"...God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me."

- Gen. 21:6

Sunday, January 29

busy, busy

We've pretty much got the baby's room all put together, the final detail is hanging the chandelier, which our awesome electrician-cousin is helping with this week!
I've been obsessed with projects and trying different diy crafts...I made these pom-poms from felt and they are hanging in the corner of Tempe's room. (here's the link to the site where I got the tutorial: http://www.spendinglesslivingmore.com/2011/01/24/felt-roses/)

I also made some easy art projects for the master bedroom (inspirations from Pinterest!); like this easy fabric, mod-podge, and canvas piece.
And, I also found this really cute idea on making pom-pom fabric necklaces and had to try it - I like it! (http://www.littlemissmomma.com/2010/12/pom-pom-bib-necklace-tutorial-lmm.html)

And lastly (but not for long) I made this shag pillow for our master bedroom (it has all-white bedding). Chase helped me stuff it and wanted to help model it afterwards...

All of these projects were easy, but some were very time-consuming (good thing I've been hanging out at home "taking it easy", waiting for baby!).
I've got lots more ideas and stuff I want to try, but for now it's time to put that on hold and prepare for a baby - only 4 more days! I'm excited to see my parents and meet the new little one who thinks my belly has endless stretching abilities!

Thursday, January 5

baby room projects; dresser & wreath

I realize now I've only got about 4 weeks left before this baby is coming and we've still got a lot to do! This is the first time we've actually decorated a nursery for a baby so I'm pretty excited to see it all come together...eventually.
First I knew we would need a dresser as the closet is tiny...and we're having a girl...girls need BIG closets! ;)
So, I sold a couple things on craigslist and it covered the cost of buying a dresser that I found on craigslist. I took the knobs off and sanded it...

Then painted it white and added new, "crystal" knobs, which I LOVE! I also painted to changing table white to match and I'm working on the crib!

 I saw this cute idea on pinterest (of course) on making a tutu wreath...being the crafty person that I am (yeah right) I decided that it looked simple enough for even me to try!
The colors in the room are black/white and lavender - a HUGE thanks to a cousin and friend, Kyle, for coming over and getting the room painted for us! It probably wouldn't have gotten done and she'd be stuck in bright orange room!
 I like how it turned out and want to add just a couple embellishments, but so cheap (about $3-$4) and easy for a little girl's room!
We've still got a lot to do to finish the room, and a few more projects in the works!

oh yea, Christmas!

We had a good Christmas in our family! Chase got a skateboard from his Uncle Patrick & Aunt Jess, which he loves because it's just like daddy's balance board that he plays on.
Chase was very excited about Christmas this year and everything that came with it!
On several occassions he would yell; "Christmas! I LOVE Christmas!"

He wanted to help everyone else open their gifts too... so thoughtful ;)

 As soon as Bennett opened his first gift, that's all he wanted. He didn't quit understand there was "more where that came from..." as they say, and was quit upset when we would pull him away from trying to play with his new toy to try and open another present!

One thing we learned from Christmas this year...the boys will get the SAME thing next year! They fought non-stop over toys and and I grew quit sick and tired of all the screaming...so I went and got a duplicate just to make it STOP! They are close enough in age that they love the same things and so just getting them similar toys was not enough apparently...they wanted EXACTLY what the other brother was playing with.
Oh well - makes next year easier, I guess!!!
So now we packed up Christmas (the very next morning) as we have a baby to get ready for!