Bladder Issues?

(That’s my friend and I who are 1.5 months apart in our pregnancies. She’s due in April 19, even though I look just as huge)DSC_2751I’ve been having terrible bladder problems. Meaning, I can’t make it an hour without having to go. This became beyond evident at Easter Vigil on Saturday, a 2.6 hour mass. I had to excuse myself twice and told Adam I’d leave if this baby caused me to pee my pants. God would have to understand. This leaves me very concerned for the weekend. I have to drive to Portland with my MIL for my first baby shower. I would feel more comfortable driving myself, so I don’t inconvenience others by having to stop. Such is life, though.

Here are some gorgeous pictures of my friends quilt I talked about. How beautiful is that? I’m beyond in love with it.DSC_2719DSC_2725DSC_2724DSC_2731

I cut all the pieces for our baby quilt for our beautiful baby boy scheduled to arrive on June 6th. I’ll start trying to naturally induce labor 2 weeks ahead…just kidding! (maybe). I just have to start sewing it all together, which I’m avoiding, but whatevs. I sold more stuff on eBay this weekend, netted $250, but there is still lots of cleaning out to do. I’m sad to get rid of my table in my craft room…We have a crib now, so I need it to go, though. I also have a rug I’d like to set up and give a good thorough vacuum/steam. Still haven’t decided if we’re getting a glider or not. I also want to put cute little stencils on the wall of little sailboats, or anchors or something. (In stained glass windows anchors are the symbol of hope.)

I’m super pumped with how my eBay auctions did this weekend, now I’m just eager to sell more stuff, but I have no idea how to categorize stuff.

Some other pics from the super nice Easter Weekend:DSC_2952DSC_2866 DSC_2877 DSC_2882 DSC_2887 DSC_2939

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My life is SOOOO together right now

First, I lost my cable cord to download photos from my camera, I’m a tard.

At what stage do most pregnant women get sick of questions about how they are feeling? For me, it was about day two after I told people I was pregnant. It’s one of those questions that people feel obligated to ask, and I am then obligated to answer. The raw truth? I don’t feel like it’s been that bad. My hips occasionally hurt now, it feels like a brick has landed on my uterus, I get acne and eczema in the most random places that I never did before, I’ve thinned my hair out twice since being pregnant (I’m not worried about balding), my nails have always been fast growers, I HATE stairs with a crazy passion, every time I lift my leg up for one it makes me feel like I have to go to the bathroom again. Oh – and please don’t EVER stop a pregnant woman on the way to the bathroom, this could result in a serious crisis that might require a clothes change. I bet you wanted all that information. You’re welcome for the education.

Brighter news on the pregnancy front – I’m officially 10 weeks away!! That’s right, 1/4 fourth of this saga to go. That means 10 more weeks of work, 10 more weeks to get our baby room ready, 10 more weeks to sell stuff. We have a rug that I bought, I’m trying to secure a crib, but not yet successful. AND, lots of prezzies are being purchased. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of love this little one is going to have, super overwhelmed. When you’re the first grand baby on one side, the love is abundant. Especially since I have FOUR brothers that are all in serious relationships with spouses, fiances, girlfriends that love babies. Adam’s side is equally excited about the baby. It’s been a long time coming. This April we will have been married 6 years. Can’t believe we’ve been together for almost half of my life…that is a long time. If you know us, we do everything in a thoughtful manner. Some people might have felt that 6 years is a long time to wait for babies, but this is when it’s right for us, and we couldn’t be happier. Also, I spend $20 on clothes last weekend for the wee little one at thrift and consignment shops and got probably 15 items. LOVE IT! Our wonderful Aunt Pam and Uncle Joe also gave us 3 boxes of things, clothes, shoes, burp rags, all stuff we need!

Speaking of 6 years, we’ve got a two night stay out in Leavenworth planned for it. I’m very excited about it. We’ll see how my huge pregnant self handles the drive of 2.5 hours, and how often I make stops for the bathroom 🙂

I finished my friend’s quilt, her shower was last Saturday. I was absolutely in love with it and hoped to share it here, but dang cable cord! I’ll share soon, and you’ll be impressed, too!. If I were having a girl, I would have kept it, just sayin’. Last night, Adam sat with me while I planned the baby quilt for our Baby. I want to get that done in the next week. Hopefully I can work on the binding on the drive down to Portland. I hope it turns out cute, cause that would be awesome. I also have to pillow cases I need to make. I bought fillers at IKEA.

I’ve rented two lenses that arrive on Friday for my camera. Hopefully I get to play with them, and decide which one I should purchase to take great baby photos! I’m heading over to buy another cable cord this afternoon. Luckily, there is a camera shop 5 minutes away from my work, on foot.

Finishing Up December and some great Thrifty Steals!!

I love this advent wreath

December 20 New person. She came into your life and turned it upside down. He went out of his way to provide incredible customer service. Who is your unsung hero of 2009?

—–> I’m gonna give it up the random black guys with pick-up lines like, “Sexy…sexy” to the tune of that song. I don’t know why they are attracted to me, or what might make them think I’m interested, but I appreciate that they appreciate me.

December 21 Project. What did you start this year that you’re proud of?

—–> I started quilting. I like it and the idea of it. I see more patchwork in my future.

December 22 Startup. What’s a business that you found this year that you love? Who thought it up? What makes it special?

—–> I’m gonna say that I thought up my own business. I thrift shop and find vintage wares, then re-sell them on Etsy. Sometimes I break even, sometimes I make a little extra, but I like that it keeps me busy and thrifting.

December 23 Web tool. It came into your work flow this year and now you couldn’t live without it. It has simplified or improved your online experience.

—–> Web tool? That’s a tough one. There isn’t really a new one, that I didn’t know about before, but I would say that I am a much more consistant blogger these days. Though Win7 has been pretty great!

December 24 Learning experience. What was a lesson you learned this year that changed you?

—–> Appreciation: I’ve learned to appreciate everything that I’ve been blessed with. An amazing husband, a stable home, wonderful kitties, family that loves me, faith, my cooking skills, etc…

December 25 Gift. What’s a gift you gave yourself this year that has kept on giving?

—–> probably my quilting class. It really stirred something in me.

December 26 Insight or aha! moment. What was your epiphany of the year?

—–> Adam actually helped me come to the realization that I am relentless in most things I do. Everything is balls to the wall and full effort.

December 27 Social web moment. Did you meet someone you used to only know from her blog? Did you discover Twitter?

—–> Um, I started following someones blog because she posted one of my pics. That’s about it.

December 28 Stationery. When you touch the paper, your heart melts. The ink flows from the pen. What was your stationery find of the year?

—–> Oh man, I found these cute cards at St. Vinny’s. I also found these flocked Christmas cards at a house sale.

December 29 Laugh. What was your biggest belly laugh of the year?

—–> The one I can remember is when I thought up a clever “joke” on Adam. I thought (still think) that sprinkling jumping jacks on his side of the bed for him to “discover” when he gets up in the middle of the night would be hilarious 🙂

December 30 Ad. What advertisement made you think this year?

—–>eTrade: I love those darn babies talking to the computer; “it was on the cart path! Why don’t you try reading the rules sometime you shankapotumus.”

“♫ take, these broken wings♫ — stop that, it’s not the time– ♫ and learn to fly again ♫”

December 31 Resolution you wish you’d stuck with. (You know, there’s always next year…)

—–> Probably the whole losing weight thing, like every year.

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Now that I’ve finished that a little early there are some other things to be updated.

First off, these are the cute pencil rolls I made for my cousins for Christmas. I have wanted to make them for awhile, and over all there are a couple things I’d note. I would have made the sections thinner, but lesson learned.

Here are some steals I came across this past week….

Beautiful Pyrex Butterfly Gold Casserole’s

Click the pictures to buy in my Etsy Shop!

These beautiful new Pyrex cups. We are doing a tea party in May and these might be the perfect cups for it.

Some Christmas Steals that I’ve gotten are here… The cow has a broker ear, but I still like it, the house that could hold candles or cards I receive, I’m thinking those little pipe cleaner/bottle brush trees are gonna be a new collection :),

AND my best favorites steals that I just picked up today?!?!?! I’m seriously stoked. First up: This Calphalon Stainless Steel Saute pan with lid. Retails for $170, no joke folks. I said one hundred and seventy dollars.

Guess how much I picked it up for?! Okay, you’ll never guess. It was $12.99!! That’s like a 92% discount. Holy Moly!!

Next steal is this super awesome fondue pot. This Bodum 15 piece stainless steel fondue pot retails for $89.99

And what did I get this practically brand new steal for?! $7.99 people. That’s a whopping 91% discount. Man, can I seek the steals or what?!

Inspired…get ready for a long one

I’ve been inspired lately by the great Ali Edwards. She’s was recently in the midst of sharing her December Daily Album with us again. Last year, I took her idea and created a Holiday ’08 album. I love the Christmas season, but really, I love all the great things that come with the Holiday season. I felt that Thanksgiving needed to be included, because there is a lot that’s done in November that adds to my overall enthusiasm and gratefulness for the season. That’s one of the great things about Ali, she’s always encouraging people to take her ideas and turn them into something that works for them. Here are some snippets of my Holiday ’08 Album. I really want to do a Hoilday ’09 album, but who knows right now.

Someone else who is inspiring me, Apron Thrift Girl. I too am an avid thrifter. My husband coined the term Relentless Thrifter, which I think suits quite well. In the past six months or so, I’ve been toying with the idea of reselling more hard core. As it is right now, I thrift every saturday, and LOVE it. It excites me to find my “steals” and it’s cheaper than a shoe fetish (I’m not saying I don’t have a shoe fetish). One of the best things about thrifting is that I get instant gratification, and I always come across things that thrill me, even if I’m not buying them. Like old luggage. I don’t know why I like it so much, but I do. I never buy it, I just look at it. I’m not afraid to get dirty, and search for something in a pile of mess. You can’t be sheepish about estate sales, or garages full of dark corners. You just go for it and hope for the best. So, right now, I pick up things that I have a passion for, like vintage kitchenwares and sell them on Etsy. Pyrex started this fascination. I LOVE Pyrex. All of it. It’s just such handy stuff and really fun to look at.

This weekend I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do with my life. In order to move up in my company, I’d have to get my BA, and if I choose to do that, I’m committing to school, and if I move up, I’m also committing more of my time, because there would be a lot more overtime involved. That doesn’t seem like the best idea to me, because, realistically, I want to start a family in not too awefully long. I don’t think it’d be wise to sign up for all sorts of extra work if I’m planning kids. I want to be around them.

Ideally, I would have a stay at home job. I’d love to design stuff like Ali or Katie does, but I don’t know how to use the tools to even go there, plus there is the initial investment of the tools. So, I’m reading a book called Craft, Inc. right now. It’s about turning your creative hobby into a business. It sure does make you think. One of the things they say is to hone in on one thing at first, and just really concentrate on that. I’m having a hard time picking just one thing, because I like to do a million different crafts.

Personally, I think I’d like reselling as a home business. So, I’m just thinking more on it and surveying the possibilities, but I think it’s exciting to think about.

CRAFT BAZAAR

It’s coming!

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If you’re visiting my site for the first time because of something you purchased at said Bazaar, then WELCOME!! I’ll be listing more rags and hair clips after the Bazaar is over in my Etsy shop!

I’ve worked diligentlyon these goodies that I prepared for my Grandma’s craft bazaar. I did these things I call Rags. I got the concept making burp rags for some friends who were having babies. I started using one of them for cleaning around the house, and presto, Rags was born. You can using them for anything from dusting, dishes, cleaning, burping, washing, whatever. So, I made those, and I made hair clips. Two small things. I priced the hair clips at $3 each and the rags are $6-$8 each. We’ll see how they do this weekend. If all goes well, then I’ve got something going here. What I don’t sell at the Bazaar, I’ll be listing on Etsy (and possibly giving some as Christmas gifts).

A Block Party

I’ve been a fan of quilting for awhile. I love fabric, but I feel like I have trouble branching outside of my confort zone. So, I’m following along with the Block Party! I’ve also joined the Flickr group! Go on over and check it out! It seems like the kind of low pressure scene I’m into and I can’t wait to see what inspiration I start to get, Of course, I’ll post my pics too 🙂