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~Love Notes~

Okay, so how cool is this idea I found last year? I finally found time to sew my own pillows out of Dish Towels! The only changes I made were the appearance of my pillows. I made them super full and centered the pocket instead of off-centering it. You can go nuts and get super creative with this!

This project is SO simple, you literally just find Valentine Dishtowels ( I found these at JoAnns) and cut them to the size you want, create pockets out of smaller cut up towels, sew it all together and fill with stuffing or a pillow form! That’s it!

Okay so the best part about this whole turn-your-dishtowels-into-pillows thing is that each day (starting February first) you insert a love note to your children and then you let them read it right before bed time. So I write one note to each girl and so does Jason and we stick them in their pillow pocket and Mikayla reads hers and we read Emma’s to her 🙂 If you look at the picture below you will see the first night’s note tucked right inside and sticking out a bit. I realize it isn’t necessary to have a cheesy V-day tradition to let your kids know you love them but I think it makes it fun for them. I also think that children recognize when you put in a little extra effort just to make their day and let them know you adore them…

Love to you and yours today and everyday 🙂

~Chris

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9 years ago today….

and 4 hours and ten minutes later (yes, I know the EXACT time) I was blessed beyond measure. There is something about carrying and nurturing a child that is just indescribable…and then to meet them for the first time–>mind-blowing.

I realize this isn’t a newborn shot but when Mikayla was first born I was a HUGE scrapbooker and every one of her baby photos is in her scrapbooks under her bed and well, it is 1:28 in the morning and I don’t want to wake my sleeping beauty 🙂

I remember having a lovely pregnancy but labor was….well…labor 🙂 I can just remember being so very tired when it was all said and done and there was noooo.tiiiiime.fooooor.sleeeeeeeeeep. I can also vividly remember saying (after 18 plus hours of labor) that I would do it all 100 times over for my girl.

I mean really, this face??? How could I not! As a very young child Mikayla was very quiet and reserved but always very well behaved. She seemed to analyze situations and people before jumping into the mix. It’s interesting because I was very much the same way up until about age 10 (painfully shy actually). She outgrew her shyness much sooner. By age 4 or so her personality really started to blossom.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Mikayla, I can remember this moment and how happy and free she felt with the wind whipping her hair on this warm California day. I took my seat belt off and reversed myself so that I could capture a gazillion pictures of her throwing her head back in laughter…

We lived in an apartment for years and she always loved when Springtime would roll around because then she could tend to our pretty plants. It’s very symbolic of the type of person she is: she is a nurturer, always concerned with the well-being and feelings of others.

Don’t let her fool you though, she has some spunk and sass for sure! LOL  Her vocabulary has always cracked me up! A perceptive one she is! The words she would use and feelings she would describe at age 3 or 4–>yowzas! Surely you would have been impressed and a bit amused (to say the least.)

As she gets older I find that I am already preparing myself for when she will leave. Is that crazy?? My mom took it REALLY hard when I left and it put a tremendous amount of guilt and weight on my shoulders. I do not want to do that with my children. They are, after all, meant to fly away and leave the nest at some point. Weaving their own way through life.

 I am trying to savor and relish every moment with Mikayla (with both of my girls, but this post is about Mikayla :)) I have to be diligent about allowing her to do things for herself so that she can be prepared to take care of herself and hopefully her own little family one day.

BUUUUT, I’m her mamma and sometimes foot massages and pedicures ARE in order because that’s just what us girls do for fun once all the schoolwork and housework is done (and sometimes even when it isn’t–>shhh) 🙂

These days Mikayla loves to craft and she has many “business ventures” in the works (this is soundly oddly familiar…hmmm) She LOVES riding her scooter and bike and can’t wait for Spring (her words) so we can start going on early evening strolls as a family like we always do in the fall/spring months. She wants to be a Veterinarian, Dancer, and Photographer when she grows up, but for now doing dishes will have to suffice 🙂

Isn’t it nice that each age comes with its own perks. I can’t throw her up in the air anymore but I can snuggle up in her bed with her and read out of quote books. We have so much fun breaking quotes/poems down and searching for the buried, deeper meanings.

I can’t rock her in my arms and hum her to sleep anymore but we can and do read together every night–>chapter books at that! Our current read is Prince Caspian! If you haven’t read any C.S. Lewis books in your life–>I’m sorry. Please fix that 🙂 Another favorite author of ours is Shel Silverstein. Who am I kidding? I could be here all night recommending books and authors! LOL

We bake, we BAKE together! How cool is that! Mikayla’s latest interest is sewing. In fact, just tonight she asked me if I could please come up with some fabric scraps for her to make pillows out of because there are some prospective buyers at her school. No joke. The kid is dead serious! She is on her way to conquering the free world I tell ya! I sewed this apron for her last year and she wants to attempt to make one for herself this year….

The last nine years have been such a whirlwind adventure with my KK and I still cant believe she is mine. How thankful I am for her in my life. It was nine years ago when I first understood what it was like to walk around with my heart outside of my body. Happy Birthday my beautiful , outgoing, vivacious, sweet, sensitive, bright, resilient, hilarious, sassy little tooker! Mamma loves you THIS much…off to bed so that I can maybe get 4 hours of sleep before waking up to make my special girl a special breakfast before school.

~Chris

~Doily Wreath~

I FINALLY completed this Doily Wreath for Mikayla’s door! I was inspired by Madigan Made who created a heart-shape Doily Wreath that was super cute! I decided to make a circular one and purchased the ten inch foam wreath from the Dollar Tree along with FOUR 100 packs of Doilies–>Yes, you did read right–>400 DOILIES! I began by plugging in my glue gun and then opening one package at a time and separating each and every doily.

 

I then faced it down and pinched it right in the middle (gathering it ) like so…

I sooooooo forgot to mention the key point to accomplishing this time-consuming task—>you must sit on your rear and watch television! I know, not very appealing but it’s a MUST 🙂 I used football Sundays as a perfect way of completing this. Although my distaste for football has diminished greatly I still find it hard to SIT for THREE HOURS and do NOTHING. My husband is a huge football fan but he always puts me first. If I asked him to stop watching football forever (which I never would) I have no doubt that he absolutely would (even though it would kill pain him to do so) do it. The simple knowledge that he WOULD give it up if I asked him makes me more determined than ever to take a liking to it and sit and spend the time watching it with him. Plus, how many guys want to  will have girl-talk with their wife during commercials–>I KNOW! He’s amazing! LOL Wowee Wow Wow, however did I get so lucky?? Okay, so before embedding your tush into your sofa may I suggest you also equip yourself with plenty of glue sticks and a nice cold beverage before parking it 🙂 Now you begin the lovely task of gluing your doilies to the wreath form.

I’m not gonna lie–>it took me two Sunday games to complete this wreath…but I do believe the end result is well worth it!

I , of course, have to embellish EVERYTHING so I sewed some sweater flowers, rolled felt flowers and glued pearls and rhinestones to it! I do believe I am going to add one more FINAL touch before considering this task complete, I will show you that in a later post 🙂

TaTa for now!

~Chris

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Better late than never :)

So, I am a bit late on sharing these two creations but I have a valid excuse—>I didn’t have a blog back when I made them! The first thing I am going to share with you is this lovely little top I made using a tutorial from Prudent Baby.

I know it doesn’t look like much in this picture but wait until you see my littlest beauty decked out in it! So, if you want instructions on how to make this then you definitely need to click on the link above because I am just sharing my version of it with you. There is nothing wrong with being inspired by others but you should always give credit where credit is due 🙂 The changes I made are these: I made a peasant TOP instead of a peasant DRESS, I used corduroy instead of flannel, and I added a bit of lace to the bottom and a cute little rosette to the top left corner to tie it all in 🙂

I also cut tie-backs off of an old top of mine that was on its way to Goodwill to use as a belt (Emma NEEDED a waistline after all!) See, doesn’t that look MUCH cuter on?? This pattern is very forgiving and it took me under two hours to make this top—>not bad at all! That was before I had my cutting mat and rotary tool to boot! P.S. Did you notice the Snowman in the backdrop, told you this is from a while ago…hehe

A pair of dashing gold ballet flats really helps pull this whole outfit together don’t cha think? 🙂 About a week before making this little number I made a belt for Mikayla using this Gathered Belt Tutorial from A Lemon Squeezy Home

Front View

Back View

Action View 🙂 This tutorial was also SUPER easy and I can’t wait to go to the Garment District in LA and pick-up some fun spring fabrics so that I can make more of these for Mikayla. I think they would look great with rosette or button embellishments! Hope you enjoyed this post and that maybe you will attempt one of these projects! I would love to see what you come up with 🙂

~Chris