Week 27-My first DIY Project

No matter how many days I get off, the weekend never seems long enough.  Especially when I have something to do every day.  My weekend was spent shopping, eating, and going to the movies with LC.  We saw What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  It was meh.  I thought because of the cast, (J-Lo, Chris Rock, Cameron Diaz, etc) it would be pretty good.  If you’re thinking of going to see it, I would wait until it comes to DVD and save your money.

The big thing this weekend  was the fact that we had our maternity pictures.  As I was getting ready, I was worried that I wasn’t showing enough yet for maternity pictures.  A friend of mine said that they’re normally done when you’re at your biggest (around 35-36 weeks).  Clearly, I did not have that issue…

I’m so glad that I did not wait any longer and that our photographer likes to do them around 7 months.  I can’t imagine being bigger and trying feel good about myself while posing for pics, especially in the dead of summer.  For the most part I feel good, but I’m starting to feel the effects of the 3rd trimester.

Baby is now about 15 inches long and weighs about 2.5 lbs.  According to TheBump.com,  baby is the size of a rutabaga!  Baby is apparently showing some brain activity and I’ve felt hiccups!  Movement is pretty consistent, and on days when I feel very little, I have a heart doppler from a friend to reassure me that everything’s okay.

Nesting mode has officially set in.  The bedding arrived last week and it’s been washed and put on the crib.  Today, my mom and I ventured south to Ikea.  I found the PERFECT dresser for the baby’s room that will double as a changing table.  I picked up some other things for the baby as well.

This weekend, I also started my first DIY project.  What inspired me to do this was this picture:


I searched the internet high and low for something like this at a reasonable price.  The only thing I found were a few signs on Etsy and they were in the $50-$60 range.  No thanks.  I was originally going to go with this quote, but started searching for other ones instead and found one that I liked even more.

I started with a blank canvas, stencils, and paint.

 I aligned the first stencil on the canvas and then layed down some packaging tape to use as a guide to make sure the stencils were even.  The tape I used was clear, but if I did it again, I would use colored tape.

Instead of using the stencil sponges, I used a very small brush and away I went.  It was a little time consuming because I had to make sure the paint was dry before moving onto the next letter because the stencils overlapped with each other.  The good thing is that paint dries pretty quickly on canvas.  Total time took me about 3 hours and of course the longer the quote, the more time it will take you.  After it was all done, I sprayed it with finishing spray and I was finished.

 The total cost for this project? $37.34.  I could’ve saved more money by skipping the sponges and the extra paint, one tube was definitely enough.  I have a few other DIY projects under way for the baby’s room and can’t wait to show you once everything is complete.

Hubs is out of town for a concert, so I’m going to hop in bed with Christian Grey 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your evening!


3 thoughts on “Week 27-My first DIY Project

  1. Eliz May 29, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    Wow Great decision on getting your maternity pictures now! 🙂 Such a cute bump! Great idea on the sign! 🙂


    • Maria C May 30, 2012 / 9:29 am

      Thank you 🙂 Yeah, this summer is going to be “interesting” to say the least. Thankfully, my ankles have returned to their normal size 🙂


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