Saturday, November 20, 2010


We are getting so excited about Thanksgiving! This will be an extra special one because it is Lawson's first! He is going to LOVE all the food and excitement and fun times with his cousins!  It's so crazy to think that last year this time I was pregnant with my little precious boy...this year sure has flown by! Last year, a few days before Thanksgiving, I had a 4D ultrasound. So... this is Lawson a year ago. 

And this is him now...CRAZY!!! 

Oh yeah, and it's not only me that's excited about Thanksgiving. Adam is super excited.... mainly because he gets to go deer hunting and eat fried turkey. (today he actually tried on all his hunting gear and wore it around for a while, haha!!!) This is Adam's kill last year... 

This year we're hoping for a real big one... come on now, he really has to provide for 3 of us this year! And this year we are definitely getting the deer processed so we will actually eat it! I kind of have a hard time going out to the freezer to get a whole leg to cook for dinner...hah! I hope everyone has some exciting plans for the Holidays too! 

On a side note, Lawson is getting his FIFTH tooth. I feel like with every tooth he gets, the older he looks. Where has my little swaddled baby boy gone? He is eating table food, trying to walk, babbling all the time, getting too big for his carseat, and testing the word "NO". Oh yeah... and at his 9 month check up Thursday he was 19.13 pounds and 29 inches long! Just this week, I went through his closet to put up his summer clothes and get out some clothes for the cooler weather... however, those summer clothes he will NEVER... EVER... wear again. It made me cry as I thought about those outfits and the fact that my little baby is growing up.  

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I'm especially thankful for Lawson and the miraculous blessing he is!
What are y'all thankful for??

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I've got the skinny...

So, I've been converted. Ever since I purchased my first pair of skinny jeans this October, I have fallen in love with them! I love how they look with a cute pair of flats or under some boots during cooler weather.  My mom bought my first pair from Gap and I wear them all the time! I decided I needed another pair... but without Mom buying them there was just no way I could bring myself to pay $60 for some more when I have a drawer full of jeans! So I got the idea that I would attempt to convert some old jeans in to some skinnys. So I pulled out these jeans that are too long and I rarely ever wear.  Here is me with them on inside out right before I pinned them. (excuse the HUGE mess and baby proofed fireplace and my nasty shirt!)
After Adam's failed attempt to pin them for me, I ended up pulling the jeans tight and then bending over and pinning them. ( After this step, your back WILL hurt... trust me!) I then laid my jeans on a table and with a straight edge and sharpie make a line to follow while I sewed. After sewing the seam, I cut off the excess  jean and then did a zigzag stitch (since I don't own a serger) to finish the edges and prevent them from fraying. This is how they turned out!
They are a little "bunchy" because they are too long, but I think they are cute, and with boots you won't even be able to see! This literally only took about 30 minutes (of course the little one was in bed or it could have taken all day)! Maybe I can refashion a cute top to go with them! Hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"all i do is sew, sew, sew no matter what, what, what..."

Since Sunday night, I have literally been behind my embroidery machine every second I get a chance! Last Friday I received an email saying that the yearly Kid Clothes Connection Holiday Market still needed more vendors. I started thinking this might be a great chance to get my name out there and let people know that I can sew and bake! I knew that I didn't have many days to prepare, but Adam assured me he would help me get it done. So I filled out the application and mailed in my check ( non refundable). Then Friday Lawson goes to the Dr. with his first ear infection :( which means we are not sleeping much at night. Sunday I start running a fever with sore throat, aches, blah blah blah!  Since having a child I get sick a lot more than before! Lack of sleep really does take a toll on your immune system! So of course I start freaking out how am I ever going to get everything done... sick baby, sick mom, and not much sleep plus so much to get done! My sweet husband said I promised you I would help and I am, so teach me how to run the embroidery machine. So Sunday night we sat down and I showed him how to embroider... and he was actually really good at it... except for designing the color combos, which after his "rudolph" bib I now have to approve every fabric/thread color! haha! anyways, we have been embroidering away and I am really getting worn out! However, I still have about 15 shirts and  1o burp cloths to applique, and 300 cupcakes to bake! whew, I am tired just thinking about it! Although I still don't have a voice (which Adam has been loving all week), I am not going to give up!  Here are a few pics of some things that I am going to be selling at the Holiday Market:

 Adam did the snowman bib! Hope everyone is having a good week and y'all aren't sick!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Weekend Fun!

I don't know why I can't be like any normal person and just sit down and enjoy "resting". Somehow I always have to have a project going. This past Saturday, we had our very first yard sale. Who knew so many people LOVE yard sales?? Seriously, we has at least 50 or more people stop by ( some came back 2 or 3 times even), and I was worried no one would come! hah! Needless to say, we had a very productive yard sale and were able to get rid of some junk and make a few dollars! After yard saling all morning and then going to a wedding that night, I was pretty tired Sunday. However, I decided I would redo our kitchen table. After finishing that, I decided I would paint our kitchen cabinets. I really wish I had a "before" picture of the table. This table was a $30 steal I found a couple of years ago at one of those antique stores. I really hated the stain on the table, but it was solid wood and I knew I could fix it up somehow. Well... 2 years later I finally fixed it! I really love the way it turned out. I was going for an old rustic worn down look. I first sanded the table down to remove the glossy finish and stain. I then painted it with a white primer (2 coats). I still wanted some of the original table to "show through" so the primer worked perfectly. After it dried, I then sanded it again, working especially on the curves of the table and legs. I then used a paint brush with just a little dark chocolate stain on it and brushed little stroke all over... making sure to get the curves and crevices and wiping the excess with a paper towel. Then, I sanded it one final time. I still have to buy a clear water-based (so it won't look yellow) top coat to brush on it so I will be able to wipe down the table when it gets dirty.

I have started on the cabinets, but have found out that it is going to take multiple coats of paints! ugh! I guess these will be a work in progress for right now. After painting them, I am planning to sand down the grooves on the front and put a chocolate glaze to make the insets of the cabinet have some depth to them. I then am going to find some rustic hardware that is a dark chocolate color as well. Hope everything turns out good! I will post some finished pics when I do actually finish! 
I will leave you with this picture of the cutest chicken and tigers you will every see! Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween and has a great week!