Friday, January 24, 2014

Blog world meet Ledger

We didn't do announcement pictures since I have been so nervous....

Blog world meet Ledger...
So, a while back...like December I said I would be back to blogging again and have an announcement.  Well, here HE is!  Ledger is due in June!  This picture is actually an older ultra sound picture (like between 13-15 weeks? so baby is quite a bit bigger now).  


How far along: 20 weeks 

Baby's Size: a bananas (and yes, I sang ba-n-an-as as I wrote that)
 
Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: 7 pounds, but I lost a few at first.

Maternity Clothes: I am in LOVE with maternity jeans.  Maternity shirts are still really funky on me.

Stretch Marks: Not yet...I feel like this question is made to jinx me.

Belly Button In or Out: In, hasn't really changed.

Sleep: Okay.  I wake up multiple times to use the restroom and have major hip pain if I lay on one side too long, but he's worth it.

Best Moment This Week: Having baby boy checked up on and seeing that so far, he is happy and healthy in there.

Symptoms: Having to use the restroom alllll the time and new this past week is an increase in appetite...I will have just eaten and literally feel hungry again.  And, if you can call it a symptom I am totally obsessed with making boy fashion cute...here are a couple outfits I've put together....Etsy will have ALL our money!


Worst Moment This Week: If this counts...anxiously awaiting feeling him move.  I have an anterior placenta (meaning it is in the front rather than the back and acts as a pillow between the baby and the uterus wall which is what you feel movement through), so the doctor said I wouldn't feel him until 21-24 weeks....but, I have been feeling a little tapping/thumping feeling every now and then when I am really still. 

Miss Anything?:  Oh, how I miss a nice bubble bath.  When we built our house one of my many only request was a jacuzzi tub and I got so used to using it often...showers just aren't the same.

Craving: Slushies for the win!

Queasy or sick?: Not recently.  

Looking Forward To: Nailing down some real finality to nursery ideas...I have some BIG ideas.  We will see.....

Mood: I cry at everything...don't even think about putting it on the Hallmark channel. But, overall I am happy...just need to get my crazy under control.

Movement: A little?!...waiting for it to become stronger and more consistent...but we checked on baby at my last appointment and he was moving all over the place, I just can't feel it yet.

Doctors Appointments: We went this week to have baby boy checked on because I was concerned about not feeling movement (my doctor rocks and does whatever to ease my mind) he's happy and healthy in there so far.  We also recently had his gender scan (biophysical check).

P.S. I'll work on an actual bump picture for the next post...I honestly haven't taken hardly any because I didn't start to show until the last week or so (and at work today everyone informed me I still don't look pregnant...does that mean I just look fatter or still the same?  They said same for the record, but my friend said her bump popped around this time, so I'm waiting for it).

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Back to blogging soon...

So, if you take them to read my blog you may have noticed I feel off the face of the earth.  To be honest, blogging became work...rather than something I was enjoying.  I could no longer keep up with my own favorite blogs because I was furiously trying to get my post ready for the next day all while having two jobs (wanna-be photographer and a full time teacher).  I miss blogging...the roots of it, not the sponsorships (which can be great, don't get me wrong), guest post, etc.  So, starting after Christmas I will be back to semi-regular blogging.  I will blog when I want to...not every single day, but a heck of a lot more than I am now.  I will also be sharing so news...so, if your up for it stay tuned.  

Merry Christmas Eve from my Momma's house to yours!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Blogging Issues

Blogging issues make me sad....

Hey all, hang with as my blog designer emailed me and notified me that parts of my blog (navigation bar, picture/intro) are down due to a site crashing.  I apologize for this, but I won't be posting until issues are fixed.   

Thanks all!  



Friday, October 4, 2013

DIY Fabric Banner

 Now that I have gotten into photography I am ALWAYS looking for simple (cheap) props that add some texture and definition to the background of pictures.  I have seen many variations of fabric banners (or any banners for that matter) used in pictures, so I decided to try my hand at making my own.

Things you'll need:
1 yard of at least 4 coordinating fabrics...but try not to go all "matchy matchy" or it takes some of the character away from the banner.
3 yards of twine (at least, I cut mine way longer because I didn't want it to be too short)
Scissors

Optional:
lace ribbon or other type of ribbon (I used a lace because I was going for a more vintage feel with my banner).

The next thing you'll need to do is decide from which side you are going to start cutting (this is a step that was not in any of the tutorials I found) if you unfold your material you will notice that you have the dimensions of a rectangle, with the longer sides being your yard.  If you decided to cut along the shorter side you will end up with longer pieces of fabric, therefore ending with a banner that is longer in lenth, but shorter in width.  If you decide to make your cuts along the long side (yard long) you will end up with a shorter length, but longer width.  I cut along the longer side.

You will need to make 1-2 inch slits all along the fabric. DO NOT try to measure or be perfect here...it doesn't matter...I promise!
 

Then, simply begin to rip the fabric along the cuts you made (this would be a great way to get kids involved).  


You will end up with however many piles of fabric that you chose to use.


Then, you will fold the strip of fabric in half (again, perfection is not the goal).  You will then place the halfed part under your twine and then bring the two ends up over the twine and put them through the top piece of fabric.  Then pull until tight on the twine. 


Make a pattern of your choice with your fabric.  Repeat the process until you are done.

Note: I put the lace ribbon about every 3 sets (or every 16 pieces of fabric), as the ribbon was pretty expensive (even 50% off) and I didn't have enough to include it with every set of 4 fabric pieces.


Now, you have a fabric banner that would be cute for so many things.

Ideas for use:
photography prop
above a bed
across a mirror
the skirt on a crib
and many more


Here is one way I used it in pictures....


Monday, September 30, 2013

photography: a royal affair

Just stopping in quickly to say hi!  I have been really really busy and I am not complaining, but it has reflected in my blogging.  I am working on several "how-to" pieces and a few other things, so stay tuned.

 For now, I will leave you with some pictures from my session this weekend...