Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mother's Day

My mom is the most amazing person I know. We have the best time together. About 98% of the time, I can finish her thoughts (this is why I rock at charades). She loves me unconditionally (even with a tattoo) and is undoubtedly my very best friend. She loves anything and everything hand made (this is where I got it from :) )so I decided I would make her gifts this year for Mother's Day.

The first is the Kindle pillow.

Since my mom and I are basically the same person, I embroidered her a sweet quote, "Are we not like two volumes of one book?"

And my favorite... a reversible purse from this pattern from Vanessa Christenson!

Happy Mother's Day! Love you, Mom!!
Monday, April 11, 2011

Expecto Pillownum

My friend Valerie found this link a while back and immediately I had a new project. I knew of several of my friends who would like these and they just happened to have birthdays coming up. So maybe I didn't get around to making/presenting them until after their birthdays, but eh, it's the thought that counts, right?? So here is my version:

I love how he came out!

Happy Birthday, friends!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sarah's Baby Shower!

When my best friend, Sarah told me she was pregnant I couldn't have been more excited! They were moving home from Pensacola, Florida, so I would be able to see the baby AND throw her a shower!! As soon as she had her theme picked out, I was ready to go! Before we decided to start It's an Eventful Life, I asked Michelle if she would help me plan this shower. We had so much fun planning! I am so glad that Sarah loved it! There is a full post on It's an Eventful Life, but here are some of my favorite parts!

Bunting! Tons and tons of bunting! I am obsessed with this stuff! It's such a fun and whimsical way to decorate! The bunting was made of fabric and sewn by hand (our hands) to brown ribbon. Beautiful!

This is the dessert table. Since the theme of baby Robert's room will be lambs, everything was lamb themed. Complete with a "Sweets for ewe" banner!

The centerpieces were simple and adorable... baby's breath in baby food jars!

We served light salads and tea sandwiches. Perfect for an afternoon get-together!

The gift table said "ewe are loved"... cute!

Baby shower games and prizes!

Instead of a guestbook, I had guests use their thumbprints and signatures to make a picture for Robert!

I hung each of the onesies, bibs and diaper covers I had made.

The favors were chocolate sugar cookies. My mom made the adorable tags that read "thank ewe for coming".

Sweets for the dessert table and the fondant covered chocolate cake. The cake had mini bunting to match the room! Told ya; I'm obsessed.

I had embroidered a little lamb for Robert's nursery!

She is going to be SUCH a great Mama!!!

I am so honored to have been able to throw this shower for Sarah! I couldn't have done it without Michelle, Mom and Becky!!
Thanks for these pictures, Michelle!!

Baby Shower Gifts!!

Let me begin by saying that if you don't want your kitchen sink to spring a leak, causing havoc in your kitchen, please avoid blogging about your kitchen remodel. The very day after I posted that article is when we discovered the leak. Funny, huh?

Anyway, now I get to show you all the things I was working on for my best friend Sarah!

First are the diaper pouches. I made one for Richard (I figured brown flannel was pretty manly) and one for Sarah (to match the nursing cape!). I used this tutorial from Noodlehead. I loved how they came out!

These are the perfect size to throw in your purse or to-go bag when you don't need the whole diaper bag.

Next up is the matching nursing cape from Diary of a Quilter. The front part has a piece of boning in it so Sarah can peek down at Robert without the anyone else being able to see anything. I love the print of this fabric! I know it's not very boy-ish, but this is for Mama!

Then we have the cutest little things... diaper covers from MADE. These were so easy to make! I had hoped that the cheap-o serger that I purchased last year would make these an even quicker project, but it doesn't exactly work... Oh well! Sewing them up went pretty quick! I had never worked with elastic before, so I was excited to have the opportunity!

And finally, the baby blanket! This one definitely took a while, but I absolutely love it!! I used this tutorial from Aesthetic Nest. It was so much fun to make my own chenille! I began this project thinking that I would take the time and cut the lines with scissors, but I'm SO GLAD I invested in a chenille cutter. I'll definitely be making more of these in the future! I thought I'd add a little personal touch by embroidering Robert's name on the blanket.

Now it's time for summertime projects!!
Thanks to Michelle for these photos!
Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Kitchen. Documented.

When looking for a house to buy, the giant (to me) kitchen helped me see past the fact that it's about a million miles away from my family, work, and Taco Lita. This kitchen is big and full of counter space, but darn was it ugly. The cabinets were an ugly color. Some of them had different finishes on them. They all had different handles and drawer pulls. It was maddening.

Well I was tired of looking at it and the random carrot handles after about a year. So over Christmas break, I refinished the cabinets and painted the kitchen. Here's the incredibly time consuming taping job:

I wish I had pictures of the garage during all of this. I had the entire garage floor COVERED in cabinet doors. I painted all of them out in the garage at once. It was a long week. Here's the finished product. I love my new kitchen.

It's been decorated a bit more since then, but I still love the cabinets!!
Thursday, March 10, 2011

In the Mean Time...

I'm planning a baby shower for my best friend, Sarah in a couple of weeks, so I've been sewing up a storm, but I can't share any of it just yet. I don't want to ruin the surprises for her!! But I'll tell you about what's been going on in the mean time. My other best friend, Michelle called me a while back to say that she's throwing a baby shower and asked if I would help her a little bit. To which I responded, "Yes. I'm throwing a baby shower, will you help me?" And ever since we've been coming up with incredible idea after incredible idea. Since throwing two baby showers didn't sound like enough to plan (ha) we thought we'd throw a birthday party for Michelle's husband, and an Oscars party! We've been having so much fun planning these events, we've come up with a name for ourselves, along with a blog to document our work! Head over here to check out It's an Eventful Life!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine (kinda) Wreath

Well now I'm totally obsessed with having a cute wreath on my door at all times. It all began before Christmas with a trip to Tai Pan Trading (as most obsessions tend to start). I think I had a coupon for a wreath (and my mom gave me her coupon to use as well... score!!) so I was on a mission to find one. I found two that I love: one for fall and one for Christmas/winter. Well lately I've been debating how long to leave up my "winter" wreath, until I saw this one from Delia Creates. I got started immediately. It was a lot of cutting, and I got lost in a web or two of hot glue, but I think it turned out great.

I made one for Easter/springtime too! Now I need to figure out a summertime wreath...

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