Saturday, August 23, 2014

The One with New Covered Goods™

My favorite gift to give my friends who are expecting? A Covered Goods™ nursing cover!
 My friend Jamie Yetter is the designer and owner of Covered Goods™ and she didn't even ask me to write this post, I just really really REALLY honestly and truly think this is the best nursing cover there is on the market :)
As a mother of three beautiful girls and a handsome son, Jamie faced a common fear while nursing in public: exposure! And listen, I totally get and understand that some women are all about nursing openly in public. Props to them, really! But I personally don't want my goods revealed :) 
Covered Goods™ nursing covers give you all the benefits that the traditional covers do… and more! They provide true all over coverage, front AND back, and are made of super comfy, breathable fabric that stretches. There aren't any straps or rings to mess with, they take seconds to put on and take off, and they alleviate any worry that your baby will kick or pull your cover off. The flexible neck can also be worn down under one arm to give you even more freedom to use that arm while nursing. The added benefit of the flexible neck allows you to peek in on your baby or make sure your little one has latched properly. The cover can be folded very small for storage without worry of ruining it. With Covered Goods™  you can truly nurse anytime, anywhere!
(photo from Ashley Cooper Design Studio)

Even Amy Tangerine sports a Covered Goods™ :)

 Covered Goods™ can also double as a carseat cover to keep Baby shaded and cozy while sleeping.
BONUS: Covered Goods™ look like infinity scarves so that's exactly how I wear mine these days since I'm not nursing.
The point of this post? Jamie just released five new fabrics that I LOVE and I have to spread the word!

So. Women of Grafenwöhr and surrounding areas - want a Covered Goods™? Just have a baby and invite me to your shower :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

The One with Operation: Get Fit (Again. And Again. And Again.)

I feel like a broken record. For four years, basically ever since I got pregnant with Fox, my body has changed in ways that have been less than ideal for me. Why can't our bodies be rewarded after having children instead of punished with stretch marks and declining metabolism? Or maybe it's just a getting older thing. In any case, I am constantly struggling for a healthy and fit lifestyle. Back in March I started up again and then when my parents came here in April and my dad baked his yummy chocolate chip cookies everything went out the window. I'm a sucker for cookies and brownies. They're my weakness. So from April until July I ate and ate and ate, candy and cookies and chips and anything and everything else that was within arm's reach, all not good for me. I noticed I was always grumpy, unhappy with myself, I kept having to buy bigger and bigger sized pants, and my acne had reached a new level of AWFUL. When I woke up in the mornings, swung my legs out of bed, and landed on them, I felt like I was preggo, just HEAVY - that's how quickly I was gaining weight and noticing it. But I wasn't doing anything about it. 

And then, 6 Saturdays ago, I set my alarm: 5:30am Monday through Saturday. And it worked! For the past 6 weeks I have been exercising every morning (or, sometimes in the afternoon if mornings are just too crazy) and I've been eating healthy, brushing my teeth after dinner so I don't eat my nightly bowl of cereal, cutting out all candy and most cookies and brownies (Sunday is my "cheat day" and eat a treat that I make for my Primary class). And guess what? My acne is completely gone! I'm happier - thank you endorphins! I feel better about myself! I haven't tried putting on my old pants yet though, I'm just not ready for that battle I think I'll still lose. And my muffin top is what's really "eating" at me, haha. It just won't go away! Sure, it's gotten a little smaller, but it's still definitely there. STARTING was definitely the hardest part. 

What have I been doing to exercise? The Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and I just did level 1 of the Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs. They're all 30 minute high-intensity workouts. 30 minutes is about all I can handle and squeeze in. Anyway, I follow a bunch of inspiring fit ladies on instagram and am considering doing Kayla Itsines 12 week Bikini Body program because the results she posts on her account are amazing, but probably not typical huh? 

Words of wisdom to keep me motivated:

6 weeks down. 
Eternity to go :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The One with the STITCHED Class Temporarily Back Up!

The STITCHED class I taught at Studio Calico back in April is temporarily available to take again, along with a handful of other "retired" classes!
It's $25 for all 5 classes or $10 each. You do the math and see what's a better deal :)
 I had SO MUCH FUN teaching STITCHED. The layouts I created with various types of hand and machine stitching are still some of my favorite to date. Not to mention the other dozens of amazing creations and projects created by class contributors. Seriously people, mind-blowing creativity goin' on in this class! You'll never look at your sewing machine or needle-and-thread the same again - in a very good way!
By enrolling, you'll have access to all of the class materials and be able to enter the class message board to see previous comments, but that the message board and galleries will not be monitored by an instructor.

All the classes that come in the bundle:
STITCHED with Paige Evans 
MIXED MEDIA with Celine Navarro & Anna-Maria Wolniack
DAY BY DAY - with the Studio Calico Project Life Creative Team
INKED 2.0 - with Lisa Spangler & Tina Aszmus
BEYOND THE BASICS - with Shanna Noel
The sale runs through noon EST on the 25th (next Monday) so hurry and sign up before these go "into the vault" again!
And all this talk of school makes me want to go back to school :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The One with Wordless-ish Wednesday


Happy Wednesday!
With love,
(grumpy-gus) Jane

Monday, August 18, 2014

The One with American Crafts STITCHING Layouts

I have a pair of layouts on the American Crafts blog today with a "Stitching" theme - one of my favorite techniques!
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REMEMBER YOU ARE ALWAYS LOVED by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I knew I wanted to make a big statement with a hand stitched title for Stitching Week and set out to find the perfect sentiment - after searching through the cut files I already owned I found the dear lizzy - loved heart (Design ID #46690) and got to work!

JOURNALING SAYS: No journaling, the pictures and title are worth a thousand words :)

HOW TO: Die cut the dear lizzy - loved heart (Design ID #46690) from scratch cardstock. Place white cardstock on a sticky die cut mat, lightly but firmly adhere the die cut title in place on top, then watercolor over the letters. I put the cardstock on the sticky mat so it doesn't warp as much. Let it dry completely on the mat before carefully peeling off the title and the watercolored cardstock. Poke holes about every 1/4" all the way around the title then backstitch through the holes using floss and changing the floss color where the watercolors change color. It took me about 4 hours to stitch this entire title - after the kids went to sleep and Chris and I were watching HOUSE I stitched - gotta love multitasking! I placed Amy Tangerine vellum letter stickers to say "always" between the last words to complete the title then I embellished with older Dear Lizzy and Maggie Holmes products and a pair of photos. I die cut a bow from patterned paper (leftover from a previous layout). Then I dropped a few colors of mist and matching enamel dots around the layout to finish. 

SUPPLIES: Cardstock, wood button, stickers (circles, flowers, striped border, ticket, vellum letters), adhesive: American Crafts; Floss: DMC; Patterned paper, metal bow die, badges, vellum die cuts, chipboard circle, ticket die cut: Crate Paper; Watercolors: Mr Huey's by Studio CalicoEnamel dotsspray mist: Studio Calico; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo by QuicKutzTitle cut file: dear lizzy - loved heart (Design ID #46690); Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark
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FOX IN BARCELONA by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I love love love making layouts based on quilts and had fun making a faux-quilt design on this layout using machine stitching instead of hand stitching. Both kinds of stitching add such a fun texture and homespun look & feel!

JOURNALING SAYS: You lucky world traveler, you! Checking out the beauty that is Barcelona, Spain!

HOW TO: Punch 1" squares from the Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste papers then trim each square into a triangle. Adhere the triangles in a quilt inspired design on the left half diagonal of a kraft cardstock layout base. Zigzag stitch every direction over the paper triangles - they ain't goin' anywhere after this! Layer two photos on cardstock, die cuts, and stickers on the top right corner and embellish with chipboard, wood veneer, puffy border stickers, more stickers, and add a bit of journaling with a black pen. Stamp the date in black ink on a die cut tag below the photos. Place color-on-like-color enamel dots on the paper triangles to finish.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock, patterned paper, chipboard, stickers, die cuts, wood veneer, date stamppen, adhesive: American Crafts; Enamel dots: Studio Calico; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Ink: StazOn
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I love stitching :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The One with "And I Quote" Part Sept

I've done Part UnPart DeuxPart TroisPart QuatrePart Cinq, and Part Six of my favorite quotes found on Pinterest! So now it's time for Part Sept ("seven" in French - I should change these to German eh?) Sometimes I'm moved by these quotes, other times they are pretty to look at, and others make me laugh out loud.
(All original sources can be found on my QUOTES Pinterest Board.)

This would be fun to translate into patterned paper for a layout!
 Right?

We're doin' our best!

Fun way to show how long you've been together in numbers.

Well this is just gorgeous!
 So many times in the scrapbooking world on silly message board posts I want to scream this...

Please do! I miss it!

To Chris:

:)

For fellow Friends fans:

We've got a bad case of the Wanderlust!

Teehee.
 Pinterest is so tricky like that!

All around good quote.

Need to remember this:
 Amen. I need to remember this.

Just pretty!

LOVE this movie :) (It Takes Two with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen)

75 days!!! But who's counting? :)

Thanks Barney!

6 weeks ago I began an exercise/eating right regime (again...). I'll blog about it later. But STARTING is the hardest part!

Something Fox would say :)


 Beautiful print of Paris!

Note to self:

Absolutely!

I wanna go back :)

And last but not least:
Thank you Pinterest for being so inspiring! Don't know how I lived for 25 years without it!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The One with Fox's 1st People Drawings & Age Cutoffs

Fox has been enrolled in a summer school class called Strong Beginnings and I am utterly amazed at the progress he has made in these short two months with his teacher. He has learned how to write his name, sing songs, appreciate and enjoy making art, speak a few German phrases (Guten Appetite!), made new friends, solve simple problems, his tantrums have lessened, etc. The other day he came home, sat down with a box of crayons, and drew these:



I had no idea he could even draw people and then he came home and made these out of the blue! I am so proud of my little budding artist and so thankful for Miss Dodsen. I wish she could be his teacher forever.

Which leads me into another part of this post - age cutoffs. Fox is our first child, I've never had kids in real school before and don't know how this works! The age cutoff to be in the Strong Beginnings class for the school year is September 1st. Fox's birthday is October 14th. Therefore, because he's 45 days past the cutoff, he'll be in one more year of preschool, then one year of Strong Beginnings, and THEN he'll start kindergarten when he's like 18! But really, he'll be almost 6. Is there anyway to get around the date cutoff? Can he take some tests or something? #firstchildproblems