moments in the mommyhood - is it december already?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


i finally picked a wreath! after a lot of hours, some tweets, facebook conversations and also discussions with my 3 1/2 year old we decided to go with the paper leaf wreath. i saw a version of this over on sweet paul (get ready to drool if you go visit) and loved it's simplicity immediately. i also loved that it was made with materials i had at home. the base of the wreath was made from cardboard from my recycle bin and the leaves are paper. easy peasy. mack loves it. i haven't figured out how to hang it on our door yet so the leaves lay nicely so in the meantime it looks fabulous on our wall. i think i would miss it if i put it out in the hall on our door anyways - don't worry, we're in a condo, i'm not planning on testing this wreath out on the elements. you can find the tutorial i used here and our big wreath roundup from last week here. what do you think? you likey?


we had a busy, yet short weekend. i got absolutely zero sewing time and almost zero knitting time. i then realized today what the date was and seriously almost had an anxiety attack..how the heck did it get to be this far into december already? i'm way behind. with the hubs doing school at night and work during the day i am alone most days and i only get one day on the weekend with him home to try to get any semblance of good sewing time in let alone stay sane and get a bit of a break from the kids. this saturday though was filled with a ballet recital and lots of christmas goodness. we put up our tree and rearranged the living room. the living room part wasn't planned and took up the rest of our day. it was worth it though, we love it. hopefully i'll post some pics soon, i've got a fun granny square bunting i made to show you all.


wondering how my "sewing wall revamp" is coming along? it's not..hahaha. the desk still has to be painted and a few weeks ago my fabric was all folded nicely. now the ironing board monster has taken over. you all know what i mean right? i don't know why but i cut my fabrics on my ironing board. i put my mat up there and cut and iron away. now it's also become my catch all for all the projects i'm working on..and there's a lot. i think my craft supplies are having a party because now the knitting is hanging out there and today i found some crochet's having a good time in amongst the chaos as well. i think they are conspiring for the next comfy sews VS cozy knits.


harper has been growing like a weed. our little girl is now 6 1/2 months old and weighing almost 16lbs, has two teeth and loves peas. yes, the feeding has begun. i didn't enjoy this phase with mackenzie but it's been a bit easier with mackenzie. not sure why, but i think it may be the comfort of knowing what i'm doing this time round. we'll see. she's inch worming on her back around the house, crawling in her weird way but mostly she just wants to run. she's now standing whenever she can. pulling herself up on anything so she can stand and then let go and showing me how she can hold herself up. the crib is her fave place for workouts. i turn around and she's just standing there laughing with hands up in the air, meanwhile i'm having a heart attack! the little thing just loves it! i'm scared she's just gonna sprint across the room! i seriously think she's just going to skip fully crawling and just walk.

what's new in your house? any milestones with the kiddos? any of you make a wreath yet? so many readers just had little ones recently i just wanted to congratulate you all on your new precious bundles of joy...enjoy this time while you can and i wish you happiness and of course......sleep....and lots of it :)

p.s. - today is your last chance to enter to win the fabulous and oh, so funny knitterella stationery giveaway!

16 comments:

  1. Don't be scared, they almost never do that. I mean, Nicole was running full-time with stuff in her arms by nine months. Some other things got fuzzy on when they happened but the timing on that stays clear because she never ever crawled in this house. The game plan this time is actually to babywear Olivia until she's two if she starts looking too ambitious ;)
    If I was not several provinces away I'd offer to trade off kids an afternoon or two a week and we could take turns Getting Stuff Done. My sil and I are doing that for Christmas Shopping this year. I'm 3 weeks into having two kids and she's pregnant with two feisty boys so the idea of shopping with kids in the holiday crazy gives us both anxiety attacks ;)
    i love love love the white paper leaf wreath! Sooooo pretty!
    I also kwum about the ironing board monster, every time I go into my craft room it growls at me and I grab what I need and get out quick. I really need a good solid hour to clean that room up. I'd say 'or a small fire' but I like the room too much.

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  2. Muahahahaha! Sounds like a plan! I'm all over the kid swapping to get some stuff done. I feel like I have way too many things to get done then one mommy can possibly handle - eek! As for the walking..watch out...I wear Harper a lot and it don't matter...they still want to run! Glad i"m not the only one who's baby want's to take off in sprints :) I agree about the ironing monster, mine mouthed off to me this morning and I put it in it's place but now I'm worried I'm gonna burn myself ironing next time.....

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  3. My baby (now almost 9 weeks old) is smiling like crazy and getting ready to do those first baby laughs. I can't wait to hear them. Oh and he is almost 14 lbs.

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  4. Awwww, those first baby laughs are the best and the sweetest thing ever! Congrats! He's a cutiepie!!

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  5. Shannon, I LOVE the wreath! It looks like it would have taken a little while to do? SO beautiful!!! I'm in the same boat with you in terms of crafting. I'm asking for more time in my days these days... or just superhuman ability to not need sleep. hahaha. We're off today to find a craft for Owen to make for Les for Christmas. I'll make sure to bring portable knitting along ;)

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  6. Aw live the wreath! I am making paper snowflakes galore right now well when Idyn isn't into trouble! Sheesh this kid is a trouble maker... Although sometimes ge is adorable... Right bow ge is pretending to be a kitty and licking his brother...aw! Have a fun day! Oh and I LoVE the pics of the girls at Mackenzie's dance class:)

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  7. Oops forgive the typos! Idyn was climbing on me:)

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  8. i finally hung our wreaths up this morning. just your basic handmade balsalm ones, but oh so pretty and the smell is just amazing!! we are heading out tonight to "elf" people. we were planning it last night but the hubs got home way too late. i love your wreath by the way. so simple and love the plain white purity of it. i will have to remember that one for another year. im trying to just get my regular sewing gifts done right now! i don't know about you but every year i add more and more handmade gifts to my list. i have a hard time buying something when i know i can make a gift that is just as nice and more meaningful! oh if we could only sew all night and still function during the day:)take care hun!

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  9. Your wreath is so fresh and festive! Modern and whimsical! I just love it.

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  10. That wreath is so simple, but so gorgeous! If I didn't already have a ton of stuff on my plate to prepare for the holidays, I would probably attempt to make one too. Could be a fun craft to do with my 3 and half year old.

    And I can totally relate to not having enough time to get things done. I am 8 months pregnant and back in the tiredness phase. And the only time I have to get things done is in the evening after dinner. But by then, I am usually exhausted and not wanting to drag everything out (my craft space is shared with the dining room table!). Good luck getting your projects complete!

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  11. Thank you for the inspiration! I made your wreath today - using colored construction paper :) My children are too little to help make it, but they sure loved tearing up the scrap pieces! My son had a little temper tantrum when I hung it up - I guess he thought it was his new toy :) I'm going to try to e-mail you a couple pics (from eowyn1220...)
    Erin in RI, USA

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  12. I love reading about Harper because Hunter is jus a week behind her. In fact I had a little melt down when I heard what you named your little girl but suddenly I thought I liked it more...but we stayed with our original pick and now it suits her to a tee.
    Bubba is sitting up completely unaided and eating lots, but no teeth yet. Not even attempting crawling as she hates tummy time but we're getting there. :D

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  13. The wreath turned out so lovely and delicate! And I share in your love for Sweet Paul - he's got some amazing things over there. And I share in your ironing board monster. It definitely becomes the catch-all for everything in my craft room!

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  14. Awww, thanks for the love ladies. It was super easy to make & didn't take too long. The only downer was that I thought Mack could help, but nope, not a good toddler craft. She did love playing with the scraps though and created a whole bunch of wonderful pics and snowflakes that are now taped on our sliding glass doors.

    Rebecca - You know we are cut from the same cloth girl...the sleep doesn't happen around here when there is so much sewing and knitting to be done. My hand is killing me :(

    Christina - I bet it's gorgeous! I'm only mostly making handmade gifts this year and now I'm wondering if I bit off more than I could chew with having the baby and all. She's not going down for the night till late and man am I exhausted. I know you know what that's like right? Darn teething.

    eLBie - that was me last xmas girl. I was preggers and so exhausted I didnt even want to do anything christmas...haha. New Year's baby? What's your due date?

    Erin - You rock! Got your email & wrote ya back!

    Sarah - Awww, I love the name Hunter too! I had it on my list but we already have family named that and Harper was just the name. I felt it ya know?

    Emily - Thanks! Sweet Paul is where I go to get lost in my daydreams...so inspiring to see his styling! I love it all! How's the move? I'm behind in my blog reading, are you in the new house yet? And yes, damn that ironing board monster...I wish for all of our ironing board monsters to be gone in 2011!

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  15. That wreath is gorgeous! I'm doing a little DIY roundup and may have to include it!

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  16. Hi! I fell in love with this wreath and made my own for regular (not Christmas) decor but I supersized it (think 5 feet) and then blogged about it. I have included a link to your page. I hope that is okay.
    http://handmadesimpleblue.blogspot.com/2011/01/white-wreath.html

    I'm so glad I found this!

    ~Karen

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