Painting. . .Finally!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Most people usually paint and decorate their nursery BEFORE 
the baby is born, but then again we just aren't most people. 

I've actually been asking Ant to let me paint Reli's room since we moved in a year ago, but he kept saying that he'd rather not since we'd have to repaint it white when we move out. (stupid apartments!) I started decorating anyway, thinking that I would just photoshop color onto the walls if I ever shared pictures. (sneaky right?)


But this past weekend he finally gave in and we started painting. I still don't know what made him change his mind. Maybe it's the fact that Corbin and Reli will be sharing, an entirely white house just got too boring, or he started to think that the decor would look cuter this way. Honestly, I don't care what his reason was, because I LOVE IT! It turned out exactly how I pictured in my mind, and I can't wait to add the finishing touches so I can share it with you all. There are at least a dozen tutorials worth of projects just waiting to be written up!
  

Funny thing is, as soon as we finished painting Ant asked what color we should do the living room.
I guess it won him over too, and it went up so quickly that I'm thinking about taking him up on his
offer to add some more color to our apartment. It's really amazing what a little paint can do!

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Guest Posting at Nap Time Crafter

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hey everyone, I'm part of the . . .


Head on over and check out my crazy cute swaddler tutorial,
and be sure to tell Amy how adorable her new little boy is too!

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Nursing Cover

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Was anyone else a little surprised by Blogger's new look? Or was I the last one hanging on to the old version? I'm sure they've made some cool upgrades and all, but it drives me nuts when I feel like I've finally figured out all this computer stuff, and then they go and change it on me! Oh well, I'll just pretend that "change is good".
Anyway, on with the baby projects...


Back when I had Reli, the breastfeeding thing didn't go so well. (Oklet's call that an understatement.)
 There were just so many factors that made it hard to keep a regular schedule. 

I went kinda like this. . . 

Our first kid,
 up all night in the rocking chair, 
sleeps all day and skips meals,
overbearing visitors,
 extra Dr. appointments because she had a "hip-click",
  Ant busy studying to get registered,
 thinking that a hand pump will "be good enough"

. . . then . . .

The schedule goes haywire,
milk supply drops,
 that "good enough" hand pump breaks
but we can't afford the real one,
 lack of sleep takes its toll,
and it's HELLO formula!

(I did keep hand pumping and adding what I got to the bottles,
but that only lasted about 3 months : /)

I'm sure some of you have been in a similar situation, but am I the only one who wonders how
women have been pulling this off for millions of years while working out in a field somewhere?


Well, this time I wanted things to be different.
Every feeding was timed and written down, visits made around our schedule, I got the "real" pump (just in case), and Corbin got woken up every third hour whether he just fell asleep or not. By his 2 week check-up, he was already 3 oz over his birth weight, and the pediatrician actually told me to stop waking him up at night unless I wanted to drive myself crazy!

So now that I know this actually has a chance of working, I finally got around to making myself a nursing cover. I've been feeding the baby everywhere in the past few weeks...the library, the cafe in Target, the Costco parking lot, even walking through the mall with him in a sling, and I Love It! It has been so handy that may have to make a second one, because even if you splurge on the pretty fabric making your own is still so much cheaper than the $30+ they sell for online.

I pretty much used a mash-up of the Prudent Baby tutorial, and the Sew Much Ado tutorial and then added a terry cloth square to one corner to wipe up dribble, and a pocket to the other corner for nursing pads, lotion, or what not. I just hemmed 2 sides of a square, and then stuck the 2 un-hemmed edges under the fold when I stitched the hem around the main fabric. If that sound confusing you could try the tutorial over at Crafty Cousins. They do it a little differently, but they have pictures, and in the end it's still a pocket.

"I need to try on the dress. The dress mommy made from the fabwics!"

I never really thought about how Reli would react to my breastfeeding Corbin,
but her response has actually been quite comical.

Yesterday I caught her sitting on the sofa with her shirt pulled up "feeding"
one of her unicorns. (And all this time I thought they ate rainbows!)
Then this morning we had the following conversation...

"Mommy, put the baby in the rocker. I need to drink some milk from the boobies."
"Umm.....I think you have a sippy cup in the fridge."
"Ok, maybe later."


Sure munchkin...maybe later ; D
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Plastic Canvas Alphabet

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Back while I was in the hospital having the baby, I was also guest posting over at Mess for Less.
(Yeah, I'm a multi-tasker like that ; ) So, just in case you missed the post. . . here it is.

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Plastic Canvas! 
Did anyone else ever play with it as a kid? 
My Gramma would often hand me a sheet of canvas, some scissors, and a bag of yarn. 
Then I would sit on the sofa and remain miraculously silent for hours at a time. 
What Mom doesn't dream of that kind of response to a craft?

The amount of "parental involvement" in this project varies greatly depending on the age of your child,
but can easily entertain most kids between the ages of 4 and 10. 

Supplies:
Scissors, Yarn, Sheets of plastic canvas 
(It comes in a variety of colors, and can be found at any craft, fabric, or wal-mart type store.)

A blunt needle
These come in metal or plastic, but make sure that the eye of the needle is not too large to fit
through the holes of the canvas. The 5mm worked perfectly. (I learned the hard way!)  

Optional:
Magnets, Glue, Felt, and Graph paper

Cut out your desired shape.
You can use the graph paper to help your child design their own.

Use the yarn to make diagonal stitches from the bottom left to the upper right. 

The yarn "tail" can be secured behind the first few stitches.
Once all the rows are filled with diagonals, wrap the yarn around the edges,
and hide the ends under the stitches on the back. 

Now you can glue on a some felt to make the back prettier,

  add some magnets and stick them to the fridge,

or string a few together for a garland.

And in case you need a little extra inspiration, here are a few alphabet printables!
          

Just click on one of the 3 boxes to get started.
These letters are roughly 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide, and don't worry,
 they'll print in grey so you can really see the grids, and it won't use up all your ink. 

I'd love to hear what kinds of projects you guys have made with plastic canvas,
or whether you consider it an "old lady craft". ; D
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Never enough bibs...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Isn't that the truth though? Corbin hasn't been spitting up much yet, but even if he never
does I still know the drool is coming! So I whipped up a few more bibs just to be
prepared for when the dreaded teething begins.


I used the same pattern that I cut out for the Dribble Bibs Tutorial, and the freezer paper still
stuck when I ironed it. Awesome! The colored top layers are cut from thrifted t-shirts again,
but the bottom layers are made from terry cloth that I had leftover from another project. 


These couldn't be stitched up the same as the previous bibs since the terry would unravel
and make a terrible mess in the wash. So instead I sewed the two layers right sides together
(leaving a small opening), flipped them right sides out, and stitched around the edge again. 


Then the velcro is attached the same way, but make sure the hook side of the tape
 is sewn to the terry side of your bib. That way the hooks won't get stuck in the
 terry loops like they would if it was the other way around.


You can leave them plain, cut them out of a pre-printed shirt, or add you own style 
with stencils, trims, applique, fabric paint, embroidery, bleach, or what ever you'd like. 
Just keep in mind that some details need to be added before the layers are sewn together.

*Decorating Tip* -  If you are looking for pictures to use for freezer paper stenciling, try adding
the word vector when you search for your desired image. (google images ex.- cow vs. cow vector
Vectors tend to have a more "flat" look and are MUCH easier to cut out than most regular images.
(But be nice, and make sure you aren't using copyrighted images on things you plan to sell!)

Thanks for Visiting!
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What is on my head?! (baby hats)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Yay, another project made from my pile of thrifted t-shirts! 
(Finding different ways to use up these shirts is becoming one of my new favorite hobbies ; )
 I finished these little guys over a month ago, long before Corbin decided to make his arrival. I never posted them because I was waiting to get pictures of him actually wearing one, but at that time I kept thinking
"Oh gosh, those look way too big. They wont fit him for months, and he doesn't need them in July!"
So I did the logical thing, and made a few more. 


Aren't they cute? These ones I made just a smidge smaller in hopes that we could get some sweet "naked baby" pictures of him wearing them. The monkey seemed like an obvious choice since I've been calling him that on the blog since first mentioning he was on the way, and the frog was meant to go with these little guys...


But alas, it must have been too long since I've seen a real newborn (or the fact that my family only 
has big babies!) because this is what happened when I finally went to try them on.


I wouldn't call it a fail exactly. . . My kid just has a big head.
Maybe if he had gotten squished more during delivery they would have fit!

I did manage to squeeze his bean into the other two long enough to at least snap a picture,
but I definitely wouldn't count on being able to do that tomorrow. ; D


I'm not exactly sure how this happened since I traced one of Reli's old hats to make the pattern. I distinctly remember her wearing that hat home from the hospital and it being huge! Did pregnancy brain get the upper hand and make me forget to add seam allowance? I really can't remember, but if you are interested in making a few of your own I suggest using this pattern from Ashley at Make it and Love it or this pattern from Prudent Baby for the one with a top knot. I probably should have taken my own advice and used their patterns to begin with!

Did anyone notice that Corbin is wearing one of his dyed onesies?
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Liebster Blog Award

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A few weeks ago (before the baby took over) I was super excited to find
out that I had received the Liebster Blog Award from Kate over at 
Thanks so much Kate for thinking of me!

{German word meaning 'dearest' or 'beloved'}

The Liebster is an award given to up and coming blogs who have less than 200 followers. Each recipient then passes it along to 5 more blogs that they think should be recognized.

This is a great way to spread the news about smaller blogs that you love, and my 5 nominees are...



Ashlee and Natalie cover a little bit of everything. Whether it is sewing, decor, kids crafts, recipes, cleaning tips, or remodeling the house; there is always something going on at this amazing blog!


Jen is a wonder at all things upcycled, from fashion to furniture, and everything in between.
She definitely has more than a few projects to feed my recent thrifted tee kick!



EmmylouBeeDoo

Sarah makes precious clothes for her daughter, Emmylou, and awesome tops for herself as well,
but she absolutely won my heart when I saw the dress below! 

If you have been around STC for awhile you might remember my Keyhole dress from last year.
(I totally had plans to make a heart shaped version for V-day, but just never found the time.)




You may have seen Lisa's adorable carrot pillow around the linky parties recently,
 but she also makes a bunch of ridiculously cute appliques.
(I must make one of those puppy shirts for the lil' man!)



Tales of the Scotts

I've only been following Eva's blog for a few months now, but boy is she fun! Besides coming up with tons of cute learning activities, and making really neat lunches for her three year old, she always features the most amazing projects. I can never seem to visit her without lengthening my To Make list quite a bit!


Go check them all out and see what cool projects 
you can add to YOUR to do list!

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If you are one of the recipients, here are the rules:

1. Please thank the person who presented the Liebster Blog Award to your blog.
2. Link back to the presenter of the award. (That would be me ; ) 
3. Copy and paste the award image onto your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to five blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve some recognition. 
5. Let those blogs know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog or emailing them.
(and it's always nice if you start following them if you weren't already!)


Thanks for Visiting!
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