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.


curtains for mom

My mom and step-dad have a little bathroom window at their place that was in need of some type of window covering.  I found some adorable coordinating fabrics and made two small panels with tie-backs and a ruffle at the bottom and packaged them up in time for Christmas.  They’re lined, so they have a finished look on both sides, and it was my first time adding a ruffle to curtains!  I didn’t take many of pictures before shipping them off, so I’m hoping to get a picture of it this spring when we visit and it’s hung in its proper place… but for now here’s a sneak peek:

geo print with a ruffle

The fabrics are from Denyse Schmidt’s line of fabric that is sold at Joann’s.  I find that Joann’s fabric quality is hit and miss, but their premium and designer collections are much better.  Now, combined with a Black Friday sale and 50% off coupon, the material was quite a steal!  And I love the colors.  The main fabric is cream with a geometric print in olive and navy/gray.  The ruffle and tie-backs are the same dark blue/gray and it goes with the existing decor, but adds a cute retro look.  I can’t wait to see how it looks at their place!

curtain fever

wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve said much on here, but there’s been lots going on, that’s for sure.  There have been trips to two sets of grandparents, parties to plan and parties to attend, thanksgiving at our house, and so on and so on.  but between all the busy-ness, there has been curtain making.  lots and lots of curtain making.  I took a break from quilting and dove into the world of home decor fabric.  so now I can say I’ve made black-out curtains, lined curtains, curtains with grommets, curtains with tie-backs, and curtains with ruffles!  (whew!) alright shall I continue?  …curtains for itty bitty windows, and floor-to-ceiling panels… curtains for me, curtains for my babies, curtains for family…  and now? well, i’m exhausted.  and I don’t want to make curtains again for awhile.  but, I’ll post some pictures soon :-{)

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.

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.

what the heck am i doing?

With four weeks left (give or take) until our baby girl arrives, I find myself in full nesting mode… trying to get every unfinished project finished. Bedroom re-do is not anywhere close to what I’d like it to be, but it’s at a decent stopping point at least. There are babyclothes washed and ready, but other than that I have plenty of things to do baby-wise. Maybe I should pack a bag for the hospital, perhaps? So, in the midst of crossing items off the to-do list, I decided to give another big push towards finishing my red, white, blue quilt. It’s large, there are lots of blocks, I’m not really loving it yet, and as I’m furiously sewing and ironing I keep thinking, “What the heck am I doing?” I’ll post a little more on the evolution of this quilt at a later date, but here was the state of my living room floor last night:

Yep, that’s 130 disappearing nine-patch blocks that need to be sewn together if you took the time to count (not that you would).   I need to get them sewn together ASAP so I can finish the quilt top… which is the bare minimum of what I’d like to get accomplished before this baby arrives, but I think I can get farther than that.

Noah’s reaction when he came home from work was priceless, “holy s, girl… you’re sure going for it.”  Yep.  I sure am.

In other “What the heck am I doing” news, I’ve been working on switching our blog from Blogger to WordPress… the reason for which deserves it’s own post all together.  So thanks for reading this on this new site!  Stay tuned!

>Cute Car Seat Cover


Two problems:

1) My Infant carseat is silver and blue… not girly.
2) A summer baby… Hmm, how am I going to keep her cool, out of the sun, but also, out of the way from all of those strangers who feel the need to harass my baby!?
Thanks to this tutorial and this tutorial, I created my own removable car seat cover/sun shade:

The fabric is so so cute and girly, and is one of the fabrics in the blanket I made for our little girl. I also used some of the same yellow and raspberry tree print for the underside. I knew I wanted to use the yellow, but came up a little short, so while the pieced backing was not my original plan, I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Peek-a-boo! No baby in here yet!

>Little Girl Goodness


Seeing that we’re expecting a little girl in July, my spare time has been used making necessary (okay sometimes not-so-necessary) items in preparation for her arrival!

We have plenty of baby stuff, but are definitely lacking in the pink/frills/floral department.
So, here’s the lightweight baby blanket I made for our baby girl:

The fabric is from Moda’s It’s a Hoot line. I love the cute little owls and the tree designs. I used a charm pack and some of their tree fabric in a bright raspberry color. The backing is a light blue flannel and I absolutely love the cheerful yellow for the binding, which was some fabric from my stash.

Next up on the to-do list was a coordinating carseat sun shade.