Monday, October 24, 2011

Baby Rag Quilt

I found a tutorial over at DIY Divas for this adorable quilt...

Front


Back

All it took was a trip to Walmart for some flannel and a few hours.  It looks great all folded over the co-sleeper, right? Well, a little inside secret: I cannot do right angles well!  Seriously.  I had sewn the strips together without pinning them thinking it would all line up...well, i guess i can't cut straight either.  Not even with a cutting mat, a rotary cutter and clear plastic ruler board.  Yikes!  I ended up cutting a lot off to get it near rectangle.  Not a huge issue for a baby quilt since it's still huge for her and will keep her warm, but fora perfectionist it could be an issue to think through before attempting the project.

As I'd never done quilts before, I'd also never done binding.  Thanks to YouTube and this tutorial I figured it out!  And the hand stitching is practically invisible with the ladder stitch!  Definitely better than the whip stitch recommended.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pumpkin Steamers


I found this recipe while browsing Pinterest and, the pumpkin fan that I am, I HAD to try it.  The blog had labeled it a "Spiced Pumpkin Sipper", but since I don't know what a sipper is, I'm labeling it a steamer in my book.  (Thank you Starbucks influence.)

It's super easy and delish!  I've been making half the recipe for one serving for myself.  You add 1/2 cup pumpkin to 2 cups milk, less than half 1/4 cup brown sugar (I don't even add half the amount it calls for and it's still really good), some cinnamon and nutmeg (and maybe some cloves and allspice...), and an egg (my version...since it kinda reminds me of eggnog anyway) and vwala!  A scrumptious Fall warm version of a smoothie, veggie, dairy, and protein included!

Now back to sipping my steamer...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Labor Tips for Those Attending


For those who ever attend a birth or know someone's in labor, here's a tip: Be encouraging and don't have time expectations! Seriously...laboring mamas can feel those expectations. This is a natural process and may take some time. Asking, "so how are things going?" every 5 mins. is very discouraging. How about you simply watch the cues of the laboring mama? Is she acting normal, talking through contractions and doing chores? If so, you can assume that it may be a while and that "progress" is slow and simply not that visible. Is she stopping to groan and concentrate, screaming for drugs, or needing privacy? The baby may be here soon...and even if he/she isn't, please don't pace the floor or constantly check up as if you're in any more of a hurry than mommy and daddy are.

For those in labor: Just let people know when the baby's arrived. Ya, tell a select few who you know will be praying for you, with the expectation that you will let them know how things are going without needing them to contact you frequently, but think before you post it on facebook. It may be a longer haul than you hope.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lead Me




This video moved me to tears today...I feel most days I'm failing as a parent.  Yes, my kids are still alive and well, they give us hugs and kisses, tell us they love us...but I still find myself getting easily angered.  I read what the Bible says about love...

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

...and know I'm falling so short.  Patient, that's almost laughable...kind, I don't feel like I am when I'm disciplining them...is not self-seeking, oh Lord how selfish I am!...

I'm so glad their outcome isn't entirely up to me and that God didn't wait until we reached perfection to give us kids.  They can be such a hand full most times that it's hard to step out of the silly circumstances and see them as God sees them. 

I guess more and more I'm seeing them as the mirrors they are.  Before kids we can see how others are parenting "wrong", how they're "screwing up their kids", and can swear our kids will never act a certain way because we'll be raising them differently.  Then we have kids and instead of them reflecting our perfect parenting skills, they reflect our selfishness, our quirks, our bad habits, our thoughtless words...

Lord, thank you for our kids and the gift of motherhood.  Thank you that I'm not doing this alone.  Help me use the moments I feel like a failure to learn and grow in You.  Give me supernatural peace and joy throughout my day that I can reflect into their lives...and most of all, give me Your love for them.  Thank you that we could never live up to the love You have for them and us...let that sink into our hearts.  Help me give them back to you daily and help me take every opportunity to show them You.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hat Box Cake Project

Some time last week, I believe, I found a crafty blog with all kinds of tutorials.  I printed a bunch out and ended up attempting the hat box cake tutorial with felt frosting and all sorts of decorations

It turned out so pretty I thought I'd share...

 
Chocolate cake with strawberry filling!  (I painted the box instead of covering it with felt and, since I lack ribbon, used fabric.)


 
Chocolate felt frosting


 
Icing detail...


You can see the cake in the frosting...


 
Strawberry felt frosting with decorations - ribbon icing, homemade strawberries, candles (velcro instead of magnets), and store-bought flowers and butterflies


Decorating


and the cake's a nice container to hold all the decor!

I've been kinda hesitant at handing it over, feeling it'll never be as nice again...her tearing off the velcro decorations wasn't easy to watch, but did help me realize I really needed to work on securing those velcro dots.  Yeah for hot glue!