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You are 1

They say when you have a baby that time will no longer move at the same speed, that it will start to quicken its pace and before you know it your newborn baby will be turning 5 and heading out the door to their first day of kindergarten. I remember rolling my eyes when I would hear other moms tell me this and think “yes, I know time will move fast just let me know enjoy this and stop telling me how fast it’s going to go by”. Looking back I see it less as an annoyance and more of a warning, a warning to hold them as long as you can, enjoy every struggle and every snuggle. For it’s true, before you know it time will escape you and your newborn baby will be 1. It still amazes me that a year has passed since I got to experience the greatest moment of my life, that moment being when I got to hold my beautiful baby boy for the first time. It was an incredible feeling that I can still feel every time he looks at me and grabs onto my shirt. That’s the first thing he did when the doctor gave him to me, he grabbed onto my robe and held on tight. In that moment I think I felt every human emotion possible, I was scared, excited, happy beyond words, relieved and again scared but as soon as I felt his grip I knew everything was going to be okay and all those emotions turned into pure love. I am now one of those annoying moms that will tell all the other new moms to hold them as long as you can, enjoy every snuggle and every struggle because the struggles will change and the snuggles will fade as they grow so quickly in front of your eyes. It’s honestly unbelievable how fast it all goes, just as soon as you think you have caught up to them they are already onto something new.

Before I had my son time just moved at a different pace, I think because I set the tone of how fast I wanted things to move plus I was way more awake during it so I could remember a lot more. It’s amazing how somebody so small can completely change how you see and feel about everything in your life, your whole perspective on life changes. On March 23, 2016 at 9:47am my life changed for the better and one year from that date I can honestly say it has only gotten better even though time has escaped me.

Here we are one year later, you are 1, my baby boy and I can’t imagine life without you. You have taught me how to truly love, to be patient, to live in the moment and to appreciate every day for every day being your mom is the greatest gift. I never knew how badly I wanted to be your mom until I first held you in my arms, you grabbed on tight as if to say you weren’t going to let go and I gripped back just as tightly to let you know I wouldn’t either. You are such a gentle, kind soul who loves to laugh, fittingly your middle name means “the one who laughs” and it couldn’t be more true. You dance to every musical beat you hear and Sesame Street is your jam. You truly are our greatest adventure and I look forward to making many more wonderful memories as we go along this journey together. I will love you always and forever my little beautiful boy who is now 1.

I chose to make you a gift from my heart and one that will keep you warm and cozy. If you should ever miss your mom you can give your sweater a squeeze and I hope you feel it squeeze right back as it’s made with these two hands that love you so.

*Pattern by Thevelvetacron

*Buttons purchased from Brickbubble

Just when I think you can’t get any cuter I see you in this sweater and my heart melts. I wish so many good things for you my beautiful boy but if I can just speak of a few it would be that I hope you always know how loved you are and that no matter what life throws your way you will know that I will be there holding your hand saying proudly “you got this”. Love mom.

*Photos taken by David Evanochko

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DIY: Floral Wall Hanging

Hello friends, I hope ya’ll are having a fabulous week. Not having a great start to the week? Still feeling those winter blues? Will spring ever come? Whatever it is that is bringing you down I have the cure for you in the form of some good old fashion crafting. Getting your craft on might just be the fix you need, so take off those grumpy pants and put on your creative ones because I am going to share some tips on how to make your very own floral wall hanging. For those who would like the fix but don’t want to do the work you can head on over to my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, as I have a few for sale.

Materials needed;

  • ribbon
  • metal hoop (same kind used for making dream catchers)
  • greenery
  • flowers/decor
  • floral tape
  • hot glue gun
  • floral wire cutters
  • scissors

Lets begin with the most tedious step which is attaching the greenery to the hoop using the floral tape.

Using the wire cutters, cut two long strands of the greenery that you are wanting as the base of the hoop. You want both pieces to be similar in size as they will be laying on either side of the hoop. Once you have them cut take the pieces and lay them on opposite sides of the hoop ensuring they are where you want them to be as you will be attaching them to the hoop using the floral tape. Take the floral tape and start to wrap it around the hoop to secure the greenery in place. I find it easier to cut a long piece of the floral tape instead of leaving it attached to the spool.

It can get frustrating as the hoop may slide and the greenery may shift while attaching the tape, just breath and be patient as you go. Remember that once this part is over it’s smooth sailing, this is by far the hardest part. Also, don’t worry if the tape is visible as this will eventually by covered. Continue working the floral tape all the way around, once you have attached the greenery you can cut the floral tape and use some hot glue to ensure it stays attached (I usually do this in two separate pieces and not one long continuous one).

Okay so now that the hard part is over you can relax and have some fun with these next few steps. If the greenery isn’t laying exactly how you would like (for example poking out in some spots instead of flowing with the shape of the hoop) don’t stress as this can be fixed once you attach some additional greenery and decor. The next step I like to do is to attach the ribbon.

Cut the ribbon in as many or as few pieces as you would like and at the desired length. For mine I chose to do four pieces around 6′ in length. I like to put the ribbon down the middle but again depending on how you attach the greenery you can add the ribbon wherever you would like or don’t add any at all, you can really play around with it and make it your own. The picture above shows how to attach the ribbon, simply pull the ends through the loop to attach the ribbon to the hoop.

Okay, things are looking good and the hard part is definitely over, now it’s time to fill in the rest with some greenery and decor. I added some additional greenery to fill in and cover the floral tape. Once things were filled in and flowing better I added some crochet flowers. I chose to make some crochet flowers instead of felt ones as I wanted to match the texture of the ribbon.

There you have it, your very own floral wall hanging! I am so proud of you and I hope it adds a little pep in your step this week and every week. It may be miserable outside but it doesn’t mean you need to carry it inside with you. Add a little sunshine in the form of crafting, it’s guaranteed to make your day a lot brighter 🙂