3 months today!

We made it to the 3 month mark!  Yeah!  Little Jack has survived his 1 year (almost two) old sister.  He really likes her but I'm not sure how much is reciprocated.
I have been really busy with the kids and my photography business to do much crafting lately.  This is my first attempt back in the game.  I found the templates for the mustaches online and stuck them on with scotch tape.  I think he looks pretty handsome...the comb-over compliments the look I think.

Dark and Lonely

Here are some of my new favorite pictures of my children.  Why?  Besides the fact that they are mine; I like to look at pictures that are large and that enhance an area of my house.  These are the four pictures I used to fill in my dark and lonely spot.

Here she is my dark and lonely spot a good waste of square footage (we don't have much so this is particularly annoying).  For 3 years she has been this way;  with no better idea of how to fill it Savannah's little chair sits there.  Until now...  
I was never in love with this framing arrangement so I disassembled this...
and made my forgotten space my favorite place now that it looks like this...
The white mats brings life to that area now and the new pictures are now some of my favorites.  

I am still at a loss of what to put over the couch now; but at least I don't have to stare at my discarded corner anymore.  I figure at least 6 feedings a day lasting an average of 30 minutes each means I am staring at this corner 3 hours a day...

Woman, Know Thyself!

Six weeks sitting on your couch feeding a newborn gives you at lot of time to think, evaluate, dream, and cringe at what you got going on in your house...decorating wise that is.  Not to say that I haven't found myself thinking we lost our mind having two babies this close together when the wailing is in unison.  More than once this week I found myself wishing for earplugs.

But back to the decorating.  I have realized that I have been very blessed to have been given some things to help make my house a home and to have been able to purchase some items here and there too.  What I also have realized is that I didn't have much of a plan or goal in mind when these items entered my home.  I have always thought of myself as a Better Homes and Gardens gal who appreciates the Pottery Barn style. Since I would rather spend our money on memory making trips than fancy furniture items I never really studied the magazines; I just did what I thought looked the best in the moment.

Then these past 6 weeks happened.  Six weeks of being mostly secluded in my home.  The things that slightly annoyed me are now making me insane.  So I got a huge pile of current and back issues of magazines and this is what I learned; I am a girl who wants a Pottery Barn house with a Better Homes and Gardens yard.  I also think if I have a plan and use some creativity I can get there.   My Remington Man thinks I'm nuts (he may be right) but I have proceeded to deconstruct my home and rearrange everything...nothing but the kids rooms are safe!

This is where I started:
The bedskirt didn't quite make it to the floor since I raised it for extra storage.
About four yards of plain brown fabric with side seams that had a finished look on the bolt, some safety pins, and some scissors is all I needed.
I cut the fabric in half long ways (all four yards) and pinned the cut edge to the top of the bedskirt.
The finished edge just touches the floor.  
Much better than seeing all of my junk.  

One other thing I noticed is that Pottery Barn doesn't like to make their beds, does this mean to have their "look" I don't have to make mine either?  

Miss Sophia & a new Photography Blog!

Little Miss Sophia (10 months) was a champ Saturday morning!  
I think it was 90 something degrees, 100% humidity, 
and it was actually drizzling part of the time; but it 
didn't seem to phase her she gave us some great smiles!  

Would you like cream or sugar? 
Dressed in her finest pearls she had a blast pouring her tea.

It is great to hear all the fun songs Mama's sing to their 
little ones to get them laughing.  This Mom sings a song 
about a creepy crawly mousy in a housy...I need to have
her write it down for me.  Whatever the lyrics were they 
worked like a charm.  

I have totally revamped my photography blog...check it out!  Just click on the photography button on the left ~ Julie

Jack's Birth Announcements

Here are the four announcement cards that I made for Jack.  
Each one slightly different.  Do you have your favorite? 
 Let me know in the comments section below!

The little guy is 3 weeks old and doing well.  We aren't getting 
much sleep around here but hopefully that will change slightly
 in the next few weeks.  If he just drops one night feeding it 
would make a world of difference!

I've almost made it!

Thanks to those of you who emailed with your concerns about me.  I definitely let this blog slip as this pregnancy has overwhelmed me.  Our induction date is this Wednesday evening!!!  I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and a little boy in my arms soon...very soon :)

I haven't done much crafting...more purchasing.   Like today I bought some "big sister" decals to iron on to  a shirt for Savvy (apparently you are not supposed to be a big sister at 20 months)  but then I made her try on a 3T shirt that I thought may work if I wash it in hot water!  For $1.80 (on major clearance!) I thought it would work just fine!

 And it is cuter than the decal anyways.  Yeah! My list is getting shorter...now how else can I avoid packing???? I just hate to pack.

Made it Monday 6.6.10

To start I apologize to all of you who had projects ready to share last weekend.  We have had a whirlwind week around here.  Lots of birthday celebrations including mine, Memorial Day Outings, a short weekend trip to see my brother graduate from Pharmacy School, and then tonight my sweet grandmother got to meet Jesus face to face.  I could take a few pictures of some home improvement jobs I've been working on here and there; but I really think I will take another week off and just allow you all of share your great creations.  We are traveling to Georgia for the funeral (at 33/34 weeks pregnant)  so please if you will say a little prayer for me.  I'm not worried about having this baby early but I don't want to have any blood clotting issues.  I am taking precautions and walking around every 2 hours and drinking lots of water!

So even though I may not get around to all of your fun things please do share with everyone else...I'll catch up eventually!  So...What have you MADE?

Made it Monday 5.24.10

For Made it Monday this week I am showing you a quick and easy way to make a book shelf for a little one.  I found two wooden CD crates from Micheal's craft store in the unfinished wood section.  They were pretty cheap so I grabbed two of them.  First step was to paint them a fun color.  I tried lime green but it clashed with another green in the room so I went with this electric blue color.

The middle part of the bottom of the crate is open so this is where you have to get creative.  I had my Remington Man cut two thin pieces of board the size of the floor and I glued them in so the books don't fall through.  You could also use cardboard I think.
Screw to the wall; we used anchor bolts to make sure it stays put!  Then fill with books!

What have you MADE?
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