Zodiac / Etsy Round-Up

Zodiac Round Up on Lost and Fawned

I’m a Cancer 100%.  Good and bad, it suits my personality so accurately it’s scary.  Etsy has a wealth of gorgeous star sign inspired goods for the home and body.  Narrowing down a collection of 12 was really hard.  Here are my zodiac inspired picks for every sign.

Ikea Trip / Spring 2016

Ikea Trip Spring 2016 on Lost and Fawned

Time is passing quicker than I could have imagined.  Since the weather this weekend was unbelievably beautiful (in the 60’s in February in Ohio?!) we decided to make the trek to Ikea in Pittsburgh to tackle our short list for the nursery.  Of course that short list became a full car and a delivery truck, but we did really well with maximizing our little budget.

After lots of research and talking with fellow moms I trust, we went with the Sniglar cribs with the Vyssa Vinka mattresses.  We have a twin bed that is going in that room too, so we stocked up on new linens and a mountain of pillows to make it a comfortable place to nurse two babies at once.

  1. PATRULL Bathtub Mat – $4.99 (Regularly $6.99)
  2. GULLKLOCKA Cushion Cover in Orange – $10.00
  3. LEKA Baby Gym – $29.99
  4. GASPA Sheet Set in Turquoise – $16.99
  5. VARART Duvet Cover Set – $29.99
  6. GULLKLOCKA Cushion Cover in Yellow – $7.00
  7. SANELA Cushion Cover in Light Turquoise – $8.00
  8. SNIGLAR Crib – $79.99
  9. ANTILOP Highchair with Tray – $19.99
  10. LEKA Rattle Set – $2.99

As a MAJOR bonus, we also finally decided it was time to upgrade our bed set-up.  Our bed and mattress were our first Ikea purchase back in probably 2006.  Somehow in our excitement, we ended up bringing home a full sized bed and a queen sized foam mattress.  Since we couldn’t afford to go back and exchange it, we just plopped it on top of the bed and have been sleeping on a concave mattress ever since.  In addition to being the incorrect size, it is just worn out and way past it’s prime.  Every time we saved up the money to upgrade, something would come up (We love you Logan!).

So this time we just did it.  We are moving into the office and all our dressers and clothing storage are staying in the nursery, so we picked a bed frame that is super practical.  In a week our Brimnes bed with the storage headboard are going to be delivered, along with a brand new Hesstun mattress.  And they are both queen sized!  Yay!  I’m most excited for the matress.  It’s such an upgrade from our old, thin mattress.  Sleep will be precious, so we might as well be comfortable.

State of the Works-in-Progress

In Progress on Lost and Fawned

Oh boy.  I’ve done it again.  I was doing so well tackling unfinished projects on my crafting table and then stress kicked in, and my therapy was starting new things.  I have a huge pile of things I started or intended to start this winter and it’s time to get organized.  I’ve bagged them all separately, so at least the supplies/half finished items are all contained.  But here is what I have started and where it stands…

  • Crocheted Baby Blanket  ::  STILL IN PROGRESS – I started this gray and orange baby blanket when we first got a positive test as a way to manage my anxiety while we waited to see if it was viable.  The middle went super fast, since it’s all double crochets (US terms) and then I hit the border, which is all singles and it slowed down.  I got totally bored with the slow progress, but it’s SO close to being finished!   Plus I’d like to make a second one to match with maybe a mint green border.  This is getting top priority.
  • Zig-Zag Afghan  ::  STILL IN PROGRESS – I started this maybe last fall?  My great-grandma was a zig-zag afghan queen, so it’s always been a goal to tackle one of these.  Even with some large stitches, this beast is going to take ages since it’s SO big.  Might put it on hold until I finish some higher priority projects.
  • Polaroid Quilt  ::  ON HOLD – This project started when I did a block swap on instagram.  Each “polaroid” came from another quilter around the globe and I framed them all up in this gorgeous Essex yarn dyed cotton.  I’m hoping we will do another round of this swap or two, so I can get enough to make a twin sized quilt.  Packing this one away until I know if I’ll have enough to do what I want with it.
  • Various Sewn Garments  ::  ON HOLD – Obviously these are going on hold.  All my patterns are in my size last year and who knows what shape my body will be in next year.  Since I don’t have a dress form, I tailor everything on my frame.  Not much I can do about these until I know what size I will be.
  • Amigurumi Projects  ::  STILL IN PROGRESS – I have three main projects I’ve had in the wings that I would LOVE to get done by next summer, a Totoro doll, a fox (pictured above) and an aqua bear.  None of them are started, but I have the materials and patterns ready for each.  These always take me longer than I think they will.  I love the results, but I get really frustrated with the process.  Going to finish some other stuff as a “warm up” first and then try to chip away at these.
  • Christmas Quilt  ::  ON HOLD – It’s always been the plan to have a different christmas quilt for each bed in the house.  I would love to have a tradition of getting them out when December hits and spreading them on their beds to get ready for the holiday season.  I got a killer deal on fabrics for my first one (a queen sized monster) and started cutting a piecing the top, but life had other plans.  I think this is going to unfortunately have to go on hold until I can get my sewing space figured out.
  • C+S Patchwork Quilt  ::  ON HOLD – I love our patchwork quilt that we use to add extra weight to the bed.  It’s simple 5″ squares and is a great workhorse piece in the house.  I started a second one using a whole bunch of different Cotton + Steel prints gradiated from top to bottom, but alas, somewhere along the way it got lost in my pile.  This one is so simple.  I think when I figure out my sewing space, it will be the first thing I finish, but I have no idea when that will be.
  • Birthday Swap  ::  PLANNING – I’m doing one last swap that I signed up before I knew what our outcome would be.  I have an awesome partner though, and I can’t wait to make her an amazing birthday box!  I’m currently on the planning stage on this one since it’s not due until October.  No procrastinating though!  I can’t let it creep up on me.  I really want to do something quality.
  • Quilt Bee  ::  IN PROGRESS – One block a month for that month’s queen bee.  So far it’s been going great.  January is done.  February is also done and ready to ship out.  I also finished the tutorial for my block in July and uploaded all the directions, so that’s ready to go.  I committed to keeping up with this one, so I’ll be prioritizing this every month.  I’ll probably try to do some in advance for the summer months when things are really in flux.

There are probably more projects hiding around the house.  I know I have a long list of things I would love to make as well, but I really cannot start anything else until I at least finish the “in progress” projects.  Organizing my supplies and containing them is another priority.  They are truly out of control right now.  Hoping to get started on that this afternoon.

What are you currently working on?  Anything long overdue to get picked up again and finished?  How do you motivate yourself to finish unfinished projects?

Fabric Love

Fabric Love on Lost and Fawned

Love is in the air this weekend!  Flowers and chocolate are great, but a “bouquet” of fabric is guaranteed to charm your sewing sweetheart this weekend (if you are still shopping).  I’m not usually a pink kind of girl, but I’m feeling warm and fuzzy today.  Here are some beautifully blush fabrics to inspire you this weekend.

  1. Heather Ross “Underwater Sisters” from PinkDoorFabrics
  2. Leah Duncan “Gramercy Brownstones” from FreshModernFabric
  3. Stacy Iset Hsu “Lil Red Grandmas Wallpaper” from MetroQuiltCompany
  4. Miriam Bosfor Birch “Wild Horses” from OwlandDrum
  5. 3 Sisters “Passport Paris Map” from FreshModernFabrics
  6. Eloise Renouf “First Light Flock” from discoverfabric
  7. Cotton + Steel “Sprinkles” from OwlandDrum
  8. Katarina Roccella “Rosewater Tears” from SouthernStitchFabric

February DIY Round-Up

February DIY Round Up on Lost and FawnedFebruary is a great time to try something new!  Between the cold weather still keeping you indoors and needing little gifts for all your valentines, I’ve rounded-up a group of fresh tutorials and patterns to get the creativity flowing.  Enjoy!

  1. Mojave Quilt Pattern from Dear Stella Design
  2. Wall Planters from Design Love Fest
  3. Pegboard Wall Organizer from The Merrythought
  4. Firming & Softening DIY Body Scrub from Pure Ella
  5. Arm Knitting How-To from Flax & Twine
  6. Potted Plant Gift Bags from Paper & Stitch

Due with Two (but it wasn’t easy)

Due with Two on Lost and Fawned

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know, but it was suggested that I also share here.  It’s totally true.  Jared and I are thrilled to be expecting fraternal twins this summer (technically August 4th is our due date, but twins come early).  I’ve been super quiet around here because this has (understandably) distracted me for the past few months.  I’m through the first trimester now, and for the most part the morning sickness is gone.  I’m hoping for a very uneventful and quiet pregnancy.

If you did see our post on Instagram or if you are super perceptive, you picked up on the fact that this wasn’t an easy road for us.  It’s actually been a 4 year ordeal.  Infertility and pregnancy loss has this weird shroud of secrecy over it.  I’ve written and rewritten a post for L&F probably 8 times over the course of the years and never had the courage to post it.  I still have it in my drafts and I’ll probably post it in the next month or so (it’s pretty disorganized and rambling since it’s a tough story to tell).  But I want to share it.  It’s the least I can do to give back.  I’ve had an amazing amount of support from the online infertility community, especially when I was dealing with tough decisions or just in a really dark place.

For now we are busy preparing for our family to grow quickly and significantly.  I’m dying to find out the sexes (hopefully this month) and we are trying to celebrate every little milestone.  The plan is not for the blog to become a “mommy blog” but I will be sprinkling in some more parenting related posts from here on out.  Two babies means lots of stuff and money, so I have been hard at work finding ways to afford everything we need for these kiddos.  So far I’ve found some amazing tips that I can’t wait to share.  The goal is to spend no more than half of the retail price on everything since we need two, and I’ve been successful!

Thank you all for sticking with me, despite my radio silence.  I can’t wait to get a weekend of relaxing, cleaning and sleeping started.

Etsy Round Up / New Peach

Etsy Round Up - New Peach on Lost and Fawned

Is it too early to break out the pastels?  It’s felt like spring all winter here in Ohio.  Peach (and rose gold) has been the talk of the town for awhile now.  If I had to choose a shade of pink, blushing peach would be my pick.  Luckily it’s everywhere and goes with just about every palette.

Here are some of my picks from Etsy in this gorgeous hue…

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie / with Oster

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie on Lost and Fawned

It’s not on my list of resolutions this year, but I am trying to eat a more complete and filling breakfast this year.  That’s pretty easy to do on days when I’m home, but when I’m heading to my day joy, it’s a pain to pack up some fruit, cottage cheese or yogurt and more.  Smoothies are a great solution.  Oster was kind enough to let me try out their adorable Fresh+Blend’N Go Mason Jar Blender and share my experience with you.

This little blender is so perfectly compact.  It nestles nicely into the corner of a cabinet and I keep the lids and cups in a bag next to it.  It comes with two plastic mason jar style cups, one sipping lid with a straw and one screw on cap.  It blends great!  It’s simple, with one speed and no frills, but it does it’s job and it does it well.  Out of the 4 amazing color options, my choice was clear.  Most might call this cream or off-white, but to me it will always be “pepper white” (the official color name of our first Mini Cooper).  You really can’t go wrong though.  The aqua was a close second, and the red looks amazing too.

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie Receipe on Lost and Fawned

Berry Cheesecake Smoothie on Lost and Fawned

I’m big on breakfast and dessert, so this quick recipe combines both!  I’ve been hooked on using cottage cheese in my smoothies, instead of yogurt, since a favorite uncle introduced me to the idea.  I was skeptical, but after one gulp I was 100% sold.  It tastes like cheesecake!  Plus the added protein and calcium are a great way to start the day.

Makes a single serving smoothie.  Can easily be doubled or tripled in a larger blender.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup skim milk (or unsweetened nut milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1 cup or berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, fresh, frozen, the choice is yours)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar
  • Optional:  A dash of vanilla or a small handful of chocolate chips can be added for some decadence

If you are using frozen berries, thaw until softened.  Add all of the ingredients to blender and blend until a smooth single consistency.  Then pour into glasses (or if you have a single serving blender, like the Oster Fresh+Blend’N Go Mason Jar Blender, simply unscrew the top) and garnish with additional berries.  Enjoy!

Note:  If the smoothie isn’t sweet enough for you, you can always add more honey or substitute 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt and 1/4 cup cottage cheese instead of the full 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.

Oster Fresh+Blend'N Go Mason Jar Blender on Lost and Fawned

Review of Oster Fresh+Blend'N Go Mason Jar Smoothie Blender on Lost and Fawned

I’ve started a Pinterest board with lots of Smoothie recipes I’m dying to try with this blender.  I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Oster for making this post possible.  The Oster Fresh+Blend’N Go Mason Jar Blender is available now online along with lots of other great personal size and full size blenders and other small appliances.

 

Let’s Clean

Lets Clean on Lost and Fawned

We are in the thick of winter, but I love to start the year with a clean house.  January is a great time to give your home a good scrub.  I’ve tried a lot of products, and finding a good balance between products that aren’t too harsh but actually work can seem impossible.

Here are some of my very favorite staples that I keep stocked in our cleaning cupboard.

Quick tip!  I’ve started getting a majority of our cleaning products from ePantry.  The prices are great, shipping is cheap and you can even schedule re-deliveries of your favorite products.  Get $10 off your first order by clicking here.

New Year / New Start

Happy New Year with Lost and Fawned

This fresh start couldn’t come at a better time for me.  2015 was tough.  I took some serious knocks and had some serious lows (all of which I’ll get into when the time is right).  But with 2016 I’m hopeful that this year will be different.  I’m making a couple of resolutions and starting some new projects to celebrate.

  • Journaling  /  I’m in the last year of my 5 Year Diary.  I’m so glad I stuck with it and will be following through and finishing it.  I’ll probably pick up a fresh one and start over.  I’ve also started my mood blanket for 2016.  I’m promising to be honest about my daily moods and make this a real keepsake.
  • Positivity  /  I’ve always been somewhere between a realist and an optimist, but the past year has made me lean much more toward to realist side.  It has occasionally caused me to focus too much on what could be and not celebrate life in the moment.  I’m hoping to regain some of my optimism and positivity in 2016.
  • Home  /  We need to stop procrastinating and knock some projects off our list.  After the bathroom fiasco two years ago, we got really burnt out on home improvement.  We don’t have the saving right now to do any major work, but we can organize, purge and make small updates that will make a huge difference.  It begins next weekend.
  • Blogging  /  Last year I really retreated into my own shell, not only here on the blog, but also in life.  I withdrew from a lot of people.  In some ways it was necessary, but I’m ready to come back.  I’m newly motivated and can’t wait to share some new things with my blog pals as well.

None of these resolutions are terribly daunting, and all are realistic.  Are you making resolutions this year?  Did you stick to yours last year?  Happy 2016!  Cheers to a fresh start!