Apr 8, 2014

Chef card | watercoloring

After much delay, I was finally able to do some stamping!  My dad asked me to make a card for him to give to a chef.  To add some visual interest and texture I used the stripes embossing folder for the card base.  I used some older stamps I had from Martha Stewart for the bowls, spoon, and rolling pin.  I made a cery tiny mask for the spoon, using a post it, so i could stamp the rolling pin to appear behind the spoon. 
 To color, I used two colors of distress ink for the browns and I used basic inks from Stampin Up and my water brush.  For a little extra touch, I heat embossed the sentiment in black ink.  The sentiment is from a retired Stampin Up set that I can't part with.  
In my next post I'll do a quick review of my first ever Project Life pages for my pregnany/baby album.  Stay tuned and happy stamping.

Mar 21, 2014

Spring is here!

Well, finally Winter is over and Spring is here.  With Spring comes the typical feelings of starting over, cleaning house, and working on the yard.  In a few weeks we will begin construction on the nursery.  We will be changing the existing window, which runs down to the floor, to a more standard bedroom window with a wall below it.  This will be much safer for a child's bedroom and would provide more privacy since the window is facing the front of the house. 
After that construction is done, we will paint the nursery.  I had chosen neutral colors.  Either a vanilla type cream/yellow tone or a very pale gray/white color.  My husband preferred the gray tones so that is what we will be going with - no matter if we have a boy or a girl. 
As you can see from my photo, at this point we still do not know what we are having, a boy or a girl.  I posted this photo on Instagram and Facebook to see what my friends and family guess the baby's sex to be.  Most think a girl, but it is almost 50-50 of those who think we are having a boy.  So we are truly excited to find out - I just hope the ultrasound goes well and the doctor is able to tell.  My appointment is next week and I can't wait!
Spring is a great time to get prepared for the new baby.  So I'm hoping to get things moving starting in April.  We will be having a garage sale to get rid of some of the office furniture we had that was in the nursery - that we no longer have space for.  After the construction and painting, I will start getting some of the organization bins and such to fit in the current cabinets we have.  These I plan on getting from Ikea.  I will also get a hamper and new light bulbs, with softer light, for the nursery.  Then I'll be at a stand still until we get closer to summer. 
So my Spring will begin well with setting up the nursery. We also will begin some baby proofing - especially in regards to our swimming pool.  We might be installing a new safety gate/screen so the baby wont be able to slide it open or fall through the screen and get to the pool.  My dogs too might go under some training to control their barking.  It will be tough to have a new baby trying to sleep when my dogs bark like crazy every time my husband comes home, the doorbell rings, or our neighbors are outside.  Hopefully these items take a little bit if time to keep me busy so that the time will go by a bit faster.  Hopefully, before I know it Summer will be here!  =)

Mar 11, 2014

Looking to the bright side

If you read my last post, you know I've been feeling down.  I'm still a bit anxious and the days of this pregnancy can't go fast enough!  But rather than focus on that, I thought I would shift my focus on things that I can do now, that I most likely will not be able to do with a new baby. So here are a few things I thought of.  Be sure to let me know in a comment if you have any other ideas.
1.  Sunbathe: Being able to relax and just lay in the sun while my kids play inside or even outside will be something I can't do when I have a newborn.  Now that Spring is on the horizon, I plan on spending more time in my back yard just lounging in the sun.

2.  Sit on the beach:  I plan on visiting local beaches more often on the weekends.  I love the beach scene and I know going to the beach with a new baby would be quite a chore, and new babies can't be exposed to that much sun early on.

3.  Watch a movie:  I love watching movies (at home) and being able to sip on wine, or juice for now, and watch an entire movie from start to finish is quite relaxing.  This too may be difficult with a baby since I will be on it's schedule which may not allow for me to just sit and watch a two hour long movie.

4.  Go out to dinner:  My hubby and I need to plan a few date nights or nights we all go out to eat at a nice restaurant.  Granted, I do not mind the family friendly places, but it would be nice to enjoy a more formal night out with my older kids and hubby before this new one comes along.  It will limit some of the places we can go comfortably and not cause a scene.

5.  Out with friends:  This is not impossible to do with a newborn, but it would definitely be less often that I can just call up a friend to meet up for lunch or coffee.  Or even to go out and have some time out. 

6.  Shop:  Shopping for myself is something that I don't do much of (besides for my craft and hobby things).  With a baby it will be harder to take time to go to multiple stores, be at a mall for hours, and even try clothes on.  Sadly, with this new belly, I can't do much of this since I don't want to buy much until after the baby and I see what's my new size.  But I do enjoy shopping in general though.  So I will try to shop with my kids for them or for my hubby for now.  We do enjoy spending time together in this way, and of course the family loves to get new clothes or shoes.  =) 

So this is what I will be trying to do more of in the next 5 months.  Hopefully the more I plan, the quicker the weeks will go by. 

On the bright side too, just yesterday I felt the baby move while I was at work.  I was so happy!  Granted, I only felt it move once but it is a start and it brightened my day.  Today, I felt the baby move again.  So, hopefully from here on out it will be more regular that I can feel my little one.  Another thing that brightened my day, was on Monday when I went back to work, I got a lot of compliments from my coworkers - that I was looking good/cute with my belly.  These few random compliments throughout the day helped me perk up a bit.  I'm glad that I look good and not as tired and as sad as I had been feeling. 

So, on we go.  Another day, halfway done.  Almost at 18 weeks.  Yay!  Only 22 more to go!

Mar 7, 2014

Feeling A Little Down...

Last night when I was talking with my hubby, he ask me how I was feeling and how the pregnancy was going.  I opened up and shared with him how I felt.  Saying it out loud made me realize that I am getting into a down period with this pregnancy.
I am lucky to have a very 'easy' pregnancy thus far.  No morning sickness.  No sickness to food.  No nausea.  Nothing.  I'm growing, but not rapidly - so my weight is not bad and I'm not in any pain or having any aches.  Lucky right?  So what's the problem?
Well, I was able to tell my hubby that I'm doing fine but I can't tell how the baby is doing since I still can't feel it moving.  This is truly a bummer for me at the moment since my cousin had a miscarriage at 17 weeks and I'm just nervous.  Without feeling the baby move, how do I know it is ok or when something is wrong?  Also, without having any other symptoms of pregnancy, nor the benefits of the clear skin, shiny hair, longer nails, (none of which I have), I realized that I really don't feel pregnant at all.  I just feel like I'm getting fat - which is a bit depressing.
I know on the bright side I shouldn't be complaining that I have an 'easy' pregnancy.  But it would be nice to experience something.  It is still early, and I know later I will feel the baby plenty, but up to now it's been a bit dull.  I'm eating more...and that's about it.  In addition, we haven't been doing anything at home to prepare since it is early and we still don't know if it's a boy or a girl.  So that too, makes it seem like there's no change here - no excitement.  Our house is the same, no baby items yet.  So I think I'm anxious and somewhat bored with this part of the pregnancy.  I'm grateful not to be sick or in pain, but I just don't feel pregnant.  And looking ahead that I still have 5 more months to go, that just bums me out. 
I don't know if anyone can relate or understands where I'm coming from - but overall this pregnancy has been moving very slowly for me.  I'm literally able to count the days and each week seems to be coming by s-l-o-w-l-y.  I'm planning on starting the pregnancy/baby album which may help move the time along and build some excitement.  We hope to find out the sex of the baby on the 28th - which of course feels like forever from now.  Even that, I'm not too hopeful since for my last two kids we were not able to tell their sex.  So, I'm truly hoping we will find out for this one.  This may get the excitement going - but until then....it's still this waiting game.

Mar 4, 2014

16 weeks pregnant

Here I am at 16 weeks.  I had my last appointment last Monday.  The baby is moving a lot - so much so, that we couldn't hear it's heartbeat.  Instead we heard the "whoosh" of it moving around.  Luckily, I was able to have another ultrasound so that the heartbeat could be checked.  We took this opportunity to see if we could tell the sex of the baby, but my OB couldn't tell.  But the important thing is that our little one is growing fine and I am feeling good.  
I still can't feel the baby moving, even though it is so active.  Once in a very long while I might feel a small flutter in my tummy.  I'm very excited and anxious to feel the baby more so I can see what it's pattern is - when is it most active and when it may be sleeping.  
I truly am mentally ready for the baby to be here.  This pregnancy feels like it is going so slowly for me and the weeks are going by slowly.  I'm very anxious to have the baby and do the mommy thing again.  It's ironic because I know once the baby is here, the time will fly by and I will probably miss it. I really wish the first 5 months of the baby's life lasted longer.  Before it gets to be mobile.  I think the first 5 months are my favorite time and I am not looking forward to that part being over quickly. 
Yesterday and today I have a head cold.  I just feel tired and stuffy.  I took a 2 hour nap yesterday and today too.  I feel a little bit better, but I still feel my head is heavy.  I bet I could still take another nap later on tonight!  I don't know if that's pregnancy related or if I do have a cold.  So far, no real cravings.  Because of the cold weather, I like having a warm meal or soup - but that's how I've always been.  Not a big fan of salads and sandwiches.  Anyway, that's my pregnancy update thus far. We are moving along....slowly but surely.

Feb 23, 2014

Interactive Wobbler Card

Wobbler?  What's a wobbler?  Well, a wobbler is a fun little 'tool' that adds some fun movement and interactive capabilities with your cards.  I got these wobblers at a stamp show for about $0.50 ea.  Simon Says Stamps sells them in packages.
Check out the link here: http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/the-45244/Action-Wobble-pop-up/Detail

I was able to use these wobblers for the first time and I made a video for you.  See how easy these are to use and what a fun effect they add.  Trying out new products such as these can refresh you and give you new inspiration.  It was exciting to try to think of what I wanted to have moving on the card and how the card design would come together.  If you are ever in a rut, why not try something new.  A new product or new technique can really encourage you to think outside your comfort zone and create fresh ideas.  Especially something as inexpensive as these wobblers - it is worth a try.

Front of Card - with window
Here are the pictures of the completed card I made and below that is the video tutorial.  I hope you are inspired to give these little guys a try.

Inside Wobbler Image

Feb 21, 2014

I'm still here!

Here is my baby bump, today at 15 weeks.

I'm falling behind here.  Let me explain what's happened.  This baby has got me exhausted!  After a few errands, a day at work, or after a few chores, I am out for the count.  I spend my free time that I could be blogging, making videos, or creating something, is now nap time or time to act like a vegetable in front of the TV.  This pregnancy has got me watching more TV and drinking more soda than I ever had before!  My baby must be trying to make me a couch potato!  
My next appointment is on Monday, so I'll have more baby updates after that.  But for now I am doing well and I just hope my little one is growing well too.  We are excited to find out if we are having a boy or girl, but it may still be too early and we'll most likely have to wait another month.  Truly working on my patience, but I think we are just too excited.  
In my next post I want to feature the benefits of making your own cards verses purchasing them.  I will have a video for true beginners and make 6 cards with leftover supplies!  I will only use the few supplies I purchased as if I were new to this hobby and had no other tools or supplies.  I want to show it is possible to make cards without needing an entire craft room.  If you haven't already, check out my video below on how to make smart purchases, especially for beginners.  I look forward to sharing this info with you, so stay tuned.  Have a great weekend!

Jan 18, 2014

2014 'pocket' calendar tutorial

Since I made my pocket calendar last year, I decided to try it again.  But rather than stamping all the squares and dates (which took a lot of time), I did some digging and found some free calendar printables.  I love how people are creative to create something useful, and is willing to share it with others freely.
I found this blog:  www.creationbykara.com.
Here is the full link for the calendar printable:  http://www.creationsbykara.com/2013/11/free-printable-calendar-for-2014.html/

It's a nice printable that you can print in different ways.  I used a book format before I printed, and it laid out the months is the correct order for me, and fit them on half of a sheet of paper.  It was easy and they came out perfectly.
Check out my video tutorial below to see how this pocket calendar came together.  You can use this same concept to make a mini notebook or mini album - just swap out the calendar pages with decorative paper or plain white cardstock.  I hope your new year is off to a good start.  Thanks for stopping by.

Jan 12, 2014

Progress Moving my Craft Space

Well, this is my new craft space.  No longer a room, it is now a wall space in my dining/kitchen space.  These are storage cabinets we ordered through Staples online.  Two boards were damaged, but we still worked with them. The desk is the same desk I had from Ikea.  
Here is what the inside of the cabinet looks like.  Not too bad. I'm glad I was able to trim down and still have a space to work.  Next we have to clean the room and make room for baby.  The second cabinet is for my kids craft stuff and some of my technology toys, like my laptop, video camera, etc.  
Pregnancy update:
I am entering my 10th week of pregnancy and I'm feeling fine.  Hungry often and getting a bit more sleepy in the afternoon.  Otherwise I'm progressing fine.  I'm thankful that I do not have any morning sickness or any sicknesses related to food.  
10 weeks!  

Dec 31, 2013

Surprise surprise!!

Well, after 10 years I am now pregnant with my third child!!  This was not planned, but of course it is a blessing and we are excited!  Needless to say, we need to prepare.  We are truly starting from scratch.  I even have to give up my craft room and make it the baby room.
With this huge surprise, my life is truly in for a change.  Likely, the subject here on my blog will be more focused on my pregnancy and soon the new little one.  
Here are a few headline details:
- I am currently about 7 1/2 or 8 weeks along.  
- I have no morning sickness, just a little bit of motion sickness in the car if I haven't eatten.
- I had my first two children in my early 20s.  I am now 32.
- I do enjoy being pregnant. 
I don't remember much from my first two pregnancies, so this time I am trying to keep a diary.  I want to remember some of this. This is instead of a daily scrapbook- a journal is more realistic for me to keep up with.
As mentioned earlier, I have to give up my craft room.  I have to down size my stash and we are going to try to get cabinets that will be in our kitchen area, where my new craft area will be.  We are still looking for the right cabinets that will fit everything and look nice.  Once the room is cleared out, we will begin preparing it to be a bedroom.  We will have to do minor construction to change a window that runs down to the floor, and change it to be a mid sized window.  This will provide more privacy and safety.  Then we have to patch any holes and possibly paint.  We will need curtains and an area rug since it is hardwood flooring.  Lots to do. But hey, it's worth it.  And I don't have to worry about it for the next few days because we are going to Disneyland!!  A treat for the family before the baby arrives.  Even though I can't go on many rides, I still love being at Disneyland and the atmosphere.  It'll be fun!  Until next time, welcome 2014!!
Ezlie Perez