I was invited to a baby shower a few weeks before little Hudson was born. Since I had to idea what to make I ran to pinterest and saw this adorable idea.
Luckily it didn’t take that long to make since I started working on it the day before the shower. I used my sewing machine to sew the bunting fabric together and then hand-stitched her name and the date she was born.
Alright, enough of the mushy stuff- we got to get down to buisness around here =)
A bit ago I was contacted by JoAnn Fabrics to review a craft from their spring line up of crafty ideas. I chose to do the jungle flower box. I am glad that their requirement allowed for me to put my own “spin” on the craft because we did a lot of spinning.
Here is the box that they started with:
And this is the box we ended up with:
We used acrylic paint from Joann’s and the girls had a lot of fun. I would have bought a flower box from JoAnn’s but we live in the middle of nowhere and I wasn’t up for treking 45 minutes one way to buy a box SOOOOO I asked Jared to make one for me and he came through with a beautiful box made with scraps from around the house.
Here are some of the other crafts for you to look at, click here.
And get this, whoever gets the most repins (with the hashtag # summerof joann) of their picture from pinterest gets a $100 Joann’s gift card, purdy cool. So pin away!
Hope this inspires you all to get crafty and make some great things.
Yes. We are a family of five. Little tiny baby Hudson is now two weeks old. Can you believe it? I can’t. I think for the first time in my life I believe people who say, enjoy them when they are little because the time goes too fast. We are trying to live in the moment. And enjoy the moments.
When Aleah and Sophi were born I remember thinking- I can’t wait until they can crawl, or walk or talk or ride in a front facing car seat or read or color etc. But now that I have two kids doing some of these things I realize that I need to enjoy the newborn and baby stage since it passes so quickly. I want to soak up every minute of Hudson sleeping on my chest. I just want to hold him and smell his sweet smelling newborn smell. Seriously that is the best smell in the entire world. Am I right, or am I right?
We are in full blown gardening, play in dirt and kiddie pool, wear sunscreen mode here at our house. More on that to come, thanks for your patience as we figure out our new life with this precious new addition.
Hudson James Clark, born 3:36 am on May 2nd.
21 inches long and weighing 6 lb 14 oz of perfection
He is 4 hours old in this peaceful and intimate picture.
The little person I cannot pry my eyes away from and have not set down since his arrival.
We are all in love and are relishing each fresh new moment.
I have agreed to participate in the spring catalog promotion with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. According to the mass e-mail I received- “You’ve not only inspired your own readers, but crafters from all over to discover their love of crafting!” Okie dokie then cool.
I chose one craft from a list of 71 ideas and then I will make it and do a blog post review of the craft.
For doing this I get a $25 gift card for supplies, woohoo!
Here is the kicker, you guys get a 15% off total purchase from Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4 and here is the link.
The craft I decided to try is called the jungle window box.
Sometimes it pays to have a blog =) and glad I get to share the love
Made this berry pancake a few mornings ago and it was a big hit with the family. I loved the taste but even more I loved that I didn’t have to hang out in front of the stove all morning flipping gobs of individual pancakes. AND you cook it in a cast iron skillet which makes it very nice to look at =)
Here is the recipe from recipegirl.com:
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 cup Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup halved raspberries
powdered sugar, syrup and/or freshly whipped cream for topping
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Use a blender or hand mixer to combine the eggs, milk, flour, sugar, lemon zest and salt.
3. Heat a 12-inch cast iron skillet over high heat on the stove. Add the butter and melt. Pour the batter into the skillet, then scatter the berries on top. Put the pan in the oven, and bake until puffed and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Slice and serve, topped with powdered sugar, syrup and/or freshly whipped cream, as desired.
Welp, it is still very very much winter around these parts. So why not saw a hole through the ice and jump in right?
We had a polar plunge for our youth group on April 13th. Last year we had the plunge in the middle of March and it was a 50 degree day with bright sunshine. Almost a month later this year and it is still snowing every other day and it was below zero a couple days ago.
What we need around here is a good solid rain storm and some temperatures in the 50s and 60s.
Enough complaining for now, we had a wonderful afternoon out at White Eagle Resort where the owners helped cut the hole and even jumped in too! This resort is absolutely stunning with over a thousand feet of beautiful lakefront (or ice front) on Lake Vermilion.
Hope you enjoyed some shots from the big event. I sat it out this year but will definitely be back at it next year.
I was contacted by the marketing coordinator for the book “Sew Red.”
It is a wonderful compilation of sewing projects and I am itching to try ALL of them. And it just hit the shelves a few weeks ago! How cool are we to be able to take a look at this book?
Look at all these projects ranging from dresses and shirts to quilts and purses.
This book includes 30 renowned sewing and quilting designers are featured including Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink and Suede, to name a few. In addition to their styles they offer commentaries on their experiences with heart disease and tips and tricks to lead heart-healthy lives.
This book is dedicated to raising awareness in preventing heart disease. Did you all know that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US?
I may have a book giveaway for this in the very near future, if all the stars align.
I usually like to have one project to show from the book to show you, but I am afraid this kid will be born before I get my act together so I am just going to show you this incredible book and hope for the best.
Go and buy it and hopefully soon I can have a book giveaway so you can give the extra book to a friend.
What a great cause of preventing heart disease. It even has healthy recipes and helpful ways to keep your heart healthy-
Thank you to Cassandra the marketing coordinator for thinking of us and to Laura Zander for making such a wonderful book.
We love our little downstairs nook. It is cozy and cheerful and full of wonderful books to explore.
Many nights we head down there with the girls to read a few stories before heading to bed.
Can it please stop snowing and start melting so we can start the hesowed part of this blog!?!?!?
I had to make snack for our ECFE class a few mornings ago so I wanted to try out a new recipe, Churro Chex Snack Mix:
My sister is gluten free and I am always on the lookout for recipes and snacks for her. Being Gluten Free would be pretty darn difficult and she makes the best of it but I know she misses eating things like churros so I hope this recipe brings back the good ol’ days for her.
||cups rice Chex cereal
||cup cinnamon chips
||cup butter or margarine
||cups powdered sugar
SIDE NOTE: I couldn’t find cinnamon chips anywhere so I used this instead and it worked out great (bought this at Target)
In a small microwavable bowl, zap cinnamon chips and butter for 1 minute; stir until smooth. Microwave about 30 seconds longer if needed.
Drizzle mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, sugar, and cinnamon.
Toss the coated Chex cereal into the sugar mixture.
Spread on a piece of parchment until cooled.
I wanted to make it kinda cute for the kiddos so I put the snack mix into a sandwich ziplock bag and separated the middle with a clothes pin to make it look like a butterfly. I have seen this done on pinterest with google eyes and pipe cleaner antenna. Got a bit late as I was making these and gladly got out the sharpie to finish off the snack.