Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Latest Projects

I've been quite absent from the blog world lately, but I do have something to show for it, beside a 6-month pregnant belly. I've recovered my old, worn out infant car seat with the help of the best $5.00 tutorial ever. Soooo worth buying if you've never even attempted this kind of project before. Saved me many mistakes and countless redo's. I bought it off of etsy from pukingpastilles. Great lady, and very talented!

I had leftover fabric, since I bought too much thinking I would screw up more than once. So, I have made some seat belt cover pads, a baby crib/stroller blanket and a traveling changing pad cover, too.

I've also been busy trying out all sorts of the free tutorials that I posted about. I made a diaper bag that turned out pretty good. Not sure my skill level was really up to this, but 4-5 broken needles later, I figured it out and kind of like, too. I got the tutorial from A Mingled Yarn for the Hip Mamma Diaper Bag.

I also made a new cover for my Boppy Nursing Pillow using the tutorial on the Make Your Own Baby Stuff blog using the Breastfeeding Pillow Case Pattern. Out of the same material, which I just love!, I made a matching nursing poncho/cover, my first pair of baby legs, and a baby sling carrier.

See the baby boy bedding set next to the pillow? I picked that up a few years back for $5.00 at Wal-Mart. I've been convinced my next baby would be a boy for a few years now. Good thing I was right!?

I have redone this little dresser that was a hand-me-down from Grandma and Grandpa twice now. It used to have pink drawers for my girls, but I re-painted them a light green color to be more boyish.

I have also been making a little extra money selling these baby diaper wipes carrying cases on e-bay lately, so I've made a million of these, too.

I still need to recover the old and ugly white bassinet for Baby Logan, finish recovering the canopy for the carseat, and about a million other things before he's born. I'll update later, when I get more done.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Faux Custom Bookshelf's

Okay, here is my “custom” bookshelf’s for our new house. Since we weren’t able to sell our house in Nevada before we moved back to Utah and bought our new house, we are very, VERY tight with our budget. Sooooo……here was our solution to the tight budget, a near empty room and years and years and years of books being packed into boxes while we moved a gazillion times. (Seriously…this was our 7th move in 3 years-Whew!) I LOVE to read and I’ve even sold a ton of them on Amazon, so this is not very many compared to what we had as college students.

We went to Walmart and bought their plain black bookshelf’s for $29, although they are frequently on sale for $25. After we had put them together, we bought some molding and trim at good old Home Depot and painted it black. (I used matte black spray paint, because I am impatient and wanted them to be finished NOW.)

Total cost of this bookshelf unit was around $120 when all was finished. (Actually, now that I think back, our in-laws bought the bookshelf’s for us as a house-warming gift, so technically they were free.) No complaints.

After cutting and measuring all the pieces, we attached them first with wood glue and then teensy tiny nails. As you can see in the photos that I’m not quite done filling in the holes and fixing all the little spots, but hey, I have to kids and I’m 6 months pregnant. I’ve got more important things to do. Like, sewing and anything else I don’t really feel like doing right this minute. Know what I mean?

Anyway, we also wanted them to be moveable in case we ever do move again. (I’ve already told my hubby that I will NEVER move again and that he can commute as long as he needs to, but I’m staying put! lol!) (Crossing my fingers…and toes…and legs…)

So, we made cuts between each of the bookshelf’s so that they could be pulled apart if needed or could be slid close together so they look like a built-in, one-piece unit. As you can see I haven’t gotten my hubby to get them as close together as they could and should be, but hey, I’m basically lazy and I’m pretty happy with them anyway.

On another note, I have to say that everything in this room, aside from very few items, was either hand-me-down’s we got as newlyweds, given to us since then, or bought and fixed up from a thrift store.

The little stand with the lamp on it, was a hand-me-down and is still in need of a good painting. The couch was $20 from DI and I just bought a couch cover to make it a little more attractive (okay, a lot more). The coffee table was from DI for $10 and I sanded it down, fixed the drawer and painted it black. The brown, gorgeous, wing-back chair in front of the bookcase was given to us by my in-laws. (I’m kicking myself right now, because I found a nicer one at DI for $20 which I was too chicken to buy because of all the moving and inconvenience it would be to grab it that minute, that they replaced it with and gave us the brown chair.) It is soooo comfy anyway and in pretty good shape. Not even any wear and tear on the velvet fabric. It’s my reading chair. Most days you can find me there with a good book or reading my scriptures whenever I can pull away from the kids for more than 3o seconds.

The one item that was pretty spendy was the large picture hanging above the couch. I love, love, love this picture. I got it for Christmas a few years back when Deseret Book does all their artwork on sale for 50% off. So instead of $300, my hubby picked it up for $150. (With a lot of hinting and nagging.) It is called “Oh, Jerusalem” by Greg Olsen.

The gold and black chair, which I am extremely proud of, was my very first attempt at upholstering anything. It used to be a funny shade of green. We got two of them from my in-laws, so I spent HOURS taking one apart, painted it black and purchased some fabric for under $20 from Hobby Lobby and improvised until I was happy with it. Let me tell you that nail head trim may be pretty, but it is no easy thing to get them on straight and anywhere near perfect. Just don’t look too closely at mine. I found the pillow on the chair from DI last week for $1.

Here’s a picture of the other chair that hasn’t been redone yet. I use it as my reading chair in my master bedroom. See the lamp on the table, which was also hand-me-down free, I picked up the pair of them for $5 at the DI. So gorgeous!

Do you see that tiny little shelf up in the top right hand corner? I bought about a gazillion of these because I love them and they are easy to put up by myself. They are only $5 each at the Home Depot.

Okay, so I made the curtains and pillows on the couch, but when I trimmed the curtains, I wasn’t very patient and trimmed them too short. So, the plan is to buy some fringe or beads or something and attach them to the bottom. But…not until the budget allows that.

Hey, I never claimed to be perfect. Still trying on that one…

On that note, I’m not very good at arranging things so they look good together. HELP! Any suggestions would be most welcomed! I’m slowly, but surely, putting my home together. It really is the second home I’ve ever owned, but our first house that we own in Nevada, I didn’t feel like I had enough time to really decorate it. We built it, lived in it for 9 months and got recruited back to Utah. Hardest decision we’ve ever had to make, but well worth it. It’s soooo good to be back.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Favorite Maternity & Baby Tutorials

Holy Cow! I have been finding the best tutorials for all things baby and maternity lately. I wanted to share some of my favorite projects that have inspired me to sew, craft and create lately. If you hadn't guessed by my enthusiasm for this topic, I'm pregnant! I'm due at the end of July and I have been crafting like crazy to get ready for our first boy. My house is full of girl stuff and pink everything, so I'm starting from scratch.


Converting your pants into Maternity pants:

Cute wrap Maternity top: (I made this and it was sooooo easy and turned out really well, which doesn't always happen when I attempt new projects. It is sooooo comfortable, too. A little complicated to get into, but worth it for the end result.)

Maternity Yoga Pants:

Maternity T-Shirt:

Maternity Dress Shirt:

Maternity skirt:

Maternity Wrap Cardigan:

Belly Band:

No-Sew Nursing Top: (Thought this was kind of funny, but I guess it would work just fine.)

Converting a Bra to a Nursing Bra:

Another Belly Band:

Here is the link to some more maternity tutorials by Genius!


Heather Bailey's Bitty Booties: (Check out the Flickr pool for hundreds of good ideas on how to make these.)

Directory of tons of free baby pattern tutorials:

So Easy Baby Recieving Blankets:

Baby Diaper Changing Pad:

Simple Cotton Baby Hat: (This may not be the cutest color, but it is by far the simplest pattern to make these kinds of hats.)

Here is another site with some great free tutorials on baby stuff:

Cute Diaper Bag: (This is my next project.)

Cute baby hat with ears:

Another great site with tons of free baby tutorials:

Boppy or Breastfeeding Pillow Slipcover: (I made one of these, too. So easy and cute.)

Make Baby Legs from Socks:

Baby Sling Wrap Style Carrier:

Baby Sling Pouch Style Carrier:
(Go here for baby wearing instructions for this style of sling:

Infant Car Seat Replacement Cover & Canopy: (Just let me tell you how hard it is to find a good free tutorial with pictures. Here is a pretty good one without pictures. If you have more skills than me, which is likely, you should be able to do this on your own, but I ended up buying a tutorial on etsy from pukingpastilles which was amazing! It was only $4.99 and it was soooo worth buying. I never buy patterns, ever. So glad I did for this project. Mine turned out so great, even I was amazed I pulled it off. If you want to purchase an amazing pattern go here:

Otherwise here is the free one:

Wanna make your own baby bedding and room decor? Here's a link to get you started:

This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of all the amazing free tutorials out there for baby stuff. I'm ready to make some. Enjoy!