Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Crafting for little June Bug!

Well, I must say that I love crafting and having a baby on the way has me exploring new crafts. I search for cute baby items and bookmark them. I am not someone who takes a tutorial or recipe or much of anything and follows it exactly. I am always making tweeks; sometimes it turns out and sometimes my way might be the long way. It is just the way my brain works I guess!

This is a baby soft block, tutorial found here. If you didn't know already, I am in love with owls. I found this material at SR Harris Fabric Outlet, where all regular priced fabric is 50% off....love that! This block is so soft and squishy and is about 5 inches tall.
Then I found a cute tutorial for a stuffed owl, and I just had to try it. As I said before I don't really follow the directions, so you can see how different mine looks...kinda cute but I think hers is cuter. I think littl June Bug will like it anyhow!

I have also been wanting to decorate some wooden blocks. I ordered some 2 inch pine cubes from here, that I plan to make ABC blocks with. But in the meantime I had some cedar blocks that I decided to practice with. I crafted one block with two sides using different pretty paper, two sides with kitty stickers and two sides just painted green. Last, I applied Mod Podge over the entire block. I am excited to do the ABC blocks!

There are quite a few tutorials for wooden blocks, I found one here and here.

I sewed a receiving blanket when I first bought the owl material a few months ago. Since I didn't have a baby around, I used the sock monkey as a model!

Happy crafting!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Crafty baby items!

I want to make some baby items! I have already made a couple of receiving blankets and a baby soft block.

These items are next:

wooden baby blocks - so many possibilities!

stuffed owl - goes along with my owl obsession!

Plus, I have some owl material that one of my friends wrapped a gift with, and I will have to come up with a project for that.

Do you have any crafty ideas? Please share!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Preparing for you!

32 weeks

Dear little June Bug-

Everyday we talk to you and interact with you. We talk about how excited we

are to meet you, hold you, kiss you, snuggle you, play with you...

We talk about how our lives are going to change and what we need to do to

prepare ourselves. We've been taking birthing classes and preparing for your

arrival. It will be the beginning of your life outside of the womb. The bonding that

you and I and daddy have had will only be made stronger!

Everyone has their guesses about whether you are a boy or a girl,

but only God knows for sure. This whole experience is just amazing.

One of the things I look forward to most is seeing Matt be a daddy. I hold

this image of him interacting with you and it just melts my heart.

I am so excited to show you all the beautiful things in the world and

also to learn things from you that I do not know.

We love you.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Showered with love!

Yesterday, my friends threw me a baby shower. It was so much fun and everyone

was so generous. We are so blessed and feel so loved!!

Cannot wait to meet our little june bug! I look forward to seeing the baby in all the

cute outfits and playing and snuggling!

I just imagine how incredible it is going to be the first time

I hold my sweet little june bug and Matt is right next to me adoring...

ahhhhh, just a beautiful feeling!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

First step in achieving...

On April 2, I celebrated my 10 years of having quit smoking.!

I remember when I had tried to quit before and it was always a struggle. I always thought of it as something I SHOULD do. "I SHOULD quit, it is bad for me." What was different the last time, when I was finally successful, was I WANTED to quit and believed it was possible. I knew I wanted to quit more than I wanted to continue. Oh, how I enjoyed blowing smoke rings and having cigarettes with my friends but I knew quitting was what I really wanted.

I remember struggling with "what do I do with my hands." So, I started painting. I painted whenever I had free time. I painted just to keep busy and it worked. I also struggled with "how do I drive my car without having a cigarette?" So, I started chewing more gum and eating cinnamon Altoids. That probably lasted a few months and then I was over it.

I don't remember when I stopped thinking about smoking but I know I dreamt about it all the time. What I know for sure is that it was a huge thing in my life to accomplish. I know that once I quit, I truly felt I could do anything.

There is great power in believing in yourself and achieving the things you dream of!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Quote cards 2

I made up some more quote cards for you to share or keep for yourself! http://visualessence.zenfolio.com/kindcards1_2.pdf

If you want to share them, please link back to this post and not directly to the PDF, thanks!