Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Some newly Completed Crafts and Our Garden this Year


      On to other news,  I have completed a few projects.    I FINALLY  completed my mom’s Gator colored crochet blanket.
 

Close up



  I also made a patchwork baby blanket! I love it.  I made it from scrap yarn. I think it turned out well.

 
 
A rosette and minky blanket.

 
I even made a light rug for a friend.

 
 
 I started another blanket for a friend with the orange and blue.  Then I will be crocheting an awesome baby boy blanket with Grey, Navy, light blue and mustard yarn.  It should be awesome.  I have to finish some baby girl clothes for someone (as a gift), a batman quilt, and then I get to work on the projects for Little Miss.  I’m making a crib sheet and bumper, a large minky/ rosette blanket, many dresses and shirts and a TON of hair bows.  J It’s going to be so much fun!

I made a TIE RACK!! For Mr. Dall.  It cost under $4.  I went to Michael's and got a small piece of wood for $1.30 and small embellishments for $1.98.  I already had some paint, clothes pins and glue.  We are just going to screw it into the wall and start clipping up that large tie collection he has. :)
setting things up to get an idea of what I want.

Letting the glue dry.
 
Also happening in our family, we planted our family garden!! We repotted the fruit trees from last year, in hopes that they will wake up and thrive again.  We planted 12 new strawberry plants and revived our 6 from last year.  They are already doing so well!! I’m excited to have so many to eat this year!  We have seen the pea plants sprout already.  There are about 12 of them already. J Last year 3, simply, was not enough.  My men eat these things straight from the vine.  Carrots, also have started to grow.  They should be ready around the fall time and I can use them for baby food for Little Miss, when she gets to that stage.  Yay growing your own food.  I hope this inspires you all to get out and do something. :)
strawberries

Pink Lemonade Blueberries
 
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Valentine’s Day crafts

 

This year, I decided to scale the crafting down.  I let the boy pick what he wanted to do for his friends at school.  He decided to give cars to the boys (15) and candies for the girls.  I spent about $24 in order to get small clear favor bags, 20 cars and some banana candies (like from RUNTS).  I made 16 boy valentines with the cars.  I then made 6 for his girl friends, 4 for teachers, 4 for missionaries, and 8 for our primary class with the banana candies. 
So, roughly, each valentine cost $0.63.  That is so great… plus we may or may NOT have taken a few of the cadies here and there. J  
 
 

 
They were a big hit with everyone!!!
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Our Special Day


We got sealed in the Sacramento Temple in January!!  It was a very interested day.  The ceremony was wonderful and meant a lot to us.   The photographer went to the wrong temple.  Haha  She went to the Oakland temple.  Luckily for us, it is close enough that she could still make it.  She did a great job, when she DID show up.
We ,then, had a great Italian lunch at a nearby restaurant.  We had a really wonderful time. 
For favors,  I made Pink Velvet cupcakes that I put in jars with the cream cheese frosting.  I used this recipe Here.  I changed the recipe from blue to pink.  I used Duff’s neon liquid food color from Michael’s craft store.  They tasted delicious!!!  I also canned banana bread.
Before putting my pink velvet cupcakes in jars and adding frosting and sprinkles. MMMMmmm
I also made some vanilla extract and vanilla sugar.  I used the recipe here for vanilla sugar.  I ordered some spice jars from Amazon and simply filled them up. J I also go the vanilla beans on Amazon for a great price.


 

 
    
Here are some family pictures.

Some of our wonderful friends and their families that were able to attend.
 
Had to represent. :) Ok so I wore silver sparkly shoes for everything else. :)
 

Soon to be Family of FOUR


                I know it has been a few months since I updated my blog. Haha A few days after my last post about what to and not to say to women TTC, I found out that I was, in fact, pregnant.  I, immediately, had some goals in mind for this pregnancy.
                My goals with this pregnancy are:
1.       Gain a NORMAL amount of weight 25-35lb. (Not 52)
2.       Be able to wear my wedding rings the entire time.  Or maybe just passed week 26.
3.       Fit in my combat boots longer than week 17/18.
4.       No overeating.
5.       Watch my sodium intake.
I am currently 25 weeks with our baby girl.  So far, I have been really good about wieght gamin this time.  I have only gained 19 lb.  I don’t overeat and have a normal sodium intake.  I can still fit in my boots (and I only now got into my maternity uniform).  My wedding rings still fit!!
My cravings so far have included:
1.       Hot Chocolate (at first)
2.       Orange Juice
3.       Toast with grape jam
      4.       Milk
5.       Fruit

I am so blessed to have some great friends who have given me some hand me downs from their daughters.  Little Miss even has a shoe collection.  I bought her two pairs of sandals and some pink converses (all second hand).  Here is some of my wonderful second hand deals that I scored. :) 



I also got her two newborn rings.  One is an Emerald (for her birthstone) and the other is one that is silver with her initial stamped on it. 

 
I got a GREAT deal for Black Friday on some cloth diapers!! Happy Heiny’s were on sale for $15 each.  So I got some blue, green, and grey ones.

 
I’m so blessed!  My sweet sisters are knitting and crocheting her blankets and sweaters.   She is soooo lucky. J I’m excited!  I bought my first “real” wrap, the one that I have thought to be my ideal colorway. It’s a Girasol Ardent wrap and looks like this. 

 
I can barely wait to put her in it.  My husband laughs at me and says it’s definitely for me and not her.  He’s right.  We are super excited and feel truly blessed. J Things are going really well with us and we are happy to see how things continue this year!
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