Monday, February 25, 2013

Fabrics For Sale

As I mentioned last week I have some fabric that I intended to use for the baby's room that I no longer need. 
The first fabric is from the now discontinued Anna Griffin by Windham Fabrics Alix Collection Greek Key Squares.  I think the color name is blue?  Width is 44".  The blue is a beautiful color and the fabric is super soft.  Color is most accurate in first picture. 

I have 10 yards total, but they are in 3 cuts.  I don't want to cut into the fabric but I would be willing to split up the already cut fabric, but you should just buy the whole group since it is basically 2 yards for free!

*The first cut is 2 yards & 5.5" or a little over 2 1/8 yards. $17 includes shipping. 
*The second cut is right at 2 yards. $17 includes shipping. 
*The third cut is 6 yds & 8.5" almost 6 1/4 yds.  $45 includes shipping. 

Or I will sell all 3 cuts for $60 with free shipping. 

First come first serve basis.  If you are interested or want more pictures, email me at and I will send you a paypal invoice.

I decided to throw in another fabric that I have sitting around that needs a new home to love on it.  I bought this last year with intentions for some new pillows for our bedroom.  3 1/2 yds of Kravet Portfolio Treads color Asphalt.  It is 100% linen, 54" wide, and 12.5" up the roll repeat.

It has just sat in the closet and in the mean time I've moved onto something else.  I did buy it as "seconds" but the only flaw I can find are these small punch holes in the selvage.  3 total.  No big deal because the selvage never even shows. 

I have 3 1/2 yards and will part with it all in ONE piece for $55 includes shipping.  It retails for $28.95 a yard.  If you are interested or want more pics email me at and I will send you a paypal invoice.

Let me know if you have any questions!  Fabrics are from a smoke free home but we do have a dog.  They have been sitting in a closet since day one and since dogs don't have opposable thumbs to open doors I wouldn't be too worried about them being exposed to her :)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Nursery Plans

When I found out that we were having a baby my brain froze in the nursery dept.  I had bought some fabric a couple of years ago for a boy or girl and I still love it but when we found out boy I was wanting something more manly.

I had bought some fabric last year for living room pillows but that didn't work out so my thought was to use it in the baby's room.  Then I started feeling bad because the room would look more like a living room instead of a baby room, so I switched back to the original fabric.  But then I wasn't loving that and did I really want to waste money and time on something I didn't love, even if it was just for a few years?  Back to the more mature fabric we went and this is where we are today.

The walls have been painted Smokestack Gray by Benjamin Moore, the background of this board.  It is a pretty color, the perfect amount of blue. We were going to go almost white but then this paint card fell out of my paint deck and it was perfect.  I think God was telling me to paint the room dark so the baby will sleep better so I will be a nicer parent and person so then I will be more of a light for God if I'm not as tired and grumpy, right?

1) Crib Skirt fabric is Kravet Bansuri Slate.  I think I only have enough for a crib skirt and I'm using this method. Should I line it? I'm not doing a bumper.

2) Shade fabric is Braemore Spice Market Ikat Putty.  I haven't decided if I am doing roman shades or adhering to roller shades.
I haven't decided on a panel fabric yet if I do the roller shades.

3) Crib is a Jenny Lind crib that my sister bought for us several years ago.  I was originally wanting to paint it a color but with this nursery plan it looks best white. 

4) The Chair oh the chair. The chair that Eric really really wants is so dang expensive.  We have a lot of time to decide so this one is still up in the air.  The chair pictured is one I like it's the Nava by Best Home Furnishings and about a 1/3 of the price.  Turns out that money isn't the biggest factor in this decision space is. I'll probably post more about this in the next few weeks.

5) The light fixture is one I picked up at the thrift store a few years ago for $6!  It does need a plate at the bottom of the light to cover wires but I hope that can be fixed with a trip to the lighting store.  The antique brass looks so good with the wall color. 

6) Pottery Barn wall bookshelf made by my daddy via these plans.

7) Threshold Jute Criss Cross Rug in 5x7 from Target.  Mine was only $33!

8) The dresser was purchased yesterday.  I was wanting something a little darker but when I saw this little guy I knew the clean lines would be perfect.  The best part- the drawers work great and we got it for $50 off!  I'm not sure if the changing pad and diapers etc will fit on top so I may look into getting one of these carts. ps don't look at the wall color around the dresser, it isn't accurate at all.

I am going to try to bring more babyness into the room with art so I'm looking around.  Everything I'm drawn to has a dog and I don't want to do that because I think his big boy room will be about dogs. I have a thing for old children's books so I may spend some time looking through them to see if they would be good art.  More updates coming soon- I hope.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Quilt For My Baby

Several weeks ago I went shopping with my sister for quilt fabric for the baby.  It was before we announced we are having a boy so I had to act like I was buying fabric for a friend's baby quilt, it worked. 
Unfortunately the store I bought the fabric from is closing, super sad because it is an awesome store.  But the good part is the fabric was 20% off. 
I wasn't really sure what fabric I wanted to use for MY baby's quilt.  There are about a million and one choices and having it be your own kid makes it even harder.  Hopefully this will be just the start of Dutch's quilt collection from his momma. 
In the end these are the fabrics I went with. My fav green color with tiny deer, a pretty aqua design, orange geo, light yellow and a grey dot.  Hopefully it will look ok, I didn't want it to be too baby because I want him to love this quilt forever but I didn't want it to be too manly because I am making it for him while dreaming about his baby life!

After picking out fabrics, the design was the other hold up.  I didn't want it to be hard and it needed to hide imperfections so I went with this as my pattern inspiration.

 which is taken off of this quilt pattern

This will be my 10th quilt and I have never properly cut out a quilt.  Therefore they are usually not squared up but they are homemade and for someone to spend time making you anything means a lot.  Imperfections and all.  Plus I am not perfectionist (cough cough binding).
So anyway all that to say that I found a good tutorial on how to cut blocks with a rotary cutter.  I won't tell y'all how I've cut in the past.  This right way saved me a lot of time and was actually fun.  It took a few nights but all of the blocks are cut, matched up and I have my center diagonal line drawn for easier sewing. I'm hoping to get started sewing this week. 

Another thing that made cutting out the quilt easier and better was my trash bag.  Several weeks ago a friend and I took an heirloom techniques sewing class and our teacher had paper sacks taped to each work station for our strings and other fabric trash.  It was so nice not to have strings all over you getting in the way and there was no clean up.  One of those why didn't I think of that moments for sure! 

Any of you more experienced quilters have any tips to share?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Gender Reveal

Thanks for all of the congrats!  I know that everyone always says as long as the baby is healthy they don't care boy or girl.  I know that is truly how I felt.  I think going in without any expectations made finding out so much more fun. 
So here is how it all went down.
It is very rare that Eric's family is in Alabama so I knew we had to do something fun to tell the baby's sex. I didn't really want to do the blue balloon thing because my sister and sister in law did that last year and I didn't want to do the inside of the cupcake blue because we were going to my nephew's 1st birthday party that day.  I had seen the scratch off idea earlier in the year and stored it away in my brain. 
My friend Anna from Viv-Vah-Chey Designs made the adorable scratch off cards for us.

While I was waiting on the cards to be printed I made my scratch off stickers.  Mix 1 part dish soap with 2 parts craft paint and paint on clear contact paper.  Getting the right soap/paint  combo was sort of tricky.  Too much soap and the stickers were sticky, not enough and they were harder to scratch off.  I think I did 3 coats of the paint mixture.  I let that dry for a few days and used a circle punch to cut out the stickers.  If I did it again I would probably do 2 coats of the more soap and then a top coat of more paint to get the sticky off.  Make sense?
We invited Eric's family over to my parents' house on Saturday morning for donuts and a gender reveal. 
After Eric explained the directions everyone got started. 

Eric explained if you got a yellow rattle, you got peed on. Ha!  If you think that little boys get sad when they don't win, try grandmothers!

My Nana was the last person to finish her scratchoff and she just happened to be the winner so everyone had to sit in suspense.   Since there was only 1 card with 3 of the same color she got to yell out BOY!

Here is the lucky gal! 

She had guessed boy and brought Dutch his first blue blanket.  We got some other sweet gifts for the babe from the fam. 

not sure why that blanket looks pink, it is a beautiful ivory
Even though there was only one winner I think everyone had a good time.

*A fun story about why we had donuts that I don't want to forget.  The weekend we went home to tell my family we were having a baby was the weekend before Halloween.  I had made a pregnant skeleton shirt for Halloween and I was going to wear it and see how long it took for my family to notice.  Anyway I sort of chickened out and just came down for breakfast in my pjs.  My parents were really excited to tell us about a new business coming to their small town.  They said "guess what we are getting in October?" but they would never tell us and kept making us guess.  I said "well guess what we are getting in June?"  They thought we were talking about a restaurant or store and I said a BABY.  It took a while to register what I said and then it was all xoxo cry xoxo.  So isn't it fitting for us to tell we are having a boy with donuts from that shop?!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

It's A...

We are having a BOY!!

Sorry to keep you hanging so long.  We had another ultrasound today so I wanted to make sure the sex was the same and everything looked good.  Both were confirmed!

Let me tell you something people we knew for 19 days without spilling the beans.  Isn't that amazing!  I am not the best excited secret keeper but it was sort of fun and nice with us having that secret.  I'll try to update again this week with details!

Oh and Jonella you won the doilies!  I'll send you an email.  

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