Monthly Archives: December 2010

Now that Christmas is over…

I love trolling the internet for good craft blogs – to get inspiration and instruction!  Most of the awesomely crafty ladies put up free tutorials (for personal use, of course) – and while many times the actual craft is a bit to complex for me, I can usual modify it somehow to work with my skills.

I’ve been wanting to post about these personalized bean bags I made for a few special little people in my life, but they were all wrapped up and waiting to be opened!  Now that all that fun is over, I can finally post them up!

For My Pal Al’s new baby girl, a set of initial bean bags (I have decided that I really can’t do more than 4 letters, so if the first name is longer than that, it is initials!):

and the backs are a girly colorway:

These look deceptively simple – which is great.  I love how they came out!  But it was quite a process – all that cutting of squares (front and back), then stamping (the front letters) and then touching up the front letters, then heatsetting, then sewing up then turning out then stuffing (with organic rice, no beans on hand) then sewing up the opening – whew!

I made 5 sets total – here are two of the other sets:

Of course I got the idea off a great craft blog – Chez Beeper Bebe – she even has a great tutorial on her blog for these spelling bean bags, but she machine appliques each letter to the front to match the fabric on the back!  WOW!  I tried that, and it didn’t work for me at all (the whole, I can’t machine applique anything with curves).  So I adapted it to use fabric paint on the front in a matching color to the fabric on the back.

Sometimes I think I am crafty, then I go to some real craft blogs, and I realize I kinda am not, compared to all the crafty peeps out there.  I do what I can and enjoy it, so I guess that is all that counts!

Poor Baby J, his set of bean bags is still unfinished – I had too much going on with all the other stuff I needed to make, and then I ran out of rice and kept forgetting to buy more!  I’ll post those once they are done (and they have fabric letters on front, but no machine applique-ing) so we’ll see how they hold up.

Home, Sweet Home

After traveling for 9 hours straight, we got back home yesterday.  And I do have to say (quoting a famous, ruby slipper clad girl), There is no place like home!  Maybe it is because traveling with a baby (er, toddler?!) is exponentially harder than just traveling as 2 adults.  Or maybe because said baby/toddler was sick nearly the entire time we were away, so that is always a lot of fun.  Whatever the reason, we all wanted to kiss the floor of our house when we came in.  I think Baby J may have even done so, but I resisted the urge.

Not to say we didn’t have a good time up north – we did – and the snow interesting…

Here is Christmas Eve with the cousins:

Baby J actually was feeling more like himself that afternoon, so everyone got a glimpse of his happy self.

And Christmas morning:

Little E was really cute with him.  I love his Christmas PJs (thanks Auntie Yarbs!) but I think they are now too small for him!  Gotta save them for Brady Gaga next year.  Baby J wasn’t really into the gifts – he preferred to play with the gift boxes.

One afternoon I decided to take him out – it hadn’t snowed in a few days… here is Baby J all bundled up:

And not too happy.  But adorable nonetheless.  The awesome knit hat was made for him by his Auntie (or second cousin) Yaya.  It was hard to get his thumbs into the thumb section.

Then the Blizzard of 2010 came rolling through – we probably got 8 inches up where we were:

JJ couldn’t walk in all the snow (he couldn’t really walk on the packed snow before the new snow fell – just a different surface than he is used to).  Boom took him out and played for a few minutes – it was so freezing cold!  The crazy Mainers we were with were all, This isn’t cold, it’s balmy!  I was all, No thank you – burr, I am freezing!

But I was able to get out for a few minutes to take some shots with my little frozen guy.  He really didn’t know what to make of it all!

It was odd not really being able to go outside.  And now it is raining in H-town, so we’ll be stuck inside today as well.  Oh well.  A good Christmas trip – glad Boom got to see him family and that they got to see JJ as well.  Just wished he had been feeling better, but so it goes.

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a great Christmas with family and loved ones!

I will leave you with the immortal words of Avery Jessup from 30 Rock…

“Happy holidays is what terrorists say.  Merry Christmas from Avery and Jack”



Some recent craftiness

I have been a little bit obsessed with machine applique since I made JJ’s first birthday bib…

Unfort, I think I need a different sewing machine foot to be able to get around curves nicely.  But I am trying to make due with the foot I have…

So here is what I have been up to once Baby J goes to bed:

Personalized bib and burp set for a business school friend – love that I get to use some pink fabric!

Holiday Candy Cookie mix jars for play group mamas, neighbors and friends.  This is just a small sampling of all the jars I made!  They weren’t hard to make, but did take some time.  I kept running out of ingredients – first brown sugar and salt, and then oats!  And I had to wait in line for over 30 minutes to get my labels laser printed.  Many thanks to Skip to My Lou for the idea and recipe!  I designed my own labels, but the ones on her blog are really cute too!

So in my mind these ornaments were cuter than how they came out.  I also made one with pink plaid for Yarbs and her hubby.  As you can see, I didn’t even attempt to machine applique the ‘B’ – way too many curves.  Next time I think they will need to be square or rectangular.

A holiday-ish bib for Baby J!  and I used a ‘J’ that did not have any curves, much easier for me to machine applique.  Boom commented that Baby J has a lot of bibs, which I guess he does, but he needs them!  and this one is his personalized holiday bib.  But not too literal, as I didn’t want it to be just red and green.  I should have skipped the white rick rack around the edges, since you can barely see it and it added a bunch of time that I would have rather saved.

This year, just like all the others past, I have told myself (and Yarbs) that next year I will start on my Christmas crafts early.  That I will craft throughout the year in preparation for Christmas, as I have many projects in mind that I would like to do.  But, Yarbs reminded me that I will have another little one in tow come March, so maybe I won’t be crafting all that much… (sigh) she is probably right.  But maybe, when both bebes are in bed, I might have enough energy to do a little crafting.  I guess we’ll just have to see!

Back to Normal

After a couple trying weeks, our little Baby J seems to be back to his normal, happy self.  We now put him down at 6pm, and doesn’t get out of bed until 630ish am!  (Thank goodness for Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child!  That book is AWESOME!  Many thanks to JoJo for sending it our way!)  And he naps about 2+ hours in the morning and for 30mins – 1 hour in the afternoon.  I know his morning nap should be the shorter one, but his schedule will be all shot once we are up in Maine, so I figure as much sleep as he can get now is a good thing.

He is eating like a champ (yay!) – it was a 2 egg breakfast morning today.  He also has had a pretty smooth transition from formula to whole milk and from the bottle to sippy cup.  We just went cold turkey.  And now Baby J is resigned to the sippy cup.  He is such a good, good baby!

We are so lucky that Dada is at a point in his career that he has his weekends free.  We were able to all go to the park both Saturday and Sunday – and enjoy this cool, but really nice December weather.

Baby J and Boom are besties, that is for sure.  I am just chopped liver whenever Dada is around.  But who can blame Baby J?!  He sees my mug 24-7, and I am sure gets bored of that.  Not to mention Dada is lots of fun – always doing silly thing to make JJ laugh and giggle!

OK, so JJ isn’t laughing in the above photo, but believe me, he had an awesome time at the park with Dada.  And I can’t think of a sound I love more than to hear my little baby (er, little boy) laughing.  It really is music to my ears!

Baby J loves seeing his reflection!  He’s all, Who is that adorable baby?!  And I agree, he really is the most adorable baby ever!

JJ is so lucky to have such an awesome dad, who loves loves loves spending time with him more than anything.  I am lucky to have such an awesome hubby, who cooks when he can and really helps out a lot.  Life can’t get much better than this, and I am so thankful for that!


What a difference a year makes!

(Sorry, sorry, I have been so bad about posting!  Yarbs called me out yesterday – and I really am sorry.  But all my free time has been used up last minute crafting… picture of all that good stuff to come later…)

Everyone, Boom, my sis – Auntie Yarbs, keep mentioning how different things can be in just one year.  And it is so true!

Our neighborhood has a Christmas party with Santa every year.  This year, Santa came in on the fire truck – and boy, Baby J sure was impressed!  He loves his fire engine books these days (especially to point out the puppy!) so to see one up close was quite a treat for him.

And of course pictures with Santa – this is where you can really see the difference a year can make!

Last Christmas:

This Christmas:

This is his 2nd picture with Santa this year – and he has been just fine both times.  Which, from what I understand from my other mom friends, is highly unusual.  But JJ is such a good boy, it doesn’t surprise me.

And next Christmas there will be 2 munchkins in matching (or Jack and Jill) outfits!  Wow, lots of changes to come in this upcoming year as well!  I can’t wait – if this year was any indication, it is going to be a great year!  Sometimes the days are long, but overall, life is awesome!