Halfway there!!!

20 Weeks

I’m 20 weeks pregnant today, halfway there already!  So far the time has flown by and my little man is growing like a weed.  Yes, my little pea is a BOY!!  The first trimester was a bit rough, but the second so far has been wonderful.  We’re really looking forward to meeting our bundle of joy in October.

In the meantime I have started planning away.  The baby will be staying in our room for a while, so I am not doing a nursery.  He will have a nice nook in our bay window with lots and lots of cute things.  My creative energy is spent redoing our guest bath for the little tyke.  We are currently striping the wallpaper out of there and then we can paint.  My plan is to do a sea creatures theme for the bathroom.

I found this beautiful wall color, called rainwashed (pictured below).  My bathroom tile is about the same color and the trim is white as well.  There isn’t a window in my bathroom so this will really brighten the room up.

rainwashed

Next I will fill it full of sweet touches, that I will either buy or make depending on my energy levels.

Octopus Clock

Found on Etsy, here

Growth Chart

Found on Etsy, here

And finally for even more fun, this pirate collection from Macy’s.  We’ll see who enjoys this fanciful bathroom more, my little babe or my guests!  Either way the theme items can be removed when we are ready to sell the house or simply redecorate.  I will keep you posted as progress is made.

Mrs. Pea’s Giveaway!!

Happy Monday All!  This week Mrs. Pea’s Papers is giving away our Set of 3 Multicolored Snowflake Paper Ornaments to a few lucky folks.  The exact pattern of the paper you receive might differ from the one shown here, but we promise it will be just as cute.IMG_1494

I can’t tell you how great these look on the tree!  They also make great gifts for friends and family.  Here’s what you have to do to win yourself a set!

Follow Mrs. Pea’s Perspectives Blog or Twitter feed, Like us on Facebook, OR give the shop some love by “hearting” it.  That’s it!  In the comment section below tell us what action you took and I will be randomly choosing 3 winners out of a hat.  Contest ends Saturday at noon, so enter your name as many times as you’d like to up your chances of winning!  I will announce the winners Sunday.

Good luck to you all!

Mrs. Pea’s Goes High Tech

Over the past few months I have put my focus back onto Mrs. Pea’s Papers.  I reduced my hours at Starbucks, which helped tremendously!  I am now done with work most days before noon.  Imagine that, getting out of work before lunch and having the afternoons to yourself!  My spare bedroom is now a more functional studio too.  It is now my favorite place in the house.  I also invested in an incredible machine, the Silhouette Cameo!

The Cameo opens up a whole new world to me.  It is basically a printer that cuts your designs, and comes with an illustrator type software that’s easy to use.  Unlike some other craft cutters out there this one will cut your own designs, and as an added bonus you can even switch out the knife for a pen!  It even has the ability to cut out your printed images.  I can’t say enough good things about this machine.  Check out my first real project with the Cameo:

I was able to cut out the vinyl lettering for the window of my stepmother’s new business using the font of my choosing.  It’s amazing to be able to do something so professional from home!  Did I mention it cuts a range of materials?!  You could use this machine to cut paper, card stock, vinyl, fabric, magnetic paper, rhinestone templates, and more.  You really get a lot for your money.  Next I made a card for a friend’s wedding:

This card actually gave me a lot of trouble and showed me the limitations of the machine.  It does not like a thick card stock paired with a thin font.  You also need to watch what is behind the machine that the adhesive mat could stick too.  At one point the exposed adhesive edge grabbed the stapler on my desk and dragged it back while ruining the cut.  Mostly, this card was my trial and error process with the Cameo.  Due to time constraints, I almost gave up on it completely but I stuck with it and figured it out.  I was very proud of myself when it was finished!

For my Etsy shop I am still developing items for Christmas but I was able to design these patterns with the Silhouette software and use the machine to cut out the tags.

It has been a fun process learning the best way to use the Cameo and it’s software.  Working with the pen features is next on my list, so be sure to look out for calligraphic holiday tags soon!

Beautiful Blogger Award!

I won an award last night!  Just when I get exhausted and overwhelmed, Danielle over at Enchanted By Books makes my day and nominates me for this wonderful award. Thank you Danielle, I really needed that!

The Beautiful Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award
  • Paste the award on your blog
  • Link the person who nominated you for the award
  • Nominate 7 bloggers or less
  • Post links to the 7 blogs you nominated

Now I get to pass along the good cheer to a few other bloggers as well!

1.) Enchanted By Books, I am probably not suppose to pass it back to the person that gave it me but this is about promoting other blogs, SO if you’re into books, check out her lovely blog.

2.) Wingin’ It Crafts, Nicole is a good friend of mine and makes the most beautiful cards, check it out.

3.) Lady Gouda, awesome recipes with incredible photos.  This blog makes me so hungry when I am looking through it.

4.)My Boyfriend’s Apartment, always fun to read.  Also she’s great at finding some really fun Etsy items.

5.) All That Make’s You…, very funny stories about raising 3 little boys.  Certainly gives you a different perspective on motherhood.

6.) Jeeze, Julia!, another Etsy seller all about vintage, fashion, and Portland, ME that is.

7.) Salad-in-a-Jar, recipes with a Southern flair and beautiful photos of food that make you salivate.  Also wonderful in-depth instructions on how to make your own greek yogurt.  Yum!

I loved getting this opportunity to plug the blogs I follow, even if I don’t comment on them too often.  Enjoy!