DIY Diaper Cream {Cloth Diaper Safe!}

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Current happenings…

I’ve gotten quite a few new followers over the past couple of days–and I just want to say HELLO and thanks for following along!

I have posted several ‘pregnancy highlights’ posts the past few days.  I had gotten behind on them(I know, shameful) and I’m trying to catch up!  I am currently 30 weeks and will post that update when I’m 31 weeks and so on…

I can’t believe I’m 30 weeks pregnant.  Our sweet girl is growing like crazy in there and I am beyond thankful to God for allowing me to be her Mommy and carry her inside of me for 9 months.  What a beautiful miracle it is.  I hope she knows how much her Daddy and I love her already…sometimes I feel like my heart might explode!

The tiredness has really hit me this week.  I just feel like I’ve been hit by a truck by the end of the day…and it doesn’t help that I’m crazy busy at work in the evenings, mostly trying to figure out how to train someone to replace me(so I can work from home, *YAY!*) and I’m rushing around all morning trying to sneak in all my appointments, classes and various errands!  I think working from 1pm-9pm everyday is actually biting me in the boot-ay.  I’ve always loved it, but now–I wake up at 8ish, get ready for the day, run off to various appointments and errands, come home and eat lunch, head to work with Scott and then don’t get home until AT LEAST 9:30pm, if not later.  That is a FULL day.  People keep telling me to rest, but to that I say: “WHEN?!”  My only option is in the morning, and it feels weird to rest in the morning, considering I just woke up!  Ha!  Nevertheless, I’m T-I-R-E-D.  And I’ve still got a solid 8-10 weeks to go.  So, today?  I am resting.  I woke up with a pretty bad headache(probably weather induced, it’s been yucky and rainy all week!) and instead of taking medicine and heading to work, I’m laying on the couch all day.  And it feels good. 🙂

My Mom and Sisters notified me a few weeks ago that they would be throwing me a shower!  So exciting.  I immediately requested that it be a girls only shower–I am so not into the whole co-ed baby shower thing!  1.) Let’s face it, the guys hate it and you know it.  I never enjoy co-ed showers because I spend the entire time feeling bad for all the men in the room.  2.) The guys ruin the sweet atmosphere.  The “oo-ing” and “ah-ing” over the tiny baby clothes just isn’t the same with men in the room, it’s just not.  I don’t mind co-ed wedding showers, but baby showers?  All girls, thanks!

Any-hoozle, my Mom insisted that we do the shower as quickly as possible.  Her logic?  Because if we “hurry up and get the shower out of the way the next big thing is her birth-day!“.  So with that, Scott and I headed to the nearest Babies R Us and got registered for some baby items.  It was fun, overwhelming, but fun.  The few things babies r us didn’t sell(cloth diapers, mostly) we registered for on amazon.com

In other news, Scott built us a bed.  Like for real.  A real bed, out of solid wood.  I thought he was crazy and I was definitely pulling for another trip to ikea…but he really surprised me and built us a beautiful piece of furniture!  Here is a photo dump:

It took him 2 solid days of work, from morning to night.  He found the plans on ana-white.com.  Also, in a fit of “nesting”, I needed him to paint our room and I needed to completely redecorate it.  So we did that on New years day 🙂 He is such a trooper!  You can’t see it in these photos, but he also hung crown moulding in our bedroom–totally gorgeous!  I’ll post more pics once I get some shelves and pictures hung!

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DIY Crib Skirt {tutorial}

With Addilyn’s arrival growing ever closer(*insert squeal here!*), I knew it was time I started getting serious about finding some bedding that I liked.  Honestly?  I was pretty disappointed in the options out there.  I really wanted something more classy and sophisticated.  Not something covered in loud butterflies or hyper ‘themed’.  Know what I mean?  Plus, let’s face it, the people who make those bedding sets are making a killing!  They are SO expensive in my opinion!

So, what does any good DIY-lovin’ gal do?  

…make her own, of course!  And I’m going to show you how–just in case you are particular and on a budget(read: cheap!) like me!

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Tutorial

Start by finding some inspiration online.  My crib skirt was inspired by this beauty!
Measure your crib from where the mattress sits to the floor on all 3 sides(or 4 if you choose).  Then measure the front and 2 sides horizontally.  Every crib is different, figure out how long you want it and be sure to add several inches for a hem.
You will need:
(1)Fabric
(2)Stich Witchery or something similar
(3)Small, stick on velcro dots
(4)Scissors
(5)Sewing Machine(optional)
 Measure and cut the fabric according to the crib dimensions, like below.  You can see my front panel and both side pieces.
I really loved that the crib skirt had small slits in it for added interest and an added pop of color.  Decide where you want to slits and cut them with scissors:
Then measure and mark the backside of your fabric for your hem.  Iron the hem with the adhesive as directed on the package.
 I wasn’t thrilled with how the adhesive was holding together once I was done, so I decided to go ahead and sew along all the seams.  Plus it gives it a more polished look(in my opinion).  And It does sound like double the work to iron the adhesive AND sew, but it makes sewing go SO MUCH faster and more even and beautiful.
Sew around all the edges to give a nice, beautiful hem.
Cut your trim fabric.  Fold and iron adhesive.  I then sewed the bottom hem(3/4 of the way down), not the top hem(you will see why in a sec)
 Iron & adhere trim onto main piece of crib skirt, leaving excess on ends to fold over and sew.
See the excess of pink fabric on the right?  The photo below has it tucked and sewn under.
 Sew the top of the trim to the main piece of crib skirt.
Cut your “peek-a-boo” fabric to the desired width.
Iron a small amount of adhesive closest to the edge as possible.

Sew around the edges of the slit.  If your ‘peek-a-boo’ fabric(the gray) shows through the other fabric, you can trim off the excess.  Apply the sticky velcro dots to the very top of the crib skirt and then attach them to the metal mattress frame on the crib.

In the end you should have 3 separate pieces, I liked that look better than one continuous skirt all the way around.

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I love the way it turned out!  I plan to use a white crib sheet with a very light pink geometric pattern on it and a white breathable bumper.

Also!  I wasn’t thrilled with the pink options in the fabric store, so here is what I did for the trim:

We have 2 windows in the nursery, one is full size and the other is about half the size.  We bought 2 of these panels from ikea for the windows and pulled them to one side of the window.  Obviously, we didn’t need all that excess fabric on the smaller window so I just cut 4 inches off the length and width of the curtain and sewed it back up with a nice hem.  You can’t even tell–and now the crib skirt matches our curtains PERFECTLY!  Love it!

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DIY Initial Onesie

So I’ve been seeing these adorable onesies all over pinterest and etsy and the DIY-er in me couldn’t help but attempt to make one,  you know, instead of paying $18 for one 🙂

So here it is:

What you will need:
1.) Onesie
2.) Fabric
3.) Cardstock letter cutout(this lovely lady has free printables for the letters!!)
4.) Scissors
5.) Heat n Bond
6.) Beautiful fabric of your choice
7.) Sewing machine(optional)

Don’t you love that fabric? I grabbed it for $1.50 at Han.cock fabrics!

Cut out the cardstock letter and trace it on the back of your fabric.  Carefully cut the fabric with scissors or an x-acto knife. 
 Follow the instructions on the heat n bond and bond the paper to the letter and cut it out.
 Heat n bond applied, ready for application
 Peel off the heat n bond on the back of the onesie and align where you want it to be permanent on the onesie. 
 Iron for a few seconds
 There it is…
 I wanted a more finished look so I used the zig-zag stitch on my machine to finish it off.  It’s not perfect, my sewing skills aren’t quite what they could be, but I think it’s cute.  I will probably add a little bow or something to the top left of the “A” to add some texture.

Our little girl’s first mama-made onesie–What do you think?

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Jewelry Armoire – Drab to Fab!

Remember this post?  About how my husband bought me an old jewelry armoire off of craigslist?  That was way back in March…and I’m just now getting to post about it 🙂

Anyways, I’m thrilled with the makeover!  As you’ll see in the pictures below – it needed a lot of work!

Majorly outdated green felt on the interior and a not-so-impressive exterior either.  It needed some love…

I bought some regular latex paint from Home De.pot in white.  After I sanded the armoire, I primed it and gave it 3 coats of white paint.  That was the easy part…

The hard part was re-upholstering the inside of the armoire…

I completely de-constructed it and individually covered each piece.  I used a spray adhesive and it made it really easy. 

See?  I just covered the pieces and then glued it all back together.

Yuck!

Much better!

Here are the results:

Much better, right?!  I’m thrilled with it!

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Spring DIY Stenciled Bag!

With spring coming up, I decided my drab grocery bags needed some sprucing up!  So I decided to stencil a canvas bag to see how I liked it and…I love it!  I’m going to make a bunch of these to use for groceries and the farmers market,
Do It Yourself!  Here is what you’ll need:

Paints
Paint Brush
Stencils
Canvas Bag
Those stencils look familiar?  I used them to make beautiful DIY placemats in January!  I loved them so much, I decided to reuse them!
Here are the paints I chose 

Canvas Tote from Mich.aels

I used a grocery bag to stick in the bag to prevent the paint from “bleeding” onto the other side!

Hold the stencil down snug, and use the smallest amount of paint as possible.  Otherwise it will smear(which happened a couple times). 
Continue stenciling to your heart’s content!  
I’m going to be styling’ walking around the farmers market with this grocery bag!

What do you think?  I can’t wait to use it 🙂

I’m so excited to be a part of the patches of pink design team.  Please head over to Jalisa’s Blog to check out all the other lovely ladies projects and link up your own!
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Monogram Door Hanging!

I don’t like to be caught without some sort of wreath or decoration hanging on my door, am I the only one?  It’s something so simple that just spruces up your home and welcomes people in!  
The trouble is that February is kind of an in-between month, right?  It’s not the Holidays anymore and it’s not quite spring yet, so what do you do?  I know a lot of people would say a Valentine’s decoration, but I’m not a huge fan of the reds and pinks, honestly.  I like a more classy, timeless look.  I don’t decorate for Valentine’s Day, St. Patricks Day, Easter…etc.  Not that there is anything wrong with decorating for those holidays 😉
So here is my solution:
Jute wrapped, monogram door hanging!
What you will need:
Wooden monogram letter(michael’s $2.99)
Jute(michael’s $2.99)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Decorative flower of your choice(michael’s $.99)
Ribbon(michael’s $.75)

 Start with a line of glue on the back of the letter
Start the twine on the back of the letter
 I wrapped the difficult areas first, I ended up doing a base layer and then a top layer of jute.  It gives it a more uniform look in the end.
Just keep wrapping, wrapping and wrapping!

Sometimes it helps when you have an adorable puppy sitting with you 😉
 My lil’ craft buddy!
See how I wrapped the top layer?   

I wrapped the bottom layer vertically and the top layer horizontally
 Voila! Done!
I added a little bunch of flowers, wrapped a ribbon around and hot glued it.

Finished product!

I’m happy with it.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to trade the black flowers out for some purple flowers.  Black flowers just aren’t what I was looking for, but Michael’s didn’t have a great selection while I was there.

I have to apologize for the annoying watermarks on my finished product photos.  With pinning and all the crazy people on the internet, I don’t want my photos to become disconnected with my blog.  I work hard on my projects and I don’t want anyone else getting the credit 🙂 You should consider doing the same!

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Spruce up cheap decor and a few finishing touches!

I hope everyone had a great super bowl weekend!  We went to a friends house to watch and had a ton of fun.  I brought guacamole and chocolate chip coconut cookies{mmm!}. 
I just wanted to share a quick tip on how to spruce up a cheap store-bought item:
I really love decorating with words.  Words are so meaningful and can change the way you feel so easily.  That’s why I love them. 
I found these letters at Michael’s for $1.99 each.  They are white and kind of plain. 

I really loved the letters, but I knew they needed a touch of color in order to feel like they belonged there.  I grabbed my ol’ faithful paint brush and my Martha Stewart “pond” paint and went to work!
Here is how they turned out:

Cute, right?  I thought it added just the right amount of color without making the letters overwhelm the space.  You can barely see the teal depending on the angle you are looking at them and I think they fit perfectly. 
Now, if I could just learn to DO what those letters say…haha, we’d be in good shape!
Also, we added a few finishing touches to the LR/DR makeover, so I wanted to share a few more photos.

Do you like my model?  She insists on being in all my photos.

We got the mirror, vases and filler from home goods.  

STILL need to get a new chandelier, that white one is driving me nuts!

I looooove it!

 I worked on my blog design this weekend.  I’m not very happy with it, I might be hiring a designer soon! 😉  So bear with me during all the changes!

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Makeover Prices and Details!

First off, let me just say that I’m flattered by everyone’s nice comments!  I’m glad you all like the makeover.  I can’t wait until it’s totally complete!
I wanted to give the details of where I bough everything and how much the whole thing cost us. 
So here you go:
So that brings us to a total of $1,321.  We sold our old table for $500 and our old couches for $175.
Which takes us down to $646! I’m pretty happy with that!  We do have a few more things to add but we plan to make those things ourselves and it won’t cost very much. 

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