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Cloth Diapers: Part 2

I'm planning a more detailed post on this whole sewing my own diapers thing I've got going on but until then, here are a few photos of a few more I just finished up:Nighttime prefolds/inserts made from Organic Hemp and Flannel on the outside and Zorb in the middle:A super cute animal diaper made from fabric I've been hoarding in my stash for years:A more girly toile diaper:And my personal fave, a diaper made from an old t-shirt:With Tim and Faith on the bum!!!

Mini Nursery Update

I've been on a roll with the nursery projects lately.  The fact that I only have 9 weeks to go (which could easily turn into 6 if Baby Sister decides to copy her big brother and arrive three weeks early) has me on a serious mission to get stuff done...  Add in all the cloth diapers I still have to sew, a gift for our newest little niece that I need to work on (plus another niece arriving in a few weeks) and my to-do list keeps getting longer even though I'm crossing things off every chance I get!Here are a few more projects I finished up over the weekend....First, I tackled the crib and made a crib skirt and some slipcovers for the ends of the crib (one end is plexiglass with red, blue and yellow balloons that didn't quite fit in with the look I'm going for).  I made the skirt the right length so that when the mattress is eventually on it's lowest setting the skirt will just touch the floor.  The slipcovers for the ends are just long pieces of fabric with a bit of …

3.5 + 1

LP is a month past being 3 and a half.  If I was still counting by months he'd be 43 months.  Yikes!  And he's been saying and doing some funny (and some not so funny) things lately that I wanted to share since I haven't done an LP update in quite a while...LP is very excited about having a baby sister.  His current favorite name for her is Jessie, but he previously suggested Molly, Slinky Dog, Potato Head, and Baby.  I think Paul and I will go a different route.He and Gabby are still the very best of friends.  Especially if there's water involved.  They LOVE to play in the hose together.  At a recent birthday party he finally conquered his fear of the bouncy house.  He still isn't interested in the bouncy slide but at least he was in there jumping around with everyone instead of standing on the outside saying he wanted to do it and then changing his mind ten times.LP is so easygoing around other people which is great.  We've had quite a few birthday parties to…

Nursery Update: Part 2

More than a year ago I saw a post on Bloesem Living about the home of a woman living in Amsterdam.  Among the photos of her home was this fabulous shot of a wall mural she had done inspired by a cross stitch pattern.  I immediately clicked over to her blog, Eline Pellinkhof, to try to find out more.  And of course, I pinned it to my home dec board on Pinterest.  When we found out that this baby was a girl I immediately knew I wanted to do a vintage/sewing inspired nursery and knew that the cross stitch mural would be perfect.  And so yesterday, I finally had a chance to tackle the project.I spent some time online finding just the right cross stitch pattern and then picked up some small bottles of craft paint the last time I was at Michael's.  Yesterday morning I started by drawing out the grid on the wall using a level and some chalk.  I decided to make it easier on myself and just use the width of the level as the size of each square.  This part took a while, I won't lie, but…

More Projects...

So aside from redoing our deck (hmm... guess I owe some pictures of the finished project!), putting new tile and a toilet in the downstairs bathroom, and the constant work on our yard/garden we've been working on slowly getting the nursery finished up for Baby Sister.  Here's where we stand now:
It's starting to get there!  The rug we purchased is ties the blue and pink together perfectly.  The dresser and nightstand have been painted (and are awaiting some drawer pulls), and I started work on the crib skirt.  Once I get it a little more presentable I'll share more detailed photos but it's starting to look really great!We've also decided to cloth diaper Baby Sister this time around.  I'd wanted to with LP but with the whole first time parenting thing, breastfeeding, and going back to work I just couldn't get it together to really go for it.  This time around though I only go back to work for about a month (just long enough to clean out my office before I…

35 and Counting!

Today is my parents' 35th wedding anniversary.   And those 35 years have been full of love for each other and for us kids. Here they are at their wedding- this was the entire wedding party and all of the guests.  Small event!Looking very late 70's cool leaving the ceremony:And quite relaxed at their backyard reception a few days later:Here's Mom and Dad visiting good friends in France.  I'm guessing late 80's or early 90's on this one!This would be late 90's I think, during my college years:And a somewhat more recent one from 2005:Along with one at my wedding to Paul (in the same church where my parents were married!):My parents are, one could say, a serious case of opposites attract.  Mom is outgoing, a bit crazy (in a good way!), goofy, intense, and loves to seek out new things and go new places.  Dad is quieter, more reserved (although he does have a wicked sense of humor- sarcasm, mostly), and is quite content with life just the way it is.  But in 35 ye…

I Heart Faces- "Enjoying Life"

This month at I ♥ Faces  the theme is "Enjoying Life." The first picure that came to mind is one I snapped of my dad getting a little wild on the dance floor at my youngest brother's wedding... My dad is generally pretty reserved but put him on a dance floor with good music, friends and family and he really lets loose!
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