Saturday, October 22, 2011

Small head, or giant bow?

Sometimes, the bow is just too big....

I feel bad because I got all these really cute bows as gifts for Everly. But I can't bring myself to allow her out of the house in them. Maybe it's because she has a really small head?? Hopefully someday she grows into them.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Home Improvement

We've lived in our house for 9 months now. When we bought it, we had all these great ideas for it. We decided we could essentially "flip" the house in the time we live here. Well, things take a lot longer than we thought they do, but we have accomplished some things. It's so fun to see our house transforming into what we dreamed it could be. Here's an update. Some things I have pictures of, some things I don't.

1. We replaced 3 doors. The two garage doors and the front door (which is now a glorious red color) As long as I can remember, I have always said that I wanted a red door on my future house. My sweet husband took the time to paint our new door the exact color of red I wanted. I loved the front of my house before, but now I really love it.



2. We replaced many light fixtures and painted 2 ceiling fans. (7 light fixtures to be exact)

3. The dining room. :) We gave this room a fresh coat of paint (which we did throughout the kitchen as well, and painted the baseboards. We also added some art to the wall. This is the best pic I have of it. Try to ignore the balloons and streamers.
When we bought it:


4. I don't know what to call this, but we have these divider thingies in our living room. We have this one between the dining room and the living room. We also have two between the entrance of our home and the living room. I've always hated them because they are a dark ugly color and they closed off the space. So one night, Cody decided to just start cutting away the ugly pillars to see what would happen. Luckily, they turned out to not be structural so our house didn't fall down. :) Then we painted it the same color as the kitchen cabinets.

When we bought it:

In progress:


5. The kitchen is a work in progress, but it's on it's way. We've painted the walls, replaced the door to the garage, replaced the curtains and started painting the cabinets. It's just a big work-in-progress. We've ordered the nobs that will go on the cabinets.

The unfinished side:

The new color:

6. The nursery (which you can read about in my previous post) just took up a ton of our time. Not to mention, we decided to do it during tax season which made it take even longer. But I do love this room. It's so pretty.

The nursery when we bought the house:


On a side note, we also planted and took care of a garden (but,sadly, it died), took care of a scorpion problem (by spraying and sealing off all windows and doors,) fixed a broken air conditioner, fixed a super leaky washer hook-up, and took care of many other small problems. We are learning that things aren't as easy as they seem and owning a house just takes up a ton of your time. Our house is full of half-finished projects, as anyone who comes over can see. But we are still loving it and I get excited with every new improvement we do.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


My baby can eat! I realize we introduced food a little early, but since Everly won't take a bottle (Which I'm totally OK with now, but that's a different story) I decided to let her start practicing eating rice cereal. I was afraid she would hate it, since she's really particular about the way she gets food, but she really did enjoy it! So cute and fun!

Then we needed a good bath

Sewing Bug

I've caught a little sewing bug. I just want to make everything. It's really not good for me. Every time Everly goes down for a nap, I know I should be sleeping but I just want to sew! Mostly I make stuff for other people (and of course a few things for my baby.) So hopefully none of my future gift-receivers will look at this. ;)

Since Ev loves her's so much, I decided to make one of these for like every baby I know and every person who is going to have a baby in the near future...
Then, my cool friend Heather taught me how to make these pretty burp cloths. She gave me some for Everly and I use them all the time cause they're so cute.

But I couldn't stop there. I discovered Heat-n-Bond this week, and therefore had to make some matching applique onesies.

Then I went crazy with Heat-n-Bond

Oh, and I learned how to make these twirly ribbon bows. :)

My husband is 28...

Last Monday, the 19th, Cody turned 28! Crazy! This year he just wanted to stay home and have BBQ hamburgers and cake. I couldn't handle only doing that, so I talked him into going to applebees for lunch and Everly and I decorated the house while he was at work.
Everly quite enjoyed looking at the balloons on the light fixture and it was sad when we finally decided to take them down.

At applebees!

It was fun to have Daddy home for a little bit in the middle of the day.

We don't usually do anything super extravagant for our birthdays around here, but we have fun in our own little way. Just having a day to relax and celebrate with family with no working around the house and eating what we want for dinner is great for us!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tag blankets and leg warmers

I have been in such a sewing mood lately. It's like I just realized I had a baby girl and want to make EVERYTHING for her. Last week, I got together with a couple friends and made these tag blankets as a service project. Well, I decided to try and make one on my own before I made them for other people and if it was bad I could keep it for Ev. It was bad, so I kept it for Ev. :) Best thing I've ever made. She LOVES it. She looks at it, chews on it, hugs it, etc... so cute.

THEN, the other day I came across these super cute "baby legs." (But I choose to call them leg-warmers because I think baby legs sounds stupid) I went to the store and bought a $2 pair os socks and made some! Again, so cute.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Today I was bored...

So I made this:

It's not perfect or even close to it. I just had an itch to get out my sewing machine and sew something fun and easy. I've recently started looking at all my favorite sewing blogs again and realized that I actually have a little girl now to sew all those cute things for. For some reason I'm really bad at following patterns, but making things up as I go is easy for me. For this, I just took out one of Ev's existing dresses and traced around the outline of it. Instead of doing a zipper in the back, I did a button on the side. I also added the ribbons at the top instead of sewing it together. It doesn't fit her great, but it was a fun experiment!