Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ellis Family Christmas 2012

We had a wonderful Christmas this year. Parker is at that age where he is learning about Christmas and also loving to rip open presents.

We wanted to make sure we took a family picture, because we aren't sure when we will be taking another one altogether. I think these came out amazing! These were taken in the courtyard at the Esplanade in Phoenix. On the weekends the only thing open in this area is the theater and the escalators aren't turned on.

The happy Ellis family!


Ellis-Ellingson 2012


These are some quick photos I took of Eliana.



Santa pictures!! I love how these turned out. We had them done by a professional photographer, who did a Santa special at her studio. She charged roughly the same price as the mall, probably cheaper, and did a great job.



Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Eliana is 2 months old!

We have been busy wrapping things up for the BIG move to Montreal in only 16 days! Though I've been taking a lot of pictures, Eliana's 2 month post is a little late.

Current stats: 
Weight: 11 lbs (25-50th percentile)
Height: 22.25" long (25-50th percentile)
Clothing size: 0-3 months tops//3-6 month pants
diapers: newborn cloth diapers

We are still waiting for Eliana's "official" 2 month appointment. We recently switched back to our old pediatrician and it delayed her appointment a little bit. I'm excited to be back with our former pediatrician(even if it's only for a couple visits), he is an amazing doctor. 


...still has the bluest eyes and some gorgeous long eye lashes.
...has the lightest hair out of all three kids when they were this age.


...loves to gnaw on her hands. 
...loves to play with her tongue.
 ...loves to kick things with her feet.
...loves her bouncy chair and her swing.


...rolls over from belly to back. 
(has rolled from back to belly once, I think it was by accident though)
...grabs her for her toys.
...holds her head up pretty good. Not quite 100% steady, but she is close. 


...coos all the time. I LOVE hearing this sooo much! us the cutest and biggest smiles. It melts my heart.
...she has some of the cutest and funniest expressions.


...she's a pretty good sleeper. She wakes up a couple times a night to nurse, but I'd say it's more like dream feeding. She never fully wakes up at all.
...she is still exclusively nursing. in our room.


Love you my little "lana" xoxoxo

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Our stockings!

I had the idea to make our own personalized stockings after Eliana was born. I thought it would be a more daunting task, especially with all the extra embroidery I was doing, but they didn't take quite as long as I thought. They took me about a week, even with all the embroidery. I used a GREAT DIY tutorial  from pinterest. There is even a printable pattern.

You can find the tutorial here. 


Stocking DIY cost: 

Cotton fabric(Front): $15.00 (35th ave Sew & Vac)
Cotton fabric(Accents): $5.00
Minky fabric(Back): $5.99 (SAS fabric wholesale)
Crushed velour fabric(Inner): $2.00 (SAS fabrics wholesale)
Embroidery designs: $3.40 ( Planet Applique-On sale)


Total: $31.39!!! 

That doesn't include  the cost of the embroidery materials as I already had them. I looked into buying them retail and each stocking with personalization was around $25.

I didn't use any batting as I had minky on the back and crushed velour inner and I found that it was more than enough fabric. I don't think I could've sewn through any more layers. I also didn't do binding at the top. When I had embroidered my stocking my name ended up being too high and the stitching would have been covered.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Designing a shared room: Picture frame bow holder

I thought it was funny that my last post about their room, was the same day Eliana arrived. If you missed reading that post you can read it here.

I decided, after jumping on the "bow" bandwagon, that Eliana needed a bow holder. Once again, Pinterest came to the rescue. I used this tutorial to make the picture frame bow holder.

Picture frame DIY cost: 

Frame: $2.50 (thrifted)
Chevron fabric: $2.00 (SAS fabrics wholesale)
Grey polka dot ribbon(4 yards):  $1.00 (SAS fabrics wholesale)
Hooks: $1.00 (Walmart)

Total: $6.50!!! 

Total time: 1 hour

Has to be the ugliest picture I've ever seen, but the frame is big and sturdy. I love these vintage frames too.
I liked the distressed look the frame already had, so I sprayed a light coat of creme paint so it would match the shelve it would be hanging by.

This project was one of the quickest and easiest projects to do, but I love how it looks. I've seen holders like this in boutique shops selling for over $50 too!

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