Showing posts with label sister. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sister. Show all posts

an OWL nursery

5.15.2012

My soon-to-be nephew, Asa, is coming in August and I've offered to help with the nursery fixin's!

J & S have decided on a yellow/gray nursery theme with owl accents. Here is their inspiration photo. Lovely, huh? I heart these colors together!!!


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Before I knew the nursery or gender details, I did know about the owls, so I have been collecting DIY owl ideas as I came across them. So much fun! Once they found out it was a boy and that the colors were yellow and gray, I decided to make a little owl lovey for Asa.

Here's the tutorial from Make it and Love it. Hers is more plush, but I used mostly felt because I was on a budget. And it's still soft and sweet.

I found a remnant of yellow felt at JoAnns - 50% off. Score! So I used that for the main body pieces (because the squares you can buy are too small). At Hobby Lobby I picked up a 25 cent sheet of gray for the wings and orange for the beak/feet. The green came from the scrap bag.


The directions were fairly easy to follow and I stuffed him full of batting leftover from my headboard project. It was flat batting and even though I tore it into manageable pieces - I still thought he was a little lumpy. Not too bad though. Gotta use what you have!


What a loveable lovey. I can't wait for Asa to pose with him!! :-)


Finally, I'm waist deep in nursery sewing projects. Instead of sewing for the nursery over the trip, I actually sewed for Jenn (a shortened a gown and sewed in curtain linings) and brought home the chevron nursery fabric instead. It's probably for the best, so I can just take my time and not feel rushed to finish in 4 days. We're making the crib sheets, skirts and bumper all based on the inspiration photo below.

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We're also sewing pillows and curtains. I'm finished with one sheet (thanks to MADE) and just beginning the crib skirt. Lots more sewing to do!

When the nursery sewing projects are more complete, I'll update my progress in pictures and then feature the whole nursery later this summer.

I'm psyched. Totally.

Graduation Festivities

5.14.2012

It felt like a whirlwind trip last weekend. It really wasn't, but with graduation activities thrown into the mix, there was a lot to do!

Jenn and Shawn have just moved into their new home, are expecting a baby boy in August, and have lots to do to get ready. Graduating was just one of them.

Actually, it was a huge accomplishment. Congrats, sister!!

Here are a few pictures from the special ceremonies.

We spotted Jenn right away and tried numerous ways of taking her picture in the crowd while we waited to cheer her across the stage (acoustics were bad, mildly put.)  Most of our attempts were in vain.


Ladybug did exceptionally great despite cramped gym balcony bleacher conditions, lots of sweaty people (including us) and boring graduation speakers. Grammi kept her loaded with distractions, food and lots of clapping.


Here's the graduate walking across the stage!! Hip, hip, hooray!



And posing outside for some pretty pictures.


Yaaay for graduating!!


(And, the obliging sister pic.)


Love you Jenn! So glad we could be there to celebrate this HUGE moment in your life. I'm so proud of you!!

*sewing*

5.02.2012

So, I've taken my sewing machine into the shop twice in the last few days - it's been doing the same (frustrating) thing -- pulling the stinking fabric down into the feed and then the thread gets all tangled inside and the needle is pulled so tight, I can't even move it.

FRUSTRATING.

Turns out, my extra bobbins are too tall. They are Singer bobbins and I need a different kind for my Kenmore. WHO knew!? I thought bobbins were standard. Geez. What a pain.

Anyway, over the weekend, I finally finished my fourth little pair of bloomers for Ladybug. Here they are, black, white, pink and blue.




Love!!

The girl and I are leaving tomorrow to celebrate a special sister's graduation from nursing school. She did it!! She's officially an R.N.! Congrats to her because she worked her butt off for the last two years - and we all know how wonderful a nurse she'll be.


Also, we get to see the baby belly in person, visit their new house, and do some sewing for the new nursery.

They're having a boy, did I mention that?? Ooooo! I'm so excited.

Okay, okay.  Signing off until next week.

Au Revoir!