Friday, February 26, 2010

Jewelry Shopping!

My friend Sarah makes really awesome jewelry. She is starting an Etsy shop in April (link here), but you can see more of her work and get details before then by becoming a fan of "Sarah Savage Jewelry" by searching for that exact phrase in Facebook.

Here are some pictures of the necklace she made for me.




Most of her work is inspired by nature. Become a fan and take a look!

Nesting Newbies Magazine



A new online magazine, Nesting Newbies, is out. Check it out via this link.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Carpet

Almost 2 months after the water damage incident in our basement, we had new carpet installed.

Here is the carpet that was in there before. Heinous. Smelly. Totally disgusting.

Might I draw your attention to the lovely brown duct tape that the previous owners accented with?!

After we literally shoveled the stuff out of there and cleared out all of the junk from this side of the basement, it looked like this:


We decided that while we were at it, we might as well carpet the steps so here is a before shot of those:


In the process of clearing out the basement, we destroyed the alien UFO bar. We did save the shelves within it as they were good wood that we probably will reuse for something but otherwise, Nate took a hammer to it.


And thankfully, during game night, several of our friends assisted Nate in moving the pool table to the other side of the basement.

Now, our basement and steps look like this:




You can see we still have a ways to go - we are planning on removing the dropped ceiling and drywalling. We also may investigate newer furnture than our broken college castoffs for this area. Regardless, a huge thing got crossed off the list today!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

AMY!

I have a love/hate relationship that favors "hate" regarding the new "buzz" section on Gmail. I didn't realize that when you post pictures to your Picasa account, also through Gmail, they automatically get posted as buzz. Thus, if there are pictures you don't want your whole address book to see, I suggest putting the settings on "private" right away. I think several of my followers got inundated with 17 ultrasound pics. Sorry!

I also don't like the redundancy between Gmail Buzz and Google Reader. It seems like just another thing to clean out.

That said, I do enjoy seeing what other people share. I might use this picture, from the Olympic Games, shared by MKD, as my desktop background.


It might make working after limited sleep more fun. :) Thanks for sharing, MKD!

Photo Source: Wackadoodle Olympic Fans by NPR

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Season 5: Dunzo


We finished Season 5 of Weeds. Nate actually bailed mid-way through the season as he said the show greatly departed from what it once was. I agree with him, but soldiered on. He joined in the last few episodes.

Season 5 was not my favorite. I usually really liked Nancy, the main character, and was kind of disappointed with her in this season. I don't want to get TOO into in in case some of you watch the show and haven't finished season 5 yet. That said, the last episode was a cliffhanger and I'm sure to be on the waitlist for Season 6.

Next up...MAD MEN!


I am very excited about this as I have waited many MONTHS for this at the library. I started watching Mad Men mid Season 3 I think and then after several episodes, stopped because I am too neurotic and MUST watch shows in order. I'm excited to catch up to where I was and get the back story on all of the characters, especially Mr. Don Draper himself. YUM-O!!!


And let's not forget about the CLOTHES! Double YUM-O.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The week of Feb 14-21 was good to me

Nate-O is a good gift giver. Valentines Day for us is hit or miss, meaning that sometimes we celebrate it, sometimes we don't. Apparently this year was a year that we celebrated it because I got a huge wrapped package and two cards - one from my husband and one from my baby. I thought that was cute.

Inside the huge package was a jewelry chest! I have a lot of jewelry that was preveiously scattered around my dresser, and divided up in between lots of little containers. Now it is all organized in this:

I have two favorite things about this chest. One is the earring drawer, which has little squares for each pair of earrings. The other is that it has a gold plate which Nate had monogrammed for me. I LOVE MONOGRAMS. There was a period of time when I really wanted monogrammed sheets and towels.

For my birthday, he got me a new camera. I actually don't have the camera yet because I get to pick it out. SOOOOOOO...all of you with nice cameras, please feel free to give me some advice. I have yet to read up on cameras but (I think) I want something along the lines of the Canon Rebel. This is my very uneducated guess though. I'm not planning on taking up photography as a hobby - Lord knows I have way too many of those already. But I would like something that takes great photos and has some fun features. Let the opinions roll...

Photo Sources: Reed & Barton (jewelry chest), and Google Images (camera).

Friday, February 19, 2010

It's going to be a bright, bright, sunshiny day


This week has been a rollercoaster of emotions for me. Good news followed by bad news, followed by good news, followed by more bad news. And even though none of the bad news is directly attributed to or concerning me personally (the baby is fine!), I am overwhelmed with it all and am happy it is Friday. My thoughts and prayers are getting a workout, especially for the H clan. F*#& Cancer. [Yes, I pulled out the F bomb for this.]

So I'm ending the week focusing on the positive:

1. My sister has been working on this amazing hexagon quilt since August of 2008 and she finished it late last night- 18 spools of thread and 3,885 hexagons later. Props to you, G!


Isn't it just incredible! I can assure you that it is 1000 times more awesome in person, too.

2. Baby Schlotty and I set a PR for running yesterday - 38 minutes. Our longest run (timewise) yet. I think the Olympics have inspired him/her. :)

3. We had our first ultrasound and all looks good. The baby has long skinny legs, a huge head and measure 6 cm from crown to rump. It was amazing to see it bouncing around in there.

4. It's my birthday on Sunday. Nothing bad can happen on your birthday, right? I am looking forward to my 29th year on this planet. I know this last year of my 20s will definitely be memorable.

EVERYONE have a GREAT weekend!!

Photo Sources: Rollercoaster from Here, Quilt Photos Courtesy of AMW.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A little Weed and a little Louboutin: Thoughts to Distract Me from My Growing Waistline

We frequently use our library for DVDs, especially shows on DVD. For the most part, this works out really well. I put a season on hold and get an email when it comes in. Unfortunately, there are times, when sh** hits the fan with this system. This week, as I mentioned, we are not longing for any TV. We are glued to the Olympics. (Did I mention that I want to be Lindsey Vonn? Or maybe Hannah Kearney). So of course it only seems right that both Mad Men Season 1 and Weeds Season 5 come in on the exact same day. I have been waiting for Mad Men for a good 6 months. GRRR.

I picked up Weeds first - we finished 3 episodes last night. This is the season where Nancy Botwin (aka Mary Louise Parker) is pregnant. We keep wondering if Nancy will still be hot with a baby belly?



While flipping between Weeds and the Olympics, I was reading a magazine and lo and behold I found these shoes, which are sort of like the Louboutins I posted but MUCH cheaper.

Louboutin


Ann Taylor


Ok, now that I look at them up close, they're not that similar. I still would want the Louboutins. But then I think of myself sitting here with unbuttoned pants and think, in a few months I will not be able to cram my swollen foot into that shoe, much less walk in it. Practically wins out again. My mother would be proud.

Re-evaluating the Handmade Gift Pledge

Here are some recent crafting adventures.

A couple of weeks ago I attended a baby shower for a friend. I didn't really have time or energy to go 100% handmade with their gift so I purchased the bottles, nipples, brush cleaners from their registry and made them burp cloths using Jill's Tutorial. They turned out pretty cute.




Then it was C's birthday. I made her a Buttercup Bag, tutorial available here, and a flower pin, tutorial by Martha.

The bag was very easy. I did make a few modifications to the tutorial and added heavyweight interfacing. I think it would be really flimsy without it. And I'm not entirely satisfied with the way the tutorial instructs you to put on the strap. I think it would look cleaner if you put the strap in between the lining and bag. Still, it is an easy project that turns out cute. The other bonus is that it requires two fat quarters of material.


The flower brooch was also very easy. Along with the peony, I made the dahlia. I love the dahlia but I made it the biggest size and it turns out huge. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it yet. I added a sequiny embellishment that I bought while shopping at Mood Fabrics in NYC (Hello, Project Runway!). I thought it jazzed it up a bit ;)



Unfortunately all my gifts have been late so far this year. Thus, I don't think 2010 is going to be the year of handmade gifts the way that 2009 was. I was way more on top of things last year and to be honest, am going to be a little selfish this year since I have stuff that I actually want to make for myself. At the risk of being lumped in with she-devil Sandra Lee, I probably will aim for semi-homemade gifts. Ugh. I hate myself for even typing that.

I also think that Schlocks are going to be a thing of the past. They were fun while they lasted, helped build my sewing skills, and even helped buy me a fancy upgrade of a sewing machine. Thank you to all of you who ordered some and all of you who advertised for me.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Are your knickers in a jumble? Make some new ones!


So it's a few days post Valentine's Day, but I always love to drag a celebration out.

Colette Patterns is offering a free pattern to make these adorable bloomers. They would make perfect pajama bottoms for summer. Add these to my never-ending "to make" list. I was excited to see this - I love the style of the patterns and the website. I actually purchased this pattern from them last year but haven't made the dress, yet.

You can get the instructions here.

Photo Source: Colette Patterns.

Olympics!

We love the Olympics here at Casa de Schlotty and have been glued to the tv since Friday. Even though I have seen the Dan Jansen Visa Commercial probably a good 20 times, I still break down sobbing EVERY SINGLE TIME. Last night, during a Visa montage commercial where they only showed him for like 1.3 seconds, I still started welling up.

If you don't know what commericial I am talking about, you can watch it here. Love it.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Jon Cryer Then and Now

Ok, so much Sex and The City talk has got me reminiscing on that show. Remember when they discussed secret single behavior? Things such as examining your pores, sleeping in loofah slippers, etc. Last night I thought of that episode as I geared up to indulge in some of my favorite not-so-secret single behaviors since Nate was not going to be around. First, I ate cereal for dinner. MMMM..Frosted mini wheats. (This really shouldn't fall into this category as sometimes we do this together anyways). Then I watched the last two episodes of season 1 of Gossip Girl while reading a pile of fashion magazines. Then, Pretty in Pink was on tv so I watched that too. I used to LOVE this movie. Made my sister watch it almost every day during the summer. I texted her that it was on and she responded that if I have a boy, she is going to call him Duckie. Ha ha ha. If our childhood is any indication, this kid is going to have a LOT of nicknames.

While watching Pretty In Pink, I came to the startling realization that Duckie actually is Jon Cryer who is Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men. I was cracking up.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Comment Response

Thanks for all of your comments on our big news!

A couple of reactions:

First, Nemmie and Nadi were totally spot on with the Carrie Bradshaw shoes. When I first saw them on another blog, I thought exactly that - hey those are totally like the shoes Carrie was wearing when Miranda's water broke. I just thought I had too much baby on the brain. Nice to know some other people thought that too! Some other sex and the city trivia, the polka dot kate spade dress also reminds me of the dress Charlotte was wearing when she ran into big, started screaming at him and then went into labor with her baby. I may be remembering that wrong, though.

Second, Old MD Girl asked about running while pregnant. That has been interesting. Week 5 and beginning of 6 were not different at all. Then I started feeling sick so I didn't really run that much. I think I started running mid week 7 or beginning of week 8 again and I slowed way down. Instead of running 8 minute miles, I was running 10 or even 12 minute miles. And I would throw in some walking. I was not running more than 30 minutes at a time, which would be equivalent to 3 miles. I don't really know how to explain how it felt - like I was really out of shape, but I wouldn't get sore legs, get sweaty or feel like I did a workout after. I just would be really out of breath while running. During the early weeks I also was battling some dizzy spells/lightheadedness so I did not run on any days where I had that going on.

Then, at the beginning of this week (Week 11), I am back to feeling like a "runner" again. My pace is quicker and although I wouldn't say that I am getting a workout equivalent to pre-pregnancy, I definitely don't get out of breath during my 30-35 minute runs anymore. I also notice that the days I run, I sleep much better. I will say this GIANT disclaimer - my doctor totally okayed my running since I had been doing it regularly pre-pregnancy. I would definitely check with your doctor about exercise during pregnancy. In general though, I would say books, websites, as well as my doctor and nurses are VERY pro-exercise, which I find encouraging. I haven't been running every day, nor have I ran more than 4 miles during pregnancy. I don't know that I will continue to run once I am big either. I'm sort of taking it a day at a time. I may try to alternate running with swimming again. I would say swimming is the number one exercise mentioned in every book and website.

Phew!

And finally, some comments alluded to making things and ChaCha hit the nail on the head when she said, "I'll bet you have about 80 millions baby-related sewing projects on the brain now". You have NO IDEA how many items are starred in my google reader. Everything from things for the bedroom, to clothes, to diaper covers to quilts...I told myself I had to wait until trimester 2 to start on anything though. My mom, sister and I have already planned on making a quilt though. AND a bunch of sewing projects for babies books are on hold at the library for me right now. I find a lot of pre-made baby stuff really limiting in terms of color and pattern, particularly when you don't want to find out the sex. I really gravitate towards baby stuff that doesn't scream "BABY" so that is probably why I am really gung-ho into being able to make some stuff rather than purchase it.

Again, thanks for all of your enthusiasm and comments! I myself become a slave to Google Reader and rarely comment on blogs I read because it does take extra effort so I appreciate it! :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Insider Trading

Remember on New Year's Eve when I predicted that "births may be on the rise" in 2010?

This may have been a form of insider trading.

I may have had prior knowledge before I made this prediction.

As in, a positive pregnancy test.

That's right folks, we're having a BABY!!!

Over 2 1/2 years ago when I started this blog, the goal was to keep you up to date with our ever changing house. As you probably have noticed if you have been with me that long, I don't really blog about the house much anymore. This is mostly due to the fact that our projects are not as immediate. Well, with the news, we will be getting back to some house projects and this blog will return to its former glory, ha ha ha. Our goal is to re-do the bathroom upstairs (long been on the to-do list), make some progress in the basement (carpeting should be here next week), and of course, the baby's room!

As most women who have been pregnant before have figured out, when you tell people you are having a baby, you get asked the following three questions, in this order:

1. When are you due? (8/31)

2. Are you going to find out the sex? (No)

3. How have you been feeling? (Weeks 6-8 were not too great, but feeling pretty good now.)

Another question I get asked by people who haven't seen me or who live far away is:

4. Have you noticed any physical changes yet? (Bigger boobs but that's about it).

So many pregnant women have been coming out of the woodwork lately. I can't wait to find out who's next!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Liberty coming to Target!

I was reading my latest InStyle that arrived yesterday and found out that Liberty of London is coming to Target!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love the designer Target collaborations but I think I am most excited about this one. Now, I particularly love the fabrics from Liberty of London and I realize that Target is not going to start selling bolts of fabric, but still. Some of the preview items featured in the magazine were really cute.

D-Day is March 14.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Kate Spade



I have long been a fan of Kate Spade. Her new looks have me drooling, especially this polka dot dress.

Actually, I love the whole "new collection".

Photo Source #1: The City Sage

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Another Incident at Local YMCA

The people at my gym probably just wait to see what will happen next with me. First, there was the treadmill incident.

Then today i had another doozy.

Nate & I went to workout late this afternoon. Generally, I wear my running shorts and tank top and then put a pair of sweats over the top of my shorts and wear a long sleeve. We also try to get one of the small lockers right by the gym area (where all the machines are) so that we can throw our warm clothes in there and get going. So, I go and get my 35 minute run in and head over to the locker bank when I am finished.

For whatever reason, I forgot where I was and instead of putting my sweats on over my shorts, I started taking my shorts off! My shorts were down by my ankles before I realized that I was standing in the middle of my gym in nude colored granny panties! To make matters worse, I sort of had a wedgie too.

I YANKED up my shorts and started cracking up. One guy for sure saw me and just smiled at me. I then put my sweats on OVER my shorts and ran out the door.

Seriously. that is 2 strikes...I'm just waiting to see what Dumbass move #3 will be!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Birthday Month Freebies

So yes, it is my birthday month. I love my birthday. Always have, probably always will. I haven't had the "rough birthday" yet where you really aren't looking forward to turning x age.

One of my favorite things about birthday month is all the coupons and freebies I get in the mail. I usually get a free lotion or body wash from aveda and a customizable room spray from them as well as I am an Aveda Pure Privelege member. Sephora Beauty Insiders get a free gift during the month of their birthday. This year it is an eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara kit. Banana Republic usually sends a $15 gift card, I got $10 from Victoria's Secret, and 15% off at Anthropologie. BTW, it is worth signing up for the Anthropologie one just for the packaging alone. It is one of my favorite things to get!

These are all that I received so far. I never remember how many mailing lists I am on, so it's always a fun surprise to get the mail!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dear Darling Husband,



Wouldn't these make a wonderful Valentine's Day gift? I know SOMEONE has a birthday in a mere 17 days...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Situation

No, I'm not referring to that nasty man on Jersey Shore.

Over the weekend we began to shop for carpet for our basement. Our final appointment was last night and we ordered some! They are coming to measure tomorrow.

The carpet is low-pile and a basic light tan color. That is all I remember about it. Seriously, I had no idea how much goes into carpet and to be honest I didn't really care. ANYTHING would be an improvement from the gross stuff we had there to begin with. We didn't splurge since this is our basement afterall, but it will be nice to fix that area of the house up.

I'm not sure if you can tell by the various ManCave pictures, but the previous owners left us a lot of junk including a few old shelves, an avocado green fridge, a bar that more resembles a spaceship, wood paneling and a gross dropped ceiling. Our next plan is to add some dry wall in there to get rid of the ceiling. Now I have to figure out where you take old refrigerators!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Seltzer Water Maker

Not only am I addicted to The Wire, I am also addicted to sparkling water. However, sparkling water is wasteful given that you have to buy it in plastic bottles or cans. I am thinking about getting a seltzer water maker, but do not know too much about them. Does anyone have one of these? If so, which brand and would you recommend it?

More on DIY Seltzer from The Times.

The Wire

Looking back on the weekend, it seems that I spent a good amount of time on the couch watching Season 4 of The Wire. That can't be all that I did...can it?

Friday night - made veggie lasagna and watched The Wire

Saturday - worked out at the Y, did some shopping for carpet, went to Trader Joe's and had dinner at a friend's house.

Sunday - church, The Wire, Target, The Wire, 30 minutes of the Grammy's (love me some GaGa), The Wire.
Yup, that's pretty much all we did. If you haven't checked out this show, you must! Season 4 is my favorite so far. We have gotten all seasons at our local library.

We also discovered while at Target that season 5 of Weeds is out! I put that on my library hold list ASAP!