Tuesday, April 26, 2011

All snuggled and oh so sweet

Well, my newest nephew was born on April 12, weighing in at 10 pounds even and measuring 22.5 inches! I couldn't believe it! And, of course, he is the sweetest baby I have ever seen! I was able to drop by last week to visit and had the chance to snuggle him in the coccoon I made him. I just HAD to! He fits perfectly and still has some room to grow in it. Too bad he is a spring/summer baby. Truth be told, I wasn't thinking that far ahead when I decided to make it. He got really warm, really fast in it but he just looked so sweet that I had to take a picture.
Have you ever spent time making something from scratch for someone else? Spent time finding just the right materials in just the right colors. Spent blood sweat and sometimes tears making this gift just right? Then find that very gift a few months later in the bottom of that persons closet, in the dog house, or worse- peeking out of the trash?? This has happened to me a time or two. Thankfully, Megan is not that person. When I went over the burp towels were out and obviously being used. The puppy dog blanket was folded in his bassinet. Then she showed me the hospital pictures and there was my dinosaur onesie!! I'm not sure about anyone else but when my first baby was born I painstakingly went through all her cutest outfits to find just the right one for her to wear for her first picture. And to see my onesie on Nathan in his first picture filled me up with joy! Silly, I know, but it did. I can tell you now that whatever Megan wants me to make her, I will do it with a smile. Please, if anyone actually reads this blog, let me know what you think and if this has ever happened to you. I'm just curious to hear someone elses horror story. Or even the good ones!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

T-shirt Dress

I found three of these shirts for 50 cents in February and snagged them with shirt dresses in mind. This is what I came up with. I bought a yard each of two different green fabrics, matching each green as closely as I could with the shirts, and Voila! Tshirt dresses for Mil and two of her cousins! 

Gifts for Baby Nathan

For my sister-in-laws baby shower I wanted to go all out and I definantly did that. Hehe! I found an awesome tutorial at Made and I just had to try it. Not only was it easy but it turned out so cute that I wanted to keep it! I found this really cute dinosaur fabric in the remnants bin at Walmart and mixed it with blue, brown, and orange for the layers.

Before I washed it.
Just after the first wash and dry.
All done!

This was the first time I had ever used a satin blanket binding and while doable it was not as easy as everybody makes it seem.

In fact, I had so much fun making this one that I just had to do it again! Another trip to the remnants bin and I found this puppy dog fabric, perfect for a little boy! This time I paired it with red, brown, and blue and I made it bigger. I used brown courduroy for the binding.

 To finish off the gift I grouped everything together in sets. For the dino set I made the blanket, an appliqued onesie, two burp towels, and a pair of booties made from a Simplicity pattern. I had forgotten just how small booties were!

I didn't have nearly as much puppy fabric so I settled with just the blanket, booties, and onesie.

I put everything together in a green bucket and wrapped it in clear wrapping paper. 

Meg got lots of super cute stuff at her shower but these things were oohhhd and aaahhhd over the most! While not my intention, it did feel pretty good.

A coccoon for my newest nephew

My sister in law is pregnant with my next nephew and I just had to make a coccoon for him. In fact, she is in labor right now and I'll be able to meet him really soon! Yay!! Anyway, I did a lot of searching for free patterns that I didn't get bored with easily. Hard to do when you're making something in the round. I stumbled upon Suzies Stuff, a blog with ssssoooo many great patterns that I quickly found myself making a to-crochet list. I used her Wavy Sleep Sack and Cap pattern and boredom was never an issue. I did change it up a bit by crocheting in the back loop of the first round of each color. I wanted the sack to have a bit of texture, as well as a definite right and wrong side. This worked out way better than I ever dreamed it would and I can't wait to see him snuggled in it!