Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In Other News......

Full Disclosure: This entry was written on July 5. It's only taken me two weeks to get all the pictures uploaded. I'd like to promise that I'll do better in the future but that may not be entirely realistic. I promise to try, but that's as good as I can do right now.

As you all know when all else fails you can count on a me for a random list, so without further adieu here is your "How is it July 51th already?" list of random happenings, with a few pictures and videos sprinkled in for good measure. Enjoy.

Kyle and I traveled to Texas a few weekends ago to pick up some furniture from my parents house. While we were there we managed to squeeze in some time for Jim and Mary, my brother and sister-in-law, to shoot some maternity photos for us. Check these out. How lucky are we to be related to such talented people?



 While we were in Texas we also discovered my parent's cat, Rascal, has a thing for ponytails. Who knew? I thought she was going to rip all the hairs out of my head.

video

Speaking of Rascal, it's been a little over a year since my parents found her and her brothers on their front lawn. All three of the little kitties seem to be thriving now. I wonder if they know they won their own version of the cat lottery?

Our 4th of July was fairly low-key. Kyle went for a mountain bike ride; then he wrecked on his mountain bike and came home. Then I gave him a stern lecture about being more careful, as I can't take care of him and a new baby. Then I helped him clean up his wounds and quietly prayed that if we have a boy he won't turn into a mini-dare devil version of his father. In the meantime, I'll be investing in some more Neosporin and large band-aids.

Once Kyle was cleaned up from his spill we headed to our friend Steve's house for some hot-dogs and fireworks. I made these brownies to take for dessert and they were darn yummy, a pregnant woman's best friend. We attempted to get a picture of Kyle and I to show the baby, but pregnant lady who is terrified of sparklers+crazy sparklers+attempting to stand close while holding said sparklers=lots of pictures to laugh at later.



July 4 also marked the 5th year I've been blogging. It's hard to believe this little blog has been a part of my life for so long. I started it before Kyle and I were even engaged, before I'd given much thought to quilting, and before I ever thought we'd end up in Oklahoma. Things have changed, things have gotten better than I ever could have imagined, and it's all been documented right here.

July 5 brought flowers and meals with friends. I don't think it gets more lucky than that. Side note: Of course that is a coffee cup my flowers are in. I think it's a great vase, don't judge. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nesting

Since moving into our new house it seems like our weekends have been taken up with various home improvement projects. Kyle has taken on lots of bigger projects like painting the kitchen and hallway, painting all the trim and doors, hanging curtains, and painting the ceiling in about 2/3rds of the house. I've helped him here and there with taping, cutting in, etc. and done a lot of smaller organization and "fluffing" projects. The main living areas of the house are starting to feel more or less pulled together and now we are onto the bedrooms (our bedroom, nursery, office/guest room combo).

This weekend Jim and Mary (my brother and sister-in-law who you may remember from these various adventures here, here, and here) joined us for a little DIY adventure and it was a rip roaring good time. We are lucky enough the room that we are turning into a nursery was already painted a nice buttery yellow on all 4 walls and the ceiling, which meant it was already well on the way to working with our yellow and gray color scheme (we aren't finding out if we are having a boy or a girl so we are trying to keep things as neutral as possible).

The project started out with the boys (Kyle and Jim) painting one of the walls in the room a nice dark gray. Then Mary used her artistic skills and the help of a projector to begin painting a mural of trees on the wall. The rest of the project is documented in the photos below.

Mary used regular white chalk to draw the design on the wall, then she free handed the outlines of branches.
Once the outline of the trees was done we took a break to eat dinner then came back and Mary and I (mostly Mary) filled in the trees with a white paint. Meanwhile, the boys had a quasi dance party to Pandora's pop hits station.
Completed trees outline.
Once the trees were done we allowed them to dry for about 20 minutes and then Mary came back and drew in little birdies on a few of the branches. Seriously, she drew those after looking at a picture - her artistic skills amaze me. I would have just ended up with some blobs on a wall.
The boys continued on their pom pom making adventure. Jim (on the left) was fairly confident and pretty much disregarded the instructions. Kyle on the other hand took his time reading over the instructions before getting started. I'm not sure that one pom pom turned out better than the other, but it sure was funny to watch their different work styles.

Rylie and Ja'dii hung out with us while we worked in the room. When they realized we still had a few more hours to go they decided it was nap time and passed out. It's a rough life they lead.

Finished mural. The baby's crib will go on this wall under the pom poms. Once we were all done we took a moment to step back in the doorway and look at our creation. Everyone was "ooohing" and "ahhhing" and Ja'dii managed to squeeze her way past us and lay down right under the tree and then I melted into a happy little puddle. It was so darn cute.
How lucky are Kyle, Baby, and I to have such good family to help us out? Obviously, there is still a lot to do get the nursery ready but this is definitely a big step in the right direction.  And now for inquiring minds the project stats:

Yellow and Gray Nursery Mural
Paints Used: Wall - Clark and Kennsigton Primer+Painter Flat Finish colormatched to Flint from Restoration Hardware, Tree - Behr Ultra Eggshell Finish colormatched to Martha Stewart Talc, Birdies - Behr Ultra Eggshell Finish colormatched to Martha Steward Geyser and Haystack.
Brushes Used: The tree was filled in with the help of foam craft brushes (you can see the one I'm using in the picture above). Mary used artists paintbrushes for the detailing on the tree, the tree branches, and the birds.
Poms Poms From: Party City in Texas.
Special Notes: Mary mixed the Flint color with the Talc color to create the light gray accents you see on the tree and the birds. We used two quarts of the Clark and Kennsington paint (which were free thanks to a promotion on Saturday at Ace) to cover the wall, a quart for the trees (there is a good deal left-over), and small sample sizes for the birds. The total cost of this project was roughly $60 including some needed painting supplies and the pom poms.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Little Knits

Obviously, a lot of things have been going on lately at our Casa, but one thing has remained the same - I'm still a knitter. Knitting remains a comfortable little get away for me and it's almost always guaranteed I will have something on the needles.

The start of 2012 for me though, has been much more about the process of knitting than the product. I'm ashamed to admit I've only actually finished one knitting project this whole year (aside from a whole bunch of wash clothes). So without any further fanfare here is  my lone 2012 finish, drum roll please:

Favorite Little Girl's Cardigan
Size Made: 6 months
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease (my very favorite yarn for baby projects)
Modifications: None

This was a gift for my friend, Jenn, and her new little cutie-pie, Bryn. I made the 6 month size because Bryn was born in late April and after about March sweaters aren't really needed in Oklahoma (even for babies). Hopefully, the sweater will fit Bryn right around the time the weather starts to get chilly again here in Oklahoma. The good thing about this pattern is that it does allow a little room for growth so even if Bryn gets bigger than 6 month size before October, it should still fit. Fingers crossed.

In other news, we are just about at the end of a long list of house projects so it shouldn't be too much longer before my crafting mojo is back in full affect. Plus, a new a season of The Bachelorette started so it goes without saying there will be at least 2 hours of knitting each week dedicated to knitting each week. Whoo-hooo. Knitting time.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A little of this, a little of that.

Wow, it's been so long since I've logged in and visited my blog that they've even gone and changed the format of Blogger. Clearly, this is a sign that I need to be updating more. I'm vowing today to change my ways, or at least try really hard to change my ways.

To kick start my reformed ways, I'll share a few random snapshots and tidbits of recent happenings - of course, there's the whole baking a baby thing and the whole new home ownership thing that has been keeping me plenty busy, but there's been other stuff too, lots of fun other stuff.

A few weeks ago my Mom came for a visit and we got all sorts of errands done that I would have never gotten done without her. Curtains for the living room were purchased, a visit to Baby Depot was made, and preparations for baby's nursery were started. Plus, my visitor brought me this awesome shirt, which I was pleasantly surprised to realize still fits over my belly (at least for a few more weeks).

 Kyle and I also recently cheered for our friend, Kellye, and her husband, Tom, who both ran in and completed the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon 1/2 Marathon. This was Tom and Kellye's first 1/2 Marathon and they trained really hard for it - Kyle and I (along with Kyle's friend, Steve) did our best to make some motivational signs.
The weather for this year's marathon and 1/2 marathon was MUCH better than the weather for last year's, with just a touch of rain and cooler temps. I'm happy to report Tom and Kellye both finished and did really well, they have lots to be proud of.

Naturally, there have also been house projects. We've painted (or should I say, Kyle's painted), organized, replaced a window, and are now working on picture hanging, curtain hanging, and thousands of other little projects. The new place is coming along slowly but surely.......

There has been some knitting too, but I'm not going to giveaway all my secrets in one post. You'll just have to come back here for more updates.
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