Thursday, January 19, 2012

Unpacking Fun

Unpacking 180 lbs. of luggage takes time.  Seriously, it took like a couple of days.  It's a hassle sorting and finding a place to put it all.  But it sure was fun to do this time!  Here's a peak at what's heading into Chickadee's closet...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Journey Back

It's amazing that 1.5 people can return home with nearly 200 lbs. of luggage!  Special thanks to Mr. Ed & Angie Doncaster for helping Heather & Chickadee make it to the airport!

Monday, January 9, 2012

One Stitch at a Time

For those who know Heather, you have no doubt that she'll probably be buried with a glue gun in her hand.  During her college days, she was a notorious sorority girl who could glitter just about anything.  Since then she's gone through 'phases' of crafts...including stain glass painting, cross-stitch, scrap booking, creating shabby-chic furniture, sewing and in the most recent times, quilting.  Loyal I Heart NY Y'all readers can't possibly have forgotten her last project?

While visiting her family over the holidays, Heather discovered two things: 1) There's no internet connection, 3G or Verizon cell service in the outskirts of Qulin, Missouri and 2) There are only so much LMN & Hallmark movies you can stomach after the family goes to bed at 8:30 p.m.

Boredness soon gave way to productivity after the sewing machine was cranked up!  Fortunately, our friend Brandi Hodges opted to come up from Jonesboro and serve as sidekick during craft time at the looney bin.  She was a such huge help that made the projects go by faster.  Thanks Brandi!

The first project was a simple one.  Heather & Brett's nephew, Hudson Jordan, was due a baby blanket.  Inspired by some super cute sock monkey fabric found at Hobby Lobby, this is what Heather cooked up (with Brandi's mad ironing & cutting skills):

The photo fabric is available at Wal-Mart and is super easy to use!  Just by printing a few pictures off of Facebook, the center squares were already done.  Unfortunately, they printed a hair too small and had to be give a border of red stripes to make them fit perfectly.  (Math has never been Heather's strongest field)

The quilt pattern used for Huddy's blanket is called Shoo-Fly and is super easy to make.  It's basically a Nine-Square block with triangles for the corner spots.

Remember that monster duvet cover Heather quilted last year?  Well, there was plenty of fabric left over from that project!  Heather used as much of it as she could to make a small baby quilt for Chickadee.  Don't worry, there will probably be more projects featuring the black & white fabric since she barely made a dent in the stash.  It's not put together yet, but here's what each side looks like.  Hope Chickadee enjoys it!

Split Rail Fence pattern
The last project is still ongoing.  After cleaning out the dresser drawers, Heather realized she had tons of t-shirts.  Many from her college & Alpha Delta Pi sorority days at Missouri State University.  Rather than get rid of them, she decided to create a t-shirt quilt.  It sounds intimidating, but turned out to be super easy.

Gotta gather the Greek goods
With a little help from some lightweight fusible interfacing, Heather was able to salvage precious, but no longer really wearable, t-shirts & most importantly save drawer space in her's about getting rid of the clutter in 2012!

To start, all you had to do was cut the shirt in half...

The hardest part was being brave enough to cut the shirt!
...and then frame up what you wanted your quilt block to be.  Leaving a little around the edges allowed the interfacing extra room.

To get the interfacing to adhere, Brandi put down a damp dishrag and ironed over it.  A quick trim up around the plastic guide and it sure didn't take long before the t-shirt material was an "official" quilt block.

We combined four of the the front pocket designs to create a block (top left square) and pieced together the front & back of one shirt to make the lettering more even (top right square).

Because it turned out smaller than expected, this work in progress plans to add a couple of more shirts found after the fact and then some photo blocks of sorority pictures to fill it out.  Here's the pseudo-finished project:

It's amazing what you can create when you don't have access to a cellphone or a computer!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

More Baby Shower Power

We can't help it...but Chickadee is partying like a rockstar these days!  After all the fun he had at his Jonesboro baby shower, he just couldn't stop kicking with excitement about all those presents...good thing his Mimi's friends offered to have a party for him in Missouri.

Chickadee's second round of shower power continued at the Black River General Baptist Church in Broseley, MO and was given by Chris Waite, Susan Hancock and Eva Barnett.  Look at the awesome shower invitation those girls (with a little help from the folks at Insta Print in Poplar Bluff) came up with!

Of course, more parties mean even more cute stuff... Over the course of two shower in two days, Chickadee racked up 49 new outfits!  We know babies grow fast, but we may have to have a little fashion show for ourselves just to make sure he gets to wear everything!

And as it turns out, Chickadee already has tons of admirers!  

We were so thankful to have so many people come out for the shower and it was great getting to catch up with some folks we don't get to see much.

Heather & Stephanie Byars
Holly Lintner & Heather
Cousin Kayla Morgan & Heather
Chickadee says 'Thanks y'all!'

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Step Into a Storybook

Heather, Laura & Brandi
Chickadee may not know it yet, but he is so lucky to have so many people in his life that love him!  When our "Jonesboro family" of former K8'ers Brandi, Andy and Laura offered to throw him a baby shower, we were so flattered and super excited!  After all, who needs an excuse to drink punch and eat finger foods?

Held at the Valley View Church of Christ in Jonesboro, the creative crew put together one of the cutest baby shower ideas we've Heather has seen in a long time.  Inspired by Heather's life long love of reading  (and probably Brandi's new job as the public relations gal at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library) the shower was called "Step Into a  Storybook" and was themed with all sorts of cute books perfect for baby!  The party planning team even managed to pull the menu right off the pages!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar had plenty of fruit to offer up 
And if you give a Mouse a cookie you'll end up with baby shower cake
Plus, the Tawny Scrawny Lion had plenty of bunny cookies to gobble up
and there were certainly Blueberries for Sal (under the plastic wrap)
The creativity didn't stop there...Brandi whipped up a couple of games to celebrate Chickadee's impending arrival for us, including a "Name that Mommy" trivia and "How Big is Heather?" (which btw-became very unflattering very fast)

Phyllis/Mimi got a little carried away with the yarn...
Really folks, really??
Chickadee was sure flattered to have so many friends and family come to his baby shower!

K8 Girls: Heather, Nancy Germer, Laura Gunter, Brandi Hodges,
Courtney Andrews, Wendy Rolley Schroeppel & Diana Davis
Aunt Bernardine, Heather, Mimi, Cousin Jane, Jessica and little Claire
Plus, he scored lots of awesome gifts!  No worries on this baby not having anything to get started with! (Wonder how it's all going to get back to New York though?)

I'm sure Mom will find a way!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

First Look at Chickadee

We got a chance to take a sneak peek at Chickadee while Heather was in Poplar Bluff for the holidays.  Expectant parents in the area flock to Baby View where you can record ultrasound photos on video and also take a peek at what's cooking in your oven in 3D.  It's a pretty cool little service!

Baby or alien?
Our technician gave us the promising news that Chickadee is pretty photogenic, but his umbilical cord stood in the way of us getting a great shot of him during the scan.  We got to see his 'boy parts', his feet and hands, his heart beating and he also showed us a great shot of his butt crack.  (Oh, don't act surprised...y'all know who this kid belongs to)

Kinda cute isn't he?
Only 10 more weeks until we get to see him in person!