Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DIY Nap Mat

A few weeks ago Dutch moved up classrooms at daycare.  It sort of caught me off guard because he had just moved up to the little toddler room a few weeks prior.  He stayed in the infant room until he was almost 1 because he was such a good helper and sweet to the little babies they didn't want to let him go.  And now the big kid room with a cirruclum?!  Anyway in this new room he takes a nap on a cot.  A COT!  I mean we haven't even mastered the art of keeping him in his crib all night long #lazystillnursingmomofaspoiled14monthofbabythatusesmeasapassyproblems, how will they keep him asleep essentially on the floor?  I don't know how but they do and it is so cute.  Since he is sleeping on a cot he would now need a nap mat.  I looked at this as an opportunity to make something special for my son buy new fabric so I decided to make his nap mat. After way too much consideration and thought I decided to go with the wagon and bike fabric since he like wheels.  I still got to use gingham and chambray that I was originally planning on using.  




There are tutorials out there but I decided just to wing it.  Essentially I folded quilt batting over 3 times and sewed it to the wrong side of the gingham so it would be like 1 fabric.  Then I made a pillow from more batting layers and sewed it onto the gingham/batting.  Then I made the attached blanket by sewing the wheel fabric with minky and I did a quilt binding out of red gingham to finish off the edge.  I was so proud of myself for sewing the handle and; velcro fabric onto the chambray backing before putting the layers all together so the seams wouldn't show on the other side.  So proud. Sandwiched the gingham, blanket and chambray backing all together and sewed leaving an opening so I could turn it right side out after sewing.  Did that and realized that I sewed my handle and velcro on the wrong side of the chambray (!@X?).  It wouldn't be a sewing project without the seam ripper being used at least once.  By then I was ready to be finished so I just sewed them on not caring that the seams show on the gingham side.  To finish off the nap mat and keep the batting from shifting I sewed a seam under the pillow and 3 more across the mat. 
Boom done.   

Of course these 2 are on it as soon as I try to take a photo.

Not sure why the right side of the pillow looks curved, it isn't.  That was one good thing about using the gingham, I could easily keep my lines straight.

Here's to many good naps and maybe just maybe one day a good nights sleep ;)


Here's to good naps and maybe one day a good nights sleep ;)


Wheel fabric
Green Gingham fabric
Red gingham fabric is a Pottery Barn crib sheet from the thrift store
Chambray fabric is a Ralph Lauren sheet from the thrift store
Minky is just good ole white minky dot

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Birthday Party Details

I almost didn't remember the password to this blog.  I've missed this space but I've just not really had time to blog or read blogs.  I've got about a month's worth of reading blogs to catch up on.  Maybe one day I will get there.  But in the mean time I'm going to try and get my own blog caught up.  And yes that means another party post.  I've had a few questions about where things came from so I'm just going to put all of that here.  After this one I'm done with the party....

Even though we didn't have a big party for Dutch I was still able to get my craft on for his birthday celebration.
His invitations were super simple.  I printed them on cardstock, painted with water colors, traced a popsicle shape, glued them together with a popsicle stick in between them paper and mailed them out!



I made some really ugly sugar cookies for everyone to keep in their hotel room to snack on.  They weren't too pretty but they tasted so good.  I used this recipe for the cookies and this recipe for the icing here.

Seriously these loo so terrible! The orange looks like American cheese. So funny but tasted so good!



I made this adorable banner but it stayed at our house.  I started with the day Dutch was born and a photo from every month up and ended with his birthday.  Lots of smiles from this kid.  This will probably always be up because it makes us happy.

I needed something for the front door so I painted this birthday cake... on cardboard.  Why did I do that?  I thinking if I seal it maybe we can reuse it?






Things I didn't make because I know my limits.
Dutch's popsicle holding octopus party shirt

I ordered from etsy shop Jake N Me.  It was super cute!

Dutch's swimsuit



ordered from etsy shop Southern Hands LLC.  I ordered the seersucker one the first time but game them the wrong monogram.  They were really nice to rush me out one with the right monogram.  I want everything in this shop. 


Dutch's party hat


I felt really bad for not making this myself but it was just easier to order and the party hat turned out amazing.   Ordered from etsy shop Hilly House.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Overalls

A few years before Dutch was born I bought an adorable pair of chambray overalls at the thrift store.  They were so precious and I just needed a little baby to fill those overalls.  I washed them then ironed them and set them in the guest room closet.  I would get those overalls out from time to time and just stare at them and pray that I would have a little baby to fill them one day.  Those $1 overalls meant so much to me.  When I found out I was pregnant I immediately thought of those overalls.  

Years later they are filled in the most perfect way.



Exactly one year before I had embroidered some shirts for Dutch to wear in the hospital so I wanted to do the same for his overalls.  



I used the font Little Days for the overalls embroidery and used this handy tip for transferring onto darker fabrics.  I usually just use a pencil trace method.

On Dutch's birthday we had some photo made in those special overalls. Amy Leigh Thomas did a great job of documenting his first year.  




As you can see he was much too interested in his dorse to take a photo!



Monday, July 21, 2014

Towels for Dayssss

Summer 2014 - the summer of the letter towel.  
Really it has been the perfect gift.  It all started when I was trying to come up with a good party favor for Dutch's party.  What better favor for a pool party than a towel?!


Because someone will wonder - the B$ is my nephew's nickname on his baseball team.  I wasn't sure how excited an 11 year old would be about a towel so I had to make it somewhat appealing.  



 So it began and about 12 towels later everyone that has had a summer birthday has gotten a letter towel.  


They are so simple to make.  Alls ya do is type the letter on word, trace it out, iron, sew.
I use dafont.com to download interesting fonts.  The best fonts to use are ones that have thick letters.  I also like ones that don't have a lot of curve because that sucks trying to sew but the ones I always use have a lot of curve so don't listen to me.  The font that I'm using for instruction is KB Reindeer Games enlarged to 700 pt and bolded.
Some of my other favorite fonts for hand applique are tequila sunrise, grutch shaded, sketch serif, bonebastic (glutton for punishment), watermelon is really pretty for girls.

Ok so type out your letter and get to the size you want.  You can print it off or if you want to save ink either trace from the computer screen onto wax paper or your heat n' bond paper.  BUT make sure you cut it out BACKWARDS since it will be iron onto the wrong side of the fabric.  Iron your heat n' bond to the wrong side of your fabric.  Cut out your letter and iron onto the towel.



All ironed on and ready to sew.


I use a zig zag stitch and set it on a length and width of 3.  I'm not sure what that will be on your machine but I'm sure you can figure out something.
And zig zag all around those letters.  I always go over my start and stop zig zag stitches with a straight stitch.  Keeps it from unraveling.

In the end you will have this!

Cute baby can't be guaranteed with finished product.

camden font - sketch block  maggie font - sketch serif



My favorite towels to use are like the "Maggie" towel.  They are from TJ Maxx.  All of the other ones are RE from Target.  They don't have any type of "band" about 3" from the bottom like most towels have.  The RE brand only have the bottom band and come in lots of cute colors.  They aren't huge or really thick but for a kid they are just right.  Tie a ribbon around the towels and you've got yourself the perfect gift!




So there ya go.  I'm going to make a few for Dutch's bathroom with his monogram on them.  Oh and talking about towels I got in my clearance Horchow towels and they are divine and so beautiful.  So happy I ordered them.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dutch's Birthday

Still catching up on the birthday..

June 30, 2013 11:24am



I BLINKED

June 30, 2014 11:24am




Dutch's BIRTHday party.




Dutch's 1st birthday was pretty low key.  We started the day with family photos.  While he took a nap I rushed to the party store to get him some balloons.  I made it back by 11:24am for his exact birthday.  We ended the day with homemade ice cream and I made him a homemade cake.  Just perfect.


Dutch's 1st Birthday cake





There was even a rainbow on Dutch's birthday!





 One year of perfect days.  A year of smiles!



Monday, July 7, 2014

Dutch's 1st Birthday Party

Last Monday my little Dutch boy turned 1!  Yeah yeah time flies and all that stuff but really it does.  I'm not a big birthday blowout party kind of person.  I love all of the details but sometimes I have unrealistic expectations of events and if they don't go exactally as I see in my head then the whole thing is ruined for me. I couldn't take that chance with my babe's 1st b'day so something smaller was in order.  Family party.
Since all of our family lives out of town they would have to stay in a hotel anyway.  So we chose the most fun hotel in town, Grand National Marriott.  It was pretty much perfect.  Tons of photos to follow.






Party plans - swim, have fun, and swim some more!  We spent Saturday afternoon at the pool and for supper ordered pizza.  Super easy.


I promise that I'm not doing an ad for the hotel but it was really perfect.  There was a guy playing the guitar and singing around the pool.  And they were really good songs.  Plus the pool was amazing and it had a slide.  If you aren't into swimming with kids there was an adult only pool and it was totally empty.  If you didn't want to be in the sun there was a ton of shade and several cabanas.
After we ate and the kids were all swimmed out, the boys also went fishing in one of the hotel's ponds. There was tons of room for the littles to run around in the grass and practice their new walking skills. After the sun went down the hotel set up a smores' bar which was so delicious and fun.







Before we left Saturday to head to the hotel I made muffins and fruit skewers for breakfast on Sunday morning.  I ordered the little cardboard trays from etsy and the liners are from the $1 spot at Target



All of Dutch's cousins live in the same town and are all friends so that works out really well.  Everyone had a playmate.  We spent a few minutes on Sunday morning to get a few photos.  Trying to corral and make 6 kids smile is pretty hard!




ok impossible



After the photos we headed up to the room for a birthday nap and then met everyone down at the pool for Dutch's "party".





We couldn't really have any decorations but since it was summer and I ate eleventy million popsicles while I was pregnant with Dutch we went with a popsicle theme.  I use that term lightly since the only thing popsicle was the cake.  But seriously how cute is that cake?!






Dutch isn't the biggest fan of sweets so he didn't go crazy with his cake.  Who's child is this?!?!  He enjoyed the fondant stick most of all.    


S'rously boy just go crazy on that cake.  


Nah I'll just eat the stick.  

Group photo.  Now everyone smile!  ok perfect



I made cupcakes for everyone else but forgot to take a photo.  My SIL helped me make the toppers that looked like this


They were really cute but I was so afraid one of the kids would eat one of those popsicles.  In the end guess who ended up eating one.  yep me.  





It was all over after he opened the soccer ball.



Since we couldn't bring outside food to the party we ordered lunch from the hotel for everyone and ate around the pool. I forgot to take a photo but it was really yummy and I still think we came out cheaper than if we had done a big friend party.
Lots more playing.  Check out was at 12 but we could stay and swim until 5.  The pool had a tunnel slide and a splash pad near the zero entry.  This area was really shallow and had lounge chairs.





See I was there!  



And that was Dutch's first birthday party.  Like I said it was awesome and  kids refusing to leave is a sign of a good time.  There may have been some tears involved.  Special thanks to our families for making the party so special!





More birthday updates to come this week.  I know y'all are so excited right?

 
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