Searching “baby mobiles” on pinterest is a very dangerous activity for those easily overtaken by baby cuteness. My heart melts for this sweet horse one.

One of my favorite blogs, Oh Happy Day, is a party planning website with so many clever, handmade ideas for event decor. This paper party DIY inspired me for an affordable baby mobile and reminded me of the faux capiz chandelier I made a couple years ago. The method is very similar; here, I sewed together strips of cardstock rather than wax paper.

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The trickiest part was choosing my colors. I feared the nursery was beginning to skew way more boy than girl, so I erred on the slightly more feminine side for the mobile. Also, I’m just super picky about shades of color, so even the wall of cardstock at Michael’s felt like not enough choices. I ended up with mustard, red-orange, mint, and lavender. The first three have been in our color scheme from the start, but I’ve added lavender in small quantities to girl-it-up some more.

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The method is quite simple.

  1. Slice cardstock into strips. I made mine 6 inches wide and varying widths for a not-too-”perfect” look.
  2. Feed paper through sewing machine, leaving a long tail at one end (for hanging). I stopped to do a lot of testing on length so it would fill the space, but not be too close to a standing baby or that we’d always brush into them. My longest segment was about 28 strips.
  3. Hang strands at varying lengths. We taped them up with masking tape to get our locations just right. Then, we tied the strings around nails and tapped them into the ceiling.

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This was the room before we installed the mobile. Since getting the crib, I’ve begun accumulating storage for the shelves.

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And below is after with the mobile and the addition of the mattress and some bedding. It’s getting a lot more cozy and newborn-friendly in here.

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Major to-do’s that remain are: buying a rug, adding a store table, sewing a crib skirt, and finding a few more art pieces. Also, birthing the baby. To see everything about this place we call home, take a tour of our apartment.

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Our staple summer meal are these tilapia burgers with watermelon salsa which we made last week while having friends over. They are just so quintessentially summer, and I wanted to find a drink that matched them in warm-weather-y goodness. And yes, that meant it had to be watermelon-y too!

I’m trying to decide if I think watermelon is as iconic to summer as pumpkin is to fall. I’m not quite sure if watermelon reigns as supreme because in the summer months there’s lots of other produce to compete with. Also, side note, has anyone noticed pineapples are everywhere right now? They’re the trend fruit for sure.

WATERMELON LEMONADE SLUSHIE from Rachel Schultz-2

WATERMELON LEMONADE SLUSHIE
Serves 2 quarts

8 cups watermelon, cubed
2 lemons, juiced
2 cups ice
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons water

Combine ingredients in blender.

WATERMELON LEMONADE SLUSHIE from Rachel Schultz

LEMON & ROSEMARY STOVE TOP POTPOURRI from Rachel Schultz

WATERMELON LEMONADE SLUSHIE
 
Author:
Serves: 2 quarts
Ingredients
  • 8 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 cups ice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in blender.

Adapted from Say Yes.

 

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Jump in the time machine, because we are going back. No, I’m not just talking about how I recently reviewed a different book by the same title (Humility by CJ Mahaney). I’m headed back to the 1800′s with our new friend, Andrew Murray.

Humility from Rachel Schultz

Once at a conference, I heard a speaker say it is important to read old books by dead people. And I completely love that! There are many of fads and trends in advice and self-help, but age-old wisdom is a true treasure. (The Bible, of course, is the pinnacle of this!) Andrew Murray’s Humility is a brief, yet potent look at humility and how it epitomizes much of Christ’s work and person.

Follow this link to pick a copy up from amazon.

What are y’all reading? Is it good?

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Is the shower technically for baby or for me? I’ll just decide that it is for all of us, especially since David made a special guest appearance. He’s the man who made it all possible, after all.

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Above: The food, decorations, and everything else was so lovely. It really was a perfect shower to me. Mad props to my girls Amie, Christy, and Jenny for hosting.

Below: A not-so-picture-book-ish book of heroes of the Christian Reformation. Just some light reading for baby. I love it.

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Below: Yes, I did the obligatory pregnancy pose. Jordie says I have good thumbs for it.

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