July 30, 2011
Every night I go to bed thinking, maybe tomorrow the baby will be here… The last couple of days of the pregnancy have to be the worst, I am not a patient person and it seems all we are doing is wait wait wait…
Here is how we have been keeping ourselves busy — setting up and photographing the baby room. This was Baby N’s favorite mobile… I love how colorful it is!
My photography isn’t bad, but I have SO much to learn. I know how I want my photos to look, but I need to learn how to change my camera’s settings to achieve the effect I want… I will probably get back into photography once the new baby is here– newborn photography is so much fun, toddler photography is just the opposite coz its impossible to get them to sit still!
While waiting for the baby to arrive, I got my quilt all finished and it is so very pretty. I can’t share it here with you yet, you will have to wait for that, but I will give you a hint of what it looks like,
I worked at a frantic speed to get this quilt done. I was up in the middle of the night at my sewing machine quite a few nights, and one night I actually thought I would sew myself into labor. My mom was very sweet and kept me company while I was up late. Since I had bought way too much fabric for the quilt, we used the leftovers to make a cute newborn baby dress. I used this pattern from Made by RAE (love her blog!) and cut the fabric, my mom hand stitched most of it, and I added the flouncy lace in the bottom. We both love how pretty the dress turned out to be! We are now thinking of making the toddler version of the dress for the big sister
Now we go back to waiting for the baby to arrive… Will keep you guys updated!
Posted by Smitha on July 30, 2011
July 29, 2011
Two cards to share with you today. This weeks CASual fridays challenge (Create a 4 x 9 card and keep it Clean And Simple!) was too good to resist, so I made not one but two cards.
Here is the first card, “you are a sweetheart”
Very clean and straight lines with a hint of scallop and little machine stitching here. The ribbon flowers were fun to make. I adhered them onto the card using glue dots. EAsy peasy. I used these Play date Cafe colors for this card and kept it really simple.
The second card, is a “happy birthday” card. I cut out 1 inch squares from various colors of felt and sewed them onto a patterned paper. For the card, I added some texture in the form of white squares. Rounded the corners and added a border punch to the bottom.
For this card, I used the color inspiration from this Tuesday Trigger from the Moxie Fab World,
Quick pregnancy/baby update. Baby is now overdue by 2 days. Am so huge and uncomfortable, cannot wait to have this baby!! Meanwhile, I have all this unplanned free time, so I make cards
“you are a sweetheart”
Cardstock, gold paper: The paper company
Patterned paper: My minds eye
Ribbon: American Crafts
Sentiment: Crystal Wilkerson (www.jessicasprague.com)
scallop scissors: Fiskars
Cardstock: The paper company
Patterned paper: Colorbok
Sentiment: In the making (www.jessicasprague.com)
Texturizer, border punch: Fiskars
Posted by Smitha on July 29, 2011
July 25, 2011
Are you guys on pinterest? I am totally addicted to pinterest, and in the middle of the night, when I really should be in bed, you will find me frantically pinning stuff away! I have this board full of maternity and newborn photography that I have pinned over the months; each and every one of them are so beautiful and inspiring.
With the baby officially due in two days, we finally got around to taking some maternity portraits of mine. The photographer is none other than my talented darling husband. Have I told you how amazing he is? I kind of forget that, with the day to day rut of life, but every now and then he does something to remind me what a brilliant artist he is!! This has to be my absolute favorite photograph of myself, ever!
I initially had ideas about having Baby N, me and the baby belly in all the photographs. But my little toddler had other ideas and was busy playing all around us and barely had time to pose for the camera. Toddler photography requires SO much of patience. But we did manage to get one or two good photos,
This one cracks me up, everytime I see it. We are in the middle of summer and she wanted to wear a winter hat and later brought out a scarf too!!
But she did take two minutes to come and give the new baby a big kiss and hug
And this photo is for my mom, who keeps saying I don’t really have a huge baby belly! Really?
The past week has gone by pretty fast. I keep getting contractions every now and then, but no sign of the baby yet. I basically have been trying every trick to try and get into labor naturally– go for long walks (which did not really help at all, I just go really tired and my feet hurt real bad!), eat spicy food, eat pineapple, eat cumin, eat sesame seeds– my poor tummy. Bottom line, the baby is going to come when its good and ready. I should just enjoy the time I have here and get some sleep…
Posted by Smitha on July 25, 2011
July 18, 2011
Today, I have some paper and felt flower tutorials to share with you. You can see my step by step instructions for these on the Fiskars website here.
There are eight flowers in all,
You can use these flowers in so many ways! Here I made a ribbon headband for my little girl Nidhi. Love the hot pink!
You will also be seeing these flowers in many of my future projects– on scrapbooking layouts and cards.
I am knee deep (literally!) in my quilt. Have finished sewing my front and am now pinning and basting the layers. Am thinking of doing both a hand and machine quilt on this one. Lets see how much time I get to finish it, the baby could be here anyday… This baby is officially due in 9 days now
Thats it from me today. Hope you have a happy Monday!
Posted by Smitha on July 18, 2011
July 14, 2011
Time to share some digital goodness today. This is a layout of mine that appeared in this Creating Keepsakes: Scrapbooking tips and tricks: Fabulous Flowers edition,
As seen in Creating Keepsakes’ 2011 Tips & Tricks: Fabulous Flowers. Copyright Creative Crafts Group.
Published with prior permission from the publisher.
I have said this many times, that I am not a flower person. Atleast 6 months ago, I wasn’t. I like clean lines and bold colors in my scrapbooking layouts. To soften things I like to add stitching. But couple of months ago, I tried my hand at layering some paper flowers together and I loved the result. And then I bought some felt flowers from Michaels and they have inspired me and made me a flower addict. I like exploring felt flowers so much now that I have a flower tutorial to share with you all next week.
For this digital layout, I used flowers as my embellishments, but I used close ups of the flowers and creatively cropped them as my accents. This was a very simple layout– a quick one too, and I love the orange color here– bright and bold!
I have been feeling this burst of energy of late and today I started a humungous project. I started a new quilt for the baby. I have been feeling enormously guilty that I have not made anything handmade for the second baby. So with two weeks left to my due date, I am starting my quilt. This will be the third quilt I have ever made, and it is a pretty simple design. I bought all my fabrics, have sketched out my pattern (its not a simple block pattern.. it involves a bit of math to cut each piece!) and tonite I ironed all the washed fabrics ( I so dislike ironing– but it had to be done)
Here is a peek at the fabrics I plan to use for this quilt (I don’t think I will be using dark brown fabric though)– wish me luck!!
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Papers, alpha, journaling strips and staples: Crystal Wilkerson
Journaling font: Palatino Linotype
Posted by Smitha on July 14, 2011