Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Maternity Photos

You may not believe this based on my slightly blurry iphone photos that I didn’t bother to white balance, but we are actually a photography household.  My husband is the real photographer, and I play assistant and back up photographer.  We both have fancy Cannons and and have actually made money taking photos!  Yes, people pay us to take pictures.  I know shocking based on the pictures in this blog.    What can I say… I am lazy and addicted to just snapping the quick photos on my phone and uploading them using dropbox.  (if you don’t have dropbox… get it…. it is awesome). 
Well after pestering him for a few weeks, Lan took some maternity photos.  Then after pestering him for a few weeks after that, he got them off his camera and gave them to me :) yay!  These were taken when I was 37 weeks I believe…. and I have gotten quite a bit larger since then, but meah, we will ignore that fact :)
Here are a few of my favorites that he took.  The one with the two of us he used a timer.
So excited for Emmalynn to get here, and yes, I will bust out the fancy camera for her :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kite bow holder

When I found out I was having a girl, my mom went a little crazy.  She loves everything fru fru.  Needless to say, Emmalynn has a LOT of bows. 

A while ago I saw this post on Ruffles and Stuff. (If you haven't checked out Disney’s blog…. you need to!  She doesn’t post as often any more… but look back though… It is a treasure trove of ideas.)  I tucked the idea away for Em’s room.  I finally got around to making them.  They were super easy… just my kind of project.

My first step was finding wire hangers.  I thought this would have been the easiest part of the process… but as it turned out to be a bit of a challenge.  Apparently the mix of being cheap and not getting anything dry cleaned, and using the wire hangers we did have for roasting marshmallows at the beach, I only had two options.

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The dark one is really the ideal for this project, but I made them both work :)

You bend the wire into a diamond shape and make a loop with the end of the hanger.

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I cut a triangle shape out of batting that I had left over, leaving a little less than an inch all the way around.  I used my glue gun to put a line of glue along the hanger, and folded over the batting.  Do a section at a time.


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I then cut some fabric leaving the same amount around the edges, and repeat just as you did with the batting.  I was able to use some fabric that my mom had saved from my own nursery when I was a baby. 

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After that you just attach some ribbon for a tale and the “cross bars” of the kite. I also added a bow to hide the hanger loop.  I chose some lace that I had to give it a soft feel and tie them into her curtains.  The last step is to hang and clip on all of those adorable ribbons.

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Well, I suppose I should get back to the report cards I was doing before I got distracted and wrote this post.  I'm trying to get them done… along with preparing for open house… before Emmalynn decides to make her appearance.  Here is hoping that she says nice and cozy in my belly for one more week.  I have a lot to get done :)