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 (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, 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.


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
- 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
- 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.

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
-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 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