Monday, March 19, 2012

Shop Update

Hey, y'all!

I know it's been a while, but I've been super busy lately. Between running around after Bear and trying to stay relaxed with Jasper, I completely space on updating the blog.


I just wanted to pop in and say that I've been crocheting like a madwoman. I've re-opened the shop, made some changes, and have started adding new items!
Shell stitch beanie, found [here]
I've also been working on some new patterns, and they are turning out awesome!
Granny stripe "Zebra" beanie.
Earflap beanie. I made this one for Baby Jasper.
After a bit of tweaking and some mass production (or at least having more than one color combo to show), I'll be adding these to the shop inventory, as well.

I'll be back soon, hopefully with more items in the shop.

Feel free to check it out in the meantime, though, by clicking this [link] or going to "The [Shoppe]" tab at the top of the blog.

Have an awesome day!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Big Switch

I've done it.

I've been converted.

I'm making the big switch.

Yup. You read that correctly. We (that is to say, I) are now cloth diapering Little Bear. And Jasper when he gets here.

I got Bear's first 4 cloth diapers in the mail on Friday. I ordered them from GoGreen Diapers. I decided to go with the fuzzy cloth pocket diapers because 1: they are cheap ($10 for 1!) and 2: I have heard that they work just as well (Thanks, Amanda!!) as the more expensive ones.
Bear modeling his giraffe print cloth diaper.
Bear's been in his cloth diapers all day today, and they are working wonderfully so far. I'm a little iffy on keeping him in them when he goes down for the night, so he's going to still be using disposables every now and then.

I also decided that, since I'm making the effort, I may as well make some cloth wipes as well.

Doing that is super simple. I was going through Bear's old receiving blankets and found 4 or 5 that were covered in spit up stains. I took those, cut them down to fit into the wipe case, then made the solution.

I used about 1/4 cup each of baby oil and Burt's Bees Baby Wash and gently mixed that with 1 1/4 cups of warm water. I poured it over the wipes and voila! Washable baby wipes.

I'm super excited (and super late) to be joining the cloth diapering community. But I figured with bringing a new baby into our family, saving some money would be awesome, and it's great for the environment. :]


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Life, Lately

Howdy, all!

Sorry I don't update this nearly as much as I used to. I really need to get better at that.

So, I'm going to cram the last month or so down your throats all at once. Enjoy. :]

First off, today is March 1st. It's Self-Injury Awareness Day.
 I know it's late in the day, or else I would remind everyone to wear something orange or to draw a butterfly on their hand/wrist, but please be aware that self-injury is a terrible thing. You may not self-injure, but there are so many who do. They need hope, they need help. Be there to listen. Reach out.

That being said, let's get into life. :]

About a month ago, I moved! I'm moved in a bigger house on base. It is absolutely beautiful and so much roomier. I actually feel like I can spread out here. It's an awesome thing.

We found out that L.B. is a boy! His name is Jasper Gregory. We can't wait to meet him. For more on our little guy, visit my pregnancy blog.

Husband is doing well overseas. We hear from him anywhere from one to three times a week. I'm extremely grateful for that, as I know that there are some Marines who are not able to call home as often.

Bear is doing well. He has his 18 month check up tomorrow! I'm excited to tell the doctor that he knows a zillion words. :] My Little Bear is so polite. He shakes hands, says please and thank you, says hello and goodbye, and so many more words and phrases. Other than the occasional tantrum, he's an absolute angel. I'm so blessed.

In May, there is a craft fair that I'm 98% sure I'm going to be participating in. I have about two months to get everything made. I'm a bit nervous, but I know that if I just put my mind to it, I can do it. :]

The plan is to start blogging at least once a week now. We'll see how that goes.

I still have a tutorial to photograph and post. Sorry, Miss Bee! I promise that will be up soon.

Thank you all for sticking with me through my long absences. Y'all rock!

Til next time!