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• This super sweet heart mobile from Pottery Barn kids. This could totally be made on your own using some cute red/pink/white fabric (or use up some of your paper stash). You could cut out your own hearts or use this new scalloped heart punch from Fiskars or the Giga Scalloped Heart Punch from Marvy.

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 If you don't want to make a circle mobile you could also just string some on ribbon and hang them from the ceiling. I started punching out some hearts last week and am thinking about making some simple hanging hearts that could attach to the light fixture in our dining room for a simple Valentine decoration.

I am also considering doing a fabric one with some scraps I have in my stash if I have time (or making some of the pins that I link to below). 

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The Office of the Tooth Fairy (via Oh Happy Day) kits or recording the loss of those precious little teeth. I ordered this and received it in the mail on Friday - it is super sweet with great design. Simon currently still has all his baby teeth so I am keeping this in a safe spot for later use.

Hula's list : she always has the best ideas. 

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• Karen Russell's A Year In The Making class kit. Seriously awesome use of slide page protectors.

• Completely love these little Valentine heart pins (and the tutorial on how to put them together) found at The Purl Bee.

• Delighted by Kristybee's photos on Flickr. I am especially into one's like this.

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Thanks to those of you who recommended I pick up The Pillars of the Earth
again after my 16 Things post. I plowed through all 900+ pages over the last couple of weeks and finished it up yesterday. Definitely a good one.

Chris and I started watching the HBO John Adams series this weekend so I am thinking about reading one of Abagail Adam's biographies next.

And finally, I got started working on a little hybrid-baby book this past week. I am keeping it simple and hope to share some of my ideas on that later this week depending on how things go. The focus is on reflections and creating a space to jot down thougths as we find our way through those first few weeks.

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  1. Heather says…
    02/02/2009

    I saw those hearts on Purl Bee last week too -- aren't the colors great? I made a version of the mobile, but made a garland for my mantel. You can see it here:
    http://creatingdaybyday.blogspot.com/2009/01/valentine-garland.html

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  2. Charlotta says…
    02/02/2009

    Thank you for the sweet heart mobile. I want to make a present for a good friend who is having a baby soon and you provided me with a great idea! I think will use my heart stamps and cut them out and glue them together with a ribbon in the middle. It would be nice to sew some hearts as in the picture, but I need to have it ready by tomorrow!
    Good luck with the baby and go early to the hospital. I waited too long at home with my second child and he arrived in the car!

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  3. sue says…
    02/02/2009

    Ali,
    Love all your heart projects and am thinking about putting together the heart mobile for my granddaughter's room. Thanks.
    Sue

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  4. Stephanie says…
    02/02/2009

    I think its good that you are making sure you have somewhere to write down things during the first couple of weeks... I wish I had done that.... not only was I a typical sleep deprived new mom, but I was dealing with PPD... and I really don't remember the first month--- I took some photos and blogged (not much though on the blogging) So other than that and what other people tell me.... that first month is just gone for me.
    I wish you soo much luck, its wonderful looking through your blog and seeing Simon grown up - your new baby is coming into soo much love :)

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  5. Eduarda says…
    02/02/2009

    Ali,
    What a coincidence!!! I ordered "The Office of the Tooth Fairy" yesterday!!! :) I saw it in a design magazine, and simple loved it.
    It's such a great idea!!!

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  6. Eduarda says…
    02/02/2009

    Ali,
    What a coincidence!!! I ordered "The Office of the Tooth Fairy" yesterday!!! :) I saw it in a design magazine, and simple loved it.
    It's such a great idea!!!

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  7. Kim says…
    02/02/2009

    Enjoy the John Adams movie, we just finished watching the last two parts on Saturday. Am amazing film and amazing glimpse into the founding of our country....This is definitely one of my favorite movies.

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  8. [email protected] says…
    02/02/2009

    Thank you for sharing :) That mobile just gave me a great idea for our light fixture over our dinning table for valentine's 'season' :) thank you! I always enjoy your finds -- although it usually distracts me from my 'on the go projects' with a million other 'i could do THIS and THIS and THIS..' haha :)

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  9. Mary Ann/Ca says…
    02/02/2009

    My weekend was creative too...lots of cooking for the family crowd of football folks who came to watch with my husband. Tried a couple of new things that were hits so I was happy. Made the sweetest coloring book/crayon bag as a 3rd birthday gift for my granddaughter Kennedy and thought about those cute hearts from Purl...does that count? Looks like you're keeping busy as you count down!

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  10. Samantha Widlund says…
    02/02/2009

    We love the John Adams series, and I enjoyed the biography it was based on as well. We let our 10 year old watch it, and she's devoured every book she can find on Abigail Adams ever since. Definitely the sort of role model I want her to have =)

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  11. Between Hitching Posts says…
    02/02/2009

    Great projects. I think I'll have the kids help me decorate for valentines day today.

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  12. christen says…
    02/02/2009

    i loved pillars of the earth...i waited about a year and read "world without end" it's great too. i highly recommend it.

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  13. christen says…
    02/02/2009

    i loved pillars of the earth...i waited about a year and read "world without end" it's great too. i highly recommend it!

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  14. juliakgo says…
    02/02/2009

    You might want to look into the letters of Abigail and John Adams - there are a couple compilations on Amazon. Wonderfully fascinating (especially after you watch the series).

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  15. Marcia Bettich says…
    02/02/2009

    WOW! Love the tooth fairy product! I actually saw this in HOW magazine and immediately loved it. I might have to pick one up for Lukas who has also not lost any teeth yet :)) Marcia

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  16. juliakgo says…
    02/02/2009

    Once you finish the John Adams series, you should look into one of the compilations of Abigail and John's letters to one another. There are a couple on Amazon. Wonderfully fascinating stuff (and you can squeeze in a letter or two between diaper changes and feedings!!)

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  17. mom2h says…
    02/02/2009

    Hope you are feeling well. I remember those last few weeks before the due date.

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  18. Jennifer says…
    02/02/2009

    How timely-I literally was thinking about making a heart mobile this am during my morning commute! I hadn't seen the PB one yet-very cute. Will be making some variation of it. Started my Valentine's minis-thanks for the ispiration! Enjoy-

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  19. Linda says…
    02/02/2009

    Ya know....it's OK, just to take a break when you are this pregnant. Though I LOVE today's post...and will be ordering both, a year in the making and the tooth fairy kit. But...as my seventeen year old would say..."I"m just saying, it really would be OK just to be and not do for a while."

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  20. JosieK says…
    02/02/2009

    I have tried to get through Pillars of the Earth..congratulations! I'm going to keep trying. You'll love HBO's mini series John Adams. It's soooooooooooo good! I've been visiting you everyday for over a year because I love your style in scrapbooking/memory keeping, etc. But lately I've been here every day to see if little baby A has decided to make her debut. :) I'm thinking of you and sending blessings you way!

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  21. Noreen says…
    02/02/2009

    More on your idea of hanging hearts...check out the image of the hanging hearts on "Inchmark" that she did for a baby shower:
    http://inchmark.squarespace.com/inchmark/2009/1/21/baby-4.html
    Very cute!
    I am off to sift through my scraps of felt to make some lovelies like Purl Bees!

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  22. Karen M. says…
    02/02/2009

    i have the john adams series to watch also...looking forward to it!

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  23. Sonya says…
    02/02/2009

    Hi Ali,
    Hope you're doing well - can't wait for the baby's arrival :-) Thanks for always inspiring me and having such cool links and ideas! My baby Sophie is 5 months old so I'm excited to see your baby album/book idea. I bought two books to write in (questions and such already in them) but I want to do something unique. Now, finding time is another issue entirely ;-)
    Take care,
    sonya in florida

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  24. Courtney says…
    02/02/2009

    Congratulations on conquering Pillars of the Earth. It took me a month to finish, but the story always keep me going. Now I can't decide if I'm going to read the sequel.

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  25. Rachel Smith says…
    02/02/2009

    Ali,
    I wanted to share with you a simple thing I did that turned out to be so special. I bought one of those blank scrap-it-yourself 13-month calendars, and I wrote down all of the special little things my daughter did during her first year. I didn't always write something every day and sometimes I had to go back and fill in some things when I got behind, but now I have pretty much a daily record of her first year, from the month she was born through her first birthday, which is October 23. In fact, I even cheated a little, because the last thing I wrote in it was "Barack Obama Elected President!" It was so simple to keep up with, I just kept it hanging on a wall in her room and ran to write down whenever she hit a milestone or did something cute. I haven't scrapped it yet, but I probably will in the future. With your love for documentation, I thought you might like that idea.

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