It’s Ok To Be A Mom And Be Creative!

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DIY projects. If you’re like me, you alternate between having a huge list of them that you look longingly at as you think “someday”, or you have completely given up on them.

At some point I gave up. What was the point of trying to start a project when you’re interrupted constantly by little children, the demands of life, and more responsibilities that require your immediate attention?

One day I realized what I was missing. I had lost my creativity and I really wanted to get it back.

That desire to sew, make some amazing Pinterest projects, try out a new recipe, or even just paint with my children. Of course, all of this still has to be balanced with real life. And real life is messy.

Messy House and trying to balance DIY projects as a mom!

Yes, that is my actual living room. This is what it looks like after a school day is over. I could let this defeat me, and honestly some days it does. I have to choose to be creative, or I can let the mess of life squash that creativity and my children will be in college before I ever touch a sewing machine again!

I have to make choices. I can call my children in and we all clean up the living room and dining room in 10 minutes together, or it can take me 45 minutes by myself and I lose any extra time I had to work on a project.

Please understand I don’t want to be creative just for my sake. I want to bless my family, sew my girl’s clothes and make our house a pretty and peaceful place. I’m not off at crafting classes learning how to decorate cakes or fire pottery simply to fulfill a need in myself (though I have nothing against cake decorating or pottery).

I still have to balance this creativity with the fact that I have young children and a home to look after. I have to make sure that when I find an outlet for all my pent up creativity that it blesses my family.

It's ok to take time and do a DIY project to bless your family!

So far this week I’ve taken some steps in the right direction. I got my serger out (it’s sitting by my rocking chair in the picture!), I sorted through some fabric and made a pile, I purchased paint for a project and bought Chalk Pastels to try an art project with my children. Baby steps..one day at a time, and before you know it, I’ll have a project completed!

Thankfully there’s an exciting new product to help  me quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects I’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

I am so looking forward to diving into this DIY Bundle, and I hope you will join me!

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

Topics in the bundle include:

Home decor

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Photography

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Handmade gifts

Homemade skincare products

Cake decorating

Photography and photo-editing

Paint colors and interior design

…and a whole lot more (76 eBooks and eCourses in total) – to help you be inspired or get started with your next DIY or crafting project!

Here are just a few resources I’m excited about:

Click through to see all the other amazing resources that are included!

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Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

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Nursing Patterns for Sale!

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Guest Post: Jennifer Allen

My husband and I have already gone through three years of infertility. It is a trial that never entered our minds on our wedding day. We both had planned on starting our biological family, then adopting. God has given us a different path than the plans we set out for ourselves as you can see reading Our Adoption Journey. One very difficult part of this journey has been that we are both very private people. To begin a blog was the last thing on our minds. Until I realized that in doing so I hoped to encourage someone else walking in this path, or help others understand what it could be like to deal with infertility. I hope to share more about the walk we are on and things we learning on the way. We are waiting and praying that God will open the doors to the children that He has for our family. The waiting is hard but we have hope! We have begun the journey into private domestic adoption and want to provide a loving home for a little one who has been blessed with the gift of life.

In the midst of this we have been blessed by a friend who has graciously passed along her nursing clothes sewing patterns. These 3 patterns were designed by Angela Coffman of Blessed Designs. She has decided to switch from physical patterns to digital. She blessed us the rest of her physical sewing patterns which we will use to raise funds for our adoption. If interested these are the patterns I have:

Blessed Designs pattern BD1001 a nursing shirt, and 2 dress pattern styles sizes XS-XXL (260 patterns)
Blessed Designs pattern BD1002 a nursing shirt, jumper pattern sizes XS-XXL (360 patterns)
Blessed Design pattern BD1003 nursing hoodie styles pattern sizes XS-XXl (80 patterns)

You can see pictures of all three patterns here. 

 

All patterns were printed by McCalls and have fabric needed, sizing, notions, etc printed on the back. All pattern envelopes and pattern pieces are standard McCalls pattern sizing.

The patterns are available for $3.75 each plus shipping. They sold retail for $11.99

If interested please email me at: allenadoptionjourney@gmail.com
We can accept payment by check or PayPal.

2012 Monthly Homemaking/Crafting Plan

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Since joining Pinterest last year, I have a huge list of projects I would like to do! I knew if I made a list and focused on one thing a month, and also had accountability on my blog that I would probably get some projects done. So here is my list, which I will be updating at the end of each month sharing with you how the project turned out!

January

A few months ago I purchased a Canon Rebel XS. I love using it, but I want to learn how to use all of the features and be able to take it off the auto button to shoot pictures. With a newborn in the house this will be the perfect month to experiment with it, and read up on ISO, Aperture, and all that fun stuff! I’ll post some pictures if any turn out halfway decent! 
Here are some websites I plan to read and learn from.
February 


Something I have always wanted to make but never tired is Challah Bread. So this will be the month to try it! I might use this recipe here unless someone else shares a better recipe with me. :) I think braiding the bread looks fun! 
March

Since our oldest daughter will turn four this month, I know I will be doing some sort of sewing project for her birthday, whether it is a dress, skirt or jumper. 

April

With Spring here I’m always in the mood to start sewing some new clothes! This dress has been on my list to sew for a while now, and it looks like it would be easy to nurse in! I’m going to buy the pattern and sew it up this month.
May

This is the month to make these super easy looking fabric flowers! Can’t you picture these worn pinned on a shirt, clipped in your hair, or several bunched together at the waist of a dress? So cute! 
June

I’m going to learn how to make liquid hand soap using a bar of Mrs. Meyers soap! 
July

Learn how to make cream pies-specifically coconut cream pie for my husband! 
August


Make Frozen Hashbrowns from scratch. 
September




October



November

Make a Pumpkin Roll.  I’ve never made one before! 
December


Make Whoopie Pies


If any of you have any craft/homemaking projects planned for this year I’d love to have you share what they are! 


Maternity Clothes 101: Skirts And More…

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I had planned to write about maternity clothes and pregnancy in general this month, and here the month is half way over and this is the first post! I don’t know where this month is going, every week just flies by!

I’m going to take a few posts and share maternity clothes options with you. Then at the end I’ll do a vlog and show you what my own closet looks like with maternity clothes for my third trimester.

When I became pregnant with my first child I realized that I didn’t want to spend 9 months in dresses only. There are so many cute maternity tops that are meant to be worn with jeans, but I wanted to find some maternity skirts to wear the tops with. My first attempt at ever sewing a maternity skirt was painful. It looked like a huge prairie skirt! I actually did wear it that pregnancy, and then threw it away when I became pregnant again. Who wants to look twice their size when pregnant?

This is a picture from when I was pregnant with my first child with my mom and sister. I have some pretty terrible looking photos in that dress where I literally look like I’m pregnant with twins or triplets! Just ask my family, they all agree. :) 

I’ve since put together a maternity wardrobe that I feel good about, but it’s taken several pregnancies to get there! If I find something I really like at a garage sale, thrift store, or consignment sale and I’m not pregnant, I still go ahead and pick it up knowing that I can use it in the future! This pregnancy I went through my maternity clothes and got rid of outdated and ill fitting looking clothes. My oldest did just turn eight, so some of the clothes were reflecting that. :)

We’ll talk about tops later on this week….for now I want to focus on Maternity bottoms. Please keep in mind I normally always wear skirts or dresses, so I won’t have very many tips for pants.

Skirts


Maternity skirts can be challenging. While you don’t want to wear a prairie skirt while pregnant, you also don’t want to wear a pencil skirt that shows every outline of your *ahem* growing backside as well. For many woman their tummy isn’t the only thing that grows when pregnant!

This black skirt from A Pea in A Pod would not be very modest to me. It’s very tight around the bottom, and the model isn’t even that big yet! 

This black skirt from A Pea in A Pod has a little more flow to it and would be a good choice! 
This is my favorite skirt to wear while pregnant- a long ruffle maternity skirt. It has just enough material in it to be modest and can grow with you your whole pregnancy, yet it doesn’t make you look larger than you really are! 
I’ve also been enjoying the midnight black skirt this pregnancy. That was a new addition to my maternity clothes this time around and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite skirts! 

How Many Do You Need?


I have eight maternity skirts in my closet, but I several over and over again so I know I could do with less than that even.

My skirts are:

Midnight black skirt
Denim Ruffled Skirt
Black Ruffled Skirt
2 Floral Ruffled Skirts
A-Line Khaki skirt
Camel color Corduroy Ruffled Skirt
Brown Ruffle Skirt

Do you see a ruffle theme here? :)

I consider a basic denim, black, and khaki skirt to be essential to a wardrobe. You honestly could rotate those three if you had to. Just remember 9 months does get to be long, and if you have a large family that means you are pregnant quit
e a bit! Don’t get unnecessarily discouraged with what you have to wear by telling yourself you will just “make it by” each pregnancy. I did that the first two pregnancies and I’m so glad I didn’t continue that mindset for the next three!

If money is tight, or you know how to sew there are tutorials online that show you how to make a basic maternity skirt.

For days when I’m feeling exhausted, sick, or just getting really close to having the baby I wear a pair of gray maternity yoga pants. They look similar to these:

They are extremely comfortable! Once the weather turns chilly I sleep in these at night also. :) I really do try to always gets dressed in the morning, but some days when I’m pregnant and it’s cold outside it just feels like a hot chocolate, snuggle under a blanket kind of day! 
I’d love to know-how many skirts do you have to wear while pregnant?