Friday, September 25, 2009

More Baby Projects

So, with fall football season in full swing, I've been busy working on various sewing and craft projects - here's what I've finished the past week:

A diaper wipes container!! How cute, huh? I know it's dorky, but I just love it!

I wavered between using a paper flower here, or the metal tag, but decided to go with the tag for a couple of reasons. I thought the flower might get messed up floating around in a diaper bag, and even though it was adorable, it was a little more girly. The tag describes how I feel perfectly and looks great! :)

Next, I made this mini diaper bag. You know how when you are in a hurry and you have a squirmy baby who needs a diaper quick? And then you can never find the diaper in the bag? Or if you are me, the diapers are messy and crummy in the bottom of the bag. So, this cute little bag holds the diapers so you can always find them.

Ok, so then I had some scraps of fabric, so I made a crinkly toy. Babies love things that crinkle and make noise, so I stitched in a popcorn wrapper between the fabric. Didn't turn out super cute or anything, but it's ok. At least babies aren't picky, right?

Of course, all of these really aren't necessary, but they sure are cute and fun to make! What do you think? Any other ideas of stuff I absolutely have to make?

New Haircut!

Got a new haircut the other day - I think it may actually make my face look skinnier! I love my hairstylist - she rocks. It's a bit shorter than I'm used to, but I like it. What do you think?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Football Season (And Bear Season)

Why hello, everyone. Somehow, I've found a niche in my busy schedule ::sarcastic tone::, to return to blogging. And yes, it's that time of year again... leaves are falling, the colors are changing, a brisk breeze... and FOOTBALL!!

Anyone who knows my family knows that I am a black sheep. I do not love football. I don't even like it. Don't know the rules, don't know the players, don't know the teams. Nothin'. But, my parents, my sister, my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins... you name it, they LOVE football. And, of course, my husband, to say the least. So, around this time of year, I become a football widow. Every Sunday, my hubby will be glued to the TV, watching the game, while I (quite happily) find projects to do.

And boy, have I found projects! One of my favorites is this: Greyson's Gift. It's a beautiful, but incredibly sad charity for preemie or stillborn babies. When tiny babies are born, hospitals have a hard time finding blankets that are small enough for wee ones, without overwhelming them or causing a distraction for grieving parents. So, they are in need of small blankets, sewn or crocheted/knitted, in sizes 12" by 12" or 24" by 24". I have so many scraps of fabric and small balls of yarn that will be perfect for blanket. I can't imagine having to go through something as difficult as a stillborn birth, but if there's any way to help make it a little easier for someone, count me in! To learn more about Greyson's Gift and where to send blankets, click here.
But, when I get searching for projects, I invariably find tons that I am dying to do - so right now, I have about a hundred projects going at the same time. As soon as one of them is finished, I'll post pictures. I'm working on a bunch of baby stuff - I found my felt stash, so thought I'd make a couple of "quiet time" books - we'll see how they turn out. And then, once I got going on that, I remembered how much I enjoyed felt stories on a flannel board when I was in school, so I thought Alexander might enjoy some of his favorite stories on flannel board - so far, I've done "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".
In other news, we have had an eventful day or two here. I went for my usual walk today on the bike path behind our house, only to find that it was blocked off by the police. Not necessarily unusual in our area (we live in the GHETTO!), but still interesting. But then, Chris came home and informed me that there was a bear loose in Hawthorne Park. Yes, Hawthorne Park - the park that's RIGHT BEHIND OUR HOUSE!!!! Literally, I go out our backdoor and there's only a flimsy little fence that separates our property from Hawthorne Park. And yes, a BEAR in the park. So, that would be why the police were blocking the path... which freaks me out a little. As if it isn't scary enough with all the homeless and gangs, now we've got bears too! Yay! Just can't wait to happen across one of those on my walk - my pepper spray will really help me out with that!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Creative vs. Crafty

I'm not really a very creative person. Yes, I guess I would consider myself crafty, but I'm not the type of person who can be spontaneously create art. I am a copy cat. I see something and, I'm not ashamed to say, I blatently copy it. So, here's my newest copy adventures:

My father-in-law cut the wood pieces for this caterpillar alphabet puzzle when Chris was in preschool, and my mother-in-law found it when cleaning out her shed last weekend. A quick coat of paint, and voila! a super cute alphabet puzzle!!! I LOVE wood toys, and a handmade one is even better.

Next up:

I saw these at (I'm not ashamed, I love Gap!), but at $42.50 for three, a LOT out of my budget. So, I picked up a few canvases at Micheal's, some paint, and about five hundred erasers (used them all) and made my own. And added an elephant. What do you think? Does it seem like it works with the others? I think they'll be adorable in a baby nursery.

I'm thinking I'll try a lion and maybe a whale next. Or should I just leave it with the four? Let me know what you think!

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