Meow Monday: Summer Sniffles

The calendar may say it’s Fall but when it’s still 90 degrees every day, it doesn’t feel like summer has gone anywhere at all. Poor Cora has the sniffles, and after waiting a week to see if it would go away on its own, it’s off to the vet to see if she needs antibiotics. (The internet says sneezing is fine, but any discharge is a red flag. No loss in appetite, though!)

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

 

She likes to sit on the top of the couch right above Sam’s head, so he’s been the recipient of quite a few sneezes directly into his hair. Which is a lot funnier from my side of the couch🙂

(FYI, Tali is unconcerned, don’t worry.)

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  Focusing on five little things that made me happy is my way of recapping the week and a reminder to stay grateful.

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1 – Healing. Hubby had his wisdom teeth extracted last weekend, and I was prepared for a long week of recuperation but he handled it like a champ. We’re both super relieved to get that out of the way before baby arrives, and I’m just glad there was minimal nursing involved!

2 – Apple Family. Not only did the new iPhone 7s release last Friday, but I got a surprise gift to join our growing Apple family… the new Apple watch! I’m honestly not that into techy gadgets, but after using it for a few days I’ve been surprised by how much I love it! The activity tracker has been a fun reminder to get up and move throughout the day, I love the ease of responding to quick texts, and I’m not constantly checking my phone throughout the day. Gold star goes to hubby in the surprise gift category!

3 – Graduation. Monday was our last Lamaze class, and the highlight was a visit from one of the couples and their brand new baby… a reminder of what we’re there for! Seven weeks of driving to Nashville after long Mondays at work has been a challenge, but I learned a lot and the class was definitely worth it.

4 – Quilty Friends. This week was a bit tough emotionally. I’m feeling overwhelmed by work, everything that needs to get done before baby, all the emotions that come with a looming due date, etc. So these sweet luggage tags that arrived in the mail from a quilty friend were so appreciated! I wonder where I’ll be travelling for the first trip that I get to use them…

5 – Project Runway. The temperatures haven’t cooperating for the first few days of Fall, but Project Runway never lets me down… for me, this show always signals that the new season is officially here!

#TBT It’s Fall, Y’all

Happy first day of Fall! It’s still 90 degrees here in Tennessee but that can’t stop me from bringing out the autumn accessories. Some years I distinguish between Halloween and Thanksgiving, but this year I’m just mingling everything together.

Pumpkins and spider webs and foliage, oh my!

The Amateur Librarian // Fall Decor

 

The Amateur Librarian // Fall Decor

 

The Amateur Librarian // Fall Decor

 

The Amateur Librarian // Fall Decor

 

The Amateur Librarian // Fall Decor

 

The Amateur Librarian // Fall Decor

 

The Amateur Librarian // Fall Decor

 

The Amateur Librarian // Fall Decor

 

And since I bring out the same stuff year after year, here’s some Throwback Thursday action to peek at a few of my past homes:

 

…2010…

Our tiny one-room townhouse in Mississippi:


…2012…

Our even tinier one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco:

 

 

 

 

 

(Click here for the Cursive Skeleton tutorial)

…2013…

Same apartment, but with some handmade additions:

 

The Amateur Librarian // Halloween Strings

 

The Amateur Librarian // Fall 2013

The Amateur Librarian // Fall 2013

 

(Links to tutorials for Modern Halloween Cross Stitch Posters, Patchwork Pumpkin Table Runner with Spiderweb Quilting, Reversible Autumn Bunting, and Thanksgiving Hexi Table Topper)

…2015…

Our apartment in Tennessee (finally graduated to two bedrooms!)

The Amateur Librarian // Give Thanks Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Give Thanks Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // A Little Boo Cross Stitch

(Links to Give Thanks cross stitch and A Little Boo cross stitch)

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress🙂

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

This is my favorite stop on the Passport journey yet, but it’s been slow going with a couple busy weekends in a row. I thought I would have plenty of time to stitch while hubby was recovering from dental surgery, but somehow it didn’t happen. I’m hoping to finish up before the next clue of the Trick or Treat Costume Club is released on 9/22… but that’s tomorrow already, yikes!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

Baby Quilts

I’ve got two baby quilts to bind (Firefly and Vintage Star) but I’m dragging my feet on the binding. I finally squared up both quilts and made the binding, so a couple more hours next weekend should be all I need to finish them up.

The Amateur Librarian // VIntage Star Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // VIntage Star Baby Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

Crib Skirt

I went down the Pinterest rabbit hole of nursery DIY recently, but at 36 weeks I realistically might only have time to make a crib skirt. I went to Joann’s armed with a coupon but had the hardest time picking out a fabric. I wanted a white cotton eyelet and waffled back and forth between adding a lace trim or going with an all-over eyelet pattern, then got distracted by a super cute textured polka dot. I asked Instagram for help but left the store with an entirely different choice… but once I got home I didn’t like what I picked at all. So back to the store I went to get the polka dots!

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I swear, pregnancy has made me the most indecisive person ever. I’m already the type to get spend hours reading online reviews only to get overwhelmed and not buy anything at all, but these days I have trouble with the simplest choices and it drives me crazy! Hopefully choosing the fabric is the hardest part, and I’ll be able to put the crib skirt together next weekend.

And that’s about it!

Reading Right Now

I always have a pile of books in the “Still Reading” category of my Reading Logs each month, but I’m usually actively reading 2-3 books at a time and some books languish for months before I pick them up again.
I haven’t done one of these in a while, but here’s a look at the books I’m reading right now!
…Breakfast Book…
The Amateur Librarian // September 2016 Reading Log
I put a bunch of graphic novels on my library hold list and they all came up at once, so lately I’ve been reading the latest batch at breakfast each morning and they’re perfect during quick bites or a leisurely weekend lunch. Smile is the story of the illustrator’s saga with braces but also coming of age in San Francisco in the 90s, and it’s super sweet.
Related: I just finished the first two volumes in the Lumberjanes series (The Kitten Holy and Friendship to the Max), and they were really fun. I wasn’t sure if I’d want to commit to a neverending series (even though they’re super quick), but the second one convinced me to keep going, so Volume 3: A Terrible Plan goes on the hold list!
The Amateur Librarian // September 2016 Reading Log
…On the Kindle…

You Learn by Living, by Eleanor Roosevelt

The Amateur Librarian // August 2016 Reading Log
I’ve been trying to read this during long waits at the doctor’s office instead of mindlessly scrolling through social media. Eleanor Roosevelt’s steady voice is soothing and surprisingly contemporary.

…Audiobook…
The Amateur Librarian // September 2016 Reading Log
Brief synopsis: A young woman moves to the big city and gets sucked into the drama and drugs of the staff when she gets a job at an exclusive restaurant. I’m about 50% done with this audiobook and I still can’t decide if I want to finish it or not. It’s well-written but the plot is pretty thin. I’ve heard so much buzz about how good this one is that I finally caved and read Amazon reviews just to see if there was something I was missing. This review made me laugh and sums up how I’m feeling so far:  “She writes great sentences but the plot is a big who cares.”
Still, I haven’t returned it to the library yet so I’ll reserve judgement until I finish it or give up.
…Library Book…
The Amateur Librarian // September 2016 Reading Log
I just started this yesterday, so I don’t have much of an opinion yet, but the trifecta of my mild obsession with Truman Capote, seeing the cover in every airport bookstore I passed this summer, and then a rec from a friend finally convinced me to add this to my library hold list. Sometimes it’s nice to let the library decide what book to read next depending on what comes up first in the queue. I’m excited to get into this one!

What are you reading right now?

Meow Monday: Nurse Duty

Sam had his wisdom teeth extracted on Friday, so we settled in for a weekend of ice packs and soft food. After the first day, recovery wasn’t so bad. And of course there was plenty of time to play with the new iPhones.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Nurse Tali and Cora weren’t much help… they mostly just slept on the job. To be fair, they both have the sniffles right now.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Happy Monday!

 

High Five for Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact!  Focusing on five little things that made me happy is my way of recapping the week and a reminder to stay grateful.

 

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1 – Working Weekend. It’s always great to have my parents visit for the weekend, especially when we have a nursery to set up. Now that baby has a car seat to travel home, a place to sleep when she gets here, and diapers to wear, I’m feeling like we’re a lot more prepared!
2 – Lockewood Table. Catching up with friends in East Nashville was a great mid-week break, and a new restaurant is always a treat!
3 – 35 weeks.Not gonna lie, I’m definitely starting to feel uncomfortable as I enter the last few weeks of the third trimester.  I’m trying to focus on this little one’s face when the lack of sleep, swollen ankles, and waddling gets to me. (I think she has my nose!)
4 – A Hint of Fall. Got the fall decorations out, even if the weather hasn’t caught up yet.
5 – Rainbows. Just because.

 

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Work in Progress🙂

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

Still working on Japan… my favorite stop of the Pumpkin Passport yet!

I love the colors of the pagoda and blossoming cherry tree. Hubby is having his wisdom teeth extracted in a couple days, so I’m anticipating lots of couch time this weekend while he recovers. No complaints here!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

Baby Quilts

I haven’t done any sewing over the past few weeks, and I’ll be missing out on the Music City MQG field trip to Chattanooga for the AQS Quilt Week this upcoming weekend, but I’m planning on binding the two baby quilts that came back from the longarmer (Vintage Star and Firefly) soon. Fingers crossed I can get started soon!

Here’s a sneak peek of the quilting – thanks Studio V Quilting!

The Amateur Librarian // VIntage Star Baby Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

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And that’s about it!

Sewing for Baby

Pregnancy has surprised me in a lot of ways – not just the physical reality of growing a baby, but the way I personally have reacted to this major life change. I thought I would be the type to set up the nursery super early, decorate everything in sight, document my symptoms (and growing belly) every single week, “flaunt the bump” in maternity clothes, pick out a name immediately, etc. But in fact, here we are at 35 weeks and we just assembled the basics last weekend, I wear the same couple loose dresses on repeat (more written here about stretching my non-maternity wardrobe), we STILL don’t have a final name picked out (but there’s a top contender at least!), and I haven’t done any Pinterest-inspired projects at all. The procrastination isn’t due to a lack of excitement, there’s just a lot to do and think about to get ready!
But now that we’re in the final stretch, the fun stuff seems like a good distraction from the reality that is fast approaching… which leads to Pinterest, of course! I started looking for a good tutorial for a crib skirt, which soon led me down the rabbit hole of decor ideas. The possibilities are endless, but I’m sticking with simple sewing projects for the nursery.
Below are a few of my favorite pins… I probably won’t have time to get to many (or any?) of these but a girl can dream.
Crib Skirt Tutorials
 Fitted Crib Sheets
Changing Pad Cover
Car Seat/Nursing Cover
Hooded Bath Towel
Baby Clothes
 …
 Door Latch cover
Teething Ring
Blackout Curtains
Even if I don’t get to actually make any of these projects before baby arrives, there’s plenty of time after she’s here. And if you want more ideas, check out my Pinterest boards here.

Meow Monday: Another Working Weekend

Whenever my parents come to visit, we get more accomplished in one weekend than we do in the previous month!

(Just take a look at all we did over Memorial Day weekend.)

No power tools were necessary this time, but all of a sudden we are feeling a lot more prepared for a baby to arrive!

Here’s a short list of what got done:

  • crib assembled
  • changing table assembled
  • baby clothes washed, sorted by size, and organized in drawers
  • furniture in the master bedroom rearranged to make room for the baby furniture
  • car seat bases installed in both cars
  • linen closet reorganized (now featuring an empty shelf!)
  • trunk moved into guest bedroom (as a TV stand… even though the TV isn’t hooked up yet, oops…)
  • cube storage moved from the guest room into the baby’s (future) closet
  • framed art hung and/or stored
  • bookshelf moved (again!) out of the office and into the sewing/playroom/future kid room

A few pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Everything is still in progress and I’m still sorting through the best way to organize office supplies/craft supplies/baby paraphernalia, but it felt great to finally move stuff around and get started. And now baby has a place to sleep and something to wear should she decide to come early!

 

And the cats? They did what they do best…

Cora supervised (and refused to leave the bed!)…

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The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Tali soaked up the sun (when it wasn’t raining)…

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

When the parents visit, the cats know there will be a lot of extra activity… and probably 2nd or 3rd breakfasts🙂

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday