Welcome to the world Payton!

5 Aug

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Someone decided to join us a little early! Born 08/04 at 8:04 pm weighing 7 pounds 1 ounce and 18 1/2 inches long.

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She slept through almost the entire night and has been so quiet and calm!

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Feeling do blessed right now!!

Behind The Scenes Happenings

29 Jul

For those of you who follow my Daydreaming Gifts facebook page, you already know that I’ve been crocheting my little fingers away making boot cuffs, gloves, and cup cozies. I am stocking up and prepping for this holiday season and so excited to be offering a few new items.

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I’ve already gotten an order from my sister to make her two pairs of boot cuffs and I’m excited to say they are turning out amazing!! All I need is a few buttons to finish this one off.

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I’ve also been taking pictures of the process so I can share it with you all! Here’s a sneak peak at what it takes to get the pictures processed while I work. Imagine me wrapping my arms around the camera working ;) It’s quite amusing and Emma thought it was pretty cool and tried to imitate me with her own camera :D

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So much crocheting!! I can’t wait to share all the details with you soon!

Embracing the Change

27 Jul

You would think that Payton coming into our lives would be a big enough change as it is ;) but of course I like to go around and change everything at once! I’ve decided to make the switch from wordpress.com to wordpress.org and have been building up the website behind the scenes now for a week or so. I’m excited to say that it might be ready and in use starting the beginning of August!

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I am seriously impressed with how easy the process has been and how smooth it’s going. I’ve also been having a lot of fun with the designing part of this process. I am definitely not a designer by any means but I am definitely enjoying this new simple look I am going with! What do you think of the banner?

A Five Year Old Family Tradition

23 Jul

This weekend my little girl had her birthday party, and this weekend my Dad and Mom blew me out of the water with a family tradition that I love :D

Each child since my Dad’s family has had a five car train cake made for them on their fifth birthday. My dad did an amazing job for my sister and I and wanted to keep the tradition going so he offered to make one for Emma (and Payton when her time comes). She was so excited and seriously impressed with her Papa and Ope and so were we!

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And because my Mom & Dad are awesome and knows I love to show how I do things, he took pictures along the way to share with all you readers. So a big thank you to my wonderful parents for offering up this awesome blog post to my amazing readers!

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He started out with nutter butter bars for the track, icing, and licorice sticks for the tracks. Added some more nutter butter bars and oreos for the bottom of the train cakes.

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Once we finished he added edible glitter to the icing to make it look rocky like most train tracks are! During this process my mom was baking away little bread pans of cake in different heights for all the layers of the cars. She also made an impressive SEVEN sets of cream cheese frosting for those things! (She knows I am not a regular frosting person and I am a very big cream cheese frosting person ;) haha)

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Once the cakes and icing was ready my dad went to work carving out each train section how he wanted it (what a cute red caboose!) and went to town icing it.

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Major props to my parents for staying up most of the night to get this train cake done for Emma! It turned out AMAZING, was delicious, and Emma will remember this for the rest of her life!

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Keeping Things Busy!

21 Jul

I thought I’d have a little trouble keeping Emma busy and entertained with limited energy but that doesn’t seem to be the case!

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This amazing little girl has been making her own projects left and right, creating her own “work” to do while I’m working and having a blast being an inventor!

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We also got her started on ABC mouse so she has something like Daddy does and gets some computer learning time. I can already see the difference in her reading and telling me some of the new things she’s learning when she finishes.

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I will say the best thing this summer has been boxes. She has had a blast turning them into trains, rocket ships, caves, and so much more. I am so thankful for such a sweet little girl and so proud of her for finding things to entertain herself instead of just “being bored” all time!

 

It’s Stock Time!

19 Jul

With Payton coming soon, Emma starting school right after, and fall just around the corner – I’m starting my stock prep a little earlier than usual!

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Usually I wait until September to start scrambling and getting things ready for my Etsy shop but seeing as how I am having a hard time being very active throughout the day and not sleeping well at night, I’ve started crocheting a bit early!

I also tend to wait until the weather cools down but that’s another new one for me this year! I don’t feel like waiting – I am ready to start now!

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My mom did a great job helping me out after the holiday rush last year, the cold weather drug out forever this past winter and she just kept crocheting away so I am happy to say I feel pretty stocked already in the usual sales.

Which brings me to the exciting part of this post! I have actually had time to attempt NEW projects! For example, coming to Daydreaming Gifts this year will be some fun new boot cuffs :D

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I have been wanting to make these for a while but never got around to figuring it out and I finally did! I’ll also be making a few toddler sizes too, mainly because Emma asked for a pair but also because I think they’d be super cute!

The Beginning of Emma’s New Room

17 Jul

Earlier I talked about updating Emma’s room and now that her birthday is right around the corner we have finally started putting it together!

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Thanks to my amazing parents, they brought her furniture in from Ikea and put it all together for me.

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We chose to go with the Hemnes set because I loved the white with the black door knobs and it looks so cute for little girls. I also love that she could grow into this set so it’ll last a while.

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Although it was unexpected I absolutely love that the drawers came lined! It’s so cute to open her drawers and see all her little things inside of them!

 

If you want to see what our other plans are, here is my inspiration post I previously did!

Objects of My Affection – Audio Review

15 Jul

The second audio book I’ve listened to so far and although it didn’t stand out to me as a must read, it was definitely interesting enough to listen to! Being a person who loves to organize and thinks going through someone else’s trash can get you some serious treasures – this book description grabbed me.

I also wasn’t that impressed with the ready Xe Sands. I’m not going to cut her out of my willing to listen to list just yet but she didn’t have a very diverse range of voices which made it difficult to figure out who was talking sometimes.

Description via Amazon:

Lucy Bloom is broke, freshly dumped by her boyfriend, and is forced to sell her house to send her nineteen-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s lost it all, she’s determined to start over. So when she’s offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the huge home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. But she soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love her objects too much to let go of any of them. 

While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline—and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son’s rehab not going as planned—Lucy discovers that Marva isn’t just hoarding, she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep and those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.

If you are looking for a different kind of story line and a little change in pace to what you usually read, this may just hit the mark. I love a story that’s a one of a kind and doesn’t seem like a spin off of other stories but I wish there was something a little more in the story. Something was missing.

Fireworks

13 Jul

This fourth of the July we had planned on going to a big park near us and watching the fireworks but it didn’t quite work out as planned. Thankfully we have awesome neighbors who don’t mind helping us celebrate in our alley way!

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Emma covers her ears around loud noises, she always has been a little sensitive to anything on the loud side. Last year she was terrified of the noise and the fireworks themselves.

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This year she still covered her ears but screamed, ” ANOTHER ONE!!!” as soon as one went off. She was even brave enough to hold her own sparkler this year :D

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I would say it was a successful year and maybe next year she’ll be ready for the BIG LOUD booms of the fireworks at the park.

Washi Tape Letters

11 Jul

To go along with the the #30makeitwork theme I have been working on I found this adorable tutorial for washi tape letters on pinterest and had to try it out!

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I had a bunch of letters laying around the house and Emma was so kind to share some of her washi tape with me! I promised her I’d do a letter for her in Red in exchange – which will be a purchase I do after my 30 days!

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This is such an easy project and doesn’t take any time!

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I just ripped big enough strips to cover the Y in slanted strips. You can do it anyway you’d like.

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Then I flipped it over and used an exacto knife to cut off all the edges.

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I suggest using a sealer on top just to keep the washi tape from peeling up after time. I can imagine these being adorable decorations on a bookshelf or in a kids room.

 

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