Silhouette Onesie Ideas

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that my brain is set on baby.  I've had an excellent pregnancy.  I'm just now starting to get uncomfortable.  (Hello, rib pain!)  I expected uncomfortable in the third trimester but I don't think I fully realized how slow I'd be at everything.  I'm usually a go-er and do-er.  I usually move at a quick pace. My new turtle pace is taking some adjustment. (Ike keeps telling me to speed up on our nightly walks.) The turtle pace has inspired me to slow down and craft more.  My craft room has been getting a workout!

I recently whipped up some onesies for our baby and friends using my Silhouette.  First up is this name tag onesie.  My buddy, Kim {NewlyWoodwards}, posed about this name tag onesie and I knew I had to make one for my friend's baby.  I can't wait to make one for our little dude.  (Don't you hate those jerks that don't share their baby's name before it's born.  Oh wait.)

I saw this "home brewed" onesie on Silhouette's Instagram and knew it would be perfect for my coffee loving friend.  (The font is Isabella Script from Creative Market.)

And who doesn't love a good dinosaur onesie?  (Font is amatic.  Dino is from Silhouette Design store.)

While I was in Silhouette crazy mode, I whipped up this Kinnick stadium onesie so our little guy is prepared for Hawkeye football season.  I just need some black and white striped leggings to complete this outfit.

This Silhouette business is becoming a slight obsession.

Seen any good onesies lately?

July 4th Weekend/Projects

July 4th Weekend/Projects

Oh hey, blog.  Long time no write.  Let's ease back into this blogging thing with a post with mostly horrible quality photos.

We've been enjoying a busy Summer.  Our July 4th holiday weekend was a fun one.  My family was in town.  We spent some time thrifting and watching fireworks by the Mississippi.  (These fireworks photos are the only good ones in this entire post.  Nate has tips on photographing fireworks here.)

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Black and White Cross Quilt

Black and White Cross Quilt

I was going to apologize for the amount of baby crap about to hit this blog.  I won't though.  I don't know what it is but once there's a fetus inside of you, you can only think about babies.  What do I do with a newborn?  How do I find a pediatrician?  Where shall my baby hang once I go back to work? What are good developmental toys for babies? How exactly does breastfeeding work?  It's like a whole other world that I know nothing about and I'm all about information.  All of these questions leave little time for other human related things.  So long story long, I'm currently only capable of talking about baby junk.  Trust me, it's sort of equally annoying to me too.

Not only am I growing a human but a ton of my close friends are too.  Our hangouts have all turned to baby talk.  I swore this day would never happen.  And it has.  I'm totally still holding strong on my anti-mini van stance though.

My best friend is expecting her little boy about 6 weeks before ours is to arrive.  I asked her if she would like a quilt.  Of course she picked out a quilt that I wasn't exactly sure how to tackle but was extremely cute and stylish.  There are reasons why we're friends.  She had her eyes on a black and white cross quilt.

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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Today I have my pregnancy glucose test.  In honor of that, I would like to share a recipe for Cookies and Cream cupcakes.  Makes sense, no?

Pre-pregnancy I had a MAJOR sweet tooth.  Since becoming pregnant, I haven't wanted sweets as much.  Note, the "as much".  Donuts and chocolate chip cookie dough shakes from Whiteys (our favorite local ice cream shop) have made the list of favorite cravings.  But I only indulge in them about once a week or so.  My co-workers were beginning to complain about the lack of baked goods coming from my kitchen.  There were three work birthdays this past week so I decided I should probably take one for the team and whip up a batch of cupcakes. For this recipe, I combined my favorite cupcake recipe and doctored up a favorite frosting recipe. They were a hit. Here's how to make your own!

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Chicago Weekend

Chicago Weekend

Everyone's favorite question for me lately is "How's the nursery coming?"  The answer is "It's not.  It looks the same as we last left it on the blog."  Why?  BECAUSE WE'RE NEVER HOME.  Last week, however, we did manage to find day care AND a pediatrician.  SO BACK UP OFF US.  The nursery is on the to-do list the next few weekends.  Of which we are mostly home.  Mostly.

The weekend before last we went to Chicago with my parents.  My dad had free Cubs tickets and we're always looking for an excuse to head to the Windy City.

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How To Build a Grill Cart {The Home Depot DIY Workshop}

How To Build a Grill Cart {The Home Depot DIY Workshop}

*Today's post is brought to you by The Home Depot*

After a long Winter (aren't they always long in Iowa?), we have finally reached grilling season!  It's time to slap some burgers and brats on the grill and enjoy with friends and family.  When it's not down-pouring that is (we can't win!).

A few weeks ago I mentioned I would be attending the DIY Workshop at The Home Depot in Des Moines.  In the mean time, Nate and I were busy whipping up our customized version of the grill cart.  In true Nate and Michelle fashion we made it harder than it needed to be.  Go team!

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DIY Personalized Graphic Sign

DIY Personalized Graphic Sign

Happy Monday! I can't believe it's June already.  Nate, Ike and I are looking forward to a Summer full of fun.

I finally feel like I've broke out of the pregnancy fog I've been in.  I've had a good burst of energy the past couple of weeks and my creative juices are finally flowing again.

Over the weekend I completed a sign for our console table. This console table has sat empty since removing our holiday marquee and it's emptiness made our house feel a little blah.  I've had an idea for a sign for over a year but just never got around to it. Until now.

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The Home Depot June DIY Workshop- Save the Date

The Home Depot June DIY Workshop- Save the Date

It's that time again.  Time to get to building for The Home Depot DIY Workshop!

Who: You! Your friends! Your family! Your co-workers!  Everyone you know!

What: Learn how to build your very own grill cart at The Home Depot Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Workshop. (It's free!)

When: Saturday, June 20th from 10:00-11:30am.

Where: The Home Depot nearest you!  Nate and I will be attending the SE Des Moines, Iowa location.

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Project Nursery: Round 1

Project Nursery: Round 1

You know when you write a really long blog post about the start of your kid's nursery and then you hit save and it freezes and loses your entire post even though it's supposed to at least save some as you go?  Yeah, I wouldn't know about that either.  Oh, wait.  So this post will probably have less words (probably better) and more run on sentences (Probably worse. Eh.)

Anywho, we started this nursery this weekend!  My parents were kind enough to come down and help with some DIY projects around the house.  I felt bad that they were painting my nursery Sunday morning while I was making breakfast but I figured homemade biscuits and gravy and growing their first grandchild would be a fair enough trade for them.  (THANK YOU PARENTAL UNITS.)

The room we chose for the nursery is one that hasn't been seen here much on the blog. Mainly because it looked like this.

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