Aaaand I’m back!


It has been far too long! I haven’t blogged at all here for months, and since I’ve been doing a lot of crafting lately I figured it would be a good time to jump back in. Here are some of the projects I’ve had up my sleeve over the last several months.

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The most important project has been our BABY! (10 weeks TODAY!)

My wife Ashley and I are expecting our first baby in May of next year, and after the year and a half that it took us to conceive, we have become very fond of the staff at ACFS. We have been planning gifts for them pretty much the whole time, and we were so excited to give them these gifts that we have been holding onto for what seems like FOREVER. For Dr, Nemiro, the doctor that originally got be pregnant  and performed Ashley’s cystectomy in May in order to save her ovary so she could conceive, we wanted to do something personal. At our first consultation, we commented on how we loved his socks. I can’t remember which socks he was wearing, because this was 18 months ago, but he loves to wear crazy socks and a nice watch to express his personality (black scrubs are pretty drab!) We promised him on that day that when we were pregnant we would buy him some socks, so we did! We also got him a stuffed sperm cell, ha! Also, when I had scarlet fever earlier this year:

scarletHe asked me how I figured out that I had scarlet fever and not just some rash. I told him that I had Googled it, and proceeded to tell everyone that we didn’t even need doctors anymore, because Google can diagnose anything. Ashley laughed and said, “But we still need him, Google can’t get you pregnant.” We all thought that was hilarious, and Dr. Nemiro even said that he would love to get a sign that said that so he could hang it up in his office. Do you get where this is going?

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Cross stitched, just for him, lol! (be careful what you wish for!)

For his wife, Gina (who has been our nurse), we bought her favorite bottle of wine (we called months ago and had the office staff nonchalantly ask her what he favorite was) and a stuffed human ovum!  The office manager, Michelle, got a card and a stuffed Mickey Mouse doll (we share a love of Disney).

Lisa, our main nurse, deserved something very special! We got her a card, of course, and a stuffed Herpes virus (since she once told us the tale of a patient who did not inform her that she was having a herpes outbreak, and it’s been an inside joke for a while now), some chocolates and this little gal:

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I had never embroidered before, so I thought I would bust out my gear and make something special for her. I think it turned out pretty adorable, if I do say so myself! It’s in a 6 inch hoop, so I left it in the hoop for her to hang in her office. We also gave her a framed picture of the three of us.

For Shane, the doctor who just recently joined the practice and is the one who got Ashley pregnant, we have him some socks so he can literally “follow in the footsteps” of Dr. Nemiro. He’s a huge Seinfeld fan, so I am working on a cross stitched sign for him that says “No soup for you!” We will see how that turns out! (no pics of that one… yet!)

Nothing for the best for our friends in that office… how can you not love people who put magazines like THESE in the ultrasound room of a fertility clinic? LOL

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In addition to making/buying gifts for our friends at ACFS, I’ve also been working on a few other small things.

For Ashley’s birthday, I made her a quilt of all the shirts we have grown out of or put aside for sentimental reasons. I combined shirts from her life before me, my life before her and of course some of our lives together! (See that DARE shirt? I was wearing it the day we met!)

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We’ve been playing with food, too… Some things, like this owl cake we made for our friend Kaitlyn, have turned out just fine:

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and others, not so much!

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Ashley’s boss had a beautiful baby girl a few months ago, and we made these darling little gifts for the baby shower:

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And our friend Michael’s little girl Haidyn (you may remember the baby blanket that I made for her when she was born!) turned TWO this year, so I made her an Elmo (or “Momo” if you ask her) (No pattern to link to here, :( I patterned this little guy on my own and didn’t write anything down while doing it!)

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It’s been a busy year for us, and we are looking forward the adventures we we’ll encounter along the way with the impending arrival of our beautiful baby!

Until next time…

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Mod Podge – The Best Stuff Ever!

So I’m a little bit of a Pinterest addict (who isn’t these days?), and I keep seeing these pins that show crappy artwork covered up with vinyl letters, and painted over with acrylic paint. When you peel off the letters, it’s suddenly super awesome! Until last night, I had never used Mod Podge before, but I saw it everywhere. I’m also one of those pinners that pins all sorts of neat things and then NEVER goes back again to actually do the project. I decided to turn that around this weekend and get some stuff DONE! :D

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Lennon turns 1!

So this has nothing to do with crafts, but I just have to share it. My baby bulldog, Lennon, is 1! She’s a doll, and I adore her, so here is a little collage Ashley put together commemorating Lennon’s first year on Earth. We love her floppy lips, her crooked bottom teeth and even her smelly gas. She is wonderful :D

 

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Scrapbooking

I should have never gotten into this, because now I am seriously addicted. Last August, Ashley and I went to Pennsylvania to see her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. While there, MommyMom (Ashley’s grandmother) showed me all the work she had been doing on her Disney World scrap book. Guess who immediately decided it was time to start scrapping?

I don’t pretend to be an expert in any of the crafts that I do, I am a true believer that the journey of crafting is just as important (if not more important) than the actual finished project. With that being said, I have been working on my first scrapbooking project for about 6 months now and I have learned a lot!

One thing I am a massive fan of is the Perfect Layers tool. It is seriously the most awesome thing I have ever worked with in my life! If you’re a scrapbooker, you know what a pain in the ass matting your photos can be. MommyMom turned me on to this tool and I can’t imagine ever working without it. Check it out!

Anyway, the main point of this post is to share some of my spreads and a nifty background page I recently made. Here’s what they look like:

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Chemo Caps!

In November, my mother in law, Lorraine, was diagnosed with breast cancer. I immediately started searching the internet for free hat patterns so she would have some cute coverups for when she lost her hair. I was lucky enough to stumble upon Brimming With Love, and fell in love with their awesome patterns. The one that I chose to use was Milly’s Tie Hat Pattern, and I have to say that they turned out so beautifully. So far I have made 3 for her, and I am currently entertaining the thought of cutting up an old unfinished tunic-top that I was working on back in the day to make another… it’s a gorgeous royal purple Egyptian cotton! I am also going to work on making her a coral colored hat to go with some nice new tops that she has.

If you know anyone who is going through chemo, these make lovely gifts. Depending on the fabric used, they can be warm for winter or just enough to protect sensitive skin in the summer. I’m considering buying a jersey cotton sheet set from Target and making a whole bunch for Lorraine to pass out at chemo. I guess it all depends on time :)

Here are the finished products!

 

The fabrics

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Fat Kid’s Delight – EXTRA Creamy Potato Soup

I came across a recipe on Pinterest a while back that was for Creamy Cauliflower Soup. To me, it sounded like it would be a really yummy and healthy spin on potato soup, so I gave it a shot. It was fabulous! The only shitty part is that I am the only one who thinks so, and I don’t foresee it being made again any time soon. :( If you do feel like trying it out (I promise, it’s delicious… as long as you like cauliflower) I spiced it up a little by adding just a tiny pinch of cinnamon. The recipe already calls for nutmeg, and I thought just the teensiest bit of cinnamon would really kick it up. (I was right!)

So the point of the story is that Ashley was very upset that I made some cauliflower soup instead of something more to her liking. She desperately wanted some potato soup. What resulted was hands down the unhealthiest thing I’ve ever eaten… kind of. I guess eating an entire bag of Doritos is pretty unhealthy… so let’s just say that this is the unhealthiest legitimate meal that I’ve ever eaten. Ok, here it goes. Prepare and eat at you own risk. (It’s totally worth it, I promise.)

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I give you… FAT KID’S DELIGHT: The Ultimate in Creamy Potato Soup

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