Monday, March 30, 2015


I love exploring new mediums for creating.  I've taught myself how to crochet by watching YouTube videos, last year I learned needle-turn-applique, and most recently I've started weaving.  More specifically, weaving wall hangings.  I had an idea that I wanted to make something to hang in the baby room using some adorable yarn I had on hand.  I've seen various woven wall hangings on Pinterest, and of course became fixated on making one of my own.

I started by purchasing this loom from Amazon and using yarn I had on hand.  I followed this tutorial and pattern from A Beautiful Mess, and it only took me one night of TV watching to complete.  I love the way it turned out!  
Weaving : Wall Hanging Inspiration : Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes
Of course, Peanut wanted one to hang in her room as well.  She picked the colors, all inspired by My Little Pony characters.  I love her imagination!  
Weaving : Wall Hanging Inspiration : Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes
Weaving : Wall Hanging Inspiration : Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes
I'm excited to try out some different patterns and a variety of yarn and fabric types.  If you're looking for a creative outlet that is easy to learn, affordable, portable, and provides immediate gratification (all pluses for me), weaving may be the perfect craft for you.  Oh, and it's easy to do while watching TV - another plus in my book.

Another quick project I crossed off of my baby room to-do list this weekend - a lamp shade re-do.  This took me about 30 minutes, scraps of fabric from the crib skirt, and some hot glue. I love when middle-of-the-night inspiration strikes :)
Lamp Shade Before & After : Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes
Check out some more woven wall hanging inspiration here.
Weaving inspiration : Wall Hanging from Squishy Cheeks & Cupcakes
Have a great week!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

So I'm Kind of Freaking Out

I would consider myself an intelligent woman with an adequate amount of common sense.  Yes, at times I make decisions based more on emotion than on rational thinking, but I can admit that I am also a very emotional person - just ask my husband.

However, as I enter my 37th week of pregnancy, all logic and rational thinking has flown out the window.  And to make matters worse, this isn't even my first pregnancy/delivery!  Even so, when I start to think about heading to the hospital and all that comes with birthing our daughter, my hands get all sweaty and my head starts to spin a bit.  What the hell is wrong with me?  I've done this before!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Why Podcasts are Awesome & My New Favorite

Last Fall, we all (well, those of us who weren't under a rock) fell in love with Serial, a podcast about the real-life murder mystery of Hae Min Lee and the story of her ex-boyfriend accused of the crime.  Serial captivated listeners with it's 'did he?  didn't he? ' style of investigating and left us all to draw our own conclusions.

Friday, March 6, 2015

DIY Lavender Scented Wool Dryer Balls

I've wanted to make myself some wool dryer balls for some time now, and with the baby on the way, I thought this would be the perfect time to start using them in our home.  What are wool dryer balls you ask?  Dryer balls are an eco-friendly, non-toxic alternative to dryer sheets.  They leave your clothes soft and static-free while cutting down on drying time, which saves time and energy.  What's not to love?!  We have some pretty sensitive skin in our house as well, and I hoped this would reduce the amount of chemicals we are putting our skin in contact with.

These wool dryer balls were so easy to make and they only took about 1 1/2 hours from start to finish - about 20 minutes to roll and another hour and a half to wash and dry the balls.  Here's how I did it.


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