the last of luke’s nursery

Sigh. The day finally came when we decided to move Luke to his “big boy bed” (aka teeny toddler bed).

We had talked about doing it on a week when Ian was working an earlier shift, so we’d have a good amount of time for an extended bedtime routine if we encountered any difficulties. But when we looked at our calendar, we realized that most nights we had commitments that were going to push bedtime back anyways. So we made the switch kind of spur-of-the-moment on a Sunday morning. Which was for the best, since it didn’t leave me time to be overly sentimental about “his last night in his crib” and whatnot. Which I tend to do.

Anyways. We did it – Ian put together his toddler bed and we re-arranged all the furniture so that it fit. Luke and baby sister will be sharing a room, so we had to be creative about fitting everything in a small room. But it will be cozy and cute and Luke is really excited about sharing his room. Once we’ve settled everything in and decorated, I’ll share some photos. But don’t expect it before December!

I loved how Luke’s room was for the first couple years of his life. When he was born, we had a bare skeleton of a room – a crib with no mattress, and a couple dressers. Hey, when you have an adoption come through after the baby is already born, you don’t exactly have time to nest before bringing him home! So it took a couple months to come together, but it was a sweet room that worked well for us. And honestly, the style of the new shared room won’t be that much different. If there’s a theme to the room, it’s probably a woodland theme, which I still love. But I wanted to remember what Luke’s first room looked like.

I loved his little crib area. I designed his birth announcement, and my mom made it with her mad crewel embroidery skills (I’ve already given her baby girl’s design to work on!). My mother-in-law got those super cute animal prints from a local artist – Luke still loves to point out the animals and make up stories about them. The little collage area over his dresser is a modge podge of fun little crafted or thrifted goodies. Both the dresser and the lamp is from my childhood. The lamp also plays a lullaby and the crib figurine rocks when you wind it up (it totally freaks Ian out, but I love it).

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This room gets some nice light, and it was nice to have his changing table under the window. The stork always looked great there – I’m excited to be adding a new heart to it soon! To the left of the window is a photo of Luke’s first father’s day (only a couple weeks old) and a bib that my oma made for one of my mom’s best friends when she had a baby boy. When I had Luke, she was so sweet to pass it on to me. I absolutely love it. I don’t have a full photo of it, but my mom made the Noah’s ark hanging above the closet. She made it for me before I was born, and it always hung in my room growing up. That’s probably Luke’s favorite art in the room since he’s obsessed with Noah’s ark. 🙂

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This side of the room is fun – I made the trio of woodland animals before Luke was born. My BFFs made the little raccoons and twig tree for my baby shower. The good ol’ IKEA expedit has served us well, and will continue to do so!

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So that’s the grand tour – I did say his room was small. 🙂

And here’s a photo of the big boy in his new bed. I made the quilt for him – my first since the lap quilt I made in high school home ec! It was actually a remarkably smooth process, and Luke loves it. Overall, he’s adjusted well to his new bed – bedtimes are great, naptimes are usually fine, though he definitely uses his freedom to get up and play for a few more minutes before settling down. We are thankful for a kiddo who generally likes to sleep, so we try not to get too worked up when we have a shorter or skipped nap day.

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I’m excited to put together their new room… once that nesting instinct kicks in, I guess!

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introducing… the little tidbits of joy shop

So remember how I said I had an exciting announcement? Well, I know a bunch of you were hoping it was baby news and yes, that would be way more exciting! But not yet. However it is a sort of birth… I’m officially selling my crafts now!

It’s super exciting and crazy. I’m freaking out a little.

If you live in the Bellingham-ish area, you should come to my very first craft fair! I’ll have a booth with my friend Corinne (who is selling her awesome Christmas ornaments – let me just say that there are seashells and glitter involved with some of them!) at Hillcrest Chapel’s Arts & Crafts Fair this Saturday, Nov 3, from 9am-4pm. Not only are there a bunch of great vendors every year, but a portion of the profits goes to the church’s Adoption Fund that provides grants to families that are adopting!

But that’s not all! I’ve also opened an Etsy shop.

It’s really just a sneak peak at this point – I’ve only put a few items in there since I am keeping most of my stock freed up for the craft fair this Saturday. I’ll be adding more items soon, so stay tuned!

Here are a couple glimpses of things I am selling…

Head on over to my shop to see the other items.

I’ll have some other goods available on Saturday at the craft fair, so I hope to see some of you there! I’ll let you know how it goes and keep you posted on my shop happenings. But for now, I’ve got to get back to my crafting frenzy!

luke’s first birthday

On June 10th we celebrated Luke’s first birthday! This has been such a fun year, and Luke’s birthday was no exception.

Look how much our little boy has grown in a year! (And yes, mama may have planned to wear the same shirt she was wearing when we met Luke for the first time…)


We made some fun food for the party – a watermelon hedgehog by Ian, and some owl cupcakes (from Hello, Cupcake!) by me.

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owl cupcakes

owl cupcakes

I was excited to make a birthday banner that our family can use for years to come, and I love how it turned out.

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We’ve been taking a photo of Luke every month with his alphabet blocks, so I hung those up. It’s so crazy to see how he’s changed from month to month.

I still think his 1 month photo is freaking adorable.
He was such an alert little guy from day one!

Luke napped into the first 2o minutes of his party, but once he woke up and took in the whole scene, he was thrilled with all the attention. His favorite part was probably opening the presents – he loved looking at each gift, wrapping and card.

And of course he got to eat his cupcake. I thought he’d be all over it, but he carefully dissected it and eventually nibbled at it calmly. He was also somewhat suspicious of sitting in his high chair in the middle of the lawn while everyone watched.

After the party, we headed to church, where we had Luke dedicated. We were happy to have our friend and pastor, Chris Eltrich, lead the dedication litany. I cried for the third time that day when he read the verses that we’ve chosen for Luke, Proverbs 3:5-6. It just hit me again how deeply I want those words to sink into Luke’s heart as he grows up. I am so thankful for the privilege of getting to raise Luke and teach him about God’s great love and faithfulness.

It was such a great day! Luke is such a loved little guy, and it was special to get to share his first birthday with so many of his friends and family. And he’s pretty happy that he has some awesome balloons to play with too. 🙂

luke’s birth announcement wall hanging

crewel birth announcement wall hanging embroidery

Even before Luke came into the picture, I knew that I wanted a handmade birth announcement to hang on his wall. My oma (my mom’s mom) had cross-stitched one for me, and I wanted my baby to have one made by his or her oma. I love my mom’s crewel embroidery, so I wanted her to embroider the announcement. The only catch was that there were few patterns or kits to be found, and nothing really impressed me. So I decided that we would just have to make our own design.

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I got out Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection, which has so many cute patterns that fit my style, and perused her collection of woodland critters. The awesome thing about the book is that it comes with a cd of the digital files, so you can resize, rotate and tilt the designs exactly how you want them. I came up with a good layout, printed it off, then traced it with a washable marking pen onto some linen.

The main difference between crewel embroidery and traditional embroidery is that instead of embroidery floss, you use crewel wool yarn. That presented the next problem – none of our local craft or yarn stores carried any. Luckily, there is this great store in Yakima, WA called the Wooly Thread, and they carry all of the colors for great prices. We ended up getting a few of the seasonal packs, and it was perfect. I marked the pattern with the color numbers, and it was all set for my mom to take over!

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We had no idea how long our adoption process would take, or how much notice we would have before baby arrived, so I told her she better get started! She spent some time working on it on our annual Leavenworth getaway weekend, and then did bits and pieces here and there. And as it turned out, only a couple months after completing our paperwork, we became instant parents! With the pressure on, she finished it in time to give it to me at my family baby shower last fall.

It turned out SO great, even better than I expected! Though my mom would never admit to being crafty, she is awesome at crewel embroidery, and I’m so happy she made this for Luke. It looks great in his bedroom too!

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crewel embroidery birth announcement

Are there any sentimental things you’ve made or want to make for your kids? I love this tradition and plan to have one for each of my kids, if we have more – so don’t get too comfortable, mom, there may be more to do! 🙂

owls to love

Man, owls are seriously the new hedgehogs in my life. You may recall I’ve mentioned my owl obsession before. Well, it’s only grown bigger, because I got a bunch of owl gifts for Christmas! So fun!  [I am still a huge hedgehog fan, in case you were wondering. In fact, woodland critters in general make me happy.]

I also made a few owl gifts this Christmas, including these little felt ornaments from the pattern in Fa la la la Felt:

I really love crafting books, because they do the hard work of coming up with a good pattern and I get to do the fun stuff – the details! The pattern called for buttons, but I only had some beads. And I switched up colors and stitching details too.

Luke was very interested in trying to grab these, so I decided to make him a little stuffed owl. He always gives a big smile when we pull it out, so I’m pretty sure he’s an owl fan too (it may have something to do with his woodland-themed room, I’m not sure…).

It makes my heart very happy to see Luke enjoy his first mama-crafted toy. I’m sure there are more to come.

What do you think? Are owls the new hedgehogs, or will my prickly friends make a comeback in the mainstream market?