Lately we’ve been hanging out at home a lot more. I’m tired a lot! :) But growing a human will do that to you. Lucky Charms have been a staple in our diet lately. I crave cereal, and only eat it when I’m pregnant, this time around it’s Lucky charms. Hmm…now I want some lucky charms. ;)
Luke got his first taste not to long ago and has started requesting them for breakfast. :) I indulge him occasionally. He’s getting really good at drinking the milk at the end.
But even though we are taking it slower lately I do have some things to share later this week. A tutorial, a single girl quilt, and hopefully I can get a post up about my project life this week or next, a project that I am seriously loving. See you later this week!
Most of the quilts I make end up being gifts. But I have made several that hang around our house. A couple in the living room, one of the foot of our bed for our feet, and one for Luke’s crib. Which I realize after typing that is only 4 actual quilts in our house that I have made. I have gifted over twice as many as I have kept. Hmm.. I guess that’s good. ;)
But anyway…. when we are in the living room cuddling, or “pretend” napping Luke gives us each our own quilt. Since there are three of us it doesn’t always work out. ;) So I made Luke a patchwork quilt for the living room.
I used mainly Lotta Jansdotter’s Bella Line. Not all the prints, but most. I added in a couple Kona solids. Don’t hold me too these colors, but I think they are Kona, Buttercup, Carribean, and Coal, and bound in Ash. I can’t remember specifically if these are the colors, but I think so. ;)
I cut 6.5″ squares and used 1/4″ seams as usual for a final measurement of 4′ x 5′.
For the back I used a polka dot sheet I used and added some roads onto the back for Luke to play on. Isn’t that such a great idea? Lindsey from That’s what Lindsey said did this on the back of one of her quilts for her son and should it to me via Instagram. So awesome! :)
I quilted it with zig zags using the points of the squares as my guide. Super fast and simple especially on a smaller quilt.
He like’s it! :)
This is the first quilt I have made that is purely squares in a random layout. It was super fast and I finished this in two short night sessions and one naptime. I need to make more simple quilts. :)
He is gaining quite a collection of books since his birthday and Christmas are both in the same month. I will often buy him a book when we visit a thrift store too. We have drawers full and a pile in the living room, and then a large bucket full that used to sit on his ottoman next to his chair. The bucket full was beginning to be a problem, He would only pick the two books on top and ignore the books he had to dig for. So I had to come up with a solution. I saw someone on my IG feed use cool metal wire like plant holders in her daughters room, and of course the IKEA spice racks (out of stock at my local IKEA till mid February), and a couple neat homemade racks too. I would more than likely have used the IKEA spice racks had they been in stock, so glad they weren’t. :)
My final solution, the same galvanized planters from west elm that I used here in my wrap station. I can’t find them on there site, but I just bought these last week at my local West Elm and they had plenty. They work great, so far. :) They don’t have any sharp edges, they fit pretty perfectly in that space, and they hold a lot.
As soon as I hung them, with Luke’s ever hovering help, he went right over and started reading books he hasn’t touched since before Christmas. Win Win.
His favorite Books right now: anything Richard Scarry – Busytown and anything Curious George are his top picks, but he also likes anything construction related, and a flag golden book – he now knows he is an American and can point out American flags, cracks me up. :)
This little reading nook will be staying once baby #2 moves in. We use it multiple times a day and there’s not much else you can put in front of a window. We will definitely be changing a bunch of other stuff up and moving things around since they will be sharing. I also plan on using the same color scheme of navy, gray, white, with hints of teals and yellow. If we have a girl I will just add some coral or pink to her area by the crib. I am kind of excited to transform this room a little but it will wait for a while since we will be keeping Luke in his crib as long as possible.
How do you store your kids books? I would love to see your solutions! I have to find a better one for downstairs now. :)
Luke loves to figure things out, he is constantly asking what’s that noise, what does that do, how does that work, and don’t get me started on things he can open, latch, tinker with. I am not sure if this is a normal toddler thing or boy thing as he’s my first but it makes for some fun and dangerous times. :)
So….I made him a latch board. I have wanted to make one for the past year for him but after seeing Young House Love’s they made their daughter this year I put it on the top of the New Year’s list. Young House Love’s DIY is super comprehensive so if you are looking for detailed pictures of the actual process check out there post.
I simply grabbed some of the cabinet grade finished plywood I had left over from Luke’s train table and cut it down to 23″wide x 30″ tall. I then sanded the heck out of it reducing my sandpaper grit a couple times to make sure it was super smooth with no splinter possibilities since I am not planning on sealing it. Once it was smooth and ready to go I marked out the strips and used Frog Tape (seriously amazing) and taped off the stripes. I rubbed all the edges of the tape nice and good so there was no bleeding.
Once the stripes where dry (two coats Martha Stewart craft paint in satin Meadowlark) I laid out all my latches and handles and screwed them all down. I used a couple Utility Handles, Key Locking Hasp, Barrel Bolt, Gate Hook and Eye, Adjustable Staple Hinge Hasp, Sash Lock, Door Chain, Several Carabiners, and Screw Eyes. I found some in my miscellaneous junk and bought the rest at Home Depot. There is probably a ton of other stuff you can use.
I had it sitting out for him when he came downstairs one morning and he played with it for a good 30 minutes straight. Several days later he is still loving it. It will be mounted to a wall in his play area in the basement and the top stripe is empty because I am going to add numbers across the top.
Have you made a latch or gadget board for your munchkin? Leave me a link so I can check it out.
I have several boards pinned on my Luke Danger Board on Pinterest if you would like to check out some others for inspiration.
I started this year with one little word as my guide: Seek I have seen scrapbookers use this method to motivate their year and have always loved the idea but never done it. This year I thought I would try it out. So I thought and thought and finally settled on Seek.
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord , have never forsaken those who seek you.
This year I want to seek God more and improve me personal relationship with him because the last couple years I have been way to lax and excused my laziness with being a new mother. But there are no excuses in my book for not working on my relationship with God. So I strive to seek God and His plans for my life as best I can.
This year I want to seek myself. In that I want to find my niche, be confidant in myself, body image, personality, beliefs, everything, and that will take some seeking to get there because I always had issues with confidence and knowing exactly who I am. I don’t know if I will get to the point of being perfectly myself as we are always changing and nobodies perfect. I would like to start down that path of loving myself and being happy with what I am and where I am currently instead of always dreaming of what could be.
This year I want to seek how to make these last months as a family of three memorable and also seek out how to be a great mother as we transition into being a family of four. My husband and I fully believe our children are the Lords and He has intrusted them to us to care for, love, and raise them in a Christ like manner. I haven’t been doing the best job on being a fun and Christ like mom lately with feeling so awful with this pregnancy but I am hoping to seek out how to find that balance for the rest of my pregnancy, and continue it throughout the year.
This year I want to seek out simplicity. I have to much stuff. :) To put it simply! ha. I would like to declutter, detach myself from stuff, and get rid of things. This also stretches to organizing and being on top of things like meal planning, activities and such. I am relatively organized but I like pretty things and my crafting, thrifting, vintage loving self has issues with leaving things behind. ;) So seeking simplicity is a must this year as our family expands.
Do you have a word this year? I would love to hear about it or just your goals.
The photos in this post have nothing to do with my word of the year. I did the 10 on 10 and haven’t got to post them yet. But as you can see it was a lazy day at home. ;) One of the best ways to spend your day.
Joining in with Jeanette at liferearranged today for Insta Friday! Come link up, or just check out all the fun peeks into everyone’s life’s. ;)
working on my December daily album…in Janruary /Luke is growing to fast about to make the transition to all 3T / cutting scraps and scraps for my #scrappytripalong quilt
He’s a fan of shovels and rakes..part of his collection / #scrappytripalong is growing (check out the hashtag on instagram for tons of beautiful quilts)
It was 35 degrees we called it a heat wave and escaped to the park / #scrappytripalong top done! I did Christmas theme since I have been wanting to make a Christmas Quilt for several years and can never get it done before Christmas / I got a new rug! from rugsusa.com they had a 60% off sale and it was just over a $100 (squeal) now they have a 35% off sale
this hair everyday, it can not be tamed / playing at a friends house / quilting a vintage sheet plus quilt
binding is ready to go (and currently half done) / making a plea to Uncle Doug for a HooRag / taking inventory and doing some planning and scheming for my shops look and stock this year. It’s woollypetals on etsy if your interested! ;) (shameless plug)
I love Instagram and am there multiple times daily, usually! So come find me if you want, woollypetals, or just check in here on the blog every couple weeks. :)
I made Luke a Train Table for Christmas! I have wanted to make one for him ever since he was a babe and I saw Aubrey and Lindsay’s over at Little House Blog and thought the floor version was genius since we don’t have enough room for an actual table. Luke was only about a year last year for Christmas, still to little. But I saw Young House Love’s for there daughter this fall and that clenched it for his Christmas gift this year.
I determined the size based on the layout that worked best for our pieces and the size underneath our sofa which is where it will slide for storage. It is roughly 27″ wide x 52″ long. I purchased the Melissa and Doug figure 8 set and had some other random piece I had thrifted a year or so ago to add the hill and longer stretch to the track.
I had the board cut down at Home Depot (love that service) and then primed and painted it green. I then added a road, a pond, and some trees around the track. Leaving some large green space for imaginative play. It was a super simple process, just time consuming considering all the drying time. I Sealed with clear coat to help it last longer.
The tracks are nailed in the from the top, and the taller pieces and lifts for the hill track are screwed in from the bottom. I love the look of Young House Love’s with no nails, but I decided against that as I had to make shift this in my basement since our garage with all my tools and saw horses is not heated. I also used some wood glue on the taller parts that are more prone to get pulled off or shifted since they are not flush.
I think he likes it. :) He calls it his “road” or “track”. He is not into the actual trains as much as running his cars and motorcylces all over it. But I think he will get more into the trains as he gets older. :) It made for a fun and successful Christmas.
Did you DIY any Christmas gifts this year? I would love to check them out if you did. :)
This past couple weeks have been lovely. Full of Family and Friends and lots of new toys! Not a lot of instagramming or online activity over here the last couple of weeks. Just soaking in the season and enjoying the joy of my son.
This is what we’ve been up too…
shopping lists were checked off / Bowties were worn / gingerbread houses were made
gifts were wrapped / snow that never came was watched for / zoo lights were seen
gifts were finished (and given) / music was listened to / water was consumed from my poppy and pearl glass
eyebrows were raised / train table was/is played with / fabricworm fabric was received
Luke is pretty excited that our little family is growing come June 2013!
That’s right a tiny little baby will be joining us and we couldn’t be more excited! We found out the beginning of October and I have been itching to shout it to everyone! I keep teasing David that it is twins since I have been so sick but, it’s confirmed to be just one. :)
Spread em boys!
The two pictures above are outtakes my sister snapped at our Christmas Photo shoot with my brother, Beyond The Well Photography. I will be sharing the professional pictures when we get them . :) Can’t wait!
I will try and not post purely baby things from here till the baby is born, but no promises. ;)