Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blogs Combined

I've combined my two blogs. Check my fun creations out at!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Nesting Blocks

Following this free tutorial, I made Aurora her first toys (that she won't enjoy for months)! The tutorial is pretty easy, but don't underestimate the amount of time it takes to make these. And, if you're a perfectionist about everything lining up perfectly, this probably isn't the project for you.

Freezer Paper Onesies

Decorating shirts and onesies with freezer paper stencils has pretty much become our favorite project. It's quick, easy, and super fun.

Here are our latest projects:

Another happy whale for friends who are waiting to be surprised with baby's gender.

These are for our nephew, Alex, who was born early last week.

We both LOVE the baby ninja. So fun!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Burp Cloths

I might have gotten a bit carried away with $1.99/yd flannel a couple of weeks ago. A great sale turned into about 26 burp cloths. I'm hoping that's enough for Aurora and a few gifts as well. I followed this great tutorial (from one of my favorite blogs). I changed it a bit and just made squares, though I rounded the edges. It took me a few hours to make all 26, but I bet 1 burp cloth could be made in 5-10 minutes. I love easy projects!
Sorry about the terrible lighting. Our apartment gets enough natural light for us to function in, but not enough for good pictures.
I had to wash the burp cloths a couple of times to fray the ends, and it's clear that $1.99/yd flannel doesn't wash very well. Oh well, it would look like that eventually!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Maternity Shorts

I'm not really a fan of maternity clothes for four reasons:
1. They are all very "classic" looks. And I'm not a very classic dresser.
2. They are way too expensive to only wear for 5ish months...or even forever.
3. 99% of them are v-necked and WAY too low cut for me to get away with.
4. I feel frumpy when I wear them.

So, I've been sticking to jersey knit skirts and shirts I already had for the most part. But, summer is H.O.T. so I decided I needed some shorts. I looked around a bit and $25 is way more than I'd pay for regular shorts, much less maternity shorts. So, instead I grabbed a pair of jeans I didn't really like and worked my magic on them. I followed this tutorial...which was pretty easy, but I must of done something wrong, because my pants definitely don't stay up. So, I can't have my hands full when wearing the shorts, or they may end up around my ankles.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Project List

One of the best things about getting ready to welcome a little one into the world is that a whole new world of crafty ideas has opened up! I have a little less than 3 months to complete all of my projects, so almost every night is spent doing something. It works out great though, because sewing is so relaxing for me.

Here's a list of projects I'm the most excited about (in no particular order):

  • simple and easy nursing cover. I'm also planning just to use my baby wrap as a cover as well.
  • rocking chair cushion. I really don't need a tutorial for this, but it couldn't hurt.
  • Baby Booties. How adorable are these???
  • Yellow crib. I'm the most excited about this one. It may turn out to be more Jonathan's project than mine though if I'm lucky!
  • You can't have a great yellow crib without the perfect set of bedsheets!
  • We're all about handmade toys, beginning with these great nesting cubes. Hand sewing isn't my favorite, but I guess I can swing it for such a great project.
  • You might recognize this from a previous project, but I couldn't get enough for this bird mobile, so I had to make a new one to match Aurora's room. Jonathan and I collected new sticks for it last night, so I'm going to put him to work balancing the birds tonight.
  • Presently, I'm in the middle of making what feels like 1000 of these burp cloths based loosely off of this tutorial from one of my favorite crafty blogs.
This should keep me busy for awhile...not to mention that 6 or 7 of my friends are expecting within a few months of me, so I get to make things for them as well. I can't wait!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Baby Showers

On Friday after work, it hit me that I had yet to figure out what I was baking for my sister in-law's baby shower. I also realized I didn't have any gifts for her yet. So, a couple of store trips and a few hours later, we were ready to go!

Cupcake stands make cupcakes look so much yummier! The cupcakes were from a box, but the frosting was a handmade buttercream found from Martha Stewart.

This Maple Bundt Cake tasted more like breakfast than dessert. So good!

And, Jonathan actually made these freezer paper stenciled onesies. We found the tutorial here. There are definitely more of these to come!