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Baby Fever

I have so many things to update you with but I just haven’t yet. I have one almost ready to go, but just haven’t finished it yet, too much going on I suppose. As I mentioned before, I have some CRAZY baby fever right now! So really the only thing on my mind here lately is babies and baby things.

One of my best friends from childhood is having a baby in about 3 weeks (wow, that’s ridiculous to me!) and I planned her a shower and made her an adorable knit blanket and now that is all I can think about. Her shower went great, but it was a little crazy. I had planned the shower in a tiny room because that was all the her church had opened. The day before the shower we were told we got the fellowship hall which is about 4 times larger than the room I was planning on. I had all kinds of decor planned for the tiny room but when you take it to the gigantic room it kind of got lost. So here is the majority of the decor, my camera died after 1 picture and apparently no one else took any, I’m not too happy about that!

Then the blanket I made her, which I don’t think I bragged on, I’m not sure if she reads my blog or not, so why risk it!

You can find the pattern here from The Purl Bee, which if you like to crochet, knit or sew, you’ll love this blog!  They have such creative things.  From this link you can find the pattern and a link to buy a kit from Purl Soho, their shop, with what I am sure are amazing yarns, but for a price, it’s about $130 for one of their kits, I made my blanket from 7 skeins of Caron Simply Soft I bought at Wal-Mart and spent about $10 on the blanket and it feels really great, but I digress.

We have decided to cloth diaper our future children so I’ve gotten started on that, I plan on having 30 newborn and 30 variable sized to get us started. I haven’t decided what I want to concentrate more on,  I think AIOs is the way I want to go.

Here is the first one I’ve made, I think it’s a pocket, it’s flannel on the outside and a premade prefold on the inside, birdseye and an absorbent strip in the middle. I left a pocket in the back to insert a soaker for more absorbency.  Jeremy picked out the fabric, how cute are those dinosaurs.  Since we obviously don’t know what we’re having since we’re not having it yet we’re trying to make the majority unisex.  I still need to get some closures on it, I think I’m going to go with hook and loop, this I need to order online. I went today to Hancock’s and got a few yards of PUL and diaper flannel along with a 1/2 yard of an adorable alphabet fabric and a couple of cute fat quarters for the outside.  I’m excited to get cracking on the rest of our stash!

Now I’m thinking quilts and bedding. I’ve picked out the fabric and the patterns and styles I want, I just have to get the fabric. We don’t really have enough money to play with these expensive fabrics yet, so I’m just dreaming and planning right now.

Here’s what I have planned so far:

This is the girl ensemble. Sorry the picture is not cooperating with me, if you click on it it will be much clearer. This is the quilt pattern I love, with the crib bedding style, with the white/pink bedskirt, not the ruffles, cute, but not what I’m envisioning.  The quilt pattern is from Moda Bake Shop, fantastic patterns and ideas there, love them all!  The bedding ensembles are from Posh Tots, and if you’ve never been there you should visit their site, poshtots.com their stuff is amazing but only for the insanely rich, the one full ensemble is about $600….for baby bedding….really?  So cute though.

This is the amazing fabric, Amy Butler’s Love.  I am so head-over-heels in love with this fabric and can’t wait to see it all together!  I’m thinking the ruffle will be the water bouquet mint, the top right, my favorite of the 6.  There is a darker palette of this same pattern, both are beautiful.

Now for the boy.  Same thing as above, click on it for a clearer imagine.  Jeremy loves to read, he’s actually on the literacy faculty at the college here, so the natural thought is Dr. Seuss. I definitely didn’t want to do some crazy brand or anything super trendy that we’d get tired of, but Dr. Seuss is timeless. Here is the quilt pattern and the bedding style, very simple but masculine. I hope these will end up heirlooms for them!

Now to the fabric, it’s so fun! A lovely mix of blues, green, and red.  The last 2 fabrics will be the  borders though I’m just not sure which will be which.

I’m so excited to get started, I can hardly stand it!

I will keep you updated on these lovely crafts and I will start updating you on what I’ve been up to the last month or so!

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Baby Shower Time!

I get to plan my best friend’s baby shower! We’ve been best friends since we were 7, which will be 19 years this year, wow, that’s crazy to think! We were always at the same school, not usually the same classes, but when we were, watch out, we were crazy! You could not find 2 people more opposite than we are, but we were kind of just thrown together, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Here we are at my wedding in Oct, she was 3 months pregnant there, luckily we got her a dress to accommodate, just in case!

Here we are at her wedding in June, 2008, I think….I was her Maid of Honor, you’d think I’d remember, huh?

She is very low maintenance, simple, and not at all girly, and if you’ve read my blog, by now know you should have an idea that I’m pretty girly, and I am high maintenance, but in a good way. I have very ornate taste, expensive and extravagant, I don’t get these things often, because we don’t have that kind of money, but once we do, Jeremy and I have very similar tastes.

So planning this shower is a bit of a struggle for me. One because I’ve never been to a baby shower, I’m assuming it’s basically the same as a bridal shower, which I’ve been to. I looked around online and found a really cute not terribly girly invitation from tinyprints.com and recreated it in Photoshop, all info has been taken out to protect the knocked up:

I’m still stuck on décor, I think I’m going to go for something really bright and fun and girly, without being prissy girly, which I think she would hate. I’m using this as a jumping off point. The shower will have an animal type theme, and I’ll go from there.

I also really like this ball decor, really easy to do, and they would add a lot of color to an otherwise colorless room!

I know you all have some fantastic ideas, lay them on me!

I have another Vegetarian Bible entry, I just can’t find the pictures! It was Spinach Gnocci, and honestly it turned us off the Veg Bible for right now, but we’ll get back into it. We did turn the weirdness into a different veggie dish, but not from the book.

(Vfin-Vinit)

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