Archive for December, 2011

Font Fanatic Friday: A Year In Review

December 30th, 2011

I don’t know about you but I love Font Fanatic Fridays! I figured since this is the last Friday of 2011 I’d share all of the fonts I’ve posted about this past year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Font Fanatic Fridays as much as I do. Hope you have a great New Year’s Eve! See you in 2012!!!

20 Weeks Old!

December 28th, 2011

I’m pretty sure Sam had a fabulous 20th week of life! He got to celebrate his first Christmas, he hung out with family and he got lots of awesome presents!

He’s doing great! We’ve got him on a very loose nap schedule now. Basically he naps 3 times a day – anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours. His nighttime sleep has been much better also. He goes down at 8 or 8:30 and only wakes once, maybe twice, during the night. I attribute his better night sleep to his napping during the day. And he doesn’t wake up until 8am or 9am which is awesome for me since I work nights!

I can’t say I’m any less tired – yet, anyways. I think it’s going to take awhile for me to really catch up on my sleep. What I wouldn’t give for one night of uninterrupted sleep. Maybe someday….

Sam’s really enjoying eating too. He’s still mostly just eating rice cereal but he’s getting good at opening his mouth and keeping more of it in than out and all over his bib, hands and clothes. We really want to try some new foods. Any suggestions?

We’re still using the gDiapers and all seems to be going well. He’s had a few leaks. I think only because we left them on a bit too long. He’s still sleeping in disposables at night because the boy can pee! For those of you that cloth diaper: what do you do with the cloth inserts/diapers after they’re rinsed but before you do a load of laundry? I’ve noticed them smelling a bit when I’m in between laundry days and I’m not sure what to do. I’ve been sprinkling baking soda in the laundry basket every once in awhile. Any suggestions would be awesome!

Christmas 2011

December 27th, 2011

Hey y’all! Hope everyone had a great Christmas! I know we sure did down here in Texas. Although we started our Christmas early this year with the birth of our son in August!

We had a quiet Christmas this year. I received a bunch of great gifts including some wonderful handmade things from my mom and sister.

My dad gifted me a new sewing machine! I was very much in need of a new one. I’ve been using the same one my mom bought me when I was 12 or 13. The tension was horrendous.

 

I feel so fancy now with this new machine. It does 60 different stitches, including 8 different types of button holes. It threads the needle for you and I don’t even have to use the foot pedal. There’s a stop and start button. It’s crazy. I have to thank Kate over at see kate sew for the recommendation. She wrote about this wonderful machine a few months ago on her blog.

My sister loved her scrap map; also a see kate sew find! I tried really hard to use fabric that represented each individual state. (Elvis – Tennessee, Apples – Washington, Peach – Georgia, etc.) It was definitely a challenge since I was only using scraps from my stash.

I know next year will be even more fun at Christmastime because Sam will be a bit more interactive. He didn’t really know what to do this year. We opened his presents, he promptly tasted them and then went back to drooling, pooping and napping.

I’m sad it’s over already but I can’t wait for next year!

101 in 1001 Progress Update

December 26th, 2011

I figured since it’s almost a new year (where in the heck did 2011 go?) I’d write an update on what I’ve accomplished from my list so far. I’m quite impressed with myself that in about three months I’ve already checked 13 things off and am working a many of my multiple part tasks!

40. Start cutting coupons

I’ve started doing this. I’ve found that a lot of the coupons I find, however, are for things we don’t need. But I’ve been using coupons for formula regularly. And occasionally I find coupons for things we need like Old Spice deodorant, laundry detergent and random other things.

47. Organize Craft Supplies

This was one of the first tasks I completed on my list. I work so much better in a tidy space. I plan on writing a post about my craft space organization so look for that later this week!

56. Convince someone to complete the 365 day photo challenge with me

I actually got two people to do this with me. My sister (whose pictures I post on here with mine) and my mom, who just recently uploaded all of her pictures to her blog.

 58. Make the USA scrap map from See Kate Sew

I made this map for my sister for Christmas. She’s been lusting after maps for awhile and I wanted to give her a unique one. I used all scraps of material I had in my stash and then mounted it to a corkboard so she can stick little pin flags in to places she’s lived or visited or whatever she wants to mark. I love how it turned out!

59. Make ten cloth diapers for Sam(6/10) [plus 12 cloth insert/soakers]

I found this awesome book at JoAnn Fabrics a few months back and decided to try my hand at making cloth diapers since I planned to cloth diaper Sam. I made 6 of them and then got frustrated because cloth diapering didn’t see to be working out. Recently we started using gDiapers and I needed more cloth inserts so I started making my own. I’ve made 12 so far. I plan to write posts about both of these things but I figure 12 inserts is equal to 4 diapers so I checked this off my list.

60. Make DIY Christmas cards to send to all family and friends

I found some awesome inspiration on Pinterest for this year’s Christmas card. I ended up getting help from Sam (and my husband) to make our card. (Original found here.)

christmas card penquin

63. Open an Etsy shop

I announced my opening here back in October. Check out my store! Unfortunately I haven’t done much with it since opening and haven’t made any sales yet. I do have big plans for it in the new year so hopefully it will become more successful soon!

65. Host a holiday dinner

We had my sister and our friends and their little daughter (Sam’s future girlfriend) over on Christmas Eve for hors d’oeuvres. That counts as a holiday dinner, right?

70. Organize all the pictures on my computer

My pictures were a mess. They were in all different unlabeled folders. They are now tidy!

75. Update Sam’s baby book

I started this before Sam was born. I updated it with each month of pregnancy but got distracted after he was born. It is now officially updated with tons of cute pictures of our little giant!

77. Load all music from CDs to iTunes

For some reason when I changed to my new computer (2 years ago) half my music disappeared from my iTunes library. I painstakingly imported all my CDs back on to my current laptop. My music collection now feels more complete!

99. Comment on another blog at least once a day for a month straight

I did this back in October. It was hard but I did it. I wish I still did it everyday. I’d probably have more readers or at least more comments on my posts if I commented on other people’s blogs. Maybe someday it’ll be more routine for me.

100. Persuade someone to make their own 101 in 1001 list

Again I got two people. I’m apparently the trendsetter in my family seeing as how I created a list first and then my mom and sister decided to write lists as well. Thanks for helping me cross this off my list ladies!

 

I’ve also been working on watching some of the AFI Top Movie List (#1). I’ve watched 2 of the Star Wars movies so far (#7). I’ve tried one new food so far – grits (#27). Yum! I’ve learned one new crafting technique – string/nail art (#42). I’ll write a post on this soon! And I’ve held two giveaways on my blog – the Scallop Tote and the Christmas Apron (#95).

I hope I can be even more productive in 2012!

Font Fanatic Friday, Vol. 27

December 23rd, 2011

I’ve got one final holiday font to share with y’all: Razzle Dazzle.

Isn’t it beautiful? You can download here for free!

Hope y’all have the best Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice) ever!