Posted in baby, Crafts, Sewing, tagged baby, Crafts, fabric, hand-made, home decor, quilt, sewing on April 5, 2010|
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Hello Everyone, I hope all of you who celebrate the holiday had a happy Easter! A little package finally arrived in the mail the other day…a little spring to brighten my week! This is my new Anna Maria Horner Good Folks stash.
Settling on bedding for my little one has been one of the hardest decisions for me so far (yes I know, compared to all the questions about how to be a good parent/how to raise a child, this might seem like a very small dilemma…). You know that I finally chose colors for the baby’s room, and I thought these fabrics went perfectly! My plan is to sew a fairly simple quilt, that is bordered in little triangles of this colorful fabric. Something like this:
I love the little triangles, and I am going to echo that design by making triangle fabric flags out of the scraps to hang around her room.
Originally, I was planning on using the fabric that I designed to make bedding for my little one, but I was really getting stuck on the color and trying to make the pattern “just right”. I decided that instead of stressing about it, I would use fabric that I already know I love, and use my fabric design as an art print for the wall. Luckily, my fabric has little triangle flags on the hot air balloons, which I think will tie in perfectly with everything else in the decor.
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Posted in baby, clothes, Crafts, Sewing, tagged amy butler, baby, clothing, Crafts, fabric, hand-made, kimono, pjs, sewing on March 26, 2010|
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After my mixed experience with the “Easy” Empire Waist top pattern by Amy Butler, I was a bit wary of trying any more of her patterns. I kept looking through the book, though, and could not resist giving one more pattern a try. I made a promise to myself before I began that I would trust my instincts, and if the instructions did not seem right, I would do what I thought I should do instead of blindly following.
I am so happy that I tried out this pattern for the Kimono PJ’s. It was much easier to follow, and I only had to rip out one seam (my fault, not hers)!! What is even better, is I was able to complete this project in one day. It was very exciting!
I chose a rich, soft, brown linen for the main fabric for these pj’s. I wanted to use a natural, breathable material that could be worn in multiple seasons, since I have no idea how big my friend’s baby is going to be, or when he will fit into this outfit. The trim is an Echino cotton double gauze (mine is the blue, not the purple, but I could not find the exact fabric I used online). I have used other prints in the double gauze and I just love how soft it is! Perfect for lying against a small baby’s skin.
I loved sewing this pattern so much, that I am already planning on what fabrics to use for a set for my little one.
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Posted in Crafts, Woodworking, tagged baby, Crafts, free, free pattern, Gifts, hand-made, pattern, teething, teething ring, toy, wood, woodworking on March 24, 2010|
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About a month ago, I wrote about Mike’s new woodworking hobby. Well, he finally got the saw he had been eyeing and made his first project…a colaboration between the two of us. And I have to say, this is probably the best first project that I have ever seen! He did such a great job, smoothing the edges to make it safe for baby mouth contact, and shaping the whole thing perfectly.
So what is it? Its a teething ring! Made out of untreated oak and finished with walnut oil.
Turtle Teething Ring
- 5″ square 1/4 inch untreated wood
- walnut oil
- turtle teething ring pattern
- scroll saw (if you don’t have one, you may be able to borrow or rent one)
- sandpaper in medium, fine, and superfine
- tacky cloth
- old towel
- Cut out pattern and trace with a pencil onto wood.
- Using your saw, cut around the turtle. Take your time! And use safety precautions (ie. goggles, gloves, etc.)
- To cut the middle out, drill a hole in the center. Unplug your saw, insert the blade into the whole and attach the blade properly to your saw, and plug it back in.
- Cut around the circle. Unplug saw, remove blade and toy.
- Starting with the coarsest sandpaper, sand the toy fixing any small mistakes, and rounding all the edges. Work your way to the superfine sandpaper, making sure the whole toy is smooth. Keep an eye out for rough or pointy edges, and smooth them down.
- Use the tacky cloth to remove all the fine dust covering the toy.
- Take the towel and dip in some walnut oil. Smooth oil evenly over the surface of the toy. Wait 20 minutes, then repeat. Repeat applying oil until the turtle is well oiled (it may need more coats as it gets used by your little one).
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Posted in baby, tagged baby, color, home decor, montessori, paint on February 24, 2010|
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Making decorating decisions has to be one of the hardest things for me to do. As many of you might already know, I am incredible indecisive. I think I went through about 10 different color combos before settling on this one. And, by the way, is anyone surprised to see yellow as the main color in the palette??
What I like about these colors together is they do not scream “baby”, and they do not scream “girl”. They are cheery without being too pale or bold, and they are feminine without being too girly. I am now in the process of altering my fabric to contain these colors so that I can still use it in the room.
I have made some other small decisions, like using this darling mobile for over the changing table. I love that it is black and red, two colors that babies are highly responsive to. I also love that it is not pastel colored, with stuffed, cartoon-like animals on it.
I have to mention how much I admire Meg of Sew Liberated, and this beautiful room she put together for her son. She has some great ideas that I will be “borrowing”, like keeping a few toys and books out in rotation, instead of keeping them all out. I also like the mirrors and pictures that she put at baby’s eye level where they can really be enjoyed.
I think part of the reason I have been so indecisive is I am not ready for my babe to be born yet. I feel like there is so much I have to do before she gets here. I want to be a good mother, and sometimes I think there are so many things I need to “fix” in my own life before I bring a new life into this world. I am constantly trying to remind myself that no aspect of my life is ever going to be perfect for her. I will always try to improve things that need improving, but I don’t have to be perfect to be a good mother. I hope that I will be able to be humble enough to let my little girl teach me as I teach her.
If you have children, how did you prepare for the arrival of your little one?
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I know I really shouldn’t complain. As far as winters go, this one has been fairly mild. I guess I just wasn’t expecting the huge snow storm that rolled through here a couple days ago. I’m not usually one to lounge on the beach, but right now all I want to do is dig a hole for my every growing belly and lay face down in the sand.
For now, I suppose I must be content to sip my tea and look at the bright snow from the comfort of my warm office, with the little one dancing happily in my tummy. Only 17 weeks until I get to see her beautiful face!
Are you looking forward to a change of season?
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Posted in baby, clothes, Crafts, Sewing, tagged baby, clothing, Crafts, dress, hand-made, sewing on February 8, 2010|
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I received Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones this past Christmas from my sister-in-law, and have since looked through it nearly every night, planning projects for our little one. One of the first pattern’s I tabbed was this Easy Empire Waist top. I love that the top is obviously a girl’s top, without being too frilly. When I stumbled on some Anna Maria Horner Little Folks fabric at my local fabric shop, I knew it was time to start working on this. I bought the contrasting blue fabric at JoAnn’s a while back. It matches the blue in the Little folks fabric perfectly, and I love the contrast between the geometric and floral patterns.
I would not exactly call this pattern “easy”. The directions were a bit confusing to me at times, though I suppose I am used to seeing patterns in more of a “tutorial” layout with pictures as well as descriptions. I had to rip out a few seams, but all in all, I am very happy with the way this little project turned out. Also, I’m not sure I would call this a top…it seems more like a dress to me…
The original pattern has long sleeves, which I decided to leave off. Instead I chose to make some binding from the contrasting fabric to make the dress more summer friendly. Now that I got the hang of it, I may just have to make a second!
A little bit more about the book…Many of the projects are really darling, and I would make nearly every one of them. However, there are not as many clothing projects as I would have liked. Many of the projects are for room decor and toys. Also while there are a few clothing projects, many of them can pretty much only be used for girls. There are two dresses and one hat for a girl, as well as another hat, some pj’s, and booties that could be used for either a boy or a girl. Also, as I said earlier, the instructions can be a bit confusing at times because there are not many pictures of the process, but if you are really experienced in pattern reading this might not bother you at all.
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Posted in baby, clothes, Crafts, Sewing, tagged baby, clothes, Crafts, dress, fabric, hand-made, sewing, summer on February 5, 2010|
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The number one thing people want to know about the baby is, “boy or girl?” People have been making their predictions since they first found out I was pregnant. Well, we are about 85% sure our little one is a girl, pending a follow-up ultrasound in a couple of weeks!
I feel confident enough about her, well, being a “her” that I have started my sewing projects. It has been so hard waiting on some of the things that I want to make. I have a huge list going of all the fun free patterns that I have found in various corners of the internet, and I can finally tackle it!
I decided on this little dress from Made by Petchy for my first project because of how easy it looked. Pair that with a June birthdate, I thought it would be perfect for her to wear through the summer. The fabric is from my trip to the LA Fashion district. At the time I went, I did not know whether our baby was a boy or a girl, so I just bought fabric that was soft and made of natural fibers. What is funny is that when going through my fabric again, I noticed that many of the ones that I purchased were “boy” colors, mostly blues and greens. I must have been subconsciously thinking about a boy at the time!
I really don’t mind using boy colors for a girl, though. I am actually not the biggest fan of pink, or even purple unless the colors they are paired with are just right. For the main body of the dress I used a super soft cotton knit that has a subtle dot pattern on it. I made the binding from a striped open weave cotton.
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