Friday, October 17, 2014

DIY Ombre Necklace

 

DIY Ombre Necklace

I have been on a small crafting spree lately. I made a new fall wreath, I've been taking in a few of my tops, I've made a couple of necklaces, and I started crocheting again. It feels good to get my creative juices flowing again although it is still much more challenging to find the time to craft. Lincoln's nap time is obviously the best followed by after he goes to bed at night. I've even found I can work on my projects with him in the room with me for a short amount of time while he amuses himself with toys, or non toys like the shoes in my closet or the ever fascinating vacuum cleaner.

I was feeling in the jewelry making mood and I wanted to work with some of my stash of beads. I always feel like I never have what I want to make a new necklace. It's the perpetual crafter's problem, the need to buy more supplies. I have tons of beads though so I knew there was something I could come up with what I already had and so this necklace was born.

My jewelry making process is simply to lay beads out in my tray and see what looks good together. I have been wanted some shorter necklaces that work will with v neck shirts. I have tons of pearl beads so I started laying them out and combing different colors until I settled on this ombre look. I used a peach, off white and bright white pearl. I got two of the colors from a garage sale where a lady was unloading what appeared to be her beading collection and the other one is from a craft store, probably Jo-Ann's. I also used beading wire, crimp beads, and these clasp that allow you to attach three strands of wire (I can't find the single pack online but this is basically what I bought for reference.) 

I laid out my beading pattern so that each strand was a different length. I attached the beading wire to the clasp with a crimp bead, strung my row of beads and attached the other side of the wire to the clasp with another crimp bead. The clasp came with the lobster clasp already attached so that saved me a step. Repeat the process for the other two strands. 

DIY Ombre Necklace

(I am definitely no jewelry expert so if you would like more detailed jewelry making tutorials, I suggest you check out the tutorial page of a much more talented jewelry maker by Bev at Flamingo Toes.)

I am actually pretty proud of this creation and I think it will be the perfect accessory for many of my shirts. I've already worn it and even got a complement at work.

 

DIY Ombre Necklace

 

DIY Ombre Necklace

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What I Wore- Missoni Scarf

 

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Cardigan- Modcloth, Skirt- J Crew Factory via ThredUP, Scarf- Thrifted: Missoni for Target, Boots- Instagram shop

I got this scarf at a thrift shop in Portland when Mike and I were there on vacation for his friend's wedding a few months before I got pregnant with Lincoln. It was such a fun trip and we knew it was going to be our last hurrah as a child free couple. Portland is the coolest city and we would love to go back one day with Lincoln. I love that this scarf reminds me of that trip and it's also adorable. I always get compliments when I wear it. The brand is Missoni for Target. I remember when the line came out and my friend at work slept with her laptop so she could be one of the first to buy something. I didn't even realize how popular it was at the time. The fact that I just happened to snag this scarf from the coveted line at a thrift shop of all places, on a trip in another state, just makes it all the more sweeter to me. 

I've been wearing my scarfs a lot lately to keep the chill off without needing heavy layers. Lincoln is particularly enamored with them. He likes them almost as much as my statement necklaces. I wore this scarf with a long sleeved tee the other day and instead of putting it away I laid it on the back of my chair next to my mustard sweater in an act of laziness. It turned out to be a happy accident because I loved the combo together. So that's the story of my special scarf and how it came to be paired with my mustard cardigan. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lincoln’s Eleven Month Update

 

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Lincoln is eleven months old! One month to go to the big one year! The past couple of days he has been learning all kinds of new things. It's funny how all of the sudden he just has a new skill. I am still amazed at every one. His latest trick is being able to put his shapes into his elephant toy. It has a hole at the top and the shapes come out at the the bottom. We has showed him this in the past and he wasn't interested but this weekend I showed him again and he put the shape right in. Now it's a fun game for him to play. 

He also learned how to give a high five. Mike also taught him that this past weekend and it was so cute. Other things he is doing lately are finding something that you tried to hide (either on purpose, or to play) playing peek a boo with the kitchen curtain and reaching surprisingly high on the top of tables.

Lincoln is also getting pretty close to walking. He can stand on his own for a little while and he has tried to take steps a couple of times. We may have a walker before his first birthday. We shall see what this month has in store for us!

A couple of weeks ago we were having a few rough nights of sleep and I put a blanket in his crib, at first to try and keep him warm, but it turns out he loves to snuggle it. Now at night when I put him down to sleep he has to immediately grab his blanket and lay his head on it and snuggle it to his face. I also put a couple of stuffed animals in his crib too and the combination has really seemed to help. If he isn't quite ready to sleep he will play for a few minutes instead of crying.

He is really such a sweet little boy though. He is always laughing and smiling. He is so good when we take him places. Although eating at a restaurant has a time limit (and can be a big mess) he is really good when we eat out. He was also so good at my cousin's son's baptism this past weekend. He made googly eyes at the ladies, he was good in church at the ceremony, he sat in a chair at the reception like a big boy when we ate and he played with his cousins while I was chatting.  He definitely can have his cranky moments like any other baby but we are so lucky to have such a generally sweet, well behaved young man.

 

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Friday, October 10, 2014

What I Wore- Tights Weather

 

Grey cardigan, navy skirt, navy tights

Cardigan- Land’s End, Skirt- Limited via ThredUP, Belt- Target, Shoes- Target, Tights- JC Penney

 

It is tights weather again. I am not one to hold on to bare legs for very long because I get cold so easily. I needed a pair of navy tights to match my navy skirt and I picked up this pair of Mixit tights and I love them. It's pretty hard to love tights since they are generally uncomfortable but this pair is bearable. I didn't realize it until I wore a different brand (Target maybe? I can't remember) and they were so uncomfortable. They squished my belly and they are really thin but the Mixit pair is very thick and squeezed my belly less, because there are no tights that don't squeeze it all. And if you've found a brand that doesn't please let me know!  

Anyway I want to replace my awful pair with another Mixit pair and JC Penney is having a $10 off of $25 coupon plus I have a $10 reward so I may be making a trip there this weekend. I am a big fan of JCP right now. I've been outfitting Lincoln in Okie Dokie shirts and pants. They have been on sale for $5.99 plus there is always a coupon for either 15% or $10 off of $25 and sometimes I get a $10 off of $10. Mike has upgraded his work wardrobe there recently too. They have the nicest Dockers pants that fit him really well and are so reasonable. 

Also on the agenda this weekend is finding decorating supplies for Lincoln's one year birthday party. We are in the midst of planning and trying to figure out where to buy inexpensive but cute decorations. So I think we will be making a trip to the local party store to see what they have.

Monday, October 6, 2014

DIY Hydrangea Wreath

 

DIY Hydrangea Wreath

We put our fall decorations out early this year so we can actually enjoy them before the Christmas decorations come out. (On a side note: I have no idea how to have a Christmas tree and a curious soon to be one year old coexist in my house.)

I had a fall wreath I made a couple years ago up on our door but I got a great deal on some fall hydrangeas and a grapevine wreath and I have been wanting to make a hydrangea wreath. I’ve seen them all over Pinterest and I am a huge hydrangea lover. Since the one in my garden didn’t bloom this year I guess I just needed to make up for it some way.

I got all my supplies at Jo-Ann’s. The wreath had some other decorations I pulled off to save for another time but I kept the bow. I used four bunches of hydrangeas but I could have gotten away with only two if I didn’t place the flowers as close together.

DIY Hydrangea Wreath

I cut the individual blooms off of the bunch with wire cutting pliers. I pulled off the leaves too since I wasn’t interested in adding them to my wreath. I laid out the flowers around the wreath to get a feel for how I would place them. Then I bent each stem and inserted them in between grapevine pieces. They fit snugly so there was no need to add hot glue. The wreath already had the bow so it was done.

DIY Hydrangea Wreath

I finished it in around 15 minutes during one of Lincoln’s naps and I still had time to do some laundry (the never ending chore.) At least I satisfied my need to make something pretty. I will keep my eye out for different colored hydrangeas because I would love to have a similar wreath for the summer.

DIY Hydrangea Wreath

 

DIY Hydrangea Wreath

DIY Hydrangea Wreath

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