Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My girls

I've been posting a lot of photos on my other blog, and I thought I'd share a few here, too. I've been treasuring this time to get to know Naomi and to watch Natalie fall in love with her sister while also exhibiting a new level of independence. Soon we'll all be gathered around the craft table together, making cards and scrapbook pages together...

Friday, July 24, 2009

My newest project!

After waiting an extra 11 days beyond her due date, Naomi Elizabeth Rooks arrived healthy and whole at 12:53 a.m. today (July 24) weighing in at 9 lbs. 5 oz and measuring 23 inches long. She was born at home after 2 1/2 hours of labor. She has dark hair and lovely chubby cheeks.

I have lots of photos on myother blog: http://www.rookses.com/2009/07/24/naomi-elizabeth-rooks.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

No news, but a cool card by my mom

My mom makes awesome cards! She recently sent me a photo of this masterpiece. I had a tough time envisioning it when she described what she was doing while we were talking on the phone yesterday. Wow!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New card, old card

This is my most recent card, which I made using some of my newest stamps and some old colors. I can't believe I haven't invested in fun animal stamps earlier!

I discovered this card in my stash today, after a friend asked if I have any thank-you cards she could order. I had planned to upload this to my Etsy shop -- we'll see if that ever happens...

41 weeks, 2 days

I'm still making the most of this pre-baby vacation. All is well with me and the baby, so my husband, daughter, and I are just waiting and actively enjoying time at home together. I made a couple of fun cards the other day, which I've yet to photograph, and I bought some newborn shirts to stamp on.

In the meantime, I posted a lengthy update on my other blog. Now I'm off to make some blueberry-strawberry coffee cake...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A whale of a birthday card

I was working on these Friday when I thought labor was starting. Turns out it was just early signs that stopped when I went to bed. At least now the cards are finished!

Yesterday I finished a page in Natalie's scrapbook. I was surprised by how long it took me to come up with a layout. My mom reminded me that scrapbook pages are just like big cards with photos. That seemed to help.

Now we're off to a spicy lunch -- maybe that will get labor started!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

No baby, but some new cards...

Baby's not ready yet, apparently. I did make some fun kid birthday cards yesterday. When the fog burns off and the lighting is better, I'll photograph and post them. In the meantime, I'm writing a longer update for my other blog....

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Still waiting

I'm still waiting patiently for Baby's arrival... Maybe today will be the day I start my daughter's scrapbook!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

No baby yet

No birthday party yet, but I'm feeling great and making the most of the time left. I thought I was all finished nesting, but I managed to find a few more great baby buys at a second-hand shop yesterday. I've also been working on a few more cards using my new stamps...

Monday, July 13, 2009

In due time...

Today's my baby's due date. We're not sure if it will be his/her birthday (there are still several hours left today), and I'm doing my best to treat each moment as a gift before that momentous occasion... There's more baby readiness info on my other blog, rookses.com.

To that end, I've been crafting up a small storm, mostly cards to have on hand for future thank-yous and new babies. I've been using the new stamps I got through my recent Stampin' Up workshop. It's obvious I ordered the right stamps because just looking at them inspires me to create!

We made this card in the workshop using one of Stampin' Up's newest colors and stamp sets.

I'm wild about this fat, happy little bird! And the swirly vines make for lovely borders and backgrounds. I'll get a lot of use out of this set...

For something different and fun, I ordered a set of animal stamps, which features the giraffe and elephant pictured as well as an owl and a whale. It's a different style for me, but I figured Natalie and I will have stamping the animals together...

Monday, July 6, 2009

Baby shower gift: keepsake box

For the baby shower for my best friend, Sarah, I was privileged to be able to decorate a keepsake box for her new baby. Our friend, Laura, organized the shower and came up with the idea for the box, which is filled with several smaller boxes...

When Laura gave me the big, undecorated box, I initially intended to cover it with paper -- what could be more natural for me? However, I realized that the sides of the box were larger than 12x12, so using paper would present a challenge. Then I got the inspiration I needed: Sarah loves fabric! I popped into the local fabric store and perused the vintage-style selection. The Dick and Jane squares were a no-brainer -- I knew for a fact that Sarah loves those. I then quickly found some lovely warm-colored floral fabric that coordinated well.

The employees at the fabric store were patient with me and my utter lack of knowledge about fabric. I basically showed them the box and said I wanted to cover it with fabric. They agreed that about a yard should do it, and suggested Aleene's tacky glue instead of hot-melt glue. I'm indebted to them for that helpful suggestion! I'm now crazy about fabric and glue -- I'm just sad that fabric is so much more expensive than paper...

I finished the inside edges with twill tape to give it a clean look. I would have done it on the inside of the lid, too, but I feared that making the lid any thicker would prevent it from sliding onto the box.

Each of the smaller boxes will contain something special commemorating Baby Tilly's birth -- her hospital bracelets, information about the weather on the day she was born, data about the popularity of her name, etc. I stamped the tops of each box to label them and trimmed each lid with different cream ribbons/lace/rick-rack (except for the white hexagonal box, which has tan ribbon).

I couldn't stop with decorating the boxes. I just had to incorporate some paper projects, so I made a little brag book, complete with several photos of Baby Tilly (the shower was held after Sarah's baby was born).

I also made a little book with pocket pages to contain notes of love and encouragement for Baby Tilly. All the shower guests filled out a page, and the book can go in the box for her to read when she gets older.

This book project also afforded me a chance to visit my favorite scrapbook store, which I was saddened to find out will be closing in September. When it closes, we on the Central Coast will be left at the mercy of online outlets and chain stores such as Michaels and Beverly's for our scrapbook needs.

It was a perfect project for me to work on now -- it helped me get excited to have my own baby soon, and it gave me a wonderful idea for a gift to give my children someday. I can't wait to meet our new little one to see which fabric will be perfect for him/her!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Work in progress

Behold the belly: 38 weeks, 6 days (9 days until my due date)...

I'm feeling well, and there haven't been any signs of imminent labor. My midwife and I both think it will be several days yet -- I have a hunch this one will stay put until a little after the due date. We just have to wait and see! Either way, I'm comfortable with the baby's timing...

In other news, I've been keeping busy with craft projects, one of which I can't post about until after Sunday. It's a gift for my best friend's baby shower, and I happen to know she peeks at this blog regularly :)