Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Too Many T-Shirts

In the extravaganza of packing and moving I discovered that I have entirely too many t-shirts. They're all my high school and college shirts that I want to keep, but I most likely will not wear again. Today while William and I were out and about I stopped into this quilt shop, valli & Kim, out in Dripping Springs near my parents place. They have tons of beautiful fabric and notions, and I found this awesome book about t-shirt quilts.

It has several tips on how to make your t-shit quilt uniquely you and not the run of the mill kind you see everywhere. There are even a couple patterns for making a t-shirt quilt out of baby clothes! I cannot wait till we get moved into our new place so that I can get started on a t-shirt quilt out of William's baby shirts.

In the store they also have these amazing sewing machine tables, and I absolutely fell in love with them. They are both beautiful but the pistachio green one is my favorite. I think the scallops are super fun and girly, and I would love to have a permanent home for my sewing machine. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012


We'll it has been a busy week. We visited my parents at the beginning of the week, Jeff is in Houston working, and now I'm trying to get packed for our big move. The worst part about packing is when you get down to all the little random stuff.

I've gotten most of the house packed up. I am stalling on packing my sewing supplies up because i want to bust out another project before we move, but I don't think that's going to happen :(

Here is the mountain of boxes!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Adventures in Cloth Diapering

We have been going back and fourth with cloth diapering since we brought William home from the hospital. When he was a newborn, we cloth diapered him and it worked out great for a couple of weeks.
     William rocking a green Lil'Joey newborn diaper from Rumparooz. I loved that these had the inner gussets like disposables have. They worked great for his little booty.

     William in a GroVia newborn diaper. These also worked great but I think the Lil'Joeys were my favorite newborn diapers.
    Despite how great the newborn cloth diapers were we ran into a few issues that caused us to stray away from cloth:
    1. At that point in time, I had about 8 newborn sized cloth diapers. They worked great but we just didn't have enough. 
    2. I was way too tired to be doing laundry all the time because we only had 8 newborn sized cloth diapers.
    Needless to say we got into the routine of using disposables (YUCK!) and it stuck for a while. Here and there I would put William in a GroVia shell and insert, but I didn't have a diaper sprayer at the time so it didn't work out too great.

    Now that William has gotten older he has been having TERRIBLE issues with diaper rash. He had a yeast rash about a month ago and recently his poor little butt was so raw that just changing his diaper caused him pain. That was the turning point for me; seeing my poor baby scream because of this terrible rash on his booty literally made me cry.

     Currently he is sound asleep in a Rumparooz pocket diaper with both inserts. Our stash of fluff still isn't fantastic but it is slowly but surely growing. I'll be posting more cloth diapering adventures as we encounter them.

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

    I Love Him

    William is becoming such a big boy. It has only been 9 months and I just cannot believe how fast the time has flown by. He is already crawling and pulling up on everything; it's only a matter of time before he starts walking!

    Right now he is peeking around my computer smiling at me, and it just makes my heart melt. He brings such joy to my life and I cannot even imagine a day without seeing his adorable nearly toothless smile.

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    Mirror Makeover

     The same weekend that I was in Austin for the Country Living Fair I picked up an amazing old mirror from an antique shop by my parents house. I even got to use my haggling skills and saved $5!

    I had been searching for a mirror like this for a long time, but I could never find one that fit my budget. This one was just what I had been looking for, super cute and only $15 after my awesome haggling.

    The mirror had some funky green stains on it, but once I cleaned it up and sanded it you couldn't really notice them. 

    Originally I was just going to paint the mirror this ivory color, but with how light the color was you could see the seams in the frame. Seeing the seams really bothered me, so I decided to paint it a dark brown color.

    My little man keeping me company! I love him so much :)

    After the first coat of brown paint. I used Martha Stewart Metallic paint that I found at Home Depot and it turned out super cute. The metallic effect is very understated and turned out beautiful!

    I toyed with the idea of putting a poly coat on after I painted it, but I love the look that I ended up with just the two coats of paint. So rich and chocolatey, and what girl doesn't love chocolate!

    William loves to admire himself in the mirror. He's proud of his mommy's craftiness! I love how simple and fast this project was. I was able to finish most of it during William's afternoon nap.

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    Sneak Peek

    Here is a quick little peek at a project I just started planning. All I have is a drawing right now, but I'm feeling good about this one.

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    Sprocket Pillow

    A while ago I came across these amazing sprocket pillows one day while Stumbling. I found them worthy of a thumbs up and continued about my Stumbling; it wasn't until I started using Pinterest that I remembered how much I liked these pillows.

    A couple weeks ago I made one for William and I'm finally posting about it! (I know I'm terrible at posting frequently, but I'm trying :D ). I'm not posting a tutorial for this project because Allison over at Cluck Cluck Sew has an amazing one right here.

    I love how colorful this turned out! I made the smaller of the two patterns and it is the perfect size for William to play with. He loves to fiddle with the big button in the center :)

    He is such a happy little boy, and he loves having his picture taken!

    I had some scrap fabric from the backing of the quilt I made for my nephew Jack, and I used it for the circumference of the pillow. It turned out wonderfully and makes the pillow extra comfy!

    Friday, May 4, 2012

    Country Living Fair

    This past weekend my mom, grandma, and I ventured out to the Country Living Fair in Austin. We bought the weekend pass which turned out to be a great deal because the second day my grandma was worn out so my dad decided to go with us on Saturday. And of course little William was there too.

    We had a great time at the fair and walked way with some pretty amazing finds. Our first day there, I found a lid for my mom's Toms Peanut jar and my mom found a super cute baby plate that has a music box as a base. Day two I remembered my camera, so I was able to snap some pictures of some of the fabulous booths that were there.

    As you can see it was pretty busy. I felt bad a few times because I ran over a couple people with William's stroller. On the second day, my Dad found some 100 year old barn door castors and I bought some delicious pumpkin bread,a Country Living Fair t-shirt, and my Mom found a cute pillow.

    I fell in love with these chairs by Happy Chair! They are so amazingly adorable and actually quite comfortable too. I would love to have one of these as a reading chair!

    This vintage thread box is absolutely amazing but the $600 the sellers wanted for it was not amazing :(

    These rolling pins caught my eye and I just had to take a picture of them. I love the colorful handles and the way they displayed them in a wine rack. 

    My Dad spotted this first and the instant I saw it I got excited! Jeff and I watch History channel all the time and we love Ricks Restoration. The only other place I have seen one of these stamp vending machines was on that show! I thought this was so cool and I really wanted to get it, but I couldn't think of a place we could put it.

    This booth had some really awesome things and the woman working the booth is an Aggie class of '76! We had an awesome conversation and I am excited to head to Giddings and check out the store where all these goodies are normally! 

    My parents having a great time! My Mom fell in love with this little house and wanted to take a picture in front of it with my Dad.

    Last but not least, William being the little cutie that he is! He did such a good job on both days, and he loved all the attention that he got!