Sunday, February 2, 2014

Baby Shower & Deco

My friend Marika  is an amazing sewer and has an adorable Etsy shop for baby clothes and accessories. (Click on her name to view it!)
She was sweet enough to send me a few items for our baby boy that is on the way.

This is one of my favorite Heather Ross prints. The fabric is organic cotton from Spoon Flower and o my goodness it is so soft! Can't wait to put him in this snuggly little outfit when he gets here!

Last week I also received this awesome little surprise in the mail. She knows how  much I love foxes ... aren't these the coolest pants you've ever seen??

It is wonderful having thoughtful and talented friends who make you baby stuff. I enjoy making quilts and similar items, but have never tried clothes. She is a genius at coming up with new ideas for her shop and I love everything she makes. Will definitely post pictures in the future of him sporting these cute little MOCCreations items!

I also had my baby shower this past weekend which was a lot of fun. Lots of my closest local friends showed up and we had a great time.

My mom was in charge of the decorations and with the help of her creative genius and Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, here are some of the decorations she made, which now adorn the baby corner of our craft/guest/baby multi-purpose room.

I love everything she made for the shower. The banner and monster wreath are my favorites! Here are a few more pictures of some of the cool decorations she made ~ it is awesome having a talented mom who loves crafty things too!

Aren't those cupcake eyes so cute? I hate throwing them away after I eat the cupcakes (woo hoo for leftovers haha). And the pompom monsters were spread out throughout my friend's house ... too cute! 

Still trying to figure out what I can do with these 3 for an additional baby room decorations ~ they match the current decor perfectly!

As you have probably guessed, the theme was monsters because I am sure any child of mine will be a little monster :) Plus I love anything dino/monster related! A friend who knows me o so well made the monster in the crib picture above - it has a see through plastic pouch on its belly for holding items - such as the pacifiers she put in there as an additional gift. Such a cute and cool baby gift!

Another friend crocheted this adorable monster hat with matching slippers, love them!!

Last but not least, I made a couple small monsters as prizes for the games we played. It was hard to give them away, they would fit with the baby decor so well! Guess I'll just have to make more!

So as you can see, lots of crafty goodness being enjoyed around here lately as we get ready for our little monster to join the family. I have several other projects I'd like to work on for him before he gets here, but I lack the energy and motivation most days at work ... so we'll see what happens. 

Hope everyone is staying warm and safe with all this widespread crazy weather we've been having across the USA lately! They are calling for 4-6 more inches of snow tomorrow in our area, I am soooooooooo hoping they are wrong!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Goodbye 2013 - Hello 2014!

I just looked over my 30 by 30 goals and 2013 running goals and all I can say is wow… 2013 turned out to be WAY different than I ever could have imagined!

Running goals were killed by being injured/recovering for the first half of the year and pregnant for the second half of the year. No races, but I did hit some new treadmill PRs and also got down to my goal weight by my 30th birthday so it wasn't a total bust. Not even going to mention how slow I waddle now on the treadmill with my 28 week pregnant belly, nor how high up the scale has gone since that 30th birthday weigh-in tho ;-)

Lukas got an awesome new job and we had big plans for a 6 year anniversary “belated honeymoon” trip and saving up money to get ready to buy a house in a few years. That big trip turned into a partially good and partially disappointing trip to Quebec. Saving up money to buy a house turned into paying off our car and one of my small school loans before we have a baby next year, both very good things.  More than anything, I am super grateful for that new job and the peace of mind it gave us when we found out that I was pregnant.

So maybe I didn't hit the majority of my goals for 2013 but there were lots of good things that came out of last year, most especially getting pregnant with Henry, so I truly cannot complain. Goals are good to have but I don’t let myself get down about not meeting them – they keep me motivated, even if I end up using that motivation to accomplish other good things instead.

To say goodbye to 2013 we had a great New Year’s Eve party with our friends the Werrett’s. The festivities included good friends, our raclette grill, lots of yummy food, and a crazy playoff of games consisting of kitchen bowling, 3d connect four, and racing remote control cars to name a few things.

And now on to 2014 and all the craziness it will bring with it!

Do I have goals for this year? Of course J
  1.  Save money to prepare for Henry
  2.  Give birth to a healthy baby Henry Lukas at the end of March/early April
  3.  Figure out how the heck to take care of a baby and enjoy/survive all the joys and trials that will come with it – with the support of my wonderful husband Lukas J
  4.  Lose the baby weight and get back into running – with hopefully at least one half marathon by the end of the year

… and that’s about it. 2014 will be the year of Henry and will bring a lot of change to our little one fish, two fish, dog fish lives. Can’t say I’m ready, can’t say I’m ALWAYS excited about it… but it is coming and I’ll let you know how it goes along the way.

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a healthy and happy 2014!