Monday, January 31, 2011

DIY Felt Flowers

Step 1: Cut your circle (my Olfa Circle cutter makes this a cinch):

Step 2: Spiral cut your circle

Keep going...

...all of the way to the center

Step 3: And here's where I differ from most tutorials...roll your spiral around the circle...

Step 4: And glue only the tail to your edge. The reason I prefer the circle being in the center and initially gluing only the tail (with the edges not being entirely secured) is because you will be able to manipulate and play with your flower and give it more texture later on (as opposed to being left with a very tightly rolled bud).


I repeat Steps 1-4 with a slightly smaller circle and glue it into the center, on top, of the first circle (don't worry if you're covering up part of your flower, this adds body):

Same thing, repeat Steps 1-4 with an even smaller circle and add it to the others:

Here's to give you an idea of the size of my circles:

Step 6: I also make a tiny center roll:

And add it to the center. Again, we're just creating more dimension.

And for the finishing touches, I just twist and tuck and glue the petals to give them movement and texture.

Now this "How to" was for the largest flower on my wreath, but for the smaller ones you only need to layer one or two circles (instead of three)...and I always add one tiny center roll, the most charming part in my eyes.

Itz Fitz provided the inspiration for my wreath.

And Eighteen 25 (an incredibly cool blog I now subscribe to) was my spring board for "how to" make felt flowers.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Brief Nursery Update

So...I thought that I was going into labor Tuesday night and I told myself that if I didn't, I would spend some time Wednesday sewing burp rags for my little guy (as I have sewn nothing for him up to this point, believe it or not). So here I am, with him still curled up in my belly, and I went to town yesterday. I sewed not only burp rags, but I made two pillows and finished the tassels for his lamp...

Now I can go into labor...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Gave me a good laugh

Hubby sent THIS VIDEO to me this morning and it gave me a really good laugh...all three times. You know I love this kind of humor.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wreaths on the brain...

Courtesy of Pickles

Courtesy of Knack Studios

Courtesy of Katie Runnels

Courtesy of Itz Fitz

And I'll post pics of my wreath once it's makeover is complete...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It's 3am, so I blog...

I'm up at 3am, as is usual these days, so I blog. I woke up about an hour ago flat on my back unable, literally unable, to turn over or get up on my own. I tried for a long five minutes. My struggling woke Stephen up and he attempted three different ways to help me, third time was a charm and it involved me pulling myself up with his resistant arm and my bicep muscles only. (Our conversations go something like this, "Don't help me, just flex, give me resistance." "I'm trying honey. Like this?" "No don't pull." Eventually we find success.) My lower ligament muscles are shot. I have no abs and it's odd to be so limited physically. I almost never lie flat on my back these days, but I learned tonight that it's just not an option anymore at all. This baby is too big now. We found out this week that our Gideon is already 6.5 lbs (my due date is four weeks away) and he's already managed to wedge himself in the birth canal. Meaning his cute little head is comfy in the middle of my pelvic bone. (Here's a cool video that I found on You Tube, helping me to understand where his head is exactly.) When my doctor examined me this week she said, "He is low. I can feel his head." Oh so that's what I'm feeling when I walk around.

All of that to say, here I 3am. And rather than toss and turn, I thought I'd catch you up on a few things. Like my lower ligament muscles.

And have I told you that my stretch mark cream failed me miserably? I was secretly hoping that I could defy Mother Nature and have a beautifully unscarred stomach at the end of this road, but rather, I have like the worst most purplish stretch marks you've ever seen. It looks like a cat crawled up on my stomach and clawed her way down. U.G.L.Y. Why do I always think somehow "I" will be the exception? Like, "If I use this expensive cream I will somehow avoid the stretch marks that the other 80% of women get during pregnancy." Instead I get a good dose of humility. Dont' buy this stuff:

I have a cold and can't take anything, so that's fun. I've been doing a saline rinse in the morning and nasal spray before bedtime (which is controversial, some say don't take it while prego, some say it's okay). And today I rested and drank a pint of apple juice (mixed with water, I always mix 1/2 & 1/2) and ate several of our favorite fruit strips:

Both just sounded good and I reasoned that I was pumping myself full of vitamin C. But now I'm all gassy.

In my resting today, I brainstormed some more about the nursery and reupholstering my living room ottoman. And yes, my nursery is still not done. I keep changing my mind, because I'm the creative, can't make up my mind, get lost in the details, procrastinating type. But the upside is that I really love the direction it's taken as of late. I will post pictures once it's finished. Eileen is coming over Monday to help me assemble the crib and we'll hopefully make lots of progress on hanging art, etc. My mom is coming February 2 (I'm due the 14th) and hopefully we'll have time to do the extra things, like hem my curtains and such.

I also found a cool mirror on Craigs List. This was my one outing today. I mean wouldn't you leave your sick bed to pick this beauty up:

It was originally $200, but because it had a few dings they sold it for $49 even. I really really like it and I think it'll look perfect for over our couch (our ahem, $85 Craigs List couch). I'll post pics soon.

It's now 4am and I'm going to settle down for my second bedtime (lately I've had two bedtimes, 9:30ish and then I get to be awake for awhile around 3am and fall back asleep between 4:30-5ish). Is my body getting ready to nurse a baby? Or are people just trying to make me feel better?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Throughly showered with love...

Yesterday was one of the sweetest memories I have made. I felt so loved and so "known". Down to every little detail. The theme of the shower was a sort of crafty shabby chic and it was perfectly executed. Oversized spools of ribbon atop burlap tablecloths, gobs of buttons, mini cupcakes from my favorite bakery, we drank sweet tea & strawberry lemonade out of little mason jars, ate out of pie tins, and wiped our mouths with homemade cloth napkins...all of it made my heart so giddy. And more than that, being surrounded by people I know and love was most precious to me. I loved just being with everyone. And Stephen and I have loved reading the parenting advice cards left in the birdcage. Our favorite so far, "Advice for calming a crying baby....stick a boob in it."

It's in the beginning of these new chapters of life that I so value my good friends. Thank you ladies for making this such a special day. And now just 5 weeks (or less?) until our little man makes his appearance (he's been super super active and rolly today which is fun, but doesn't make for a comfortable mama)...

All photos courtesy of Eileen Hart