Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Baby Leg Warmers (Tutorial):

Since I can't stop making baby things, I made a few pairs of baby leg warmers recently! Not only do I think they look cute, but they seem like they would make diapering easier and protect the baby's knees when he begins to crawl since a lot of our home is tiled. I followed two different tutorials (this one and this one) to make them, so one pair is a different style than the other 2 pairs. Basically, I bought some (really inexpensive) women's knee high socks, cut the feet parts off and sewed a cuff to what was left. Easy. And cute! Of course, this post would be even better if I had a cute little baby to model these, but that time will come soon enough! Click "Read More" below to see the finished products.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Mardi Gras Wreath (Tutorial):

Mardi Gras is big time, even here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. To celebrate, I made a Mardi Gras door wreath by following my own Felt Wreath Tutorial.


Sunday, March 06, 2011

Gratitude...

Sometimes I feel like a complainer. I try not to be, really (and honestly don't do it too much). But some days I feel like the phrases, "AH! This acid reflux is awful!" or "I'm so tired I just want to sleep until our due date," or "My body is breaking down!" are all I say! I do realize, however, that I am actually really lucky. We are really lucky. Maybe the word lucky isn't even correct; fortunate is a better word. I am very grateful for being so fortunate and here's why (in no order):

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Baby's Pinwheel Mobile (with Tutorial)


Mobiles can be beautiful and fun to look at--they can also be really expensive. When looking for baby stuff it seemed like all the crib mobiles I liked were more than we wanted to spend on something we'd only use for awhile (although I guess if I did buy a $200 mobile, I'd keep it up forever or something) (like this, or this).

So, rather than spend lots of money I decided to make my own mobile--all for under $5! First, I will say that though I really liked some other mobiles, it seems like so many of them are designed to be looked at from the side and not from below--and let's face it, the baby will be looking up at it so I wanted it to be engaging from the bottom and not have him just staring up at the underside of plush cars or elephant butts as is typical of a lot of mobiles.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Strangers Say the Darndest Things...And My DIY Nursing Cover:

Being pregnant is really weird...in a lot of ways. Here we are having this intense personal and intimate time in our lives getting ready to for our family to grow and our lives to change forever, and everyone in the world can tell what we're going through because of my growing gut. We are having this personal experience that should be fairly private yet for some reason it's really super public. And the public has no problem chiming in about it! (And, I do realize that here I am publicly blogging about it...)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Here I Am

I am still here! I've been so busy getting ready for the baby's arrival (which is basically any day now!) that I haven't had much time to blog, obviously. But, I will be back in the next few days with some posts about some fun baby stuff I have made recently. And, my apologies in advance that so many posts lately are about making baby stuff, but that's just where my mind and inspirations are lately.

Until then, take it light,
Bekki

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Black and White Baby Blanket...

I have had my eye on a set of lovely, modern children's fabric for some time--of course it's a bit pricey so I"ve been putting off purchasing it. Well, the other day I was at the local fabric store and I saw a few black-and-white patterned fabrics that caught my eye. Then, I remembered the Guy mentioning to me that he read in his Expectant Father book about babies being stimulated by high contrast things like the combination of black and white. (Which I'd heard before but never thought too much about--though I did make the baby's mobile contrasting black, white, and teal, but that's a different post). So, I picked out 3 black and white fabrics I liked along with some soft blue fleece (for texture) and lime green quilt binding....I would make a "high contrast' quilt (to use at least until I break down and buy the fabric I really want!)

I brought all my fabrics to the store's cutting area where lots of employees and customers were standing around. Two other women were making baby blankets and buying "precious" pastel fabrics with teddy bears and ABC blocks on them. Then, it was my turn and the employee asked me what I planned to make with these bold fabrics; "I'm making a baby quilt," I said. And, it was like the record stopped. You would have thought I said something way more outrageous. Everyone standing there turned and looked almost in unison--first at my choice of black and white "non-babyish" patterned fabrics, then at me. *Gasp!* How could I make a baby blanket that's black and white?!? Ha!

It was then I blamed it on the Guy. Well, kind of anyway. I tried to explain, "Well, my husband read in a book that babies see high contrast objects better....blah, blah, blah..." No one was listening. They were all too busy nodding, like, "Uh-huh. Whatever, weirdo." Not that I really care, because my quilt is simple and turned out awesome! And my baby is going to love it! See for yourself; a black and white baby blanket isn't too bad at all:




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Friday, January 28, 2011

How to: Embellished Cloth Diaper Burp Cloths

Many mom's have mentioned to me the importance of good burp cloths, and I've learned from doing my research that rectangular/flat cloth diapers make great burp cloths. So, to make these boring old cloths cute, (which, yes, I know just clean up messes and get messy, but can still be cute, right?!)  I simply added some ribbon, rick-rack, and bias-tape trim to them. Now, I have a huge stack of burp cloths that will at least be nice to look at when I'm wiping spit-up off of myself and our baby.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Shopping and Sales! Yay!

I must belong to every "invite only" or "members only" boutique shopping site around. I'm not even sure why sometimes (I guess people send me invites so they can earn free shipping of monetary credits, so I sign up to help them). Well, recently I've actually scored a couple of things through such sites that I'm pretty excited about. First, from HauteLook I got a "Modern Classics" rocker that is so cute! (It's an Eames rocker by Herman Miller reproduction). And, I won't even tell you what I paid but it was a deal (*cough*less than $100*cough*). So, here's your invite to that site, HauteLook.

Then, just yesterday, at Gilt Groupe, I found nice travel "changing pod and pacifier tote" by JJ Cole. This will work great for setting up a portable changing station on the main floor of our house (or wold be great in a diaper bag). And, it was less expensive that they one I was thinking of getting from Target. So, here is your invite to Gilt Groupe.

What I like about both of these shopping sites is that they both include stuff for men, women, kids and home (and even travel!) If you're not already a member, it's free to sign up. Click here for HauteLook and here for Gilt Groupe. (And, I should note that these sites are not sponsoring this blog, nor do I work for them--just passing on some good deals).

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Items on Etsy!

I just added some new stuff to my Etsy Shop--including vintage housewares and vintage craft/jewelry supplies. More to come soon, too!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

How to: Baby Crinkle Squares

Another homemade baby item I've made recently are some cute "tagged" crinkle squares:


I basically followed this tutorial from Joy's Hope, which was super easy. Instead of a wipe's package, I actually used the wrapper from microwave popcorn (which thanks to the guy's thoughtful Christmas gift I no longer have to eat) for the "crinkle" lining of my flannel squares. I used a variety of ribbon and rick-rack to add color and texture to the squares as well. Fun!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Baby Shower Thank You Gifts:

(In addition to some other small things) as Thank You gifts for my mom and my sister for hosting our baby shower (more on that to come later) I made them some pretty blue Swarovski crystal and glass beaded earrings for them to wear to the shower (I also made the longer pair for myself to wear to the baby shower):


Hope your holidays have been magical!
Take it light in 2011,
Bekki