hello feet

A couple of years ago, I saw a fun pregnancy layout on Two Peas called Yoo Hoo Feet. I bookmarked the page for future reference and so glad I did. Since loosing sight of my own feet around 28 weeks, I thought it would be fun to create my own page. Yesterday I had Trent take a photo of me tipping over to catch a glimpse of my feet. I lifted the page design from my friend Nylene's 8 layout.

Supplies: Stampin' Up cardstock; Bazzill cardstock; Making Memories rub-on letters; Die Cuts with a View adhesive backed cardstock; QuicKutz Studio font; Cloud 9 patterned paper; EK Success corner rounder punch.


Blog Hop Wrap Up

I had fun participating in Scrappin' Mojo's blog hop this past weekend. Ten of us hosted challenges on our blogs with chances to win small RAKs and one chance to win the grand prize of Bo Bunny scrapping goodies from Scrappin' Mojo. Winners will be announced in the Scrappin' Mojo Forum tomorrow by 12 noon.

Here are the projects I created for the challenges...

For Marcie's challenge to complete at layout with a cute little nature animal and Stella's challenge to use a non-alpha stamp on a layout.
Supplies: Recollections cardstock; Staz-On black stamp pad; Studio G stamp; Marvy LePlume markers; Micron black pen.

Terri challenged us to make a card. I made one that we will send to Trent's younger brother after the baby arrives.
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock; miscellaneous white cardstock; Staz-On brown ink pad (edges); American Crafts letter stickers; QuicKutz Moxie font; Die Cuts with a View adhesive backed cardstock; TaDa patterned paper.

Tackled three with this layout of Trent's softball season - Angela's sports themed layout; Niki's red, white & blue color scheme; and Diana's sketch challenge.
Supplies: Cosmo Cricket patterned paper; Bazzill and misc cardstock; EK Success border punch & stickers; Martha Stewart Crafts sepia pen.

My final layout was for Jan's challenge to scrap your most recent favorite photo and Sophia's white only challenge. The latter took a lot of thinking especially since 99% of my scrapping supplies have some sort of color to them.
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock; EK Success corner punch; Prima flowers; Making Memories snaps; Basic Grey chipboard; white acrylic paint; Heidi Swapp chipboard.

I've been meaning to label these fabric bins in our laundry closet since we reorganized it last year. Danielle's challenge to create a home decor project using scrapping supplies inspired me to finally get around to it.

And I made a tag for a similar bin we have in the nursery closet that currently holds all of the small toys.
Supplies: Paper Reflections tag; American Crafts ribbon; Die Cuts with a View adhesive backed cardstock; QuicKutz dies; Staz-On black stamp pad; Daisy Hill acrylic stamps; fiber from 7gypsies album packaging; Dymo label maker.


SM Blog Hop: Some Assembly Required

Welcome to all the Scrappin' Mojo blog hoppers! My challenge is to use at least 4 photos on a layout. The layout can be 1 or 2 pages - your choice. Remember to upload your project to the Scrappin' Mojo gallery (by Sunday at 5pm) with "blog hop" in the title to be entered in the grand prize drawing. Also, leave a link to your layout in my comments so I can take a peek and for a chance at a RAK from me. :) (note: link must be left in my comments by 6pm Eastern time on Sunday, June 28th to be eligible for a chance to win the RAK) Then pop on over to Niki's blog for the next challenge.

Here is a 2 page design I created for the challenge capturing a few of the many baby related items Trent has assembled during the past 4 months (click on photos to enlarge):

Supplies: Archiver's cardstock; Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper (blue) & journaling spot; Frances Meyer patterned paper (green); KI Memories patterned paper (brown); Doodlebug Designs rub-on letters; American Crafts alpha stickers; QuicKutz hammer die; The Paper Company mulberry paper; miscellaneous ribbon from stash; Autumn Leaves buttons; fibers from 7gypsies album packaging; Bazzill corduroy brads; chipboard owl; Martha Stewart Crafts sepia pen. Inspired by sketch for June Celebrate the Seasons class at Two Peas.

Scrappin' Mojo Blog Hop

Scrappin' Mojo is hosting a blog hop today through Sunday. The fun starts at 5pm Eastern time. Check back then for my challenge. Hope you can join in the fun! :)


38 Weeks

How far along? 38 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Down just over 2lbs from last week which I find odd. I've read that it is possible to loose during the last few weeks, but my appetite has been so big the last 3 (and I've definitely indulged a bit) that I fully expected to see another gain.

Maternity clothes? Yes, and I am so bored of the same few outfits, but also not willing to spend the money on any new clothes at this point.

Stretch marks? Yes, and I did gain some new ones right on the front of my belly. I joked with Trent about how I need a few more to "balance things out" since they are only on one side of my belly button.

Sleep: Not as well as in the previous weeks, but not terrible either. I wake about 3-4 times a night now.

Best moment this week: Hearing his heartbeat at our checkup <- I don't think I can ever get enough of that. So sweet and reassuring.

Movement: Still quite the active little guy.

Food cravings: None. But still enjoying that hearty appetite.

Labor Signs: None.

Belly Button in or out? Pretty close to flat.

What I am looking forward to: Meeting him very soon. :)

Milestones: We're under 30 days to when he will possibly arrive. Just waiting on the little guy to decide when he's ready to make his appearance.

Energy Level: Fairly well. Definitely more tired than I was a month ago, but no noticeable changes from last week. And I did manage to attend the prenatal water aerobics class on Tuesday night - something I've really enjoyed during my pregnancy.


Baby Blanket

After many starts and stops since I began knitting in February, I finally finished the baby blanket on Monday night. It's waiting in the crib for the little one's arrival.


9th Birthday

Today is Cali's 9th birthday. I love this photo I took of her last week - so rarely do I manage to get a good shot of her face and a bit of her 'catitude' is evident as well. LOL I scraplifted my friend Linda's Cat Nap page for the design:

Supplies: Deja Views patterned paper; Bazzill scalloped cardstock; miscellaneous number stencil; Micron black pen; Prima flowers; Making Memories brads; Signo Uniball white pen.


Father's Day cards

The card I made for our fathers & grandfathers:

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card & adhesive backed cardstock; miscellaneous white cardstock; Micron black pen; TaDa patterned paper; Staz-On black stamp pad; Studio G acrylic stamps; QuicKutz Metro font. Inspired by March 14 of dw2007.

And the card I made for Trent:

I based the paper piecing design off this cute little onesie I gave him:

Supplies: Bazzill cardstock; Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper; EK Success corner rounder punch; miscellaneous cardstock; Micron black pen; foam adhesive square; Making Memories alpha stickers; Staz-On black stamp pad; Studio G acrylic stamps. Inspired by June A Year in Cards class at Two Peas.


37 Weeks

How far along? 37 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up 3lbs - effect of my sudden increase in appetite last week?

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Stretch marks? Yes. But I don't think I've gained any new ones from last week. Although, I'm not exactly counting so who knows.

Sleep: Really well. I only wake up once or twice and often can just switch sides and fall back asleep. My only complaint is that no matter how well I sleep, I'm almost always tired during the day now. Too bad I can't squeeze in a daily nap.

Best moment this week: Hearing the little guy's heartbeat at our weekly checkup.

Movement: Lots of stretching and pushing on me still. My belly takes on the funniest lop-sided shapes. And, the baby gets the hiccups about once a day - bouncing my belly the entire time. Trent & I jokingly called him "Tigger" at these times since it looks as though my belly is going "boing...boing...boing..."

Food cravings: None. But still enjoying that hearty appetite I acquired last week. Wonder if that means I'll see another 3lbs added to the scale next week. Hmm...

Labor Signs: None.

Belly Button in or out? Pretty close to flat. Trent has teased me that when it pops, the baby is done cooking. ;)

What I am looking forward to: Our last childbirth class tomorrow and just enjoying a little R&R this weekend.

Milestones: We picked out a pediatrician. One more item scratched off the to-do list.

Energy Level: Slowing down ...


it's a boy

Simple card I made for my friend, Laura, who welcomed her little boy, Cameron, last week.

I used a foam adhesive square to pop the onesie off the design:

Supplies: Bazzill cardstock; QuicKutz onesie die; misc. scrap patterned paper; foam adhesive; American Crafts rub-on sentiment.


Still Undecided

Wordless Wednesday


Nursery Progress

The almost completed nursery:

I still have a few small details to add such as photos over the glider area. But for the most part it is ready and waiting for our little boy.


Dinner with Friends

This month I had Theresa's circle journal - Dinner with Friends. I decided to share the crock pot spaghetti & meatballs recipe I came up with last weekend. I wrote the recipe onto a photo card, laminated it and inserted it into a pocket on the second page so it can easily be pulled out to make.

The Making Memories Chloe's Closet line worked perfectly with the colors in my photo and, along with the ribbon & thread on page 2, enabled me to meet the requirements of Jan's "Open that Package" challenge at Scrappin' Mojo. The other inspirations for my design were the Two Peas May Super Sketches class and the Two Peas weekly challenge to stack the title.

Supplies: Making Memories patterned paper, brads, snap, tiny alpha stickers, paper piercer & stitches; Martha Stewart Crafts label sticker; Fontwerks & Daisy Hill alpha stamps; Staz-On black stamp pad; QuicKutz tab die; miscellaneous cardstock; Urban Lily photo card; American Crafts ribbon; Micron black pen; Xyron 510 and laminating cartridge.


36 Weeks

How far along? 36 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up half a pound from last week

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Stretch marks? Oh yeah. I guess when the baby dropped, taking my stomach with him, there was no chance of avoiding them any longer so I'll wear my badges of honor proudly.

Sleep: Fairly well.

Best moment this week: Our first childbirth class. Trent & I both enjoyed it and learned a lot.

Movement: Plenty. I think the little guy is tired of the tightening quarters - he pushes and kicks on me quite frequently during the day.

Food cravings: None, but my appetite has significantly increased all of a sudden this week as the baby is lower.

Labor Signs: None.

Belly Button in or out? Almost flat.

What I am looking forward to: Massage this afternoon & our childbirth class tomorrow.

Milestones: The little guy has officially dropped and is head down.

Energy Level: Slowing down a bit more.


I Have My Eye On You

Wordless Wednesday


Summer Love

Laura tagged me a couple of days ago to list my five favorite things about summer...
  1. Beach trips. We're very fortunate Trent's parents own a small place just south of Myrtle Beach so we can easily take a weekend (or week long) trip to the beach.

  2. Baseball games. For the last 3 or 4 years, we've given each other mini-plan tickets to the Durham Bulls (Tampa's AAA team) as a Christmas gift.

  3. Our garden. I enjoy all the beautiful colors in my flower garden and the delicious fresh grown vegetables & herbs from our vegetable garden.

  4. Grilling out. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, kabobs, veggies, etc - all so delicious fresh off the grill.

  5. Long days & warm weather. I love getting off work and still having a couple hours of daylight to enjoy especially if we can spend them outside taking a walk, relaxing in the backyard, etc.
I'm tagging Emily, Benita, Darcey, Tere, and Sandra.


All About My Boys

We had a wonderful, busy weekend including continued celebration of Trent's birthday. Friday my sister joined us for dinner and the Durham Bulls baseball game where I surprised Trent with "Happy 30th, Trent" on the jumbo tron during the 6th inning.

Saturday afternoon we attended our first of three childbirth classes at the hospital. The instructor was fabulous. I've actually been very calm and relaxed during the entire pregnancy even when thinking about labor. After the class, we both felt even more encouraged that it will be a very positive experience.

That evening the birthday celebration continued with Trent's parents & sister coming over for dinner. I planned earlier in the week to use the slow cooker while we were in our class to make preparation easier. I settled on making spaghetti & meatballs. The recipe I came up with was quite easy and everyone enjoyed it. I simply combined one 26oz jar of spaghetti sauce, one 14.5oz can of Del Monte Diced Tomatoes w/ Basil, Garlic & Oregano, 1 tbsp of dried oregano from my garden, and 24 fully cooked frozen meatballs in the slow cooker and let it cook on low for 6 hours. When we returned home from class, I boiled the noodles, drained and added them to the sauce mixture in the slow cooker - leaving it on low until we were ready to eat. Then prepared a salad and garlic bread for sides. And, of course, we ended the evening with birthday cake - a must have for a birthday celebration.

Yesterday after church we picked up the glider we ordered a couple of weeks ago for the nursery. Trent put it together and I sat in it right away - so comfy! The nursery is almost complete. Still a couple more details I want to finish up.

Definitely a wonderful weekend all about my two boys. :)


35 Weeks

How far along? 35 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up half a pound from last week - bringing me to 8lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight

Maternity clothes? Yes.

Stretch marks? None.

Sleep: Better. I've only been waking a couple times a night and getting up about once a night.

Best moment this week: Relaxing at the pool with Trent on Sunday evening - it cooled me off, took away some of the pressure from Baby's weight and gave Trent & I a chance to talk.

Movement: Lots of stretching and kicking.

Food cravings: None. And my appetite has definitely decreased. I'll get very hungry, but feel full after only a few bites.

Labor Signs: None.

Belly Button in or out? Almost flat.

What I am looking forward to: Our first childbirth class on Saturday.

Milestones: My last week without a doctor's appointment. Starting on Wednesday I'll be going weekly for progress checks.

Energy Level: Slowing down a bit.


Happy 30th...

to my wonderful husband! :)

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card; Cosmo Cricket patterned paper; black stamp ink; EK Success corner rounder; miscellaneous scrap cardstock; QuicKutz Studio font; Micron black pen; Pebbles, Inc. rub-on sentiment; adhesive backed foam. Inspired by May A Year in Cards class at Two Peas.


It's a Jungle in here!

Wordless Wednesday | Credits: vinyl decor by Single Stone Studios.


sympathy card

Card I made for the May A Year in Cards class at Two Peas:

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card; Signo Uniball white pen; Making Memories clears; EK Success butterfly sticker & corner rounder punch; Martha Stewart Crafts sepia pen.


love at first sight

For our baby's album, I scrapped these photos yesterday from our first ultrasound and journaled about my memories of that very special day.

Supplies: Bazzill cardstock; KI Memories lace paper; Making Memories chipboard heart, 'cherish' metal tab and 'miracle' metal washer; Micron black pen; Basic Grey chipboard letters; Doodlebug Designs rub-on letters; Little Yellow Bicycle tag and brad. Inspired by Ann Costen's spider girl layout in the Scrapbooks Etc May/June 2009 issue.