Etsy Round Up / Bear Hug

Etsy Round Up on Lost and Fawned - Bear Hug

I love bears.  Logan has always been our “bear dog” ( Finn is our “fox dog”), we have a huge print of a bear above our bed and I often refer to these twins as the cubs.  Lucky for me, bears are totally trendy and you have find tons of them in stores and on etsy.  Here is a quick round up of some of my favorite etsy bears.

Starting in top row, from left to right:

Backpacking Summer Layers

Backpacking Sumemr Layers on Lost and Fawned

Memorial Day Weekend is coming up and USUALLY that’s the start of our backpacking season.  With all the changes and my current condition, I’ll be spending this year lounging in the air conditioning instead.  If I could spend the long weekend in the woods, I’d be bringing lots of layers as usual.

The heat is here!  It’s going to be in the 80’s (finally!!) this week during the day, but the weather is still unpredictable so layers are a must.  I usually like to wear a t-shirt when I wear my pack.  I don’t like to wear anything that is too loose or too strappy.  Both make me uncomfortable when I tighten my pack.  We are pretty easy going hikers, so typically in summer I ditch my boots and wear something like these Keens.  I don’t recommend it for everyone, but for me it works.  I included two options for bottoms.  I would probably bring both.

  1. Rocky Ridge III Hoodie from Columbia – $39.99 SALE
  2. Patagonia Linear Fracture V-Neck from Moosejaw – $29.00
  3. Prana Double Headband from Moosejaw – $7.99 SALE
  4. Icebreaker Via Shorts from Sierra Trading Post – $69.97 SALE
  5. Keen Clearwater CNX Leather Sport Sandals from Sierra Trading Post – $69.95 SALE
  6. The North Face Motivation Crop Leggings from Sierra Trading Post – $39.95 SALE
  7. Hydro Fask 12oz Insulated Bottle from Moosejaw – $17.56 SALE

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Sheepskin in the Nursery

Sheepskin in the Nursery on Lost & Fawned

Now that the shower is done (more on that soon!) and we are in our third trimester, it’s really time to start prepping the house for the boys to show up.  The nursery is almost ready.  The furniture is all in place, I have almost finished curating the art and I’ve been piling up pillows and blankets on the rocker and bed to make it an extra cozy space to nurse and bond with our babies.

One of those cozy touches is an amazing sheepskin from Sheepskin Town.  While it is a little pricier than other budget skins I’ve purchased, it’s super plush and very dense.   It’s perfect for throwing over the rocker or on the bed to add an extra layer of cushion (which feels amazing on my achy back right now).  We plan to use it for supervised play gym time as well when the babes get a little bigger.  It’s the perfect size and the ivory color is classic and easy to mix in with any decor.

Quick note:  Of course those pillows and the skin are purely being stored in the crib right now.  When the babies transition to their crib, we are following the AAP safe sleep guidelines, which includes no blankets, pillows or crib bumpers while the babies are in their cribs.

Sheepskin with Playgym on Lost and Fawned

Adding an extra layer of texture to your nursery is a great way of warming up the space and making it your own.  Just like mixing art mediums creates a great gallery wall, mixing pillows and blankets in a wide range of fabrics and patterns makes a bed feel luxe and welcoming.

I was provided with sample product from Sheepskin Town to facilitate this post.  I was given no other compensation and will receive no compensation on sales generated by the post.  All opinions expressed are my own and I only back products I truly love in reviews on Lost & Fawned.

Spring in the Kitchen

Spring in the Kitchen on Lost and Fawned

While fall will always be my favorite season for flavors, Spring for sure has some of the brightest seasonal ingredients.  From classic snow peas, citrus and strawberries, to less common lychee, fiddlehead ferns and jackfruit.

Here are some amazing seasonal recipes fresh from Pinterest to add to your spring menu…

  1. Roasted Rhubarb Fancier from Hint of Vanilla
  2. Spring Pea & Lemon Pesto Pizza from Running to the Kitchen
  3. Dark Chocolate & Apricot Tarts from Figs & Pigs
  4. Dilled Red Potatoes & Peas from Foodie Crush
  5. Lemon Lava Cake from The Novice Chef
  6. Tarragon Chicken Salad from Feasting at Home
  7. Pan Fried Cod in Citrus & Basil Butter Sauce from Foodness Gracious
  8. Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini from Foodess
  9. Seared Scallops with Snow Peas & Orange from Real Simple

Nocturne Quilt Progress

Half Square Triangle Crib Quilt in Moda Nocturne on Lost and Fawned

Both of my quilts are in the home stretch.  Quilt A is being quilted (I think I bit off more than I can chew with my stitch choice… but we will get to that in a future post) and today I wanted to share a little of Quilt B’s progress.

I picked up one charm pack of Moda’s Nocturne and a couple of yards of higher quality unbleached muslin for this simple fabric pull.  I thought about adding a color to the mix, but didn’t want to over complicate things.  Since the pattern for the other quilt was a little on the ambitious side, for this one I went with super simple half square triangles and added interest by creating a gradient with the triangles from corner to corner.  I kind of wanted it to almost feel like twilight when the moon is rising.

Nocturne by Moda Crib Quilt on Lost and Fawned

It came together super quickly using this tried and true method and 5″ squares.  After I laid them all out in a way I felt worked, I sewed them all together using TONS of pins to make sure my corners were nice.  Accuracy is one of the most important keys to quilting even in simple patterns like this.  I added a nice thick border with the muslin to finish it and bring it up to size.

Moda Nocturne Crib Quilt on Lost and Fawned

Today I’ll be making my sandwich and prepping it for quilting.  I picked some yardage of Winter Sweater from Cotton + Steel’s new Bluebird collection for the backing and will be using simple dusty blue Essex yarn dyed linen for the binding.  I’m still trying to decide how I want to quilt this.  I’ve never done “stitch in the ditch” before, which is kind of appealing.  Usually I work 1/4″ off the seams with HSTs.  I’m trying to keep the border in mind too.  I don’t want too many starts and stops that don’t extend to the edge.  I’d love some suggestions.

Planning a Spring Twin Baby Shower

We have nearly made it to the third trimester.  And how fitting it seems that we would be in the viability window and having a baby shower (something I only dreamed of before) during National Infertility Week.  I’m still planning to do a write up about our struggle with infertility and pregnancy loss, but it’s honestly in it’s 200th draft now.

But that brings us to the shower!  Believe it or not, being the center of attention terrifies me.  But I’m so thrilled to celebrate our boys with a group of family and friends and I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and love we have received so far.  What I also love, is planning parties.  My sister-in-law was gracious enough to host this event for us, and we have had so much fun planning the details together (with a little help from Minted).

It didn’t take long to settle on a garden/woodland/nest theme since it’s spring here in Ohio.  It was a theme we knew we could execute easily and inexpensive with what we had in our homes and gardens.

Garden Twin Baby Shower Inspiration on Lost and Fawned

We didn’t select a set of colors and kept the theme interpretation really open.  My sister-in-law recently took up cake decoration and was super inspired to recreate this speckled birds egg cake with spun sugar nest and 2 candy eggs.  We ordered some customized banners and some other details from Minted’s Alford Park Party Decor collection.  And as for invitations…

JSquarePresents printed craft papers

We ended up selecting the Les Renards Invitation by Bonjour Paper on Minted.  I suppose those two foxes at the top could have been intended to be Mama and Papa fox, but for our purposes, they were perfect to set to tone for our twin shower.  They have already obviously been mailed and received by the guests, but you’ll have to wait a little longer to see how adorable they look printed (although I did post a preview on Instagram).

Despite my state fright, I’m really looking forward to Sunday.  I’ll have a wrap up post this month to show you how everything turned out.

Sample product was supplied by Minted for this review.  I only blog about brands and products I truly love and all opinions expressed are my own. 

My Lush Spring/Summer Must Haves

Lost and Fawneds LUSH Spring and Summer Must Haves

Since I just placed an order for some of my favorites basics, it’s time for me to fan-girl out about Lush Cosmetics again.  Today I’m bringing you my top 10 must have items for spring and summer.  I know these are a little splurgier than my usual fare, but this is where I indulge and these products are worth the price for me.

  1. Sea Vegetable Soap  ::  Not only is this bar the prettiest bar of soap I have ever seen, but it smells amazing.  The salty/seaweed/citrusy/lavender scent is unisex and leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean.
  2. Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar  ::  This is a new one for me.  My other favorite is Seanik (great for guys and girls who need extra oil control in the summer), but this one smells so beautifully feminine and gives me silky shampoo-commercial hair.
  3. Imperialis Face Moisturizer  ::  This is one of my “deserted island” items (if I was stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one product).  This moisturizer changed my skin and made a bigger difference in my complexion than any soap, toner or blemish cream.  It smells lovely and balances out my combination skin.
  4. Fresh Farmacy Face Cleanser  ::  This is a daily use product for me year round.  It’s a calamine based soap and is soothing and gentle, but still leaves my skin feeling clean.  I used overly harsh cleaners for far too long, and now I’m never looking back.
  5. Avobath Bath Bomb  ::  While I am usually drawn to spicy, warm bath bombs, in summer Avobath is the perfect zesty, fresh and fizzy combination.  All the fresh avocado also makes your skin feel amazing.
  6. Dream Cream Body Lotion  ::  Admittedly I didn’t buy this one the first time I tried it.  Lush sent it to me when I had a reaction to one of their scrubs.  Super smart on their part, since it totally sold me on the product and it solved my problem.  I’ve been using this daily on my itchy skin as it stretches.  It’s so silky and relieves all my irritation without the greasy leftovers.
  7. Mask of Magnaminty Face Mask  ::  This mask.  Holy smokes.  This mask is amazing.  I tried it first in a sample.  It’s exfoliating and deep cleansing.  And the cool tingly peppermint feels awesome in hot weather.
  8. Tea Tree Water Toner  ::  I use this year round, but in the summer, I love putting this in the shower and using it as a skin refresher on hot days.
  9. Angels on Bare Skin Face Cleanser  ::  This one is on my wishlist.  I loved the sample they sent me and I’m dying for a full sized pot.  Another gentle cleaner, this one is loaded with lavender and finely ground almond and exfoliates just enough while calming the skin with rose absolute and lavender oils.
  10. Each Peach (and Two’s a Pair) Massage Bar  ::  Massage bars are one of my favorite Lush product categories.  Like all of their massage bars, this one is packed with cocoa butter and shea butter, but also adds avocado, mango kernel butters and fresh citrusy scents.

From Ohio with Love

From Ohio with Love on Lost and Fawned

Today I have a ton to do around the house, so I set out to do a quick post about some amazing local Ohio Etsy shops.  It ended up being an endless rabbit hole that I fell down for the last 4 hours.  I included a couple of very talented friends in today’s round-up as well.  Enjoy!

Starting in top row, from left to right:

Cozyblue Sea Captain Embroidery Pattern

Sea Captain Embroidery Hoop Pattern by Cozyblue on Lost and Fawned

As if I needed to start something new… The quilt I shared with you last week is coming along REALLY nicely though, I promise!  I should have the finished top to share with you soon (if not here, than on Instagram).  Right now I’m obsessing over this mini project I started last week.

I love doing embroidery.  It’s so therapeutic and meditative.  However, I really don’t like transferring patterns onto fabric, so I end up buying patterns and sticking them in a drawer for a later day that never comes.  When I saw this Sea Captain by Cozyblue, I didn’t want that to happen.  So, I paid the extra $2.25 to have her send me an iron-on transfer of the pattern!  Genius!

Cozyblue Sea Captain Iron On Transfer on Lost and Fawned

Cozyblue Sea Captain Pattern Iron On Transfer on Lost and Fawned

I love how it’s looking in this dark teal thread on linen essex.  I’m determined to finish it ASAP so I can get back to my never ending in-progress list.  It’s the perfect project for laying in bed and resting my poor back right now (these humans are getting HUGE and heavy!).

Cozyblue Embroidery Patterns and Projects on Lost and Fawned

I have hoops, thread and needles galore, but if you don’t, she also sells kits ready for the beginner.  Check out all of Cozyblue’s kits, pdf patterns and other projects on her Etsy Store.  I want to do them all!  One step at a time though.  First to FINISH some things and then I can pick up another new project to keep my hands busy.

What are you working on right now?  Starting something new?  Finishing something old?

April

Photo by Andrew B Myers

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”   ~ Mark Twain

April has brought be a little case of spring fever.  I’ll be spending the day being as productive as I can until I collapse into bed with the windows open and take an afternoon nap.  I have a long list of things I need to accomplish before summer sets in and time seems to have sped up 1000 times.  I don’t know how I’m going to get it all done.  Happy April!

Photo by Andrew B. Myers as seen on The Cool Hour.