You’re 10 months old today. 10 months!! It’s hard for me to even believe that’s true! It feels like yesterday that we were driving you home from the hospital…all 6 precious pounds of you. But you’re not a newborn anymore! (as much as I hate to admit it). I used to want you to stay tiny forever…but every day that you learn something new and I get to see more of your personality shine through…I’ve decided to succumb to the idea of you growing up.
You bring so much joy to my life. Your smile has become exceptionally goofy. So much so that your dad and I sometimes think you are “fake smiling”. But I’m not sure that’s possible. You’ve mastered the crawl, and climbing on and over everything in sight. I am patiently awaiting your first steps, as I think it will be any day now. I really wanted you to walk early because I thought it would be funny to have other people see an itty bitty bald baby walking around like nobody’s business. Maybe one day you will look your age, but right now you’re still my peanut. But I’m proud to say that your fine blonde hair is finally beginning to sprout! Hallelujah!! haha. Maybe I won’t have to make you wear so many headbands in fear of people still thinking you are a boy. I don’t understand those people. I’d like to think I dress you pretty girly! Anyway, lately we’ve been having a lot of park dates with your dad. You love being outside, and not strapped down in your stroller! (not a big fan of the stroller right now). Crunching leaves could entertain you for hours. You inspect them at every angle and ever so slowly dissect them with your fingers. You are so particular. I think you might be a lot like me in that way! As for toys, I don’t think I am going to buy you anymore. You’re totally over them. All your seem to want is anything BUT your toys. A few faves include straws, keys, cell phones, plastic cups, and candy wrappers. Lord knows I have a lot of candy wrappers. ha! You’re a great eater and an even better sleeper. 11 hour average. Thanks for that. And thanks for the crazy love you fill me up with every day. Cracking open your bedroom door in the morning to see your enormous smile and excitement to see me is one of the best feelings ever. Keep growing baby girl. Every day is a new adventure with you, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I’m so lucky you’re mine. You are deeply loved.
How was your Father’s day yesterday!!? It was our first time celebrating Sam as a daddy, so that was pretty fun! We barbequed at my dad’s, hung out with family, and laughed pretty hard at all of Rylee’s new antics. She is developing quite the personality! It’s still weird to us to be included in Mother’s Day and Father’s Day….because it’s so normal to just honor our own parents on those holidays. But now I guess we qualify too! haha. Sometimes I feel so much younger than I am (anyone with me!? ha!) Anyway, I am so thankful for my dad and his unconditional love, support, and encouragement in my life. All my life he has been a strength I can rely on and I have never doubted his love for me. I am who I am today because of the way he raised me, and I’m so lucky to call him dad. And now, to see Sam take on the role of father to his own baby girl, melts my heart into a big puddle on the floor! I am SO incredibly thankful for him….for the husband he is to me, and the father he is to Rylee. It’s the best thing in the world to watch him love her. To see his face light up when he see’s her, to watch him rock her to sleep, to hear them laughing uncontrollably together downstairs. Life with these two (and hopefully a few others) will be a pretty darn good one.
I didn’t mean to gush all over the place! Back to the photos at hand. Peach and collars….2 of my favorite things. These photos are the third series in our Spring Inspiredshoot with JOIELALA. It’s no secret i’m a fan of peach. So this skirt falls into my top ten closet go-to’s (it’s no longer available but this one is kind of like it). I paired it with a simple ivory blouse, collar necklace, and suede heels. Easy breezy.
Happy Monday. What are you all working on this week?
So here it is, the secret to making your own yarn pom pom headbands. And these don’t just have to be for your baby! I made one for myself with two poms and am a little shy to confess that I like to match with my daughter. Ha! You can see our headbands in THIS post. I know at first glance it seems overwhelming and complicated, but I promise it’s not as hard as it looks! Here is your supply list:
1 // Take your cardboard and cut out 2 identical circles. (I just traced around a mug). The diameter should be just larger that the size you want your pom-pom to be. Then cut out a smaller circle in the center of the larger circles. For these inside circles, I traced around a quarter. Don’t worry about your cut lines being perfect. It is not going to matter much at the end.
2 // Place the two circles together and cut a slit through both rings all the way to the center.
3 // Still holding onto both circles, begin wrapping your yarn around both rings, sliding your yarn between the slit that was cut.
4 // Wrap evenly and tightly around the circumference of your circle. For fuller poms, you can overlap your yarn more frequently. For a bit looser of a pom, less overlap and thickness is needed.
5 // After you are finished wrapping, use your scissors and place the tip between the two cardboard circles and cut the yarn all the way around. This is probably the hardest part because you don’t want to loose any yarn while cutting. A smaller pair of scissors would be ideal for this.
6 // Notice that your yarn is sticking out from both sides of your rings.
7 // Cut a length of yarn and slide it between your rings, knotting is tightly together. You may want to repeat this process if you feel like it is not super secure. Make sure the length you cut has at least four inches remaining after knotting. You will use this longer string to fasten the pom-pom to the braided band you will create next.
8 // Now you should have a pretty good looking pom-pom! Go ahead and remove the cardboard
*NOTE – If your pom-pom doesn’t look quit right, go ahead and shape it into the perfect circle with your scissors. (remembering not to cut those longer strands…you will need those later!)
9 // Measure the circumference of your babies head. Cut three pieces of yarn a 4 or 5 inches longer than that measurement (I like to be extra safe and cut it too long than too short) Knot it at one end.
10 // Braid the three strands of yarn together. An easy way to braid is to just tape the knotted end to a table. That way you have some tension.
11 // Take your pom-pom and with the two long strands you left uncut, tie and knot them around the braided band you just created. I suggest attaching the pom off-center (not directly in the center of your braid). Unless you want your baby looking like a unicorn with the pom right on the top of her head! Just eyeball it to where you think it will lie right…either to the left or right of her head.
12 // Next, cut a small circle of felt to cover the knot behind the pom-pom. Using your hot glue gun, glue the felt to the back of the pom-pom. This is not necessary but it does help to secure everything and also helps the headband to lie flat against baby’s head.
*NOTE – I am showing you how to create this headband with an elastic backing. If you don’t want the elastic backing or just want to forgo this step….instead of tying the pom pom off-set on the braided band (as noted in step 11), simply knot both ends of the braid together. Making sure the circumference is exactly your babies head size. Then just tie the pom-pom right over the knot you just created for the headband and attach felt to the back. I found that creating it this way, the fit is not as snug and there is no room for baby’s head to grow! But it will work for a short time.
OK…you are on the home stretch!
13 // Cut a piece of 1/4″ elastic to about 2″ in length. Then cut a 3″ X 1″ piece of scrap fabric (in a color that coordinates with your headband!) To make it easier, you can iron a crease down the center of the fabric to make it easier when sewing.
14 // Fold the scrap fabric in half along the crease and stitch it together on the raw edge. Stay as close to the edge as you can. Using a sewing machine for this is best, but if you don’t have one, you can also hand stitch it very tightly. Once you have it sew, flip it inside out so that the raw edges are now on the inside. Now you have a casing for the elastic.
15 // Take your elastic and pull it through your casing. I used an Ezy Pull Bodkin. Scrunch the fabric down so that both the ends of the elastic and the ends of the fabric both line up.
16 // Stitch down both ends. Make sure that the fabric and elastic are stitched down together.
17 // Take both ends of your braided headband and stitch your elastic to each end. Stitch back and forth quite a few times. It probably won’t look perfect but we will fix that in the next step! Just make sure the elastic is stitched very securing to the yarn. And it looks best to use the same color thread as the fabric color you are using.
18 // LAST! Cut 2 thin strips of matching scrap fabric (about 2 inches long). On each side of the elastic, where the elastic meets the yarn….use your hot glue gun or fabric glue and wrap and glue, wrap and glue….until your stitching blunders and yarn frays are covered! You did it! Sorry that was SO many steps! But it wasn’t so bad was it?
And in case you were wondering what they look like on a little baby dome? Pretty stinkin adorable. Rylee only has about 25 of these in every color. ha!
It’s been warming up a lot around here and summer is close in sight! I love when I can wear sleeveless tops and dresses every day! But then again I get excited when fall rolls around and I can wear scarves and boots again. Thank God for changing seasons….if San Diego qualifies as having “seasons” that is. This week is a grinder for me, but i’ve got another fun baby headband tutorial coming up for ya! Yes, ANOTHER headband tutorial…but this one’s my fave. So it’ll be worth it!
Well, I sure am glad instagram came into my life. I remember the day when I called my friends on my house phone and had to go on the computer to map quest directions to get to wherever we were meeting. (sorry if I offended anyone still using mapquest!) It’s nuts how far technology has come in just the last 10 years isn’t it? And it boggles my mind to think of what the future will be like and what will be the new “iphone” when Rylee is my age! Anyway, to be able to carry my phone, take pictures, and share it with the world all in a matter of minutes is really quite amazing. I feel like I’m still an iphone newby and getting used to taking photos so frequently, but I love that instagram reminds me to document my day. So many moments captured by this little phone in my pocket! My CURRENTLY posts have kind of turned into my instagram feed, but hey, I guess that’s what’s current right?
So Rylee and I just went to the doctor yesterday for her 9 month checkup. Sam and I tried to guess her weight before hand. I guessed 20 lbs and Sam guessed 18. We were both wrong. 15 pounds!! I was shocked. I mean, not entirely because I know she has always been on the smaller side…..but 15!! No wonder she is still wearing 3-6 month clothes. The doctor didn’t seem too concerned because she is still following along on her own “curve” so that made me feel a little better. She already eats so well but he suggested adding butter to her cereal and extra solids between her bottles. Do any of you momma’s out there have food suggestions/tips for beefing up baby!? (In the healthiest way of course!) I’ve got to do my research.
LOOKING FORWARD TO:
Fourth of July weekend in Wisconsin. Reuniting with Sam’s family, fireworks on the lake, and finally having all the baby cousins together. Sam’s two sisters and I all had babies within 3 months of each other, and they still have not all been together. I am really looking forward to it. (Sorry, I think I talk too much about Wisconsin). But it’s honestly what I’m looking forward to!
Prison Break. It’s our new netflix obsession. Last it was Breaking Bad. Have you guys seen that one? I love drama! haha. We are only like 10 episodes in on Prison Break but it is SOOO good. We never watch regular TV anymore (except for Bachelorette of course! But Sam refuses to watch that one with me) so we love finding shows on netflix that we both can get into. Is it sad that I look forward to him coming home so we can watch the next episode!? haha! It’s that good folks.
I finally took my paints off the shelves and started on a few new canvas pieces. It had been months! And I had forgotten how theraputic it is for me! Hopefully I will get a few new prints up in the SHOP soon. It is desperately in need of an update. I’m also working on a few new branding projects that I am excited about! In just the short time I have been fully “freelance”, I’ve realized I really enjoy taking on different projects with different inspirations and designing something that fully represents the client’s style and aesthetic. I would say it’s certainly more of a challenge for me artistically, but also very rewarding when it’s all said and done.
Ok, some honesty right here. Lately, I’ve been falling victim to the “comparison game”. And I hate it. Seeing so many people online (and in “real” life) taking on new exciting projects, traveling, growing their businesses, buying those shoes that there is no way I can afford. I feel like I used to get inspired, but all of a sudden I have found myself getting jealous! JEALOUS! And I hate that feeling so much. I want to be a person who is grateful for what I have. I want to always strive to work hard and be a good mom, wife and friend, and feel content and happy with the life that I have. Because it is a really really good one. But I’ve been struggling lately. I think a lot of these new feelings have to do with just not having as much time as I used to. Before I had Rylee, I was selfish with my time and I did what I wanted, when I wanted. Now, the time I devote for myself and my personal goals is just a fraction of what it used to be. But I need to be OK with not being able to “do it all”. Mostly, I WANT to be a good mom to Rylee, and while my other WANTS are still there, I need to be content with doing what I can, when I can…and not beat myself up about not being as successful or talented or balanced as someone else. If you’ve ever struggled with these feelings, how have you managed to combat them?
LINKS TO LOVE –
– Eva has an awesome feature on her blog called SPACES . I was suuuper inspired by her latest one featuring Emma’s workspace.
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