Thursday, October 27, 2011

as long as i'm living my baby you'll be

When I started planning out the nursery I had the hopes of making a lot of the items that went in Ella's room. Although, the reality of working and being pregnant did not always allow the time or energy to do that. I had to be a little more realistic about what I could get done (which has been a huge lesson the Lord is teaching me through this pregnancy). I made a list of a few things I really wanted to make/do for the nursery.
1. Make a sign with a quote in wooden letters (see below)
2. Finish repurposing the old dresser we had and add some cute knobs to use as a changing table (pictures to come).
3. Make a wreath to put on the door or a shelf in her room
4. Make her burp cloths (weekend project coming soon)
After that, I thought I would just work with what we had and see if any other ideas came to me. The sign I made below is one of my favorites. It was a wonderful way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon and put up a quote I love! The pictures make it look way more pink than it really is, but either way I was really happy with how it turned out. 

Here is the canvas with the wooden letters laid out. 

Once the letters were glued down, I painted over the letters an canvas. 

This is the finished product that now lives happily on Ella's shelf! I wanted it to look handmade so avoided making the lines and spacing perfect. When I was done I wasn't sure if I should have done that, but it has really grown on me and I am glad I did! 

Overall, it was a fun project that I am really excited I did! I got the idea from a mixture of things I had seen on other blogs and pinterest. I saw a wooden letter canvas for a wedding gift on pinterest and a wall decal with this quote on several blogs and combined the ideas! 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

28 weeks and the end of the 2nd trimester

I can't believe my second trimester is officially over and we are getting so close to meeting our sweet baby girl! I haven't uploaded all of the previous pictures from the last few weeks, so I have attached some to this post. The second trimester was really smooth and wonderful. I got back a lot of my energy and really felt great most of the time. It is starting to get more difficult to sleep at night with a growing belly and waking to go to the bathroom, but honestly, nothing I can complain about. I am so grateful to feel her constant movements and know that she is growing! These last few weeks I crave my usual sweet things, but a favorite during pregnancy is warm chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice good! Also, I still love lime in my water and potbelly's chicken salad sandwich. I have not craved anything too crazy or weird, but maybe that will change. Also, I feel like I can tell a change in the last week or so as I am transitioning into the 3rd trimester. I have needed naps a few days this week, but luckily have been able to take them!

Here are some updated pictures...

Can't believe it is only 12 weeks until her due date! So exciting! 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

pumpkin cookies

I know it has been way too long since I have blogged, but nesting has been in full force and I can't get enough of organizing closets and getting Ella's room ready. We are so close to being done and I am so excited to see it all coming together. Our goal is to have it done by the beginning-ish of November. Can't wait!

On another note, we made some very yummy pumpkin sugar cookies the other day. I grabbed the sugar cookie recipe from pinterest and they turned out so yummy and cute! 

The recipe is from the Peppermint Plum and I would highly recommend it! You can visit her blog for the recipe and details on how she makes them. There were also some great tips!

We decided to make pumpkin cookies and color them orange and green...

These are great for any holiday and I found great cookie cutters at Michael's. Don't forget to always print your 40% off coupon from online before you go buy anything there. They are always online and that is a huge savings!