little girl’s crib

why is this little girl so happy?

It could be because there were bigger fish to fry in 2011, and so for the first 5 months of her life, she did not have a matching crib linens.  Don’t you know that everything is better with coordinating bedding? Her crib situation had been sorely neglected, so the look on her face will certainly tell you how happy she is now!  I had made a small quilt for her ages ago.  I ended up loving it so much that I realized I wanted to do more with similar fabrics and design her side of the room to go with the darling fabrics from that line.   I’ve slowly worked on her cute little crib (which was once her brother’s) to make it hers.

What would I do without Pinterest?  I found a tutorial for a simple crib skirt with a little box pleat in the front and I was finally inspired to finish my to-do list for Ruby’s crib.  The best part is that it’s only covering the front and the left side which was less work overall, and it’s secured with velcro strips directly onto the metal mattress frame!  So when I have to lower the mattress in a few months, I can adjust the panels by moving them up and secure them with the velcro again under the mattress.  Easy Peasy… done and done.

oh dear, this picture kills me.  did you know miss r has an octopus for a twin?

it’s one of the many good things about being “snowed in.”  …back burner projects finally get completed.


she rolls

baby girl is on the move! 

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she started rolling from her back to her tummy right around new years… she still gets stuck and has difficulty rolling back to her back again, which ( i think ) is the opposite way most babies learn to roll and flip, but she’s doing great and loving her increased mobility!

toes are also really tasty

modern baby blanket

When I bought these bold prints a while back, I knew I’d use them for a baby boy project… so when I found out Emily, an old roommate of mine, was expecting a little boy this winter, I got started and had a lot of fun doing a quick little project (my first since Ruby made her debut)!  I think he’ll look great snuggled up in it.  Emily and Scott live in St. Louis, so I made it a little thicker for those cold winters, quilted it with uneven/ wonky straight lines and used a satin blanket binding… a first for me.  I used this tutorial for attaching the binding and it worked perfectly! Here are some pictures:

Packed up and ready to go!  Emily & Scott, best wishes as you welcome your little boy into your family! xoxo.

baby love

Its always fun to see the people you love meet your children.  My aunt and uncle were in town last week and we had a great time together… I was so happy to have them meet Ruby and snuggle with her.  Ethan, who is considerably less snuggly these days, provided the entertainment and added comedic value to our day.  He’s going through a silly phase (although maybe it’s just his personality developing, and not just a phase?). Either way, I love it.  Thanks, M & C for loving our little ones =)

a welcome addition

Perfect little fingers and toes, Ruby was born the morning of July 30th, and she is such a sweet little girl.  Ethan is adjusting to his new big brother role amazingly well and we’re all enjoying the new addition.  Already it feels like she’s been a part of our family forever and I can’t imagine life without her in it.

getting ready to be a big brother

This picture just melts my heart.  Ethan is doing well adjusting to the idea of having a baby in the family… at least from what I can tell.  I know it will be a whole other story once she actually arrives.  My mom brought over two of the baby dolls that I had as a little girl, and he likes playing with them and taking care of them.  Although, I’m pretty sure that in this picture, his thumbs are poking “baby’s” eyes out.  Oh well, we’ll work on it.

Look at my two handsome boys.  I could just eat them up.

headbands. flowers. bows.

All of these things were not in my regular vocabulary until lately.  Especially when it comes to wardrobe choices.  For my son, specifically, and even to some extent for me.  So I’ve embraced my girly side since finding out we’re having a daughter, and realized this baby needs some baby girl accessories.  Here are the results of my little DIY project.

Headbands. Flowers. Bows.

Some of my favorites…

The last one still needs to be attached to a piece of skinny elastic, but has a temporary home on that cute little pink hat.  Oh for the love of all things frilly and pink.  I’ve even found myself buying more girly things for myself lately.  Then, I thought, “Uh-Oh. Am I digging myself a frilly, pink grave that I won’t ever be able to get out of?”

I didn’t have a particularly frilly upbringing.  Yes there were bows, frills, and the occasional pink party dress…. but by and large my mom and dad didn’t push the pretty pretty princess mantra on me.  There have been a few articles lately talking about the ways in which we tend to treat and respond to little girls.  Has anyone else read How to Talk To Little Girls? So while yes, my daughter will have her share of pink and flowers and bows, I couldn’t agree more with the author, Lisa Bloom, and I should probably read her entire book, Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World.  It might be one for late night nursing!  Anyway, back to my parents.  They acknowledged and valued my girly interests as well as my intellect in a healthy balance.  I’m so thankful for who they raised me to be, and they can definitely take the credit for how I turned out.  Well, if they want to, I guess… I know you’re reading mom!  xoxo for being my biggest fan.

baby girl accessories

So we’ve been blessed to receive some really nice clothes for our baby girl, both new and handed down, but I realized I don’t have many cute accessories for her. Etsy has some amazing headbands and hats that I adore… here are some of my favorites:

This got me to thinking that I must be able to make something similar. Well, who am I kidding, at least half as cute would work for me! So I got online and found a wholesale site that sells all the pieces I would need. The box just arrived today, so it’s time to get my glue gun out and assemble them.  Hopefully they will be cute… if I go M.I.A. it’s because either:
1) I’ve burned too much flesh off my fingers to type,
2) have thrown them off our deck in sheer frustration, or
3) have shed a puddle of tears on them while trying to put them together, ruining them completely.