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the QC

We’ve had our share of mixed weather the past couple days, rain and sun and more rain and then some sun and repeat. This mixture has led to some cool cloud coverage and thus made for some cool views of the skyline. I always love when my drive is pleasantly interrupted with a nice view. Now I just need to remember to focus on driving.



i’ve been pinning

Sorry I  haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been too busy pinning

I’ll be back shortly with some DIY project updates – all this pinning has me full of ideas!

a box.

if only we were all entertained by just a box!

heavenly hammock

A little piece of heaven is in my backyard now. Yes, a hammock. [and a Pawley’s Island Original at that, thanks to awesome deals on!] There is something you should know about me – I’m in love with hammocks, and by in love I mean OBSESSED. Now I just need to find the energy to build the stone patio I’ve been day dreaming of to give 1859 a little outdoor entertaining action. Oh, and should probably get a few mosquito candles while I’m at it. So I’m sharing these thoughts with you this evening while laying in my piece of heaven as the sun is slowly setting, the fireflies are lighting up and the cool air is rolling in. Wait, did I say cool air? It may be cooler than it was at the peak of the day, but I wouldn’t exactly call 80’s cool. Anyways, here she is… [in the words of The Patnodes] …BOOM!

babies need stuff.. HOMEMADE stuff!

As I’m sure all of my 2 dedicated readers know that my brother and his wife Jennifer are expecting a baby girl this June! [check out their blog for all kinds of baby posts] With less than 6 weeks to go they have been showered with lots of love and present for baby P. Since this blog is partially dedicated to DIY projects and crafts, I just had to share some of the things I’ve made for my soon to be niece.

The week I found out they were expecting, I immediately ran to the craft store and bought lots of red and white yarn. A couple years ago I crocheted an NC State afghan for Brian’s birthday (also made one for dad too), knowing that one day I’d crochet a matching baby sized one when they finally decided it was baby time. So I modified my existing pattern to make a smaller sized blanket and of course add some cute girly ruffles to the edging. I can gladly share a tutorial of the stitches I used and designed a pattern if anyone is actually interested, or would be glad to make one for you through my Etsy store! [Of course I can design one for any alma mater, although of course the Wolfpack would be my team of choice.]

Here she is, the finished product:

At Jennifer’s first shower with lots of lovely ladies from Mosaic she received quite a few adorable handmade gifts. After this I knew I had to up my game for the next shower because I’m the creative, crafty aunt so I’ve got to make something awesome. That left me about a month and a half to whip up this little number:

Sarah and I (yay aunts!!) hosted a shower for Jennifer for family and friends and I was given the task of invitations. Using my drawing and computer skills I designed some lovely invites (seen in the pictures with the cupcakes – design says “baby P is on her way”) and did some at home printing on a card/envelope combo pack from Michaels. I also designed notes to tie onto our party favors and letters for everyone to fill out with their “wishes for baby” to put into an album for Jennifer, Brian, and soon-to-be baby Clara to remember.

Sarah and I (with a little help from mom) made a diaper cake! No, this is not a cake in the shape of a diaper. Or a cake that smells like diapers (thank goodness). It is a pretend cake made out of diapers and baby accessories. After watching some youtube demos and googling lots of diaper cake ideas we spent one Saturday morning “baking” this cake:

Looking forward to many more years to come of making things for baby P! Oh, and here’s a few more shots from the shower this past Saturday at mom’s house.