Wednesday, August 08, 2007

My 1st Blogging Party

"WHAT?" you say!
I recently came across ArtsyMama's blog who is so inspiring by her vast amount of creativity (and productivity)! Today, she is hosting an artsy~blogging party. This is such a cool idea & she pulls it off beautifully. Check out her blog (see link to the right), & you will find yourself in an array of crafting bloggers from across the world offering up their freshest crafty ideas. You can even enjoy a piece of virtual cake & punch!
crib bumper

Here is my humble attempt. I was inspired by Amy Coe's baby line found at Target for Jack's room. I loved the green & brown combination with the elephants. But I felt inspired & thrifty enough to attempt to create some decor on my own. So I mixed the store bought with the homemade. This bumber was the end result. It was probably my second "real" sewing project. It was good practice for me.

I did this back in October when I was VERY pregnant with #2. I called this my "nesting project." I used the bumper from my first son & basically made a huge pillowcase out of a sheet. But before that I made & designed the little squares to go on it. My husband drew the elephant on the computer for a template which I found "furry" white material for. Then I added the ribbon ties & sewed it all together!!! (sorry no step-by-step! time was running out!) It wasn't that difficult, but rather timely since I was using my brand new sewing machine and figuring all the measurements out as I went along.

the bumper in its glory
I just left the inside plain. Next time (if there is one) I think I'll add some cuteness to the inside.
JACK posing for me
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~misc. details:

J for jack
I added rick~rack ribbon to this shade;
also found this adorable childrens book that completely matches the room: green with brown elephants. And its about mommy's & their baby's!

A brown acorn hat knit by Jack's aunt.
A photo I took of the side of a little puppet stage while in Chicago.
I loved it because Jack's name was on it.

My first attempt at sewing paper. Quite feeble, as you can see. But I did it while I was still pregnant & we hadn't told anyone his name yet. Also on the board is my husband's baby bib & one of his first christmas cards. Found those in his memory box!

Jack & his green elephants.
I found these at Gymboree & was thrilled! Green elephants are not easy to come by these days. They are also his favorite "lovies." Also notice the baby gap elephant shirt.

My Boys: jack & drew

Saturday, August 04, 2007