Archive | February, 2012

Baby Quilt

17 Feb

It’s official. Baby Page is allowed to come whenever he or she wants to, because I finished the baby quilt! It only took me three days from start to finish, and I didn’t even go crazy! That’s more than I can say about the last quilt I made in three days, although I had NO idea what I was doing that time. (Note to any would-be quilters out there: give yourself at least a week to finish your first!)

The quilt and I had a photo shoot this morning so I could show it off to you, dear readers. Here goes:

Hey, pretty curtains, stop trying to steal the quilt's thunder! You'll get your own photo shoot when I finally get around to photographing the nursery!

Here she is, in all her glory! I followed a tutorial from Moda’s Bake Shop, with a few minor tweaks here and there. I couldn’t locate any Moda charm packs called for in the tutorial, and my favorite little quilt shop in Goodlettsville was closed the day I wanted to start (and by golly, I wanted to start this quilt on MONDAY! I didn’t have time to wait ’til TUESDAY!), so I just went to JoAnn’s for fabric. JoAnn’s is sort of like the Walmart of craft stores. I have champagne tastes when it comes to fabric, so it was a little disappointing to work with lesser quality materials, but I think it turned out well overall. Also, it’s probably going to get pooped on, so…

Those little triangles bordering the pinwheels are called prairie points. They’re sewn down securely and look perfect for a gummy teething session, don’t you think?

It’s backed with this high-contrast graphic pattern and bound with a polka dotted pale yellow fabric.

Hey, crib skirt, didn't you hear me talking to the curtains? Pipe down!

Glamour shot on the crib!

Baby Page, doesn't this quilt look so cozy? Doesn't it just make you want to come out and snuggle? What's that? You want to stay in there two weeks past your due date?! Um... can we talk about this?

Well, that’s about all I have to say about the baby quilt. Time to go put away my sewing machine and vacuum up all the thread on the floor!

-Erica

Mo’ Pills Mo’ Problems

3 Feb

The topic of contraception has been in the news lately. 1.35 million condoms were recalled in South Africa earlier this week, leading many to fear an increase in the spread of HIV/AIDS in a continent that has already suffered so much from the disease. Also, 1 million packets of birth control were recalled here in the US because of a packaging error that may lead a woman to take a placebo pill when she intends to take a hormonal pill, resulting in an increase in the chance of pregnancy.

Reading these news reports this week made me want to write a post about contraception and why I believe using contraception is harmful to men and women. However, The Bad Catholic did a WAY better job than I ever could, arguing this point from Natural Law (aka, you don’t have to be Catholic to agree with what is written).

Please do yourself a favor and read the post! I’ll give you a few highlights to whet your appetite:

  • Should rosebushes be kept in closets? What does that have to do with sex? (Uh, aside from the “bush” reference… get your mind out of the gutter!)
  • How is contraception like bulimia?
  • What method of family planning is related to a divorce rate of less than 1%? (Seriously!!!)
  • How might contraception keep you from “living your life to the fullest”?

Obviously, this is a very personal issue that each individual must decide for himself or for herself. However, I sure as heck don’t mind sharing what I believe to be a great insight that so many people have yet to find. And, if this article makes you want to learn more, please let me know! I have lots of further sources that I would love to share with you!

-Erica

Quick Life Update

2 Feb
  • I’m 36 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I’ll be full term in 12 days! Since the midwives will let me go as long as two weeks past my due date, this baby could come any time between now and March 13th, although I’m hoping for somewhere around the due date.
  • My guess is it’s a girl. We shall see!
  • My sister is having a boy, due July 3rd. Our parents are about as ridiculously excited as you could imagine them being, what with expecting their first two grandchildren this year and all.
  • (I told you this blog would be about babies.)
  • Charles passed his first actuary exam this week! And by passed I mean kicked the snot out of it. What a smarty pants. I am very proud of him.
  • We’re getting a new (to us!) car this week. The Volvo is on it’s last leg and needs repairs more costly than the car’s value, so it’s time to put her down. We’re very thankful to be able to get a new car without taking out a loan and making Dave Ramsey cry.
  • The nursery curtains and crib skirt came out splendidly, and we’re just about finished! I ordered some prints through Etsy from a lady in Australia (oh hi, globalization), and I’m waiting for them to arrive. Once I frame those and put up some shelves, we’ll be finished!

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for hopefully more than one-a-month blogging from your’s truly.

-Erica