Dec 16, 2011

Candle Holders

Here is another project my mom made for her Super Saturday event along with the JOY blocks. I am so glad she gave them to me, I freaking love them! They are so easy to make, and can you believe they only cost a few dollars to make. You can find the tutorial over at Mark Montano's decor blog. It is super easy though, you just need some glass jars, twine or rubber bands, and some spray paint. Ribbon or fabric strips add a great accent to it. My mom found the glass jars at the dollar store. Then she used yarn and wrapped it around them and then spray painted it with white paint. She also added some extra flair to it by spraying it with some glitter spray paint too. 

{Tutorial for the Chalkboard Christmas Countdown HERE}

She then used two kinds of ribbon, a silver one and then a sheer kinda glittery one. Fabric scraps are used by Mark Montano which I also really love, its definitely cheaper. Then you just put little tealights in them and let them glow! I didn't feel like lighting the tea lights though, so that is why they aren't glowing, but you can see how they look with the tealights over HERE
I am totally loving them. 

Dec 14, 2011

Joy and BOO blocks

So right before Halloween my mom gave me these wood blocks that she made. She had to plan a Super Saturday event for our church, which is just a day where you go and make crafts and stuff, so my mom had to plan each craft that they were going to have available and buy all the material for everyone, and so she asked me for some ideas that were budget friendly and easy for people to do. So I went on Pinterest and gave her a whole big list of ideas for her to try out. She then picked her favorites and made the craft for samples and stuff. After the event she gave the stuff she made to me, cause she loves me I guess. 

She loved these wooden blocks that say JOY from Happy Scraps, These blocks are super easy, its just three wood blocks, she got the wood at Home Depot and asked them to cut it for her into different shapes, and then you just mod-podge some holiday paper on them and then some letters cut out from the cricut that say JOY! 

The awesome thing about this is that you can use them for two holidays if you put BOO on the opposite side. Now you have a super easy project that you get to put up twice a year, not just one time! 

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

So over the summer I bought this mirror at a garage sale for two bucks! Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of it before I spray painted it, but it was gold, like old ugly horrible gold, that looked like it belonged in the 70's. But I loved the design of the mirror, so I bought it. I had it in storage for a while, deciding where I wanted to put it and what color I wanted it. Eventually I decided it would be perfect for my kitchen wall! Since my kitchen colors are yellow and red, I thought yellow would rock. 

{Tutorial for the Home Sweet Home frame HERE, and the wreath is a coffee filter wreath that I did not make, but I love! }

Here is just the mirror, and there I am waving at ya! It is impossible to take a straight on shot of a mirror  without taking a picture of yourself. It was after 8 so I was in my pj's! 

Dec 11, 2011

My sweet baby girl

One week ago today I was in the hospital giving birth to my beautiful baby girl. 
I began having some irregular contractions at around 11 pm last Saturday (Dec. 3rd) but I didn't really think much of them, because I had been having the same contractions off an on for the past two weeks. They were super annoying, they would come at night and be pretty painful and keep me up all night, and then morning would come and they would be gone. So I didn't really pay much attention to them and finally went to sleep around 1 a.m. Dec. 4th. I woke up at 3:30 am to super duper crazy painful contractions. Like seriously, those things hurt! So I started to time them while I was lying in bed and they were about 8 minutes apart. Since the hospital is like 20 minutes away I woke up my husband and told him we should go to his mom's house and wait there since she lives like a minute from the hospital. But once I started to get dressed and stuff the contractions jumped from 8 minutes apart to 1-2 minutes apart, I could barely walk out to the car. My husband was freaking out so he sped all the way to the hospital. 
I knew I wasn't going to end up having the baby in the car or anything, but I was worried that I wasn't going to be able to have an epidural, which is a freaking miracle drug! No natural childbirth for me. 

So we got to the hospital and they put me in that triage room to monitor my contractions and see if they could admit me. I had been dilated to a 3.5 the wednesday before this, and was 80 % effaced and the baby's head was like seriously primed for the action, the doctor had been feeling her head there for the past three weeks... When they checked me at the hospital I was dilated to a 5, so they admitted me and took me to the labor room. Luckily I was at a hospital that lets you get the epidural as soon as you are admitted, which was AMAZING! Because I don't really handle pain very well, and the contractions were getting worse! I am such a baby. 
But my hero the anesthesiologist set me up real nice with the drugs and after a bit I couldn't feel a thing. After the epidural the nurse checked me again and I was at a 9! Like this was only like 45 minutes later  so she called the doctor (who was not my actual Dr, I guess she wasn't on call that night, so I had to have a guy doctor, which I had been really hoping wouldn't happen, I always see girl doctors, but by that point I couldn't care less) He walked in and said lets push and at 7:52 am my beautiful little Analiese was born.

She was 5 lbs 12 oz and 19 inches long and born on her due date (she is very prompt). 
It was a super quick labor, we probably arrived at the hospital at quarter to 5 and I had her just over three hours later, so that was amazingly lucky!

Her daddy loves her so much. 

Analiese, 1 day old

Analiese, 3 days old

She is growing bigger every day, which makes me a little bit sad, I want her to get bigger, but at the same time want her to stay small forever.