My Favorite Time of Year

Spring is absolutely my favorite time of year. Everything is coming back to life and the whole world is just so full of potential. This is the time when I start embarking on my many annual projects and set up my plans for the next few seasons. Of course, this means that it becomes the […]

How To Save Money as a New or Expecting Mom

When you have a baby on the way, you are absolutely inundated with information about the latest and “best” products for little ones. It can be hard to filter through everything and figure out what you really need for a newborn/infant, and what you can skip in order to save money. The truth is, babies […]

Baby’s Mosey Leg Warmers

A few years ago, I knit myself a pair of leg warmers I found a free pattern for on Ravelry. The design was called Mosey, created by Susan Power. They are so warm and cozy that I hardly leave the house without them during the cooler months. No matter where I wear them, I get compliments, and most people can’t believe they’re hand made.

Autumn is setting in quickly, so I’ve been on the hunt for warmer clothes for RT. I found some basic leg warmers on Amazon, but I wanted something a little fancier too. I checked Ravelry for baby leg warmers using fingering weight yarn (because I’m going through a phase). Nothing really called out to me. That’s when I decided to adapt the Mosey pattern. […]

Preparing for a New Addition: Part Five – The Last Minute

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I now have 25 days left until my official due date. I’ll find out on Friday if I’m going to be induced early due to gestational diabetes. In theory, my baby could arrive any day now. That thought is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. The nursery is all set up. Newborn clothes are washed and hung up in the closet. We have a stockpile of diapers and wipes. Our hospital bags are packed. All of our last minute purchases are in the mail on the way to our door. We’re as ready as anyone can be for a new arrival. So, of course this is when we decided to change our minds about some of the crucial child-rearing decisions we’d made. […]

Preparing for a New Addition: Part Four

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If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed that over the last few months I haven’t been posting nearly as much as usual. As my pregnancy has progressed, everything has gotten more difficult, including (maybe especially) the things I didn’t expect to. In addition to every activity consuming more energy than it normally would, I’ve also been dealing with some pregnancy-related health issues. I’m now finding myself in doctors’ offices four or more times per week. Nonetheless, I’ve been doing my utmost best at keeping up with chores around the house, but some of my other usual activities have been forced to take a backseat. […]

Reclaiming the Planter Box: Part Three

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You may remember my struggle with the planter box in my back yard from last year. Despite its neglected condition (which you can see on the right), I decided I was going to restore it to a usable state. I proclaimed proudly “I have my hands, a trowel, and a garden shovel” and that’s all I was going to use to get the job done.

I was forced to admit that sometimes, your bare hands are not the best tool for the job. I made it about 1/3 of the way through the box by the end of the season. By the time I had made it that far, there was thick, new growth sprouting up in the area I had already cleared. It was unbearably frustrating.[…]

Preparing for a New Addition: Part Three

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I have officially reached my third trimester. As of this past week, I have less than 90 days until my due date. Unfortunately, despite my healthy lifestyle, it turns out that I have gestational diabetes, so it’s likely that the baby will come a little early. It’s really starting to feel like crunch time. Therefore, my husband and I took this weekend to step away from our respective projects (I’ll be updating you on my planter box progress next week), and work on getting the nursery in order. […]

Building the Potato Condo: Part Three – Finishing Touches

It’s been quite a while since I updated about the potato condo I built. Other projects became more urgent, and I had a bit of brainstorming to do on how to make it best fit my needs. After having it on the back burner for an inexcusable amount of time, I think I’ve finally got it.

Supplies

The first thing I did was paint it with a homemade stain. I shy away from a lot of chemicals, and I felt like being a little lazy in the research department, so I decided to use what I had on-hand that I already knew would be safe. That was oil paint and Mod Podge. You do not ever want to use a water-based paint on planting containers, because it will come off as soon as you water the plant. Also note that I only painted the outside of the container. […]

Picking Up Pieces

In case you haven’t noticed from my previous entries and many projects, I love to upcycle. Working with my hands to make something beautiful is an incredible and fulfilling experience. I also enjoy knowing that I’m keeping the world just a little bit cleaner by keeping something old out of a landfill and making it useful again. […]

Preparing for a New Addition: Part Two

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Finally, I got the nursery cleaned out of just about everything. We still have a litter box and the spare bed in there, but everything is clean and the closet is emptied of all but baby gear. We even bought baby-sized clothes hangers to help organize all the onesies we’ve already received as gifts, and some of the many baby hoodies I’ve knit. We’re planning on purchasing a closet organizer, so we’ll have somewhere to put all of our little one’s blankets and toys – we already have quite a few![…]