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February 2, 2009

Inspired by


• 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.

 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). 


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. 


• 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.


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.


  • 1.
    Heather said…

    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:

  • 2.
    Charlotta said…

    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!

  • 3.
    sue said…

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

  • 4.
    Stephanie said…

    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 :)

  • 5.
    Eduarda said…

    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!!!

  • 6.
    Eduarda said…

    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!!!

  • 7.
    Kim said…

    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.

  • 8.

    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 :)

  • 9.
    Mary Ann/Ca said…

    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!

  • 10.

    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 =)

  • 11.

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

  • 12.
    christen said…

    i loved pillars of the earth…i waited about a year and read “world without end” it’s great too. i highly recommend it.

  • 13.
    christen said…

    i loved pillars of the earth…i waited about a year and read “world without end” it’s great too. i highly recommend it!

  • 14.
    juliakgo said…

    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).

  • 15.
    Marcia Bettich said…

    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

  • 16.
    juliakgo said…

    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!!)

  • 17.
    mom2h said…

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

  • 18.
    Jennifer said…

    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-

  • 19.
    Linda said…

    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.”

  • 20.
    JosieK said…

    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!

  • 21.
    Noreen said…

    More on your idea of hanging hearts…check out the image of the hanging hearts on “Inchmark” that she did for a baby shower:
    Very cute!
    I am off to sift through my scraps of felt to make some lovelies like Purl Bees!

  • 22.
    Karen M. said…

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

  • 23.
    Sonya said…

    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

  • 24.
    Courtney said…

    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.

  • 25.
    Rachel Smith said…

    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.

  • 26.
    Joy Buss said…

    Always love the ideas you post! truly insprirational. We missed seeing you at CHA this past week, but know you are where you need to be caring for you little one. Saw Tricia on the last day. Love her! Take care and we can’t wait to here the baby news!!

  • 27.
    Michelle said…

    My daughter lost her first tooth yesterday! Go figure, how cute that kit is! Wish I woulda had somethin’ like that for my son….I may just have to copy some of the ideas. As always, thanks for the inspiration. =)

  • 28.
    Tara Kelly said…

    OH! We JUST finished the john adams series. It was SO good! You will love it and be so inspired to learn more about our founding fathers.

  • 29.
    Leslie said…

    That is too funny!! My husband and I are watching that series, too. We start 3 & 4 this week. Abigail is amazing!!!

  • 30.
    Heather said…

    I love that heart mobile, so cute. And the tooth Fairy kit is awesom my son is three so he hasn’t lost any teeth that would be so cute to get for him and put away till we are ready.
    thanks for sharing.

  • 31.
    Deanna said…

    I’m so glad you decided to try again on Pillars of the Earth. It’s such a wonderful book. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • 32.
    Davinie said…

    Oh my goodness, Ali. I just read Pillars of the Earth on recommendation from my dad a couple of months ago. Right now I’ve moved on to World Without End and it’s another book I cannot put down. Another long one. Check it out!
    Lovely inspiration!

  • 33.
    Davinie said…

    Oh my goodness, Ali. I just read Pillars of the Earth on recommendation from my dad a couple of months ago. Right now I’ve moved on to World Without End and it’s another book I cannot put down. Another long one. Check it out!
    Lovely inspiration!

  • 34.
    Susan Wilson said…

    I didn’t realize you can cut fabric with punches.
    Does the fabric need to be a thin cotton?
    PS. Love the heart mobile.

  • 35.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Susan – I don’t think you can cut fabric with punches. I was suggesting using it for patterned paper for a different twist on a project.

  • 36.
    Beverly said…

    Saw the John Adams series a while back – was really interested in it since I had read the book. Really humbling to see what the men and women went through to bring about the Freedom we now enjoy. Abigail Adams rocked -wanting to read her bio too.

  • 37.
    Emily said…

    I was absolutely in LOVE with the John Adams miniseries — we bought it on DVD, too. Fantastic acting, just a riveting time in our country’s history.

  • 38.

    My hubby and I were just talking about how we haven’t seen the series yet. Definitely going to go pick it up. Abigail Adams is amazing. I love the letters between her and John. Inspiring!

  • 39.
    Suzie Q said…

    Are you going to make a little brag book for Simon to take to school for when “baby A” arrives? Just an idea while you’re nesting. When she is born just print a few pictures to put in the book for him to show off.
    Enjoy your time of rest right now (as much as you can comfortably).

  • 40.
    Sara Schneider said…

    I wish i could sew when I see things like this heart mobile! I know it would be easy but still won’t attempt it. Now PAPER, might be an option!
    Wanted to share with you two things. The first was what the commentor before me, Rachel Smith, said so I won’t repeat it. I had a 13 month calendar as well and it helped. I also used it to track feedings and changes in those early weeks.
    The second that is a little less cumbersome was to keep a tiny hallmark purse calendar with me to track little things I might miss — dr appt info, special “firsts” and things like that on the run. I’m sure you already have a way to track these things but this one worked for me and still does into the older years as well!
    Getting anxious for your arrival and wish you well!

  • 41.
    Lazy Mom Leslie said…

    I am totally inspired by you. I too loved the John Adams series, but why didn’t I think of reading one of her biographies? Great idea! Also love the Office of the Tooth Fairy! I am going to have to send that link to many friends. Sadly, this Lazy Mom’s babies have already started losing their teeth so it’s too late for me.

  • 42.
    Nikki M said…

    Thanks for the Valentine’s inspiration. Not much of a heart person but they are growing on me this year, along with pink. Must come from having 2 daughters. Watched the John Adams series last fall. Phenomenal! Love Laura Linney and she did not dissappoint. Would love to know what you think when you are done. Take it easy and enjoy your days as a family of 3. Still praying for you all. Look forward to see what “A” name you picked. I have an Alexandra Joanna. She goes by “AJ”. Cheers

  • 43.
    Shere said…

    PBS in my area (Charleston, SC) regularly has presidential stories and I love them all! They did a marathon towards the end of 08 that featured every president from 1-44. It was fantastic. So fantastic that I added reading every president’s bio to my to do list. Sometimes it seems as if I am the only person on earth that finds this stuff fascinating. So exciting for me. lol. Have a great week!

  • 44.
    Jung A said…

    i’m lovin all the hearts too!

  • 45.
    Rachael Allen said…

    Watching the HBO John Adams series? I definitely recommend it! In fact, my husband and I ordered HBO only because it was coming on! We’re getting the DVD’s soon. It’s a fantastic series, based on David McCollough’s book, which was also fantastic! Hope you enjoy!

  • 46.

    I love felt hearts! So sweet! Thanks for some fun ideas. :)

  • 47.
    cristalfab said…

    A great historical/fiction book about the life of John & Abigail Adams is Those Who Love by Irving Stone. I love this book and have read it several times. It just makes them so real, as its written as a novel.

  • 48.
    Kate said…

    Thanks for sharing all the projects. Now that you had read “Pillars of the Earth” you should read the 200 year later sequel, “World Without End” with the progeny of the characters from the first book.

  • 49.
    Bekka said…

    My husband and I watched the John Adams series while we were snowed in last week. He even approved of it (he’s a history teacher and super-picky about historical films). :)
    Loving all the hearts here today! :)

  • 50.
    e14studio said…

    Instead of a mobile, I stung hearts to hang in the window.
    You can see what I did here:
    (I keep checking back daily to see if your baby arrived!)
    Take Care, Sharon

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