Friday, October 18, 2013

Art - Baby's Nursery and Family Pics

Now that I have finished the main "sewing" tasks for the baby's nursery I have to start working on the Wall Art. I am trying to avoid painting the room, so I plan to add color with art, and leave the walls white.

I know I am going to do the baby's name with decorated wooden letters on one wall, I just need to go purchase the wooden letters.

I found some cute 8X10 prints on Etsy that could be done in the patterns/colors of the fabric... But I would really rather just make it myself. So I pulled out some canvases that I bought several months back and I am contemplating wrapping it with some of the leftover fabric.

Another thought I had was to use my Cricut and cut vinyl for words and put a Bible verse and a cute poem or saying on a couple of the canvases. I would probably use the verse below with colors that coordinate with the nursery.

 I have a lot of ideas flying around my head, and I need to settle on a couple and devise a plan, otherwise I will wind up with a hodge podge of art pieces that don't work together.

 If anyone has any ideas or suggestions I would be open to them!

Now on to another form of art - photography! One of my friends recently started a small photography business and she took family pics and maternity pics for us a couple of weeks ago. I just have to share because she did a great job, and because my boys are just too adorable not to show off!

Mikko is 9 and Kai will be 5 next week. Kai doesn't really like to smile when getting his picture taken, but he is still cute!

My friend also took some maternity shots for me. It is nice to actually have maternity pics that aren't ridiculous selfies in the bathroom mirror! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Baby Boy's Nursery In Progress

October is always a busy month for us, and this October is no exception. My parents, sister, her husband, and children came to visit us from Texas for a few days this past week. We won't be spending any of the Holidays together this year so this was our last time together this year. We had a lot of fun together as usual, and snapped a few pics while climbing around at Elephant Rock State Park (Missouri). I'm the pregnant one in the pics :) The two older boys are mine, and the little girl and baby boy are my sister's children.

Even with company and lots of activities going on I have found time to work on sewing nursery decor for Baby Boy #3.

The Crib Bedding is finished - Bumpers, Quilt, and Skirt. I chose to buy white crib sheets, although I continue to contemplate purchasing more minky and making a crib sheet to match.

For the crib skirt I purchased muslin and cut it to the size of the crib bottom, with about an inch seam allowance. I cut three pieces of Chartreuse Chevron to the size of the crib as well (both sides and front), with a one inch allowance for hemming and 1/2 inch seam allowance for sewing to the muslin. I didn't see any need to have a back side since the crib is against the wall and that part of the skirt would never be seen. There are so many beautiful options for ruffling and pleating a crib skirt, but I decided to keep things simple and just have a straight skirt.

I made two fabric baskets/buckets for diapers, wipes, and other miscellaneous items. I so enjoyed making those baskets. Maybe its the very logical side of me that loves to make something so usable and practical. I see many more fabric basket making projects in my future. I modified a tutorial from Sew 4 Home. I didn't want handles or ric-rac around the top of the basket so I left that part out. Also, I am not sure if I used the right foundation either because I have no clue if I bought the right thing, honestly I should never chit chat with my sister on the phone while shopping at the fabric store LOL. Even if I didn't use the right foundation, I was pleased with my finished product!

I am currently sewing curtains for the nursery. One panel is finished and I hope to sew the second panel today. I had a difficult time deciding what to do for these curtains, but yesterday after some brain storming I settled on one idea. I like the results so far. I went with about 10 inches of the Chartreuse Elephant print up top (13 inches total for seam allowance and folding over to thread the curtain rod), and the lower section Navy Gotcha. I wanted a seam that appeared more finished, so I used Chartreuse Chevron and piping to sandwich between the two prints. I will also make Chartreuse Chevron ties for pulling the curtains back.

After I finish the curtains I will be done sewing nursery decor for a bit, while I work on the walls. I plan to put his name up on the wall with decorated wooden letters, along with some other art. I also have a mobile idea that I need to start working on.

I hope all of you are having a lovely week and enjoying beautiful weather like us!