Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hey you, with the pretty face...

Stories always start out better with babies, right?  I'll try and give you the quick-ish version since I'll probably end up posting about my feelings later.  We probably shouldn't go there now because it's been a long day and the Benedryl I took for my swollen tear duct is going to kick in at any moment and it could get ugly, as if a swollen tear duct could get any uglier.  I digress...

Unlike her brothers, I went into labor with this chick at 6 pm on August 9th, 2013, a full three weeks before my due date.  I had rented "Where the Heart Is" (aka the Walmart baby movie) because it had been on my mind for a while and I really wanted to watch it again (seriously, what is it about pregnancy that makes you want to watch chick flicks?) I thought the contractions were braxton hicks but I started noticing a pattern right around the time Natalie Portman's character was doing aerobics waiting for the store to open.  They were a little uncomfortable, but I figured that if they were real contractions that I would just know.  I was kind of like a neurotic first time mom in reverse, because "this is my third kid" right? I mean, if I was really in labor I would KNOW.  I called the OB triage, and they were all, "well, the Dr. would prefer if you came in considering your c-section history, we really don't want you laboring due to scar tissue and your cerclage," and my first thought was, "but I only have this rental for 24 hours and if they admit me then I wasted 3.99 and I don't get to finish my movie!"  Priorities, people.  

The contractions started getting even closer and more painful, so I figured missing out on Sally Field bailing on her daughter wasn't maybe as terrible as my uterus exploding (that's an awesome visual, isn't it?) and told Nick I was going to the hospital "just to get checked out."  As I was walking towards the door, I remember him muttering something under his breath that sounded like, "I'm supposed to have nineteen more days...."  and I almost felt bad for him but I found that's really hard to do when you've got a baby playing Für Elise on your rib cage with its feet.  

Nick had to stay home with the boys while I got this false labor thing checked out so I drove myself to the hospital.  I know what you're thinking because very time I tell someone that they are astonished because, you know, you're not supposed to drive yourself to the hospital when you're in labor - but I wasn't in labor, remember? Wrong.  The timing actually worked out really well because as I was walking in I had to stop for a couple contractions that took my breath away.  I got in there, they hooked my up to all the doodads to monitor the contractions, called my doc (who decided I was in labor and they were going to do the c-section that night) and I started calling everyone to tell them that Operation: Baby was GO
 and would you please please please go watch my kids for 30 minutes until my mom gets there?  THANKS!  I really do have some awesome friends.  

As the nurse was prepping me for the IV I'd need during the c-section, my water broke.  

{To Be Continued}

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hey Stranger!

So a few things have happened since I last wrote and I plan to talk about most, if not all, of them.

 First and foremost - Audrey Sue Peters arrived August 9th, 2013, three weeks ahead of schedule! (remember all those projects I wanted to get done before she arrived? Yeah, well....)

After I had her I had some major health issues arise, which I definitely want to talk about, including c-section infection, depression, and thyroid disease.

Also, I just recently acquired a new prosthetic with a HOOK! (I have a few other attachments as well) While I still mostly do everything one-handed, I have been enjoying a few luxuries, like being able to hold a bag open while filling it, and not throwing my back (or wrist!) out trying to push a cart with only one hand. 

Sadly, our Mac is finally retired so until we get a new computer I'm stuck on our old laptop, which also has some issues, but should at least get me through.

We are in the process of getting preapproved for a home since Nick will be finishing his apprenticeship in another month or two.  Exciting and scary!

I also hope to be able to get a Lightscoop review and giveaway up and running. I wrote a review here and the CEO of the company emailed me asking if I would like to review their latest model and possibly do a giveaway, which I would LOVE to do for you guys. I love the basic one and it would be great to get one for as lucky reader - they really are awesome!

So that's the scoop, in a very tiny nutshell.  I will definitely be getting back to the subjects above, as well as getting back to some projects I've been up to as well as ones I want to start.

I'm back!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Felt Flower Wall Art Tutorial

I know, I know - it's been a long time since I've written anything.  We have had a LOT going on around here which required me to step back a little from the blogging world.  First off, I'm currently 30 weeks pregnant (tomorrow) with our baby GIRL! We found out in December which, coincidentally, is when I stopped blogging, probably due to the ridiculous amount of morning sickness I was dealing with.  Nick was out of town for work (a LOT) which pretty much sucked me dry of any energy after taking care of the boys' and my own needs.  In fact, I was going to post this last week and then we all ended up getting a stomach bug.  I definitely want to keep everyone updated on what we're working on around here, but I warn you it might be slow going as I'm approaching my due date and my oldest is home from school for the summer.  I'll definitely be sharing as many baby and nursery projects as I can, starting with this felt flower wall art tutorial!

Admit it, you're already starting to forgive me.

I saw this on Pinterest when I searched for "DIY wall art":

It actually linked back to some weird Yahoo link list so I couldn't even find a place to buy it, nor a tutorial to make one, which is how I ended up writing this post.  I've since learned that you can find them at this Etsy store.  She's got tons of really cute color combinations and she's got reasonable prices (and pillows!), but if you're looking to save some pennies like I am ( I'm envisioning a small art collection over the baby's crib) then you can make one yourself.  The possibilities are only limited to what colors and fabric you can find.  Ready? Let's go!

What you'll need:

• Canvas*
• Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
• Scissors
• Fabric to wrap canvas (12"x12")**
• Felt
• Ruler or cutting mat

*For the canvas, you could easily go bigger (this is what I had on hand, the inspiration picture uses a 12x12 canvas) but if you go bigger you'll need to cut out bigger (or more) petals to fill out your flower.

**For a 10" square canvas, a 12" square piece of fabric should be sufficient, but canvases vary in thickness so keep this in mind.  Whatever your canvas thickness, I recommend at least 2 extra inches on either side of your canvas to get it covered.

I had a 12 inch piece of fabric cut so I had to trim down the remaining sides since the fabric was 44/45 inches wide.

Starting with one side, glue it down, and do the same with the opposite side. Stretch a little until taut, keeping the stretch even along the canvas.

I cut out notches from the corners to eliminate bulkiness.  DO NOT cut all the way to the edge of the canvas or you could run into an issue of the fabric not being able to cover the corners.

Once your canvas is wrapped, you're ready to start cutting out your rectangles for petals! (I explain why I don't cut them into petal shapes right away a bit farther down.)

Since felt is pretty stiff, I measured and cut one rectangle, then laid the piece on top of the felt and cut a strip of rectangles to streamline the process a bit.

I had 10 large petals (4 1/2"x 3"), 10 medium petals (3 3/4"x 2 1/2") and 14 small petals (3"x 2 1/4") - 10  small for the outer petals, 4 small for the inner bud)

Put a dot of glue in the center of one of the short sides and squeeze the sides together.

Flip the piece over, and place a fot of glue on either side of that fold, bringing the sides up and holding  a few seconds until glue sets. AGAIN, BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOURSELF.

Flip over and cut your rectangle into a petal shape.  I did not cut the petal shape out at the beginning because I didn't want to cut off too much and end up with a petal that was too narrow.  Once I had the two corner pieces cut off, I did the same thing when cutting out the rectangles and laid the corner pieces on top of the other rectangles (2-4 at a time) and cut the corners off, using the first petal I made in each size as a guide. 

Start placing your petals on the canvas and then gluing them down when you like the way it looks.  I only glued the bottom (where the fold is) of the petals down.  I don't recommend gluing the pointed tops down in case you need to fluff them out later to your liking.

First layer down! 

Do the same with the medium layer (gluing/placing) making sure to place each medium petal between two of the larger petals so the points alternate.

And then the same with the small layer (using only 7 petals - naturally, I forgot to take a picture of this step but you can use the picture below as reference.)

With 4 petals (only 3 pictured, I know, I know) only glue the center together, don't do the whole flip-and-glue step like we did with the other petals.  We're going to use the larger base to fill in the center space a little bit.  Glue those down just like we did the other petals. (again, bottom picture for reference, my apologies.)

With the last three petals, you're going to wrap them around each other a bit (kind of like a rosebud that's beginning to open.)  I cut the outer petal a little smaller than the four I just glued on, the middle petal a little smaller than that, and the innermost petal even smaller.  Once I had my little "bud" formed and glued together, I put a bunch of glue down in the center and smushed (which is a technical term) it in as much as I could.  

Now fluff out your petals if needed and hang that puppy on the wall (after you run around the house showing it off and sending pics via text message to your mom, of course.)  Don't forget to also show off your battle scars, because if you're anything like me, you probably burned yourself.

Doesn't your wall look prettier now?  How did wall flowers get such a bad rap? ;) 

If you enjoyed this tutorial, I'd love to hear about it, as well as see your finished projects (and a pin never goes unappreciated!)

(to pin, hover over the picture and click the pin button that appears in the top left corner)

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