Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Burp Cloths

On May 20th, Jamie and Jason welcomed their baby boy to the world. I got to go see him the day after he was born and he was so tiny, it was ridiculous. When the Duck was born, we didn't get to see her until she was four days old and I know she was really small also, but I guess it's overwhelming to see such tiny humans when you don't see them that size for long. Does that make sense? Anyway, the baby has hilarious dark hair on his shoulders, so I decided he looks like a tiny bear. I will refer to him as the Bear until he inspires another nickname. 

I know that I posted about making receiving blankets, but I never did tell you about the burp cloths that I made! I used a great tutorial from Dana over at Made.

Fabric-wise, I used leftovers from the receiving blankets (so some match the blankets! yay!) as well as some remnants. All were cute flannel prints. On the opposite side, I used a cozy white chenille. It was lovely and soft. The tutorial was very easy to follow and the cloths were really simple to make. I was very happy with the results.

 Huzzah! Baby things!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monthly Book Roundup: June

Well, well, well. I read QUITE a few books during the month of June. Don't you just love that? 

Confession time: I sometimes get very anxious when I think about the sheer number of books out there in the world and how comparatively little time I have to devote to reading. It's a problem. You know, because I also like having a life outside of books (shocker!).

Anywayyyy... here's what I read in June (And, FYI, I define read in the month as finishing the book during that month. The first book I have on my list for this month was one I started at the end of June, but finished in July. Tricky.), for your browsing pleasure:

Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (a book club selection!)
Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen 
My Life from Scratch by Gesine Bullock-Prado
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

So many books!!! It was a good mix of fiction and non, I think. 

I really enjoyed Homeward Bound. I had heard an interview with the author while listening to a podcast I occasionally enjoy, Stuff Mom Never Told You. I was fascinated by what she was describing as the phenomenon of "new domesticity." I checked out her website and anxiously awaited the publication of the book. I was not disappointed. It was VERY interesting and thought-provoking. Read it.

I'm also still a huge fan of these Sarah Addison Allen books. I think that, of all that I have read thus far, The Sugar Queen is my favorite. 

That's it for now. What did you read in June? Anything thrilling?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July one and all!

We celebrated by reading on the porch, relaxing, and going to our neighbors' house for a cookout in the afternoon. Elisa made watermelon mojitos! It was a lovely day. 

Too bad both Boyfriend and I have to work tomorrow. Boo.