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12 DIY Pins of Pinterest- DIY Star Trek Date Night

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This is also an ongoing project that I’m working on. I saw this brilliant idea on Pinterest… basically, you come up with 12 dates for a year. You stick each date into an envelope (one for each month) and viola. You have one date per month of the year. At the beginning of each month, I give the envelope for that month to my husband, and we make plans together. I gave the gift to my husband as a Father’s Day gift this year; we weren’t parents yet but I was pregnant, so it totally counted, right?

I picked some of our favorite places to go, as well as some things we can do around town. We really like going to Atlanta, so I put in a date card for us to go there… we ended up finding an inexpensive hotel and spending the weekend. Basically, the sky is the limit. If you decide to implement this idea, I’d advise planning each date far in advance. I usually put brochures, pictures, and other goodies in each envelope to go with the theme for the month, and it can take some time to gather.

Here’s the box that I gave him:

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ANYWAY. To make a long story short, November’s date night was a Star Trek night. My husband is a huge fan of all things Star Trek, so I cooked a Star Trek themed dinner and I let him pick out something Star Trek themed for us to watch. My original plan was to watch one of the movies, but Baby R was particularly fussy that night so we only had time for one episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

My husband goofed off and pretended to do a dramatic reading of the Star Trek cookbook that I ordered on Amazon.

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Then we decorated the table:

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Don’t be fooled — the food was HORRIBLE. I don’t know if it was me, or the cookbook, or what, but the Plomeek soup was way too salty and the noodles were incredibly dry. The only thing I thought was any good was the ‘Romulan ale’, which consisted of Powerade and sparkling cider.

Ya can’t mess that up.

And I’m not sure what the noodle recipe is for, but I suspect it’s just supposed to look alien. The way I made it, it seems like it was found on the ground on an alien planet. Or possibly in a prison.

This is why this is NOT a cooking blog.

The original pin can be found here:

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12 DIY Pins of Pinterest: Organization and Christmas gifts

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1. First, an organized closet. We wanted to update the front closet so it didn’t look quite so cluttered. I tend to ‘recycle’ gift bags when they are given to me, and with three baby showers under my belt, the closet was becoming full of gift bags and random pieces of tissue paper. We also had way too many coats hanging up there, many of which we no longer use. I wanted a place to store all my gift wrapping material, so this is the result: Before:

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After:

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OK, forgive that first picture. It appears that my kid’s head did its first photo bombing there. I don’t know what we’re going to do; I know at least 5,000 okay, five, people who are having babies this winter, spring, and summer, and they aren’t all girls! All my gift bags are really, really girly. Haha. 2.

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Homemade lemoncello. This needs some explanation, as it’s not quite finished yet. It takes over a month to brew properly. My husband calls it my moonshine, but really it’s Everclear, lemons, water, and sugar. I’m going to buy a clear bottle and give it to my parents for Christmas, I think, since I’m trying really, really hard to be good and not drink while I’m breastfeeding. (Technically, I know you can, but I’m paranoid. Plus, my daughter usually does not believe in waiting three hours in between feeds.) This is probably cheating since it’s not completely finished, but I promise to post pictures of the finished result when I’m done. 3.

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What do you do in a house that was inexplicably designed with very little storage space? You create your own, of course. I mean, both bathrooms are so tiny there’s not really much room for a vanity. We have two tiny cupboards, but with my stuff, my husband’s stuff, and now the baby’s stuff, things are getting really crowded. (You want to hear a sad story? All my lotions are now in a basket lying on top of the armoire in our bedroom. Now that’s a sad story.) At any rate, we used this idea to put some of our smaller stuff in a place that’s still easily accessible. And it reminds me to clean my ears. Here are the original pins. Clicking on the picture will take you to the original website, all except the last one, which Pinterest thinks is spam, I guess.

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Gifts for a baby shower

Lately, I’ve made it a goal of mine to try and sew baby shower gifts as much as possible, so when I got an invitation for a week and half a way, I panicked. The one thing I knew how to do? My go-to pattern for babies — burp cloths. I used the tutorial from Purl Bee and had at it. 

Another thing that caused me a minor panic attack was the fact that my sewing machine is at my mother’s due to not having a space of my own quite yet, and she’s not been feeling well. Today, though, she felt well enough so I got to bang out some burp cloths for a baby boy!

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Cute, huh? I picked out firetrucks and monkeys, frogs, and bears for the front and polka dots and a dark blue flannel for the backs.

ImageImageI’m really pleased at how they turned out! Despite the fact that I was pretty much at war with my sewing machine (either the thread caught on something, or we ran out, or the bobbin ran out, or…) So, as you can imagine, churning out four clothes were quite an adventure. Tomorrow I’m going to run out and buy some red ribbon to tie over it and… viola! Baby shower gift!