Sunday, August 31, 2014

Oliver's Weekly Photos

I loved Young House Love's weekly photo with their first daughter (and now their son) and thought it would be a fun project to do with Oliver. I've been taking a picture each week with Ollie laying on one of the quilts I made before he was born.

Week 1:


Week 21:


How fast they grow... I still need to get them all edited and in the right order but I thought I'd share the project as it is now. If you follow me on Instagram (under englishgrams) I post one every week.

Cheers!
Emily 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Past Seven Months

Ok, so I didn't mean to take quite such a long blogging hiatus but sometimes life happens. Most specifically this happened





Oliver Rex was born at noon on 4/4/14 (an auspicious date) and it's been crazy ever since. A few house things have happened as well as trips and crafts but things that don't involve nursing or changing diapers have dramatically declined. 

Hopefully I won't fall off the bandwagon again but I may be slow. I've missed you blog land!

Cheers!
Emily 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Taggy Blankets- Do I need them? Who knows???

But now I have two.


I whipped these up quick with some leftover ribbon, quilting fabric, and minky.

Even if the baby doesn't enjoy these they are satisfying my nesting urges.

Cheers!

Monday, January 20, 2014

DIY Baby Gym

Obviously I have been having fun making baby things, and this project is no different.


Supplies needed:

  • 1x2x8 foot pine board
  • 3/4 inch dowel (at least 30 inches)
  • Round wood ball (mine are 1 1/4 inches from Joanns)
  • Eye Hooks
  • S-Hooks
  • Chain
I started by cutting my 1x2 down in to 4 equal pieces about 2 feet long. Using my miter saw I cut one end at a 30 degree angle. This provides a stable foot for the gym.


I don't think this is necessary but it looks better in my opinion. 

Next, I marked 1 1/4 inches down from the top of the now 2 foot board and taped two pieces together (just to make sure they are at equal spots on each pair of legs)


Using a 3/4 drill bit I drilled a hole through both boards.


I also drilled a 3/4 inch pocket in my wood balls. 


This was really hard. At first I tried holding with one hand and drilling with the other but all that did was cause bodily harm (so don't do it this way!). After taking a chunk out of my hand I clamped the ball and then drilled. You don't need to drill very deep, this is just to keep the legs from sliding off. 

Thread the dowel through the holes and glue your wooden balls to the ends.


Once everything is dry, measure down an equal distance on each leg (on the inside) and add your eye hooks. 


Attach the chain and S-hook. You don't have to use an s-hook, you could just attach the chain to both sides but the hook makes the whole thing collapse flat. Like so:


There you have it. A simple wooden baby gym: no bells or whistles.


Even better the whole thing cost around $20! I whipped it up over two afternoons (I let the glue dry overnight) and completely by myself. Even 7 months pregnant, it was a pretty easy project.  I hope I was clear enough to help you make your own.  

Cheers! 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Baby Quilt #2: Critter Patch


I couldn't very well stop with the bunny fabric. The whole line is adorable.


Again, my inspiration photo didn't have directions but here's the way I built it.

  • The three main rows are made up of 12-3x6 patches. (36 total)
  • These three rows are attached with a strip of 2.5 inch white fabric and then bordered with the same. 
  • The thin strip is made of 2 inch wide strips of varying lengths pieced together in one long strip. 
  • The whole thing is bordered with a 6 inch wide strip of white. 


I backed the finished quilt with some blue minky I got from Pick your Plum a few months ago.

My little one may not have a name, but he is going to be warm! I am so happy with how both quilts turned out. This one was by far the easiest to piece together, lots of straight lines.

Cheers!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Baby Quilt #1: Mid-Century Modern





The color scheme started with the Critter Patch Organic cotton quilting fabric in Orange Bunny Toss and grew from there. 


My inspiration photo didn't have any real directions (in fact it was a link to an item on an Etsy page that didn't exist anymore) but I figured it out as I went.

If you are feeling inspired, this is how the quilt works out:

  • 42 squares made up of 3 pieces. 
    • Each square is made up of 2- 2x5 pieces of fabric of your choice and 1-2x5 piece of white. 
  • Each square is bordered in strips of 2 inch white (I used muslin but cotton would work). 
I built each row one at a time joining the squares with a piece of 2x5 white and then attached each completed row with one long piece of 2 inch wide fabric. 




For a backing I used a Moda pattern called Fairy Tale Friends. 

This would be a great scrap busting pattern. I could easily see this in a monotone all blue or pink, or even a fun rainbow. If you can sew a straight line you can make this quilt. 

Cheers! 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

DIY Changing Mat Clutch

I don't know if it is nesting, but I've been going a bit crazy with sewing projects. I'm hoping this one comes in handy (haha).


I found a great little fabric shop in Ballard that has some of the best fabrics. Made by Marzipan's tutorial was super easy to follow, even for the novice seamstress that I am.



The one change I made to her plans was that I used a laminated cotton for the mat pad to make it wipeable (she uses a clear vinyl over the fabric instead).

Cute for something that will see a lot of not so cute stuff right? So tell me, was this a waste of time? Did any of you veteran mommies use these? I feel like I am riffling around in the dark with the whole baby item thing. There are so many lists with all of the "must haves" that seem silly to me that I wonder what I really need to be focusing on.

In other news, we started painting the nursery this weekend and I'm loving how it is coming together. I have a feeling it will be my new favorite room in the house!

Cheers!