In the Workshop: Halloween Fun

A couple of recent Halloween goodies from the workshop:

Isn’t it interesting how well placed gemstones can add to your design- this skull becomes a lot more interesting with the addition of orange glowing eyes!

Don’t you just love how the memory box die swirls seem like magic effortlessly shooting out of her hand?… as though she just cast a spell?

I also had an opportunity to teach another class at Checkered Cottage where participants made these 2 beauties: a vintage Halloween card and treat bag.  These projects utilize some of my favorite techniques: edging papers with gold and glitter, using dies, creating dimension with paper, and punching fun borders.

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Baby Bump Update: Week 23

Baby Bump Week 23

Time: October 16-22nd

Developmental Milestones: Baby girl’s first teeth are forming below her gum line. Her fingernails are almost fully grown at this point. Fun fact from Fit Pregnancy: blood travels through the umbilical cord at 4-miles per hour. Since her inner ear is fully developed, baby likely knows if she is upside down.

Cravings: Nothing in particular.

Highlights: Many people on our trip 2 weeks ago kept asking, “where are you hiding the baby!?”  This was one of the first weeks where I really felt and looked pregnant.  The bump seems like it has exploded in growth over the past few weeks!

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Happy Anniversary

Wedding Day

Photo taken by Karen Hendrix Photography

J and I are celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary today. I can close my eyes and easily recall the soft glow of the conservatory garden setting, the anticipation of performing our choreographed first dance in front of family and friends, the crisp chill permeating the air while we were taking photos, and the sweet smile on J’s face when he saw my dress for the first time.

Planning the wedding of my dreams in less than 3 months catapulted me into a new world of creative possibilities. Fortunately, I had the privilege of working with some amazing vendors that beautifully translated my visions into a stunning reality. My mornings and nights during the months of August, September, and October of that year were spent frantically searching for design inspiration that could be implemented immediately… And, so began my venture into the wonderful world of wedding and design blogs.

Wedding Day Bride

Photo taken by Karen Hendrix Photography

My whirlwind wedding left me with a desire to continue tackling new creative projects… whether it is learning a new stamping technique, testing a recipe in the kitchen, exploring new countries, or embracing lessons in practicing gratitude.

Today, I am so grateful for my marriage… all of it… the laughter, challenges, surprises, tears, and amazing adventures. My dear James- here’s to designing a sweet future… one that is full of more delicious adventures!

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Baby Bump Update: Week 21

Baby Bump Week 21

Time: October 2nd-9th

Developmental Milestones: Our baby girl is starting to put on weight this week. Her bone marrow is producing blood cells and her taste buds are processing the flavors of different foods.

Cravings: Nothing new this week… James and I splurged and enjoyed dessert on most nights this week!

Highlights: The majority of our week was spent in Maui, Hawaii. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or a more beautiful setting. One of the most exciting parts of the trip: feeling the baby move for the first time while on the airplane about an hour from our destination. I’m pretty sure I’ve felt these little flutters before but they were always so faint. Her little kicks were unmistakeable this time! Movements are still very sporadic.

In addition to exploring amazing waterfalls and relaxing at the beach, James and I had 2 outstanding culinary treats.  We sampled the BEST banana bread at Julia’s and ordered the BEST dessert at Mama’s Fish House. I can’t even begin to describe how delicious Mama’s Hana Banana Macadamia Nut Crisp was- we devoured it! More details to come about our tropical “Babymoon.”

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October Happenings!

I absolutely love Fall and especially the month of October. Despite the chill in the air, it is usually still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities.

Inspired by the to-do lists I’ve seen pop up on Pinterest, as well as this awesome post HERE, I’ve crafted my own bucket list for this “wonderFALL” season!

2012 Fall To-Do List

  • Dress up the front porch with cheerful, bright mums!  DONE!
  • Decorate the house for Halloween.  DONE!
  • Visit the pumpkin patch with James.
  • Savor the changing leaves.  DONE!
  • Make pumpkin bread and cookies.  DONE!
  • Make homemade chili with my Mom.  DONE!
  • Enjoy sitting on the patio while it is still warm.
  • Design or find a fun maternity Halloween costume.  DONE!
  • Bake a pie with my Grandma.
  • Continue our Friends Thanksgiving tradition.  DONE!
  • Be grateful, everyday.  WORK IN PROGRESS!

It’s already starting to look like Halloween around here! Last year, a good chunk of our house was under renovation so I opted not to pull out any decorations.

Halloween Decor

Photo taken by Kate Hayes at our Halloween party in 2010!

We have lots of reasons to celebrate this month: our 3rd wedding anniversary, J’s 30th birthday, and an upcoming whirlwind trip to the beach!

 

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Sneak Peak: Celebrating Baby Girl

This past week or so has been absolutely jam packed with preparing class instructions, teaching workshops, meeting deadlines, and feeling infinitely grateful.  We have also been celebrating the news of our healthy baby girl!

Sneak Peak: Gender Reveal Party

Here’s a sneak peak at some elements at our gender reveal party.  This gorgeous bouquet graced our main table:

Baby Gender Reveal Centerpiece

….as well as these cute homemade lollipops!

Baby Gender Reveal Lollipops

And those confetti poppers in the first image?  They might have played quite a large role in our reveal method!  Can’t wait to share more details about this fun evening!

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Baby Bump Update: Week 19

Baby Bump Week 19

Time: September 18-25th

Developmental Milestones: Our ultrasound this week showed Baby is a sweet little girl! She is the size of a mango and constantly moving around. We even saw her cover her ears at one point during the ultrasound! Vernix caseosa has formed a protective layer around her body that will protect her skin for the next couple of months.

Symptoms: Feeling great!

Cravings: I’ve been on a roll with cheesecake!  James and I went out to dinner this weekend and we ordered a slice of their house cheesecake to go.  It was drizzled in caramel… simply amazing!

Highlights: We couldn’t be more thrilled with the news from our ultrasound! All of Baby’s measurements were on track and appeared to be healthy! I am so relieved. The past couple of weeks have been a bit nerve wracking since I am not showing a whole ton and I haven’t felt the Baby move yet. Our wonderful ultrasound technician explained that this was quite normal with an anterior placenta.  In this position, the placenta acts as an extra cushion between the Baby and your outside tummy- making it even harder to feel those first flutters of movement.

The day after we found out the big news, we hosted a reveal party for several close friends and family members.  It was such a fun and memorable night.  More details to come!  Right now, I’m enjoying this gorgeous profile pic:

and this adorable pic of our Baby’s hands:

Our ultrasound technician explained that the baby’s thumb is in a different plane on the left-hand side, which is why it doesn’t show up in the photo.  It was such a gift to see this little one moving around and to listen to her heartbeat.

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Guest Posting at Eighteen25!

Have you heard of Eighteen 25’s Spooktacular September?  These lovely ladies are featuring fun Halloween craft ideas from other bloggers every day this month.  I am honored that they shared my idea for Halloween Treat Bags today!  Head over to Eighteen25 to see what I made with this fun spider embellishment and craft paper!

Handmade Halloween Treat Bags- Spider Embellishment

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Halloween Cards at Checkered Cottage

I am so excited to be joining the Checkered Cottage team of teachers.  This charming paper crafting store sells a variety of beautiful papers, embellishments, exclusive card design templates, and stencils.  They have a dynamite schedule of Fall classes right now.  Here is my take on Halloween…

Introducing a Haunted Trio of Designs:

Handmade Halloween Card

Class participants will make these fun Halloween cards, which feature Graphic 45 and Bo Bunny papers, intricate Memory Box dies, punches, and glitter!

Happy Haunting Halloween Card

Check out Checkered Cottage on Facebook for more updates from the shop!

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Baby Bump Update: Week 17

Baby Bump Week 17

Time: September 4th-10th

Developmental Milestones:  Baby’s ears are developing so he or she is able to hear our voices!  Tiny fingerprints have also formed.

Symptoms:  Feeling great except my sleeping patterns have really been affected the past couple of weeks.  I don’t remember the last time I’ve actually slept through the night!  Lately, my lower back and tailbone have started hurting.  I’ve gotten the go ahead from the doctor to see a chiropractor so hopefully I will get some information on some helpful stretches.  At my prenatal check-up last week, I received a flu shot- wow, my arm is still sore from the injection.  Ouch!

Cravings:  Nothing new this week!  Currently, loving Strawberry ice cream.

Highlights: The doctor found the Baby’s heartbeat immediately at our check-up last week!  It sounds so strong!  We also made THE appointment!  We will be finding out whether Baby is a he or she on September 20th!  J and I can’t wait.  I am also really looking forward to the first signs of movement, which should be happening anytime now.  Still waiting on developing that cute baby bump.

*Credit: I found this charming blog, Little Baby Garvin, through Pinterest and loved her chalk designs documenting her pregnancy.  I couldn’t resist trying my own hand at creating a fun update sign!

 

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