Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baby Bedding

My husband had an afternoon off and set up the changing table and crib.
The weeks are counting down until my due date, so the nesting phase has set it.

With my son, I made a real crib skirt.  But this time, I went with the quick and easy.  Kind of trash crib skirt.
I had extra red and white striped cotton from Ellaria's baby quilt to use for the bed shirt (it's from an Olivia (cartoon pig) line).  Rather than make the whole skirt going under the mattress and sides, I took the easy approach and just made two panels for the two sides of the crib that are visible.  I didn't even hem them, just serged the edges in white.  To attach them to the crib it gets even more ghetto.
To minimize the fabric to be used the the crib skirt, I kept them just flat panels rather than gathered ruffles, and taped them to the crib base.  I figure once she can stand up and we lower the mattress, I can just tape the panels higher, then when she's done with the crib entirely, I can use the fabric for something else.  Lazy and cheap.

Next I made 3 sheets for the crib using Dana's tutorial here.

The sheets are quite easy, just sewing straight seams and lacing the elastic through the casings.  I didn't sew the elastic all the way around on the flannel and cotton sheets, just on the two ends, like a lot of fitted sheets you buy.  Because fleece is a lot more stretchy, I did sew the elastic around the entire hem on that one. 

I'm glad those little projects are finished.  The crib sheets were a necessary but not that exciting project to complete, and it was nice to cross it off my "Projects Before Baby" list. 
Here's how Ellaria's corner is shaping up so far: 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Reader Project

 I'm so excited to show you the first project in the flickr group!

Chris from Pick Up Some Creativity made this pillow!
Here is my tutorial, it includes the bird template and instructions to make an envelope pillow cover.

I love how she used different printed fabrics for the leaves, and the rickrack ribbon on the side.  She has a tutorial for these cute leaves on her blog HERE!

If anyone else out there has projects, you should upload them so we can all check them out!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blessing Dress

As I've been deciding on what I want for my daughter's christening/ blessing dress, I was inspired by these turn of the century christening gowns.   Back when baby boys and girls wore dresses in photos.
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It's been funny expecting a baby girl, I find I'm not drawn to ruffles, lace, satin--the frills so much.
I was telling my mom I'd have pictures of the blessing dress on the blog today and she said she was excited to see it, and I told her it's nothing to write home about, pretty basic and plain jane.  She wouldn't find hours of beading or layer upon layer of chiffon ruffles in to this dress.  I guess the girl is starting out frumpy like her mom, if babies can be frumpy.
But I like the simplicity, and it ended up what I wanted for my little girl. 
I guess in my mind I was thinking more in the realm of making an heirloom that she'll hopefully keep for her own daughters and pass it down over the generations, and so I guess the minimal detail seemed more "timeless" to me?
So it's simple and basic.
I knew I wanted white eyelet.
I really love eyelet fabric.  It's usually just an embroidered cotton with holes usually in the design.
I found an eyelet with the embroidery more of a matte finish that I liked better than the shiny finish.

 The small detail on the bodice I added was tiny vertical pintucks.
I had a hard time deciding on the sleeves.  At first I planned to sew little puffed sleeves.
But after looking at a lot of the older vintage photographs, decided to make the loose, 3/4 length simple straight sleeve.  Hopefully it looks right with a baby in there.
So I guess I lied.  There is satin in this outfit.  I got some of these tiny satin buttons off ebay.  I bought a random 2 lbs of buttons for $5.00 a while ago, and these little goodies were among the stash.
There's no way I was making tiny button holes, then trying to button the back of a dress on an infant, so they are decorative.  The dress really closes with a strip of velcro.  Kind of ghetto, but easy on mom and the baby.
These buttons seem so small, they remind me of Pollyanna where they have to button her shoes with that weird hook.  The spats I think they're called?  Maybe I have the wrong movie entirely.  I haven't watched Pollyanna for at least a decade.

So together with the blessing shoes, the outfit is complete.
I thought about a bonnet, but didn't really love the bonnets, and so I don't know what I'll do for her head.
Little white headband with a bow on it?  Hair accessories--another area I feel totally out of my realm with a little girl.

Twin Lamps

I found two little lamps that were the same, except different colors for $3.00 each.

To make them identical, I gave them a little makeover.

Gray spray paint primer.
Then painted with satin latex paint I had laying left over from this entry bench.

I found affordable small shades at Lowes that clip on the light bulb.  Lowes had much better selection on lamp shades than Home Depot.

These are small lamps, probably more for a nightstand.  So on each end of our console table, I thought they needed some height.  Some old books did the trick.  Not all the bindings were that cool, so I stacked them with the pages facing front, then I thought it would kind of seem more cohesive anyway to have pages rather than different colors of book bindings.

So here's the console table currently.
 I can't decide what to add, or what I should put in that bird cage.  I've thought of everything from something generic like 3 thick candles different heights, to something totally random like a tea pot or tea cup and saucer, or something that makes sense like a ceramic bird painted white, or just a bird nest.
Or I could leave it empty.

I would like suggestions!
Also, opposite the birdcage I was thinking of just having a photo in a frame on the table. 
But leave your ideas on that hole too. 

Above the console table is this family wedding collage.
Below is a wicker basket.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Simple Baby Thank You Cards

 Thanks for everyone who voted on my poll.  An overwhelming percentage were interested in facebook.  Very few in twitter, and a bunch weren't interested in either.
So I've made a Running With Scissors Facebook page if you would prefer to follow projects that way.  You can "like" the page on my sidebar or click directly to the page HERE.
Thanks for all your input!

I'm trying to get things ready for the baby, and with my last pregancy I embellished thank you cards and got a few compliments on them, so I thought I'd make another round for this baby since they are super easy.

There are so many more talented scrapbooked cards out there.  I am a dud with crafty paper skills.  So I'm sure for a lot of people these cards are total white trash compared to the amazing things scrapbookers could create.  So here's a simple way to take generic cards and baby them up if you lack in the scrapbook/ fancy card making area like me.

I just bought simple, basic thank you cards. 

Using craft paint watered down a little, I dipped the end of my fist in paint.  Then stamped it down on the cards.

This is the "foot print".  Obviously some don't look perfect and may not perfectly resemble an actual foot.
Also, I have huge man hands (have you seen that Seinfeld episode?) so my feet end up being big.

To add the toe prints, I just use the tip of my pinky finger to dip in the paint and make all little 5 dots.

Once the cards are dry, I just write my note right on top of the foot print.  They're obviously all different, and a little organic looking since it's your hand doing the stamping, but I like it and think it makes it seem more authentic.  You could also dillute the paint more so it's more of a watermark rather than a solid paint glob like mine.

Maybe not your style, but an easy, simple, quick way to slightly personalize your thank you cards.
After all, in reality these are most likely just future trash right?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tutorial: Baby Sleep Sack

(more photos and details about the features)

Thanks to everyone who showed interest in this tutorial and pattern, I really appreciate your comments and wish more people didn't have "no reply" on their blogger settings so I could respond to your comments.
I hope to see some of these in the flickr group!  Make it worth my while people!
Kind of kidding, I know it's a pain to take a photo and upload it to share, but I'd really love to see your ideas and twists on this pattern and to share the ideas and variety with everyone else.  It's probably more exciting to see other people using the idea than just making it for myself.

Also, this tutorial is for personal use only. I ask that you respect my design and the time to put this pattern/ tutorial together and only use the sleep sacks you will make for yourself, family and friends, not for commercial use/ profit. Thanks!

Anyway, today you'll be seeing this green/ pink/ owl sleep sack coming together.
Make sure your printer is set to NO SCALING before you print.  It's only 4 pages.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Binky Clip Solution

Baby Sleep Sack Tutorial should be up Monday!

Just another idea if you are interested in the binky clips.
With winter ending, a lot of items are on clearance.
I found these mitten clips at Walmart for $2.00 a set, making each clip only $.50 which is a lot more affordable than buying the clips from the notions section of the craft store.
Plus they have different colors too.
Just cut the clips off the elastic and they work just great!

So just another way to save some money if you are busting these clips out for baby shower gifts or yourself!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Faux Chenille Baby Blankets

Thanks for everyone's comments on the Baby Sleep Sacks below.  A tutorial is in the works!
I'm a big fan of the faux chenille technique:
But I finally made the baby blankets.
Another tutorial form Aesthetic Nest.
**I would say I don't use the spray adhesive as shown in Dana's tutorial.  I tried it once --it's messy and totally gummed up my blade.  I just iron each layer with starch and they lay flat and it works great for me.  Especially with the flannel, the layers stick to each other pretty well.

This first one is the same as the tutorials, although I do recommend the Olfa Chenille Blade.  I cut all the rows for this pirate blanket in 10 minutes.  I do have to stop occasionally to clean out the blade from fluff build up, but it makes it really quick compared to cutting each row with scissors.  I got mine from JoAnn's website with 50% off coupon, I don't think they carry it in stores.
This first one is for my nephew.  My sister-in-law and I actually have the exact same due date, so we'll see how close these two cousins end up being born.

The flannel top is a pirate print.

The back just has the straight rows of chenille 1/2" apart. 

I did 3 layers of flannel for the chenille: red, light blue, and brown. 

This next blanket was an experiment, so I planned to keep it for our baby girl--just in case my idea didn't work out.  I was reading in the little pamphlet on my Chenille Blade and it said you could sew straight lines on the bias, or curved.
So my big idea:

So rather than sewing straight lines diagonally on the bias, I drew a wavy center line down the center.
I worked my way out from the middle, sewing the lines 1/2" apart.

I'd say yes and no.
From the beginning I worried about the sections that would wave off the bias, and how that would fray differently from the true 45 degree bias.

Yes, it was a concern.  Sections of the chenille frayed in shaggy strips rather than fuzzing up like the true bias cuts.  So on the back of the blanket, there were sections of longer shag fray.
You can see the long shaggy fray strip in the center.

Here's a close up of the shag fray: 

The first washing/ drying it was quite long and I trimmed it all off with scissors.
I wondered if there would come a point where it would just stop fraying and be done.
The second time I washed/ dried the blanket there was significantly less shaggy fray.  So I think this wavy technique will work, you'll just have to have a few trimming sessions in the beginning, and then there will be the strips where the chenille will look different. 
I thought it looked really cool with the waves, but more high maintenance having to trim the strips of shaggy frayed chenille.

The regular chenille had pink on the bottom, then light blue and ivory on top.

The top is a turquoise flannel with butterflies and dragonflies.

So fun little baby blankets, that only get better with wear and tear.


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