Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sneaky

So last night I let Bacon in the house while we were watching a movie. He grunted around for a while, which was completely normal. Until I realized that I hadn't heard any grunting for a few minutes. Then I heard some rustling in the kitchen. I walked over and didn't see anything. Then I noticed the pantry curtain moving. This is where I found my sweet little pig:




Little booger. So I spent today cleaning out my pantry.



P.S. - Please ignore the dirt on the floor and the unorganized pantry; it's all better now.
Monday, July 26, 2010

Melissa's baby shower!

The shower was a success! We had a wonderful time on Saturday. My amazing friend, Jen, came to help me get things set up (and she stayed to help me get things cleaned up, too!!) I couldn't have done it without her. I wish I either knew how to use photoshop or knew how to take a better picture, but I'll post what I took at the shower, anyway. I'm pretty eager for Michelle to teach me her photo skills :)

First, here are some decoration shots















I sewed the animal print flag banners together. I made four of them, one to hang on each of the windows. The "Christopher" sign is difficult to see, but I used my Cricut and some twine for that one. The lanterns were great. They arrived at the very last minute, but I'm really glad they came.

I got a small copy of the Hungry Hungry Caterpillar and used that for the guest book. The favors were cinnamon rolls, and the prizes were zebra tins with gift cards and candy.







































On the other windows, under the flag banners I hung onesies with mini clothes pins.





I have no idea why these pictures are so dark! Please forgive my sad photos :)





















Anyway, for food we had a build-your-own-slider bar, with pasta salad, fruit salad, chips and cupcakes. We also had lemonade and a fun blue-green punch.














I wish I had gotten a picture of the cupcakes. I tried out this frosting and it was AMAZING.


I put together a basket for the "Make a onesie for Christopher" activity.




That was tons of fun. The guests could decorate either a onesie or a burp cloth with ric rac, fabric pens, felt, and adorable iron-on cutouts that my incredible friend Michelle prepared for me. They turned out great!



































































These made for one happy mama-to-be.



















































We played a few games too. We did the traditional word scramble.

We also blindfolded each girl and saw how many cotton balls she could scoop out of a bowl and into another in thirty seconds, but apparently I forgot to take pictures of that. For the last game we played, each guest took a card, and had to draw a picture of a baby... with the card placed on their forehead! This was absolutely hilarious!




















Melissa got to pick the winner of this game. Jen's baby picture won!

























The shower was lots of fun and I'm so glad Melissa had a good time! I can't wait to meet baby Christopher!!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Onesie #2

This onesie came together quicker than the first one. I cut the shapes out of red and yellow felt, and hand-stitched them on.



Now I need to get going on the rest of the shower preparations. I'll show you lots of pictures after the shower!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Freezer Paper Onesie

I'm hosting a baby shower for my dear friend, Melissa, this weekend, and I've decided to make a few gifts for her. She's my first really close friend to have a baby, so I've gone overboard on the shopping... I'm so excited!! I'm not sure where I came up with the idea for this onsie, but I'm glad I did. I wanted to wait and show you all of the baby shower things together, but I just can't wait to show you this one...



I love it! It took a while (read: forever) to cut out all the itty bitty pieces of freezer paper, and I wasn't sure it would turn out looking anything like Yoda, but I think it turned out pretty cute!
Friday, July 9, 2010

My new favorite bag


I made a purse!! This was my first real sewing project. I've sewn small things before (like curtains and pillows) but never anything that required following a pattern. I've been downright determined to master my sewing machine, and while I'm no where close to mastery, I feel like this project was great practice! I used this pattern from Vanessa Christenson. Of course there are a few imperfections, but if you don't look too closely you won't know. By the time I got to the flower, I was much more confident in my know-how with the machine (and I got to use my glue gun!!). There are a few things that I've learned from this project: 1. do not underestimate the importance of thimbles (or the sharpness of pins) and 2. iron-on interfacing was not as easy to work with as I had hoped. I love the outer fabric! It even has lining and a pocket. I still need to figure out a closure for it, though. As I turned a corner this morning the purse tipped and spilled everything onto the floor of my car. But, it's pretty, and I'm happy with it!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Home!


4th of July weekend was wonderful! Our small group spent it together in Palm Springs, enjoying air conditioning, the pool and some sun. On 4th of July we went to a park in Palm Desert to watch an awesome firework show.
Since I did warn you that this blog would partially be about parenting a pig, I'll talk about that too. I left Bacon with my mom over the weekend. I like to think that he missed me. I was a nervous wreck leaving him (hey, I don't have kids). I was sure he would wake up her neighbors in the middle of the night, demanding food like he does to me. But she said he slept clear til 8AM! So I brought him home with me yesterday, and he's surprisingly a pleasant passenger. He was excited to see the grass again, and maybe even excited to see the dogs. He got to lay in the sun and most importantly, he got back to eating the overgrown weeds. A visit with Grandma is always fun, but it's good to be home.

1st attempt at a freezer paper project


I've seen lots of tutorials lately about how to use freezer paper for crafts. I think this is my favorite one from "Crap I've made." My friend, Jen, gave me a piece of flair on Facebook, saying "Team Jakeward, because I'm indecisive." Don't judge me. I knew I'd never find a t-shirt like that, so I figured I'd make it on my own. I've seen in other tutorials that you need to reverse the words in your Cricut because the shiny side of the freezer paper won't stick to the Cricut mat properly. So, of course, I panicked because my Cricut doesn't have a "reverse" option. I figured I would give it a shot anyway. I put the shiny side down on my Cricut mat, and taped the edges down so the paper didn't slide away. This worked out just fine! I punched out the letters, and ironed the phrase to my t-shirt (shiny side down), and once it was stuck, I painted! It took 3 coats of paint, but it dried really quickly (something about the 90 degree weather). I let it sit for 72 hours, then washed it. There are a few imperfections, but not too bad for the first try! Now I'm ready to go see Eclipse!

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