Friday, August 30, 2013

A whole lot of nothing (aka so much of everything else there's no time for crafting! )

We have spent the last 2 weeks doing absolutely nothing around the house.   That's a lie... We cleaned up enough to not be completely embarrassed when my family came over on Sunday.  

Last week is pretty much a blur to me, other than L.Soup getting sick on Tuesday during dinner and then miraculously regrouping and playing for a few hours after being miserable all day.   Kids are incredible.
Friday we drove to PA to visit our friends and their baby girl!  We got stuck in some nasty traffic but we still had a great time visiting.

Saturday we went to Kegs&Corks with a bunch of friends.   I spent a majority of the first hour we were there freaking out because it was really hot and I was worried about L.Soup who absolutely refused to 1. stay in the stroller or 2. wear a hat.  I lathered her in sunscreen, but she was so hot that she was sweating and cranky.   I was sure we were going to have to leave early,  but I ended up spotting some unoccupied shade and informed everyone we were moving and basically sprinted over there.   I was a woman on a mission.  Success!   And all was right with the world after that and we got to stay the rest of the day.  L. Soup and I were both much happier in the shade (and after a snow ball).

Also, on Saturday my phone met a nasty end.  It slipped out of my diaper bag when I reached into the car to grab something and made an unfortunate connection with pavement.  It was not pretty.  
Lucky for me my previous clumsiness forces me to get insurance on every piece of electronics I own now so I got a replacement with no issue!   Phew.  I ordered a case for it as well, something that I had been meaning to do for months but never got around to it.  Well I learned my lesson, and I am now the proud owner of this:

Sunday my mom, sister, niece and nephews came over for the afternoon.   It was beautiful out so we went down to the river and played in the water for a few hours and then had dinner.   We even got some use out of the swing set!   It was a really good (busy) weekend. 

Monday rolled around and my girl woke up not herself.   She ended up sleeping most of the day and being generally miserable.  Luckily she bounced back again and was better late in the afternoon. 

Tuesday we went to Red Robin for a friend's birthday.   It was really fun.   Unfortunately D.Soup wasn't feeling well, we think he caught whatever the baby had.  He was sick Tuesday night and ended up staying home Wednesday from work.   He still wasn't feeling well today but went to work, he's feeling better now... a little.  So we've had a fairly lazy week this week.  Not really any chance to get any house work done, let alone crafting or painting.  We are completely out of groceries.  So that's priority one for this weekend.  Hopefully I can get to work on some other stuff too.  Luckily we get 3 days!

I did take some time to make a list of things that have settled in the house over the year we have been here.  We are supposed to give it to the builder before the year's up so they can come fix everything.  We bought our house in September of last year... Procrastinate much? 

Some day I will actually get around to those things I've been promising.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Week wrap-up

This week has been so busy!  We haven't had made a real dinner at home the entire week.  One night we had time to make grilled cheese, but that's it!  Hopefully tonight we'll have a real dinner, in our own home.  Next week is going to be just as busy.  Everything always happens at the same time.  I never have time to do any crafting!  <insert foot stomp here>

Since I have no crafting to talk about, I'll just recap the week.  Because I know you all are soooo interested.

Sunday - We went to a party at a nearby bouncy play place for our very good friend's daughter's 3rd birthday.  L.Soup (despite only getting a 30 minute nap in the car because she REFUSED to sleep) had a blast.  She hasn't quite figured out the idea of jumping yet.  So she just marched around in the bounce houses all wobbly while the other kids bounced around her.  She also made D.Soup take her down the big slide about 40 times.  It was cute.  I'm glad it was him and not me, because we probably would have died.  I don't have enough balance to pull myself up the little ledge stairs, let along drag her along with me.

Monday - This was grilled cheese day.  That's all I remember from that day, and I only remember that because D.Soup reminded me about it this morning.  Pretty sure I laid on the couch most of the afternoon.

Tuesday - Dinner with some great friends that we don't get to see very often anymore.  They have a little boy that's just over a month younger than L.Soup.  They are finally getting to an age where they acknowledge each others existence, so it's really great to see them play "together".  L.Soup chased him around the house and handed him back anything that he dropped like "dude, stop making a mess".  She's becoming a mild neat freak.  I don't know where she gets that from.  Definitely not from her parents.

Wednesday - We had surprise dentist appointments.  I say surprise because when I got the "reminder" call on Monday, it was the first time I had ever heard about it.  I'm the one that makes the appointments, so I had to have done it the last time we were there.  But I have NO recollection of that AT ALL.  Glad to report that I am cavity free, as is D.Soup.  So that's awesome.  I signed L.Soup up for her first dentist appointment, but promptly had to reschedule when I realized that I'm an idiot and only added her to my medical health insurance and not dental or vision.  They should give a mother more than a month to get that stuff situated.  My brain was in NO place to think about all that stuff within a month of having her. 

So now I have to wait until December to add her during "open access" with my company.  So I scheduled our next appointments for February.  That should be fine.  Its not like she needs anything actually done to her teeth anyway.

Wednesday was also a big day for us because it was L.Soup's first time having Maryland Crab Soup!  As a Maryland girl, I'm proud of her for eating every drop.  It was homemade (by my momma) too.  Delicious.  L.Soup and I had dinner at my parents house while D.Soup was working on (conveniently enough) a crabbing boat that he's planning on buying off his friend next year.  He wants to make sure its in working condition before he acquires it though.  So hopefully there will be more crabs for more soup in the future!  Yummo.

Thursday -  Family dinner!  My sister has an au pair to help take care of her kids.  She's (the au pair) moving to a new family this weekend, and my sister's family welcomed a new girl into their house.  We went over her house to have a welcome/goodbye get together.  We had pizza and salad and fruit, and played with the kids and hung out.  It was super fun.  L.Soup got to go "shopping" and get a new toy from Aunt Sissy's house.  Since her kids don't play with it anymore, it's moved to our house.

Friday - Today is Friday!  Hooray!  I'm so happy its almost the weekend!  My grandfather needs some help moving a heavy water tank in his basement.  So D.Soup is going to check that out today, and we'll probably go back over there tomorrow so he can help him get it moved.  That's really the only thing we have going on this afternoon.  It's beautiful out, so maybe we can go for a walk, or just spend some time outside this afternoon.  I'd like to get some more of the foyer wall worked on, but I'm not holding my breath.  We are such slackers. 

Today is also L.Soup's first "golden birthday."  She's 16 months today (the 16th)!  I know it doesn't really count since she's not 16 YEARS old.  But it's still her birthday.  So there.  She's so big.

Weekend - We have got some serious cleaning up to do around our house this weekend.  We are having my family over next weekend, and our week is so packed full that we aren't going to have time to work on the house much during the actual week.  We'll see how that actually goes.

Here's hoping that I can get some craftiness back into my life sometime soon.

Friday, August 9, 2013


Holy crap you guys... I'm completely geeking out right now. LOOK AT WHAT I JUST MADE.

I took 3 innocent towels:
1 bath, 2 hand
Then I gave them a face:
And ears:
First try ears are a little uneven.  Oh well.
And a forehead:

And got a bath towel! For the baby! And apparently for me! Well, not really, but I was the only model available...
How awesome is that? I've had the towels to make this for a while, but I hadn't gotten a chance to yet, with all the other "emergency" projects that I was working on. I found the tutorial here.  She's got a ton of other towels patterns on her site.  I'm planning on making a lady bug one too, but I think one was enough for tonight.  It only took me about an hour probably.

L.Soup's towels are all getting too small for her.  So I'm pretty excited about making some new ones to replace the tiny baby ones we are still using somehow.

Too Cute!

A productive week

We have been getting some stuff done around the house!  There's about a million more things to do but, progress!  I already told you about solving the baby beaver problem.  But theres so much more thats actually happened.

Sadly no more crafting.  BUT huge giant leaps and bounds towards being more capable of using my craft room to its full potential!  You guys.... THERE'S A FLOOR IN THAT ROOM.  Its supposed to double as a computer room.  And store our important documents... and they were stored alright, all over the middle of the floor.  I'm usually the keeper of all important papers.  And I just haven't had time.  Well we cleaned up!  Purged all the unneeded paper and made a nice neat pile of what we wanted to keep.  There's definitely a lot more work to do but !!! floor!!!  Soo much more space.  I'm pretty excited.  Now I just have to figure out what my next craft project is.

After that, D.Soup installed a towel hook in the spare bathroom upstairs so we would actually have something to dry our hands off with.  Now I just need to get some hangers for the pictures I made for in there and it will be pretty much done... for now.   There's no shower curtain up, but we figure L.Soup isn't taking any showers right now anyway so no big deal.

THEN I went into our bathroom and did some scrubbing.  Mainly sinks and toilet, because I didn't feel like coming downstairs to get the other stuff I needed to work on the other rest.  Next time.  I can't believe we have been in this house almost a year and I still don't have all the supplies I need for each floor.  I guess that shows how much I clean.  The other thing I've never done?   Organized the bathroom closet.  It's a disaster.  Maybe that will be next.

AND lastly... but certainly not least.  We (with the assistance of D.Soup's brother) moved the couches around on Wednesday.  They are in their proper places finally and the window that was behind the couch is open (and in need of a cleaning, ugh).  Also, before the move we cleaned the living room of all the toys... and miraculously it still looks like this:

 Not sure how we managed that.

ps. I've got another post coming right after this one, because I'm too excited about it to wait until tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

One more thing for the nursery

So D.Soup and I have been very lazy about getting the supplies we need to make the shelves for L.Soup's room.   We have most of what we need but haven't had the chance to get to the store for the last pieces.   I almost bought premade shelves earlier this week but couldn't bear to pay $25 A PIECE.  For them.


So in the mean time I decided to procrastinate on all my other projects and make a bumper for the top bar of the crib in the nursery.  I think my little girl is part beaver, she chews on the crib when she is angry.   The crib is an ugly mess.   It's driving me insane and I need to fix it before my brain explodes.

I have a ton of fabric triangles from when I had huge plans of making a million pennant banners for the nursery. Well that didn't exactly pan out and I ended up making two.  And I am very happy with them.   More would have been too many.   But,  that left me with all the extras.  So I measured the length of the section of crib that needed to be covered and started sewing.

This project actually made me interested in quilting.  The way these pieces fit together felt (to me) like I was making a quilt.   I stitched the triangles together until I reached the right measurement and then finished the edges.   Then I measured against the crib to see where the best fit would be for the strings to hold it on the crib.  Then I sewed the strings on to the back.   I will take more pictures when there isn't a sleeping baby in the crib.   I'm hoping she doesn't figure out how to untie the strings.

Another option I have is using the snaps that I bought to make bibs.  I have about 500 snaps, so if she figures out how to untie them, I could always replace the ties with snaps.  We'll see. 


I just put tied it onto the crib!  It looks so cute.  And we have one satisfied customer:


I've missed crafty time.