Aprons for Craft Hope

Remember a few months ago I shared a sock monkey I made for Craft Hope? If you haven't heard of it, Craft Hope is an organization devoted to distributing handmade items to people in need. Every month or two they host a different project that they ask people to contribute to. My sock monkey went to a child who lost his or her home in last summer's Texas wildfires.

The current project at Craft Hope is called "Aprons for Haiti." They are gathering cute, handmade aprons to distribute to women in Haiti, many of whom have never had anything pretty or special in their life. A woman who visited Haiti said that many of them seemed devoid of any hope or joy. When I think of all the lovely things I have, and what a wonderful life I have, I feel the need to give something back. This seemed like a great opportunity to put my sewing skills to work, and I hope that my efforts bring smiles to the faces of a couple of Haitian women.

aprons for craft hope

I used a very simple half-apron pattern from Prudent Baby, called the Fat Quarter Apron. While I didn't actually use fat quarters, I did use pretty fabrics I had picked up from the remnant bins at Joann's. Actually, every piece of these aprons was found in my stash - I didn't have to go out and buy anything.

aprons for craft hope

For the first apron, I used cute purple bobble trim to match the funky flower fabric. I finished it with a light blue waist and white grosgrain ribbons for ties.

aprons for craft hope

The second apron was a pretty traditional floral (but so pretty - love the colors!) that I trimmed with a scalloped white trim. Believe it or not, this was a trim that my grandmother had saved... it's finally getting some good use! I used the same scalloped trim for ties, leaving them long enough to wrap around the back and tie in a bow in the front.

aprons for craft hope

I have to say, I love crafting so much more when I am making things for someone else. Hoping these little aprons with be cherished.

27 weeks


what's cooking? [new baby things]: babe's lungs and immune system are coming right along.  they are growing and developing daily preparing her for life out here. she is sleeping in regular invervals, although i think she and i are opposite schedules.  go figure.  she can now open and shut her little baby eyelids, which do have eyelashes [awwww].   her brain is developing a lot right now.  i bet she's pretty smart in there.  babe weighs in at approximately 14½ inches and just over 2 pounds.
gender: teeny tiny little girl!

movement: she is a maniac.  she moves around all the time and she is getting so strong.  it is such a fun reminder that she is in there.  even at 4 in the morning, i get really excited to feel you wiggling around.

momma developments: major leg cramps in the middle of the night.  i've up-ped my water and banana intake in hopes that i won't wake up screaming in leg pain.  i'm still doing great!  my balance is getting worse and worse which should be comical.  i think it was this past week that i was trying on sandals and couldn't bend over sitting down to do the side clasp.  that was a new low.

total weight gain: 25-26 pounds.  yowzers.
maternity clothes: maternity bottoms always. some maternity tops and some normal. regular dresses are still doing the trick. i'd love to have some more maternity tops, i've feeling pretty constricted these days.

cravings: still wanting to drink a lot of dr. pepper [which is a caffinated no-no] & craving deli meat sandwiches [which again i'm not supposed to have].  where are my vegetable-fruit-all-things-good-for-your-baby-cravings?

anything hard?finding time for it all - and i know that is a reality for me even when we aren't planning for a little addition.  my to do list is ever growing, we have so many friends to celebrate & family to visit.  we are so blessed to have so many people to love on [who love us well too!] juggling that and planning and working and celebrating all just requires mental energy & a gigantic planner that i currently lack.

registering.  i'm still trying to figure out baby things.  i registered for a good amount more this weekend online and hope to have our second location knocked out later this week.  what kind of a crazy world we live in where we can ask for all kinds of baby essentials [and non] and our sweet family and friends will actually help us get them?!  we are too blessed.  so i'm not complaining about registering, just mentioning that it is so hard to know what is right. 

i need to read one million baby books.  i've read...well zero.  i did sign up for some baby-classes but i still feel like i'm utterly under-educated for little missy.

never forget:
we've just completed your second trimester.  do you know what that means?  we're two-thirds done and only a little bitty bit to go.  i can hardly stand it.  i have such a mix of excitement to meet you and twinge of anxiety to be more prepared for you.
we narrowed down your name to three options!  albeit three completely different options than what we started with but i'm hoping that means we're closer to a name [rather than farther].  i can't wait until we have a final decision and i can call you something everyday.  from there we'll just be waiting to put a face with a name.  could not be more excited!

your poppa and i have been having so much fun with you lately.  we've gotten to spend some time together which means you all have gotten sweet time together too.  your pop loves you so much & just cannot wait for you to be out here with us.  he's been able to see & feel you move all over the place lately.  i think he's a little jealous that i get to spend so much time with you.  ;) he's been talking to you, playing tag with you and fixing up all kinds of things around the house for you.   your crib is all set up, your dresser finally has hardware & you know have a dimmer so you can pick how bright your room needs to be.

this past week you got to see lots of friends and family.  they think you are getting SO big.  you got to go to your bff parker's first birthday party. and the brzinski family was in town for your great-grandma carol's birthday too!  weekend o'fun.  i think you basically lived in a party hat this weekend.

the last of the pre-baby things

dress: Liz Lange for Target, boots: Steve Madden


35 weeks! big mama!

this weekend was a mixture of fabulous and frightening. frightening was saturday. poor Cleobaby had 3 seizures so we had to take her to the emergency vet. she has a heart murmur and may be epileptic. it was so sad. did you know there are cardiovascular vet specialists? that's real. sigh. that puppy is such a lemon! 

fabulous was sunday! my baby shower in Selah! sister M threw me the most beautiful shower! and of course i didn't take any pictures--i'm absolutely terrible. it was so fun, and JJ and i are seriously so lucky to have most everything we need for JF. my parents got us the fancy stroller! so exciting! my dad and i struggled immensely putting it together last night, but it's quite the nice set of wheels. i even took Cleo for a stroll around the house in it. the shower was overwhelmingly perfect. it was so great to see so many people i love in one place, all there for me and JF. i loved it. thank you thank you thank you to everyone for coming! we are so blessed to have you all. 

yesterday afternoon after the shower every member of my family was dressed in matching pajamas, a fake pine tree was put up with little twinkly lights, and our traditional Christmas pull-aparts breakfast was made. we even had on a little Alabama Christmas music until we decided it was a little too weird. why was all of this done, you may ask? i wrote another story for Guideposts, this time a humor piece about how my sister M's dog Hank ruined Christmas (but not really). anyway, a photographer came to my parents house and we staged the event. everyone was quite grumpy with me that they were going in a national magazine wearing matching PJs. i reminded them that i win the unlucky award because i'm going in a national magazine 8 months pregnant with the matching PJs. 

it was a beautiful weekend (aside from Cleo's little health scare), and now all the pre-baby trips are over (we had to cancel the babymoon on account of JF's large, large self if he/she decides to come early). so now we wait. we wait for JF to come. omg. 

Two Sweet Frilly Cushions

These days I feel like the energizer bunny...
On top of my friend's shop opening soon, I need to fill up a stall 
at an event, all with baby goodies.
It is so very exciting and I hope to get everything done in time.


Today I finished these cute pink cushions, they will be used
with the previous bed cover I made. 


This set will be used in the room where the new mother
receives the well wishers of her new baby girl.


It includes a baby pillow, to carry the baby on.


I made a few table covers and this is one of them.


I also added a few tissue box covers
and tray liners to complete the set.






This is a diaper holder, and when the baby doesn't
need them anymore this hanger will look great in the bathroom 
with towels.


xoxo

I'll be linking up with 



The Weekend

This is one of my lazy weekend outfits from a couple weeks ago. My mom took the first few photos of me for this outfit post, and then my little sister took a turn at the camera. I love the photos she took. They ended up capturing a bit of my sillier side. We were giggling and laughing because she kept snapping photos when I was trying to instruct her on how to use the camera, and catching me running or making a funny face. 







Outfit Details
sweater and pants from Aritzia
Club Monaco tank top
Arturo Chiang flats
wrap bracelet from Dragonfly and Amber
Joe Fresh orange bangle

sour


skirt: UO, top: J.Crew, jacket; Tulle, boots: MIA, sunglasses: Betsey


i made the terrible mistake of leaving my hair dryer in CA. JJ's mom mailed it to me but it's not here yet, so i've been rocking crack whore hair all week. i hope you can appreciate it. i love how my belly is hanging out under the lowest ruffle on this shirt hahahahahaaa so ridiculous. 

last night as we were getting into bed, i smelled a sour smell. i said to JJ "oh no, i think Cleo has another ear infection, so typical." and he said, "why do you say that?" and i said, "because it smells sort of sour, and usually that means Cleo's ears are to blame." and he threw back his head and laughed. i stared at him and waited expectantly. "WHAT?! WHAT IS SO FUNNY?!"

he 
said

"i just stuck my finger in my bellybutton and itched it!!!! that's why it smells!!! HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHH"

like.  

just.
please. 

i hate him.

after i almost THREW UP, i got to thinking: how will i ever survive if JF is a boy and there's two disgusting males in my house that i have to deal with? 

Incense Containers


I've covered a few containers that the ladies 
here, keep sandal wood or other scented wood chips in.
This is used specifically on special occasions
like weddings or generally just to perfume the house.


I like the smell of sandalwood or agar wood burning, 
especially after frying fish.
It instantly takes away any unwanted odor.







No machine made lace can compare 
to hand made lace!
I love this lace collar, it has very delicate raised little flowers.




I hope you have a wonderful and 
creative weekend.
xoxo

Today I will join in with Cindy 


Spring Swap LookBook Shoot

Last Sunday I helped out with a photo shoot for the upcoming Spring Swap with The SWAP Team.  The SWAP Team invited a few bloggers to put together some outfits for a LookBook of some of the items that will be available at the Swap. We all also brought a bunch of our own clothes for the swap and added them to the pile of items to style for the shoot. It was so much fun working with Elle and Fela of Calgary Fashion, Necole of The Creative Mixx and Glorife of Fashionsign Magazine. Thank you Vanessa and The SWAP Team for having me at the shoot! I can't wait for the swap event on June 3rd!
Elle, Fela, Necole and Me
photo by Fashionsign Magazine





photos by Mark Derry
The swap events put on by The SWAP Team are really amazing and I always leave with some great finds, so I highly recommend going! Here are the details:

The SWAP Team presents: Take Off Your Clothes - Calgary
11am-5pm Sunday June 3rd
Hotel Arts
early bird admission - $8
advanced - $10
door - $12

for more information click HERE

L's pregnancy essentials

here are my top ten pregnancy essentials, enjoy!

The Best Pregnancy Dress Ever. so flattering, so versatile, SO comfortable. 



my cup. i'm OBSESSED with this cup. it goes everywhere with me. it's well-made, unlike a lot of those cheapy ones out there where the straw breaks after a week and the lid doesn't screw on right. i love the color and i love drinking out of a straw. and i'm so much better about drinking water when i have my cup with me at all times. JJ hears, "hubblestiltskinssss can you pleeeeease fill my cuppppp up with lots of ice and wattttterrrrrrrrrrrrrrr?!" like 10 times a day.  



Mama Bee Belly Butter. it is the best! i use it every time i get out of the shower and (knock on wood) no stretch marks so far! hurrah! it's mild and soft and lovely. 



heating pad! mine has completely saved my life a number of times when i thought i was literally going to die of back pain. i recommend getting one that shuts off automatically when it gets too hot, so as not to set yourself on fire if you fall asleep while using it.  


i know. SO gross. but seriously. i love these ugly damn shoes. they help immensely with back support, and are so comfortable. and my Mom pointed out that in wet Seattle weather, these slightly platformed clogs help to keep one up and above the rainy, sloppy streets. AND, it's kind of nice to just keep them by the door to slip on and off if you need to run outside. ok i need to stop. the list of "pros" is outweighing the "cons" for the Danksos, and i'm embarrassed.



TUM TUM TUM TUM TUMS! heartburn's a bitch! so i keep tums everywhere. i always have tums. they are the best. they are fast-acting and also have a nice dose of calcium. only do NOT make the mistake of getting the citrus flavor. vommmmmit. go berry or go home.



i love this book. i like the way it's written and i like the parenting style of the French. i want to be a chic French mommy! 





Old Navy maternity leggings. these are the BEST. new mommy B told me about them and they really are so ridiculously comfortable, i have been living in them. i didn't buy maternity jeans because i think they're ugly and ill-fitting unless they're designer, and i'm not about to drop $200 on a pair of full-paneled maternity jeans! leggings are just perfect. 



i struggle sitting comfortable on the couch nowadays, so i just bounce around on this ball. it's fabulous. it makes life so much easier. it's definitely coming to the hospital with us. 



it's hard not to buy real clothes when you're pregnant. really hard. like all i want to do is go and buy cute little summer dresses. but obviously i can't try anything on. so i allow myself little luxuries instead. and let me TELL YOU that diorshow blackout is the very best mascara in the world. but be forewarned: if you buy this, you'll never buy drugstore mascara again. ever. for the rest of your life. it's that good. it's so dramatically black and silky and fabulous. if you're in a fat pregnant rut, treat yourself to this treasure.

beast


skirt: F21, tee: Liz Lange, hoodie: Alternative Earth, Converse shoes


this is a comfy outfit. only i always trip when i wear Converse. i don't know why. and the combination of a big belly, a long skirt and Converse is sort of a trifecta for disaster. JJ's mom even called me last week just to say, "i worry about you wearing the long skirts. i don't want you to fall again." this is definitely an outfit that would condone a fall. ok i'm changing. like right now. into stretchy maternity leggings (shocker!) 

people with no sense of humor drive me nuts. like c'mon, would it kill you to have a giggle? GHODDDD. our birth class instructor doesn't ever joke or laugh. it's so annoying. how can you not laugh when you're talking about pooping while giving birth? that's funny shit right there, lady. 

last night she went around the class asking everyone for an update on their pregnancy and when it was our turn i said jokingly, "well i'm harboring a beast in here! baby is measuring big and is growing in the 88th percentile." and she looked very seriously at me and said, "we want to make sure we don't use terms like 'beast' in front of our babies, because it's a negative word, and our babies pick up on negativity." OMG, seriously?! COME ONNNNN i'm not going to call the baby "Beast" to its face, calm dowwwwn! 

honesty


the best pregnancy dress ever: Liz Lange for Target, chambray: H&M, cardigan/belt: Gap


on the plane i went to the bathroom lavatory (you never hear the word "lavatory" outside of a plane, why is that?) a few times and let me just say that lavatory lighting on planes is neither flattering nor forgiving. so by the third time i went, i just avoided looking in the mirror altogether. after the second time though, i sat back in my seat with a dramatic "harumphhhh" and JJ said "what's wrong?" and i said, "i'm just getting so fat in the jowls--it's so annoying." and instead of "your face is so skinny and you're so pretty and perfect with amazing boobs and a great brain," JJ said to me, "yeahhh, well you are getting a little chubster (CHUBSTER!) in the face, but you'll lose the baby weight fast don't worry."

i can always count on him to be honest.