Thursday, March 24, 2011

Right Now

Right now ~ 

A new baby is finally here sleeping in his new nursery.

Iris' sit on my dinner table from my mothers garden, wishing I had already had one of my own. 

I'm going through my pictures of last weeks adventure to the Ft. Worth Zoo on Maggie's first visit and loving the expressions of the day.

My yarn bowl is filled with colorful cotton yarn ready to be knitted into wash cloths and sold at next weeks bazaar.

Completed baby rattles in the shape of Giraffes sit on my coffee table ready for more to join them and to find new homes at the bazaar. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baby Gifts for Grace

Bloomers- Newborn - 6mo & 6mo - 12mo.

Bib kerchief. Perfect for a drooly baby or a little girls hair
Tag Blankie

Farm Animal Balls

Sara's, T.J's cousin, had her baby shower this weekend. I made her bloomers, a bib kerchief, and a tag blanket out of my new purchase last week. The patterns are from Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter. I love this book. I copy the pattern, cut, then trace onto the fabric, so I can keep the original pattern. 

The farm animal balls are from T.J's Aunt, Connie Sue. We call her the secret crafter. These are so adorable. Maggie liked them a lot, and I'm sure Grace will too. I believe they are made of a soft felt. Maybe bamboo felt. Cassie and I love her ideas.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Handmade Weddings: Inspiration

Color Palette 1: Vintage Complementary
Color Palette 2: Vintage Florals
Color Palette 3: Modern Primary
The wedding planning has begun and my sister bought the new book Handmade Weddings by Hello Lucky which is packed full of handmade items. It has six sections and six different styles including; Retro Homespun, Girly Romantic, Happy Graphic, Organic Minimal, Modern Classic, and Found. I had bunting garlands in mind and have collected fabrics for a couple of years. I put all the prints together and they didn't seem to work together as a whole, so I split them up into 3 groups, each having a different color palette. I can't decided which one I like best. Most of the fabric was my grandmothers, some used in my nephews baby bedding, old projects of mine, and vintage finds from antique stores. I plan to use them at the wedding, perhaps buying more fabric to make more.

Sneak Peak: Table Linens

T.J's mom, Patti Lou, went to Spring, TX this past weekend and spent some time at some antique stores. She picked up some vintage linens for the tables at the wedding. It's nice to have help with finding the little things to make a DIY wedding. I can't wait to go searching for more finds. I especially want to make a trips to McKinney and Amarillo to look for things like chalk boards, wire baskets, old wooden creates, and more vintage linens.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Everett's Babies Room

My 1st nephew, Everett is almost here and his room has been finished just in time. Becca and J.T. have been working hard on his room for the past few months. Help for the parents to be has been a group effort from friends and family. Becca of course being the designer of the nursery has put in all her touches to create a modern forest of friends ready to greet Everett. The crib and the arm chair were our older sister's when our niece was a wee one. The tree's were purchased on Etsy and put up by her co-workers from the DMA. J.T. did a wonderful job re-doing the crib that it looks brand new. The bedding was done by me with the Cloud 9 organic line from City Craft. My mom has made arm covers for the plush rocking chair. Becca has of course done the most with number one caring Everett for nine months. She made the bird mobile with the inspiration of the blog Spool. She found the letters that spell out Everett; The wire 'E and t' were found on Etsy, along with the blue wooden 'E' and the yellow plastic 'R', she got the orange vinyl 'e' from the help her co-worker Kevin, Becca and J.T. created the 'v' with a print out and red spray paint, and Becca sewed the letter 'T' with the inspiration from Lotta Jansdotter book Simple Sewing for Baby. Everett will be the final touch. He due to arrive on Wednesday.....he might come early....he might come late. I can't wait for him to meet him and spend time in this adorable babies room. 

New Purchase

Mod Flowers: Chartreuse

I went to City Craft this weekend and looked around for quite some time. I was looking for something specific for a gift I'm going to make this week. It's always harder to shop for fabric when you are buying for someone. I finally pick this up. Fabric Information: Mod Flowers Chartreuse Fabric in Sugar Pop Collection designed by Liz Scott for Moda Fabrics

Friday, March 4, 2011

Will you be our....?

Wedding planning has started. We are starting to pick the wedding party. Most of them have been asked by word of mouth, but for my special little helpers I wanted to asked them by mailing them a special card in the mail for them. I remember getting mail when I was little and it was SO EXCITING! I saw this idea on once wed a long time ago for asking bridesmaids if they would be in the wedding. I changed it up a bit, but I loved the idea of the paper doll dressed like the person I am asking. I already had all the paper and the cards. I just put it together using simple materials of pencil, xacto knife, rubber cement, and Sharpie Mark It's. They are ready to send and I hope they say yes!

Street Find

T.J and I have been walking a lot now that the weather has been good. At the beginning of the month it is bulk trash pick up. I have been trying to find old wooden storage boxes here and there over the course of a year or so. I found this sitting by the side of the road along with some prickly pear cacti. Score!

Oversized Double Drop Stitch Cowl

I made something for me last month for those chilly days that are starting dwindle away. I used scrap yarn that I had in my yarn basket. I made it super big and floppy, using the double drop stitch. It's currently my favorite winter scarf.