Monday, April 11, 2011
Austin and I have decorated the house for Easter! We have our egg tree up, some cute wooden bunny figurines out on display, and Austin made some gorgeous paper eggs that I turned into a garland. We also did some potato prints, which I have been wanting to try for years. The tree I made just by cutting a few branches off our dogwood tree and putting them in a vase. The eggs were all given to me by my grandmother who worked at an ornament store for years and hoarded tons of holiday decorations from all over the country. The large eggs are actual eggs that have been blown and painted. The small ones are wooden and then there are a few glass rabbits too. Although I did not make any of these eggs, I have made egg ornaments before and it can be done. If you are up to the task, here is what you do: poke a hole on both the top and bottom of each egg, gently blow out the yolks (these can be saved and used for cooking), paint or decorate the eggs as desired, and lastly glue ribbon on the eggs to cover the holes remembering to attach extra on the top to hang on the tree. For the paper egg garland, I cut out eggs from white paper. I then cut out yellow circles from recycled tissue paper which Austin glued on the eggs. Austin painted the eggs using water colors which he enjoyed a little too much. To finish I just punched some holes and strung them on ribbon. The potato prints were super fun and way easier than I thought. I cut 2 potatoes in half and cut out designs using a small knife. Then I brushed paint on each potato stamp and gently pressed them onto the onesies and T-shirt (I made one for Maci, a super small one for Paige and a tee for Austin). I also printed some on a tea towel to hang in the kitchen. I love how the eggs came out and am looking forward to trying out potato stamps for other designs too. For the next attempt though I plan to get some corn holders to stick on the top of the stamps so Austin can grasp them and stamp too. I am happy with the outcome of our Easter decorations. I had a few other crafts I wanted to try out but truth be told have been either feeling way too tired to attempt or have been too busy preparing the house for Paige's arrival. This will have to do for now.
So as most of you know Jay has started a photography business, a small one, on the side. This all began when I was pregnant with Austin and he shot a bunch of fantastic belly shots. He really enjoyed it, more than we both thought he would, and it kind of snowballed from there. This past year he has shot photos for engagements, family portraits, pregnancies, and is even doing three weddings this summer. I am so proud of him for finding a hobby that he is so passionate about, and that he happens to be so great at! I know he will only get better with time and practice and and very excited to see what projects will be in his future. That all said, my darling husband took some fantastic shots of my belly this time around too. We sure waited until the last minute! It's a good thing Paige decided to stay inside until the very end. We went downtown and found a few beautiful brick walls of a museum that had an awesome grassy area in front. It was perfect as Austin was able to run around and avoid us trying to get him to participate. We did get a few pictures with him, but he was mostly very uninterested. We then walked over to the Naval Academy and saw this gorgeous daffodil patch. Lastly, we did a bunch of shots at home once Austin was napping. We were able to set up the tripod and get Jay in a few of the photos too. All in all I think the pictures were a great success! Thanks to my wonderful husband for being so patient with me and my ever-expanding belly. I know we will treasure these pictures for years to come and am so truly grateful that we have them. Enjoy!
PS. To see more of Jay's fabulous pictures, please visit his website: http://jasoncaton.smugmug.com
Both of the kids rooms are finally complete. Paige has a few empty frames which look a bit silly but they will be filled soon! I have been begging Jay to take pictures of the nursery for months and since I am being induced tomorrow (CRAZY!!!!) I figured I really need to take those pictures before the room is a complete frenzy of diapers, dirty laundry and burp cloths! We moved Austin into the "office" and moved the twin bed that was in his room down to the basement. I set it up like a couch with like 10 pillows. It's pretty cozy and since we have a full bathroom down there it made perfect sense for when our moms come to stay. The nursery stayed the same color, a pale yellow, but I just added all the pink, so fun! Here's for the amazing part....I seriously probably did the whole nursery for less than $150. The crib was a Craigslist find, $40. The changing table was Austins but purchased at the Wee-Sale for $30. The bumper I found brand new at a yard sale for $5. The crib skirt I found at Goodwill for $1 and it's from Pottery Barn Kids! The wall letters I painted and added the paper to blank letters from Michaels. The canvases I painted myself and reused some old paintings I had from a few years back. The lampshade I bought at a church rummage sale for 25 cents and added the pink tassels. The quilt on the crib I made using all scraps of fabric I already had. The quilt on the bed was another great find: regularly $180 at Pottery Barn Kids but I got it on sale for $59!!! And my amazing mother-in-law bought it for Paige so I didn't spend any money on it. Finally the accent pillow I made myself and bought the insert at Jo-Ann's for $5 with a coupon. So as you can see I am a very thrifty person. I love to find good deals and love going to rummage sales and kids consignment sales. Actually, you could probably save we live by them. Practically everything we have for Austin and now Paige was purchased at the Wee-Sale, the Mother's of Multiples sale, or Return to Oz (a local consignment store). I hope you enjoy these pictures as I sure enjoyed putting the room together. I can't believe that Paige will be living in this wonderful nursery in a few days!