Wednesday, February 23, 2011

30 for 30, week 4

I am slowly plugging away at this, but realizing I wish I had picked more layering pieces instead of the cardigans! Live and learn... Here's what my week was like:

Wednesday: I love this cardigan! Not really sure if it is a cardigan since it has no sleeves, but for my purposes that's what I'll call it. The detail on the back is so unexpected and fun, although now I realize I had my hands in front of me and it looks like I'm armless. Whatever.
Thursday: Errands around town... Bug to Joy school, etc. My mom made me the hat, which I totally love, and the Jacket is Gap (thrifted). Outerwear doesn't count for the 30 items, and it was warm enough to just wear a jacket- even though it was snowing- so I took the opportunity.
Friday: Oh, how my days run together. I can't remember what I did... but I am surprised by how much I liked this outfit combo. I was worried about too much blue, but I think it works.
Saturday: Shopping with the fam in Idaho Falls. Officially half way through the challenge!
Sunday: Church was cancelled due to lots and lots of snow, but I didn't know until after I got dressed. It worked out... got another day home with my hubby & girls and also figured out I have outgrown this shirt. I was tugging it over my tummy all day. Guess it's out of the rotation!
Monday: I don't know how I feel about the skinny jeans tucked into theese boots, it just seems strange. They don't stay tucked in quite as well as I'd like, but they get points for function in the snow.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

a little gifting

One of my little girls friends turned 3 this week, and I made her this little bag & skirt. I love a mom who appreciates a homemade gift, and hers sure does!
The bag I based loosely off this tutorial, and I think it's an adorable gift bag. It took way less than a fat quarter to make it, and was super quick to put together.
 I also finally bought the Twirl Skirt pattern from Lil Blue Boo, I have been eyeing it for a while. This was the perfect excuese, I would have bought her a gift anyway, and I can reuse it for my kids!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

30 for 30, week 3

Kendi's 30 for 30; week 3
It seems like this last week was a super busy one, I worked an extra shift and I am totally worn out! Here's what the week looked like in outfits:
Thursday: Taught Bug's Joy School- it was a lot of hands-on science experiments, so I opted to wear a plain shirt so I didn't get food coloring on anything that still fits well!
Friday: babysat my niece, ran errands. This shirt is not maternity, but fits well over my 31 week baby bump!
 Saturday: I have no idea what we did that day... this shirt is also not maternity, but I have almost outgrown it. One more week I think and it has to wait until after delivery to be worn again.
 Sunday: Church- I work with the little kids, so I tend to go a little casual.
 Monday: Bug had Joy School, so we took her there & back, Moo and I ran errands together - delivering valentines & such. Nice to spend time with just her once in a while!
 Tuesday: I had a meeting with some ladies from church, which the kids love because they come and have a play date with friends.
I bought this shirt thinking I would love the linen-y feel to it, but never have worn it before. I finally figured out why: this awful lion mane collar! It looked super-matronly.  So, I took my scissors and snipped it off, leaving a much nicer neckline.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The gypsy top

A while ago, I stumbled across the Boden website and totally have fallen in love with their clothes. So, inspired by this top, I recreated the look of the shirt by modifying the Sweet Dress... again. The pattern has totally been worth the money!
Starting with a thrifted shirt:
I cropped the pattern into a tunic, shirred all the way around the top, and left the sleeves without elastic.
Our photo shoot started out a little rough...
But with Cat in the Hat on TV as a distraction and m&m's as a bribe, we both made it through. 
I fought good and hard to add the button detail like the Boden top, but Bug insisted I was done sewing it. Can't win them all, I guess. In the end, it's perfect for my little curly-haired gypsy.

My sweet Moo dumped my good camera off the table yesterday, breaking it, so and I am back to my basic point-and-click, which I am not too happy about. Guess I'm in the market for a new camera!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

30 for 30, week 2

Let me preface this post by saying that I HATE our couch. The cushions are all floppy and never stay up right, they drive me nuts. I'm not sure what is worse, the ugly couch in the background or the bathroom lighting...
Apparently I only got dressed a couple times this week... between working in the afternoons and the temp being so low, I had no need to leave the house. That and anything tight makes my acid reflux a nightmare, so jammies help combat that. That's probabaly also why when I did get dressed, I wore a dress!

Saturday- I ran errands with the girls, left my hair in a ponytail becuase I worked that evening. Now that it's longer, I tend to keep it back... you never know what is going to happen at work! It didn't take me long in this outfit to figure out the belt isn't going to work anymore. Just not enough room to squeeze a wide belt in anymore!
 Sunday - church. I love these boots for the fall & winter!
 Tuesday: babysat my brother's girl and taught Joy School at our house. Never left, so no shoes. I love no shoes days, especially now that my feet don't fit into most of them!
 Wednesday: errands with the girls (aka. running to the grocery store for food cravings...)

Friday, February 4, 2011

a little heather ross love

I purchased a small bundle of Heather Ross prints with the intention of making my baby boy and my sister's baby girl (due 3 weeks apart!) matching boy/girl blankets. We agreed that we both love this style, {wonky stars} and I sliced the fabrics into little squares for the star centers. I ended up with lots of little pieces... too little to do much with, but too cute to throw away. Inspired by this great tutorial, I made a little "i spy" quilt for Moo's doll.
 It took a lot of thought and rearranging to get it the size I wanted. Although I am still a little hesitant to give that child a blanket that is predominantly white, I love how it turned out!
{measures 15 x 18 1/2}
Moo chose a polka dot for the back (she may be brainwashed by this point... either that or all I have in my stash are dots!) and insisted on pink and pink for border and binding. These fabrics were so much fun to play with, I can't wait to get the rest of the fabrics together to make the wonky stars quilts!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

30 for 30 challenge

Being unsure if this will be our last baby, I haven't wanted to spend much on maternity clothing. I also don't want to wear most of the clothes I wore with my other two pregnancies. So, to celebrate what I do have, I have joined up with Kendi Everyday and am doing her '30 for 30' challenge. Read more about it here, but basically you pick 30 items in your wardrobe including shoes and sweaters, and remix them for 30 days. Here are my 30 items:
 Tunics: 1- Ogle, from botique in Jackson 2- Loved by Heidi Klum 3- Momzee, borrowed from SIL
 Dresses: 4- Gap, thrifted 5- Motherhood 6- No Boundaries
 Shirts: 7- Anthropologie, 8- Target Maternity, 9- Motherhood, 10- Motherhood, 11- Motherhood, 12- Old Navy Maternity, 13- Downeast
 Skirts: 14- Motherhood, 15- Old Navy Maternity
 Pants: 16- Motherhood bootcut, 17- Skinnies from Ross, 18- Black slacks from Ross?
 Basic tees- 19-21, all Downeast Basics (With plenty of weight gained by this point in the chest area, I usually wear one for a little more coverage...)
 Sweaters/Cardigans: 22- Forever 21, 23- From Ross, 24&35, Kensie Girl from James&CoJH (my sister-in-law owns the company, when I am not pregnant it's where I shop!)
Shoes: 26- Steve Madden Boots, 27- Blowfish, 28- Target, 29- Steve Madden
I also plan on using my snowboots, mostly just because of where I live. So there you have it! My 30 items! I found it a lot harder than I anticipated because I am not sure how much I will gain in the next month (or so, it may take me a while to get through all 30 outfits!). Not everything is maternity, and I am wondering if I am going to regret those pieces... we'll see!

Here are my first two outfits:

 {Moo took one look at these pictures and said "My Mama NOT look happy!"  I was quite focused on trying to aim the camera... I'll work on incorporating a smile next time.}
{29 weeks}
It has been -30 these past two mornings, and has stayed below zero all day so I was not about to venture out for a photo shoot. Never mind the fact that it's too cold for my car to start so we're stuck home anyway. So, bathroom mirror pictures are what you get! Sorry! Because we stayed home, I didn't wear shoes.
I think I'll post the outfits a week at a time, just out of convenience. It may also take me a little longer than 30 days, unless we have errands to run (and the temperature is above +2) I stay in jammies until I work three days a week. Being a working mama pregnant with two kids, I am all about less laundry at the end of the day!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

a boy banner

My sweet hubby turned 30 this weekend, and we held a low-key party at our house with family and a couple close friends. I wasn't up for a lot of decorating. I made a quick banner with his favorite colors, made lasagna, his sister brought a cake and we called it a night!
 I chose not to do any wording on the banner out of pure exhaustion, but by alternated the colors it has some visual interest and I am surprised at how much I love it that way.