Thursday, December 20, 2012

guess what?!?!!


I still can hardly believe it, but it's true!! We are over the moon excited!!! There are just not enough words...


I will be 14 weeks on Saturday & we got to hear sweet baby's heartbeat again today. We could hear loud whooshing sounds occasionally, too & our midwife said that baby was apparently moving all around & doing flips in there. (I can't wait to be able to feel all those flips!)


These past few weeks I've been feeling better & better, no more morning sickness or all day fatigue. I can actually stay up past 9pm now. (I was going to bed around 8:30pm every night!) I am starting to get a tiny bump & I already have to use the rubber band trick because my pants no longer button. It all still feels like a dream but we are so in love with baby already & can't wait to go through this adventure together!! 


I can't brag enough about how amazing Creed has been. I couldn't ask for a better partner in life & feel so lucky that this amazing man will be my baby's father! I honestly am surprised we have been able to keep it a secret this long!! I know it is making our holiday season HAPPY indeed!!!
hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan



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Thursday, December 6, 2012

holiday gift wrapping ideas

One of my very favorite things about Christmas (& any time I can give a gift) is the wrapping and/or presentation! I always stay stocked up on craft paper because of it's many uses but mainly because it's the perfect, simple canvas to wrap amazing presents for any occasion! Here is a little list of some craft paper inspired wrapping ideas for this holiday season: 



free feather gift tag printables - by love vs. design
I think these are my favorite! I will definitely be printing some out this year for all my packages!! Click on the link above to download & print some for yourself!!

creative diy gift tags - by creature comforts
They used puzzle pieces from a memory game board for tags (so cute to use as ornaments after)!

diy gift wrapping - by october afternoon
adorable packages using scrap booking materials!

glitter pin toppers - by creature comforts
I just think these little pins are so cute!!!

I can't wait to get started wrapping!! I just need to finish making/buying all my gifts! If you have any great wrapping ideas, feel free to link to it in the comment section, I'd love to see them!! Happy Thursday! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan
 

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Monday, December 3, 2012

playing catch up


I thought I would do a little catch up post since, ahem, I missed the whole month of November. So here goes:

-I did, indeed, finish my halloween costume but never took the time to take some good photos of it. I had two little halloween parties I went to & both I was rushed to get out the door & was just lazy. The photo above is my finished mask! (I want to make a million more & will do a how-to post next time!) 


- We had our first big snowfall of the season before halloween, I woke up one morning to this! It was stunning! Of course, it mostly melted within the next few days but I enjoyed it while it lasted.


- I have been in hibernation mode since the beginning of November but with Christmas on the way I am getting some of my creativity & energy back!


- & that pretty much brings us to Thanksgiving. We stayed in Colorado this year & I hosted a little dinner with friends. I made all of our favorites - twice baked potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, veggies galore, roasted brussel sprouts.... - it was so delicious that I forgot to take any photos! I felt so accomplished that I was able to do it all myself. My mom always made it seem so effortless (umm, it's not) but I am glad she taught me how to do it all!

I have put up most of our Christmas decorations & plan to post some photos soon! I am so ready to start some of our new/old Christmas traditions as our own little family this year, since it will just be us again, like last year. I can't believe it has almost been one whole year living in Colorado!! There are so many fun things on the horizon! Happy Monday! xo. Meghan

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

handmade halloween


This year I decided to make my costume. Most of the time, I wait until the last minute & my costume consists of just throwing things together. This year I wanted to really get in there & sew/make it. So in my free time this week, I've been busy working on my costume! You can probably guess what I am going to be from the progress photos but I can't wait to share the finished product!!! 


It's really been such a fun process! I'm currently waiting for my paper mache mask to dry so I can paint it & then I will be all done! I'll be sure to take lots of photos to share!

I'd love to hear what everyone else's costume is going to be, so please share!  We are going to a costume party on Saturday night, I'm so excited! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

currently...


currently, I am: 

loving: the amazing cooler weather we are having & the fall season in general (ahem...booots!!!) 

reading: I just started Inescapable, book one of the Premonition series. I'm not far enough into it yet to know whether it's going to be good or not, so we shall see. So far it is a light, easy read. 

watching: any & all Halloween inspired movie! We have a list that we like to watch every year, perhaps I will do a post with all of our favs soon! 

anticipating: Halloween & Thanksgiving & Christmas (that's right I said Christmas!!!). Tis the most wonderful time of the year...I love everything about October, November & December! 

listening to: hmmm...a quick mix of pandora stations & they are probably pretty boring. But my favorite stations are currently: band of horses, beach house, halloween party (duh!), otis redding, the smiths & motown. 

planning: my halloween costume! I am making mine this year (hopefully this Sunday!). I will share if everything goes as planned! It involves a paper mache mask, I am super excited about making it! 

working on: tonight I am taking a small break & finally making another one of these skirts with some new fabric I ordered! 

wishing: for our first snow day! & for some other stuff (but wishes are supposed to be secret or they won't come true....so I'm keeping them to myself.) 

I originally saw the "currently" meme on Danielle's blog, Sometimes Sweet. It was fun to play along, I'd love to see what you're up to currently, feel free to link up in the comments section!

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Friday, October 5, 2012

fall in boulder


Fall in Boulder has been absolutely spectacular. We actually got our very first dusting of snow this morning & promise of a little more tomorrow. You heard me right....SNOW - already & it's only October 5th! This seems to make some people grumpy, it just makes me super excited! There is nothing better than waking up to a blanket of snow over everything. Feel free to ask me in February, after a long winter, if I still feel this way, but for now my stance stands. Snow days are magical. period. I still don't want to rush it though. I am thoroughly enjoying this brisk mountain air, the amazing colors of orange, reds & yellows, the sound of leaves rustling against the ground & that sweet smell of fallen foliage on the breeze.


Today has been a dreamy Friday! Creed had the day off work so we went & had lunch out & then came home to snuggle under blankets, watch movies & knit. I am about to make some pumpkin soup from scratch for dinner & some fancy grilled cheeses to go with it! There will probably be some hot chocolates & mini apple pie eating as well! Happy weekend!!! xo, meghan

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

adventures in baking :: mini apple pies


Would you believe me if I told you that I had never made an apple pie before?! Or any pie for that matter...I know, crazy! So I decided it was definitely time! & because everything is better miniature, (so I don't even have to shrink them down to put them in my pocket) I made my very first mini apple pies! 


I used this recipe from little bit funky (originally seen on pinterest - where else?) but decided to do a lattice design on top. They were super easy to make but the lattice work on top is a tad time consuming (but oh so worth it if you ask me). My house currently smells like heaven & the pies are the perfect mini size & adorable - not to mention delicious!!


This is a recipe that is going on my permanent list. They would make the perfect addition to a halloween party or Thanksgiving feast! & now I can finally say I have made a pie (or 24...)! ;)
hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan


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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Razzy!


I couldn't let the day go by without publicly saying Happy Birthday to our sweet Razzle Dazzle Rose! She turned TWO today & I can't believe time has flown by that quickly. She is a sweet & sassy little lady that keeps us laughing. She has definitely taught Creed & me a few lessons in patience, a skill that no doubt will be greatly appreciated when we add some human babies to the family. 

Here she is on her first birthday & at 6 weeks old, when she was just a ball of fluff! Happy Birthday to my sweet little snuggler! 


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I made a skirt!


This past Friday I had the pleasure of having a craft day with the very sweet & talented, RobbieLee from Chickiedee! It was her birthday weekend & I was honored to get to be a part of her celebrating! It was an amazing day filled with coffee, a delicious lunch & lots of crafting!! It definitely was a refreshing break from my work schedule & I made my very first item of clothing for myself - a skirt! 


We really did have so much fun!! I wish that it could be an every Friday kinda thing. It left me inspired & definitely wanting to make some more pieces of clothing!! We were so proud with our finished products! I already bought some printed fabric to make another skirt soon.

Skirt details: we used this One Hour Skirt tutorial that was posted on Etsy a while back. It was the perfect starter skirt diy, although it did take us longer than an hour, but only because we were too busy talking. ha!


We've already been scheming for our next craft day - next up - halloween costumes!! Can't wait! Thank you for a fantastic day, RobbieLee!!!


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Monday, October 1, 2012

fall luck


Hooray for October!! Don't forget to say Rabbit Rabbit White Rabbit today for good luck! We have been soaking in as much Fall fun as we can these past few weeks. Scarves, boots, cardigans & soups, galore! The leaves are really starting to change color, the days & nights are getting brisk & that sweet smell of fall foliage is in the air! October is by far my favorite month of the year. I plan to celebrate & savor each day! 

I will be back this week with some fun posts - I made my very first item of clothing & can't wait to share! I also want to share some of my favorite Fall recipes. I will be trying my hand at some mini-apple pies this week, fingers crossed they turn out! Happy Fall, ya'll! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan


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Saturday, September 1, 2012

luck

 
 
Happy September 1st!!! Fall is brewing...I can feel it & I am looking forward to so many things this season!
 
- I will be picking my parents up from the airport tomorrow for a week long visit!! I can hardly contain my excitement! It feels like Christmas Eve! It's been almost a year since I have seen my mom, the longest I have gone without seeing her in person in my 29 years.
- I can't wait to see what Fall is all about here in Colorado, I'm hoping for cool weather & beautiful, changing leaves!
- Scarves!!! My accessory of choice. Can't wait to start wearing them again!
- & this should go without saying, but....BOOTS! Seriously, I can't wait to wear my many boots with every outfit!
- I have some really fun new products that I will be adding to the shop, too. There may or may not be some things that adults will be able to wear! ;)
 
Don't forget to say Rabbit Rabbit White Rabbit today for good luck! Hope everyone has a great 3-day weekend! xo. Meghan
 

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Friday, August 10, 2012

grateful


Today I have been busy finishing orders & working on some fun new things to add to my shop! The thought of Fall right around the corner has me inspired & I can't wait to share some of the new products! 

Running your own small business is exhausting. It's a 7 day a week, most hours of your day (minus sleeping & eating, if your lucky) job. I am in charge of it all - the creating, knitting, shipping, customer service, photographing & listing of items, etc (the list is long).

When people ask me what I do & I tell them, I usually get a positive response but I sometimes get the "ohhhh, so you stay at home all day & craft" look, the clueless ones usually follow up with a "must be nice." I sometimes feel the need to defend myself but usually I let it roll off my back, because Yes! It is nice, in fact it's incredible. I do get to stay home all day & "craft" & it's awesome! Not to mention rewarding. I learned early on in my life, that my fire - my desire in life was to create & make things with my hands. It exists in every aspect of my being & it has always overpowered any other career path I've tried. I'm happiest & most complete when I am making things & I made the decision a few years back to follow that desire. & while I have gone back & forth with other part-time jobs (I still work one day a week outside of the home), Pleasantly Plump [Knits.] has been my full time passion & job since making the leap. I am so very proud of this fact. While the perks are huge - making my own schedule, working for myself & creating all day, following this type of dream comes with consequences. The main one being, I don't make nearly as much income as I would in a corporate job.  I have slow months & good months & the amount of work I put into my shop directly affects the outcome. I'm lucky enough to have a husband that supports my dream, unconditionally, but we do make sacrifices. In the end, it's sacrifices we are both willing to make for our happiness. We only have this one life & I intend to spend it doing what I love!

I am so grateful that my Friday work days can be filled with knitting & photographing new products. I am so grateful that instead of getting the feeling of dread for the upcoming work week on Sunday nights, I feel excited about the chance of a new week ahead. I am also (most importantly) grateful for the people that decide to buy handmade &/or from a small business. I hope you know how much this means to the handmade/small business community, how it helps to determine whether or not people like me can follow our dreams. Thank you. 

I have a busy weekend planned! I have some new prototypes to knit up so I can share! I'll also squeeze in some relaxation time, too. For starters, we are about to go on a little bike ride. The weather is already starting to change & the evenings are getting cooler! Can't wait until the leaves start changing! 
xo. Meghan

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Monday, August 6, 2012

cheap & easy bedroom wall art


My bedroom walls were looking a little plain & sad so I decided to make some simple pieces to bring in some fun & color to our bedroom this past weekend. My first instinct would be to paint the walls but because we are renting I have to think of other ways to brighten up the boring tannish walls. I am on a pretty non-existent decorating budget so here are some simple, inexpensive ideas to jazz up your walls. 



1. Fabric Fringe Garland - I posted this fringe garland diy (by Prudent Baby) on my recent Fringe Frenzy post. It is a super simple no-sew diy. I chose 4 cotton solid fabrics from Hobby Lobby & got 1 yard of each (I think they were only a couple of dollars per yard). I cut my fabric 18 x 22 inches to get exactly 4 tassels from each yard.


2. Framed Photo Booth Photos - I cheated & used the IncrediBooth iphone app to take these photobooth strips (real photobooth photos would be even better!). I printed them out on my home printer & cut them out. I attached them with double stick tape to a white mat board & used an 8 x 10 frame I had on hand to display them. I love that it will be easy to change them out with new photo strips as time goes on.


3. & 4. Hanging Camera & Print - It's no surprise that I use my large camera collection to add fun & dimension to a few rooms in my house. (ex. my vintage camera display & my other camera display) I love the size of the mini Diana & it's one of my favorite cameras to shoot film with. I used my toy camera strap diy to make this yellow braided strap & I thought the colors fit perfectly with my new bedroom decor. The Polaroid Print by Handz was a birthday gift from my sweet brother & sister-in-law & I used a .99 cent Pants Hanger from Ikea to hang it. (much cheaper than a frame & just as pretty)


5. Written Word Wall Canvas - I bought this blank canvas from the craft store (for 50% off) awhile back with a few different projects in mind. I originally saw this idea on pinterest & thought it would be perfect for this grouping. I used a black paint pen that I had in my craft supplies. I chose some of the lyrics from the song "More Than Words" by Extreme, we danced to this song at our wedding & now it serves as a permanent reminder over our bed that actions mean so much more than words. Showing we love each other is just as important as saying it.


6. Painted Letters - Ridiculously simple - I just got the cardboard letters from the craft store & painted them with blue acrylic paint. I cut out a small hole in the back to attach them to the wall with a push pin.


7. Metal Photo Clips - I had these small metal clips on hand, found in an office supply store or the office section of Target. I hung them on a small nail. I love changing out photos & little notes so I thought these would be perfect! The photos were taken with the Hipstamatic app & printed out on our home printer.


Voila!! Simple & inexpensive wall decor! It's made such a difference to our bedroom & we are loving it! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan

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