Mermaid Silhouette Artwork

Way back when I created a silhouette of H to hang in one of our many gallery walls. It was so simple and I loved how it turned out, I ended up making a few as gifts for the grandparents.

Recently when our friends moved to another state, my friend was putting together her daughter’s new room and this older project inspired me to create something for her new room.

mermaid silhouette artwork framedShe loves mermaids and that was going to be part of the them in her new big girl bedroom so I created a mermaid silhouette in turquoise (one of the colors used in the palette of the room) and mounted it on white card stock and framed it in a white, modern frame.

The end result is sweet, simple, and will go perfectly in this little girl’s new room! I hope she loves it as much as I loved making it for her. If you like what you see you can purchase your very own or customize a silhouette and I will make it and frame it for you, just message me here. 

DIY Father’s Day Card Ideas

I love working with H on different projects, especially around the holidays. It is especially fun and important to do nice things for those we love for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

This year for Father’s Day, I searched high and low for some personalized cards that we could make together (truth be told, I made most of the below cards, but H definitely had a hand in signing his name and decorating them).

Because I found so many cute ideas this year, I was able to customize the cards we made to the interests of each of the dads or grandfathers.

I made a golf-themed one for Grumps, King of the Grill aprons for GPa and Grandpa, and a tool belt for Daddy. All can hold some type of gift card or present that is specific to their own personal interests. I simplified these projects a bit and did my own interpretations of them, and you can definitely do the same.

golf card for dad

Golf-Themed Card from SassyDealz.com

apron card for dadKing of the Grill Card from Playing with Paper

tool belt card for dad

Tool Belt Card from Angel Street Mom

For the last one, instead of a gift card (because I had already purchased presents for my hubby), I included little sentiments on each of the “tools” like “Good for one snuggle” or “Good for a BIG breakfast.”

How do you like to celebrate Father’s Day and what special thing do you have to celebrate dad?

Baby’s First Year Book

When I was pregnant with H, I was religious about putting together a pregnancy book and then his first year book.

I know they say with a second (or third or fourth) you forget or don’t have time to put these special mementos together for their siblings, but I was bound and determined to at least do a first year book (we’ll see how that goes in a few months).

Baby's First Year

I found it very hard with H and now with Miss M to find a book that I really like that has everything I want, but isn’t too overwhelming either. With H I found the My Baby book, which I can no longer find.

For Miss M I found Baby’s First Year A Simple Book of Firsts from the LandofNod.com. It’s simple, modern, pretty, and would make an excellent gift for any expecting mom.

inside baby's first yearWhat is your favorite baby book and what have you done to commemorate special moments in your baby’s life?

End of the Year Teacher Appreciation Gifts

personalized wine bottles with labels

I can’t believe it’s the end of the school year already! H finishes his first year of preschool this Wednesday and I’m always looking for new and cute ways to show his fabulous teachers our appreciation.

They get plenty of gift cards and we usually give them some sort of class gift, but I wanted to do something just from H.

I found these fabulous wine labels from Evermine.com that you can customize with your child’s photo and I thought this combined with a nice bottle of wine for each of them was a great way to say “thank you.”

Personalized Wine Bottle Labels

The labels come in a six pack and only cost $9.99 and they say “Our child might be the reason you drink so enjoy this bottle on us!” I bought my favorite bottles of white and rose wines for them and am putting a nice note with each. Here’s to hoping all of the awesome teachers and kids out there have a great summer!

My Miscarriage

Last week I found out that I lost my second baby. I was nine weeks pregnant, and I learned that the baby had stopped growing at six weeks.

I was out of town at the time visiting family, getting ready to share the good news, when I had to go to the ER and was given the sad news.

I had to call my husband, who was not traveling with me, and tell him over the phone. A little over a week later, I’m back at home and recovering from a D and C today. I chose to have a D and C because it had been four weeks since the baby had stopped growing inside of me, and I needed closure. I also am a planner so I needed to know what the next step was so I could move on both emotionally and physically.

Aside from being a planner, I’m also a person who opens up about things that are bothering me, and for some reason this is not something people talk about very openly. It’s nothing to be ashamed of as it happens to 1 in 7 women and there is nothing I, or anyone else, did wrong to make this happen. But still it seems to be a taboo subject.

When I started telling people that I had miscarried, more and more of my family and friends opened up about their own experiences. This made me sad for them, as I now understand what they went through, however, it also made me feel better in a way. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone, that if they could get through this and move on to have other beautiful children, so could I.

Oddly enough, in the news last week, Mark Zuckerburg announced that he and his wife are expecting but have also experienced multiple miscarriages. I appreciate him opening up about his and his wife’s experiences and hope that others will feel they can do the same when they’re ready.

I am fortunate because I already have one healthy, happy son. If I never have another baby, I will be okay because of him. He has brought me back to reality after this loss because he has no idea what is going on, and is wrapped up in his toys, or cartoons, or whatever is keeping him occupied in that moment (as he should be). I still need to be here for him and be his mom. No time to grieve, at least not for too long.

I keep explaining it to my close friends as a loss in the family, without ever having met the person. When we lose a family member to death, we are allowed to grieve, even in public, why is this loss any different?

My hope as a mother, as a woman, as someone who has gone through a miscarriage is that we can all be more transparent about these things when they happen. Everyone is entitled to take the time they need to heal after something tragic, but just like we speak about breast feeding (or not to), pregnancy joys and pains, I hope we too can discuss miscarriages and how we feel with the people we love.

I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. I am certainly not the first or the last person to go through this, just one of many. I just wanted to open up about my own experience in hopes that it will give others an outlet (if they need or want one) to discuss and find closure in their own way.

Shark and Fish Valentines for My Toddler

Fish and Shark Valentines - the crafty mommyI was inspired by some valentines I saw on Pinterest and thought “I have to make these for H.” He is infatuated with sharks and all things aquatics. He visits the aquarium at least once a week (and gives the volunteers there a run for their money in terms of shark facts) but he also loves Octonauts, Finding Nemo, and anything underwater related.

So for his little friends, and H himself, I decided to make these adorable aquatic valentines. They’re perfect for taking a “bite” out of candy or a special note.

Fish and Shark Valentines Supplies - the crafty mommy

Materials
Clothespins
Scrapbook paper in various colors and textures
Scissors
Craft glue
Googly eyes (optional)
Fine tip markers (optional)

How to Make the Shark and Fish Valentines
1. Start by cutting out a fish or shark. You can find templates all over online, I used this shark template and this fish template although I sized the shark one down to fit my clothespins. Just make sure whatever template you use is slightly bigger than the clothes pin itself.

2. Starting from the mouth, cut the fish or shark down the middle about half way.

Clothespin Valentines - the crafty mommy

3. Turn the clothes pin on its side. Glue the top half of the cut to the top of the clothes pin and the bottom half of the cut to the bottom half. Make sure you don’t get glue in between the two sides of the clothes pin or it won’t open.

4. Glue a googly eye on or draw an eye with a marker.

Shark Valentine - the crafty mommy

5. Open and close the clothes pin to insert a bag of candy, a sweet note, or other special treat.

Artwork with a Twist

octopus in central parkThis past Christmas I made a trip into the city to visit the holiday market in Bryant Park. I came across this amazing artist Naughty and Nice who uses photographs of real buildings (think the Empire State Building) and then adds amazing and whimsical illustrations.

monster on empire state buildingI bought this print for H’s room for $20. The artist also had these amazing frames which were painted in these bold and saturated neon colors, but they were $300+.

Monster Artwork and Frame - the crafty mommy

I decided to do a little searching and I found two similar ornate frames on Ebay. They were gold and ugly at first sight, but I thought they would work when painted. Turns out I was right! All it took was a can of paint and some patience to ensure all of the nooks and crannies were covered in blue and I had my own version for under $20.

 

DIY Valentine Wreath

Valentine's Day Wreath - the crafty mommyI don’t normally get into Valentine’s Day, but for every other holiday this last year I’ve made a wreath for our front door and garland for our mantel. Because I had some time the other day during one of the many winter storms we’ve had recently I thought I would do the same for Valentine’s Day.

 

Valentine's Day Wreath in Process - the crafty mommy

I started by wrapping a styrofoam wreath form with pink grosgrain ribbon. Then I cut out two different shaped hearts from felt in four different shades of red and pink. Although you could totally hot glue the hearts just as they are to the wreath and it would look adorable, I wanted mine to have some dimension and movement. So I sewed the hearts (two of the same color and size) together down the middle. Then I folded them open and started gluing them randomly on the wreath I had covered with ribbon.

Heart Garland - the crafty mommy

I had some leftover hearts so I decided to use the same idea and glue them to a skinny red grosgrain ribbon for a garland.

Stationery Perfect for Your Kids

LL2014Oct 027 2I love personalized stationery, both for myself and for H. He has had his own set since birth. In fact, as soon as we chose a name for him, I was online ordering his very own thank you notes.

That’s why I was so excited to get a sampling of note cards, thank you notes, and holiday cards from Ellen at Letter Learning.

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Not only are the cards super cute and well designed, but they’re also educational. Your little one can trace the words on the cards while learning to spell and he or she can either continue writing a personalized note or dictate to mom and dad depending on his or her age.

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Visit letterlearning.com to see all of her designs and purchase your child’s own stationery. And right now you can get 40% off and free shipping on orders over $20.15 by using the code celebrate.

DIY Joy Holiday Wreath

Joy Wreath - the crafty mommy

I had seen some adorable yarn-wrapped letters that spelled out “JOY” in a holiday catalog I recently received, however, they were $70.

I decided that I could easily make some of my own and bought cardboard 3D letters online (you can also get them at Paper Source) and some inexpensive red yarn from Michael’s. Other than being a little time-consuming, it was a simple project that anyone could do in front of the TV.

Joy Letters Step 1 - the crafty mommyI anchored the end of the yarn to the letter with some hot glue and secured it with hot glue every so often. Especially around the edges. To ensure all parts of the letters were covered, I wrapped yarn vertically as well securing with glue, then I hid the ends of that yarn with the horizontally wrapped yarn. You could also paint the letters the same color as your yarn to do away with this step.

Joy Letters Step 2 - the crafty mommy

Joy Letters Finished - the crafty mommy

Joy Letters Finishing - the crafty mommy

When I was finished, I loved the result, but decided to use the letters on a plain wreath for over my mantle. To secure the letters to the wreath, I just wrapped them with another piece of red yarn and tied that around the wreath.