Spring Wreath and 100 Day Project

Thursday, April 20, 2017

I've been in a bit of a funk lately - struggling with finding some minutes in the day when I don't have to be "Mom". Being a stay at home mama is tough that way, but add into the mix an older kiddo with a later bedtime, and a young one who gets up super early, and I'm going to bed at the same time as the 9 year old, leaving me zero time for just me. Sure, the 9 year old is self sufficient. But any Mom will tell you that when you have an infant/baby/toddler, the older kiddo doesn't get all that much attention and the Mom guilt is STRONG, meaning anytime she was sleeping I felt obligated to be spending quality time with him. Naptime is great, but naptime is also my time to get laundry/ dishes/ cleaning/ work (I still work remotely 5+ hours per week)/dinner prep/going to the bathroom without a toddler along time. (TMI???) I've still been doing Project Life, but lately the fact that I'm super behind on that has made it feel more like a chore.

I'm a devout Elise Cripe follower, and when I heard about #100dayproject this year, I decided it was a prime opportunity to find a way to squeeze in some time for me. I told myself 5 minutes a day - I could find 5 minutes a day to be creative and get my mojo back. And maybe get myself out of this funk.

I've made a lot of wreaths in my day, but somehow I ended up with nothing to hang up after Valentine's Day. And this wreath I pinned years ago has always been in the back of my mind (LOVE her color scheme, but decided spring called for more color). Felt and yarn flowers are quick and easy and fun - and I could knock one or two out every day in five minutes. It became addictive.

My girlfriend gifted me this awesome yarn flower loom when I was pregnant with E, and I hadn't had much time to play with it. She had used to make flowers to adorn the favors from the baby shower she threw me. I loved her flowers so much that I kept them - and two of them made it into my wreath (the pretty green ones - her yarn was so much better in this application than the ones I have in my stash).

I kept it low budget - using a Dollar Store 11x17 photo frame as my base and hot-glued those babies on. There are a ton of great felt flower tutorials on Youtube if you want ot do the same. I think the anemones and daisies are tied for my favorite! This was crazy easy and super satisfying. More projects to come!

Project done, and front door officially ready for spring/summer! Now to get to work on those pots by the door....

2017 Week in the Life - Monday

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I've participated in Ali Edwards Week In the Life a few times. At first I wasn't going to do it this year, but then I saw the posts early Monday morning and decided to jump in. My life is VERY different than it was this time last year or the year before that for that matter. And inevitably, with E so young, my daily life will be very different in just a couple years. So I decided it was worth the effort to document our everyday.

I'm going to keep the album super simple - think 3x4 cards like my love notes albums. In the meantime, I'm posting most images on Instagram and every night I'm using the app Supermatic to add a day/time frame to them in preparation for printing. Here's most of Monday!

After breakfast for these two, we still have some time to play before getting ready for school.

Headed home from walking Logan to school!

Ran some errands and she fell asleep on the way home. Happens every weekday. And unfortunately, means her afternoon nap is all messed up. 

The last 30 minutes before naptime are sometimes the hardest for me. She is getting tired and grumpy and signing for milk, and I am dying for 5 minutes to myself after being "on" as Mom for 6 hours straight. Yet I know if I lay her down too early (thanks to the car nap) she won't sleep at all. Today we both enjoyed that last 15 minutes by snuggling on my bed to watch Sesame Street. Even Dixie joined in. #winwin

Finally asleep. Only 45 minutes of playing in her crib before she finally got there.

Still going (SLOWLY) with #100dayproject with a little coloring today. LOVE this coloring book by @katieisadaisy that my awesome niece @lunarrmoony got me for my birthday. Taking advantage of the last 10-15 minutes before nap is over. Also, willing myself to believe the showers today are a positive thing. 

She woke up pretty sad. It you couldn't tell it now. Time to go get brother from school!! 

They are always so happy to see each other!
He is already engrossed in the logic puzzle book from the Easter package from Grandma and Grandpa.

So many awesome things in the package from Grandma and Grandpa. The giant jawbreaker in E's hand is a bit alarming in size!!

Serenading me while brother reads.

An after dinner goldfish snack with Dada. 

This girl LOVES to play dress up, and may love selfies even more!
The girl is in bed and the boys have cleaned up the toys and camped out in the bonus room. He's pulled out his 3DS to play a little Pokemon Moon tonight.

Is this thing on??

Friday, March 24, 2017

Anyone still with me? Sorry about that - two and a half years without so much as a warning? Yikes! I'm back and I have so many exciting projects I want to share with you. I should rename this blog to Project Create Something - hurry, while she is still napping!

Yep, things are a little different around here.

home décor project: i carry your heart

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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I’ve always been a huge e.e. cummings fan. I think I discovered his work in some early high school English class. Between the words and punctuation – never have I read poetry that was so much better read on a physical piece of paper than aloud. There is so much meaning in his use of punctuation – its like little hidden passageways within the poem itself. Love!

I’ve seen some great home décor projects with this particular poem on Pinterest. Loved them all, but I wanted to make something that was all mine. I also have been experimenting more with watercolor and wanted to do so on a canvas. But I wanted more vibrant colors, so I used a scrapbooking technique I’d read about. I used some Mister Huey’s inks in a painter’s palette, adding a touch of water to each. I picked my three favorites to go with the color scheme in the room I was going to hang it.

I started with a bit of gesso on the 12x24 canvas, which I let dry for awhile. then I painted in layers with lots of water – letting the colors bleed into each other. I worked from the bottom up, makking sure to get the sides of the canvas as well.
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I cut my words on my Sihouette and started to paste them on, one by one (meaning to do a reverse stencil like you can see here). However, I was kind of sad by the amount of color it was going to cover, and a bit frustrated by tacking each letter on. So instead, I went with the negative from the printed poem. I basically taped two 12x12 sheets of paper, each with half the phrase on them, to my canvas. I made sure to cover all the edges with washi (my favorite masking tool since I will NEVER run out!). Then using some black spray paint I had on hand, I went to work.

After it dried, I removed the masks. I liked the look, but as my paper hadn’t fully been tacked down, some of the letters had a fuzzier edge than others. No worry, I took my favorite chalk marker (like this one) and outlined each letter for punch.
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So happy with the result! Definitely a project I want to try again. But maybe next time I will try the reverse stencil look with my new favorite Hazel & Ruby stencils!

MACM: Diamond Birthday Card

Monday, November 3, 2014

Here’s a birthday card that is pretty simple – it is all about the product! I used some American Crafts POW paper, some gold letter stickers, and some diamond stickers, all from past Studio Calico kits, to make this design for my mom’s birthday. I’d been hoarding the diamond cardstock stickers for a few months – and my mom’s birthday was a special enough occasion to break them out.
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I kept the card background white to make the glitter pop! Love the gold!
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2014 WITL: Thursday

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Logan brought Trung the teddy bear that Logan got him for Christmas (because Trung always calls Logan his teddy bear and hugs him super tight).

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This guy didn’t really care for the clementine that I made him eat for breakfast after the pumpkin bread was gone. But he did surprise me by getting dressed including socks and shoes (with no nagging) while I was drying my hair.

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After a day mostly at the office (broken up by a luncheon at the Ritz mid day), I attempted to pick up the little guy, but ridiculous traffic held me back. Luckily Trung was at his office, which is super close to our house, so he was able to run and get him. After traffic made me 20 minutes late a few weeks ago, I’m super paranoid I’ll make it on time!  I met the boys at home, where we did a last minute costume check. Then we went to Target to get him some boots and pants to wear under his costume. The boys also decided to get a dart crossbow. And more candy for the trick or treaters (which was so NOT needed).

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Trung grilled up our favorite honey chipotle chicken for some dinner salad and Logan and Trung tested out their new crossbow.

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After dinner, Michelle came over for some pumpkin carving!

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Then Michelle and Logan enjoyed a little play time. Afterward, Michelle and Logan watched a couple Michael Jackson music videos on Michelle’s phone.

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Daisy crashed after Michelle left!

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2014 WITL: Wednesday

Saturday, November 1, 2014

I’m following along with Ali on Week in the Life this year, blogging my photos and words as it may be awhile before I can make my album! Here’s Wednesday.

Woke up after a few hits of the snooze button with this one in our bed instead of Trung. After he rolled out of bed, he crawled onto the couch with Daddy to snooze a bit more.

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Busy morning getting everything ready. Usually Wednesday mornings are laid back – I have a 9AM meeting downtown that I go straight to after dropping off Logan, so I balance it with responding to some emails over coffee. This morning, there were a lot of issues to respond to, three calls to make, a crockpot meal to prep and general chaos. Finally got it all set and got this guy to school around 8:10.

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It was lunchtime by the time my meeting at the jobsite was over. Of course I didn’t bring my lunch since I’d gone straight downtown, so I stopped at home for some of the tortellini we had the other night for lunch. It was gorgeous out so I indulged by eating it quickly on the back deck rather than taking it into the office! While eating I noticed a disaster in one of the veggie pots. Someone knew she’d been naughty.

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Back to the office for a few hours, where I got some sneak peeks at our weekend photo session via Facebook, Instagram and text. I was absolutely giddy with them!!  And of course the texts included some super sweet words from our uber talented and golden hearted photog.

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Then off to get the little guy (we meet at the flagpole) and home for homework.

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Grandma and Grandpa sent this guy an awesome Halloween package. His words when opening, “It’s from Grandma, so I expect there to be lots of candy!”  :) He was right. Not sure what he was more excited about – the candy or the $5!

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Dinner didn’t take much prep  (recipe here – first time we tried it) – just added the greens and the cream and cooked a little bacon for garnish. We had stopped at the store on the way home to get some crusty bread to go with, since Logan loves to dip in his soup! Trung cut up the pineapples we bought over the weekend, so we enjoyed some of that for an after dinner treat. We use toothpicks to eat it when we share a bowl. :)

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Trung went to bootcamp, so Logan and I hung out and relaxed. He played a few games on the iPad, then decided to make up a “math book” of exercises we both did. He made me some to complete and vice versa. Then we watched the Nature show on PBS, which was an awesome program about macaques.

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While we watched, Logan ate part of a caramel apple. He saw it in the bakery at the store when we’d stopped for bread, and when he remarked he’d never had one (could that be possible?!?) I couldn’t resist getting him one. I’m not sure he was all that fond of it. After an attempt at eating it on the stick, he gave up and let me cut it up. When he realized it was a Granny Smith apple, he proceeded to eat the caramel until he got nauseous. Goof.

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Trung got home while Logan was getting ready for bed. He sat with him for a bit, then came down to have dinner and hang out with me. This one must have had a busy day of digging or something, as she was exhausted. :)

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