Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easy DIY Project: Fabric Covered Canvases

Ah, nursery crafts. I've had so much fun coming up with ideas to decorate this special space. My stepmom and I had a great time picking fabrics for a baby quilt a family friend is making for the baby. While we were looking for fabrics, we got some extra pieces to decorate the wall with fabric covered canvases. Luckily, my dad had a staple gun, so it was super easy and we love how they turned out!

We got a variety of canvas sizes for visual interest. We found them at JoAnn Fabrics, all were half off (they're always having a sale) and between $4-$9 each. The fabric squares were small samples we found at random, quilting stores.


Step 1: Cut the fabric pieces to fit the canvas, not leaving more than two inches or so of fabric on all sides.

Step 2: Iron the fabric piece so it lays nice and smooth.

Step 3: We used tape to hold the fabric piece down while we stapled around the edges, it helped.

See? Super easy! (As long as you have a staple gun)

The baby's room is coming together little by little. It's been such a fun project! Next on the list: organize baby clothes and put together the rocking chair. Luckily, Reed is good at assembling things and following written instructions..

Have a great Wednesday!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

34 weeks

Well tomorrow I will be 35 weeks but this picture was taken on Wednesday, so we'll still call this post 34 weeks.

Well we had a little bit of a scare this week that landed us in the hospital overnight. I had some bleeding so they wanted to be extra cautious and keep me monitored for early labor. I absolutely hate getting blood drawn and IV's put in.. so those things combined with the pelvic exam were not particularly pleasant, but it was nice to have cable in our room and be able to watch Seinfeld. I did love being hooked up to the fetal monitor and hearing the baby's heartbeat constantly. 

The bleeding stopped and they couldn't find any tears or other causes for concern, so they let us go after about 30 hours. 

We also found out some surprising news about the size of the baby during our ultrasound at the hospital.. 

With only 5 weeks left to go (assuming we make it to 40 weeks), she is already 6lbs 4oz. They expect her to gain 2-3 more pounds in 5 weeks.. which is bigger than I was hoping for! Apparently, even if I cut down on calories (which they don't recommend), she will continue to grow that much anyway.. so she's the unstoppable growing baby! They think she has really long legs, which explains the sore ribs. I'm blaming Reed, he's 5'11. 

Other than the bleeding episode, I'm still feeling great and lately I've been craving fruit like crazy. Give me all the pineapple, watermelon, strawberries and mangoes! 

I hope you have a great, Easter weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Goodwill Akron Blogger Style Challenge

I'm so excited for this event! As long as I'm not in early labor (fingers crossed), I'm going to be participating in the Goodwill Akron Blogger Style Challenge on May 10th! This event is being put together by Dina of Dina's Days,  Katie of Something to be Found and Lauren of NOTO Boutique, so it is sure to be another fantastic Blogger event!

Basically, a group of us bloggers will have 30 minutes to style a look under $20 at the Goodwill on Waterloo Road in Akron, then model their outfits for shoppers and guests, who will vote on their favorite. Such a fun idea!

Here are the other bloggers who will be participating:

The challenge will be Saturday, May 10th at noon - we hope to see you there! 

Also, Dina of Dina's Days,  Katie of Something to be Found and Lauren of NOTO Boutique will be teaching free thrift master classes at the Waterloo Goodwill!

Tuesday 5/6 at 10am: Thrift Master Class with Katie 
Wednesday 5/7 at 6pm: Thrift Master Class with Lauren and Dina 
Saturday 5/10 at 12:30pm: Thrift Master Class with Dina following the Blogger Style Challenge 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baby gifts!

Both this past weekend and the weekend before, we were lucky enough to have lovely baby showers hosted for us! The first one was in Atlanta (hosted by my grandmother, stepmom and sister) where a lot of my extended family and family friends are. This weekend, my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law hosted a beautiful one for my friends and loved ones here at home. I was blown away by the generosity of the guests! This is only a portion of the wonderful baby items we received...

So many cute things! I was also touched by the amazing, handmade items that were given to us. My stepmom had blankets made in fabrics she knew I loved (like the gray floral chiffon blanket for newborn pictures? So cute!). My sister knitted the cutest little hats and also made a super soft blanket (not pictured). My grandma knitted a blanket with the most beautiful, cable detailing that she started even before I was pregnant (she knew we were trying). RenĂ©e knitted the most adorable little baby sweater with the cutest little buttons and details ever! So special.

We also received several great books for the baby's library! I know she will love them all. The Mother Goose Rhymes book was actually given to my mother by her grandmother in 1958! My Grandma has saved it for all of these years and wanted me to have it. So very sweet and special!

We just feel so lucky to have so many special people in our lives to share the joy we feel in welcoming this little baby into the world! 

Hope you have a great Tuesday,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Love List

Like everyone else, I'm so ready for spring that I can't even stand it. I am so excited for short sleeves, dresses without tights, sandals, floral prints.. etc! Above are a few pretty, springy outfits and items that I've loved recently. It's not a coincidence that all three of the bloggers pictured live in Southern California, where it's springy or summery all year round (jealous!).

1. Ashley's new pink hair screams spring! I wish I could pull this off.

2. Merrick's lovely dress to top tutorial. I love this outfit and love it even more since it's a refashion!

3. Audrey's post on pretty, spring flats.. so many cute options!

4. I am loving Mexican style dresses right now, and this one from Urban Outfitter's is so pretty. <I actually thrifted a toddler sized one for the baby the other day, so cute!>

5. I love gold and pink together and this Lauren Conrad Flower Ring is perfect for spring.

6. Sarah's beautiful floral pantsSo springy, comfy and cute.

Not pictured above, but I just love this Vintage Bohemian Style Dress from the Recycling History Etsy Shop.

Here's hoping for more warm days.. sooner than later!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

31 Weeks at the Beach

As I mentioned in my last update, last week we were able to spend a few days at the beach and it was lovely! Unfortunately, we didn't have the best weather, but we did have a few good days. Now we are in Atlanta staying with my Grandparents, who were sweet enough to throw me a family baby shower with all of our relatives and family friends here. It's so nice that people want to get together to celebrate our much anticipated arrival!

As a side note, the hat, red scarf and sarong pictured above were all thrifted and bathing suit top came from Target.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Three Things

1. The nursery is coming together! Last week, I got some of the beautiful prints that I ordered for the gallery wall behind the changing table/dresser. A few days ago, I realized I was wearing the nursery colors (turquoise, gray and coral).. so of course a picture was warranted. That was at 30 weeks and a few days and today I'm officially 31 weeks. :) We got Chinese take-out the other night, and got the fortune above, which we both thought was very fitting!

2. R's parents totally spoiled us last weekend and took us to a metal sculpture/welding workshop in Mt. Vernon. It was such a fun day and Reed especially loved all the metal bending, cutting and welding. It's such a cool form of art, I think he found a new calling!

3. On Friday, we left for our "babymoon" and arrived here in Florida yesterday afternoon! We are staying for a few days and then driving to Atlanta where my relatives there are throwing me a shower. We have a house sitter staying with our pets and plants and watching the house, which always makes me feel better about leaving. 

Hope you had a great weekend!