Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Our son





Meet Jayce.  He is our son through adoption. 

 6lbs 6oz, 18 inches long, and absolutely perfect.





He has completely stolen our hearts.


Getting to know each other in the nursery at the hospital.  


Meeting his big sister Charlotte through Facetime.


Lucy's face of pure joy as she sees her brother for the first time at the airport.

(This picture gets me every single time.)




Trey's dream of a brother coming true.




Charlotte holding Jayce for the first time.



Family pictures taken when he was just days old.


The children.


We are so in love with him.  If you need to kiss your screen we understand :)


Birth Mom and I holding hands during the birth of our baby boy.




Adoption has become huge part of my heart.  We have had the incredible experience of seeing God lead us to our son. We had the privilege to get to know our Birth Mom and Dad.  We have some of the most tender and special memories with them in the hospital and are truly amazed at their strength and sacrifice.  Jayce is very much loved by both of his families.  Adoption is many things and it encompasses every single emotion that is possible to feel...but mostly it is just so beautiful.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Half Painted Chair



We were in need of a rocking chair for our nursery.  Yes you heard that right.  More on that later ....:)



I dreamed of it being the most perfect cool mint in color.


I think it turned out exactly how I dreamed it would.


Add a pillow for comfort and you have yourself a perfect little spot for rocking.




Here is how I did it:

I found this chair on craigslist.  It has to be a 100 years old.  Handmade and super sturdy.



I had originally planned on painting the whole chair in the mint color but the color of the wood was SO BEAUTIFUL I couldn't cover it all up.

I used a paint from Lowes(olympic-sweetpea).




 So I just picked a nice halfway spot and taped it off with painters tape.





I just used one of my craft sponges and did a light coat and let it dry and then repeated until the color seemed dark enough.  I even realized later that I didn't even prime it.  I had a box fan blowing on it the entire time which really helped with the drying.


Happy rocking.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

10 Minute pillow cover



Its true...I am back.  A little wiser, a little older, and ready to start blogging again.  We are doing well and there have been lots of changes in our family!  More on that later.  

Here is my first project back.
Enjoy!




I decided it was time to recover my pillows.  I figured out the easiest no fuss way to do it and after you make one it will really only take you 10 minutes or less to whip one up.  

(I got this fabric from Joann Fabrics.  Super cute and I know they have an aqua and pink polka dot as well.)


Not all the way over.


I don't measure the extra that you need...it always just works out.  Try it...you'll catch on.


I like my pillows to fit into the case nice and snug so when I am eyeballing where to cut I pretty much just make sure it fits right onto the fabric.


You are just going to cut right up that fold.


Then you will have front and a back.


I just eyeball where to cut making sure one side is slightly bigger than the other.


I just pressed the fabric over 1/4 inch twice with an iron and sewed right down to finish the edges.









I love making these cases this way because it really is just no fuss and so easy.  It's so nice not to worry about measuring and pillows are really forgiving :)    

Happy sewing!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Umm hello...




So...if I started blogging again...is anyone still there?

Monday, May 07, 2012

Tulle Pom Poms












Ok, holy moly these are fun!   This is my favorite kind of project to do at night after the kids go to sleep.  They take no time and are so adorable!  If little miss Charlotte wears one of these out, it takes my twice as long to run my errands because she attracts so much attention :)



Oh my, I love her.


When I am looking through pictures of this girl at night while she is sleeping upstairs...I often catch myself talking to her pictures like she is really there. :)

"Charlotte you sweet little thing I just want to squeeze you to little pieces!''

I say things of this nature.  I can't help it really.



Are you thinking you better make some of these?



You will need:

tulle
string
scissors
pom pom makers

I have had my eye on these little tools at Joanns for awhile.  These are the Clover Brand.  They are around $6, and totally worth it.  There are a few different sizes to choose from and they come in a two pack.


Start off by opening one side of your pom pom maker.  Then wrap your tulle evenly around that one side until you get to the end and then wrap it all the way back to where you started.



Cut your tulle and close that side.


Then open up your other side.

 

Wrap just like you did your first side and cut your tulle again. 


It will look like this!


 Then cut right down the middle all the way around the tulle.


It should look like this.


Then take your string...



Cut a strand.




Tie  your string in a half knot and pull it very tight.  Then finish with another half knot to make a complete knot.


Then open up your two sides.


Pull the two sides of your pom pom maker apart.


And there you will have the sweetest little pom pom.
Cut your string.


There are always a few stragglers that make your pom pom look a little uneven.
I just go ahead and give my pom poms a little haircut.


This photo can give you an idea of the different sizes the pom pom makers make.



To attach them to the headband, I just like to cut out a circle of felt...


put some hot glue on there...


open up the pom pom to the middle and just stick that felt right on there.


Then I measure my babies head, cut the elastic a couple inches shorter, and glue the ends of the elastic together with hot glue.


I put a little hot glue onto the elastic where I glued the end pieces together (this hides where the elastic is glued together)...


and stick the pom pom right on!


You can also glue these onto clips!



So easy!
Happy Pom Pom making!