excited.

In other news, I look like a pregnant horse!

I'm not calling myself fat, it's just, have you ever seen a pregnant horse?


Notice how that poor lady's sides are bulging out...


See my sides? It's subtle, but totally starting to bulge out at the sides... I guess because I haven't gained much weight. I even pointed it out for you, just look! It cracks me up.

I'll continue to complain about my heartburn because, YEEEEEESH, it's all the time now. I've even tried eating a healthier diet and nope, still got the heartburn 24/7. I'm starting to assume she's coming out with shoulder length hair.

I had a head full of dark hair as a baby, so it would not surprise me if she had a head full of hair as well.

The bad part? I have hardly purchased any hair bows, I'm really horrible at this girl thing.

I've been raising a boy for 5 years and it's hard switching gears.

Super hard.

Really, really, super duper hard.

- Amanda


Friday, February 27, 2015

29 Week Bump and Baby Update


Catching up here, it's 29 weeks and I'm posting during 29 weeks, hooray!

I just did a nice, long post on the baby shower yesterday, so I'll be sparing today.

I'm finally starting to look super pregnant, my incognito bump is finally getting out there.

I'm also starting to feel super pregnant, uuuggghhhh, feeling super pregnant with many weeks to go.

My stomach feels stretched to it's limit already.

My butt and thighs are growing [which I hear is actually good for breastfeeding, babies are all about that bass].

Heartburn all the time.

And the pee, I just don't want to pee anymore, definitely not 20 times a day [or 40 times a night!].

Boobs. Lord. Boobs. I knocked over a cup of coffee with my boobs this morning, enough said.

But baby is good! She seems happy and has started bumping around at all times. For a long time, she only moved when I would lay down, but now it's all the time. It makes me laugh when I am walking and my stomach suddenly jars to one side or starts bumping around.

As long as baby is healthy, it really doesn't matter what else is getting big, right? Just want baby to be healthy! Granted, it does NOT help that this stupid weather that's either freezing cold, icy or snowy keeps me inside. I'd love to go walking, a lot, but I can't when it's 25 degrees outside! Pregnant lady doesn't need anymore colds.

And that's week 29 for you.

- Amanda

Thursday, February 26, 2015

28 Week Bump and Baby Update: Baby Shower!


This one is a little less official, I never got my "bump photos" done last week. I was still recovering from my cold and trying to get my house all spruced up for my baby shower. One of my friends took photos during the shower on Saturday, this was the last day of my 28th week... so 28 week bump photo!

It's candid and adorable.

We'll skip a day back and talk about that Friday first because it was so much fun... not really.

It all began with my glucose test at the Doctor. I didn't eat before because it was first thing in the morning and I didn't want to mess with my blood sugar at all. I had been good all week, cutting down sweets and carbs, trying to make sure we pass. Everything went fine, drank the gross drink, had my regular appt while my blood sugar went nuts and then the nausea kicked in. I figured it was just because I hadn't eaten and all I had on my stomach was that gross junk.

They took my blood a hour later and sent me back into my Dr, I had to get a shot as well [Yay, O- blood!]. I got my shot and went to check out and that's when the fun starts. There was a paper missing from my chart, so they printed it and went to have it signed.

During that time, it all kicked in. I really wanted to hurl, my vision blurred, I started seeing spots and as I was considering sitting down, everything went black.

By gosh, I fainted.

I have NEVER fainted in my life, I don't suggest it.

I woke moments later with my Doctor and another Doctor hovering over me, asking questions and getting "felt up" to make sure I wasn't leaking or bleeding.

I got to sit and eat crackers for 15 minutes, while my husband stressed out via text because it was the first appt he didn't come to and so, of course, I had an issue.

And that was it, after 15 minutes I got a quick look over and a stern warning about eating. I eat all the time, I swear! I did it for the glucose test!

Stupid glucose test.

I also bruised my butt and had a fun headache for the rest of the day. I was nearly confined to the couch or bed by my concerned husband.

But we are okay, if anything, little miss had so much fun, she's frequently kicking and begging to ride the fun ride again.

I'll pass.


Onto the baby shower! I'm trying to be sparing with all the photos, so I picked a few I liked.

To begin, this Red Velvet Cheese Ball was BOMB. It's like eating cake batter or frosting on cookies. I highly suggest it. My hostess, Afton, took care of food and this one was the crowd favorite. And I got to keep the leftovers! Recipe here.


There was a baby in attendance, which means I HAD to hold the adorable three week old and nearly put him to sleep.

I love baby holding so much, so I'm in luck with one on the way!


The gift table! She received so many cute things! The basket, big pink bag behind it and gray box were all from Mima, my Mom. She is the spoiler of the Grandbabies... this being only her second one.


Most of the gifts were super adorable items like this and received a loving, "Awwwww" from me.


Several members of my family put in together and got us a car seat, hooray! And a britax at that! It's huge and heavy, which I like, considering my son had a little Graco and out grew it at 6 months. Sad face. I'll use it and baby to work on toning my arms later! I was so happy, it was a blessing and one less big ticket item for us to pay for.


And my parents got us a Pack N Play, finishing the list of "pricey" items baby needs. I teased my mom about it later. I told her I didn't really "need" one, it would really only be used for traveling or Mima's house... so Mima got one. My parents love having my son over, I think he stayed the night the first time at 6 months because they enjoyed having him around. I don't normally have to ask for him to stay over, it's like an unwritten agreement between Grandparents and Grandchild that he stays over during the weekend.


My mom went through her chest at home and brought out a bunch of items that were mine as a baby, like this adorable Precious Moments blanket.


A few weeks earlier she let me pick this beautiful yellow quilt at a craft fair, it's a simple one piece but the quilting is what makes it. It will be so pretty in Maeve's room.


Everyone also found a fun game to play called, "Make Maeve Mad," if you poke my belly enough, she will move and hit back. It's really quite amusing, my husband does it all the time. I have Irish blood from my dad and hispanic from my mom, so with Maeve's attitude, I keep saying we're probably having a little Cholita or a Ginger. One of them with her in womb sassiness.


Here's a cute photo of the basketball I am smuggling :)


I had a wonderful baby shower, fun but relaxed, all thanks to these three ladies [I'm counting the one in purple, she helped decorate]. We've been friends since I was pregnant with my son and our kids are super close in age, so it's been fun watching them grow up around each other.

And that's week 28.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

27 Week Bump and Baby Update


This one is a week behind. I ended up with a cold that kept me down all last week and as much as I wanted, I couldn't get myself behind the computer. I used what energy I had to fulfill my duties as a Mom! [And Wife, still had dinner on the table every night!]

So, last week, I was 27 weeks! I was mostly sick, so I don't have much to discuss other than the sad limitations pregnant women face for cold medicine, my love of Vicks and while gross, apple cider vinegar in warm tea really did make me feel better.

Hooray.

If I'm lucky, as I'm still recovering, I'll get my 28 week photos done today and have them up by tomorrow.

If I'm lucky.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dining Room - Update 1



So with a baby on the way, I have finally gotten into gear on wanting to fix my home up... after almost two years of living here.

I love my house but it does have a few dated finishes, like wallpaper and mauve countertops.

My husband and I had been discussing starting to work on things for awhile and we just finally got into gear. We decided to work one room at a time, fix the dated finishes and work on furnishing or decorating it before moving onto the next.

While I would love to start on my kitchen, it needs the countertops redone and that's going to take a lot of work. So we went with the next room, the dining room and her beautiful wallpaper from 1991.

I didn't take a photo BEFORE because, I was busy peeling wallpaper down. But you can catch a glimpse of it in this older photo.


That was when I discovered I had a magnet wall that had been wallpapered over. It's still there, just like that, but all that pretty wallpaper is gone, heh.


And this is how it looks now, without any decorations at this time. It's called "done for now" and until I have time to get the rest, it will stay as is.

I decided to go with a bold green, my kitchen will be turned white and bright when the time comes in the spring and the living room plans are all moving neutral with touches of black and white. So I wanted to be BOLD in one room, the dining room is the perfect place for that.

I knew I wanted to go green, I had messed with darker greens and softer greens before deciding on this one. It's called Chesterfield French Green by Valspar from Lowe's. I picked it up, showed my husband and we gave it a few weeks before we decided to stick to it and put it on our walls. I'm in love with it! I know some people think it's a big dark, but it's the only room with a color like this.

I have a lot of beautiful glassware my Grandma gave me recently in glass, white porcelains and a very beautiful rose colored depression glass tray that will be going in here when I pick up my shelving.

I had originally wanted to paint all the trim white as well, I love white trim. But the whole house is done in the same oak trim and I didn't feel like sanding and painting a whole houses worth of trim. I love the wood color with the green and with all the decorating I plan to do with white, I think having the wood trim will keep it from being too much of the same.


I'll be recovering all the seats with this table cloth I picked up on clearance at Target. While I do want a more updated, modern vibe, I went with something a little more traditional to compliment the table we have right now.

When I can build the table I want, I'll change my finishes.


We also replaced the old gold and brown fan with a chandelier, thanks to my parents. With this being our first big project in the house, they wanted to buy something to put in the room. I couldn't be more thankful and I was happy to find something I wanted.

Granted, I want to take those hats off... but my husband insisted we put them on. Someday, when I'm not pregnant and can climb the ladder, they may disappear.

My ideas do seem to be heading in a "french" way, so I might start seeing what else I like that's "french" looking without going overboard.


And that's it for now, I have a list of things to do for this room to be completed over time.

  • Curtains, obviously
  • My husband wants wood blinds
  • Large rug for under the table [indoor/outdoor rug since we have kids!]
  • Recover the seats
  • Buy and hang the art I want, as well as other decorations
  • Buy shelves and move in glasswares
  • Cute table settings/decorations so my table isn't so naked!
It's not on the list, but eventually we want a different table and chairs. For now, we're just slowly filling in the gaps a small budget will allow and we'll hit the bigger ticket items another time.

Oh, we also just need to put the covers back on all of the receptacles, if you didn't notice the sad looking light switch over there. 

Hopefully I'll have some more progress to share in the next month!

- Amanda

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

26 Week Bump and Baby Update


I've hit 26 weeks and crossed into the 3rd trimester, boo, on the trimester thing.

It's funny how the 1st trimester is fairly miserable because of the morning sickness, fatigue and everything that comes with your body adapting to carrying another human being inside and forming all those tiny details. It felt, for me, like the 1st trimester lasted FOREVER. I was dropping weight and I missed FOOD, real food, I wanted more than saltine crackers. I was also sleepy, allll the time.

I slid into the 2nd trimester, the nausea faded and I was hungry, all the time. I wanted red meats, vegetables and meals full of carbs [like pasta!]. And lordy, did I crave mexican food! The sad thing is, the 2nd trimester is so nice, you almost forget about all the discomfort from the 1st trimester.

And then it's over. The 3rd trimester arrives much sooner than I would have liked! Suddenly I can't sleep because my back aches, I have to PEE ALL THE TIME, I'm getting nauseous again but it's paired with hunger, so I can't find a happy medium. And the heartburn, allll the heartburn.

Wake up, have a glass of water, heartburn!

Eat a light breakfast of oatmeal with a glass of orange juice, heartburn!

Sandwich and veggies for lunch with water, heartburn!

Ribs, potato salad, jalapeno mac and ranch style beans [for the super bowl], not that much heartburn... until I went to sleep, then.... heartburn!

Gah.

I saved myself from the backaches, this one I'll file under, don't knock it 'till you try it.

I never bought a maternity pillow with my first pregnancy, but a friend gave me hers. I let it sit in the nursery for a week but the back aches at night were finally just getting to be too much. I need sleep! So one night, I got up and grabbed that pillow! Now I sleep sooo much better, little to no back aches! My husband isn't fond of it, because, well, the pillow gets all the cuddles. But if it helps me, it stays.

I'm also just feeling super uncomfortable already, like I don't have room left. My son was much bigger than she is so far, so I don't know why I would already feel this way, she even seems to stay more compact. Maybe because I got super fit this past summer and I actually have abs to move to make way for the baby. I don't know for sure, but I'm not a big fan. Whine, whine, whine.

Movement has increased like, I don't know, 150%. So much movement, all the time, I love it. Though I wish she wouldn't do huge stretches while I was standing, those can be quite painful. But I'm just happy to feel her moving.

I also got a call from my Dr's office this week to inform met that I get to take my glucose test next time I'm in, yay... but thanks for the warning! And I have to get my RH shot for my blood type [O-], my son has been waiting to see this shot I speak of because he thinks it's funny.

It's funny because I get a shot in the butt.

I hardly find that funny, but I'm not 5.

Lastly, as you can see, I was wearing stripes again! I don't know, I wore a white piko top all weekend and then the stripes emerged.

Stripes on pregnant ladies are cute, I can't help it.

14 weeks to go!

- Amanda


Thursday, January 29, 2015

25 Week Bump and Baby Update


So here we are, at 25 weeks!

I haven't lost count, I am aware that I said 23 weeks just last week, but that all changed when I went to the Doctor on Friday.

I found out that I moved up a little bit after my last ultrasound, which technically moves baby up, but my Doctor decided to leave her due date at May 16th because babies always come on time [they don't, that's sarcasm from both of us]. But it rolls me a week ahead, at 25. I'm not going back and changing anything because at the time, I thought it was 23!

Baby and I are still completely healthy, she's on track with growth and I'm doing good. Now that I've hit the 3rd trimester, the comforts of the the 2nd are slowly dwindling away.

I'm having a harder time sleeping.

Nausea is returning when it pleases.

I'm getting uncomfortable cramps from growth. [Baby's, not mine, but I guess I have to grow a little too]

Sooo tired, all the time.

I'm starting to hit the point where normal clothes no longer fit and I have to wear maternity options. Which is okay, considering a friend just gave me a ton of maternity clothes in excellent condition. Yay for a dozen free sweaters and pants!

Speaking of normal clothes, I can still fit my "leather" leggings, hooray! Which just means that since being pregnant, my booty and thighs haven't grown much. I can't say so much for things above the belt as, obviously, my waist is gone, ha. And, well, other things are preparing to be a food source.

And with the mention of a food source... boy, is it complicated trying to explain breast feeding to a 5 year old. I kind of gave up when I said Momma would feed her, he said how and I looked down at my chest, not ready to go there! He'll understand when she gets here, right? I hope.

That's all I have for 25 weeks. On a side note, I have no idea why I am always wearing stripes when I take my photos. I try to make sure my hair is presentable and I have clothes on, but I don't think much beyond that, ha. Next week, I'll try to ditch the stripes!

- Amanda