I couldn't resist this latest sign I found at Camas Antiques for the frat house. With four boys sharing a bathroom, this was a definite gotta-have for above the toilet, don'tcha think?
I think it's one of her best works, myself. Love the colors and the prints. Love the precision straight pieces of fabric, and the incredible workmanship. You can see all the love that went into this project.
(Did I mention that she let me hand pick the fabrics for her?)
Yep, I did.
(I do not have the patience to sew anything, not even a hem, but I have an eye for color, and prints, and patterns.
I chose to go with the colors that were in the newest little man's nursery. Shades of whites, grays, and a pop of mustard.
The sewing queen came up with the fantastic idea of the monogram "K".
And, she brought it to life.
Like I said...Lovin' it.
They don't call her the Sewing Queen for nothin'.
I saw this sign last Saturday when my Rocker Buddy and I were at the old car parts shop getting some much needed items for my old truck, and I knew I had to get it.
With my daughter's fourth baby boy arriving just three weeks ago, clearly the upstairs bathroom was screaming for this sign.
Am I right?
If not on the door, then at least inside the bathroom, between the mirrors, or above the toilet.
My daughter's DIY project made it into a regional lifestyle magazine, and even landed her on the cover!(and her family, before bouncing baby boy number 4 arrived a couple of weeks ago!)
She and her hubbs team up to do some pretty aah-mazing handiwork around their home, and as gift items (I've been the recipient of a couple fabulous wood items I will be sharing soon...)
In her article she walks you through how to add wood to the wall for a fantastic vintage feel. It's hard to tell in my photos of her spread, but if you pop over to her blog, you can see that it looks adorable in the new nursery.
Great job, Heather Feather!
If you read my blog regualrly you know that little mister seven just arrived, and we are all waiting on little number eight to arrive at any moment now. (we don't know if it's a little he, or a little she yet!)
What you might not realize, however, is that all eight of my sweet lil' grands have a cousin within a few months of their age.
It makes for perfect playmates when they get together.
One and two are about four weeks apart, and three and four are just a hair over four months apart. Numbers five and six are only two months apart, and the newest little babes will be about a month apart (just like numbers one and two!)
One day last week the two toddlers got to play at Little Cups and Grownups while the older boys were in preschool, and I got a few pictures of them.
How fun is this, to have a little cousin, just your age, to stack cups with...
...and check out the little kitchen with...
...and to spot you on the slide?
Life just doesn't any get better than this.
He was scheduled for a c-section arrival next Monday, but God had other plans.
Funny how that happens.
I fell asleep early tonight, (for me, anyway) before 9:30, and was awakened by the sudden ringing of my phone at midnight.
My Rock n' Roll Buddy was still awake, as he is battling a cold, but more because Richard Sherman and Malcolm Smith were scheduled to be in Jimmy Kimmel (Oh, how we love our Seahawks!)
Anyway, it was my son-in-law, calling to say that little Mister had decided he was going to make today his birthday, so I scurried over to be with the other three little men while they headed on in to the hospital to welcome their newest baby brother.
Now here I sit, just a bit after one in the morning, wide awake with excitement and anticipation; my heart full of prayers for a safe arrival for this precious baby, and his Mama and Daddy.
Oh! I cannot wait to meet him, and hold him,so fresh from God.
It was our usual chaotic, loud, lots-of-belly-laughs-mixed-in-with-eye-rolls-rip-roaring time. I did manage to remember to snap a few pictures and...well, some of us seem to have entered the let's-make-silly-faces-and-ham-it-up-for-Gramma-Cupcake's-camera stage of life.
Can you tell which ones?
(I'll give you a hint; it's not the cute little 80 year old red-head in the apron.)
Mmmm hmmm...the boys.
These particular boys (The one that will be five on Christmas eve, and his almost four year old brother as well...) were almost too busy hamming it up for the camera to actually help make the cookies.
Remember this post I did last year?
My son and his family came for a visit right before Thanksgiving, and we attempted a repeat performance this year, with all six little ones in the bed.
It was very much like herding kittens.
For some reason, I pictured it being easier with numbers five and six being a year old now.
I was mistaken.
They were on the move.
Some left the bed entirely.
Some of them were not happy to wear a hat.
We had three Mama's and one Daddy wrangling and wrestling them.
Lots of hollering, and giggling, and squirming and belly-laughing.
I can hardly wait for next year, when we will have eight little smiling faces in the annual Christmas photo shoot!
I think I shared a short while back that both of my daughters are expecting. (Yippee! Gramma Cupcake happy dance!)
My second daughter has three boys, and we just found out that they are expecting their fourth little man in February!
Well.....The boys all share one bathroom upstairs in their home. I looked on etsy and found a perfect little sumthin' sumthin' for that bathroom.
I got them a "Gentlemen" sign to mount on the boy's bathroom door. (I wanted one that said "Men" but the only ones I found were true antiques and were insanely priced)
Now, how fun is that?!
Did I metion it was a surprise birthday trip?
We had to come up with a rather elaborate story and we still very nearly didn't pull it off, since we arrived at her home only to see her pulling out of her driveway.
(She is one chronically early woman, let me tell you.)
She wondered what we were doing there, and we handed her the "Agenda" for the surprise getaway...
We gave her a sash and a birthday tiara.(Of course.)
We loaded up and headed off to the coast...
We shopped, and ate, and laughed the entire time.
I got everyone matching pajammies.(Sorry, the picture isn't great, but trying to get a photo when you all need to be in the photo was a challenge...here is one taken with my phone, facing a mirror...)
(Yes, she wore her tiara proudly the entire trip, which added to the merriment, as people everywhere wanted to wish her a happy birthday.)
Oh, we had such a good time.....
Happy Birthday sung off key. Sand dollars collected. Countless calories consumed. Memories made.
The only thing that would have made it any better would have been if the other two girls in the family could have been there, but we weren't able to make things work out for my daughter-in-law and grand daughter to fly up... (but soon! The entire family will be together in early November!!!!!!!)
My daughter asked that we get him new storybooks, and I wanted to be sure the book from me was extra special.
I decided to create a picture book about counting.
I enlisted the help of his brothers...A few weeks back I spent the weekend with the little men while their parents were out of town, and we had a lot of fun posing with a vintage suitcase, and balls, and trucks, and storybooks and bananas....
...along with photos from this past year with his cousins...
....the book takes him through his numbers, counting from one through ten...
... and it was all very easy to create!
I used an online company called MixBook for this project, but plenty of other companies, like Shutterfly and even Walgreens offer the same concept. They all have templates for you to use if you're not comfortable doing the layout yourself. I had an absolute ball creating this book, and I am very happy with the way the book turned out!
I am in Gramma heaven these days, with the big news announcements from not one, but both of my daughters.
Grandbabe number seven is due to arrive in mid February...
....and grandbabe numner eight will be here shortly after, due to arrive in mid March! (Another adorable way to make the news known to friends and family!!!)
Needless to say, we are all feeling very blessed and happy!
Some of us take face painting seriously.
When in doubt, let your big brother go first with the full-face Spiderman.
(And watch the process like a hawk.)
Aaaaaah, it's Spiderman! (in street clothes....)
Do I go with the traditional black Batman Mask, or the neon-ish blue one?
I'll go with the blue, please....
...just like this picture. Do you need to see the picture again?
Just like this picture.
After 20 minutes or so (five years in 3 year old time) we're ready to fight crime, as soon as we're done in the bounce-house.
So much fun.
They call them "mess-mellows", which made it even more fun.
Such sweet little faces. Little mouths covered in gooey marshmallow goodness,roasting and toasting (and char-broiling) the treats, and then sharing them with me.
It reminded me how important these little people are to me, the ones that live nearby, and the ones that live in the biggest little city, and just how quickly time flies by.
I was reminded that my family truly is my greatest treasure, and everything else falls a distant second place.
So proud of her, managing a family and going to school.
We gathered all the babies up (the six grands from our side of the family and the three from my daughter-in-law's side of the family..) and Carter, Coen and Keaton's Mama made up shirts for all the kids. She had the little guys help out with a surprise at the celebration party.
It was a bit like herding kittens....
...but we finally managed to get them all rounded up, and in order...
...with only one minor casualty....
(Little Letter "D" tipped over, but was no worse for the wear)
,,,,,And Miss Letter "A" decided that she had more important things she wanted to do...
...it was a priceless photo-op, and we all had a fantastic day.
The two newest grands spent some time together yesterday, and I couldn't stop myself from snapping some pictures (can you blame me?)
They are just beginning to notice one another, and are happy to share...well, everything apparently....so precious!
They reminded me so much of the first two grands about four years ago.
Ohmygosh. I could just eat them up.
We spent last weekend in the biggest little city, seeing friends, my son and daughter-in-law,and those two precious grand babes! My daughter-in-law had the great idea to have me take some pictures of the family at a nearby park that has an old historic one room schoolhouse. That old schoolhouse turned out to be a perfect backdrop for our photo shoot.
Now, I do not claim to be any sort of expert on photographing people, but I think I do okay with posed shots. I have a Mac, and I use iPhoto to edit my pictures sometimes, or I use PicMonkey, which is a very easy to use free photo editing site.
Simple backgrounds are always best, I think. (see this simple stained door?)
If the backgound is too busy, it seems to take away from the main focus of the picture. The simple lines of the old doors on the schoolhouse and the white siding make for a perfect, calm backdrop, and my makes my subjects really stand out.
If I am not thrilled witht the backdrop, I can always crop the photo in really tight, and just get the subject, with virtually no bacground showing.
Speaking of cropping, the first thing I do with posed-people-pictures is crop them. I typically crop them to be 8 by 10 constraints, so if I want to get them printed (I always use Walgreens, because I can send them online and they are done in an hour, but you can use a home printer, or whatever...) they will fit nicely in a frame.
Once I crop the photo, I usually sharpen it up. Then, sometimes I change the finish. Here is the same photo from up top there, but in an antique finish.
I am putting this version in my new home office. (oh yes! I am in the midst of creating a wonderful space to work on all of my crafty-computer-y things...my bliss.)
Back to what I was talking about...photographing posed people.
Black and white is another nice way to go. I have ony black and white photos in my cubical at work, and I love the artsy look of them.
Lastly, I take a ton of photos when I am trying to capture something. More is more in this case. The beauty of digital cameras is that you can take 300 pictures, and while you may only end up with five good shots, you aren't out a dime. Just delete the bad shots and move on.
So, there you have it. Photo tips from someone that isn't a pro, but still manages to snag a few great shots.
His Mama smooched him up and I took the photos.Pretty danged cute, if I do say so myself.
We gathered up the babes for a fun little photo shoot right before Thanksgiving when we had everyone together.
Number six was just two weeks old, and had gone home with his Mama and Daddy before we remembered to do the photo shoot, so he's got his own series of pictures...
Let me just say that attempting to photograph five little guys (er...four little guys and one little Princess) under the age of four in a semi-posed setting is rather like herding kittens....
A new baby is the beginning of all things- wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities. Eda J. Le Shan
We have two new baby boys to love on here in my family, both born within the span of 8 weeks. Jonah (above) and Keaton (Below)
Needless to say, I am completely head over heels...
And, as if things couldn't get any better than this, I will be in total Gramma heaven next week, when the two out-of-town grandbabes arrive for a visit with the cousins, and we have all six of them together!
Now, speaking of babies....A friend at works daughter emailed me this weekend.(did you follow that? I work with a gal...who has a daughter...and that daughter contacted me...) about a friend of hers (Still with me?) named Katlin.
Feeling extra blessed in the baby department around here, I could not help but feel more than a little compelled to share her story here, and hopefully spread the word of the good work they are doing.
Kaitlin founded a very cool non profit called "Haiti Babi" after making several visits to Haiti. She learned that many children were living in orphanages not because they didn’t have parents, but because their parents simply could not afford to care for them. Katlin knew that something could be done to keep families together. (To read more about Haiti Babi’s story click here).
Haiti Babi’s mission is to give mom’s jobs. The non-profit “trains, equips, and inspires Haitian mothers to knit high-quality artisan baby goods in order to earn an income, and care for their families”. Moms in the U.S. have the opportunity to purchase these products in support of the Haitian mothers. “Moms helping moms.”
I know. Way cool concept, huh?
They just launched a fabulous online event to build awareness and excitement for Haiti Babi and I just had to share it with you all!
Beginning on November 2nd Haiti Babi began releasing one download per day, for a total of 8 FREE downloads. These stylish party products were designed by the talented Julia Warren and are perfect for any shower. You can not only throw a cute baby shower, you can also help contribute to social change! Downloads will be available on Haiti Babi's blog.
Check them out!
I went with super affordable black plastic frames on black and white family photos in several sizes. (God Bless Walgreens! Cheap and speedy photo prints you cna order online and pick up in an hour!)
I added some photo boxes for storage, and my vintage typewriter, and used an old clipp-y holder I found at Camas Antiques to hold more black and white pictures. (I am pretty sure the metal holder was originally a potato chip bag holder from a mini mart!)
Here is the back end of my cubical workspace...
Then, I added just a hint of Halloween to it. I added my signature book page "BOO" Banner, and a few cobwebs..
...and some glittery spiders...
....and a little crow.
...Oh, and Mr. Bones here completed the look.
One of my gal-pals at work said it looked very "Poe-esque" and I took that as a compliment. (Considering I am really not a more-is-more person when it comes to Halloween decorating.)
I don't know if I shared this before, but the folks where I work are really a lot of fun. They are creative types, with think-outside-the-box mentalities, and they are competative. This all makes for a positive and challenging, feel-good atmosphere to work in. (And play in.)
We had a cubical decorating contest, a costume contest, and trick-or-treating from cubical to cubical near the end of the day for all of the employees kids. (And Grand-kids!)
I loved watching my little men comparing their stash with another little guy....
...and watching them scurry with their Daddy to get more treats from the Good Witch across the hall.
So much fun.
Next fun-at-work event? Getting ready for the Christmas Cubical Decorating contest, of course.