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Make room for baby!

We have been so busy getting ready for baby boy! My husband has done his fatherly duties and painted the stripes I wanted on the wall. He has also painted the changing table and crib that we bought at a yard sale.

This is my awesome IKEA lamp in front of the stripes on the wall.

While Matt is busy painting because *ahem* I’m not supposed to be breathing the fumes, I’ve been busy making little things for my baby boy.
Pee Pee Tee Pees- needed for boys only.

I ordered this material online and loved it so much. I tried to make a quilt with it. Since I only had 3 fat quarters, it turned into a little play may. Its not too big for him to use but it might be a good car blanket. We’ll see.

I LOVE this fabric. I made this little lovey with minkey on the back. ITs about 17” by 17” so its a pretty good size lovey. After I made it, I realized the baby blue MIGHT get dirty easily… oh well.

Nursing covers- more for me.

This is a bib with the guitar on it. So much fun! The other thing is a diaper pouch to carry in the diaper bag. What I loved about this tutorial was that its open on one end, so you can see how many diapers you have left.

This is the BEAUTIFUL map I found on etsy! This goes in little man’s nursery so he can begin to learn about the world.

And this is me at 25 weeks with my little man.

He’s kicking up a storm! Matt felt him kick for the first time on Father’s Day- what a cool present right? The doctor told me yesterday that I’ve gained in the first 6 months what I should’ve gained in the entire pregnancy. SO I have to start exercising. YUCK. But Matt is happy. We’ll see how that goes at my next doctor’s appt. If it hasn’t made a difference, then I will do that no more. I mean, seriously… exercising in the third trimester???

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What I’m Working on Wednesday

So much to do for November and December… crazy I tell ya! I’m working on so many things right now, so I want to organize my To-Do list here. I’m leaving on 11/24 for vacation for Thanksgiving, so everything has to be done before that!

– Mandi’s birthday present- I can’t say what it is yet, but it is due by 11/14

– Jonas’ birthday present- a Batman cape and a toy car take along- due by 11/15

– Cody’s first birthday shirt- due by 11/13

– Elijah’s birthday present- toy car take along- due by 11/17

– Aunt Pat and Aunt Pam’s birthday gifts- due by 11/17

– Lisa’s baby shower present- due by 11/14

– Josh & Jamie’s baby shower present- due by 11/23

– Anna’s baby present- due by 11/21

– Lawrita’s baby present- due by 11/24 for Mom to take to the family reunion

– My established sign- due whenever I can find the time!

– Mom’s Christmas table runner- due by 11/28 so she can decorate for Christmas with it right after Thanksgiving

Plus on 11/20, the supplies for my mom’s Christmas presents will be in and I will need to start working on those too, which will be a LOT!

This doesn’t even count Christmas. I’ve decided to focus on November projects before I think any more about December projects. Oh me oh my how time flies!

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Vinyl signs- my new favorite craft

Robinsons' wedding gift

Robinsons' wedding gift

Back in June, I visited Creative crate in my google reader and saw her name blocks for her friend. I have a friend Tiffanie who just got married on October 10 and I knew I wanted to make her a sign. Then I stumbled across another website and found Kara, who is AMAZING! I ordered the above letters from her. She worked with me and made samples so I could see the fonts and find exactly what font matched what was in my head. She sent the letters very quickly and they were perfect!

I went to Tiffanie’s registry and got a dipping bowl that matched her kitchen stuff. I used the dipping bowl to match the color red. I got a 2×6 of light pine wood at Lowes, and had them cut it into two, so I could fit it in my car. My dad cut the pieces to fit the vinyl, then I did the painting. The easiest way to get the crackle texture was to paint the base black, which absorbed nicely into the wood. Then I did an overlay of the crackle texture (in the acrylic paint section at Joanns) and when that dried, I did the red over top. The red almost immediately started crackling. After that dried, I sprayed primer (from the spray paint section at Lowe’s) and then when that dried I put on the letters. After the letters, I sprayed primer again to try to protect the letters. I put it in the box and away it went! I hope Tiffanie & Michael love it!

I had so much fun doing that I emailed Kara and ordered MORE!!! I want a sign for my name plus some Christmas presents. Oh and my friend Melissa wants one for herself and another for a surprise. I got the TWELVE signs just days after I ordered them- Kara is just amazing! Another great thing about Kara- she does 20 % off your next order if you send her a photo of your project, so I got 20 % off the 12 that I just ordered! Her prices were lower than anything I found anyway, so that just makes it even better.
Kara- you rock!! I can’t wait until you get back into vinyl cutting; I’m sure I’ll have more for you! You’ve made a lifelong customer in me.

I have already started working on two of the signs. Here is what I have so far. Signs in base paintThis is the base color for the two different signs. The light brown will then be my top coat for the dark brown and the light brown is the base for the light green. I can’t wait to finish them!

For now, I’m off to finish a project with my niece Dana, which is her prize for being my lovely model for some hairbows. If you visit the etsy store (link to the right in the sidebar) you can see one of the headbands she modeled. More to come on the etsy store- yahoo!

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Greyson’s Gift

October is miscarriage, stillborn, and infant loss awareness month, which I found thanks to Oops I craft my pants blog. As I said in an earlier post, I suffered a miscarriage in December 2008 and another in April 2009.  I wanted to share this because its such a worthwhile project and can really make a difference in the lives of suffering parents.

Here is what she says:

“I am looking for your help. Hospitals all across the country are in need of small, very small, baby blankets. In cases of fetal demise, babies are so tiny, even the smallest nursery blanket is much too big to wrap around their tiny bodies. what they need:12″ x 12″ and 24″ x 24″ flannel receiving blankets, in small pink, baby blue, white, and yellow prints. Use your best judgement, we don’t want the prints of the blankets to detract from very small babies.The blankets also need to be double layered. ”

Mail them to:

Meryntha Haro

 1301 East Debbie Lane, Ste 102# 162

Mansfield, Texas 76063

I’ll be making my blanket to send over soon. I have the perfect fabric in mind.

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Swaps

As my crafting addiction has grown, I’ve found all kinds of new things to do and enjoy. I have checked out 4 books from the library and made a pair of pajama pants from one of the books. I’ve most recently signed up for several swaps! I signed up for a Christmas in July swap and was hooked up with Cathy in New York. She sent me several dishtowels with crocheted loops on the top, a beautiful crocheted baby blanket, and a gift card to Joanns! 🙂 So awesome.

I also signed up for an I-Spy Swap. Each person sends in 10 squares of 20 different fabrics. Then Meredith and Wendy mix them all up and send you back 200 individual squares of different novelty fabrics. You can put them together and made a quilt full of I Spy objects. I can’t wait to get the fabrics back!
I signed up for Something Made, Something to be made swap too. I have to make something for Bethany, my partner, and then also send something to be made into something else. I am working on her gifts, and I can’t wait to find out whether or not she likes them.
Finally, I signed up for Craft Hope, a great idea. She finds different worthy organizations and everyone makes something to help the organization. Project 2, in which I participated, sent blanket, booties, hankies, and other requested items to an orphanage in India. I sent a blanket, several hankies, and two pillowcases. I hope the kids enjoy them!
This is a great way to feed my addiction. My sister-in-law, Mandi and I have also decided all Christmas gifts are going to be handmade, so we are working on that too. I’ve got Bennett (my newest nephew), Grandma, Mom, and Brittany’s gifts planned, I just need to get working on them.
Pictures of crafting addiction coming soon.

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