Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday at 22 Weeks Pregnant

It's time for another What I Wore Wednesday with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy and this time I'm dressing a baby bump!

I was pregnant in the Winter for my first pregnancy, so I will say that dressing a baby bump in 80-90 degree weather is not nearly as fun-and sometimes not at all fun. It also amazes me that sometimes I look uber pregnant and sometimes I don't look pregnant at all, depending on the cut of the outfit.

So here are five outfits at 22 weeks.


So, here I am looking a little pregnant.

This dress is from JC Penney, I think, and it's not maternity. But, it's empire waist cut so it works.
Cardigan: Pickyourplum
Shoes: target
Jewelry: Charming Charlie

Here I am looking much pregnant.

Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: I actually cut this into a skirt from a sundress I didn't want anymore. It has an elastic waist, so, again, it works.
Vest: Zulily
Shoes: Target

And then I don't look very pregnant.

Dress: Zulily
Jewlery: Charming Charlie
Sandals: Kmart

And now I look pregnant again.

Dress: Old Navy (not maternity)
Vest: Zulily
Belt and Sandals: Target

Sorry for the bad pics, but you get the drift. :-)

Top: Zulily
Jeans: Old Navy
Sandals: Kmart

This may be the last time I wear jeans pregnant!

That's all for now!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Easy DIY Summer Art


Hello friends! I am back after an unintentional hiatus from blogging. I guess I just needed a break and to focus on getting my life in some sort of order (ha) after a first trimester of being incredibly tired all.the.time.

I enjoy creating mix media-type and paper art for my seasonal bookshelf. Here is some very simple mini arts I created for my Summer shelf.

Summer Banner Art:


I made this one with Martha Stewart paper and baker's twine. I printed the "summer" on cardstock on my computer before adding the banner. I do not have good handwriting!

Bicycle Art:


This one is my favorite! I had this bicycle button that I believe I got in a pack at Michael's. I can't remember the company, unfortunately. I tied a small baker's twine bow in the button holes and glued it onto newsprint scrapbook paper card stock. I made the sun with various scraps of orange and yellow paper. 

Delightfully Creating,

Linking To 

MONDAYS
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FRIDAYS
That DIY Party with DIY Show Off
The Sunday Showcase with Stephanie Lynn

Monday, March 30, 2015

Why I've been MIA

I've been neglecting the blog lately-and also crafting, but for good reason!


Yep, we have a new little blessing coming in September!

I've been SO TIRED, ya'll. With Cupcake, I was super sick. With this one, I've been super tired. Pretty much all I do is stay-at-home-mom it and sleep. My house is a mess and I can never seem to get a handle on the laundry. True life!

But, I'm seeping great! Haha

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bubble Guppies Party


Cupcake turned three years old last month! I can't believe how the time has flown. We had a small, family party. Even though our parties are small, I like to make them inexpensively magical for her. One of Cupcake's favorite TV shows is Bubble Guppies on Nick/Nick Jr., so we had a Bubble Guppies themed party.

Invitation
Because it was just the grandparents and an uncle coming, I didn't send out invites, but I did find a cute, free e-vite if you're looking for one. I thought about it, but decided it was pointless. haha

Decorations
For the background, I wanted to make an ocean-looking wall, so here is what I did:

I got the idea for the blue background from Rain on a Tin Roof, where you can find a tutorial. It's super cheap and easy-all you need is three plastic table covers, which cost me $1 each.


I printed the banner from the Nick Jr. Website (it's free!) on card stock and hung each bubble from fishing line, which I taped to the ceiling with clear tape. I also hung the Bubble Guppies characters, which I bought and were already attached to fishing line. You can find them at Walmart, Target, and Party City.

Cupcake squealed with delight when she saw the whole thing, but she was especially excited about this jellyfish!


I mostly followed the tutorial from Party City, but I only used plastic table cover, crepe, and curling ribbon and not the other things it suggested (to save money). I had a hard time ruffling the table cover for the jellyfish skirt-maybe it was because I was using a cheap dollar store table cover? Anyway, I had some ruffly lace on-hand so I used that instead.


The table cover worked well for the tentacles, though.
Cupcake loved it so much, it is now hanging in her room for her to enjoy all the time.


I got the idea for the lantern fish from Catch My Party. They are super easy to make and I was able to find a pack of 5 pastel lanterns of various sizes at Party City. I only used two, but I have the rest for later!

I also put a few decorations on the table. Here's the whole table, with some of the food.


I made a tissue pom pom as coral.


The fishing net was under $5 at Party City and I bought a bag of seashells at The Dollar Tree for $1.

I put the napkins and plastic ware in a chest that normally holds my jewelry. I think I got it at Hobby Lobby. The pearls are Cupcake's :-) You can find Bubble Guppies plates, napkins, and cups at Walmart, Target, and Party City.

Food
We served lunch to our family, so I just made some simple things.

A fishbowl!

The bowl was $1 at the Dollar Tree.

We  made the chicken salad sandwiches look like crabs! We also served deli sandwiches.

To go with the Bubble Guppies theme, we had pasta salad made with pasta shells (served in a bucket) and cocktail shrimp. We also served chips and fruit skewers.


Cake
As usual, I made cupcakes (well, my mom made them). I kept it real simple.


The Molly, Gil, and Bubble Puppy candles came from Party City. The rest of the figurines came from the Bubble Guppies busy book, which I got at Michael's for 40 percent off (so about $5).


Needless to say, Cupcake had the time of her life and that's what matters to me!

Delightful Partying!

Linking To
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That DIY Party with DIY Show Off The Sunday Showcase with Stephanie Lynn

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday 3/11/15

It's time for another What I Wore Wednesday with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy.


So, I've been meaning to do a wiww post for a while, but life often takes over and I don't get to blogging. So, here are 7 random outfits I wore recently, but I can't remember when!

I like combining blue, mint, and grey!

Cardigan-Thrifted, so I don't know
Shoes-Old Navy

 I love this new dress-makes me feel all regency era-like.

Dress that I'm wearing as a top-Zulily
Cardigan- Pick Your Plum
boots-Target

a little pattern mixing

Top and cardigan-H&M
Scarf and Shoes-Old Navy

This was an experiment-dressing up a plaid shirt, but I love how it turned out. Wish the picture was better!

Shoes-ModCloth

This whole outfit is from Target

One of my favorite casual combos

Top-Old Navy
Vest, Belt, Boots-Target

Top-Loft
Skirt-NY&Co
Boots-can't remember

That's it for this time!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Burlap and Lace Shamrock Bunting


St. Patrick's Day is near, so I made a bunting to go with my St. Patrick's Day bookshelf. I love burlap and lace, so I wanted it to be the backing. I cut each piece from a roll of burlap and lace ribbon. This makes it easy because the burlap and lace is already sewn together!


I cut the shamrocks from fabric using my Silhouette Portrait. I used the shamrock portion of the free design of the week so I didn't even have to pay for it!


I glued the shamrocks on with hot glue and glued the bunting on to the twine with hot glue. It was very simple and quick!


Delightfully Creating,

Linking To:

MONDAYS
TUESDAYS
Show and Tell with  
Flamingo Toes, Sugar Bee Crafts, A Pumpkin and a Princess, and Snap!  
Tutorial Tuesdays with Hope Studios

 WEDNESDAYS
Work It Wednesday with
The Happy Housie // The Blissful Bee // The Turquoise Home // Place of My Taste
 
THURSDAYS
Inspiration Gallery with  
Design, Dining, Diapers // Crafterberry Bush // The Golden Sycamore


That DIY Party with DIY Show Off  
The Sunday Showcase with Stephanie Lynn

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fighting For Joy

"Indifference to the pursuit of joy in God would be indifference to the glory of God, and that is sin."
-John Piper, "When I Don't Desire God"

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I have periods when I don't pursue joy in God. I've always described these periods as "being in a rut." What a nice little name to mask the ugly truth that it is sin!

I've sinned all week, rarely pursuing joy in God. And yet, He continues to forgive me and pursue me anyway! The Lord is amazingly loving, merciful, gracious, patient, and faithful! How can I not love Him? How can I NOT pursue joy in Him?

No one desires God with the passion He demands. This truth is both devastating and relieving- devastating because I want to please Him and cannot and relieving because it reminds me that I can't do it alone. John Piper puts is best:



"...my indwelling sin stands in the way of my full satisfaction in God...It OPPOSES by making other things look more desirable than God. And it PERVERTS by making me think I am pursuing joy in God when, in fact, I am in love with His gifts."


Pursuing joy in God is REAL Christianity-not the manageable, duty-defined, rule-following, will-power Christianity we so often try to live.

If I don't and can't desire God, what then is my hope? My only hope is the Sovereign Grace of Christ. He will have to transform my heart and make it do what it naturally will not do-desire Him. He will have to change me from the inside-out.

That is bothy scary and exciting-scary because I can't manage the change or make it happen and exciting because my heart is in the Strong, Sovereign hands of the Almighty God of the Universe, Who can and will do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all I can ask or imagine!! (Eph. 3:20)


Will you pray with me?
Bring me to the place, Oh Lord, where I truly believe that in You I have a better possession and an abiding one (Hebrews 10:34) Help me to cherish You and not merely "choose" You. You are supremely glorious and supremely valuable. Therefore, You are worth the fight for joy!
Linking To:
Titus 2 Tuesday with Cornerstone Confessions 
SDG Connections with Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood
Thought Provoking Thursday with 3D Lessons For Life
Faith Filled Friday with Missional Women
Spiritual Sundays
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