Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Countdown Shirt!

For Christmas, I got a sewing machine! It is out of the box, but I haven't used it, yet...but expect great things from me and my sewing machine! I'm so excited about it!!!

I've been seeing really neat DIY maternity clothes on Pinterest lately. Also, This website has all kinds of GREAT maternity clothes!!! Can't wait to try some of the dresses!!! It makes me want to stay home and sew!

I have already done one project, with the expert help of my wonderful momma this weekend! I saw a maternity countdown shirt on pinterest that I had to try. I altered it a little, since I am already halfway done. (Also, she used a $30 shirt, which defeats the purpose of the frugal nature of DIY projects.) So, I combined the countdown idea with this patern from http://trashtocouture.blogspot.com/. (I really like her style!) This way, I get a comfy t-shirt with a little style that will fit when I'm 9 mo that doesn't have the elastic!!! <--not a big fan of the elastic right now.


I bought a couple of XXL men's t-shirts from Target that were on sale for $6. They are soooo soft! Perfect for this preggo momma! ☺ Also from Target, I bought some crayola fabric markers! (About $5) I will be using these a lot, I'm sure!


I printed out the numbers, 110 point. The blog said to do a simple font, but I did a funky one. ☺ I didn't take the time to fold everything like she did; I used the computer for all my formatting (about 2 pages) since I didn't do 40 weeks...just 20-40.


I took an expo knife and cut out the numbers straight from the computer paper...I didn't use the freezer paper. Then, using that as a stencil, I colored in my numbers (don't forget to leave in the holes for the # that need them...although I bet just colored in would look pretty cool). You could always freehand the numbers if you are artsy and have good handwriting...I don't! ☺


I also added "He's Here!" since I did this after I knew the gender. It also helped in chosing the color...GREEN! (That's David's favorite...Green with Grey...that's the colors I hope to coordinate everything with...if we ever get settled down...)


After every week, I'll add a red X over the previous week, or you could just slash one. I liked the X, though. :-)
The shirt itself was done following the pattern in trashtocouture exactly. It's mostly freehand. I just didn't have to dye anything. This pattern seemed to fit well with being comfy and stylish, somewhat. Also, it seems like it will grow with my belly. ☺


I painted first, then sewed, although that might not have been smart. I just didn't have a machine at that point.



The Finished Product

Week 21!!!




How far along? 21 Weeks!

Maternity clothes? I have a few, and they are by far the most comfy! But I can still wear regular jeans with my homeade belly bands. ☺ NOT the rubber bands, though!!! Too tight!!!!

Stretch marks? Not from the pregnancy. ☺

Best moment this week: I love the kicking, but I love Hubby feeling them, now. Also, my parents and brother got to feel him move and kick, too! ♥♥♥

Miss Anything? Not really....

Movement: A lot!!! From turning over to full fledged kicks! I am loving it!!!

Food cravings: Not really this week. Mainly Italian, though, and some Mexican. MMMM...Fruits are now a big craving, too.

Have you started to show yet: YES! Finally! I'm getting round...mainly in front. We'll try to keep it that way, too! ☺

Gender: We're having a boy!!!

Wedding rings on or off? On

Belly Button in or out? Still in...for now!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty much happy, but I have my moments. ☺

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.(Matthew 18:2-6 ESV)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thank you, Pinterest!

Thank you Pinterest for getting me addicted to crafts! Gracious! I guess this would be the time of year to craft, though. :-)


My husband's family does not do individual gifts (because they are soooo big! My hubby is the youngest of six kids!) So, we do I dirty Santa exchange. This year, it is this weekend...probably b/c that is when we will visit. :-)



For my gift, I wanted to do something crafty. I will probably get all the families different mason jar recipes (I did these for a gift exchange last weekend, and they were a hit!) But for the big gift I had a different idea in mind. An etched pyrex container. (So, when I did this, I didn't see that it doesn't work on some Pyrexes...we'll see how it turned out!)



All you need is:





  • glass (cup, dish, window, etc...)


  • stencils (I read that you can use news paper...get an exacto knife to cut your pattern, and voila! Also, if you have vinal paper, that works well, too...I like this idea using tape, too...so cheap!)


  • Armor Etch


  • Tape - to tape down your design








Make sure you don't have any holes that the etching stuff can leak through. This stuff eats at the glass, so you can't just wipe it off. Also, it's recommended to wear gloves and goggles. I wore one glove. :-)





You can apply this stuff with a paint brush although I saw one blog that had a plastic knife! Smart!) I didn't have a paint brush, but did have an old blush brush. Worked fine! Coat this stuff on! I left it on for 2 hours (because the warning about not working with Pyrex), but some have left it on for 2-10 min.






Tada!






























Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Crockpot Craze!

So, this week's menu consists of Crockpot recipes! I realized I needed home-cooked food, but am too busy and tired to put much effort into it. Plus, these dishes are the best kind of comfort food!
I will either put all the ingredients in the night before or do it early that morning. Just depends on if it's for lunch (like Sunday) or for dinner (every other night).

Sunday - Pot Roast and BBQ Sandwiches
Ingredients:
- Roast (Either beef or Pork)
- Onions (I used pearl for David, but I didn't like them...they give the dish a good flavor, though)
- Carrots
- Potatoes
- Celery
- Pepper, Salt, Worshtershire Sauce, Garlic Powder, whatever else you want to put in there.

Cut up the veggies. Dump all the ingredients in the crockpot and cover with water and cook on low. I cooked mine all through the night (about 10:30 or 11:00) until noon the next day.

With the leftovers, I shredded the big pieces of the roast and mixed with BBQ sauce and put on buns! YUM!!!
Also, I had some of the veggies, meat pieces and juice left over, so I saved that as soup or stock for later.

Monday- Beans and Cornbread
Ingredients:
- Bag of Pinto Beans
- Ham or Smoked Sausage (I used the smoked sausage, although ham is my favorite!)
- Salt and Pepper

Soak beans overnight in water. Rinse. Put beans, cut up sausage, and salt and pepper (maybe sugar, too, but I put sugar in my cornbread, so I didn't need any in the beans.) Cover in water. I cooked mine on low for 7 or 8 hours, but I probably could have cooked them on high for that long. They were a little crunchy. :-) You can also add the sausage in during the last 2 or 3 hours if you don't like it falling apart. But I happen to like that texture.

Cornbread
Ingredients: (I'm going from memory, so it might not be exact...)
-2 cups cornmeal -buttermilk
-1/3 cup flour -1 large egg
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-salt
-1 cup sugar {optional}

Mix all dry ingredients. Then, mix egg with dry ingredients. Then, mix buttermilk. Add buttermilk until you have the consistency of cake batter. Put in greased 8x8 pan and cook @350 for about 25-30 min (depending on your oven).

Tuesday- Chicken Pot Pie
I really wanted to try this recipe, but I didn't write it down. :-(
So I am using a hodgepodge of recipes (like I always do)...

I put my chicken strips in the crockpot with carrots and celery, salt and pepper, covered in water. That will be on low from about 9:30am to 6pm.
When I get home from work, I'll take my veggies and chicken from the crockpot, add a cup or so of the broth with a can of cream of mushroom soup, a little flour, and a can of peas. Pop it in the oven for 15-20 min @ 375 or 400. Then, I'll put the crescent rolls on top of that and put back in the oven until the rolls are done.
*I hope this works!*

Wednesday - Chicken Spaghetti
Since Wednesday night is church night, this recipe is perfect! You just cook it on low for 2-3 hours. Plus, I already have my chicken cooked! (I'll use leftover chicken from Tuesday's meal.)

Thursday - Leftovers!
We have so much food left over, we'll either eat them Thursday, or I'll freeze them for "frozen dinners" for lunches. :-)
If I do that, I'll make fish tacos for supper. <3

This weekend, we are going to celebrate Christmas with David's family in Oklahoma. Yay!

Friday, December 9, 2011

18 Weeks...and Counting...

Week 18! (And Four days!) Only one week and a weekend for our halfway point! :-)





At this point, the baby is about the lenghth of a bell pepper! (5.5 inches)

How far along? 18 weeks
Maternity clothes? I don't need them, but I am wearing maternity jeans today! SOOOO Comfy!
Stretch marks? Not from the pregnancy. :-)
Best moment this week: I felt Baby Barker kick from the outside. :-) I love all the movements...
Miss Anything? Being "not pudgy" lol...I really need to start working out! Oh, and a medium rare steak!
Movement: It's like their is pop-corn being popped in my stomach! And the other night, I woke up with a horrible pain in my back; I think BB used my kidney as a punching bag!!!
Food cravings: Yesterday was one of my firsts...Chocolate and peanut butter...so I ate a chocolate pudding with peanut butter mixed in. YUM!!!
Have you started to show yet: A little, yes! But it's mostly looking pudgy, not preggo. :-(
Gender: We find out in One week and three days!!!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Belly Button in or out? Still in...for now!
Happy or Moody most of the time: A little moody this week. :-( Poor David!!!

I am so thankful that school is almost over! This week is finals! Then, the next weekend, we go see David's family for Christmas! And the weekend after that we go see my family for Christmas! (I love having two Christmases with our families!) Then, the weekend after that starts my vacation! We're actually not going anywhere, but we are having a stay-cation. Does anyone have any suggestions for what to do in the DFW area???


For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Ps 139:13-16

Monday, November 28, 2011

Week 17

I can't believe we're already 17 weeks! Eek! It does help that I have school to take my mind off the countdown!



The Baby Barker is about 5 inches, and weighs about 5 oz...about the weight of a turnip!
Here is a cute questionare that I found online for your pregnancy. ♥

How far along? 17 Weeks!
Total weight gain/loss: about 2 lbs since my first drs visit....I lost 3 lbs between my first two weigh ins. :-(
Maternity clothes? Not yet. I'm using rubber bands when needed, but I think I will make a belly band this weekend.
Stretch marks? No!
Best moment this week: Well, this week was Thanksgiving. So we went to both sets of parents houses during the week. When we were at my parents house, my dad rubbed my belly and said, "That's where the baby is right now!" It was really neat to have someone else pin-point where the baby was resting. ☺
Miss Anything? Not at the moment.
Movement: Like crazy! Especially the past couple of days where I've been riding in a car or laying on the couch and can just sit and feel the flutterings and kicks! My first fluttering was week 13. I've had about one per week until last week, where I felt the baby almost every day!
Food cravings: Not particularly. Mostly salty stuff.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth in the mornings...and still don't like a whole lot of meat.
Have you started to show yet: a little. I'm just a little pudgy. My pants are tighter. But haven't really popped, yet.
Gender: Find out in 3 weeks!!! So excited!
Belly Button in or out? Still in, but starting to flatten.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody lately. :-( I'm sorry to anyone I've snapped at or ignored. If I'm not moody, though, I'm happy. It's been a bi-polar pregnancy.
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender, Popping out where people can tell I'm pregnant, and for David to feel the baby kick.
The baby was poking out a little last night, and I told David to come here...he must not have heard the urgency in my voice, and ignored how I said, "Come here, come here, come here!" about 5 times...so, he missed it. :-( I'm sure there will be many more oportunities!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Crafty Schmafty

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,

But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.


Proverbs 31:30





So, these last couple of weeks, I have been alarmingly addicted to pinterest. :-)
I have already made a wreath and a makeup board.







I can't decide which is my favorite...the wreath is soooo pretty. But so is the makeup board...and it's practical, too.



Anyway, if you want to makeup board, this is how I did it:



Supplies - Photo Frame, sheet metal, spray paint, fabric, hot-glue, super glue (I used Gorilla Glue) make-up, and magnets.







First, I spray painted the back of my frame. (The frame itself was already gold, and my metal was not the right width of the frame, so I thought the gold sticking out would go very nicely <--Improvisation.)





Some people take the back off the frame, but I left mine on because the frame itself is not thick enough to hold the metal, and my metal was not the size of the frame, so it stayed on for the gold backdrop. You do want to take the glass off, though.




While the spray paint dried (about an hour), I ironed the fabric I put on the sheet metal. I got the fabric from Wal-Mart, already cut, for about $1. It had been folded for a while, so I had to get the wrinkles and creases out.




Then, I stuck that to the sheet metal.

At first, I thought Gorilla glue would be better than hot-glue (the hot glue dried really fast on the metal!) But the GG left wet spots on the fabric. So, on the back, I used the hot glue, just a lot faster than I did on the front. :-) This material matched my bathroom perfectly!




I applied the sheet metal, then to the back of the photo frame. I used the Gorilla Glue for this, and I put heavy books on top for the night. It holds up really well!








For my magnets, I bought some magnetic tape from Wal-Mart and applied that to the back of my make-up. I might invest in more magnets, because the tape does not go on some of the round or little pieces I have.




I also want to add another magnet strip on the bottom, and maybe on the top, for bobby pins and some of my brushes. :-) I'll spray-paint it gold, too. (It might also cover up some of the "wet" spots left by the gorilla glue.)
I really like how it turned out!



























Thursday, October 13, 2011

Our Little Suprise!

Hopefully everyone knows by now...WE'RE HAVING A BABY!!!










This is why I haven't updated in a while...it was soooo hard keeping a secret. :-) We are 10 weeks (11 on Monday) and due May 7th. We are so excited!




Thankfully, I haven't been too sick. A little nauseous a few weeks at night. And food aversions! (meat = gross!!!) The main thing is that I have been exhausted! One thing that I have had to do, especially in the early few weeks, is take naps and get 8-10 hours of sleep each night...if not more!!! I have always loved my sleep, but this was unbelievable! (I think it has rubbed off on David this week...haha!)


During these past few weeks, though, I have made all sorts of excuses, though. I don't want to cook because I'll get sick (seriously, just opening the fridge makes me gag!). Same for going to the grocery store. So, since I did not shop, we didn't eat healthy. Which makes me more tired and feeling blah! Which is crazy because I have been craving lettuce and apples and healthy veggies and fruits. {Ok, not going to lie, though, for about a week or two I had to have fries almost every day! And cheese toast and/or grilled cheese! Yum!!! My tastebuds must be bipolar!}


With feeling icky, I haven't taken time out for myself...other than the naps. :-)


But no pampering...no nails, new hair-dos, facials, nothing. So, last night before church, I decided to rectify that situation. I was feeling energetic, so I tidied up the house a little...ok, a very little...and took out the trash (yay, me!). And then I sat down to give myself a much needed manicure.


I follow a few blogs, and I love new ideas and crafts, so when I came across this blog, I was thrilled! This website has so many homemade ideas to help moms be crafty and frugal. I have a list I want to try, but that will be another blog. :-)


Anyway, they had a cute fingernail idea that I tried. It didn't come out as well as this picture, but I'll keep trying it and perfect it. :-)






Preggo MUST #1: Pamper yourself. If you don't take care of you (fitness, sleep, eating, pampering) you will feel worse and your pregnancy will be even more miserable. :-)



Monday, June 27, 2011

Seafood Craze!!!

So, David and I just love cooking shows! So, naturally, we are addicted to Master Chef.






Watching it, though, makes me want to cook like them! So this weekend, I wanted to try something a little different. Instead of going out for our date this weekend, I decided to spend the same amount for an all weekend seafood fest! :-)





So, I went to our lovely Central Market's sea food counter, and got my fish: Salmon, Oysters, and a white fish (I let Cooksie, my friend who happens to work in the sea food department, pick it out for me.)




The menu for the weekend:



Friday Night:


Salmon Steaks with asparagus and potatoes


http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/oven-roasted_salmon_asparagus_and_new_potatoes/






Saturday Lunch:


Fried Oyster Po Boys


http://southernfood.about.com/od/sandwiches/r/bl60227a.htm








Monday Night (will be):


Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa
http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fish_tacos/







I think David will encourage me to watch that show more often!













Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Changes

As you can imagine, a lot has changed since my last post. When I wrote last, I thought I was adjusting to change! lol. I have been married for almost a year, now, and have done more adjusting this year than ever before! I have had to learn humility, sacrifice, trust, and love.













Throughout this short relationship I have learned how to laugh.

















And Love.












And that I'm beautiful in someone else's eyes.