Blanket for a Baby BOY!

Today is exciting for two reasons. The first reason- it is my mom’s 60th birthday!! Happy birthday, Mom! The second reason- my brand new nephew is 11 days old! Hooray!!

My sister and her husband had another baby on January 1st and I couldn’t be more excited! Just like with their first child, they decided not to find out the gender beforehand, which in my mind made the birth all the more exciting! And now I have TWO nephews!!! I haven’t been able to go down and see him yet, but he just looks so squishy and adorable!

I wanted to make a baby blanket for the new baby (I made one for my first nephew, Grady, when he was born) but not knowing the gender, I wasn’t sure what colors to use. I ended up going with a navy, green, and cream color scheme and I LOVE the way they look together! I wish that the lighting would have been better, because the pictures I took make the colors look dull and drab and not as beautiful.

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This blanket was so easy to make, and it didn’t take long at all! I would just grab my yarn and work on it while watching a movie and crochet the night away. I finished the blanket after Christmas so it would be ready as soon as the baby was born! (I didn’t finish my first nephew’s blanket until he was 3 weeks old. However, in my defense, he was born 3 weeks early, so I totally would have finished it on time otherwise.)

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I used THIS PATTERN for the blanket itself (very easy to follow!), and I used THIS PATTERN to piece all of the granny squares together. If you love to crochet you should definitely give this pattern a whirl!

I can’t wait to go visit my sweet new nephew (and the other, also very sweet one! And my sister!) and wrap him up in his blanket!

 

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Monogram Madness!

I have been in a really creative mood lately. Upside- I have all these awesome ideas floating around in my head about all the things I can make and paint and craft and bake and how adorable life will be when I’m done! Downside- I have worked over 50 hours this week so far and I’m not feeling 100%, so I haven’t had the time or the energy to do anything fun or crafty. A real bummer, I know.

A rainy day outside plus not feeling well meant that I immediately made myself a mug of tea, got into my pajamas, and hopped into bed when I got home from work. I thought that I would check Facebook really quickly before I took a nap, and after looking at my profile I decided that I didn’t like my current cover picture. I mean, it was ok (it was just a navy and coral chevron print) but I really wanted something more fun and more “me.” So putting my nap on hold, I immediately put my creative efforts to work and I LOVE what I came up with! 

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I started out with a Lilly print (Crown Jewels) and created a monogram to put on the top! I downloaded a special font to create the monogram (Little Lord Fontleroy) and I love the way the letters turned out. Just a FYI, this font looks GREAT in lowercase as well! Finally, I re-sized the image to fit as a Facebook cover picture and voila! 

I think that it turned out pretty well and I must admit, I think that it jazzes up my Facebook quite a bit!! This was so easy and fun to make, and seeing as how I am a little bit obsessed with monograms, I think I will be making quite a few of these in the near future! But first, nap time!

 

Send It With Style

Staying in touch with people is very important to me. Thanks to technology like e-mail, texting, and even blogging, it is faster and easier than ever to do so. While texting is one of my very favorite things to do (sadly I’m not even kidding. It’s even a little joke in my family that every month I text way more than all of my other family members. Combined.) there has always been something very appealing to me about the art of writing letters.

This love of writing letters has been there my entire life. My good friend Kelsey and I used to write letters back and forth to each other constantly when we were younger. I’ve had pen-pals overseas and in other states. I’ve written to friends and family who live nearby. I just love putting pen to paper and sending a little love and joy in the mail. As I was writing a letter today to send to a friend, I looked at the envelope and did not enjoy how plain and boring it was. So naturally the only logical thing to do is make fun, pretty envelopes!

So many fun envelopes!

I got the idea from a blog post I saw over at Design and Nonsense and was amazed at how easy and fast this little project was! I just used some leftover scrapbook paper that I had laying around my apartment, but the possibilities here are endless! You could use sheet music, maps, wallpaper samples, magazine pages, and the list can go on and on! Here’s what you do:

  • Step 1: Gather supplies (you’ll need pretty paper, an envelope you don’t mind taking apart, scissors, a pencil, and an adhesive, I used double-sided tape
  • Step 2: Carefully take apart your envelope and trace the shape on the backside of your pretty paper.
  • Step 3: Fold and crease to form where your envelope will overlap.
  • Step 4: Tape/glue the bottom three flaps together and enjoy your pretty new envelope!

Now that I have some gorgeous new envelopes to use, I think I will be writing a lot more letters in the near future! If you end up making your own envelopes, be sure to let me know what kind of paper/material you used! Happy crafting!