Tuesday, August 30, 2011


For those who don't know, today is Emily's Birthday.

I thought I would take the time to make my triennial post and wish my lovely wife a Happy Birthday. Those who follow our blog know how creative Emily is, but some of you may not know how wonderful she is. She is a great wife and a loving mother. She's caring and always willing to help others. She is very in tune with the feelings of others and always looking for ways to serve. I am one lucky guy.

Emily, I love you!

Everyone, take a minute and wish Emily happy birthday!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Repurposed heels

I was looking through pictures and I had forgotten I had made these shoes....
well, repurposed, that is, with mod podge and fabric.

I decided I wanted to do it again because it was fun and simple (and CHEAP... these shoes cost me $1.50 at Goodwill), so I thought, why not share the idea with other people cause they might want to do it themselves too.
I did not think of the idea on my own and found it on a blog a long time ago.  I don't remember which one I found it on, but here's one that explains the same idea.

Basically, you just measure the fabric around the shape of the shoe (draping it over the top) and giving yourself some extra fabric to work with. 
After I cut out the fabric it looked something like this
Then I cut a slit in the fabric that went from where the heel of the shoe was to about an 1" before the toe starts.  So it looked something like this
I made sure the fabric fit still and then, using a sponge paint brush, applied some mod podge on the shoe in sections.  I started at the toe section, worked up one side, then the other side, then I did the heel... making sure the fabric stayed flat.  It was a pretty quick process.

I had to cut some slits in the fabric to work around curves in the shoe (like this)
(the red lines are the slits... haha)

I didn't cut the fabric at the bottom of shoe until it was all dry.  When it was all dry, I used an exacto knife to get a clean cut.

The last step I did was put mod podge on all the fabric... this part I think is optional and probably wont do it the next time.  It made the outside of the shoe stiff  (not too bad though) and left brush strokes on the shoe (though you can only see them in the right light). 
The part I definitely wont do next time is cover the fabric that hung over on the inside of shoe with mod podge....that really hurt my foot, since it got so stiff.  I made these shoes to wear to a wedding and thought standing in those shoes all day might actually cut my feet so I added ribbon along the inside of the shoe to cover that fabric and that totally helped.  I just added the ribbon with hot glue. 

This might sound like a lot, but the process was actually pretty simple.  I'll let you know how the next shoes go, if you're interested.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Modesty in style?

I just a read a post on down east's blog that showcased these pictures

 I got the pictures from them and they got the pictures via People.com

I don't know about you guys, but I'm loving how
modest and lady-like Kate Middleton is dressing. 

Look at those hemlines and sleeves!

 I enjoy being pregnant, but I'm excited to have my old body back because
I have bags of dresses I've been meaning to alter and some will hopefully look something simliar to these. 

I've never been one to wear dresses/skirts if it wasn't a special occasion
or I wasn't going to church, but things may change.
(I may also "need" to buy some nude heels)
I'm actually really digging the top right dress.

Monday, August 15, 2011

How I told Tyler I was pregnant

I realized recently that we never posted how I told Tyler I was pregnant. Well, at 24 weeks, I guess now's as good a time as any.

Tyler and I had been trying to have a baby so I already had some pregnancy tests on hand. I would normally take the test with Tyler at home with me, but I was pretty sure I was taking a test a little early, and for some reason decided to take it anyway... just in case.

Tyler believes I just like to pee on things (since I had taken preg. tests at random times... well, times I thought I might be experiencing a sign of pregnancy) though I try to convince him that's not true and it's still disappointing seeing a negative sign on a test... even when you're not actually hoping for a positive.

Anyway... I had just found out I was pregnant on my own, so I figured I'd play this to my advantage.

I texted Tyler and asked if he wanted to go to Red Robin that night for dinner... thinking this is one of his favorite places to eat, so he probably wont say no. Well Tyler said yes, even though he had just finished eating a big lunch at JCW's (a burger place), because he thought, Emily never asks to eat out at places, so even though I'm stuffed we'll go out because she wants to.

Happy Tyler said yes, I stopped by Red Robin earlier in the day and gave them this....

A decorated baby bottle.

I talked to the greeter, made sure she'd be there when we came back in, gave her the bottle, and asked if they could fill it up with whatever drink my husband orders.

Well, we arrive there and the greeter is not the same chick that I talked to earlier that day, so after we're seated I told Tyler I needed to change Dani's diaper, but while he wasn't looking, I found the previous greeter, explained my situation again, and she let our server know.... phew!

Alright, it was just time for us to wait for our drinks and for me to keep talking to Tyler so he wouldn't notice I hadn't taken off Dani's coat yet.

Luckily Tyler's back was to our server (and the 5 other workers that were watching our table) when he brought out our drinks. I waited silently and anxiously (so did all the employees) for Tyler's response.

He just looked at me and gave me a weird look. He thought I was just being dorky ol' Emily.
I had to tell him... "I'm pregnant." That's when it registered with him. Then I took off Dani's jacket and showed him this....


Tyler was then really happy!

.... that diminished briefly when he realized the drink in the baby bottle was actually my rootbeer and not the water he ordered. oops.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Pinkalicious 2nd Bday Party

It was Dani's 2nd birthday on August 2nd 
and we celebrated with a Pinkalicious party on the 6th.
Pinkalicious is a book that Dani has me read her like 5 times a day, 
so we thought this would be a perfect theme for her.

Basically, the story is about a girl who loves pink,
eats too many pink cupcakes, and wakes up pink all over.  
She is diagnosed with Pinkititus and the cure is to eat green foods.
It's a really cute story that Dani can basically recite.

The decorations were based from the pictures in the book.
Here's some pictures from the party....