Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Celebrations

This past week was filled with Eater festivities!

This year was Brooklynn’s 1st Easter where she was able to enjoy all the “fun” that comes along with this celebration. Last year she was just a wee little thing, but as cute as ever! 

Our family picture last year. 

 She has changed soo much!

Our first Easter festivity was on Tuesday with my MOPS group. We had an Easter egg hunt at Shady Grove Park in Chino. 

This was her very first egg hunt. It was darling to see her reach down and pick up an egg real slowly while all the other kids rushed past her grabbing every egg in sight!

My mom joined us, we are always happy to have Grandma around! 

My hunni couldn’t come so I had my mom record the whole thing for him. He was soo appreciative when he watched it. (As any daddy would if he missed his baby’s first egg hunt)

It was great morning, watching Baby B, and seeing all my MOPS girlfriends and their sweet kids!

The following day, I had another Easter celebration with my Mommy and Me group. It’s a bunch of us mom’s from my church (Calvary Chapel Chino Valley) that get together and celebrate every holiday. I love these ladies!! 

We met at Cypress Trails Park in Chino and had a blast! My sweet girl painted a white cross (with 90% of my help) and we were able to drap it with a purple cloth.

It was soo creative and a great way to remind us of the real reason of Easter. Jesus resurrection and how we serve a RISEN LORD.

Of course, there was an egg hunt and she was only fast enough to grab about 7 but one of the mom’s grabbed some of her daughters eggs and threw them on the grass just so baby girl could pick them up. Thank you! 

 She was having a conversation...haha

On Friday, our church had a Good Friday service and it was aweeessoommee!! We had cardboard testimonies, which is when a person comes out and without saying anything, holds up a cardboard with a few words stating what they were before they came to Christ, then flips it around and it’ll say a praise to God and how He changed their life. It was so moving and amazing to see how God changes people. Here is the link, if you would like to see the cardboard testimonies: Cardboard Testimonies CCCV

Sunday, the day we celebrated our Risen Lord, was soo great! My in-laws (who are not saved) came to church and my husband couldn’t have been happier! They attended the Spanish ministry and they were able to hear the Word of God! A seed was planted and we’ll just keep praying!

We took a couple of pictures outside on the church grounds.

 Our Family Easter picture 2011.

My twin sissy and I with sweet Baby Girl.

My dad (Lolo) and Baby

My sweet girl wearing the skirt I made for her (the night before to be exact!)

Isn’t it darling? I used this tutorial: market Skirt It took me about 2 hours but it was so worth it. She looked too cute for words. I added an apron so it was more like her Apron Skirt from Persnickety. 

More skirts to come!

Later that day, we went to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house all the way in East L.A.! Whew! I took a nap on the way. Hehe

Here are some pics of sweet angel. This was her 3rd egg hunt! Lucky little girl. Or should I say lucky momma, I get to have all the candy. *smile*

 Hope you all had a Happy Resurrection Day! 
He is Risen... Luke 24:6

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sewing Projects

I have this sewing machine that I love! Only because it makes the best things ever! Ok, ok, I make the best things ever with the sewing machine's help. I provide the know-how and the sewing machine provides pretty much everything else.
My daddy bought it for my mom years ago and it was never really put to good use. My mom gave it to me last year when I told her I wanted to learn how to sew; it's been making great things ever since! 
(my stuff is not all "great" but I'm happy with them)
On to what I have made in the past couple of days! 
I made 3 different projects and I only have links to 2 of them. I made my tote bag out of memory so I don't have a tutorial for that. But again, if anyone is interested, I can make another bag and make sure I snap a lot of pictures for an awesome tutorial!
People out there are just so crafty and they share their tutorials with people like me who is also crafty but not always up for making a tutorial! God Bless those people.
First, my wild tote bag! I did make a leopard one that I have shown in an earlier post but I think this one is much better!
The neat thing about totes is the fact that you can pretty much do anything you want! You can add sooo much stuff to help spruce it up, you can choose different fabrics, different embellishments,  I mean, the possibilities are endless!

Here is my tote bag I made for my sweet girl. Perfect for 2 diapers, wipe case, sippy cup, extra pair of clothes and snack bowl. Love.
I made the front with ruffled tulle (sorry, no tutorial on that- but I can do one if anyone is interested), 2 sizes of ribbons, a silk flower adorned with pearls and 2 little ribbons to act as leaves.
This tote is actually reversible. I have sewn the handles in-between the two fabrics so I am able to reverse if I wanted to. The thing is, I only decorated the zebra side so I probably will not be using the reversible method. But you can! 
This tote is soo super easy to make. Less than 1 hour!

On to the next one!

Fabric flower. I know, I know, there are so many tutorials for fabric flowers but this one is soo easy-peasy!
I, of course, dazzled it up a bit, with tulle, pearls and 2 satin ribbons acting as leaves. 
If you don't like the frayed look of the fabric, then this flower is not for you. Sorry. I really like it actually. 
Here is the link for this fabric flower tutorial : Girl.Inspired Frayed Flower

Lastly, my most favorite of them all... my very first, very proud, HOOTER HIDER! Aka, nursing cover. 

I am always in awe of those people that make nursing covers. It just seems too hard to do! You have to get the boning, then the D-rings and make sure it's even, and everything else that goes along with making a nursing cover.
My best friend lives in Hawaii and she is preggo with her 2nd child, first baby girl and was in need of a new girly nursing cover. Well, I just couldn't let her down, I just HAD to try my hand at making one! And voila! A beautiful nursing cover. I couldn't be any more proud of my nursing cover! It's my first one ever, and definitely not the last! I promise you that! 

I'm going to make her the matching diaper caddy (it can hold 2-3 diapers and your wipe case), a wipe case, burp cloths and even a fabric flower head-piece using this fabric! It's going to darling! I'll make sure to post some pics.!
The nursing cover link:Sew Much Ado Nursing Cover

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What a month!!

It’s been quite a while since the last time I blogged. My life the past few weeks have been chaotic, busy and full of energy!
I finally  have some time to sit and write for my blog! Whew!
Brooklynn is as cute as ever and I’m lovin’ life right now with her!

So much has gone on, so let’s get on with it! This is probably going to be the longest blog yet! I’ll try to keep it simple.
My twin sissy, Kimie, had came over during her vacation and we got a little crafty!
She wanted to re-vamp her boring old cork-board, and I wanted to make a “believe” stand out of wooden letters for my kitchen. So I said, “Let’s spray paint together!”
We got out the spray paint and went to town!

Here are our finished projects! Not too bad for a 2 hour window (we had to do when Baby girl was asleep)!

We had birthday parties in the action too!
Sweet Christian turned 5 years old!

Brooklynn watched the kids as they played games.

She tore up the cookie she got at the birthday party. I say hey, it’s a birthday party, a little sugar won’t hurt! Nap-time did take a little longer though!

Sweet Camille turned 1! Yay! Her birthday was “Alice in Wonderland” inspired, but her momma is so creative she named it “Camille in ONEderland”

So cute! Everything was decorated and full of spice! Her momma was thinking about this for months!
Their dessert bar was none like I have ever seen! I grabbed one (or two) of everything! Haha

Brooklynn was too nervous to hit the piƱata.

They had a park outside of the venue so Daddy and Baby were playing for a little bit.

My loves.

Sweet Baby Micah turned 1 too! I didn't take any pics because I left my camera in the car! booo
 I’ve known his momma since grade school! I love her!
 His was “LA Dodger” theme and everybody had Dodger gear on! (except for us, because of the previous party we went to that day).  Busy day, but all worth it!

The majority of my weeks have been busy because I was getting ready for two boutiques I have scheduled.  I am in MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) with Calvary Chapel Chino Hills and we had a “Talent and Boutique show”. So I showcased my “pretty’s” and it was a great success!

Our home is so crowded and full, I decided to do a little re-decorating.

For a while, Brooklynn’s room was just a play-room because her crib was in our room. Now it is still a playroom but her crib is OUT of our room and back into her room. (BUT, she still does NOT sleep in it) oh well, next baby! I just had re-arrange some things and ta-da! Mission completed.

Our living room was just packed full of her toys, an un-used leather bench and her pack-in-play! 
Come on! We don’t even use that thing! So we took all of the “mess” on the sides of the TV and bought some bookcases.
Much better!

My MOPS table had on a night out, just our table, no kids and we decided to have a “fondue” night. It was probably the best idea ever!! We dipped rice krispies, strawberries, marshmallows, bananas, cheesecake bits into milk and white chocolate! So delicious and decadent!!

My baby brother tuned 17 years old April 6th!! Ahhh, when did this happen? We are 7 years apart and even though he is now 17 years old, he is still my “baby”.

I let Brooklynn play outside and she came and brought me a plastic cup and signed for water. (I’ve been teaching her sign language since an infant – it’s helped tremendously!)
Well, this is how I found her.

Gotta  accept it and love it!

And last but definitely not least, my ever so crafty wooden birdhouses!! Yaya!

These little birdhouses were $1 at Jo-ann and I had to get my hands of them! So, I grabbed 11. Yes, 11!
I knew I could do something to them and give them to my sweet ladies at MOPS. I wanted it to have to do with something “spring-y” and “easter-y” at the same time. This is what I came up with!
Cute right?
ANYBODY can do this!
You’ll need:
·         Birdhouse
·         Acrylic paint- I used 4 different colors (pink, yellow, green and purple)
·         Felt
·         Rhinestones
·         Toothpicks
·         Ribbon
·         Fabri-tac or a glue gun (I used both)
I don’t have pictures for a tutorial but it really is super easy by just looking at the finished project.
Paint the wooden birdhouse, I trimmed it with white so it has nice “house” look.
Cut the felt into rectangles and glue 3 together. You’ll have that “shingle” look on the roof once you glue it on. I LOVE that look!

Cut out flowers out of your felt (I had to make 33 of these little things but it was worth it) It’s easier to draw a flower on the felt and cut it out, just use the back side so you don’t see the ink.

Make a bow out of your ribbon. Place everything onto the dry birdhouse. Place rhinestones in the middle of the flowers, paint on the stems, glue on the bow and shingles and ta-da! You have a one-of-a –kind beautiful birdhouse. Perfect for Spring/Easter decorations. I printed out little signs that read “He is Risen Luke 24:6” to give it that Easter feel. Jesus IS the reason why we celebrate Easter. NOT the Easter bunny!

I’m pretty sure my ladies will love it and if you make one, you’ll love it too!
I’m thinking my blog post should end now so too-da-loo! Happy Easter! Jesus loves you!