Monday, March 8, 2010

2nd Birthday Dress

It's finished! *passes out from stress and exhaustion!*



This was such a hard piece for me to do. I didn't want to mess it up, I did not want to ruin the fabrics. I ended up using Sandi Henderson's Claire pattern instead of the Pink Fig one and I'm glad I did. I think it perfectly fits the little ones personality.



This pattern requires shirring. Which means sewing with elastic thread - something I've never done before. I fretted the whole time and actually avoided touching the dress for two days even though that was all that was left to do on it. I was worried I'd stretched the elastic accidentally when threading the bobbin. And I was nervous that I'd have the tension too tight and just plain screw everything up.

She's pretty pleased, don't you think?



She said "I a prinpress!" (princess, in case you don't speak toddler). She even wanted to sleep in it. There was lots of twirling and "I so pretty!" going on when she put it on.

Now I just need to make her bunting banner with the scraps and a few more things and her party, which is less than a month away, will be complete :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

My new table!

We bought a new table as a Valentine's gift to ourselves, it was something we needed and wanted, so we just went out and got it. Not something we typically do, mind you.

Here she is! Isn't she beautiful? I love the color and the lines and the curves of the sides.



It has a leaf in it at the moment but we can remove it to make it a smaller rectangular table. It's pub height too, which I love!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Another great giveaway on Heather's blog

I don't know how she does it. Heather of Mommy of 1 and Counting is just so lucky to get to try out all these great products, and she's so awesome in that she gets to give away some really cool stuff.

Today she's teamed up with Wee Little Changes to giveaway a FuzziBuns diaper to the winner.

Go check out the giveaway and definitely checkout the Wee Little Changes site, Heather says they have free shipping to the continental US and International APO/FPO addresses - How fabulous!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Strategizing Check In

Remember this post where I planned out what I wanted to do craft-wise over the first 5 months of 2010? Well I thought I'd check in with where we're at.

January
- Begin and complete brainstorming for Lilly's 2nd birthday Polka Dot party (in April)
Done! I brainstormed with some great friends in real life and on BAM and came up with some great ideas
- Complete two craft-space projects to make it a more inviting and inspiring space Well I slacked off on this one. I only came up with that cute topiary/charger/candles thing. I need something more fun
- Really start working on quilt for DH and I (goal - complete top by April) DH and I ran into some issues with what we want our bedroom to look like. We keep wavering back and forth between brown and blues and brown and reds. :( I need to figure this out already!
- Follow two tutorials Well I'm happy to say I got somewhere with this one. I made these pillows and this skirt.

February
- Complete two craft-space projects to make it a more inviting and inspiring space
Ah yeah, or not?
- Begin and complete favors and decor for Lilly's 2nd birthday party I ordered somethings for Lilly's party, and picked up some other things for the decor, but it's still in the process of being put together and we're still waiting on things to arrive
- Continue work on our quilt Right.
- Follow two tutorials Woohoo! Well I did this one just fine too. Bebe the doll and the burlap wreath

So there's the first two months of the year. Let's hope I can make some headway with March. A little reminder of what we have in store for this roaring month...


March
- Sew Lilly's birthday dress using this great pattern by Pink Fig - the Cuppy Cake dress
- Continue work on our quilt, hopefully near completiong
- Complete two craft-space projects to make it a more inviting and inspiring space
- Research local professional quilters in hopes of finding one to quilt my quilt for me (I'm afraid I'll ruin it!)
- Start brainstorming ideas for Caylee's 4th birthday in June


Ah yes, we need some changes. How about this

March
- Sew Lilly's birthday dress using this great pattern by Pink Fig - the Cuppy Cake dress
- Finish the decor and favors for Lilly's party
- Figure out colors for quilt
- Complete ONE craft-space projects to make it a more inviting and inspiring space
- Start brainstorming ideas for Caylee's 4th birthday in June (she would like a pony princess party)
- Follow two tutorials



Wish me luck!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Decorating Daydreaming

While I'm enjoying trying to add all these fun little touches (wall decor, pillows) to make our living room homey, I still hate our furniture. Literally, I despise our big ugly couch. I can't stand DH's tv stand from his bachelor days. So I've been fantasizing about my perfect living room furniture.

There's these couches that I adore. They're the perfect color, IMO for having kids, but still looking clean and grownup. I love the lines in it and the contrasting trim.



I think this tv cabinet is perfect too. From Target...




And I love the style of this cocktail table and matching end tables from Target, too.





I think that's it for the living room we have now. If I had a bigger livingroom, my dream living room, we'd need bookcases as well. But we don't. Here's hoping that next year we can do the living room up, I just have to talk the Hubby into getting rid of the ugly white couch.