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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Copy Cat... Part 2

It's Thursday! Do you know what that means? No, it's not just the eve of Friday (which most are probably looking forward to the end of the work week). No, No. It's actually the day to link up with Katie and Steph for their weekly Saw It. Pinned It. Did It.

A very long time ago (as in very long time) I did this post about a project I saw on Pinterest. Basically if you don't want to go look back, it was a post in which you can make a hemp pendant lamp that looked EXACTLY like one at West Elm.  The one you can purchase online from them is around $80.00 and is still available on their website. It looks like this...

I loved it! It's simple and would look perfect above our dining room table. But... I'm cheap. Real cheap. And so is my husband. Don't get me wrong... I LOVE nice things and if I could I would straight up buy that pendant from West Elm and not lift a finger. BUT... when I saw a pin on pinterest that told me I could make an exact replica I wanted to try it. 

This project took me several days to make because you have to do quite a few rounds and let the glue dry each time. But here are the supplies I needed.

  • a bouncy ball from any store (I got mine at Walmart)
  • a bottle of Tacky Glue
  • A spool of twine or hemp rope (I got mine at Michaels)
  • Rubber Gloves (these are a must because you will be running the glue over the rope)
  • And a beer (which is optional but highly recommended)

I basically used a bowl to make a circle on the ball (with the air hole in the middle) with a permanent marker. This will be the part of your pendant that hangs down over your table so you can easily reach up to change the bulb. You don't want to wrap any rope or glue through this circle, only around it. Basically after that, you just put on the gloves and start coating small sections of the rope in glue and then wrapping in circles around the ball. You have to work with the string a little bit to make it go in different directions or you will keep wrapping the same section over and over again.

This is me taking a break to enjoy my beer! Yum.

You can see where I kept the circle exposed and no rope wrapped there... You can also see where some of the glue is still wet. This took me several days because you want that full look with not too many exposed areas.

Once you have it wrapped enough to where you like it, take a tire pump thingy (its a technical term obviously) and place it in the air hole (another technical term) to let the air out. Make sure all of the glue is completely dry so you may have to let it sit a couple of days. If not, it might cave in on you when you let the air out.

Now here is what it will look like after you pull the ball out of the inside. 

You can see where some of the glue is there. You just have to pick it off and clean it up a little. Once you do, you will have an exact replica of the West Elm Pendant for..... less than $15.00. Whoop Whoop.

Now all you would need to do is buy a pendant kit from your local hardware store or Home Depot and hang it up from the ceiling. Something like this would be perfect and it comes in different finishes.

So there you have it. A high price look for less. Hope you enjoyed it and please let me know if you try it!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

6 Months

Half a year? Are you serious? I can't even believe that Sam turned 6 months on the 1st. I know this is a tad bit late... but better late than never, right? Said every mom in the history of the universe.

December was a crazy month for us as a family. We had individual friend parties, work parties, birthday parties, trips to Nashville, 7 family Christmases, and even a Christmas out of town at my aunt and uncle's house. Whew. I am just now rested up.

So, now you can see why I am a bit late. Here are a few of the things that Sam is up to this month!

Weight: You officially weighs in at 17 lbs. Dude, you are heavy. It is seriously a workout to carry you and a bag of laundry up from the basement. But I shouldn't complain about burning those extra calories :)

Health: No reports here. We are hoping to stay away from this dreaded flu bug that is going around. I'm guessing that staying inside and away from people in general might help in that department. Basically we are hermits until we can come out and play. You just got the flu shot at your 6 month appt. and we have to go back for another at the beginning of February.

Sleep: Still sleeping from about 7:45-8:00 until 7 in the morning. Thank the Lord for Moms on Call!!

Social: I have loved seeing your personality come out more and more as you get older. You are much more smiley and talkative now then even a month ago. However, you are still serious sometimes especially when you see something new and are trying to figure it out.

Diet: You are now eating pureed baby foods. I am making all of your foods and so far you have had sweet potatoes, bananas, peas, apples, and carrots. You loved the sweet potatoes and the apples... everything else... not so much. I have to mix different combos so you don't make these awful faces. Feeding you is seriously the funniest time ever. Hopefully I am going to introduce avocados, plums, broccoli, and pears soon.

This was after introducing carrots. There was a lot of gagging and ugly faces going on.

Clothes: We packed away all of your 3 month outfits this month. You fit well into 6 month pants but could probably do bigger onsies. You also need to move up to 9 month pj's too! 

Loves the most: Sam got a Baby Einstein bouncer for Christmas and he LOVES it! He also loves this musical activity table that lights up. He got so many new toys over Christmas that he just scoots around the floor to play with them all.

Milestones: You. Are. Mobile. As in crawling. Not so much the crawling on your hands and knees... it's definitely a modified version but trust me, you can get anywhere you want to go. Especially if that place includes the remote control, and if that's the case you are there in 2.5 seconds. Gone are the days that I can walk out of the room with you on the floor. So now I just have to stick you in your bouncer so you don't get into something you shouldn't. You are also babbling up a storm these days saying things like "Bababababa," and even some "Mamamama," in there. I know you don't know that what you are saying means "Mom" but I like to pretend you are talking to me.
Also, you have 2 bottom teeth! They have broken through and are growing bigger everyday. I love seeing your teeffes when you grin. 

It is such a joy to watch you grow. Everyday I look at you and am in awe that you are you and you are mine (and your daddy's). I love you something fierce, kid.