Hello, Second Trimester

And welcome!! How I LOVE you so…

Today, at 14 weeks exactly (yes, folks, THAT is the official start to the 2nd tri, not 12w) I am not tired. Nope, it’s 2:30 in the afternoon and I’m blogging instead of napping. For the first time in 12 weeks, I’m not crashed out on the couch like a narcoleptic whale (ok, still a tiny whale, but whatever). I have regained an hour (ok, two, who am I kidding) back in each of my days!! Oh, the possibilities!! Oh what I might do with my time!!

Sew? I do have a handful and a half of projects that I’d like to work on.

Like this (see, something for me!!):

Or this for Finleigh:

Or this for Ryan:

Or this for baby:

And, the bonus is: I MAY ACTUALLY GET TO DO SOME OF IT!

And I get to run. And I get to go to Stroller Strides. I might even make dinner and clean my house (hehe, probably not though). I’m looking forward to having the energy to pull out my camera more (especially with the sun making an occasional appearance).

So, yes, second trimester, though you mean I get even bigger, I welcome you…I welcome being able to feel the baby move more easily (just little pops here and there, but know in a matter of weeks it will be my constant companion), I welcome my belly growing larger, I welcome the increase in appetite (seriously, i eat ALL day long), and I celebrate the return of my energy. How I’ve missed you so.

Welcome back.

Playsilks

We LOVE playsilks around here. They’re one of those things that I kind of thought would be cool, and have turned out to be one of the best toys in our house. Why? To start, they’re open ended, which rocks. They’re beautiful colors and feel amazing. And kids of all ages can play with them, so they’re just as safe for the baby as they are fun for the big kids.

Ryan got a handful of them for Christmas last year, and they were the HIT of the day. Even my brother and sis-in-law had fun with them, and we all decorated the dog!

Making them is silly easy, too.

You’ll need:

Silks (I buy mine from Dharma Trading Company)

Gel Food Coloring (can be bought at any craft store in the cake decorating section)

White Vinegar

Big Pots

Boiling Water

How to:

I always prewash my silks, so I can only recommend doing that. They wash and dry beautifully.

Presoak them in a lot of vinegar and a little water (enough to cover) for about 20-30m. This is not rocket science and it really doesn’t matter how much you use (a cup, maybe).

Boil the water in the big pots. How much you use will depend on how many silks you’re dying any one color. I’ve done this in large batches (when making lots for gifts) and in smaller batches (this year, for Finleigh).

Add 1/4t to 1t of dye, again depending on how many silks you’re doing and how deep you want the color to be. I’ve found the blues/purples to “stick” the best and end up very saturated while the reds seem to fade more when rinsing.

Add a tablespoon to 1/4c of white vinegar.

Drop your silks in. The more room they have to swim, they more even the color will be distributed. If they’re squashed, they may wind up pretty mottled. But they really do look cool either way.

If you can, leave them on the stove, simmering, until all the dye is out of the water (and in the fabric).

Rinse them in very cold water until it runs clear.

Hang to dry.

Play with them!!!

Finleigh’s getting these this year, and they’ll be stuffed into a handmade box for her to pull out, just like tissues, but less wasteful and I won’t be pulling eaten, slobbery tissues from her mouth all day.

**Note, if you’re making the smaller handkerchief sized ones, you can do this in the microwave. Same method, but instead of boiling in pots, dissolve the dye in some boiling water in a mug, then add the silk, then nuke for 2-3 minutes. Rinse and dry as above.

And, if you’re just not crafty, or don’t have any desire to cover yourself and possibly your kitchen in food dyes, there are a whole bunch of etsy sellers making them.

Another awfully cute book…

 

The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer is out and it’s adorable!! It’s also on my holiday list, not that I’d let the girls play with it. Well, maybe Peanut. Love Black Apple dolls…I’ve made so many from her (free!) pattern I can’t even count.

 

 

 

 

(my homemade Black Apple dill…and yes, she’s faceless right now. all things in time.)

Also, I just saw on soulemama that she and soulepapa have a book coming out in August. Which is awesome. Her books are amazing in their simplicity.

 

(Inside A Black Apple): Paper Doll Day!.

 

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holidays

I kid you not, there are 39 days until Hanukkah and 63 until Christmas. Any way you look at it, that’s NOT ENOUGH TIME! I don’t know about you, but I always get all excited about sewing, making and doing this time of year, only to disappoint myself when I can’t finish everything. So…this year, Ryan (really, and Finleigh) is getting a kitchen. This kitchen, to be exact. I got it for free (though I’m going to find a way to make it up to my dear friend who gave it to us). She was going to just GIVE IT AWAY and I told her I’d take it. I told her I’d pay her; she refused. I told her I’d sew stuff for her; she said no. Darnit all, I’m going to repay her somehow, because this is AWESOME. All it needs is some love. I’m thinking yellow love. With grey accents. Because I love the combination, and I’m the mommy, and I say so. I even snagged some new pots, pans and dishware, plus a tray of cookies, from Amazon for a whopping $40. Woot!!

I’m also plotting a stuffed kitty for my kitty loving (and slightly allergic) girl, a stuffed baby for Finleigh. If I have time, and can get my hands easily on the materials, a hopscotch rug for Ryan.

I’m not really sure what else I’m going to do, but I’m quite proud that I’m pretty much done with the girls’ gifts. I even have a few things up my sleeve for the man (are you reading this, love?), and family members.

Now, on to finding this years holiday photo outfits for the girls (though I’d love to sew them, I don’t see it happening), and getting that taken care of, so I’m not mailing out New Years cards…wish me luck!!

so little time…

 

But so much awesome-ness to try!! I don’t know about you, but I’m swamped with holiday stuff already, Halloween costume creating (I can’t honestly say making this year), taking care of my little family, teaching childbirth ed (at TWO hospitals now) and just life. Wowsers. But I have plans…and my sewing machine misses me. She told me so, whispered it to me last night as I forlornly put her away without sewing a thing.

“Please, sew something fun…”

Maybe this something fun for me, before I start a few holiday gifts.

Made it on Monday: A New Shirt.

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Weekend Projects

These sweet little felt flowers are totally one of those “why didn’t I think of this” projects. But alas, Rubies and Pearls did, and was so sweet to post a tutorial. I’ll likely put them on a regular barrette, or a headband, because that’s what Ryan’s into these days.

I have a feeling Peanut is going to adore these rose petal drawings. We may try them with some fallen leaves, too!

I’m always interested in seeing how others do their “inspiration” walls. Mine is currently in a notebook, as we’re short on wall space these days, but I like this one a lot. Easy to change out, and looks neat and tidy.

I’m pretty sure that “to die for” might describe these apple-cheddar scones perfectly, and I haven’t even made them yet. I can already smell them. But I have to wait, as my gluten free, dairy free mama is visiting, and that’s just mean.

And I picked up this adorable school desk for Peanut today (woot for craigslist!). I love it, and will love it even more after a little TLC and paint. She adores it though, and had to do a quick drawing on it to “test it out”. What color should I paint it? I’m leaning towards grey, but I recognize that I have a problem and love that color (not-color?) far too much. So I ask you, what color/s should I paint it?

 

Midweek inspiration

These are so cute…now, do we have acorns around here? Seriously, I have no idea.

Acorn Dolls from vlijtig

I have a little lady in my house who would adore this…she’s constantly putting up “gates” in the house for us to go through.

Tollbooth from 42 roads

These are adorable and I wish I’d thought of it 6 months ago. Ah, well, maybe you can use it!!

Monthly Photos from Under the Sycamore

Sweet slippers from Prudent Baby

This adorable upcycled scarf must happen. In fact, I have a sweater that I literally pinned to make something for Finleigh tonight, but hadn’t cut. It’s not going to be for Fin anymore. Sorry sweet baby, but mommy totally hearts this scarf.

I HAVE to do this

awesome chair

I have a chair just like this, that’s not only ugly, but got hit with a paint roller once upon a time. Once we find a new place, and I can settle a but, I’m SO on it. But I’m thinking maybe yellow and grey? Or something and purple? We’ll have to see what mood I’m in when I get to this!

Sugar Bee – Craft Edition: crafts, sewing, recipes, photo tips, and more!: Craft Room Chair.

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Midweek inspiration

Love the colors in this nursery. So sweet.

Do you need a lap desk for your kid (or yourself)? This one rocks.

Adorable dress the girls will have to have.

Rain painting. Surely something we’ll have to try here soon.

I heart this DSLR strap cover.

Strawberry pillows? Love.

I love this idea for the Ugly Jar. We need one.

I’m in love with yellow. And this camera.

I want a clawfoot tub. But I think it would look weird in our little condo.

Great way to get two kids in one room.

Your daily dose of creativity and positive thinking.

Super cute lunch bag.

To die for shirt. And I even have a pattern very similar that I can start with.