Saturday, October 30, 2010

36 to here!

it's been a short week. in fact, once going into labor it all just flew by!
pregnancy was definitely the hardest part.
Leo Austin Charlson
7 lbs 7 oz.
20" long

Friday, October 8, 2010

31 to 35

I found my font! after week 30 I finally got my computer back from repair and have my regular numbers again :D
down side is I gained 10 lbs since then! :\ mostly water. I'm so sick of being swollen.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

cuckoo clock

I got together with a friend today and made a "cuckoo" clock for Leo's room :)

I tried to not buy anything for this project that I didn't already have in my craft closet, so I made it from foam core, shelf liner paper, a popsicle stick, beads, and I printed off the clock face.

for not spending anything, I think it came out pretty good!

Monday, August 30, 2010

26 to 30

I'm so ready for this part to be over! 10 weeks seems like such a long wait right now. I've only gained 25 lbs so far and still no stretch marks :D hopefully getting back to normal won't be too difficult when this is over.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

the nursery

now that the walls are painted I finally hung up my picture collage.the other wall seemed a bit bare so I did a big tree in the middle of it.I used a dark wood grain contact paper so I wasn't committing to painting the wall if I didn't like it.
we'll see how long it stays up!
finally hung some curtains, too - love the blue.
it's just 2 $3 twin flat sheets from Wal-Mart.
I got cafe rings from Hobby Lobby and threw up a curtain rod and she's done.
Matt made me some shelves for diapers. I love how they turned out.
worked out to be around $5 a shelf, too, which is awesome.
later they can be used for CD or video game storage.
still deciding if I want to do a mobile over the crib.
I'm worried it'll be too much with the pictures now, but the animals I found at Ikea are just too cute to not do something with :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

shower gifts

shower gifts for Chelle :)
I did some searching online and found the cutest stuff to make.
the "cupcakes" turned out better than I thought they would. I just rolled up some onesies and put little felt hair clips on top inside a cupcake box. I guess it's kinda hard to go wrong with such a simple idea.
the washcloth rose bouquet was even easier. the paper really makes it, I think.
the baby bunny was the least simple of the 3, but probably the most fun to see come together :)
mine came out skinnier and longer, but I like it.
like the bouquet, I think the print on the fabric made all the difference, but the embroidery makes it pop for sure.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

birthday card re-do

a shark in a sailor's hat + a speech bubble + Philip Seymour Hoffman + a cartoon pickle + Clint Eastwood = off-the-wall funny birthday card for my brother :D

when I saw the sailor shark a conversation went through my head and I decided to create it on the inside of the card. yes, I see the typo... so sad :(

as funny as that was (to me) I wasn't sure how to bring the card to a close - so Mr. Eastwood it was.

I can't wait to give it away :D

Monday, August 2, 2010


I recently purchased an "iridescent ball" (that's what the box said) and a glow-in-the-dark silicone watch from - and they finally arrived today! it's probably the fastest I've received anything from them - 23 days. after all, I assume it's coming via little Chinese kids using the Hands-Across-America method, so that's really not bad! ;)

my favorite part about the watch is on the face between the hour and minutes where it flashes "HELLO" over and over :P I guess sorta like a seconds ticker so you know you're out of the settings mode and it's now keeping time? so far it's doing its job to keep accurate time, but it's only been about 3 or so hours so we'll see.

the ball is pretty much what all the user reviews said, so good job to those people.
I'm going to wire it so it doesn't take batteries (can't be buying those all the time) and hang it over Leo's crib for a nightlight/mobile.

the "instructions" on the box says "can be played in the darkness 7 dim light make more fun of your life." gotta love when things get lost in translation!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

more baby stuffs

made this bib from an old t shirt and some leftover fabric. I'm running low on pretty thread colors, so I picked an image from my embroidery machine that would look alright with what I had - browns. decided on the ice cream and added the caption "nom nom nom". I know babies don't eat ice cream cones.... but I thought it was cute just the same. I serged the edges and put on a snap and called it a day.

these booties are made from the same pattern as the grey knitted ones I did. this is how they come out with fleece squares and embroidery stitches. I doubled up the fleece so they'd be thicker and baby won't feel the stitches on the inside. I think they may have taken as long to make if I'd just knitted them! just the embroidery took forever, not actually sewing them together - don't let it scare you away from trying them!

I used smartie wrappers again in the wings of this felt butterfly - I love how they crinkle :) - attached a ribbon and looped it onto a Link-a-doo ring.

I did this elephant with leftover fabric from my crib bedding, put eyelets on his feet and attached wood wheels on dowels through them. might be more of a cute thing to look at than actually play with because it's so tiny, but it was fun to make.

I can't wait to get these out in the mail... :)

a message from Little Goldfish

finally a non-baby related project! :P
I've been wanting to make a picture frame dry-erase board for a while and decided this was a winner of an idea.
I used a simple glass paned (the glass part is very important) document frame from the Dollar Tree, swiped the thinking goldfish image for it from Dribble Funk... O:) glued some black felt to the end of an Expo marker for my eraser and we're good to go.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

16 to 20

not a lot of change through these weeks, but I've definitely gained some weight.still no stretch marks :D

Saturday, June 19, 2010

the crib

I finally picked out a fabric! went with bright colors and animals. the sheets I made from flat sheets I got for $3 at Wal-Mart. I thought the stripes were perfect. much brighter than the store-bought crib sheets I've been seeing in stores. I used some of the leftover sheet fabric for filling in the triangles on the outside of the bumper. I think I'll use the same sheets for curtains and maybe trim them with other leftover animal fabric if I have enough.
I started making bigger bows for the ties, then decided just to put them on the corners and have thinner ones everywhere else. I've stopped thinking about if I like it that way or not :P

those cute green fabric boxes are from the .99 store :) my mom got them for me and they go perfect! now just to put up some shelves.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Matt's new playmate

looks like I'm gonna be makin' some more peepee teepees!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

♀ or ♂ ?

I'm so excited for Friday morning to get here! we go in first thing in the morning to find out what we're having :D I really hope it's a baby ;)
are you one of those who thinks you know what it is? (yeah, you know who you are!) maybe you're just a good guesser? I've set up a poll on my facebook page if you wanna put in your 2 cents. feel free to leave a comment in the poll box on when ya think the birth date is, too!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

11 to 15

looking back at the weekly pictures they sorta look out of order.
it's so weird how much I shrink and grow from day to day.
so far no stretch marks, though... knock on wood!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

wall decor

I was looking online for inspiration for my nursery walls. I thought I'd paint something cute on the walls, but I'm now leaning towards just going solid and putting up pictures and stuff. I definitely want a cool clock, and I found some pretty cool stuff I wanna try. just gotta narrow it down to one!

I like the feel of all the different sized frames together.
I thought this was really neat. I like how they don't match, but still go together as a whole.

I love that this uses pictures and functions as a clock. I think I'd put pictures of animals in the frames, or try doing the numbers like the letters above.
this would be too cute with a stack of children's books.

might be more of something I'd like for my garage, but I thought this idea was really cool.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

number of days

as soon as I think I'm okay, it hits me again. and usually hard. and when I have things I need to get done. it's disappointing when you hit that 4 or 5 day mark of thinkin' you're out of the woods just to find yourself on your knees hugging the toilet again.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

first booties

I was searching for a cute pattern for some baby booties and found this one.
they are so simple, but if you're not a knitter you could make them with some fleece squares and just blanket stitch them together - which is what I'm going to try next!

what's in a name