Hello to whoever reads this. I’ve been MIA lately. Oliver is growing up fast!
Here is a little of what I’ve been up to. I had two holiday designs chosen for the minted holiday collection this year and one holiday party invitation; they’re now up for sale.
Herbs and Vegetable Wreath
Candy Cane Watercolor Stripes Invite
for sale on zazzle
I’ve also had a number of designs featured on zazzle’s selections of holiday cards.
And one of my personal favorites
Here are my favorite submissions for the most recent minted.com art challenge featured in style boards using west elm furniture and decor.
Taking out my gouache paints was very therapeutic!
This one is called Lipstick Memories
This one is called Planetary
This one is called Square Warm Tones
Here is a direct link to its counterpart Square Cool Tones
And here is one of my photographs: This one is called White Ermine Moth
Links to all of the pieces that I entered for this challenge:
more photos and one pencil sketch:
west elm art photo & drawing entries – becky nimoy board by Becky Nimoy. See more Minted art prints
If you would be so kind please head over and vote for my entries! Thanks so much!
I’ve been wanting to write this post for some time, but thought I’d wait a while to see how our cloth diapers hold up. It’s been almost a year and we are all happy campers; it also seems fitting to post this topic on Earth Day. So here it goes.
We have loved our cloth diapers thus far! Our son is almost 1 year old and they have held up great. It is easier than anticipated. This may sound tedious but you know how trying new things can be; once you do it a few times it will become your new normal. From other blogs I’ve read and estimates on diaper usage you can save about $2000 per child; and don’t forget about the wipes.
We started with Kissa’s Newborn All-In-One Diaper (they are all in one with a poly outer and fleece inner). (You’ll see in a second we could have skipped this newborn type all together)
We also tried Kissaluvs Cotton Fleece Fitted Diaper with an extra cover by Thirsties, but weren’t impressed.
From about 10 pounds on we have LOVED our BumGenius all in one diapers; some people call them AIO. You can see that there are 2 liners sewn into the cover (not removable). We bought almost everything online at amazon, but I think they now sell BumGenius at “Buy Buy Baby” if they have one near you.
It looks as though BumGenius has since added an extra liner for newborns so that they can wear these from 7 lbs! They should fit up to 35 lbs so until potty training, fingers crossed! There have been no problems with the snaps or elastic after 11 months. Very thrilled. They leak occasionally but that is usually when we accidentally leave a portion of cotton sticking outside the elastic or don’t have it flat against his belly when he’s sleeping on his stomach.
We bought 24 bumgenius (or received almost all from friends and family from our baby showers) and that has been plenty. I wash them every other day with the rest of his clothes.
Here is the rundown:
1a. I keep them folded, or usually thrown, in these bins. Change him and put them in the laundry basket. We use Charlie Banana Reusable Organic Cotton Wipes. I don’t recommend a warmer. We tried one, and they got mildew-y the first night. If he’s fussy I just wet them in the bathroom with warm water. When he was a newborn I kept a thermos of warm water next to his changing table.
1b. If it’s a number 2, we rinse it with our sprayer that we installed on the toilet and put it into a Planet Wise Wet Bag that hangs on the back of the bathroom door. (very easy). This large one is by planet wise called green meadow, and we have a smaller one by Fuzzi Bunz for his diaper bag when we’re out. We’ve never had a problem with odor!
If it seems like it might stain I spray the liner with Biokleen Bac-Out. I get large Gallon refill jugs on amazon or soap.com, so I don’t have to buy a sprayer every time.
When he was purely breastfed I could do a pre-rinse in the washer with the poopy diapers and it was perfect.
2. Every other night before I go to sleep I put all of his laundry in, clothes and diapers. We have a dual washer/dryer combo by LG so that makes it easier not having to transfer to a dryer. For the most part I use generic unscented dye free detergent.
I’ve used a few brands, seventh generation, 365 from whole foods, Tide and Rockin’ Green. Powder form seems to work better for our front loading washer. Always add an extra rinse cycle for diapers just to make sure all the detergent is out. And never use fabric softener. If I remember before the dryer cycle I throw in these Wool Dryer Balls they help dry more quickly and soften naturally.
3. Every few washes I’ll add Rockin’ Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer to a pre-rinse cycle to strip the diapers of ammonia and odors. It’s a little expensive but goes a long way. It’s also great for sweaty work-out clothes!
We also like their Rockin’ Green Cloth Diaper & Laundry Detergent (Hard Rock, Bare Naked Babies). It’s great for our hard water. (they make different combinations of scents and variations for your water type).
4. BumGenius recommends drying in the sun every once in a while to bleach them and strip them but I have yet to do that…so far so good.
I hope this is informative and can encourage more parents to look into cloth diapering! You can save a ton of money and help out the landfills a little.
P.S. For emergencies in the car we have Nature Babycare Diapers and wipes.
***UPDATE DECEMBER 2013***
Our front loading washer was having problems of its own with odor but after a little research into cleaning it with bleach and vinegar like you should occasionally with all front loading washers, everything is back to normal.
Our son is in his 19th month. The diaper absorbency is still great, but it looks like if we plan to use these same diapers for baby number two we may have to have the elastic replaced. They are just starting to show signs of wear; they still fit him great but for a newborn they may be too loose. I’ll put an update later.
This weekend I got to spend time practicing some lettering and refining some designs in photoshop and illustrator.
I started out working on”happy birthday” because it was our friends birthday friday. I wasn’t able to complete it in time for his party however, so you can see what I made below instead.
After I made my happy birthday sketch in pen I scanned it in and used my Wacom Cintiq in photoshop and made edits and touch-ups with the brush tool. First with a red brush on a new layer to show where I wanted to change my scrolls and flourishes, then refined switching between a black and white brush.
For our friend tim’s birthday card I used an idea I had for a beer tasting party invitation and ended up turning it into the birthday card.
For the birthday card I created the elements in illustrator based on the sketch and ended up reworking it into the final composition. (With the help of my husband). Thanks honey.
Whenever I feel I need a fresh start I cut my hair. I haven’t been to a salon in years and I just go at it with a pair of scissors. This not only makes me feel great but I can help someone else feel great as well by donating my hair.
This will be the 4th time that I’ve mailed my hair to Locks of Love. If you are interested in donating your hair, make sure that it is at least 10 inches in length and not bleached (coloring and perms are okay). Find out more on their FAQ page
This has a extra special meaning for me in that I lost my mom to breast cancer. I remember that losing her hair was one of the most traumatic events of her battle with cancer.
I received an email yesterday and was thrilled to see that Minted Affiliates recognized my birthday! They even had all of these interesting facts about April 2nd such as, “It is the day the first motion picture theater opened in LA (1902).”
I was wondering how they could do this for everyone and even include a fact about the city that they live in…but it turns out it is Minted.com’s birthday today as well. This year they turn 5.
Happy Birthday to Minted.com and myself! I turn the big 3-0.
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