August 27, 2010

5 cute stenciled onesies!

This last Wednesay I turned 31 years old. To celebrate that day, my wonderful husband took me to Ikea West Chester, where we spent a good part of the day walking around, looking at all the rooms, and dreaming about our future home. We brought home A TON of cute things (and yes, a lot for our coming baby)! The birthday was good, the shopping even better : )!

Last night I was inspired to paint some cute animals on a package of plain white onesies I had in my stash. Everyone tells me that onesies are so practical and needed for a new baby, so I'm glad I had them. However, I thought they needed a little extra special touch! So with my pebeo fabric paint, and some freezer I went.....and here's what came about! :

and the reverse side of that last one: cute! Now I need to do another package of 5 in a larger size : )!

August 13, 2010

Modern Spice Rack

I finally brought this project together this week, and am very pleased with it. Steven and I had bought the spice containers at Meijers and Jo Ann Fabrics back in March and we have now put them to good use. The frame was $2.00 at a Goodwill outlet store, and I replaced the glass with a piece of sheet metal (available at Lowe's and Ace Hardware) that Steven cut down for me. We attached small, strong magnets to the bottom of each canister with JB Weld glue, and drew on the sheet metal with a dry erase marker.
The modern spice rack now is proudly displayed above our Ikea dish rack! I love it! Do you notice the garlic salt, marjoram leaf, and "Air, seasoned with Love" (Steven made this one : ) was left empty, but it now is filled with a little sugar! I just love him!

August 7, 2010

Homemade Shower Puff

To be absolutely honest, my husband and I have spent the majority of this year so far conserving everything we have, pinching more than just pennies, and always on the lookout for the next way we can save! A lot of the frugality has come from necessity, but we are finding that we enjoy it for the most part (though I do admit to missing our date night's at Starbucks : ) )....

A few weeks ago I was getting pretty fed up with trying to reassemble (again) my puffy bath sponge in the shower. These just don't last forever with daily use. I found myself, loosening the string and trying to just tuck the overflown tulle back into the crimper...I get excited at first, but then it just falls apart again, and again. Well, I don't really want to repeatedly invest in these things (though they're often $1-$2), so I started looking for a different solution. And here's what I found:

I am only a moderate crocheter, but this pattern was sooooo easy and I liked the way it turned out....just the right size and shape to it. Here is the blog I saw it at: Just Make It: Handmade by Annabelle. I used the acrylic yarn I already had, but it turned out much too scratchy to use in the bath. So, while I like it, this one's going to be used as a bathroom scrubber/cleaner, and another one will be made with the CORRECT yarn: Lion Brand, 50%cotton/50% acrylic. But, I do love it, AND I found out another way to save money....and well, that makes me happy.

August 1, 2010

New Baby = New Cute Stuff!

Here I am with my friend, Johanna, at her recent baby shower. She is soon to have her 3rd baby boy and I was so excited to make her some cute-as-can-be baby stuff that I dreamed up. All babies deserve to have "special" stuff made just for them, no matter what # of baby you happen to be! So, here's what she wanted and what I came up with: Johanna wanted a nursing shawl to show all modesty when needing to feed her baby outside of the home. I had seen one before a long time ago, but designed my own version in my art journal and then went to work with what I had. I like my version. (I look forward to making one for myself as well) What do you think? I made it have a removeable plastic tube in the top casing to allow the top to fan out and see the baby in full view while allowing for full privacy. I also lined the front piece and made it all 100% machine washable. Hope you find it useful, Johanna!
And then, my last step is that I placed a clasp (repurposed from a backpack) onto the back fabric strap, so that the shawl could be easily adjusted:
And then, every baby needs their own........blanket, right? Johanna said the nursery was decorated in baby pastels of blue, green and yellow, and so here's what came about.......

I cut out a ton of squares (maybe 5"x5") out of cute baby-boy-to-be fabric I had, and layed them out in a design I liked. (I used the extra squares I had to make baby blocks for our baby)....then...started sewing: I sewed each row of sqaures together and then row to row. Now I'm ready for the backing:
And here is how it looked sewn together. I tacked each corner (not shown) of each square with a small piece of yarn to hold the blanket in place to the backing. I hope you love you new baby stuff, Johanna! We are so excited for your 3rd precious one to come along! (And yes, I ironed the blanket before attaching it to the backing...hee, hee)... And, just in case you didn't hear the news yet... I am pregnant too! Here is my first 3 month picture...This baby will be our first to come...

And what do I have planned so far to sew for our little one? Well, here's my list (so far):
  1. sleeper bag
  2. 4 hats - out of knit/jersey fabric
  3. 1-2 pr booties
  4. blanket
  5. 24 cloth diapers (still deciding which pattern to use...any ideas of your favs?)
  6. swaddler wraps x2
  7. boppie with removeable/washable cover
  8. 2 giraffee rattles
  9. sock animals (done...1 bunny made 7.26.10)
  10. winter zippered outfit with hat/mittens
  11. bibs x? (how many do I need)
  12. tag blankie
  13. crib bumper
  14. burp clothes (umm...maybe 4-6?)
  15. diaper bag
  16. diaper changing mat
  17. wet bags x2
  18. fabric baby blocks (done 7.26.10)
  19. 2 receiving blankets
  20. car seat cover
  21. nursing shawl (like the one I made above)

So, Can I do it? Do I need to have all of this? I know I can make it all for sooooo cheap... Any advice, anyone? 6 months to go.. (well, I think)