Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Baby Blanket

It occurred to me recently that I never got around to making my sweet lil' niece a baby blanket. I made one for my nephew before he was even born, but my already one-year-old niece wasn't so lucky. And with nephew #2 set to arrive any day now, I realized that I was quickly running out of time.


Instead of knitting this one, I decided to do something a little different. Working with what was on hand (some old, soft knit shirts), I the hub cut out wide strips of fabric (I'm having a hard time remembering the exact measurements off the top of my head, sorry!). There had to be a seam right down the middle in order for things to match up, but once I had each side assembled, it was just a matter of sewing them (right sides together) and leaving a small opening to turn it right side out (which I later topstitched in a coordinating thread).


You may or may not be able to tell that I then topstitched a wavy stitch across every other horizontal seam to hold it all together. Unfortunately, the back didn't exactly match up & the wavy stitches are kind of sitting on top of the seam instead of going across it, but that's okay. I'm happy that at least one side looks okay considering that I was totally winging this one.


And, the final product!

This really didn't take me very long to put together. I think I might have spent two evenings at the sewing machine (although I'm certain I could have done it in one had I put my mind to it).
And while I thought that it was going to be thin due to a lack of batting, it actually ended up having some weight to it. In any case, it's super soft & I hope my niece enjoys cuddling up to it.

Now, to work on blanket #3...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Finds

Hope you enjoy these Friday Finds.
Happy weekend, friends! :)








And how cool is this Scrabble keyboard?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lamp Makeover

As I previously mentioned, we had a garage sale recently in preparation for our upcoming move. And when the lamps that we had priced low didn't sell, I was secretly happy about it because halfway through the garage sale, it occurred to me that simply re-covering the bases could breathe a new life into the lamps that have clashed with the colors in our bedroom for the past several years. We pitched the old, broken shades, which we'll get around to replacing at some point, and got to work. (Apologies in advance for the poor photo quality. That's nighttime crafting for ya!)

Before.

Close-up.

The hub measured the base and cut out a rectangle of fabric, leaving a 1/2-inch allowance on each side. After ironing down the 1/2-inch on each side, I carefully hot glued the fabric along the edge of the lamp, tugging somewhat as I went along to smooth out wrinkles or bunches in the fabric.

Like so.
(By the way, I ended up just pulling the fabric over the cord instead of trying to cut/glue around it. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it's really not too bad, especially since that part will be facing the wall anyway.)

And, voila!
It took a little bit of time to figure out the pattern since it has to be so exact, but the second lamp base was done in no time at all. The look wasn't as smooth as I was hoping it would be, but with the base having such a texture on it to begin with, I kind of expected that. All in all, though, I'm pretty happy with it. To finish it up, I just pulled the fabric tight and glued along the seam.

After.

Now, we just have to find some lampshades that work & we'll be all set!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Finds

I know it's been quite a while since I've done a Friday Finds post, but I got the itch today. So, here we are.


I am swooning big time over this quilt
Colorful, simple, & sweet.


I may just have to try my hand at this. Do you SEE that tabletop?! It is awesome. For real.




And finally, I really love this print.

I hope you enjoyed this collection of pretties. 
Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Freebie

UPDATE: The ribbon has found a new home. Thanks for the e-mails!

Sooo...

I don't think that I've mentioned it here yet, but the hub & I are gearing up for another move...a big one. At the end of July, we're packing up all of our worldly belongings and moving from Michigan to New Orleans, where the hub will start a PhD program in the fall. It's all very exciting and unnerving at the same time. In an effort to make a little money to help with the expenses of physically moving and in an effort to downsize, we're having a garage sale next weekend. Isn't it amazing that you can accumulate so much stuff in such a short period of time?! I've been feeling a little suffocated by our stuff lately and I'm actually really excited to be simplifying.

All of that to say...

As I was going through my craft supplies tonight, I realized that I have far too much ribbon. And since what I might get for my surplus ribbon at the garage sale wouldn't be as valuable to me as knowing a fellow crafter/reader has some new-to-them supplies, I'm giving it away to the first person, who jumps on it. 

So, take a peek & if you could use it, be the first person to
shoot me an e-mail & it's yours! Easy peasy. :)


Thanks for tagging along, friends!
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