Bloggin’ Again… With a Purpose. (AKA: How I Dealt W Morning Sickness)

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My hubby and I announced our pregnancy to the world!

3 months pregnant

we also announced that we have finally left NYC and moved to the suburbs.

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A lot of announcing at once, yes I know.

At 12 weeks, I feel it’s finally okay to start chronicling this journey called motherhood.

So far, I’ve had a pretty quintessential first trimester.

Morning sickness was awful. Combined with the fatigue it was much like being hungover for 2 months. But no matter how much Gatorade I chugged, and how much fried food I ate, I couldn’t beat the damn nausea. As a former wino, the feeling was so familiar, and so my inability to get rid of it was so disconcerting.

Anyway, my quick hangover morning sickness remedies for all you 1st trimester moms out there.
1. Ginger tea – Look it’s an ancient Asian remedy, yes… but I also found that the warmth of the tea itself was very soothing. Boil some ginger slices, add some honey and lemon, if you like, and then sip away. It will at least pretend to calm your stomach for a little while
2. Aromatherapy – Who knows if I’m just falling into a psychosomatic trap, but my friend Cindi gifted me this fantastic Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness spray. Basically it smells like ginger and citrus… So if you want to just sniff your tea, go for it.
3. Watermelon – or any super watery fruit that you like. Preferably something nostalgic that reminds you of a simpler time when you weren’t trying to grow a tiny human being inside you. It hydrates, (and thus is also good for your skin!) and will soothe.
4. Get a massage – Easy way out, but what the hell. The relief from all the rubbing will at least take your mind off the nausea. Also if you are battling major fatigue, this is a great way to get in a mid-day nap.

These are the 4 things that worked for me. Most everything else that people recommended did jacksh*t. Those car sickness bands that dig into your wrist, magnesium supplements, taking a “brisk walk” (wth is that?), deep breathing (well, this helped a little… like for the duration of the breath).

But my real take away from this was that you have to try everything, and byt he time you are ALMOST done with your first trimester, you will find out what works. At least you can save the knowledge for the next baby.

Also, now that I think of it, all those rememdies would also work for a hangover.

D-I-Y Finger Knit Pillow

Ok so i have about a ZILLION projects I need to do-myself.
But i love this one because it is just so simple and easy to do, and makes for such a sophisticated pillow!

You can finger knit the strips (or even better, get a bunch of friends/kids to help, bc that part is oh so much fun) then you just sew together into a pillowcase.

Brilliant

For the full tutorial, click here: http://www.designsponge.com/2012/05/diy-project-chunky-finger-knit-pillow.html#more-135627

Speaking of making flowers… Calla Lillies!

How flipping cute are these?!
with just some paper, string, and crepe paper you can make these gorgeous little flowers.

Just insert the small sliver of yellow crepe paper, fold the large paper around in lily shape, then as you make more, staple them all together.
finally, add a green leaf, punch a hole through it all, and tie with a ribbon. what a pretty adornment to any given package!

Upcycling Water Bottles into Flowers!

I love DIY stuff and Oh Happy Day! had this great idea for what to do with old water bottles, aside from, of course, throwing them in your recycle bin.

I dont think I’ll be making a random chandelier out of these, considering the lack of space in my NYC apt… BUT… I do think they would make lovely adornments to gift wrap. wouldnt you agree?
Great idea!

DIY: Put a Cork in it

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Much like most 20-something females, I have far too many photos and doo-dads that I want to hold on to. Letting them sit in a shoebox is fine, but I feel that they do not see their full potential. It’s like putting Neil DeGrasse Tyson in the Jersey Shore house for a season, or making Tim Tebow play waterpolo, or making Thomas Keller cook at McDonalds. Also, much like most 20-something females, I drink a lot of wine. (Confession: I’m a bit of a hoarder so I find it hard to throw away my wine corks.) So, I decided to remedy the photo/doo-dad problem by way of my drinking/hoarding problem.

Shockingly enough, I did not have enough corks to make my 1st board any bigger. This year I will drink more wine, hoard more corks, and make a board about quadruple the size so that it’s actually useful, which means I can finally clear out the shoeboxes and give my photos the attention they deserve.

Directions:
1. Gather many, many corks.
2. Cut out a large piece of posterboard, cardboard, or anything that is pretty solid.
3. Arrange corks in criss-cross fashion as seen in photo.
4. Make sure they fit so you cannot see the base. If you can see the base, cut it down.
5. Use a hot glue gun to attach your corks to the base.
6. Let dry.
7. Poke two holes around 6-8 inches apart. Run ribbon through and knot behind both holes. (This is what your corkboard will hang from)
8. Hang on wall and add all your doo-dads!

DIY Leg Warmers

I’m all about the DIY. And living in NYC, I wear leg warmers constantly when winter comes around.

I have many pairs because my mom likes to get them for me when she is in Korea, but yesterday I decided to make my own.

I cut the sleeves off of a sweater, made slits at what would be the top of the arm of the sweater, threaded through some ribbon and voila!

Curtains on a Dime

Window coverings are a tricky subject. From curtains to valances to shades to blinds, velvet to tulle, discount to luxury, finding the right thing to block out the sun or frame your window is, frankly, kind of a drag.

What’s even more of a drag is when the already installed curtains in your room look like they were made from a bad ’80s prom dress. We are not talking the cute kind that Maria from Sound of Music could sew into a fashion line of playclothes for the von Trapp children.

So, then I started researching curtains and, apparently, tacky looking curtains wasn’t a unique ailment. I was hoping to find something elegant and pretty without looking like Barbie threw up on my windows.

I love do-it-yourself home decor projects, but curtains always seemed a bit out of reach, because I am not amazing with a sewing machine, nor do I really like glue guns. Luckily, I was having a fancy cocktail with my celebrity interior designer friend Keith Lichtman of KL Interiors when I brought this conundrum to his attention. He showed me his $2500 luxury custom-trim curtains and said “I bet you could do this with some canvas and grosgrain ribbon.”

Keith’s curtains were made of high quality silk and were custom trimmed on the sides and bottom.

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Photo courtesy of Keith Lichtman, KL Interiors

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Photo courtesy of Keith Lichtman, KL Interiors

I decided to recreate this look with a heavy canvas at the lowest cost. I spent just about $25 total on the cloth by using, drumroll, paint drop cloths that were already cut into 4’x12′ panels. Then I found some chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon in NYC’s garment district for around $2/yard.

Other than that, measuring tape, scissors and industrial strength double-sided tape made this project possible. I like the red double-sided tape, because then you can see where it is on the ribbon.

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Photo by Michelle Won

So with some help and encouragement from Keith, we made some beautiful custom-trimmed curtains that look like they are made of heavy linen.

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Photo by Michelle Won

Here is the process:

1. Find a nice canvas paint drop cloth with a little bit of brown or off-white in it. If you use pure white, it can end up looking like a sheet.

2. Find a high-quality ribbon fabric and color of your choice to complement your room.

3. Measure the width and height of your window. Double the width to calculate the width of your curtains (i.e. 2 feet across your windows means 4 feet of fabric). Height, you can let your curtains break on the floor a bit, or you can cut to length. Go with your personal preference. Add a couple of inches to allow you to have room to flap the fabric over the curtain rod.

4. Grab a pair of scissors and cut the length straight across. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because the other 3 edges of your canvas are hemmed, so that means that you can use the cut side as the top of the curtain, which will be flipped over the rod, anyway.

5. Line up your ribbon to about an inch from the edge that you want the trim on. Start attaching double-sided tape and sticking your ribbon to the canvas. Leave about an inch extra at the top and the bottom of the fabric so you can flap it over. (As you can see in the video, it helps if you have an extra pair of hands. If you have controllable octopus arms, that works even better.)

6. Take down your curtain rod and flip the top of the fabric over the rod, allowing for about 2 inches of slack to be safe. Attach as you scrunch up the curtain along the rod with your double stick tape.

7. Hang your curtain rod. Voila!

A couple of tips:
– If you have 1 large window, the curtain on the left should have the trim on the right and vice versa.

– If you have 2 windows with space in the middle, same idea.

– If you only have 1 window, depending on what side of the room it is on, trim the opposite side (so the side without the trim is closer to the wall).

– If you dont want to do what is called a “curtain pocket” where you flip the fabric over the rod, you can get hooks with clips on them from any home store. You just add the clips to the top and then hook the curtain onto your rod.

Here is a companion video, because, as you can imagine, it’s easier to understand how to do this by watching.

‘Til the next time, decorate on a dime, because it’s fun and awesome and then you don’t have to feel like your room took the ugly train to the ’80s for inspiration.