23 Months, Halloween Update, Home Update, and Baby Update

Holy moly!!! I haven’t updated in a while and lots have been going on.

I’ll try to keep it all in order and I hope I don’t repeat too much.

We have officially lived in our new home for over a month now. Still need to do a lot of stuff/get a lot of stuff for it but it’s coming along nicely. I have painted Olivia/baby’s room and the living room. I plan to just wait a while to paint my room because it’s so very large and not necessary yet.

For the living room, I just added a blue accent wall because I thought the color went very well with the existing wall colors in the house but didn’t want to do the whole room in the color and then hate it in a few months. We also got a brand new couch to go with everything. I like it a lot. I plan to make a sofa table to go behind the couch. I can’t wait to get that going.

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I painted the baby’s room a very light gray color. It almost looks white. Then I painted a few trees on one of the walls for a cute accent. I couldn’t afford the tree decals that you can find online so painting them was my next option. I like how they turned out. I still have so much to do in that room to make it “finished” before baby comes. Also, the crib is in front of the trees so it hides the wonky bottoms.

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So….I’ll try to keep everything in order. Starting with Halloween.

This was Olivia’s first real halloween. I made her costume. She was a little skunk. And I took her trick or treating around out new neighborhood. At first, I only planned to do our little street because I thought she would be so nervous about asking people for candy. I was so wrong. Before we left, we had a few kids stop by and Liv got to see how they acted. At the very first house, I asked her to knock and then she said “trick or treat” and thank you all by herself. Such a smarty pants. She had so much fun that we did several streets until I was tired and too cold to keep going. The next morning she asked to go again. And the day after. She really really loved it.

That morning was pretty special too. We had our 20 week appointment (anatomy scan) of the baby. Yea, as I’m writing this, I’m 22 weeks, 23 tomorrow. It’s going pretty quickly. Getting to see the baby was good and always fun. And showing Olivia was pretty cool. Everything went well, baby is doing well.

And….we found out the gender…..it’s a…..

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BOY!!

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I’ll be honest, not exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted another little girl so Olivia would have a sister. Plus, I know nothing about little boys, I have none in my family. So I’m extra nervous but the idea is growing on me. I’m sure I will love him just as much as I would have loved a little girl.

Picking a name has been pretty difficult. We can’t decide on anything together. Hoping we can get this figured out soon.

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He is pretty active too. Kicks a lot, he yawned during the ultrasound and spread his little toes. It was so cute.

Olivia is now 23 months old. It’s hard to believe she will be two very soon. She loves counting and she actually tries to sing her ABC’s. She is good up until G and then great from S and after. It’s just the middle that confuses her.

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We don’t have a chalkboard anymore so we have to resort to this method of photos for these last 2 months. Thankfully it’s only 2 photos….she had a hard time holding it where I could see it in the photo and not cover her face. Silly lady.

So I have been getting back into sewing finally. I don’t actually have a spot set up in the house for my gear but I plan to soon. We have a whole unfinished basement I can use, I just haven’t gotten to it yet. So I set my sewing machine up on the floor in my bedroom. I actually finished quilting my king size quilt on my little machine. I’m thankful that that part is done. Just need to bind it. In the mean time, I have been working on little projects for the baby and Olivia.

I had purchased some cute woodland flannel fabric a while back so I wouldn’t miss out on it and planned to use it as a crib sheet but when I pulled it out the other day, I realized it was too girly. So I am in the process of making it into a sheet for Olivia. I found a different flannel fabric that will work great with the theme of the nursery so I have that to work on next as well. So many little projects, but I enjoy it.

I also started working. It’s seasonal but it’s better than nothing so I’ll be pretty busy next month along with getting the nursery ready, Olivia’s birthday party, potty training, and just trying to get the home more organized.

I’ll try to post again soon with more finished or in progress projects.

22 Months!

So I almost forgot to even take this photo on the first. So much is going on around here.

First off, it’s finally October! In my opinion, that’s the best month of the year. The weather starts cooling off, leaves start changing colors, my birthday happens in the couple of day, pink everywhere (for breast cancer awareness), it’s all great! This year even more is happening. We will be closing and moving into our first house in hopefully a weeks time. We have everything done and just waiting for whatever goes on after the appraisal….which was amazing. It came back over $20,000 more than what are paying for the house!

Not just all the that but my father and step mom is coming to visit. It’s always nice to see them. And then shortly after they leave, all of M’s family is coming out to visit. It’s gonna be one very busy month!

And Halloween, can’t forget that! Not only is it a fun holiday for costumes and trick or treating but that morning we will get to see the new little baby and very hopefully find out what it is, boy or a girl! So much fun!

I told you October is the best month!

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Olivia-isms!

Some silly things Olivia has been saying lately.

Yesterday we stopped at PetSmart to check out dog/cat doors for our new house. Liv saw a dog and “barked at it”. Later in the car I was asking her about it…

Me: Livi, what did you say to the doggie in the store? Woof?
Livi: Woof!!!!
Me: That’s right. Silly lady, woof.
Livi: “Wivi” turn, WOOF! Daddy turn woof.
Daddy: Woof!
Livi: Mommy turn woof.
Me: Woof.
Followed but tons of laughing.

Then, last night at 3am, Liv woke from a nightmare. So I changed her diaper, Mike got her some water, and we let her play a quiet game of ball in her room.

Livi: :hands me the ball: Momma, throw ball daddy.
So I roll the ball to Mike.
Livi: Daddy throw ball “Wivi”
So he rolls the ball to her.
Livi: “Wivi” throw “Wivi”
And she would throw to Mike. But kept saying that. 

I supposed that Liv has started referring to herself in the third person because the you/me thing kinda confuses her. And the whole narrating thing…totally new and so silly! 

21 Months and a Surprise

I know…this time I’m way behind. I just haven’t actually felt like blogging. Things have been going on in my life and I just don’t feel like sharing just yet so I kinda stay away from wordpress.

But, I figured I should update with a 21 month photo of Olivia. She has grown so much. Especially mentally.

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She is showing us how very smart she is. She already knows her letters of the alphabet and can count up to 10. She speaks all the time and surprises us daily with new words/sentences. It’s pretty awesome to watch her grow like that.

And you read her shirt right. We are expecting baby #2 in March!

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On the first I was 12 weeks along. I’m currently 13 weeks now. Finally feeling better as well. This first trimester was a lot more worse than when I was pregnant with Olivia. At least from what I can remember. With her, I remember being so tired I would sleep in my car during my lunch break, and my smell was going crazy. I think I only experienced the sensation of needing to vomit once or twice with her. This time around, not only is my smell gone crazy but I was nausea all day, every day and would need to take time to breath just to keep from vomiting. Eating had become a chore because I had to eat all the time to avoid the worst stomach aches. I didn’t feel nearly as tired as I did with Olivia. I’m still having a hard time eating but at least I don’t have to eat someone every hour. I’m hoping I start feeling even better soon with more energy.

Can’t wait to find out if we are having a littler girl or boy! :)

20 Months

“Only 4 months left til my birthday mom!” – Olivia

 

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My little lady has grown so much. She is talking so much. Just random words here or there and a few two word sentences like “up please” and “bite please”. She is also practicing her ABC’s and her cutest letter is W which sounds like Double-Do!

She also appears to be growing like a weed. I put pants on her in the first time in probably weeks and they were too short. Unfortunately they were brand new pants as well. Who knows when they happened since she is either in shorts, skirts or just pantless due to the heat. Then we had two days of no sun and lots of rain. I have never seen a day like that in Colorado. So with the cool weather, pants were needed. Luckily, not all her pants are too short but I’m not ready to buy the next size up until it’s actually time for fall clothing.

17, 18, 19 Months

Oh man!! I didn’t realize how behind I was on my blog. I guess I forgot all about it. I’m sorry!!

Here are Olivia’s monthly photos to catch up.

 

 

She is growing up fast. She can say a ton of new words now. It’s really cute to listen to her.

Below are a ton of photos from the last couple of months.

I have been working on several little projects currently. The large quilt top is called A-maze Me. It’s from the Modern One Block Wonder book. I really like some of the quilts in the book. :) I’m struggling to find fabric for the back. I did happen to find something last week but it was roughly 6 inches too short. I’m still in search for fabric. I’m also working on my first english paper piecing hexes. I just wanted to try something new. I’m hoping to find a cute flying geese quilt so I can try that block for the first time as well.

Just being very random lately.

Another Makeover!

I’m at it again!! I saw some cute picnic table makeovers online, so I found a kid’s picnic table on Craigslist last night and picked it up this morning.  It’s nice little table but it was very faded and in need of some dressing up. I have never heard of the brand Henry but it said it was made in Canada. What is pretty cool about this particular table is the table can be adjusted as the child grows.

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So after I picked it up, Liv and I headed to Hancock’s Fabric and bought some more vinyl and the fabric that I would have got for her Ikea Latt table if I didn’t fall in love with the triangle print I went with.

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We also stopped at Home Depot to pick out some coordinating spray paint. As soon as we got home, I disassembled the table and hosed it down to get all the cobwebs and old dirt off of it.

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It was very warm today, hitting the 70′s. It was very nice and the pieces dried very very quickly. So I started to spray paint the white pieces. Out of a cream, green or gray color, I went with green. It turned out very nice I think.

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While I waited for that to dry, I went inside and started on the table top and seats. I started with the fabric and stapled that all around. It was very easy, even the rounded corners. I had read some other people found that a little difficult but I thought it was a breeze and turned out very  nice looking. Then I stapled the vinyl on top of the fabric to protect it from messes and weather.

Assembling everything back together was probably the hardest part. Getting the screws to line up with the holes and some of the fabric was in the way of everything fitting together. But I got it all together and can’t wait to let Liv check it out. By the time I was done, it was too hot out for Liv to play. She was already exhausted from the sun she did get. The photo doesn’t show off how it all looks together because of the sun but I like the way it looks. I hope it will withstand the snow we are supposed to get this weekend and that the vinyl doesn’t melt in the hot summer sun when that comes.

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Can’t wait to do more fun makeovers like this. :)

 

Ikea Hack

I have been wanting the Latt table set from Ikea for Livi for a while now. I thought it would be a perfect place to eat snacks at during the day. The price is also fabulous, the only problem is that Ikea is an hour away.  The other day though, I happened to notice someone was selling the set on Facebook for $5 cheaper. So I snatched it up as quick as I could. 

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It was a little banged up from years of use. From what I found on the label, I’m thinking v. 1999 means it was from 1999. So it has been around for a while but still going strong. Now there is nothing wrong with the original look but I wasn’t interested in the raw look. I had seen some ‘hacks’ of this table set and decided I wanted to do some updates to it. Make it personal. :)

So I started with a fabric I found. I love it because it reminds me of quilts. I also got some vinyl so I could easily whip messes off the chair seats.

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I did throw in a layer of quilt batting for a small amount of padding for the seats but I didn’t want too much bulkiness.

Then I painted the top with chalkboard paint so I can doodle little things for Livi and when she is older she can doodle as well. But only when she knows that she can only color there and not on other furniture.

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Then staining. This was my first time ever using stain and I have to say, it’s not as easy as it looks. I did have to sand all the pieces down first because it appears that someone decided to put a clear coat on everything at some point. Sanding wasn’t horrible though. I do like how the stain turned out. After I assembled everything, I thought that i should have just painted it all white but I think I made a good choice the first time around.

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I also got a piece of plexiglass to put over the chalkboard top. These way, food and other messes can be easily cleaned up as well. I had read some comments from others who did this hack and they said that food messes on chalkboard is the worse. So I wanted to just eliminate the headache first thing. And it’s a good thing I did because just this morning Liv ate at the table and managed to mush sticky stuff all over it.

Now I’m hoping to snatch up a cheap Little Tikes picnic table or similar and give that a custom makeover.

16 Months and Quilting Progress

Some crazy faces this lady makes for the camera. She likes having her picture taken though and will say CHEEEEESSSSSSSSSE!

We are also learning how to respond to the question, “how old are you?” by using her finger to make the number 1. We are almost there. :)

Here is a photo of Olivia exactly one year ago today. We were waiting to board our flight back home. She has changed so much!

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In my quilting world, things have gotten rough. I finished my main piece with Link and Zelda, this is also the very middle of the quilt. But Zelda turned out a lot bigger than Link. Trying to line up all the seams was very difficult when I attached them together and it caused a lot of puckering and ways. I didn’t like it.

I was worried that if I left as is, then it came time to quilt, it would pucker even more. So I decided to remove Zelda, cut all new squares (all the old ones can’t be salvaged), and start again. This time, I am taking the time to draw the graph on my interface so everything is even. Link doesn’t have a graph but I feel like it isn’t off too much when I add the sides and top. It does suck to have to redo such a large piece but I’d rather it be more manageable when it will be quilted.

And, I’m starting on a gift quilt for a friend. I cut everything last night (this was easy and not as stressful as the Zelda quilt) and then laid out all the colored squares to see how the colors will play together.

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I needed a visual because just trying to imagine it in my head isn’t the easiest. This is most of it….I ran out of room on my design wall. But at least I see how it will look now. All the colored squares will become the corners of white squares (so triangles in the end). I just need something else to work on when I need a break from my Zelda quilt.

A Very Large Project

I’m not entirely sure when I started this project, I’m sure I could go through some history on Facebook to find out but I know it was last month.

One day while reading some posts in a Modern Quilting group on Facebook, I came across someone’s photo of a Super Mario Bros. quilt they made. I thought it was awesome. She then told me that she has a pattern made up I could use. I was super excited. After reviewing her pattern, I realized I could easily make almost anything with the same concept. Since it was based on a classic Nintendo game, I thought I could make one based on my favorite game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

I did some research to see of someone had already made one or if there was a pattern. I did find one quilt that someone made but there was no pattern I could find. So I decided to continue with my idea. I did make sure to change it from the quilt I saw on Etsy though.

Designing it wasn’t difficult. I used Excel since all I had to do was color in the squares and then use a formula to count how many of each color was needed.

After everything was complete with the excel sheet, I went to town cutting squares….lots and lots of squares, over 5000 total. All of them measuring 1.5 inches.

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I paced this out since I know it would have cost a large amount if I were to buy all the fabric at once. Cutting fabric took a couple of weeks because of this.

When I started posting photos to the quilting group on Facebook, I was lucky that someone was kind enough to tell me about a simpler way to sew all the little squares together. I don’t know if there is a name to the method but it includes using fusible interfacing. All I have to do is lay out the squares in the correct order on the interfacing and iron it on. Then fold over and sew where the seams would be. It has been a huge help. Ironing is the part that’s the most cumbersome. Some many seams to press open and burnt fingertips. I wonder if my iron hates me yet.

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It’s coming along slowly but a lot faster than piecing each square individually.

Here are some photos of the progress.

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