Twenty Twelve in Pictures

What better way to commemorate 2012 than in pictures.  Thanks be to Dweej at House Unseen and Robin at Farewell Stranger for the great idea and for hosting link-ups so we can all peek.  If you haven’t yet reflected on the past year via blogging, you should mosey on over and join the fun. 

Since projects are my main squeeze, my monthly memories are all DIY style.  Here’s 2012:jan2 I pulled out the spray paint and covered over some shiny gold towel rings that went up in our master bath.

feb We started a kitchen remodel.  I spent most of my days sanding, scraping, and priming whilst four months into our twin pregnancy.

mar  I turned on the crafty switch and made thank you cards out of baby shower cards I received at our first shower this month.  We also found out that buttons and bows, ribbons and curls would be a very big part of our future as the two sprouts were GIRLS!

apr  Determined to cover the ever-expanding twin belly in clothes that fit and eager to stay far from frumpy, I took a stab at altering some maternity tees and after a little frustration, finally succeeded.

mayWith the girls arrival only a couple of months away , we got on the ball and started planning out their nursery, after combining the office and guest bedroom.  (Eight months later and it’s still in progress…)

jun  I pushed fashion into their destiny as I made the twins their very first maxi skirts out of the pant legs of some maternity pjs I altered.

jul  On the 9th, we welcomed our biggest project to date.  They came after seven hours of labor, weighed in at a cumulative 13 pounds, and it only took us a day to name them.  Hola Seraphia and Cecilia!

aug  We livened up our master bath with a faux roman shade.

sep We finally finished the kitchen remodel we had started at the end of 2011.

sept122012 008 I whipped up some curtains to adorn the girls’ closet and window in their (still unfinished) nursery.  We also moved the girls from our bed (a survival mode remedy after trying car seats, swings, and a co-sleeper) into a crib in our room without too much of a hassle.

nov  I spent many nap times, bedtimes, and Daddy times painting stripes in the nursery.

dec I injected some much needed color into our white, white kitchen by spray painting some kitchen basics.


Wishing you all a healthy, happy, and fruitful 2013!

Merry Christmas!

I thought (wrong) that it'd be fun to take a picture of our card for you all but as you can (or can't) see, it's a little indistinguishable   Yes, that is our little fam buried in the sands of the southern shore line.  No, it's not really "real" but only photoshopped "real".  The point is, Merry Christmas y'all and Happy Birthday to the Big Guy!

Almost every family member (about 9) singing pat-a-cake got us this gem after mass last night:

And, our tree this year:

The same as last year and the year before - fake, pre-lit, and wrapped with even more lights by light-lover me, adorned with our swelling stash of ornaments (thanks to gifts and an ornament party) and a $3 handmade star (tutorial found at Love Maegan) atop it's point. 

Merry, Merry Christmas!  

Just The Lid

Thought I'd had enough with spray paint for awhile?  Never.  If you have had enough of me not having enough with spray paint then I'm sorry, but I just can't quit it and I'm gonna slide in this last post about the stuff until I finish some other projects because it's a quickie and I've only got a quick minute and because I've been sewing and your gonna get the deets on that next week.  Aaanywho, we have this jar:
Plain, simple, and I'm pretty sure at least as old as me since it appears in my childhood memories..not to mention abundant in many forms in every thrift store I've ever been.

Well, as it happens I still have mucho of the same gold spray paint that I used to make my cap toes and jazz up my Mama so:

Bada bing, bada spray...not so plain and not so simple anymore.  Ready and willing to assist in keeping our ears clean.

Speaking of clean ears, make sure yours are because hooves will be hitting roofs this week and lucky is the person that hears 'em.  Merry Christmas and Happy, Happy Birthday Jesus!

In Living Color

It’s been five long/short months since the twins entered this the world and five long/short months since I stopped documenting the bump they gave me.  A couple of months ago I started to construct a collage of the belly pictures I took to show just how ginormous I got week-by-week.  I had this great idea to turn all of the weekly pics to black and white photos except for “the bump”, highlighting it’s presence…as if it’s size didn’t do that already.  Great idea, a long time to accomplish with my current job as mother keeping me on high alert.  Then Natalie posted a fantastic collage a few weeks after her son was born and it really lit the fire under my bum to finish mine.  :) 

So folks, here we have:

Born on their 37 week in-utero birthday, you can read Seraphia (5 lbs. 13 oz.) and Cecilia’s (6 lbs. 14 oz.) birth story in four parts – Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.  Then, get a load of their cuteness at 1 month, 2 months, and 3 months…I’m a smidge behind on posting their 4th and 5th but who can blame me?  I’ve got twins.  :)

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P.S.  I used to create the colored bump effect.  First I opened a belly pic, duplicated it (duplicated the layer…not sure if I’m speaking technically correct), turned the duplicate (on top of the original) black and white by desaturating it, and then erased the area over my belly to reveal the still-colored photo underneath.  Easy peasy.  It’s such a fun way to edit a picture! 


There are no words to describe the sadness in my heart and every heart after Friday’s shooting.  The only thing we can do is pray.  Pray for the victims, the families, and for the world in which we live.  I find so much comfort in the fact that heaven is many souls richer after that day with the souls of these children and adults.  I hope that I too can live my life in a way that brings me to that beautiful place as well. 

A good friend shared this photo (she found it here) on Facebook and every time I look at it the heaviness in my heart is lifted a little bit more.  I thought I’d share it with you in hopes that you may see the profound beauty and reality in it.


May God bless Newtown, our country, and our world.