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 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.


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.

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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Fun stuff for the week

I’ve been having a hard time getting inspired lately…which is a bummer and it’s annoying, but we’ve had about a zillion other things happening on the home front these last two weeks. But, I did manage to find a handful of fun things that will be made in the next few weeks. Especially once we all settle into our new school routine.

Coin Purse

Alphabet Magnets

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

Hopscotch Mat

Ryan goes back to school

Well, not quite yet,  but soon. And she’s picked out her clothes on our favorite pretend shopping site. I say pretend because I pay no attention to prices, sizes, etc when we’re “shopping” on polyvore.

Gap Hoodie tunic top
$27 – gap.com
Gap tops »

Gap Corduroy tulle skirt
$30 – gap.com

Girls Accessories | Tea Collection
$18 – teacollection.com

Gap Dotted rosette headband
$7.50 – gap.com


Lovisa Clogs
$298 – anthropologie.com
Polka dot dress »

Lorene Dress
$138 – anthropologie.com
Anthropologie dresses »

Flowering Pasture Blouse
$128 – anthropologie.com
Silk blouse »

Hidden Valley Top
$58 – anthropologie.com
Tops »

Composed Wide-Legs
$98 – anthropologie.com
Wide leg pants »

Far And Wide Trousers
$20 – anthropologie.com
Anthropologie pants »

Traced Aureolin Bag
$198 – anthropologie.com
Tote bags »

Duck, Duck, Umbrella in Yellow
$18 – modcloth.com
Umbrellas »

corrigan chair
$1,998 – anthropologie.com

$249 – ikea.com

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.

oliver + s

I adore this dress. And think RE may have to have it in corduroy for fall.

ice cream dress sewing pattern | oliver + s – sewing patterns for children’s clothing.

Oh man…the sweetness. I want both girls in this for the holidays. In some sort of shiny silk. Heck, I want it for me, too. Pretty please?

Welcome to oliver + s > introducing the school photo dress sewing pattern.

via oliver + s.