Happy Halloween 2015

I am a sucker for kiddos in Halloween costumes, that’s a fact. So it’s no surprise that my favorite part of this holiday is dreaming up costume ideas for our boys and then seeing them come to life. I adore taking photos of them all dressed up and love how every year the costumes end up in the dress up box after Halloween for hours of endless fun!! Big thanks to Mimi for making the pirate costumes (I like to sew but garment sewing is really, really not my thing!) they are fabulous! So here’s an overload of Halloween photos for you to enjoy ;)

Happy Halloween!!

our three

Halloween trio

pirate Luc

pirate Luc

be very afraid!

Luc

pirate Jay

Jay

my talker

shake your tail feather

flying parrot

not to be left out- flying pirate

flying into battle

this just cracks me up

flying Jay

never gets old

battle time

excited pirate

tiny pirate

perfect perch

arrrr

parrot perch

Charlie

arr

Jay Bird

parrot happenings

Luc

Jay Bird

Luc Luc

quilting

I can be some what of an ADD crafter. I enjoy painting (furniture/canvas/paper/peg dolls), drawing, hand lettering etc. You name a craft and I have probably done it and enjoyed it. I usually skip around doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that all of the time. However, I certainly have been bitten by the quilting bug lately. I day dream about fabric and patterns, I have been fitting in sewing whenever I can and I am having so much fun with it. Lately, my biggest crafting problem is not knowing what quilting project I want to work on next- they all look like so much fun! I finished my first queen sized quilt and while it certainly isn’t perfect, I really do love it. We have it on our bed right now and it makes me happy every time I see it.

I really do need to get better at photographing quilts, still objects aren’t prevalent around our home so I don’t have much practice, but here are a few so you can check it out ;)

Niner Quilt

Niner Quilt

on the bed

a close up

coloring

Jay has enjoyed coloring for a while now. Often when things get quiet you can find him at the table, markers everywhere going though a stack of paper. Just recently, Luc has taken an interest in coloring as well. On this particular day Luc started coloring and Jay simply (and mostly without words) just joined him at the table and they colored together.

coloring

coloring

coloring

coloring together

luc’s quilt

Every time I get pregnant I have grand plans to make all sorts of things for my soon to be kiddos. In reality time slips away from me and I don’t get nearly everything done that I want to. I have however managed to make a blanket for each one of the boys; Jay and Charlie’s were crocheted and Luc’s was quilted.

I picked up quilting (I am not sure that is even a true statement since I am still just playing around with the “art”) after Charlie was born so it seemed like the natural choice for Luc’s blanket, that and since I was pregnant in the summer I just couldn’t bare the thought of crocheting during the scorching heat. It’s nothing fancy, I didn’t use a pattern just made it up as I went along, but here it is in all of it’s glory. Isn’t my little quilt-display-helper in the corner cute?

Luc's quilt

a close up

officially a granny

It’s no secret that I have usually been categorized as the responsible, prepared person for most of my life. I mean I usually can be found at home most nights and not out partying (this was the case even before children) and in college I was known to have anything you might need… needle and thread to fix your ripped seam- I had it, bandaid- yup, tylenol- sure, stain stick- indeed, among many other things AND sadly I had most of these things with me at all times in my purse. I liked to think that it was good prep for having kiddos ;) That being said, I guess it’s only fitting that I have picked up a hobby to match my Granny ways- quilting! I have always enjoyed most types of crafting although sewing was never really my thing. I did a bit of it from time to time while working on projects for the kids or house projects but never loved it. However, this Christmas my wonderful husband got me my own sewing machine and since then I have been hooked! I love how simple it is to use my new machine (I was borrowing my Mom’s old machine prior to this and never quite got the hang of it) and I have been sewing during my free time. My first big project was a quilt for Jay. I fell in love with this cute car fabric, Peak Hour by Riley Blake, and thought that it would make a perfect blanket for my car loving kiddo. It’s not a perfect quilt (don’t look too closely at any of the seams, most of them are pretty wonky) but I did it on my own- including the machine quilting so I am pretty tickled with myself. And more importantly Jay loves it which means I am one happy Mama ;) I can’t wait to start working on my next project… now if only I could find a few more hours in the day to sew…

My sweet husband modeled the full quilt before leaving for work this morning, although his little helper preferred watching to participating.

Daddy and his helper

our helper

the front
the front

the back
the back

Jay also wanted to help show it off. The snuggling photos are my favorite, makes my heart smile.

Jay showing it off

not quite tall enough to hold it up

my helper

snuggling

snuggling

snuggling with elephant

family portraits

We had some family portraits done and man was it hard to get everyone to cooperate! We did manage to get one nice one with everyone smiling though :)

a group shot

me and my adorable hubby

just the boys

I know, I am a dork… but I am just tickled with how well (at least in my opinion) these little peg people came out. I bought some plain peg people awhile back from this etsy seller and didn’t end up doing anything with the for quite some time. I finally started painting them shortly after the New Year and I have done a little here and a little there until finishing them up today. It was a such a fun project and I already can’t wait to meet sweet baby #3 and work on their peg person! Jay is thrilled that they are finally done, he has been dying to play with them.

one year in flash (take two)

When I started thinking about Charlie’s first birthday party I was having a really hard time picking a theme that suited our family as well as Jay’s One Year in a Flash Party (original idea from here). And after thinking about it for a bit I realized that I could just do it again and I am so happy that I did- I really enjoy going through our photos to find a years worth of memories. We threw a One Year in a Flash Hot Dog Party (Hot Dog Party courtesy of one of my favorite blogs, recipe for crazy) and loved it.

Here are a few of the details from the party along with links to where I got things.

The invitation- I used Artboard to design his invitation, nothing special just a few cute photos of my sweet little boy and some party details.  We also did a time capsule for Charlie like we did for Jay and that info was sent along with the invite too.

 The drink table- We served sodas, the perfect complement to a hot dog in my opinion, and water. I used mason jars since I always have a ton hanging around instead of cups and got the paper straws from TJMaxx and amazon along with these really cute paper trays that we used instead of paper plates. We have a ton left over so I see them making an appearance at the next shrimp boil ;)

I used our big chalkboard to show off some of our month by month photos- I LOVE looking at these and seeing just how much they change in one year!

I saw a few chalkboard stats online (pintrest, etsy etc) and decided to doodle one for Charlie. I loved it so much that it’s actually still up but I will have to take it down soon…

I printed a bunch of photos using a coupon code at shutterfly to get all of these photos. I am pretty sure I only paid shipping for these which was like $4- yay!

The only other decorations that we had up were a one-year-old banner which I forgot to take a real photo of but here is one from my phone along with some framed photos. I printed the photos from mpix (my favorite photo printer) and used some frames that we had in the storage room to frame them.

Party favors- my go-to sugar cookies (I like edible favors since I don’t want to give someone something that they don’t really want anyway)

I printed the favor tags on my own, designed using Artboard (a Mac design program) and used the camera image that Nan designed for Jay’s party- thanks again Nan! (Check out her Etsy shop)

I wanted some chalkboard signs pretty desperately but I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for them so my lovely husband cut a bunch of shapes out of mdf for me (I drew what I wanted on the board for him) and I then I just painted them with chalkboard paint :)
here’s a phone photo of the progress and then one of the table where one was used

the food table… I used brown wrapping paper along with striped wrapping paper on the table (which was great to clean up) and made the cones for the popcorn out of the same paper. Our menu was hot dogs with all kinds of different toppings, including a Tulsa Dog and SoCal Dog, Mac and Cheese Bites, Strawberries, Caramel Corn (my Grandma’s recipe- it’s FANTASTIC!), and the best vanilla cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream Icing.

It was a great party, many thanks to all that came. We can’t thank you enough for celebrating our guys with us!

projects

It’s safe to say that I usually have a project (or two or three) underway at any given time.  I like to create, I like to make things with my own two hands and I really enjoy making gifts for others.  Creating has a way of recharging me that is SO, SO necessary to me these days!  So it works out well for me that fall is here (well almost if you are being technical about it) and the holidays are coming!!  I am so excited to get our fall decorations down and to begin working full tilt on some of my holiday preparations and homemade gifts.  Would you be jealous if I told you that I have already started on my Christmas shopping? Well I have, so be jealous ;)

Holiday prep aside most recently my projects have been centered on updating our home; however, in-between painting and reupholstering furniture I was able to make a few gifts for some sweet little people.  I am lucky enough to have dear friends that have either just had babies or have little ones on the way. And I, like many others, am a sucker for all things tiny.  Here’s a taste of some things I have been working on.

Some sweet headbands for baby Elise. I mailed them to Mississippi right before hurricane Ivan :( here’s hoping they arrived ok. And if they haven’t arrived yet, sorry Nan for the spoiler…

My models… Charlie had no choice but Jay begged me to be able to wear the headband too and who am I to refuse ;) Heaven help me if we ever have a little girl because the list of sweet baby girl projects I have in my head is ever growing.

A hand stitched mustache onesie for a little one that has yet to make his appearance. Really looking forward to December when I can cuddle with this one.

I have a few other things in the works that I will show soon, that is if I can remember to get photos of them. I am going to try my hand at quilting and I have a few crochet projects in the works too- yay for fall and cool weather projects!

crazy normal part 2

a few more from the phone

a GREAT mail day- now to get started on some projects ;)

he’s giving kisses now

prepping to wash the alphabet mat

what, you don’t wash foam letters in your dishwasher?

he is not a huge fan of the gate

he couldn’t quite get his hat off when he was riding in the car and this is how he looked when I opened the door

how many pears can I fit in my mouth all at once

paper, scissors, glue

impressive coloring skills for a 2.5 year old if you ask me