Monday, May 24, 2010

Counting Sheep...

Nursery mobiles are usually ridiculously expensive, so I decided to make my own. I sketched out a few sheep until I had a shape and size that I liked, then I went to the craft store bought 7 sheets of felt for $0.29 a piece and an 9" embroidery hoop for $1.50. The yarn, sewing thread, and stuffing were all left over from other projects. I stitched the pieces of felt together by hand, which didn't take long at all, and for less than $5.00 and a few hours work, I now have a super cute handmade mobile for the baby's room. It's even personalized with a little MD + NM "carved" into one of the fence posts...

Update: Find the pattern and more information here.


When we moved in, this iris bed looked like it had been neglected for years. The irises were so crowded that they barely bloomed, three giant daylilies (which do just fine in partial shade) were taking up a lot of prime real estate in the sunniest spot in the yard,  and what looked like a clematis (still not sure if it is since it's never bloomed) was struggling in vein to climb above the mess. I started by pulling weeds which were also growing pretty thick in the garden, and with some help from my mom and my sister, I thinned out the irises, transplanted the daylilies, made room for a peony and hydrangea, and planted some tulip bulbs. I also added a trellis for the clematis to climb and now, two years later, it's starting to look like it has a reason for living.

The irises are lovely too. I just wish they lasted a bit longer!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Handmade Quilt

I'm not a big fan of the typical baby bedroom decor sold in stores, so when I found these instructions on how to make a quilt from vintage sheets, I decided that was what I wanted to do. I already had an old set of grandma's sheets that were super soft and snuggly, and although they had an abstract floral pattern, I figured since they were yellow and green, they'd be perfect for a baby boy. For the backing, I used a soft piece of cream colored muslin that I had lying around, so I only had to buy some green yarn and a roll of crib-sized batting.

I liked the idea of tie-quilting - it reminded me of Stacy's old Raggedy Anne & Andy blanket. (Yes, I appreciated and admired other blankets besides my Snuffa Blankie!) Sewing the fabric pieces together didn't take long, but I think Noah and I got through three Indiana Jones movies before I was finished tying all those little knots. Needless to say, this quilt was not finished in one day, but it was very easy. I may even attempt a larger one someday!

The sheet still had it's original label attached, so I decided to add it to the quilt.

Now we have a cozy quilt all ready for baby. Just need to get the rest of the nursery together before he arrives!


Technically these aren't growing in my garden, but sometimes it's nice to have a little garden inside...