Monday, May 30, 2011

The curtains...

For about the last month I have been eye balling some pretty awesome curtains at Urban Outfitters. The only thing holding me back was the fact that one (1) cost $38 dollars. I was going to get two (2) for the bedroom which came to a total of $76! I can't spend that on curtains for a bedroom! Not to mention that I wanted something new for the living room. So...thankfully the crafty urge came about on Friday. I had seen that Hancocks was having a "BLOW OUT SALE" so I figured I would drop on by to see what I could find. Let me just say that when I want something, I am bound and determined that I am going to find it. Which means...I wasn't going home on a long weekend with no fabric.

I skimmed the store for about 20 minutes before I found the clearance table. 15 minutes later I am leaving the store with 7 1/2 yards of fabric, a bill of only $12.25, and a HUGE smile on my face. I was then headed home to make curtains!!

The fabric I got for the living room was a bit different, I'm not even sure what you'd call it. I knew it wasn't going to sew well so I decided to do the finishing/hem with hot glue and the results turned out amazing!

Here is the before window treatments... plain = me no likey.

(It's not very good picture but it's the only one I could find. I guess I never liked them enough to include them in a picture.)

The after and I just LOVE them! Total cost = $8.

The bedroom curtains took me a bit longer to do. These are cotton so I sewed them. The fabric is a bit retro/Hawaiian/floral. I bought everything they had which was a little over three yards @ .99 cents per yard! Here is what we had in the room before...(not bad but wasn't feelin' it).

The after and I LOVE. Total cost = $3.25

I did a little rearranging which only I would notice, I gave Ryan a new magazine night stand and moved the lamp to my side of the bed.

I finished everything before I went to bed on Friday. The living room took me about 20 minutes and the bedroom about 1.5 hrs. Totally worth it.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Weekend Plans??

We don't have any major plans this weekend except a Ranger Game on Sunday :) I'll probably clean the pool, plant some sweet potato vine (now that the chance of freeze is gone), cookout, and relax. Lucy is very good at the relaxing part.

Doesn't she look peaceful! Love her.(Even though she slobbers) Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

hoot hoot

LOVE this hat by Jennarationyarns.
I think I might just have to order it for baby H.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Morning happiness

Today is a good day. I put a twist on my usual starbucks tall half-caff Cafe Misto with skim milk...I had the sweet girl add a bit of coconut flavoring. The outcome is beyond words! I love it! I will be very upset if they discontinue this wonerful coconut stuff.

Thank you Starbucks for making my day :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Camera

Ryan and I got a new camera last weekend and we love it. Lots to learn, but the only way to learn is to practice :) Here are a few shots from the last few days...

A little pool time at our house with the neices and nephews...

I've got to work on action shots.

From the living room...

My favorite man. I love him.

A few from Mom and Dad's...

Above shots from Ryan, the wood pecker.

And my lovely Nana and her awesome sunglasses :)

That's all I have for now. Thanks for tuning in :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Well I've been in what you would call a music funk. Not sure if it is a pregnancy side effect or just the plain simple fact that I am tired of all the stuff on the radio and my playlist.

I'm kind of getting out of this funk. The last few days I've actually listened to a music channel on my xm radio and now to my itunes. For the last 5 months it's been talk radio (the Catholic channel) or nothing. I just realized that I like and need more silence. My life (along with everyone else's) is fast passed enough that I don't feel like I need all the noise (tv and radio) in the background to fill the spaces.

I am aware that the noise and craziness is only going to increase when this tiny gift from God arrives. Without a doubt I know that I will find ways to stay calm, relax, and enjoy the small bits of silence. It may take sticky notes around the house reminding me to breathe and to stay calm or Ryan telling me to sit and chill.

Nana said something years ago that I will never forget. She was telling my sister or sister in law (I can't remember which) that when the baby is crying and you can't get them to stop - you've changed the diaper, checked their temperature, fed them and they still won't stop set them in their bed and shut the door. She said they may scream but that's better than giving the child shaky baby syndrome. Hah! So true.

A bit off topic from the last two paragraphs but here is a video of the talented Adele. Jessica gave me her cd a few weeks ago and I've just listened to a few of the tracks... I like and I think you will too.

I'm off to bed. Goodnight all :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The walls...

So I've been looking and I haven't decided if I want to stencil or get a projector and draw the image myself. The fabric I picked has a lot of patterns going on. I don't do plan and simple. For this reason, I am worried about stenciling but here is one I like...

found here

And here is what inspired me to rent a projector...

found here

Thoughts are still flowing so who knows what we will do, if anything. We're both up for anything!

And it was nice that KFD Designs posted this post today. I thought it was very helpful :) Thank you Kristen!

Monday, May 9, 2011

A first.

Every year on Mother's Day our priest ask all the Mom's to stand up and he gives them a blessing. Every year I sit and proudly look up at my Mom and all the other wonderful Mom's who are standing. This year, after a little nudging, I stood. I am a Mom. Baby H is not here for everyone to see but he/she is here in me. I am starting to feel he/she move around and I can tell he/she is growing.

For the first time in my life, I got to stand and be blessed at church and I got to hear lots of lovely "Happy Mother's Day". I am blessed and thankful for this "first".

Happy Monday to all.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mother's Day Weekend!

I know it's early but,
Happy Mother's Day to my lovely Mom :)
Thank you for teaching me to be everything I am today. I love you!