Thursday, June 28, 2012

DIY car seat canopy

After seeing this product in the stores and then seeing this link on how to make one, I decided to try my hand at making one for myself.
To me, it seems like a good idea because:
a) It can help protect my little bundle from the sauna that is Virginia
b) It can keep him completely covered in case of rain, etc.
c) It can help prevent disturbances if he's sleeping
d) It can help prevent the buckles from getting too hot when he's not in it

All you need in order to make one is:
- a piece of fabric large enough to cover your car seat
- ribbon or coordinating strips of fabric
- velcro
- 20 minutes of your time

I am using a large piece of plaid fabric, large bais tape I already had on hand, and adhesive velcro.
(My fun piece of plaid fabric was gifted to me all the way from Washington state by Meegan. One thing I truly love about blogging and the cyber world in general is being able to interact with and meet people that I wouldn't normally be able to. Meegan befriended me through my etsy shop and we quickly bonded over our love of vintage. A few weeks ago I received a sweet package in the mail with this fabric and a few other vintage things for Grady's room. Thanks, Meegs - it was just the piece of fabric I needed!)

The first step is to finish all the edges of your fabric. If you want to skip this step, this project can be done using an existing blanket.
 Then, take your fabric strips and adhere one side of your velcro to each strip.

Take the coordinating part of the velcro and adhere it to the opposite side and opposite end of your fabric strip. You are wanting it to form a loop once it is attached.

Next, place your fabric over your carseat and pin the fabric strips where you want the loops to attach to the handle.

Sew around the border of the velcro on one side of your strip.
Note: If you use adhesive velcro, be careful not to sew into the velcro - the adhesive will ruin your needle. Lesson learned.

Then all you do is loop each strip around the handle of your car seat and you have yourself a canopy!

Makes for easy access to peek at your little guy.

Or fold it back completely when you don't need it.

I'd say that was 20 minutes well-spent.

If you think this sounds like a good idea, but don't feel like making one, you can always buy one like this.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

blanketed in love

Several years ago my mother-in-law, Tammy, gifted me me some vintage tablecloths from her swoon-worthy collection. One of the ones she gave me never made it's way to the table, but seeing it recently as I was putting away other linens sparked an idea for a way I could put it to good use.

It's gray and white and is clad with vintage modes of transportation - hot air balloons, carriages, steam boats, trains and covered wagons. Kind of perfect for Grady's room theme. So, I decided to make a blanket!
I dug through the pile of receiving blankets that were generously handed down to me and picked out four different shades of blue.

Then I measured the size of the table cloth and then cut the receiving blankets into four squares that could make up the reverse side of the blanket.

Once the squares were cut, I pinned them together and sewed them.

Then I ironed the seams flat.

To attach the receiving blanket side to the tablecloth, I just folded the edge of the tablecloth over and sewed.

This created a nice finished border on the reverse side.

Lastly, in order to keep the two pieces from ballooning apart, I used some embroidery thread to secure the four corners of the inside square.

And now Grady has an awesome floor blanket to play on!

Because one side of the blanket is made of a linen tablecloth, I never anticipated it to be a snuggly blanket for him. I see it as a good floor blanket to protect him from being covered in dog hair or one that I could use outside for him to play on.

For his snuggly blanket, I went straight to the source of blanket greatness - Mon Tresor.
You may remember that I did some branding for her not too long ago, and I thought ahead to do a little bartering of services. Now Grady has a beautiful, personalized blanket and I can't wait to wrap him up in it! Stephanie does such a beautiful job - I gave her my ideal colors and she totally delivered.
Be sure to visit her etsy shop if you're in the market for a one-of-a-kind baby blanket!

Now all these blankets need is the baby!
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Monday, June 25, 2012

baby's first outfits

When I hit 36 weeks, Josh got serious about getting our hospital bags packed.
And because he knows I like to wait until the last possible second to do things, he requested that I do it now. The last thing he wants to be is unprepared.
And while I was kind of floundering wondering what to pack for myself, I had a lot of fun picking out clothes for my little guy to wear when he makes his debut.

His hospital photo outfit was an easy pick as I had bought those newborn seersucker pants with his first photo in mind. But in order to complete the outfit, I needed to make him a little bowtie.
Using the same technique I used to make Baxter's bowtie, I found and yellow gingham napkin in my fabric drawer and whipped up this sweet little thing in a couple of minutes.

I velcroed it to one of his newborn onesies so that I could take it on and off for washing.

And that completed the outfit.

So, I'm all set for what to bring for Grady, but tell me, what do I really need to bring for me?!
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Restoration Hardware Knock-off Curtains

You know how sometimes you'll see something on pinterest and want to buy it really bad until it leads you to the Restoration Hardware website where it costs $220? 
Exhibit A.
Curtains for G's room

I saw this picture and thought these curtains would be perfect for Grady's nursery.
Until I got to the RH website and saw they cost $109 per panel. Yes, per panel.
Then they were whatever the opposite of perfect is. Un-perfect.

But, they didn't look so $109 special that I couldn't try to make them myself.
Two cream curtain panels for $20 from Target and leftover gray linen from my faux roman shades was all it took.

I cut my gray fabric into matching stripes.

Ironed and sewed the edges.

Figured out where I wanted to place my stripes on the curtains.

Got out my stitch witchery to avoid two seams on my stripes.

Ironed/adhered my stripes.

And then admired my Restoration Hardware Knock-off's.

Today marks my self-imposed deadline for Grady's nursery - one month from his due date.
Save for a few minor touch-ups, I am declaring his nursery officially done. Just barely making that deadline, that's how I roll.
Let's hope Grady follows suit and comes on or before his due date!!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

perfect pina colada party punch

This is my favorite punch recipe. It was originally made by my friend Jessica for Kerry's shower, and then my friends made it for my shower, and last week I made it for my friend Vanessa's shower.

It's definitely a crowd pleaser and oh-so delicious.

Here's what you need:
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple
1 (8 oz. ) can coconut cream
1 (48 fl. oz) can pineapple juice
1 (2 L) bottle of lemon-lime soda

In a large container, combine ice cream, crushed pineapple, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. 
Mix well and slowly stir in lemon-lime soda. 
Freeze for 4 hours or until slushy.

Serve up and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from here.
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