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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!)

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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Happy Monday!

 

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:

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

 

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

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Meow Monday: Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

Most years we are either going on a trip or gearing up for a trip over the long weekend. This year, I guess you could say our journey is happening a lot closer to home, but there’s still plenty to do to prepare for it🙂 I’ve been organizing papers, kitchen cabinets, clothes, and all other baby-related paraphernalia.

How about another trip down memory lane?

In 2015 we were getting ready for Toronto: 

The long weekend has been a much-needed chance to get ready for our upcoming trip to Toronto. The cats did their part to make sure everything was in tip-top shape for napping.

Window sill? Check!

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Couch? Check!

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A quick pic from Toronto:

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In 2014, we drove to the Dismals Canyon in Alabama for an overnight stay. No pics of the cats that year, but rest assured… they were probably napping and/or eating.

A quick pic of the Dismals:

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In 2012, we had just gotten back from a quick trip by train to Yosemite:

To celebrate Labor Day weekend, yesterday we humans took the train to Yosemite and the kitties stayed home and lazed around all day.

Today, we are taking a cue from the cats and being lazy too!

A quick pic from Yosemite:

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The common denominator, of course… sleepy cats! That will never change. Hope you are getting your fill of adventure or relaxation today… whatever you need most!

 

Meow Monday: The Cat Days of Summer

I’m not going to lie, there’s not much going on with the cats these days. Their lives are pretty routine, just the way they like it.

Eat. Sleep. Repeat!

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These days…

…both cats still love going outside and spend the majority of the day and night out on the screened porch or the yard.

…Tali is convinced that any time the porch door opens, it’s time to eat.

…we’ve hit a sweet spot with their diet, and thanks to going outside more often, they’re both at much healthier weights.

…Cora makes sure to come in every night for a power nap before we go to sleep and it’s time for her to hunt… and every morning after breakfast she spends a few hours napping on our bed before starting her day.

…now that we don’t have litter boxes in the house, our days no longer revolve around their bathroom habits (just in time to introduce diapers into our lives!).

…we lock the cat door at night, so we haven’t had to deal with any “presents” lately.

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All is well in the cats’ world, and they constantly remind me to soak up the sun as summer wanes… or at the very least, try to be aware of the seasons even if I’m more likely to sit in front of the air conditioning with a popsicle instead of actually going outside🙂

Meow Monday: Big Sisters

The cats seem completely unaware that anything big is about to happen… but in a couple short months, their little lives are going to be quite different!

There are a few signs if they knew what to look for…

lots of new boxes…

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lots of new furniture…

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lots of new visitors…

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lots of new cuddly blankets…

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a big ole belly…

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and still plenty of lounging on the outside. I guess that won’t change one bit!

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Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair

The Williamson County Fair was open all last week, right down the road from our neighborhood. Since it was so close by, we went on a Thursday night to stroll around and eat some fair food for dinner (I tried to eat as healthily as possible – food truck fish tacos, roasted corn, and kettle corn for snacking). No rides for me!
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
I had to check out the arts and crafts winners, of course!
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
Before we left, we visited the livestock as the sun went down. Beautiful night for the fair!
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
The Amateur Librarian // Franklin City Sights: Williamson County Fair
More city sights coming soon as I explore the Nashville area!

2016 Crafty Resolutions: Mid-Year Checkup!

Now that 2016 is (more than) halfway over, how about we take a look at those optimistic new-year goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year? Always a good time to laugh at myself :) Of course, I didn’t know I was pregnant yet, so my crafty priorities have shifted quite a lot now that my childfree craft time is coming to an end… soon.

Here we go!

Resolution #1: Learn something new. I’ve been intimidated by foundation paper piecing, but there are a few ladies in my quilt guild who love it, and I really want to bite the bullet and look up a good tutorial to get started.

Status: Well… I tried., at least I brought a paper piecing project to the MCMQG Retreat in February and gave it a try, but my setup wasn’t great (pro tip: you need an iron close by!) so I gave up and never got around to trying it out again. Honestly, paper piecing isn’t high on my priority list anymore BUT I’d still like to learn something new… maybe I’ll make something for the nursery or try out an apparel pattern for baby.

The Amateur Librarian // Music City MQG Retreat 2016

Resolution #2: Make a  queen size quilt to use on a bed (maybe a guest bed… still not too excited about the idea of cats laying on it all the time and scratching it up). I’ve never made a quilt big enough to be used on a bed, but I really want to try it, which brings me to my next goal…

Status: Nope. I have make a couple bigger quilts but still haven’t achieved queen-size status and now that my time is limited and lots of bodily fluids are looming in my near future… this goal might not happen this year.

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The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

Resolution #3: Send a quilt top to be professionally quilted by a long armer. I’ve never made big quilts before because my home machine can’t handle the quilting, but now that I know a few ladies at my quilt guild who own long arm machines, the process seems more doable.

Status: Finally, a Yes! I’ve sent three quilts to the Studio V longarmer from my quilt guild, and I absolutely love the convenience and final product! After wrestling with my home machine for so long, I don’t know if I’ll ever go back.

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The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Quilt

Resolution #4: Use quilts instead of just displaying them. I’m guilty of making quilt after quilt and then hanging them up for display or folding them on a quilt ladder but never actually using them… and I want to change that! It’s just fabric, right? Quilts can be washed and they’re meant to be used.

Status: Yes-ish… no less than four quilts are hanging on the wall, but I guess that still counts as display. I do plan on using my stacks of quilts as play mats once baby arrives, and I’m already repeating to myself that “quilts can be washed and they’re meant to be used!”

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

 

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

 

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

Resolution #5: Make more home decor pieces. Same goal I had in 2015, but with a whole new house to decorate!

Status: Yes!  So far all I’ve made are fabric baskets for scrap storage, and they’re great! The first trimester of pregnancy put a damper on my decorating enthusiasm the first couple months after we moved in, but as my energy came back so has my desire to make things to personalize our space. I also plan on adding some handmade touches to the nursery soon.

The Amateur Librarian // Music City MQG Retreat 2016

The Amateur Librarian // Home Sweet Home In Progress

Resolution #6: Finish WIPs before starting new projects (once again)! As always.

Status: Mostly. Quantity hasn’t been my strong suit this year, but even if it takes several months from start to finish, I’ve been pretty good about keeping WIPs to a minimum. Other than projects like the yearlong Passport SAL that are ongoing, I’m hoping to wrap up unfinished projects before baby arrives.

Conclusion: My priorities have definitely changed since the beginning of the year, and some of these goals don’t seem as pressing anymore. Checking in halfway through the year is a great reminder of what I want (and don’t want) to do during the next couple months and I try to wrap up most of my crafty endeavors before baby arrives in October!

Meow Monday: Showered

Two of my closest friends hosted a baby shower at our house this past weekend, and they went above and beyond to make it such a special event. Lots of friends and family, both local and long distance, gathered to help us celebrate and we had so much fun! If you know me in real life, I’m sure you’ve seen the photos all over social media, so I won’t bombard you with more🙂

The cats mostly stayed in their usual spaces – Cora on the bed away from the chaos, and Tali on the porch soaking up the sun and unaware.

Taki did venture in to get some attention from time to time though… especially when it started downpouring! She really is the sweetest little cat.

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When the dust settled and all the guest went home, life went back to normal for the cats.

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Normal includes quilt photo shoots, of course! This darling pinwheel quilt was made by Stefanie. I love it, and can’t wait to wrap it around a sweet baby girl. (10 weeks to go!)

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My week is starting off with a smile… hope yours is too!