Monday, August 29, 2011

Soft Counting Book with Buttons

I finally got around to using up the leftover pages from the ABC Book I made and made the number book I have had in mind.

I used heat transfer vinyl again for the numbers because it's so easy and has always worked out really well for me.  But I also added some buttons to each page which was kind of a pain since the pages were already put together.  It would've been a lot easier if I had sewed the buttons on before sewing the pages together, but it still worked out.  I was so happy to be done sewing them on though!

I put the book together using eyelets and rings again and I really like it:


I used the leftover letters from the ''Made in Illinois'' onesie for the back page.  I made this back page when I was making the ABC book but didn't end up using it for that, so I'm glad it worked out to use it for the numbers book!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Baby Quilt

I have been thinking about what I want the quilt to match the nursery bedding to look like for a while, but I could not make up my mind.  I saw so many cute baby quilt pictures all over the place that kept making me change my mind on what I wanted to do.  

But I have seen SO many different uses for bunting on Pinterest and other blogs that kept making me go back to that idea... So I made this little bunting quilt and I pretty much love it.



(Ignore my poor picture taking skills.)

I am not the greatest at making quilts because I rush through them too quickly... which I definitely did for this one, but I still like it a lot.  Also, after these pictures were taken I sewed on a thicker binding because I didn't really like how thin this one was.  The new one is about half an inch wider and it looks much better/cleaner now, I just didn't feel like re-taking pictures :)  It looks the exact same though... just a little bit nicer.

I cut out triangles of heat 'n bond and ironed them onto the backs of all of the fabric that I wanted to use.   Then I cut out the triangles, peeled off the heat 'n bond paper and ironed them onto the quilt where I wanted them to go.

Pretty easy!

I just used a zig zag stitch along the sides of each triangle and I like the way that looks.

I am pretty happy with it.

I've got another one planned that will just be more of a ''play mat'' to lay on the floor for her to play on using a bunch of random fabrics.  I haven't started it yet, but hopefully I'll get it started and finished this week.  It shouldn't take too long once I decide what I want it to look like.  I'm sure if I were a normal person I'd want to take my time on it, but... I'm not... So I want to get it done as quickly as possible :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Nursery Bird Mobile

Baby projects are seriously ridiculously fun.

This mobile was one of the first things I had done, actually, but we just got it hung up last week after I finished the wall art and got the crib put together.

I have had my eye on this bird mobile for years... 

I pretty much promised myself about 3 years ago that some day I'd make this for my future child so I'm pretty dang excited that I finally got to do it.

Of course their birds turned out a bit better than mine, but I still like them!  And they really are pretty easy to make.  

I tried to make one about a year ago just for fun, and it did not turn out all that great:
 It's just slightly lumpy and not real great looking.

But after making this bird is when I figured out that you don't need to put any stuffing in the tail. I did stuff the tail of that first bird I made and it makes a BIG difference in how it looks if you don't stuff it.

From the pictures of the original mobile you can see that they did not stuff their tails, but I didn't pay much attention to that I guess.

So this time, I did not stuff the tails and they turned out SO much better... Plus I used cuter fabric so that always helps :)

I ended up with a few extra birds so I threw them in the toy bucket I've got going on along with the ABC book and baby blocks.

So here is the finished project!  It was hard to take good pictures because of how busy the wall art is, but I like the way they look together:

The upside down bird was not intentional... I just could not get the crazy thing to balance right side up.  I actually kind of like it upside down, but Michael thinks it is "morbid".  Does it look like a dead bird, or just a bird hanging upside down??

And a couple with the lights on, just for fun :)


I am excited that the room is slowly coming together.  We've got more to do but lots of time to do it in, so we've definitely got a good start.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Nursery Wall Art

Our nursery doesn't have a specific theme, but I am using all Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow fabric for the decorating.  The colors are very gender neutral, but now that we know it's a girl I don't feel bad about using a few of his more flowery fabrics (and a couple from the Berry Palette!)

I wanted there to be some sort of art above the crib but I didn't know what to do for sure.

I saw this picture:

...when I was writing my last ''Nursery Ideas'' post and I thought that clouds would be really cute, but I wasn't going to put them right on the wall.

So I got two 20 x 24 canvases at Michaels and started painting some clouds.

Then I ironed on some fabric onto Heat 'n Bond just to make it all easier to cut out.  After I cut the clouds I left it on the Heat 'n Bond paper and then just used spray adhesive on the backs and stuck them onto the canvases.

(Here they are just laid out trying to decide where to glue them on.)

After that, I used Mod Podge over the entire canvas to make sure the clouds were completely attached.

THEN, I had an idea involving a strand of battery powered Christmas lights that I wasn't sure if I would do it or not, but I got brave and tried it anyways.

After some serious issues trying to drill through the wood on the back of the canvas for a a couple of lights to stick through, I ended up with this:

 I put a tiny bit of super glue around each hole on the back of the canvas before I poked each light through, then held them down for a little bit just to make sure they won't pop out.  For now the battery box is just sitting on that ledge, but I get to that in a minute.

And the other one...

The finished front:

And the other:

Are you ready for the lights??????????

And the other!
 This one was sitting in a bit of a shadow, but after I took the picture I didn't feel like correcting the lighting because you get to see what it looks like in the dark!

You can see the 4 ''extra'' lights just kind of randomly laying on the back of the cloud and I'm not sure I like that or not, but I'm not going to change it now.  It's definitely not a big deal, it just doesn't look like I imagined it would.

But I like them!  

Oh, except I completely missed the outline of the cloud at one part... I don't know how this happened:

Eh, oh well.

Now, I wanted to be able to turn the lights on and off without taking the canvas off of the wall.  So I wanted to cut a space into the wood on the back of the canvas big enough to put the battery pack in:

 I put a little bit of Gorilla Glue on each end of the pack, then wedged it in.

 Michael helped me cut these spaces, thank goodness, or I probably would've ended up cutting straight through the entire canvas.

And they're all done and hung up above the crib!

I'm happy we can get to the on/off switch for each one without moving the canvases, but it's a little sloppy on the bottom.  Oh well.  They work perfectly fine!

You can see the shape of the battery box through the front of this canvas, but I'm hoping that will smooth out eventually and that it's just from me pushing on it.

With the lights on!

(I might get some Command strips to stick onto the back of the canvases too.  With the cords from the lights it makes them stick away from the wall a little bit, but that might fix itself eventually too once they are hung there for a bit.)

I like them :)

I love them with the lights on, but I don't know how often they will actually be turned on.  It's still fun though, I think.