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


karin said...

Everything is so adorable! I couldn't help but notice the "mommy hugs" book on the table. It's one of my favorites!

Karin @ creativechaos.typepad

Charity Grace said...

Your boys are precious! Beautiful work. Thanks for visiting my blog as well...

Don & Katrina Hines said...

I love everything! I must admit that I am quite envious who has a knack for any type of sewing. I have determined that I will attempt to learn and try to make some things in the future. Sometimes it is just easier and more inexpensive to buy though!

Also, love the embellishments on the shade. Would never have thought of that one, but completely fits and accents the room!

Loraena said...

soooo CUTE!!! I love the lamp shade!

I really wish I had a sewing machine - I used to sew a lot in high school (although I'm far from expert!).

Love the elephant theme. =)

Miss*Laurence said...

I remember making a bumper too.. wasn't so neat, though, and then the new " health and safety directives" decided it was not safe to have one on the crib in case the baby would get too hot. I was quite disappointed to say the least! ( i had satin stitched around bear pictures I can see it now). In any case your boys are lovely! And you can tell they're brothers!!

dede warren said...

this is fabulous! great work, and lots of it I am sure. I sew too.

You commented on the garland in "my post" today, and it is available but randomly. Kind of specialty shops, sorry I can't be of more help.

Tammy Schindel said...

You did a fabulous job Erin! I am "sew" impressed. :)

Leah (Parrish) Millan said...

You did such a great job on Jack's nursery. I must confess something.. I have had two yards of green and brown flannel in my closet for about a year now. I bought it intending to make "something" for Jack. Ummmmm... still havn't figured it out yet :) I'm obviously not the artsy one in the group :)