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 :-{)

coffee table fever

yes, very exciting* things happening are around here.  Anyway, in a nutshell, my mind seems to wander to the subject of “new coffee table” on a daily basis.  We need something different… that fits in with the feel of the rest of the house (think retro/ 60’s).  But here’s the main reason: our current coffee table (seen in this photo)contributed to this injury (eye) a while back, and frankly, I just don’t want another black mark on my record as “bad mom who owns dangerous furniture/household items”

That being said, here are some that I like.  Some cheap, some expensive, some too dark or too light.. but all good jumping off points.  My only requirements are 1) sturdy and 2) minimal sharp corners/death traps.  Please feel free to weigh in here because I can’t seem to make up my mind!  Or perhaps I haven’t found the right one!?

VEJMON Coffee table, black-brown Diameter: 35 3/8 " Height: 18 1/2 "  Diameter: 90 cm Height: 47 cm

ikea - not oval and kind of dark


Crate & Barrel $799 - too expensive

pretty, not very practical

IKEA STOCKHOLM Coffee table, golden brown Length: 66 7/8 " Width: 23 5/8 " Height: 17 3/4 "  Length: 170 cm Width: 60 cm Height: 45 cm

Ikea - fun 60's feel... but flimsy?

Seriously people, I need some direction.  And I’d like to move on to bigger and better things than “coffee table fever.”

*and by exciting, I mean not really =)

>I did not think this would happen so quickly


Haha, no… don’t jump to conclusions y’all.

It started when Noah asked me to fix a pair of his pants. I got out my sewing machine and sewing kit (some people have frilly sewing baskets, I use an old tool box)
Then something happened. What started as an innocent fix-it project turned into this:
And this:

And this:

Of course, in order for all this to happen, you need this:
I packed up my sewing stuff, quilting tools, fabrics neatly in bins last September, thinking it was possible I wouldn’t be pulling it out again for months??…. years??

But, I’m so glad that I’ve had the desire to jump into a new project (which has now become 3 different quilt projects, of course) and that Ethan is a relatively easy baby who will play with his toys on a blanket for a few hours in the evening while I can fuss over design, layout, piecing, etc.

I was inspired by this stacked coin quilt, and am hoping to do 3 different quilts based on this design.

So, while I didn’t think I’d be quilting again this soon… it feels good to be back in the swing of things.

>Duvet Cover

>So what do you do when you’re out of ideas to pass the time and are 39.5 weeks pregnant? Make something, I guess.

I made this duvet cover last night.

I had an old plain white one that wasn’t going to cut it anymore, so I deconstructed it, and used part of it for the underside. I used a large piece of fabric I got at Target for the top. I was really hoping to get it done in one night, and I got pretty close. I finished the last little bit and did the button holes this morning. So start to finish was within 24 hours, which isn’t bad for me! I also bought one pillow case that matched the fabric (one was all they had, so it works out alright, I guess). The nice thing is that the fabric matches the sheets and curtains we already have, so I think the total cost on this project was under 14 bucks.

Alright, baby… only 3 more days till your due date. What are you thinking in there? Are you going to be early, on time, or late??????

>Craft time!

>Seeing that I wasn’t thrilled with how my last quilt came together, I decided to put the sewing machine and fabric away for awhile (not to mention that it helps our dining room table stay clean). I’ve been wanting to make something to put on the wall for Ethan, so I decided to make this cute little elephant.

I was quite happy with how it turned out, but there were two problems: 1) I still had an extra wood board and lots of paper, and 2) I felt like I could have done something a little more challenging because the idea and even the template was completely stolen from Martha Stewart online…. So, I decided to make another one, this time creating my own design. It was a little tricky, but completely worth it. I hope he’ll like it!

>Summer Quilting

>Summer has always been a time when I find some fun fabric and embark on a new quilting project. Undoubtedly, I take my sweet time and finish some time around December, or even longer. The last quilt I made was a project 3 or more years in the making. I just never had the time or space to dedicate to working on it, and so right around New Years 2008, I was able to put the finishing touches on that quilt (the red and cream one) and ship it off to Minnesota… as a gift for my dad and step-mom. I hope they enjoy it.

So now, thanks to our fabulous dining room table, I can spread out and not have pins, cutters and mats in harm’s way.

So, this spring, a fabric store went out of business not far from my house. There was a ton of closeout fabrics and store displays. There was even an entire couch set… which I thought about asking if it was for sale too. Anyway, here were some finds…

A vintage metal chair with an oilcloth seat. I’ll use it in my classroom next year, but for now it’s on our patio.

Some brightly colored fabrics. I thought they would work well for a not too girl-y baby gift… or we’ll just see down the road what happens.

I found four other fabric designs that I decided to make into a quilt for a friend… this is the first time I’ve started out on a project without knowing what I want the finished product to look like. I’m not using a pattern and I don’t even know if I’ll put all 4 together in the same quilt. Maybe I’ll make 2 quilts, I’m not sure. So far I’ve made blocks of squares that look like this:

and this:

I’m putting this project on hold however, because we really need curtains in our bedroom, so I’m working on that. They’re not anything special to brag about, but I’m happy with how they are turning out. Maybe I’ll post a picture once we hang them and paint some walls.

>Baking Bears

>I meant to post this awhile back… but time has escaped me. We’ve been really busy lately. After graduating, there was a flurry of activity. Friends in town, Graduation weekend, followed by my birthday. Then more friends in town, the 4th of July, and then a wonderful trip to Maui. Now that we’re back, I’m working a short teaching job Monday through Friday for the next 4 weeks. Then I’ll go straight to my new permanent teaching job. It’s a good summer, but very busy!

So back to my original point… during the last few weeks of school, I was able to do some substitute teaching at the school I spent a lot of time at this year, which was so much fun. My first grade classroom from student teaching also wanted to celebrate my birthday! That meant I would get to bring treats in and see all of my students for one last time before school let out for the summer. I decided to make cupcakes, but wanted to be a little more creative than using the box mix and frosting I had in my pantry already… (a friend of mine did something similar for her son’s first birthday party) here is the result:

They are supposed to be bears… I think they turned out pretty cute! All of the kids really liked them. They also liked picking off the candies and altering the bears faces.
Besides chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting, I used:
-Brown sugar crystals
-Jelly Beans
-Milk and carmel chews
-Chocolate chips