Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Four Year Anniversary - I Love You Babe ;)

Tomorrow is the fourth anniversary of our wedding day. Being the nostalgic fool I am, I've been listening to our wedding songs and looking at the album this week. It was such an amazing day.

Our Song (he picked it out)

I was a pretty laid-back bride. When the cake decorater asked what type of cake I wanted? "Whatever." When the florist asked about flowers? "Whatever. They just need to be blue and white." (Our theme was Cubs and Sox, lol).  I made wrappers for our candy bars as table favors, I made our programs (complete with stories of our wedding party's favorite memories of us). I wasn't stressed  -- well, except for that one minor moment two nights before the wedding when our DJs home was broken into and all his equipment (songs included) was stolen. And I would have no DJ. Yikes! I wanted to cry but couldn't because I'd just had a spray tan - seriously - and so I was pretty much hyperventilating, sitting on the bed when my soon-to-be hubby came home and asked what on earth was wrong. thanks to a bridesmaid, we had a dj locked in that night, and the party could carry on ;)

Honestly, the only thing I cared about (and hence, the breakdown over music when I gave everyone else license to be creative) was that everyone have a good time. We didn't have a super fancy hall; the food was family style (and delicious). Our son was 18 months and so cute in his little tux. When they asked if anyone had any objections, my son said, "uh oh" about something else - but it was just such funny timing and everyone was laughing. It was the day of my dreams, followed by the reception of my dreams. Complete with the man, and son, of my dreams.

My husband is amazing. We've been married four years, but together for nine. And for all intents and purposes, I might as well say 10, because we were a psuedo-couple the first year we met, whether we admitted it or not.

He's been by my side through so much, both good and bad. When my mom was dying of brain cancer, he was there, with no expectations and no drama - he was just there. When we found out we were pregnant - and not married - he didn't freak out. He kept a level head, he supported me, he made sure we saw all the joy we were going to experience (and he was right). While I wasn't thrilled at the time, I look back now and am grateful for this: he said he wouldn't marry me while I was pregnant, because he never, ever wanted anyone to ever say that we only got married because we were having a baby. And I'm grateful for that now because there is no denying it - we were together because we wanted to be, and married because we wanted to be.

When I was in labor, he was holding my hand, telling me how proud he was of me and coaching my breathing. When I was tired, he was getting up with babies and letting me sleep in. He never forgets cards or anniversaries, and he constantly puts the kids and I first, making sure we spend a lot of time as a family and doing things we'll always remember.

When we first started dating, we'd talk for hours into the night. We'd spend every moment together, going out all the time and hanging out with friends. While our lives have changed a bit because of babies and jobs and bills, and we don't spend hours talking or go out all the time, I never have a doubt that he loves me. I hope he knows that it isn't the big moments I treasure most, but the small ones he creates every day. Such as:

  • Putting up with my disorganization and chaotic house.
  • Putting up with my crafting stuff everywhere.
  • How he cooks me dinner pretty much every day.
  • Taking me places where I can take photos.
  • Taking me out to boutiques around town to promote my business (it means so much that he really believes in me)
  • Getting up early with the kids on the weekend so I can sleep a little longer
  • His kisses goodbye in the morning, when he thinks I'm still asleep but I'm really awake just waiting for those
  • How sweet it is to see he and the kids asleep in bed, all cuddling.
  • How he tells me I'm beautiful, even on days I know I'm not.
  • When he goes along with all my crazy schemes and plans, just to see me happy.
  • How he talks about my mom, or says something reminds him of her - or tells me how proud she'd be of me.
  • How he tolerates how much of her stuff I still have, because I just can't give it away yet. And he finds places to display it, just because he knows it's important.
  • How he remembers what my favorite meals are at every restaurant, even when I don't.
  • How he always gets my favorite ice cream instead of his.

I could go on and on, because the list is eternal. I wake up each day and can't believe that I found this man who, though we have our ups and downs, has stood by my side and held my hand through everything in the last 10 years.

So happy fourth anniversary baby. I know we have many more ahead of us, but each year it will be the same: I will always, always be eternally grateful that I found you. You've brought the three greatest things in the world into my life -- you, Pey, and Alex.

Love you,
Me

And to my wonderful wedding party, thank you for being the best friends anyone could ever ask for. I love you guys. And to my honorary mamas (pictured below) Helen, Robin, Paula, Sharon, Sharon, Cathy, Nancy, and Lori, who have been there for my mom, and my family, and now me for every important event in our lives, thank you - and we love you very much.






























Tote Bags - My new Passion ;)

I don't know about you, but I am a huge fan of tote bags, and probably have 20. I use them for different things - carrying snacks, a diaper bag, a work bag, a day out at the beach. But, I don't like to pay $30 for them. Specifically, ones with particular themes. Which is why I decided to create some with my daughter's favorite themes, and I previously posted about her Hello Kitty bag. Well, the others I made her were such a hit that I decided to add a few more to my shop tonight.

Sequins and glitter and Minnie Mouse - a great combo ;) Plus - I've started using these as gift bags - so instead of giving birthday gifts in paper gift bags, I use these. How perfect is that? The little girls always love it. Plus, they are reversible - so it's like two totes in one! I'm excited to start offering custom totes too, so customers can pick the color/theme and I can put together something cute!








Newborn Gift Set

I was trying to come up with something to make for my best friend, who is due with her second baby. A boy - which explains the difficulty, because I just don't sew boy stuff!

I finally came up with something - a little gift set. I stopped and purchased some material (I didn't want the baby blue stuff, so we settled on dinosaurs in primary colors) and I was able to make a pretty nifty little gift set for baby boy. Total cost was about $30. With that, I was able to make:

  • Soft, stuffed block
  • 3'x2' quilted blanket
  • 2 reversible bibs
  • 2 burp clothes
  • A 1' x 8 inch mini-blanket with two loops for pacifiers and toys to attach to
  • Two stuffed animals
  • Shirt with tie on the front
She said she really liked it at her shower, and I hope her little one does, too! I am so excited for her ;) I love babies!








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Hello Kitty Tote Bag

My daughter is a walking, talking, billboard for Hello Kitty. I'm starting to think they should pay us for walking around sporting Hello Kitty goods.

She's wanted a little Hello Kitty tote bag that we've seen at the store a few times lately, and I just can't bring myself to pay $24.99 for a tote bag. I thought that perhaps I could make something pretty similar and as it turns out, I was right!

She loves her bag, and carries all her - you guessed it - Hello Kitty stuff inside!

It was super easy. $2.00 worth of scrap material, some scrap sequined trim, and some felt. Cost probably $3.00 total to make.





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The Cherry Dress

I'm ready for spring! And part of that is, of course, getting some dresses made! And while I managed to sew my first zipper last year on an Easter dress, I still avoid it in terms of clothing.

So I brought one out, and decided to give it another go... and thankfully, it went better than I planned ;) (Sorry for the awful photos - but it's cold out, so she is wearing sweats and a t-shirt underneath)

I bought this material on clearance (was $9.99/yard, got it when the store was going out of business for 97 cents a yard!) and knew I wanted to make her a dress. I love how it turned out! I can't wait for this weather to clear up and warm up so we can actually wear it!




Easter, Part II - The creepy bunny head

My son now loves sewing with me - and I love that he does! He likes to design things on his own, as well. When he wanted to sew something for Easter, I said, how about a stuffed bunny head? Alright, he said.

So we drew it out on felt, and cut out the pieces. We picked out some scrap fabric for the ears. And he picked out buttons for the eyes.

The thought behind it (it was for his sister) was very sweet...but the item itself turned out a bit creepy! Oh well - she LOVED her gift from her big brother. And he loved making it. It was a win-win night for all of us!








Easter, Part I - the Shirt

My little girl is not quite 3, and she is already diva/fashionista material. The girl picks out her own clothes EVERY DAY. She requires pink, pink and more pink. She won't wear something she doesn't like, and she will remember for all eternity that she doesn't like it - the moment is not fleeting.
So I find it few and far between lately that she will wear something I make for her. Without bribery, that is. And yes, I do bribe. Candy will get you anything and everything with that kid, which is why I keep a supply of hershey kisses on hand. Now, I'm not saying I bribe daily, but when necessary, I'm not ashamed to say I beg and plead with chocolately goodness ;)

She didn't have an Easter shirt for her little Easter party, so I made her one the night before. And, since she refuses to wear hairbows lately...I put one on the bunny ;) Sneaky mama! She loved the shirt, and it's not so Easter-y that she can't just wear it all spring.

Bribery included, it took me FOREVER to get her to stand still for a photo. This was all I got, folks-









Hope you all had a GREAT Easter!

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