Thursday, December 23, 2010

Time Flies

Wow Christmas is almost here and I have done nothing other than put up a tree. YIKES!!!
I guess it's a good thing that bought Colby Christmas gift at a garage sale this fall.
And it's a good thing that my mom has been out and about and picked a few other things for me here and there.

I thought I would have time after finishing the semester on December 10th.
I had professors that were kind enough to let me take finals a week early so that "just in case" the baby cam early I would have everything done.
I turned in my final paper on Friday the 10th at 1:00 p.m.
I went into labor on Saturday the 11th at 1:30 a.m.
So much for the 6 days I thought I had to get everything ready.
I went to the hospital after throwing a few things in a bag (no I had not packed it yet, I had 6 days)
and having nothing ready for the baby much less Christmas!
So the baby (thing 2) came at 12:43 p.m. on Saturday and there went the "6 days" I was counting on to get everything ready for Christmas.
Now Christmas is here and I am lucky that my sister is in town and has been willing to come over and stay with the baby so I can run out for a short minute when I need to.
I have given up on all the "hoopla" of Christmas and realized that it's not about that anyway.
We will be having a very simple Christmas this year filled with holding a new baby and mingling with family!
I am SO grateful for this wonderful reminder that came  to our lives a little early.
He has been the most wonderful blessing and has helped me really remember the real reason we celebrate this wonderful holiday!

With all that said,
my house is a mess,
my in-laws will be at my house tomorrow,
and I still need to go to the grocery store.
Somehow, I don't feel stressed.
I just know that everything will be just fine,
holding a baby seems to make everything all better anyway!

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope that everyone feels the same peace I am feeling these days.
Yes my life with two kids under two is a little crazy,
But I don't feeling crazy on the inside it just looks like it on the outside!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Merry Christmas Cards

Have you heard about the promotion that Shutterfly is running for bloggers?
Check it out they are offering 50 free Christmas cards to bloggers.

I am SO excited about this because I LOVE Shutterfly.
I have been using them for a couple of years now and have ordered a wide variety of their products.
I am planning on ordering my Christmas cards from there but waiting for the birth of our second to do so.
This year they have SO many styles to choose from.
I love the story cards but can't decide what to use.

I order all my printed pictures from them. I LOVE the fast service I receive. I can count on my pictures arriving at my door step in 2-3 days.

I made this little birth announcement of our first born to send out to all our friends and family.
I made a calendar for my in-laws last year and they LOVED it.
I liked that I could make it on my computer and know that it would get to their house in a timely fashion and I didn't have to worry about the quality.

I made a 8x8 scrapbook of a vacation that we took. We just loved how it turned out. It looks like a real book. I am actually thinking about doing another one for the little boy we had last year!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Nursing Cover

I made this super cute nursing cover and thought I would share.
I have another one that i made that is similar to this why did I make another?
Because what girl doesn't need options, even if it's just a nursing cover.
I love the way it turned out. It's light weight and big enough to cover everything. 
Of course I couldn't stop there. I made a burp cloth to make.
And I have a changing pad cut out that I just need to finish. So when I pack the diaper bag, everything will be all matchy-matchy and cute.
Just the way I like it!
Stay tuned for more of the fun projects I have been working on!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pin Cushion

I saw this tutorial on some website (not sure which one) a long time ago. I've the idea in the back of my mind for sometime but never had the ambition to actually get it done.
That was until I started sewing more and had pins every and could never find my scissors.
So I pulled out some scrap fabric I had sitting around and made something similar.

When I look at tutorials I usually just skim through them and think about how cute there are, file them in the back of my mind thinking that someday I will make that. Then I can never find the darn thing when I want to make it. I never actually read them and follow them. I use my memory and come up with something.

This is what I came up with from the picture I had in my mind.

It goes up over my desk and my machine sits on it. Then it has two pockets on it and a pin cushion that is removable. Having a pin cushion right there by the machine is such a concept! I love it. Also, my scissors go in the bigger of the two pockets and I never have to go searching for them. It's SO nice. 
So the pin cushion is removable. It has a bobby pin on the backside so it can attach to my pants or just come along with me where I need pins.
Also by making this little project I found the importance of having a sharp straight pin. Some of my pins I have had for years. But I was able to go through them as I was putting them in the cushion and threw quite a few away. So I will not have to pull out a million pins just to find one that will go through the fabric I am pinning together. Sewing just got so sew much better.  :)