She’s Here…

February 24, 2013-7807Miriam Rae Hill was born February 14th, weighing 7 lbs 14 oz and she was 20.5 inches long.  She is perfect and we are in love.

So, obviously she’s been here for a little while, and I apologize for not blogging, but Rae and I have been enjoying each other.  She is a sweet baby with a lot of hair and she looks just like her Daddy.

I have much more to share, her birth story, (which was uneventful thank goodness), my thoughts on being a new mommy, sleep, what we eat as new parents, and of course lots of things I’ve made for her.  I also have a ton of pictures to share…


Happy Anniversary

Today is our two-year anniversary.  Two years ago we had the most perfect day on Tybee Island, and a great night in Savannah celebrating with everyone we love.

Kevin, Happy Anniversary love.  You continue to make me happy and feel like the most important thing in the world.  I’m a lucky girl…

It was a perfect day.  Thank you to Vanessa for capturing the beautiful pictures.

Stuffed Animal Owl

Since I’m having a baby I admit I have some baby DIY projects on my mind.  I wanted to make a stuffed animal, so decided to make one for little Gray, Vanessa’s adorable son. This was really simple, and I will probably be making some for our little girl, as well as the many kids in our family.

First I just cut out an owl on construction paper. I folded it in half to make sure it was symmetrical.

And then traced it onto fabric.

I then pinned the owl onto some softer minky fabric.

This will be the back of the owl.  Once everything was cut out I just sewed right sides together, leaving an opening for the batting.

Now. this is what I’ll do different next time.  I had originally thought I would just have the owl, without a lot of details, but once I was finished with this step I decided it did need a little more detail.  Next time I will sew this onto the patterned fabric before sewing the two pieces together.  This time I just used my liquid stitch.

I just cut out some eyes and a beak.

And glued them right on.  I let them dry overnight.

Then I decided I needed some wings.

Once everything was dry, I just stuffed it and sewed the opening.

My favorite part is the different textures.  Especially for a little baby.  And there are so many animals you could make.  This was really easy, stay tuned for more I’m sure…




November Birchbox Man

Kevin received his Birchbox and as I normally do, I opened it.  I do pack everything the way it came so he can enjoy opening it too.  Turns out he really doesn’t care about me packing everything back in the way it came…

The box is bigger and I like how it slides open.  I use these to hold jewelry when we travel.

This is what he got this month.

American Crew Shave Gel, Evolution Wash and Buff (this is a face scrub), Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Shampoo and Conditioner (he doesn’t use conditioner, wonder if he’ll start or if this will be mine…), Atelier Cologne, and Old Calgary Oxford Card Sleeve Wallet.

He always likes what he gets and normally tries everything.  Just like my Birchbox, many of these items are great for travel.  This would be a great Christmas present for a Dad, Brother, or Husband.  I like that they normally include some type of gadget, or non “beauty” product.  Guys love gadgets.

Baby Love

As you all know by now from this post, Kevin and I are expecting our Baby Girl in February. I had these great plans of making our baby bedding, because I made Vanessa’s and really enjoyed it and loved how it turned out.  You can see that here.   Well, once we decided what we wanted I started the fabric search.  I looked everywhere.  Everywhere.  I found exactly what we wanted but noting for less than $20.00 a yard.  That was more than I wanted to spend.  I was really driving my self crazy and it was starting to stress me out a bit.  It was about this time that Kevin reminded me that I would be making a lot of things for Baby Girl so I didn’t have to make the bedding.  So we bought the perfect set from Pottery Barn.  I won’t share now, because I want to wait til the room is put together…

I will however share the first project I made for our girl and her room.

The inspiration came from Carrie Bradshaw’s “Love” art she had in her apartment after she had it re-decorated… From Sex and the City if you didn’t know who Carrie is.

Obviously different but you get the idea.  So, first I just went through my fabric.

And had to narrow it down to 4.

I had printed off the letters and just cut them out to make a stencil.  First I pinned the letters onto the ironed fabric and cut them out…

But then for the V and E I just traced the letters on the backside of the fabric (reverse the letter too) and this was an easier approach.

So after the letters were cut out I placed them on the canvas I picked up at JoAnn’s for 50% off and crossed my fingers for a good fit.  No, I didn’t measure a thing.  I’m more of an eyeball it kind of girl.

There’s my canvas and the dimensions…

Okay, so next was a bit trial and error.  I had in my mind to Mod Podge the entire thing, but then decided that I should somehow glue the letters a bit so I used my handy Liquid Stitch.  I glued the letters down and applied a thin layer of Mod Podge over the letters. The directions say to let dry about 20 minutes between coats, but I let mine dry for about 24 hours.  (Truth be told I started doing something else and didn’t go back to it til the next day.) The next day I applied another thin coat and that’s pretty much it!

And here’s a close up of each letter so you can see the fabric I chose.

I can’t wait to see it when the room comes together.  Stay tuned.

October Birchbox

You know I love my Birchbox…well I should let you in on a little obsession I now have.  That would be anything I receive monthly in the mail.  Here’s the list of what our house gets each month.  I may need an intervention…

My Birchbox, Kevin’s Birchbox Man, Stitch Fix, and I got Kevin a cigar of the month club. Vanessa has started receiving the Glam Bag, which you can read about here, and I want that too.  I really think this idea of a monthly subscription is becoming more common and I’m a fan.  It’s not good for our bank account, but receiving it is fun!  I’ll be sure to post about my next Stitch Fix and Kevin’s Birchbox when I receive those.  And the cigars if you want, but I can promise you I won’t have anything to say about them…

Okay, so now on to my October Birchbox.  A few week ago, Birchbox sent me an email asking if I wanted the regular Birchbox, or if I wanted to try to Goop Box.  I had heard of Goop before, it’s a digital media and e-commerce company founded by Gwyneth Paltrow.  I decided to go with the Goop box.

I liked this box.  I received Essie nail polish which I love.  I have been using anti-age serums lately so I was happy to receive Joanna Vargas Daily Serum.  I’ve been using this, and although it’s too early to see any results it feels good on my face. I also received Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Orange Flower & Lychee Liquid Body Cleanser.  I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s the perfect travel size.  I also got Naked Princess Luscious Lip Gloss.  I also love lip glass and a girl can’t have too many.  Birchbox also threw in a Luna Fiber Bar in Chocolate Raspberry.

So what did you all get in your Birchbox?  I know my sister got different items, and I love to hear what everyone got!


She’s back…and has some news

I know, it’s been a really long time since my last post.  I’ve missed all my blog friends, followers, and just writing blog posts.  I can assure you I’ve been busy, have completed tons of projects, and have been staying up to date on all of my favorite blogs.

For those who don’t already know, I have some big news.  I’m going to let the pictures do the explaining…

ImageDecaf coffee…

ImageA gift from my mother in law…

ImageBaby registry…

ImageSweet Baby Girl shoes…

ImageSweet Baby…

Image22 week bump…

We’re having a baby girl!  She will arrive sometime around February 19th and we are so happy.

I have felt really good throughout the pregnancy.  I really don’t have an excuse for my blog vacation except that Kevin and I were just enjoying this and each other.  I have missed blogging and now I’m back.  I’ve been doing a ton of sewing, and can’t wait to make things for Baby Girl.  I’ve gotten a lot of practice with making baby things for Vanessa, who just welcomed her adorable little boy Gray.

So there you have it, I’m going to be a Mom!