Sunday, September 21, 2014
Last week we ventured out for two nights at Mauthe Lake in the Kettle Moraine National Forest.
We had reserved the tepee, which meant that we didn't have to bring a tent, and we stayed nice and dry when it rained the first night. The tepee was super fun! It even had cots inside.
Our sweet little cherub liked it too.
This is how the inside of a tepee looks when it's inhabited by a family with an infant:
Papa Bear made Swedish pancakes for us in the morning. He also snuggled our baby while she woke up. I think they like each other!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
One of the most commented-on items in our home is our card catalog, which currently serves as our baby's dresser. Visitors often ask where we got it. We were lucky to find it at SWAP (if you haven't been to SWAP, you must go; do yourself a favor and borrow a friend's truck because you're sure to find several items you never knew you needed).
When we bought it, it was kind of in rough shape…
It had been sandwiched between two other card catalogs for all its life, so the sides were unfinished.
And the panel at the bottom of the catalog was totally gross.
Enter Rosewood & Brass Restorations. Jenn came in with all kinds of tools, tape measures, stain, and reclaimed lumber, and in the blink of an eye she had the sides finished-- they're gorgeous-- and the bottom panel looking fabulous. She created a custom stain (which I didn't even know was possible), and it matches perfectly. Check out the photos of the finished product on her blog!
One extra bonus of having Jenn work on the catalog was giving everyone in our neighborhood the chance to see a woman- and a young, adorable woman at that- pull up in her minivan, unload all manner of power tools, and go to work.
The labels on the drawers look like they're typed, but I'm really not that ambitious… I just created text boxes and used a typewriter-ish font in Word, then printed everything on cream-colored paper.
The drawers are the perfect size for baby clothes. Later on, I can only imagine what they'll hold… one friend suggested that the catalog could become a Barbie mausoleum. Can't wait to type the text boxes for those drawers!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Our Sophie turned one month old on the 14th! We celebrated with a trip to the zoo, complete with a ride on the carousel. We also managed to fit in a trip to Bagels Forever!
Breakfast sandwiches for Mommy and Daddy!
Of course we chose the badger for her first ride!
Chilling out with the penguins… Sophie is really into it.
Hanging out at home with Red Dog and Purple Hippopotamus (we took this same picture when she was just a few days old)
We ended the day with a fashion show/dance party featuring the onesies made by Lia and Elsworth for the baby shower. I also made up a joke:
What song do they play at baby Halloween parties?
Boo, Baby Baby!
Monday, August 11, 2014
1. Gather some basic materials:
Plain notecards (the kind that don't open) and envelopes
Book pockets and date due slips (we ordered ours from Demco); do yourself a favor and order more book pockets than you think you'll need for this project. You'll likely find lots of uses for them! These are the same pockets we've used for Advent calendars.
An ink pad and date stamp (also from Demco)
Heart-shaped printable stickers
2. Stick the book pockets to the notecards.
5. Print the call number for books about babies (there are several; just choose one and know that no one is going to correct you, at least not out loud) on the heart-shaped stickers, and seal the envelopes with the stickers.
6. Pop the cards in the mail and wait for a delighted response from friends and family!