Monthly Archives: December 2013

He’s here!

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My baby boy is here!  He made his debut last Thursday at a whopping 8 lbs 13 oz.  So much sweetness.

Things will be quiet on the blog for a bit while I adjust to life as a momma of two.  I wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Baby Boy’s Animal Silhouette Room

Animal Themed Baby Boy Nursery
The one perk about having a baby that bakes past his due date is having ample time to get things checked off my list before his arrival!  I’ve got 20 freezer meals stocked, Christmas presents are wrapped, and – most importantly – my hair and nails are done.  And his “Animal Silhouette” room is pretty much complete – though I would like to make a pillow for his rocker at some point.  I’m sure I’ll find the time to do that somewhere around his first birthday.

This room will serve double duty as a guest bedroom, so I wanted to keep that bedding more adult than baby – though I couldn’t resist throwing that turtle on the bed for good measure.  In hindsight, I wish I would have ordered a larger “Visit the Zoo” print to go above the bed.  Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I made the mobile and the two sets of artwork using my Silhouette Cameo – in love with that thing! And I mixed and matched bedding from Land of Nod.

Here are some pics!

Animal Themed Baby Boy Nursery

Animal Themed Baby Boy Nursery
Animal Themed Baby Boy Nursery
Animal Themed Baby Boy Nursery
Animal Themed Baby Boy Nursery
Animal Themed Baby Boy Nursery
Animal Themed Baby Boy Nursery

Pottery Barn-Inspired Jingle Pillow

Pottery Barn Inspired Jingle PillowOne I saw the Jingle pillow in the Pottery Barn catalog, I knew it would be a Christmas present perfect for my stepmom. But I didn’t want to spend $39.95 on something I was pretty sure I could make for under $8. And I enjoy making such things – though I must admit gifting a homemade craft can make me a little anxious when it comes to actually giving it to someone! But this was worth the shot.

I don’t know if this can be called a “knock off” since I took a lot of liberties with it. I mostly took the idea as inspiration and ran with it. I skipped the burlap…I love the burlap look, but I think it is perhaps one of the worst materials to put on a couch. So uncomfy! I used muslin instead. I had a 12×16 pillow on hand, so I used that instead of a longer lumbar pillow. And to go with a softer fabric, I went with a softer font with more curves.

I’m pretty pleased with it! I hope she will be too. And I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read this blog…but if she does, Merry Christmas Jerriann!
Pottery Barn Inspired Jingle Pillow

Major Milk Makin’ Cookies

Major Milk Makin' Cookies Recipe
Breastfeeding was not easy with My Girl – in fact, it didn’t work at all. But I was able to exclusively pump, which allowed me to keep track of how much milk I was producing (probably a blessing and a curse). One thing that definitely helped with my production was eating a lot of calories and eating a lot of milk makin’ foods like oatmeal. My lactation consultant swore that these cookies helped produce that liquid gold as well, so I took that as a prescription to eat cookies. Done and done.

I made some to freeze then bake once baby boy decides to make an appearance, so please excuse the lack of a really pretty baked cookie to show. But I thought I’d share the recipe for any other mommas who may be in the market for some milk makin’ ideas! The original recipe is from Kathleen Major – I don’t know her, but credit should be given where credit is due.

Major Milk Makin’ Cookies
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cups old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup almond or peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flaxseed (I used ground though it’s not specified in the original recipe)
3 Tbs brewer’s yeast (I used nutritional yeast)
1/3 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups (12 ounces) chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts of your choice

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.
In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer’s yeast, flax and water until creamy.
Mix in eggs.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Mix in nuts and chocolate chips.
Add oats slowly, mixing along the way.

Place balls of dough onto greased baking sheets. Press down on each ball lightly with a fork.
Bake 12 minutes.
Makes A LOT of cookies!

Home Spun Fun: Makeup

Home Spun Fun: Makeup
Makeup fun began with My Girl out of necessity. Having her play with my makeup was the only way I could get it applied before noon. But now it’s somewhat of a routine for us, and when I’m not ready to primp on the weekends, sometimes My Girl will drag me to where I keep my makeup to remind it is time to get to business.

Now this may be controversial for some, that I am sending a message that I need to wear makeup to feel pretty or that I need to cover up my flaws or something along those lines. I am conscious of that and I want to pass along to My Girl that I wear makeup because I like it, not because I feel like I have to for someone else. So whenever she “applies blush” or draws on her face with my eyeliner, I always say “How fun!” or “Does that feel nice?” instead of “That is so pretty!”

We both enjoy it (notice her fab application of my beloved Tarte concealer), and it allows me to look feel put together when out and about. A pretty big win for me!
Home Spun Fun: Makeup

My Comical DIY Rug Redo

My Comical DIY Rug Redo
I had this brilliant idea: instead of buying a new rug for under the kitchen table (where My Girl will be spilling her food for the foreseeable future), I would revamp the one I have! Such a simple idea. Not such a simple project.

As you can see, the rug was looking ROUGH. (As are my floors – we’ll blame that on the dog.) But I’ve had it for over five years in a high traffic area, and I think it was like $60 when I bought it. So I didn’t have much to lose if the project was a total disaster.
My Comical DIY Rug Redo
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My first brilliant idea was to use Fabric Spray Paint for Upholstery on the edges.  (Apparently I don’t know how to use the focus button on my camera.)
My Comical DIY Rug Redo
So I taped up the rug, got my cardboard out, and went to town.

My Comical DIY Rug Redo

As you can see, that was a bust.  The paint didn’t take at all.  My dog was really disappointed in me.
My Comical DIY Rug Redo
So then I decided to paint the edges with fabric paint, which looks a lot like the puff paint my mom would use on my sweatsuits in elementary school.  If it was good enough for me then, surely it would work for me now.My Comical DIY Rug Redo
And it worked! I was so excited…
My Comical DIY Rug Redo
…until I peeled off the tape and saw the vague rectangle that my previous spray painting accidentally created. I could not stop laughing at this point. What a mess!
My Comical DIY Rug Redo
So then I thought I could paint the rectangle a solid color to make it not look like a total accident. Round 3: Paint the inner rectangle with fabric paint. If you have ever wondered if puff paint works on sisal, it doesn’t. Another total bust.
My Comical DIY Rug Redo
On to Round 4: Purchase real deal Luicile spray paint and spray paint the inner rectangle.
My Comical DIY Rug Redo
And this time it worked! The edges aren’t perfect, but I think the rug is worth keeping around. At least until My Girl can properly use utensils.
My Comical DIY Rug Redo