Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A couple crafts to keep me busy...

Hello again,

Yes, I'm supposed to be resting, but I snuck off to Michael's to get craft stuff and made a couple things.  I seriously needed the distraction!

First thing I made was actually a total copy-cat project but I'm not exactly the best at thinking of my own crafts to make so sometimes I need to get ideas from others! I made some super cute "Family Name Stackers" from Craft-O-Maniac's blog: but mine are the tinier version I think.

I got these little blocks for a total of like $5 at Michael's:

 Then I got out my power sander and rounded the edges out:

Then I painted the blocks with acrylic paint in Antique White
(except for the side that scrapbook paper goes on):

Then I cut out scrapbook paper the size of one side of my blocks (all different prints that I found from Michael's) and Mod Podged them on... I also did a layer over the top:

Then I free handed on some letters because the stencils I have are way too big. I used a black paint marker. I wish I would of had stencils but they didn't turn out as bad as I expected, haha:

I thought they looked cute on my wine lower wine rack.  I love home decor crafts, they're my fave. :D

Also... I wanted to make some thing cheap and easy for Easter. So, I bought 3 of these little $1 bird houses at Michael's, and painted them in pastels:

And put them on my mantel:

I thought they were kinda cute. ;)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Resting, resting, resting... per doctor's orders!

Hello everyone, Happy Tuesday, from an extremely pregnant and impatient mama-to-be.

Apparently my amniotic fluid level is really low, so I've been ordered to rest a TON and drink a lot of water until my baby boy finally decides to grace us with his presence.  My due date is a week from tomorrow so I'm praying he comes early.  I already rest and drink tons of water, I don't know how much more I could possibly do it!

Anyways, as I sit here looking through blogs and filling my brain with endless inspiring projects that I WISH I could get up and re-create right now, I decided to keep on resting and just do a Top 2 Tuesday post, haven't in a long time!

Today's Top 2 is... what my favorite drinks are:

1. La Crema Chardonnay.  It's buttery, yummy, and oh-so-refreshing! I can't wait to crack open the bottle waiting for me in my cupboard after I give birth.  It's going to be my present to myself after labor! Oh and I'll have some brie cheese with it since I can't have that pregnant either.

2.  Propel Zero.  I LOVE water more than anything and drink so much of it, that having a calorie free flavored water once in awhile to switch it up really spices up my water guzzling life. Haha.  I could live on these things.

Mmmmmm... Propel.

Well, thanks for reading! Speaking of water, here's to hoping mine BREAKS today! :)

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Crafts I've been making to stay distracted.... and our maternity photos :)

Good morning!

As my due date approaches, (exactly 2 weeks from Wednesday), I am obviously antsy and dying from anticipation of the arrival of my baby boy! I have been nesting to say the least, and part of my nesting has been making random projects. (Some that have come out not so great and are not worthy of this blog), but some have turned out pretty cute so I decided to blog them and prove that I am STILL doing projects these days and I am STILL using my blog! ;) Eventually, I'll be back to the bigger and better projects.

One project I made was a little sign for the nursery that says "Baby Cave" (instead of "Man Cave" which is the room next door to the nursery AKA: Michael's dungeon).  I just took a plain piece of wood from the good old wood crafts section at Michael's, painted it white, and after the white paint dried I took a zebra print print-out and drew on the stripes with pencil (the beauty about animal print is it doesn't have to be perfect, the more un-perfect it looks the better):

Then I painted in the stripes with black:

Then I stenciled on my "Baby Cave" letters and painted them in with red paint pen (and then a coat of red paint over the pen because it wasn't dark enough):

And  after it was dry I glued on these 2 little sunshines I had in my craft bag to add to it, and here it is:

Moving on! The next project I did was for one of my best friend's Keleigh, she is pregnant with TRIPLETS and due a couple months after me.  Their names are Davison, Greyson, and Jackson, so I did their first initials in different animal prints since she is doing a safari themed nursery as well.  You can't see the edges, but I painted each one a different color to match their print.  The animal prints are pieces of scrapbook paper that I mod podged on:

As you can see the zebra print one bubbled because the paper was just too thin, so the next day I went back and got thicker scrapbook zebra paper and re-did it.  The zebra paper was SO cute (the black stripes had sparkles) that I had to make and S & M for our bedroom.  If you have a dirty mind and think the S & M stands for what it does in the Rhianna song then you are wrong! Lol! I did it for Stevie and Michael of course. ;)

The edges are painted black.  Here's how they look in our room:

And I'm so obsessed with these letters I've been making, (Michael's now carries the BIG letters finally) that I did ONE more for our hallway at the top of the stairs. I would have done "JACKSON" across the top of our living room wall but Michael said no. :( He thought it would look cheesy.  So, here is how the top of the stair case looked before (this damask frame is from Ikea FYI):

And I made this J (for Jackson) with damask print scrapbook paper and painted the edges black:

Here's how it ties in with the rest of the stairway area:

(That photo is of Michael and I YEARS ago on a rock in Laguna, our friend snapped that shot and since it turned out looking super cool I blew it up and framed it.)
The last project I'm sharing was just random and on a whim, I bought this little plain wood box from Michael's knowing I could do something fun with it when I had an itch to do a project... so I decided why not make something for the nursery (since that's my main focus these days) and painted it baby blue:

Then I took the leftover scrapbook paper from all these animal print letters I've been making, and mod podged them to the front and back of the box:

And then I just took a left over chalkboard sign from my baby closet cubby project and hot glued it on, and glued on some animals too:

And if I ever want to use the box for something else, I just have to wipe off the chalkboard ink and re-label it! I like it here for now though next to my changing table:

Annnnnd last but not least, I thought I'd share our maternity photos with you guys.  We're really happy with how they turned out.  Photos by Jay Warren at Studio 7a Photography:

Thanks for reading!