Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Minute In My Life Monday

A Day in my Life? How About a Minute?

I am standing about 8 inches away from my very large TV. Why so close? This is the only way I can even partially hear it. I have been trying to catch the end of this movie for a few days now. The baby is slamming his toy on the windowsill while he screams as loud as he can some random baby babble. As for the dogs, well they are running in circles barking at the air like fools, this is pretty normal. I am using my new gift that came with motherhood and tuning all this noise out in hopes of being able to listen to the last minute of this movie. A movie that I have already re-wound a number of times in the past half hour alone.

While standing there trying to watch the end of this movie, I realize that this is probably the only moment in the day, if not the week, that I will not be holding my baby. So I take advantage of the few seconds I have and pull out my pony tail holder and let my hair down. I try to finger comb out the gigantic knot that has developed in my hair. Keep in mind my hair is still falling out in huge globs since giving birth. Finger combing is not putting much of a dent in the gigantic  knot. I started thinking about how I got this nasty knot in my hair... again this year. Something that has been occurring ever since having the little man.

Yesterday when the baby was in my arms, naked he had a number two type of accident. So the two of us jumped into the shower. I was so concerned with getting us sanitized that I forgot to remove my pony tail and wash my hair. Then when we got out of the shower I realized we only had one clean towel! DAMN IT! I thought as I dried the baby with the only towel. I whipped my hair into a bun while I dripped dried. I pulled my clothes on to my wet body holding a squirming baby. Simultaneously yelling at his Dad “stop that damn drumming, you need to watch this baby so I can start some laundry”. Obviously someone needed to start a load of towels and baby Daddy had told me his hands will fall off if he has to do this.

DAMN IT AGAIN! I totally lose track of the movie, again while I was thinking back on how I got this stupid knot in my hair. So as I try to bang the battery section on the back of the remote; so I can rewind. I notices a big wad of hair accumulating in my hands from my finger combing. Deciding that I was getting know where fast with that and opted to put my hair back up. Something other than the TV caught my eye. Shocking as I was standing right in front of a HUGE TV. You see we live on the side of a mountain and have a wall that is all windows; I guess the idea with that is so you can always have a great view of the mountains. But that is not what caught my eye. It was my extremely handsome man who was outside the wall of windows. Well actually his arms are what caught my eye, he was loading his drums into his truck, I guess this takes some muscle flexing. Just as I was admiring him and thinking about all my love for him. The TV quickly tuned out and the sounds of the dogs barking and the baby yelling all came rushing back to me. They were loud, so loud that I can’t believe I had them tuned out. I realized that the baby was yelling DAAADY!. Ahhh, now I know why they were all being so loud. They were all trying to get Daddy’s attention through the window. I noticed he was oblivious to the family trying to get his attention from inside the house. I picked up the baby and noticed the TV… the credits were playing.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Display Your New Born Hat, On A Pillow?

A unique way to display and use your babies new born hats and burp cloths.  Make a pillow!

I got these burp cloths when I was pregnant.  They were so cute and soft I could not resist.  That was before I knew what was really needed in burp cloths and promptly switched to cloth diapers for a burp cloth like all the other Mom's out there.  I just loved these little ones that I had thought, because they are so cute and soft.  I looked at them trying to figure out what I could make with them and thought, PILLOW?!

Ok here we go

What you need
Filling(Often find good deals at thrift stores)
Two sided burp cloth
Seam Ripper

Step 1
Get to seam ripping, make a small hole to put your filling in.  I had to remove a tag so I used the spot that the tag was located.

Step 2
Stuff your soon to be pillow, fill it up very well so it wont flatten out when your baby lays on it.
Step 3
Pin the little hole and stitch it closed with a needle and thread
A little liquid stitch will help prevent the old thread from unraveling, JUST A DAB!
You could use the glue to close the pillow if you are especially lazy

Step 4
This step is optional in your pillow making process.
Attach your cute matching New Born hat to what ever side of your pillow you like.  I could not decide, so I pined it to both sides and looked and thought and looked and thought.  I chose the blue side and I did not have a thread that I liked so I used a few stitches on the bottom layer of the hat for the photos.  If I had the correct thread I would use a Whipstitch.

And that is it! A super easy way to make a pillow and show of a baby hat of yours!  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial

And the other side...

Monday, June 25, 2012

Polka Dot Shoe Refashion

How to Refashion Your Shoes into Bright Polka Dot Shoes

One day when I was being super productive researching important things on Pintrest, I came across this shoe , it was pinned by Amy Anderson of Mof Podge Rocks(She always has the best pins!) I loved the pair and looked into buying them.  The shoe is made by Poetic Licence and they make a bunch of cute shoes, however this one was sold out. When I saw the price on the other ones and took into consideration that I don't have a job and have a new baby and a bad back... I thought maybe I should try and make them!  So I did and I am going to show you how did it, so you can make them too!  Ok then lets get started!

This is the picture that I pinned

I got pretty close with this one

Before and after, I am so proud of this..can you tell?

Ok lets get going with the tutorial

What you need
Shoe with a strap
spray paint
spray primer
acrylic paint
lacquer sealer(gloss)
Round sponge brushes
small paint brush

Steps 1-3
The easy steps

1. Tape the shoes with painters tape making sure to cover any place you don't want to spray paint.

2. Spray with primer.

3. Paint.  I did 3 very thin coats(Thin coats help prevent drips)

*Tip- Primer is not always unnecessary but it helps the paint to stick better, look better last longer and  helps with drastic color changes. So you don't have to use it.  The thing is if you skip this step and find that it was needed you will have a long road of sanding and crying.  So to be on the safe side, take the extra time to prime your shoes.

Step 4
Paint the dots

Paint the big pink and white dots. I used these awesome things to do my dot painting with.  I had to order mine because we don't have a craft store for 45 miles.  I ordered a mixed pack and I was so impressed with them, I don't think I will go back to using the black ones for painting.  A round stamp or something like that might also work. Just be sure to dip it in the paint then a practice stamp on paper to get rid of the excess, then on the shoe.

*Tip- If any of your spots turn out like this(see photo below)Touch them up with a paint brush.

Step 5
Hand paint the little dots on the strap
I think the little dots are my favorite part
The inspiration had cute little dots on the strap.  I used a small paint brush and dipped it in white paint then right on to the shoe(no getting rid of the excess on paper)

Step 6(I know this tutorial has a lot more steps than my usual easy tutorials, but were almost done)
Paint with a clear coat of Mod Podge, I used a gloss to make the shoes nice and shiny!
This helps to seal the acrylic paint onto the spay paint so it want chip off as well as giving a gloss to the finish
                                                 JUST LOOK AT THAT SHINE!

Ok I thought I done and went in to my yard taking a bunch of photos, excited to type up my post.  When I up loaded the pictures and looked at them I though what is that uuugly button?

Last step, step 7
Attach a button
I chose a button from my stash that looked most like the inspiration picture.  I just cut of the old button and hot glued the new one down.  Depending on what your shoe looks like, you may have to get a little creative on how to attach it.

Well friends that is it!  Its pretty simple to fallow the steps.  You just need to talk you time with the painting.  Making sure you don't over load your brush because that will deform your dots.  You want to use a nice spray paint like I did to help prevent any drips. I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions please ask!
It was such a nice day that I got carried away with my photos

Well friends thank you for looking


Monday, June 18, 2012

Baby Gown Refashion, Make new baby PJ's out of old ones

How to refashion a baby gown into a new pair of baby pajamas

How to make this baby short set out of a baby gown 
Today's tutorial is a very easy baby gown refashion.  I am going to show you step by step how to make an old baby gown into new baby short and top set.  My little man loves it!(I can read his mind)
Before a size 0-3month gown, after 12 month short set

I know that the thought of having to sew somthing can be intemadating.  It can lead you in a quest of "the No-sew-refashions"  I try and post a lot of them, to help ease you intimidated seamstresses into the idea of having to sew.  Well this project dose require some sewing and no you probably can't get away with stitch witchery.  Believe me it will only take you 5 minuets with a needle and thread, you can do it.

Ok lets get started then!

You will Need
I love how soft this is, but baby T hated that he can't crawl in it
 I picked a baby gown that had soft fabric that would work perfect for the baby to sleep in with out getting over heated.  I used one that said size 0-3 and it refashioned in a size 12 month.

Step 1
Lay a top that has a length you like and a pair of shorts that fit your baby well on top of the baby gown.  Put the waist of the shorts at the elastic on the bottom of the gown(this elastic will become the top of the shorts) Mark with chalk under the top.

Step 2


Step 3
Make a small cut in the new shorts, pin and sew(the sewing was so minimal I did it by hand!)  It was only about 20 stitches!That means that you, yes you can do it!

Step 4
Fold up the arms and legs to make the appropriate length for your baby.  Put a few stitches in the folds to help keep the hems up.  I then used a little piece of the old trim as a embellishment on the sleeves.(see below) * Safety Tip When adding anything to baby clothing be sure to stitch it very well and always check that it is still stitched down well when laundering the garment.
For safety make sure to sew down anything you put on baby clothing VERY well and check often for loose threads.
Now his legs are free to crawl, he loved staying up late with me taking pictures.
This picture is so funny, He was very happy to show of the new jammies

He sure had fun being my model for the day! 
Thank you so much for looking at my blog today.  I love you for it!  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment, That way I know people are actually reading this.  If you have any questions ask away!