Saturday, June 8, 2013

Baby News! :)

 So much for blogging regularly, huh?

 I have been absent largely due to the fact that right about the last time I posted, I found out that Gerry and I are going to have a baby!! In November, a little junior will be born. Hence ensued a lack of energy, motivation, and random bouts of morning sickness, which, in fact rarely came in the morning, but rather late afternoon/supper time.
 My energies have been returning and also more of a desire to actually write something on here. And trust me, when Squirt comes, there will probably be no end of baby pictures thrown at you. :)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Easter Sewing Project

 My mom had a tradition each year of making new dresses for Easter for my sister and I when we were little. I decided I'm going to carry on that tradition with my daughters...and myself! :)

 This is the beginning stages of a yellow dress made from material that was leftover from the bridesmaids dresses worn for our wedding. There is actually enough material left, that I do believe I could make TWO dresses like this! I'll just stick with one for now though. :)

 I haven't even completed the cutting out stage yet, but I'm hoping I'll be able to get a little bit of it sewn today too! And hopefully next week I'll be able to show you the finished project...along with another dress that I've been working on for a friend of mine (it's so close to being done).

 Have a happy weekend!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DIY Rice Warming Bags

 The inspiration for this DIY project came sometime in the early morning hours of Monday. Gerry had a hurting back from a fall during his soccer game on Sunday. As I lay in bed, half asleep, I suddenly remembered the rice warming bag that Mom used to have at home. I don't think I ever got much use out of it, but I decided to see if it would help Gerry out. Monday morning I made a make shift warming bag, just using a ziplock bag and a tea towel wrapped around it. Effective, but not the real deal.

 So yesterday, I whipped one together, and by whipped, I DO mean 'whipped'. These are so super duper easy to make, and seriously take NO time at all! [I think I spent all of 15 minutes (or less!) making mine.] I sorta followed the below tutorial, but I made a few changes. I made mine a little bigger and added more rice...although now that mine is done, I think I'm gonna open it back up and add MORE rice to seems a little thin to me.

 Since the above tutorial is so well written, I'll just let you link to that to find the instructions for making these. Once you've made it, heat it up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and then place the bag on sore muscles and relax!

 I just used fabric that I happened to have on hand, but you could really have fun with these when choosing fabric. They would also make really great gifts, which I am definitely keeping stored away in the back of my mind!

 Hope you have fun trying it out!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Weekend Relaxation.

 Yesterday was a wonderfully beautiful spring day. Gerry and I spent most of the afternoon relaxing outside in the sunshine.

 We spread blankets and pillows out under one of the fruit trees and watched the birds that were brave enough to eat from the bird feeder directly above us. It was so much fun...just being together. :)

 How was your weekend?

Monday, March 4, 2013

DOP Newsletter

 The March/April issue of Daughters of Promise is online! It's full of inspiring and encouraging articles, pictures (most of them by yours truly), and instructions on how to make DIY sugar scrubs (submitted by my very own sister).

 Daughters of Promise is published by my cousin Rachel. You can go to Facebook to 'like' the page, or better yet, go here to read the latest issue as well as all of the past issues!

 May your hearts be filled with the love of Jesus! (And be sure to extend some of that love to those around you. You have no idea how much they might need it.)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Things to look forward to.

 Well, I said that I would be back here on this blog more regularly, and so I am going to put forth every effort to actually do so. On the "Who I Am" page (if you haven't read it yet, go there and read it!) I said how I enjoy photography, sewing, DIY, baking, and hosting people in my home. Those are the things that I will attempt to share with you through this blog. It may be interesting to some, and not so very interesting to others, and maybe, just maybe, a few will be inspired.

 The goal is to have a new post up every other day during the week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, in which each day will feature one of the above topics regularly. I will leave it at that so as to (hopefully) make you curious and come back for a look see. :)

 One thing you can look forward to once a month, is the Wardrobe Makeover. The last Friday of every month I'll feature a wardrobe makeover...either from my own closet, a thrift store find, or a makeover that I've done for someone else. The idea is to take something old and give it a new, more stylish look while spending little, or no money.

 So when you come back to visit, bring a cup of coffee, find a quiet place to sit, and enjoy!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day

 This Valentine's Day was the first Valentine's that my man and I spent together. A year ago at this time he was in Honduras so we couldn't celebrate lovers day together.

 Sooo I knew I wanted to do something special for him...because I love him madly, deeply, truly.

This, folks, is Welch's sparkling blueberry juice. Harmless. :)
(And those are the letters and note cards from flowers that Gerry sent me while he was in Honduras. Every one of them kept.)

I told Gerry to stay in the office while I set this all up. He kept asking me, "Can I come now?" "Noo"...1 second later..."Can I come NOW?" "Nooooooo"

This was his "Come, let's eat now" look.

This was our Valentine's dessert, although we didn't actually eat it until this evening. 

So what did ya'll do for Valentine's Day? :)