Friday, February 14, 2014

Owen's Nursery So Far

Hello, everyone! Happy Valentine's Day! My husband and I don't really make a fuss on Valentine's Day in general, but we do make sure we get something cute for Liam. He's already gotten into his candy this morning.
I had a small friends & family baby shower on Sunday. We all had so much fun, and since then I've been trying to get Owen's nursery set up. All I have left to do is put up the wall appliques that my Mom sent me, and get curtains. I've had  a great time organizing things (it soothes me) and took some pictures of Owen's "still in progress" nursery.

 Here's Owen's crib. I'm going to be putting some of the wall appliques behind the crib, and I think it'll look really cute. We decided to go with a "woodland creatures" greens/browns theme for Owen's room (we did Nautical/Pirate stuff for Liam).

This is cloth diaper changing station central. I've gotten all my cloth diapers prepped and ready to go. I have to give a shout out to my mother and my friends Amanda and Danielle for being so supportive and gifting me an extremely large portion of my stash. And, thank you to my MIL Penny for making me some wonderful cloth wipes.

Here's Owen's dresser, and not pictured to the left is our rocking chair for feedings. I'm sorry that I couldn't get a picture of the whole nursery, but it's pretty small and hard to get a good shot of.

I think so far my favorite piece in Owen's nursery is the ADORABLE print that my friend Danielle made.
How cute is that? Custom-made adorableness :)

Danielle makes these prints and has a HUGE variety of shapes/designs/animals that she can use, as well as just about any color that you could want. She just opened up a store on Etsy, so check it out and see if there's anything you might like. I know for her grand opening she's offering free shipping, and who doesn't love that? Here's a link to her store, Nora Kate Designs

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day Craft Part 3

I know it's only been a day, but here is the last installment of our 2014 Valentine's Day card craft for Liam's grandparents and great-grandparents. I had a really hard time finding envelopes large enough to fit our Valentine into. I didn't want to fold them, but since I didn't want to spend a crazy amount on shipping that's exactly what I ended up doing. Next year I'll have to plan better.

Valentine's Day Craft Part 3: The Finale!
For this last stage of our craft all I needed was: envelopes, heart-shaped confetti, stickers, a pen, and my address book. All I did was place the folded Valentine's into the envelopes, add some heart-shaped confetti, and seal them up. I decorated the front and back of the envelopes with stickers, and then addressed them. Liam wasn't really involved in this portion of the craft, but he did hang around long enough to get a few stickers.
Here are what a few of the backs look like. Please ignore my preggo-tummy sticking out at the bottom. It's so huge it can't help but show up in all pictures taken within a 20ft radius of me. 

The front of my envelopes pre-addressing. 

I'll mail these bad boys out on Monday, and I'm sure Liam's grandparents and great-grandparents will enjoy them. Who doesn't like getting snail-mail that isn't bills?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's Day Craft Part 1 and 2

Hello everyone! Since I last blogged we've just been doing our day-to-day thing, preparing for Owen's arrival, and we've gotten some bad weather (but really, who hasn't?). We had a little tree on the side of our back yard, and with all the ice lately it just... kind of fell over.

Liam had a fun time exploring the fallen tree. He never noticed it when it was upright, but as soon as it fell it became cool....

This year I decided that we should make Valentines to send to Liam's grandparents and great-grandparents. We had to do it in stages because we used paint (joy) but so far we've had a lot of fun doing it. I've really been trying to spend more time on crafts and art with Liam, even if it's just a little bit of coloring. 
Anyway, for parts one and two of our craft this is what we needed: white paper, red and pink construction paper, red paint, scissors, red and black Sharpie markers (or other permanent markers), a glue stick, and stickers. 
Valentine's Day Craft Part 1
I cut all of my paper into heart shapes (same size). Then, I set Liam up at our dining room table with a smock and some easel paper taped to the table to protect it. Once he was settled I gave him the pink and red colored hearts and the red paint and let him go to town on ONE SIDE of the hearts. I tried to make sure I got at least one hand print on the heart, just because I thought it was cute. 

Then, after the paint was dry I glued a white heart to the non-painted side of the red & pink hearts. I used permanent markers to write a Valentine's Day message on the white side of the heart. 

Valentine's Day Craft Part 2
Once everything was completely dry (and Liam had been cleaned up after painting) I gave Liam some red, pink, and magenta crayons and asked him to color all over the white side of the heart (the side I wrote his message on). I consider this his "signature". 

After Liam was done coloring on all the Valentines we broke out the stickers! I gave him stickers to decorate the back (painted side) of his heart. 

So that is part 1 & 2 of our Valentine's Day craft. Part 3 will be posted soon, which will mostly involve decorating the envelopes. It may not seem like a lot, but we're proud of it and I'm sure Liam's grandparents and great-grandparents will love it.