3 months today!

We made it to the 3 month mark!  Yeah!  Little Jack has survived his 1 year (almost two) old sister.  He really likes her but I'm not sure how much is reciprocated.
I have been really busy with the kids and my photography business to do much crafting lately.  This is my first attempt back in the game.  I found the templates for the mustaches online and stuck them on with scotch tape.  I think he looks pretty handsome...the comb-over compliments the look I think.

Dark and Lonely

Here are some of my new favorite pictures of my children.  Why?  Besides the fact that they are mine; I like to look at pictures that are large and that enhance an area of my house.  These are the four pictures I used to fill in my dark and lonely spot.

Here she is my dark and lonely spot a good waste of square footage (we don't have much so this is particularly annoying).  For 3 years she has been this way;  with no better idea of how to fill it Savannah's little chair sits there.  Until now...  
I was never in love with this framing arrangement so I disassembled this...
and made my forgotten space my favorite place now that it looks like this...
The white mats brings life to that area now and the new pictures are now some of my favorites.  

I am still at a loss of what to put over the couch now; but at least I don't have to stare at my discarded corner anymore.  I figure at least 6 feedings a day lasting an average of 30 minutes each means I am staring at this corner 3 hours a day...

Woman, Know Thyself!

Six weeks sitting on your couch feeding a newborn gives you at lot of time to think, evaluate, dream, and cringe at what you got going on in your house...decorating wise that is.  Not to say that I haven't found myself thinking we lost our mind having two babies this close together when the wailing is in unison.  More than once this week I found myself wishing for earplugs.

But back to the decorating.  I have realized that I have been very blessed to have been given some things to help make my house a home and to have been able to purchase some items here and there too.  What I also have realized is that I didn't have much of a plan or goal in mind when these items entered my home.  I have always thought of myself as a Better Homes and Gardens gal who appreciates the Pottery Barn style. Since I would rather spend our money on memory making trips than fancy furniture items I never really studied the magazines; I just did what I thought looked the best in the moment.

Then these past 6 weeks happened.  Six weeks of being mostly secluded in my home.  The things that slightly annoyed me are now making me insane.  So I got a huge pile of current and back issues of magazines and this is what I learned; I am a girl who wants a Pottery Barn house with a Better Homes and Gardens yard.  I also think if I have a plan and use some creativity I can get there.   My Remington Man thinks I'm nuts (he may be right) but I have proceeded to deconstruct my home and rearrange everything...nothing but the kids rooms are safe!

This is where I started:
The bedskirt didn't quite make it to the floor since I raised it for extra storage.
About four yards of plain brown fabric with side seams that had a finished look on the bolt, some safety pins, and some scissors is all I needed.
I cut the fabric in half long ways (all four yards) and pinned the cut edge to the top of the bedskirt.
The finished edge just touches the floor.  
Much better than seeing all of my junk.  

One other thing I noticed is that Pottery Barn doesn't like to make their beds, does this mean to have their "look" I don't have to make mine either?  

Miss Sophia & a new Photography Blog!

Little Miss Sophia (10 months) was a champ Saturday morning!  
I think it was 90 something degrees, 100% humidity, 
and it was actually drizzling part of the time; but it 
didn't seem to phase her she gave us some great smiles!  

Would you like cream or sugar? 
Dressed in her finest pearls she had a blast pouring her tea.

It is great to hear all the fun songs Mama's sing to their 
little ones to get them laughing.  This Mom sings a song 
about a creepy crawly mousy in a housy...I need to have
her write it down for me.  Whatever the lyrics were they 
worked like a charm.  

I have totally revamped my photography blog...check it out!  Just click on the photography button on the left ~ Julie

Jack's Birth Announcements

Here are the four announcement cards that I made for Jack.  
Each one slightly different.  Do you have your favorite? 
 Let me know in the comments section below!

The little guy is 3 weeks old and doing well.  We aren't getting 
much sleep around here but hopefully that will change slightly
 in the next few weeks.  If he just drops one night feeding it 
would make a world of difference!

I've almost made it!

Thanks to those of you who emailed with your concerns about me.  I definitely let this blog slip as this pregnancy has overwhelmed me.  Our induction date is this Wednesday evening!!!  I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and a little boy in my arms soon...very soon :)

I haven't done much crafting...more purchasing.   Like today I bought some "big sister" decals to iron on to  a shirt for Savvy (apparently you are not supposed to be a big sister at 20 months)  but then I made her try on a 3T shirt that I thought may work if I wash it in hot water!  For $1.80 (on major clearance!) I thought it would work just fine!

 And it is cuter than the decal anyways.  Yeah! My list is getting shorter...now how else can I avoid packing???? I just hate to pack.

Made it Monday 6.6.10

To start I apologize to all of you who had projects ready to share last weekend.  We have had a whirlwind week around here.  Lots of birthday celebrations including mine, Memorial Day Outings, a short weekend trip to see my brother graduate from Pharmacy School, and then tonight my sweet grandmother got to meet Jesus face to face.  I could take a few pictures of some home improvement jobs I've been working on here and there; but I really think I will take another week off and just allow you all of share your great creations.  We are traveling to Georgia for the funeral (at 33/34 weeks pregnant)  so please if you will say a little prayer for me.  I'm not worried about having this baby early but I don't want to have any blood clotting issues.  I am taking precautions and walking around every 2 hours and drinking lots of water!

So even though I may not get around to all of your fun things please do share with everyone else...I'll catch up eventually!  So...What have you MADE?

Made it Monday 5.24.10

For Made it Monday this week I am showing you a quick and easy way to make a book shelf for a little one.  I found two wooden CD crates from Micheal's craft store in the unfinished wood section.  They were pretty cheap so I grabbed two of them.  First step was to paint them a fun color.  I tried lime green but it clashed with another green in the room so I went with this electric blue color.

The middle part of the bottom of the crate is open so this is where you have to get creative.  I had my Remington Man cut two thin pieces of board the size of the floor and I glued them in so the books don't fall through.  You could also use cardboard I think.
Screw to the wall; we used anchor bolts to make sure it stays put!  Then fill with books!

What have you MADE?

Made it Monday 5.17.10

This week I worked on a little project that made my Remington Man very happy and I hope Jack will like one day too.  If you are a huge animal lover I would recomend scrolling to the end quickly.  I have said before that I am married to a hunter and we eat all the meat that he shoots.  The Remington Man has had these antlers around for awhile now...in the garage because I wasn't in our newlywed state ready to bring them in the house.  But somewhere in the last 2 1/2 years I guess I've softened some and I thought if anywhere they should be in little Jack's room so he can grow up to be like his Daddy that I love so much!

If you have antlers that you want to mount
this is how I went about it:
The completed antler mount above.
I found these boards at Hobby Lobby 30% off.  I think they are for making clocks but they also work perfectly for mounting antlers!

I wanted a fun bold color that matched Jack's nursery so I painted them red with craft paint and then sprayed them with a clear high gloss for the finishing touch.
Next I had the Remington Man screw the antlers to the board.  (Yes the white part is part of the skull but I will quickly cover that part!)
I took a piece of suede/faux leather fabric and tacked it around the skull with upholstery tacks making sure the tuck the fabric under so it looks more finished.

Here are all three mounted on the wall.  I had my husband write on the back of the board where and when he shot them and "the story" behind the shot.  When it comes to hunting there is always a story!  The one on the left he shot the weekend before our wedding...I was very proud of him.
Officially a boy's room!
What have you Made?

Made it Monday 5.10.10

Happy Mother's Day to all of you!  I hope someone in your life made you feel special this past weekend.  
Saturday I was lucky enough to come home from a photoshoot to these sitting outside on my table.  They are right outside my bedroom window so I will get to enjoy them all summer.  The Remington Man and the little girlie did GOOD!  Then we worked outside all day getting the flower beds in tip top shape it was a beautiful day here and I am so thankful for all God has given me.

Our project this week was more about function this week than style.  I asked for a door to cover our bookshelf in the living room.  I really don't need stylish decor...I need storage space!
So my handsome Remington Man made a door that fit nicely over the bottom four shelves.
 We just hung the door this evening and still need to paint the hinge.  Tomorrow I will work on reorganizing and decorating my one show off shelf!  That and finding a lock to keep the kiddos out :)

What have you MADE?

MacKenzie Newborn: Julie Dawkins Photography

Isn't she just precious?  I am so thankful to be able to do this photo shoot.  Not long after her birth the doctors thought she had some serious medical problems.  But with a lot of people praying for her and God's grace the doctor's said she was a normal, healthy little girl...take her home!

She has the sweetest little disposition...she was wide awake when I arrived probably wondering why it was so quiet in her house.  She has four older siblings!

I was invited to participate in a photo contest by Trendy Treehouse...vote if you wish!

Made it Monday 5.3.10

Hey Ya'll! We just pulled into our driveway from our last family vacation before our little son is born and I can't wait to sleep in my own bed! Actually the bed was okay in the hotel but the air condition kept going on and off all night long...I can't do silence.

This is my project for this week.  I made luvies for Jack (my little son due in 11 wks!).  Defintion:  Luvies= burp cloths made out of cloth diapers...they turn into our blankies otherwise known as essential sleeping/make me happy item.

I made my 18 month old little girl some before she was born and I just ironed on some cute things and left the cloth white...now they are stained and gross and all of the decorations have come off.  We also lost a lot in the nursery because a lot of mom's have the same burp cloths.

So I decided to dye Jack's blue and make my own decorations.... 
The first finished luvie!  
The cloth diapers com in a pack like this one above.
I found this fun blue color at Hobby Lobby and followed the directions.
Messy and a little time consuming...I think I like Rit better.
Next I printed out a silhouette of an elephant.  Cut it out.  And traced it on the fabric.
I missed a picture but I did iron on adhesive with will help stiffen the fabric and keep it in place for a little while.
Here is the elephant ironed on to the luvie.  But since I don't trust the adhesive long term...
  I stitched around the edge.  I am not a seamstress but it is close enough for me.  I still have 11 more to decorate so surely I'll get a little better!  Any design suggestions?

So...what have you MADE?

Made it Monday 4.26.10

I am really excited about what I was able to accomplish this week in Jack's nursery.  I can't believe this is my last week in the 2nd trimester.  This pregnancy seems to be flying by.    
Above his dresser/changing table I thought I would incorporate a little decorative touch and some organization that he won't be able to easily get to.  So I came up with this...

A pegboard project.  First I new that I wanted his name in his room so painting letters was the easy part.  I hot glued them to the board since they are extremely light I knew they would stay put.  

The baskets I found at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 a piece they were already that fun lime green color so I went for it.  They are up there with peg board hooks that you can buy at Walmart or Home Depot.  I haven't quite decided what I'm going to fill them with yet.  Although one of the bottom baskets will be diapers!

The last challenge was a add a mirror.  I went with Candle plates in different size circles.  The problem is they are HEAVY and GLASS!  So I bought some of the famous Gorilla Glue and went to town; I added a little hot glue around the edge to hold them in place until the Gorilla Glue had time to set up.  Those mirrors won't ever come down now.

What have you MADE this week???

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