Friday, December 30, 2011
How do you feel about chunky little babies with big bright eyes in little hats? I love them & I particularly love this one. Finn is 3-1/2 months old now. He's filled out quite nicely, wouldn't you say? He's a little over 14 lbs. now. He talks up a storm (or coos, rather) & is working on grabbing toys. Pretty soon he'll even be rolling over, we think.
Finn needed a hat to wear out on Christmas Eve, so I quickly made him up a top knot hat using one of Dylan's old t-shirts. I chose a nice thick one with good stretch & it turned out perfect. I need to make a few more so that we have them ready to pop on this baby head throughout the winter.
I used the Top Knot Baby Hat Tutorial from Prudent Baby. I sized mine up just little bit to fit Finnegan's slightly bigger than newborn size head. :)
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A little bit back, I briefly mentioned that my brother & sister-in-law had to have their baby prematurely. (Many of you commented & e-mailed me since then. Thank you so much for your thoughts & concern.) My sister-in-law developed eclampsia & it became necessary for her to deliver her sweet baby girl at only 24 weeks. Well, cute little Ruby was born & weighed only 1 lb. 3.8 oz. She is now one month old. She's done very well, but has had to have 2 surgeries already. One for a perforated bowel & one to close a valve in her heart. We have no idea how long she'll need to stay in the hospital.
Our family has really come together to pray for Ruby & her parents. They live in Idaho, while we're all in Nevada & we really wish that we could do anything & everything to help them to feel loved & supported through this time while Ruby is in the NICU.
My siblings & I have decided to organize a garage sale to raise funds for them to put towards Ruby's medical bills. At this time of year, we are all cleaning out our closets & organizing & figured it would be a good time to hold a garage sale.
The garage sale will be on Saturday, January 7th.
If you are local & would like to help, we would love it! Here's what you can do:
1. Donate items (no junk) for the garage sale. We would love it if you could deliver the items to us. Please note that the drop off location is in the East side of town. Please e-mail me at SparklePowerCandace@gmail.com for more details.
Anything left over will be donated to Deseret Industries thrift store.
2. Come shop the garage sale! I will keep you posted on the location & will remind you a few days prior to the sale.
3. Say a prayer, or 2, or 3, or more for Ruby.
We love this baby girl so much, even though we've never even been able to meet her in person. Her strength inspires us to live our lives with more determination. My brother doesn't know that we are cooking up this little fundraiser. Although he may find out through word of mouth, or if he checks the internet. My sisters & I (there are 5 of us girls) can't resist the urge to want to help our little brother & hopefully we'll have some fun in the process. Thank you in advance for your help.
Posted by Candace at 10:37 AM
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Small, humble, simple, happy, sweet...perfect.
My kids always surprise me with how sweet they are...how they get excited about even the littlest things. How they are happy with what's in front of them & there really is no comparing to what others have.
Hope your Christmas was just as heartwarming as ours. Wishing you all the love & happiness in the world on this day & always. :)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I made these cute little half aprons from my vintage sheeting fabrics for Sadie & Claire. Can you believe that my girls don't have their own little aprons to wear in the kitchen? Well, I had to fix that problem & now they each have one more gift to open on Christmas morning. One made just for them by mama. :)
Monday, December 19, 2011
Thought I'd share some cute tutorials that I've pinned over the past year for that are just perfect for little handmade gifts for kiddos. My shopping is done, but I'm hoping to make a few handmade gifts still for my kids. How about you? Are you still trying to squeeze out a few handmades?
Sunday, December 18, 2011
How have you been? Super busy? Me too. So busy that I haven't been able to post on the blog apparently. It feels strange to me. Like I have a bunch of friends out there that I haven't talked to in ages & for some reason I feel the need to update you on our recent happenings...
We visited Santa at Bass Pro Shops. Then shot some guns & tried on coonskin hats & stuff like that. That place is crazy.
My sisters & I took our kids over to my Grandma's house to set up her Christmas tree & decorate her house. Grandma really looks forward to this every year & the kids think it's so much fun.
Sadie has been doing really well in school. She received 3 awards this trimester: A/B Honor Roll, Citizenship & Soaring Eagle. She's come home with really cool treasures like stackable rainbow pencils & bean sprouts.
This week we were really happy to finally be hooked up with a great pediatric urologist. Sadie has had chronic urinary tract infections for a number of years. I was so happy to leave this new doctor's office with an actual explanation for her infections & a plan to correct it. Learning that the issue is bladder dysfunction & not bad hygiene or reflux which doctors were previously looking at was such a relief to me. It felt good to hear an explanation that actually made sense. Now we know what the issue is! Finally! And we are working to get her better.
Claire has been spending lots of time with her cousin, Crew. These two are best buddies. They are in the same preschool class & play together just about every day. One of the fist things Claire asks in the morning is if Crew can come over. They are sweet.
We finally joined in on the elf on the shelf craze. The girls are so thrilled with it. I think it's the most exciting thing in their life right now & I must admit that it makes me super happy to see them so happy. Our elf is named Molly. This elf has sat on my Grandma's tree for years & she was sweet enough to give it to me last year when I told her how much I loved it. :)
I have not been full of Christmas cheer this year. Usually I am. The tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving & I'm all about the Christmas activities. This year I've been dragging my feet & it all has to do with money, or the lack of it. We've had a lot of medical bills over the last few months & then an unexpected car repair early this month left us very low on funds. It's bummed me out quite a bit. I wasn't even sure how we'd make it through. But Dylan & I finished the shopping yesterday & I'm feeling a bit better. The girls aren't getting a ton of gifts, but I know that they will be happy with what they receive. It actually feels good to have a reason to be conservative in our spending & giving. Really, kids don't need a lot of crap to be happy.
This time of year is so crazy. It really is. I'm looking forward to spending some time together as a family & really keeping it simple.
So I hope we're all caught up now. Glad we could get back in touch after all this time. :) All my love until next time...
Friday, December 16, 2011
You know how my husband loves to make monthly mixes? Well, he's been making Christmas mixes for the past few years as well. He now has a collection of 9 volumes, all of which you can download for free right here.
There's good stuff on there. I'm actually listening to volume 2 right at this very moment.
And what do you think about the Christmas mannequin covers on all these? Awesome, right?
Monday, December 12, 2011
I have some yummy vintage sheeting fabrics for a giveaway today. These come from my own personal stash, which has become way too large for me to handle. So I'm cutting some of them up & offering them as fabric yardage in my new etsy shop called little blue cloud!
Yay! To celebrate this new endeavor, I'm giving away the fabric bundle pictured above. Each cut of fabric measures half a yard. So the winner will receive 2.5 yards of vintage sheeting fabric in 5 different prints. How fun!
To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Be sure to leave an e-mail address so that I can contact the winner. You have until Dec. 16th to get your entry in. Good luck!
Watch the little blue cloud etsy shop for more updates. I am adding fabric as I can get to it. :)
Also, check out Sew Mama Sew for giveaway day! There are tons of awesome giveaways to enter this week!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I have another fun giveaway from the Springs Preserve for you today! This time I have a family 4 pack of tickets for their Holiday Spectacular up for grabs.
This event takes place at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas so this giveaway is for locals or anybody that may have plans to visit Vegas during the event dates.
Looks like there will be lights, treats, crafts, entertainment, Santa & ice skating. Sounds good to me!
To be entered into this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post. Be sure to include your e-mail address. I will select a winner randomly on Sunday, December 11th. Good luck!!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Our sweet Finn was given a blessing in church last Sunday. I love this tradition where the worthy men in the family surround the baby, present him to the Lord, give him a name & then bless him with various blessings for his life (like health & strength, seeking after education etc.).
I had been looking forward to this day for some time & I purchased a little cream colored sweater before Finn was even born. Then, although I had the brown linen fabric for weeks, I waited until the night before the blessing at about midnight to begin sewing his pants. Luckily everything turned out well & he looked super cute for his special day.
After our church meeting, all of our family members gathered at my parents house to visit & enjoy a nice brunch. We had ham & swiss sliders, potato & bacon casserole, cinnamon baked french toast, pumpkin muffins & cinnamon rolls. Oh it was good!
Finn was passed around & loved on until all our guests left. Then I took him to my bed, undressed him down to his onesie & layed down to nurse him. After staying up late to prepare for the day, it felt so good to finally lay down with his warm body next to mine & I felt so, so blessed to have him by my side. It's amazing how much our love grows when we have another child & even though I expected it, that strong bond between mother & child still surprises me. I am so grateful that the Lord blessed us with another baby. I love him so much!