Weekend in Review- soccer & nibs

Weekend started with some Saturday soccer, our new normal.

Babygirl did sooo good. As a thoughtful loving little person, she has struggled a little bit with the aggressiveness that soccer requires. She sees the kids she plays with, as teammates and friends. That’s a great thing! I love that she understands teamwork and sharing, but when it comes down to playing against each other we needed her to just get out there and fight for the ball.

And this Saturday she did! She jumped in the thick of it all, and kicked the ball out and really showed the progress in her ball handling skills. I was super impressed! And she was happy to receive all the praise I was giving.

I made sure to get some arts and crafts time with her in so we could do an activity together.

She’s been obsessed with painting lately because she has been gifted lots of art supplies, so we painted this bird house.

Also at Hobby Lobby , i was able to pick up some ink and bibs… because I’m taking calligraphy up.

What’s that? I’m crazy you say? When do you even have the time to play with calligraphy pens???

Yes I know. But hear me out, I love doodling and writing. I’ve got pens and markers and brushes galore. I love the feel of pen on paper and making the words attractive to look at. And I can’t just have baking as a hobby, because let’s be honest I can’t eat all my kitchen creations. Especially when my wedding is on the horizon. So in an effort to ease my restless soul/hands I’ve decided to delve into the world of artistic lettering.

How cool would it be to do fancy wedding envelopes for people? Or do those gorgeous wedding signs that are becoming so popular? I know that’s super forward thinking of me, to already be crafting another business venture but clearly when I do something I just jump all the way in.

I started an Instagram for it in case you wanted to check out my newest non edible art.

Www.instagram.com/stargazerletters

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log! DIY

party decor DIY !

in case you didn’t know or figure it out.. we are throwing a Tinkerbell party for baby girl! goes so nicely with her newly decorated room dontcha think? 🙂

anyway, there’s a lot of paths i could have taken for decorating to the theme but as we are doing it at home, i chose to decorate like Tink’s home, Pixie Hollow. (And for those who don’t know Pixie Hollow is in the forest. Dont feel bad if you didn’t know that, we have watched a lot of Tinkerbell movies, little mama and I.)

I scoured a lot of my party websites for  forest ideas and decor but i just wanted to make some of it myself to save on the cost and because i had the materials needed. [[and because i like doing arts and crafts 🙂 lol]]

first project: fake log!


i don’t have a chainsaw or a tree to cut and i wanted some log items to go with the forest theme. i know they have cut pieces at the craft store but i wanted something a little different then what i found. so i gathered up:

newspaper

glue + water (1 part to 2 parts)

bowl

cylinder type containers (i used an empty oatmeal cardboard container and a big plastic gatorade powder container)

paint (brown, black, red, creme)

cling wrap

( should be easy if you’ve ever done paper mache before, i dont have pics of the process but here’s what i did )

1. covered my workspace/table with cling wrap & newspaper. (the glue will drain down and cling wrap makes the clean up easy)

2. i ripped up strips of newspaper and laid them to the side. i also filled my containers with junk mail to give them some weight.

3. i mixed two parts water to one part glue in a bowl.

4. i dipped a strip of newspaper into my glue mixture and tried to let some of the extra mix drain off back into the bowl.

5. i started covering my containers with my wet newspaper strips. because i was going for a tree log look i scrunched in some places and folded and tried to give it texture. i tried to build up a layer or two to make it look less perfect.

6. let it dry !

7. i painted it brown ( had to do at least 2 coats to cover the newspaper underneath.) then i let this dry a little.

8. i took a small paint brush and black paint and drew lines all over.

9.  it still didnt look enough like a log so i mixed my leftover black paint, brown paint and some red paint to get a darker brown. i took a medium sized paint brush and dabbed this in random places; i just painted til it felt more realistic.


 10. i painted the top a creme color as if the log had been cut. i still need to do the tree circles but here is what it looks like!


 [i got this idea off pinterest from a woman who made a dollhouse for her daughter. when i get time i might do the same !]

Belly casting

I am the queen of crafts. Ok maybe not the queen but I love anything crafty and keepsake-ish so when I came across this idea of belly casting your pregnant belly I knew we had to do it. It’s really just making a mold of your belly and then decorating it after its done but its so cute to me. Anyway I’ve been talking about it forever and now that I know I’m dilating I knew we had to do it before we make it to the hospital lol. I could have bought a belly casting kit online or at babies r us but those cost upwards of $20. When it comes to crafts, I do my research. I found out that I could spend less than $10 and get the same result.
I went to michaels and bought plaster, I asked the girl for something called rigid wrap and got two rolls of the smaller size. They were $5 each and I used a 40% off one reg priced item so it came out to like 8.50$ for everything. That’s winning to me.
I sat on the kitchen island and put Vaseline over everywhere the plaster would go so we could get the mold off when it dried. Then Dwight cut the roll into strips, dipped them in warm water and laid them on me. It was an interesting and kind of messy project but it came out so cute. When it started to dry it kind of popped up a little bit so it gave the feeling of taking a band aid off almost?

I would advise anyone to sit in a comfortable chair for the drying process. It didn’t take long, maybe ten minutes, but I didn’t want to move for fear I would mess up the mold and I didn’t have anything to rest my back on so it was slightly uncomfortable especially for a person that is already slightly uncomfortable at this point in the pregnancy lol.

Now I just have to figure out what I want to decorate on it 🙂

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