Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
These are from Saturday. Bailey has an ear infection, but a few doses of antibiotic got her feeling much better. She was having a great time climbing on the rocker and showing out. We have the most awesome rocker-it is doublewide and was a gift from all the lovely teachers at Maplewood after I had Bailey. I enjoy it so much, and of course, so does Bailey!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I used one of the January sketches from PageMaps for this layout. I have not used sketches very often in the past, and I'm not sure it helped me to go any faster, but it did give me ideas for using multiple pictures on the layout in a way that was out of the ordinary for me.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I had some green fuzzy fur yarn that I bought on clearance a long time ago, so I used that. It is not as wispy so it is grass colored, but does not have that thick, lush look to it. I had a bunch of butterflies already cut out at home so I chose some of those and a few large and small prima flowers to mix in. I thought about covering the whole wreath in butterflies, but I didn't like the look of that so I just did a few. For the price and the time that it took I am very happy!
Keeping up with the Schultz Family February Round Robin
Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap up Party
30 Handmade Days
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Read More Poetry
This week I read Red Bird by Mary Oliver. This is a short collection and the red bird is a recurring theme throughout the poems, but none of them jumped out at me. I was spoiled by reading a volume of her collected works, the best of the best. I am also reading the Poetry Daily website, which is interesting because it is poetry that is recent and it varies wildly from day to day. Sometimes I like the poems, lots of days I don't, but I enjoy thinking about why I like some and not others.
Take More Pictures
I didn't take many pictures this week because we spent most of the time inside hanging out and not doing anything particular. I guess this is the time when I should take pictures-when we are doing regular ordinary things, but we just aren't very photogenic at those moments. We were going to take Bailey to a community event on Saturday and I brought the camera to take pictures there, but she couldn't stay awake so we had to go back home.
I continued playing with Photoshop this week-I made a Valentine's card with a sweet picture of Ryan and Bailey on it and I also made birth announcements for after Sophie is born. All I need to do is drop in the pictures! I also did a scrap layout with some of the Valentine's pictures. Again I feel like I spent way too much time on the computer, but I am not going to undertake any more photoshop "projects" until the Mouse, Paper, Scissors class starts in a few weeks.
I still don't have the prenatal yoga DVD back from the library, but I did a different prenatal fitness DVD. It was a lot more energetic, and I made it about halfway before I sat on the couch and watched it to the end. Next week I might be able to finish it!
I have been continuing to think about the same things as in the prior weeks-mainly what is it that I really want to do and how am I doing it, and what am I not that worried about doing even though they are good things and how am I avoiding getting drawn into doing them anyway. I am still trying to balance the goals that I have for myself and to incorporate them into every day in small ways.
Maintain a Welcoming Home
We started this week off great with the chore list, but spending four days at home with Bailey pretty much wiped out any semblance of order. She loves to pull all of her toys and animals out into the floor and is not telling them to sit, covering them up for naps, and trying to feed them cookies. This goal pretty much had to be abandoned, but we will get back into our routine next week.
Date night this week was a game and doing the budget together-kind of funny but that is just reality I guess. I also did some things for others this week. I am continuing to try to be more conscious of my relationships with others and if I have a thought to do something to act on that. I am continuing to have lots of coincidencs pop up, which is out of my comfort zone, but I am trying to be open to it.
Be Open to Spiritual Growth
I am continuing to go through The Purpose Driven Life. I have made it farther into it than I ever have before and I am liking the later sections much better. What stuck out to me this week were the sections on worship and the idea that there are different ways to worship that inegrate into day to day life and go beyond the prayer/devotional idea that usually comes to mind. I communicated back and forth with Pastor Todd about this concept, and what separates worship from just living. I feel like it has given me a lot to think about.
Friday, February 4, 2011
This wreath is so cute! It is made out of paper towels sprayed with glimmer mist. I love it, but I'm not sure how long it would survive the humidity. There is a tutorial for this wreath at Made by Nicole. Check it out here.
Here is another really cute one made out of brown paper bags. There is a tutorial for this one
over at Mary Janes and Galoshes. This one looks like it would be really affordable to make and I already have lots of beautiful butterflies cut out. I'm wondering how long it would take to make.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I have been playing with my trial of Photoshop Elements and Bailey's Valentine's day pictures this week. I made the Valentine's card below. My first try came out very pixelated, I think because my background was from the internet and wasn't sharp enough, but I love the second try!
I also used a free Before and After Template from Paint the Moon and put in some of the Valentine's pictures. Bailey is such a funny girl! I need to make a few tweaks in the mask layer on the first after picture-I think it is something to do with the template because it isn't in my original picture. It's a mystery!
My Romantic Home
30 Handmade Days