Friday, August 29, 2014

Feature Friday: My Moby Wrap

I had hoped to model this with the real deal angel baby but that kid is really taking his time and I couldn't wait to share about the awesome deal I got!

A few months into my pregnancy I decided that this time around I wanted to be a baby wearer (did you know that was a thing, ha!). There was a woman in my ward that had a Moby Wrap and that really seemed like the way to go. Only problem, they are about $50. That just does not fly with me. So I put the thought on the back burner until I came across a pin that led me to this blog post. It was super useful because all I really needed to know was how much fabric to buy (2.5yds).

Now some more waiting. You see, I wanted to get the good fabric and the good fabric is $15 a yard and never goes on sale. Then this past Sunday I got this glorious text message...
Wooo! It only took some minor arm twisting and I convinced Brett to take me to Joann's. I found my favorite fabric, confirmed that it was NOT on sale, it wan't, it never is, and I BOUGHT it. Gleefully. It was only $15. I hurried home and made my wrap. 20 minutes later I had this happiness. $15 vs. $50 happiness is the BEST! I can't wait to try it out on my real babe but in the meantime we had fun with these fine models :) Enjoy. Untitled Untitled
Brett humored me but Lorelai was truly excited to try it out.

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Thank you Bitty Baby for standing in during our time of need.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nesting, It's Really Getting to Me

This little angel baby I've been growing will be making his appearance this month! That's so soon and the nesting instinct is kicking my trash! Is it so wrong that I want to feel ready for baby? No, but it kind of amuses me how frantic I feel about it recently. I kind of blame the fact that my niece was born recently. I think that really threw my hormones in a panic. Haha.

It's been good though, I dawdled a bit wondering if anyone would be throwing me a shower but when it looked like that wasn't going to happen I went out and bought diapers and wipes and some cloth diapers (my ultimate go to burp rag, I'll post more about that a little further down the road). Then I realized I needed more space for these things and the space I had in mind was full of craft corner over flow. Something needed to be done. I fully believed my shelves could contain it, I just needed to get organized.

Em must have felt my vibes all the way in California because at just the right time she pinned this pin and it was just the kick in the pants I needed to take my fabric corner from this...
To this...
What you can't see in the first picture is that a lot of my fabric and ribbons are spewed onto the ground at the end of my bed which is where my crib is needing to go. You can see now we are good to go!

First, I pulled all the fabric off the shelves and stood there a little overwhelmed. Then, I went to the comic book store and bought some little boards. I used these to make my own mini fabric bolts and you can see what a difference they have made. We went from 8 shelves of helter/skelter fabric to just over five beautifully organized shelves of fabric.

There were some fabrics left over that were gigantic. Way too big to be rolled around the comic boards and that's where those cardboard boxes came in handy. Brett brought home these perfectly sized boxes and I used them to fold and hide away those large cuts of fabric. They also came in handy for my batting, my 'in-progress' yarn projects (Up there on the right), scrap fabric and I even used one to store Brett's project! I love them, I slapped on some labels and now they are perfect for hiding away those odds and ends.

Next step was to control the yarn. Brett kicked all my yarn out of its home when he put the DVD player up there on that top shelf. I don't have a lot of yarn (compared to an actual "yarn crafter" sewing is my main game) and I really felt that the best case solution was to get it all back on that top shelf. I bought a little wire shelf and put it over the DVD player and added all my yarn back in as attractively as possible.

Clearing out all that crazy fabric left me with an open shelve under the yarn so that it where my serger thread migrated to. Separating it from my ribbon shelf has been wonderful, no more spools or thread or ribbon making suicide jumps anymore.

After that was taken care of I had Brett come into the game again and he drilled a couple of holes on the shelf so that I could add some dowels to hold my ribbons! I like how it looks now but I'm not sure that it will be the ultimate ribbon solution but for now it is working and I'll reevaluate in a couple of months.
It is so much nicer now! The pathway is clear, I can see what I have at a glance, and that's one more thing off my crazy nesting mind :)
I know we all love a good before and after so this is just for you!
Have a good weekend everyone!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Feature Friday: Our Superman Carseat

Not a lot of talking going on here today but I am really excited to share my latest project. Baby boy is coming soon and he is going to need to get around. Now, I realize this wasn't necessary but it was within my abilities and I just doggone wanted to. So here is the car seat I bought..
Here is what I turned it into..
A little side by side for ya..
What do you think? I love it. So, very much, us. I think little man will be riding in comfort and style! Have a great weekend, my friends!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Feature Friday: Newborn Espadrilles and a Onsie Dress

Welcome to Baby Month Everyone! As you know our little boy will be making his appearance this month so I warn you now, the month of August is going to be themed. I realize I am having a boy but since my baby niece was just born we will be kicking off Baby Month with a little girl project.

I think I've made it clear that I love onsie dresses. I think they are genius and I don't understand why more companies don't mass market them. I've had a couple baby girl baby showers in my life recently so I've had to whip up a couple. Most recently I made one for my sister in law but I held off giving it to her because it didn't feel complete.

Then came the morning of her c-section. I was kicking rocks around Pinterest when I came across this pattern. It was love at first sight and I immediately dropped the $5, downloaded the pattern and got to work. I especially like the fact that there are four different pattern sizes included and the instructions were very easy to follow. Haha, except for one line that completely messed me up. I think that was my own brain pooping out though because when I picked it up again a couple hours later it made perfect sense and I blew right through it.

I'll tell you this though, crocheting with embroidery thread is not for the faint of heart!

No more suspense, here they are!
Plus, the darling onsie dress.. 07.28.02
I hope Rachel let's me try this on Baby Sadie soon! Happy weekend everyone :)