One Thing Done! …Now Onto the Next Twenty

I wanted to share with you one reason why I have been absent a lot the last couple of weeks. One of our friends just had a handsome little stud muffin. When I first held him, I melted and he had my heart completely, so I’m sure his own parents are complete goners! We love getting to see this little family, and my hubby stops over every chance he can get to see them, since they live right over by where he works. He is going to be such a great daddy! They did a Calvin and Hobbes themed room and I must say it is breath-taking! His sister is a very skilled artist, and she did this AMAZING mural on one wall. They said if they ever move from their home, they will be taking that wall with them, too priceless to leave behind! And I entirely agree!

Calvin and Hobbes is licensed, and the author/owner has also not allowed any merchandise to be made; meaning that they did not really have anything Calvin and Hobbesesque, for their adorable baby room. And since I am a little crazy, and love tackling things that I really only have a vague idea of how to do it, I decided to make them a Calvin and Hobbes blanket, and at the last-minute I threw in some burp cloths. Here is the original image.

Now I am no artist, but here is my quilted/appliqued version.

I made Hobbes belly with a super soft minky fabric and I also threw in some flannels too, trying to add some texture differences. It’s not a perfect blanket but I did a soft fleece backing with this cute “I love Mommy I love Daddy” print.

Now the burp cloths were very simple and fun to put together, which was great after the labor intensive blanket.

We packaged them all up and gave them to them last week. They seemed to really enjoy them which I was super happy about, and I hope they get some good use out of them.

And now that I have those done I have a whole list of things to move onto including: things for our babies room, some serious canning that needs to be done, getting things settled in and moved around (again… my poor hubby is so awesome he helps me with each new room arrangement, while I am trying to find the “perfect” one, I love him!), and a couple other surprises as well! I hope that your weekend has been great! And that you are tackling all of your “fall plans” as well!! From my Family to yours…

Thanksgiving

I apologize to everyone, that I haven’t posted in a while. The hubby and I have been out-of-state, with our family for Thanksgiving. It also hasn’t helped that I have what seems to be a never-ending cold. There was a couple of things that we’ve done to help keep Thanksgiving the focus and as a pre-courser to the Christmas season and Spirit. I believe that there is a reason that Thanksgiving comes before Christmas, to promote a season of Thanks to be Thankful for the reason for the Christmas season.

 

I took an idea from this site, and we Mod Podged fall leaves onto Hurricane Glasses.  It’s not hard to do at all! Just takes a little patience. We went out and picked leaves from some trees. They then need to pressed in a book for 24 hours. I would recommend trying to have them be a little curved, but either way it will work. Then you lay out the leaves and paint the Mod Podge the area where you are attaching the leaves. Then you paint on the Mod Podge onto the back of the leaves and then paint over them to help them stick. Have patience it will take some time. But other than that it is easy and fun!

The hubby and I are still trying to work out what traditions we as a new family will have.

What are some of your traditions that your family does? I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

Halloween

This is such a festive time of year! The crisp air, the beautiful colors, and the fun pumpkin carving. Here are some of the crafts that we put together for this Halloween!

We put together the wreath  from JoAnns with some fall picks. We created the sign using my Cricut. We cut the banners from the Potpourri Basket Cartridge with the Bonus Feature on Shadow with the design on page 61. We sized them at 3-1/2 inches. The  letters were cut from the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge and they were sized at 2-1/4. We then attached them to string and then taped them to the door.

These pumpkins are made from posts cut into different sizes. If I were to make these myself; I got them from a Relief Society activity; I would have them be a little taller, more like these.  I just painted them a little and tied on the raffia and cloth, and inserted the twigs into the holes we drilled. Super simple. Look forward to a snowman project similar to this coming up.

We cut out some spiders and pumpkins and painted them and glued them onto some paper and cut out some holes so that tea-light candles would show through. We put them in hurricane vases and lit them up this evening. We also cut out the pumpkins this evening.

We were hoping for trick or treaters tonight, but no one came to our apartment so we were kind of sad. But next year maybe! Hope your Halloween was just as fun!