Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mellow Yellow Maxi

I love to spend time on Pinterest! It's like an addiction that I cannot seem to conquer. I have been looking for the perfect maxi dress, but can't find the right color or the right style. It's always one or the other. One day while getting my fix, I stumbled upon a tutorial for a maxi dress. It was perfect!!!

I bought a bright yellow, light jersey material from Joanns and I can't wait to get it done. I also found a maxi skirt DIY that I may just have to make as well. One thing at a time though. Check back soon for the progress made on this dress.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

FO Ryenn's Baptism Gown

Beaded neckline
I am notorious for waiting until the last minute to whip things together. However, with Ryenn's baptism gown, I decided to get an early start. This meaning I started the dress 2 days before rather than the night before. I bought white, satin fabric from Hobby Lobby on a quick trip in which I was looking for wooden blocks for a gift.

White Satin
I also bought some pearl and lace edging detail that would accomplish the look I was going for. Of course, I made this dress without a pattern (as I usually do) which was a lot more difficult than usual. Satin is very hard to sew with. My sewing machine kept catching on the fabric and I was unable to achieve the fullness I wanted. It turned out great, but I wanted a fuller skirt.
Traditionally long
I also was kind of a dummy and didn't make the zipper area long enough! This made for some real difficulties getting her in and out of the dang thing. And being a baby, she wasn't very patient or cooperative. Nonetheless, she looked so cute! I got so many compliments on her dress.

Check out the length!!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ryenn's Baptism

On Sunday, May 27th, Ryenn joined the Catholic family. In the Catholic religion, we baptize our children to cleanse them from original sin. It also symbolizes the rebirth as a son/daughter of God. It was a very proud moment for this momma. I was so happy to have her baptized. We celebrated Ryenn's day at Saint Luke's University Parish in Allendale with Father Brad, Father Don, the congregation, family and friends. She looked so beautiful.

Happy girl
Anointing her with Sanctum Chrisma
Washing away sin
Announcing the newest member of the Catholic family!
See her cheeks! She was smiling so huge!
After mass, we had lunch at my in-laws. I was very proud to be more "hands-ons" with this party planning. With Nolan's baptism, a lot of things were done for me by my mother-in-law and mother, so I didn't have much to do. This time I was very involved. I planned the menu and my mother-in-law helped with anything I asked of her. We spent Saturday night assembling a lot of the dishes. The funnest was the fruit kabobs, which I found on Pinterest. We had so much good food and great time with our family and friends.



Pinterest Find!

Also a Pinterest Find

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Saturday, May 26, 2012


I am someone who LOVES change! My husband actually gets annoyed with how much I change things around in our house. When we first moved into our house (September 8, 2009), I had our silverware in a drawer nearest the window in our kitchen. They stayed there for about a week. I felt it wasn't functional and moved it more towards the center of our kitchen, which was about 6 drawers away from the original spot. Nearly 3 years later and I catch my husband still opening the original drawer for silverware (he doesn't do so well with change). I can only imagine how things will be when we finish redoing our entire kitchen in a few weeks.
Before :(
Semi-after :)
Like I said, I am huge into changing things. My hair is something I change quite a bit as well. When I was pregnant with Ryenn, nearing the end of my pregnancy, I was nesting big time. I was like momma bird. I was the same way when pregnant with Nolan. Anyway, changing things around wasn't enough for me. While I was watching Dancing with the Stars one night, I felt the sudden urge to chop my hair off like Chelsea Kane! I immediately called up Heidi to see if she was available to do it ASAP before I changed my mind. To make a long story short (no pun intended), I chopped almost 10 inches off my hair! It was so great to have such a drastic change!

Long hair, and pregnant
Short hair, and pregnant (yes, I send a lot of my time being pregnant)
Lastly, My blog was getting a little boring to me. I didn't like that I wasn't "branding" myself. So this morning, with a little help from the hubster and my laptop, I created a logo for Adaly Myles Place that is very much me. I then made the entire blog look a little brighter and a reflection of me. I like the simplicity of the new design and how my fanpage now looks similar to my blog. I am sure you will read more about changes as this blog progresses!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

WIP Mystery

My mother-in-law has helped me with so many things. Watching kids, planning parties, taking my husband in when we have fought, and with knitting. I am constantly going to her for advice and just to hang out. She is easily one of my best friends. With her birthday coming up, I wanted to do something special for her. Something she wouldn't make for herself.

A few months back, I had her pick out yarn for a mystery gift. It is going to remain a mystery as well, until I have finished the gift and given it to her, seeing as she follows my blog. I was intrigued by the construction of the knit. It is very different from what I am accustom to. It still has me curious as to what the final product will look like. I am about 1/4 of the way completed with it but its knitting up pretty fast being on size 10 needles and worsted weight yarn. Let's hope I can get a move on before her birthday!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

FO Mom's Blanket

 Although I didn't see my mom on mother's day this year, I still knit her the blanket she wanted. When I gave each of my sisters knitted blankets for Chirstmas this past year, she said how much she loved it. She has mentioned how great they are a few times. So I decided to knit her one. I tried to make the blanket to match her living room, but I used a bright red to add a pop of color. I loved the way this blanket looks and was actually debating knitting her a different one so I could keep this one!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Celebrating Mother's Day

If 3 years ago someone told me I would be a mom, I would have thought them to be nuts! I was impatient, sloppy, irresponsible, and definitely not ready for a baby. Just a few short years later, I couldn't imagine my life without my two beautiful munchkins! They are my heart! Adam and I have been so blessed; smooth pregnancy without morning sickness, quick and easy labor, and no health problems with our little ones. I am reminded just how much I love being a mom when celebrating Mather's Day.
Nolan and My first picture together!
 This year was a great year. I got family time AND time to myself. I got my gifts from my kids (ahem! Adam) early. They picked out two seasons of the TV show Fringe (my favorite)! I already have season 1, which was a gift from Adam while I was pregnant with Nolan. Then my collection was updated for Mother's Day! We will be having a Fringe Marathon Day very soon! My mother-in-law started my Mother's Day day with a surprise trip to Biggby to get a vanilla Chai tea (which is SO amazing).
Miss Ryenn's first day in this world
We then went to the in-laws for lunch. It was homemade french bread pizzas, strawberry trifle, chocolate muffins, and a fruit salad. It was such a great meal! Adam works Sunday nights so when he left to sleep before work, I stayed and watched some of my mother-in-law and my favorite shows. Mainly the Real Housewives. When it was near the kids bedtime, I went home, bathed them, and just relaxed for the rest of the night watching Survivor. It was nice to have some time to myself where I wasn't worried about laundry, school, dishes, or anything other than relaxing.
My beebs!
I am so in love with being a mom. It is by far the greatest thing to become a parent. My life would be no where near what it is today if it wasn't for my husband and my kids. I never thought I would love being a mom as much as I do. There isn't a love stronger than what I have for my husband and babies! I am sure we will be adding to our little family someday (soon)!

Friday, May 18, 2012

WIP Dollar and a Half

I fell in love with the Dollar and a Half Cardigan when I saw my sister, Allyson, post a picture of hers. From that moment on I wanted to knit it! When my mother-in-law was getting rid of her old knitting pattern magazines, I went through them. Low and behold I found the Dollar and a Half!!!! I was ecstatic. I believe I even texted or tweeted Allyson about it (yes I'm a nerd). When I posted about it, Lily Ubbelohde asked me if I was knitting it. I said I was and she invited me to join her and some others knit-aong. Its really more of a check your progress with each other rather than reaching goals. Nonetheless, this has helped me keep going at this sweater, despite the obvious lack of space in my schedule.
left front cable and lace
 I made huge amounts of progress in the first week. I got through the rib band along the bottom of the sweater. I decided to ignore the pattern instructions about NOT knitting this sweater in the round, but let's face it, I LOATHE seaming. I will avoid it at all costs! So with knitting in the round, the counts and pattern started out a little confusing.
lace and textured striping on back and right front
However, during week 2 serious pattern progress was made. I've gotten to the point where I don't need to read the pattern anymore (a skill I have acquired due to my strength with math and equations and a somewhat photgraphic memory). I got through a few rows of the lace and textured striping and am loving it! I love everything about this sweater, and am so glad the girls talked me into knitting it in coral rather than cream. Week 3 didn't yield much progress, but here's to looking forward and busting things out in week 4.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Baptism Invites

My schedule looks pretty intense for the next couple months. There are numerous birthdays coming up in my family, which mean numerous knitting gifts to get done. I have a baptism to plan for my daughter, 2 different birthday parties (Nolan's 2nd and Ryenn's 1st), and let's not forget my schooling. I also have baby showers and other kids birthday parties as well. Summer is an amazingly busy time of year!

The first thing on my to do list was to finish the invitations for Ryenn's baptism. The most difficult thing about this project was coming up with exactly what I wanted to do. I surfed the Internet and found one on Etsy that I loved beyond belief! I decided to try and make something similar.

I decided pink black and white would be the color scheme here. I typed something up on Word that I was more than happy with. I don't have access to a printer from home, so I had to email the proof to Adam, where he would print it. I took a picture from my phone and sent him a picture of my computer screen to make sure that it looked the same. To my disappointment, the cursive font that I picked for the words "baptism of" and "adaly dykhuizen" didn't carry over to where he printed it from.

I was a little upset because I knew that I would have to start from scratch....again. Then it hit me. I decided to chop up the printed version my husband gave me and write the cursive words myself. This was a great idea because I would have had to finish them tomorrow and mailed them Friday. Instead I can mail them tomorrow and give people more notice. I am loving the outcome of the invitation! It is exactly what I wanted; handmade, inexpensive, elegant, and simple!

most of the invite, chopped off the bottom to avoid sharing my phone number

Thursday, May 3, 2012

FO Short-row Sweater

I finished this sweater quite a while ago and forgot to block it FOREVER. I first blogged about the short-row sweater back in January. I finished it in late January, but forgot to completely block it. I blocked it once and didn't care for the fit. I took pictures anyway but the more I looked at the initial pictures, the more I knew I needed to block it a second time. I'm in the process of blocking this for the FOURTH time.
blocking the first time
the fit after the first blocking :(
back looked OK after first blocking

So after blocking it for what seemed like a hundred times, it finally fit relatively close to the way I wanted it to. This was amazingly fun to knit. I really got the hang of short-rows after this sweater, which was a good thing seeing as it seems like everything I have knit since includes short-rows. I was unhappy to knit with such a thin yarn and with super little needles, but I loved the outcome! This pattern was ultimately my inspiration for the pattern I want to write (details eventually will be told about this mystery pattern).
after 3rd blocking :( still not long enough!!
After 3rd blocking
The simple details of this sweater make is so gorgeous! And by simply pairing with with different looks, you have a very versatile top! I mean, who doesn't want a backless shirt in their closet? I love it and can't wait to wear it this summer.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

FO Baby Blocks

My friend, Lindsay, had her baby shower this past weekend and I saw it as a perfect opportunity to get crafty. I had made Ryenn and Nolan each a set of baby blocks with their names last year. I matched their nursery decor and everything. These were extremely fun projects and I loved every minute o making them.
Nolan's Blocks
I decided to make the same thing for Baby Avery. I had been waiting for Lindsay to get her nursery bedding before starting these so I could match them to the decor. The bedding was pink and brown floral print, so I grabbed as many pretty pink card stock paper from Michael's. It was fun. There were polka-dots, stripes, flowers, and just pink.
For baby Avery
I painted the letters a dark brown so they would stand out against the different pink paper backgrounds. I Mod Podged the card stock to 2x2 wooden blocks. After they dried, I sprayed them with the Mod Podge finishing spray to seal them a bit better. I then glued the letters to the blocks and let them dry. Simply as that!
Very pink!
I was happy to make her something she could use and hopefully love (which she did). I also sewed up a few sunhats for her. But that's for a later date.