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I finally got around to making something for baby girl.

I have a long list of DIY projects I have wanted to make for her including headbands, bibs, shoes, and dresses but the time has just slipped away from me.

So when I saw this faux leather ribbon at Joann’s, I just had to have it.

It took about 1 hour to complete the little bow headband based on this tutorial from Ruffles and Stuff.
The only changes I made were using a shorter elastic length, and I also sewed the bow on instead of using glue.

And it seems she loves it as much as I do :)

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I subscribe to the “better late than never” philosophy – it’s mandatory if you are a procrastinator, it’s in the handbook.

So that’s why I’m posting maternity pictures after baby is born…

Also, my sister did such an amazing job that I want everyone to see how talented she is.

Here are a few of my favorite shots:
If you want to see more, visit her blog post where she writes about her visit to Dallas. As a bonus you will also get to see me at the fair without make-up in my mommy costume (jeans, tank, tennis shoes, whoa sexy!). and If you have an extra hour in your day and are a sucker for punishment, you can check out her flickr page and see more pictures of me pregnant than should be legal. Thanks again Tabi, you are the best!

We took our family pictures in the park down the street. It was windy, and close to Luke’s nap time. That’s why our best family photo has him sticking out his tongue. But that’s ok because it captures what he is really like – a spunky, strong-willed 2 year old boy!
Wardrobe:
Me – Dress: H&M, Shoes: Thrifted
Luke – Shirt: thrifted, Jeans: thrifted, Boots: Target
Deric – Shirt: TJ Maxx, Jeans: Levis

I had envisioned casual maternity photos wearing a maxi dress or jeans. But as I scoured the stores for a green maxi dress, I stumbled upon this polyester satin gown at Target… it cost me a whopping $8.65 my friends!! I wasn’t planning on doing such a formal look, but once I found the dress, it set the tone for these pictures taken in our home. (this group is my favorite :)
Wardrobe:
Dress: Target, Lipstick: Tarte

And finally my sister wanted to take some photos at sunset because of the golden light at that hour. Luckily, there is an overgrown field very close to our house. By this point I was pretty tired and my poor feet had enough. That’s why my smile looks a little forced… because it kinda was :) But the pictures turned out so lovely in that light!

So much has happened since my last post!

And so I will attempt to play catch-up…

The MAIN event:
Baby Celia made her world premiere last week! More on that later, but here’s a photo of our angel -cuz that’s what mommas do :)

Pure sugar and spice!

And the other stuff:
– Our master bathroom remodel is complete! At least on the contractor’s end. The finishing touches are up to the resident designer (me), who I hear is a major procrastinator and commitment-phobe – yes even when it comes to choosing a soap dispenser, so it might never be really “finished”.

– My sister came to visit from Washington state and took my maternity pics – they turned out so fantastic! and brought her baby with her, Bonus awesomeness!!

– I sewed my first crib sheet(s)! I found a super easy tutorial – watch out friends with babies, this may be the new baby shower present :)

– A dye and refashion job on white maternity jeans.

– Luke’s “Despicable Me” minion crochet hat.

We are expecting our 2nd child, 1st girl in November :)

Yikes!

After having a boy, I’m not sure I will know what to do with a girl?! I guess just loving her, feeding her, clothing her, and protecting her is a good start, right?

… and I’m calling her “Her” because she has no name, yet.

Heck, we don’t even have a top 10 of names…

but while she doesn’t have a name, she does already have her Christmas outfit!!

Crazy 8 Velvet jumper (tags still on): Original price- $24.95, I paid- $6.00

I know, priorities.

oh, did I mention it comes with 2 shoe options? Yes, she will have to start making some very hard decisions at a very early age.. does she wear the grey glittery ones, or the patent red ones?
Best part: They were all bought at a bi-annual baby/kids/maternity consignment sale. The jumper still has the tags on it!

Janie & Jack Red shoes- Original price- $35+, I paid- $10
Grey glittery shoes – Original price- ?, I paid- $4

ok, all silliness aside. I have real problems to worry about.

Like, what does she wear with the black velvet jumper?!

(I hope that my sarcasm will not be lost on ya’ll. I know there are more important things in life than velvet jumpers, but it sure is a blessing to enjoy the process of choosing your daughter’s first christmas outfit.)

1. I’m pear-shaped
2. I heard white accentuates your problem areas (see #1)
3. I don’t like to wear shorts
4. I can’t wear them after Labor Day
5. I once saw a salesgirl at BR whose white linen shorts were, umm, hmm, kinda, sorta, transparent?!
6. I tend to spill food on myself
7. I have a fear of sitting in something not-white
8. I am currently unsatisfied with the amount of jiggle in my Jello (see #1 & #2)

Those are all the rational reasons I could come up with.

But I’m pregnant, irrational, and it’s 90 degrees and HOT here in TX!

A good bargain has a way of making this girl throw out her “rule” book and go for it! Plus they were super comfy on the belly :) Baby likes. Momma likes the $5.99 price tag!

I had heels on instead of flats, and my legs looked not bad! … but who am I kidding?! I have an almost-2-yr-old, I’m hot, and usually tired… so kinda unrealistic that I would wear heels, but flats, yes!

SHORTS MotherhoodMaternity Thrifted, BLOUSE: Unknown Thrifted, BELT: Unknown Thrifted, SANDALS: Merona Target

Oh, and here’s the belly at 16 weeks! 1/2 human, 1/2 food baby… I’ve had a lot of Ramen and Kraft mac n’ cheese! Don’t judge, baby’s palate is still underdeveloped at 16 weeks ;-)

I will never be the one to complain about warm weather and sunshine!

Except for this little instance :)

This is our expected forecast for the next 10 days!

Again not really complaining!

Except that I have some awesome winter thrifting finds that will now have to wait until the fall, heck, probably until next January to be worn :(

But before they are boxed away and forgotten, here’s a look at some of my favorite winter finds of the year!

A plum corduroy, little-house-on-the-prarie dress. Fits like a glove… but it might need to be a little shorter, and the sleeves might need to be shortened too.

DRESS Unknown-thrifted BELT The Limited SHOES Preview-Nordstrom Rack

A cute classic gray wool skirt. So versatile! But the thought of wearing wool in 80 degree weather makes me nauseous… soo hot..

SKIRT Gap-thrifted SHIRT H&M BELT thrifted SHOES &9.99 shoe store

And for my favorite find of the year! A cape! Never thought I would want one, until I tried this on. So classy, so throwback, makes me want to call everyone “dahlin'”.

CAPE MaxStudio-thrifted JEANS Lucky-Nordstrom Rack BLOUSE Unknown-thrifted SHOES Guess-thrifted

Here’s a close-up of the beautiful tailoring

and the back, sooo pretty :)

We have now had 12+ hours of non-stop rain and thunderstorms. It’s dark, dreary and wet outside.
The perfect antidote: bright, happy thrifted clothes :)

Remember when I bought these for my sister’s birthday?

Well I am sad embarrassed to say that I am just now (1 month late) sending them to her… (sorry Nomers!)

I went ahead and tried them on… just to give her an idea of what I did with them.

Can’t wait to see how she wears them!

#1
BEFORE:

kinda frumpy, but I loved the bold stripes!

AFTER:
I hemmed the skirt, did nothing to the shirt.

SHIRT thrifted/ JEANS refashioned/ SHOES thrifted/ NECKLACE thrifted

SKIRT thrifted/ TOP thrifted/ SHOES BurlingtonCoatFactory/ NECKLACE WRCA RanchRodeoTradeShow

And you can even wear them together now!

hubs even took a break from his prison snack (rice cake & water!) to show appreciation for this one ;)

#2
BEFORE: (house slippers and compression stockings?! yes indeed, you now know my deepest, darkest secret :)

AFTER:
I hemmed the skirt, ripped off the collar and used grey bias tape in its place.

DRESS thrifted/ BELT TheLimited/ SHOES $9.99shoestore

too old-timey schoolmarm for you?

Get rid of the bun, grab some modern accessories, your highest chunkiest heels and roll up those sleeves!
Voila! Modern SchoolMarm!

Decent enough to wear to church or to instruct young minds, but still hip enough to hang out with and not embarrass your 20-something friends

#3
BEFORE:
I rarely buy pink, but the pattern was so lovely!

Kept it simple, letting the shirt shine!

and since this one’s for the birds, aren’t these cute? they came in a 3 pk for $4.99 at Target!

Happy Birthday Nomers!! I hope you enjoy them!! Love you!

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