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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

housekeeping

I've finally spent some time reworking the blog. It's still a process, but you can already check out some of the changes around here.

Like the spiced up favorite blog list:



And the new link to all things baby Jake:



Both have buttons on the sidebar if you'd like to check them out. I'd definitely recommend it!

I'm also hoping to organize the tutorial and recipe lists. 
They are so many of them now!

Got to run and touch up our Halloween costumes!

I'll leave you with this picture of a really cute little boy that I hang out with a lot.



Thursday, October 25, 2012

halloween prep

We're big Halloween people. C'mon, any excuse to dress up and act a fool, right? And now we even have an adorable little man to add in the mix!

Last year we had quite the party.
Complete with awesome costumes:

{read about the party h e r e }
{read about the Halloween decorations h e r e }


It'll be nice to not be pregnant this year, but that doesn't mean that J.B. and I still won't be decked out with Jake!

Here's a little preview of what I'm whipping up for us... any guesses? :)



... I think it's a pretty easy guess.


What about you guys? Are you dressing up? 
Hand making the costumes or store bought?

As always, here are a few of my favorites this year...


baby spaghetti costume
{via pinterest}



Where the Wild Things Are costume
{via pinterest}


Up costumes



Publisher's Clearing House costumes
{via kellilou3}



crayon costume


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

photo a day

I think I've mentioned my instagram addiction before, right?

Well, the addiction definitely exists. Lately it's gone to a whole new level since I decided to try the Fat Mum Slim photo-a-day challenge in October. {check out her blog & instagram @fatmumslim}.

It's been super fun. And hey, it gives me a new excuse to take a billion more pictures of Jake! 

So here's the list this month:




And here are a few of my snapshots:



10.1.12
{where I stood}
Jake edition


10.4.12
{what you read}
Just finished Gone Girl - so good. Now onto The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks



10.5.12
{shadow}
Momma & Jake on the porch


10.8.12
{angle}
Jake is sporting some pretty crazy angled mohawk hair today.



10.9.12
{red}
All the red in this room - hydrangea print, Jake's Bama Sock Monkey, our bedding, and an accent pillow



 10.10.12
{emotion}
Happiest baby on the planet.



10.11.12
{something close up}
Jake has found a very handsome friend in the mirror.



10.12.12
{something close up}
Dining room table. And yes, I'm the nerd that leaves it set up all the time. Cause it's pretty!!

{fall centerpiece tutorial here}



10.13.12
{landscape}
 Love living here. Beautiful fields and gorgeous sunsets.



10.16.12
{something you wrote}
A favorite Max Lucado quote



10.18.12
{makes you smile}
I put Jake in his seat and in under 30 seconds this happened. I love watching and giggling at my little explorer! He's amazing!



10.20.12
{4 o'clock}
It's 4ish here and we've been shopping!



10.22.12
{in my town}
I love that Alabama has a perfect variation of all four seasons. Sitting on the porch enjoying the pretty leaves with Jake. He's mesmerized by the colors.




I love doing this and can't wait to finish out the month! Might even go crazy and do a photo challenge in November too!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

recovered mouse pad {tutorial}



I've been in pretty desperate need of a mouse pad for awhile now. While my mouse technically doesn't need one to function properly, the scratches on my wood desk say otherwise. 

And of course, I couldn't find one I liked.

Yup, you know how this story goes... 

So I made my own.

I grabbed a plain $2.99 mouse pad from Target and then sorted through my scrap fabric until I found a great linen that would match my black and cream office.
The awesome thing about this project is that anyone can do it. I added a little embellishment with my sewing machine, but it was just for fun. You definitely don't need a sewing machine for this one.



:: Materials ::

- scrap of fabric
- mouse pad
- spray adhesive


Here's the adhesive I'm using for this project: 



So first, decide what shape you'd like your mouse pad to be. I think I'm going to trim this square down to a circle.
I'm really terrible at cutting out a good circle so I measured the edges of my mouse pad and then printed off a circle to give me a pattern.





Next I covered it with the spray adhesive and smoothly laid out my fabric on top. 
Be sure to have something laid out underneath while you're doing this. The adhesive gunk is crazy sticky and gross.




Now flip the mouse pad and fabric over and place something on top of it - a magazine, book, etc, that will help apply a little extra pressure. Give the adhesive time to dry.

Once the adhesive is dry, cut off the excess material.





Boom. New mouse pad.

I added an extra embellishment with my sewing machine by giving the mouse pad two seams around the edges. 










Techniques from other folks:





I never would have thought I'd be so jazzed about a mouse pad. But I love this thing now!
I guess it's the little things in life...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

leaves

Nothing says fall quite like the gorgeous leaves changing and falling all over the place. 

I love that they are used in everything this season.





{via pinterest}











{tutorial via pin me}






{via pinterest}



{via etsy}






{via asos}



{via etsy}



Thursday, October 11, 2012

baby lovie {tutorial}



Jake adores his little tag blanket {or lovie, as a lot of folks call it}. We've already played about a thousand rounds of "Where's Jake?!" with it over his head, and he loves grabbing and twisting all the ribbons. They are such a neat toy.
I knew there was no way I was spending $15-$20 on one at the store when whipping one up myself ought to be simple enough.


For Jake's lovie, I bought two kinds of fabric - a printed flannel and a soft minky green. I love the texture variety!
I also had ridiculous amounts of ribbon lying around so I didn't have to purchase any of those.
{But for those of you that need some I'd suggested hitting up Hobby Lobby when the spools are 50% off}
Grab your sewing machine, thread and straight pins and you're ready to go!


I may or may not have been sitting on the floor playing with Jake while I put this together. Apologies for the carpet backdrop.


First, cut out your lovie. Sizes can vary. Mine is 10" x 10".
{make sure to allow extra material for the seam}
 
Pin your fabrics. Good sides together.




Next, cut your ribbons into 5" sections.




Then arrange them around your fabric.




Fold the ribbons over and pin them inside of the two fabrics.





Once all your ribbons are pinned in place, sew around the edge of your fabrics. Make sure to leave a section open so you can flip the lovie right side out.

When you've flipped your it right side out, poke out the corners and pin in the open edge. Then sew around the edge again. This will close the open side. 




 In the end, I even added an extra seam for posterity. Cause I'm crazy like that, you guys...





Not to mention I have enough fabric left over to make a few for some friends.


And this little cuddle bug loves to hold it in his sleep.
Ahh, my sweet boy! I so adore him.