Thursday, February 25, 2010

hospital bag.

I made this rice pack to take to the hospital with me when I go into labor (and it doubles as an awesome feet-warmer while I'm sitting at my desk). Vanessa has some super-easy instructions on how to make your own here. On the advice of our prenatal class instructor, I'm trying to start thinking about what I might like to put in my take-to-the-hospital bag. Here's my list so far:

Rice heat pack
Snacks for Winn
Warm socks
Diaper bag
Car seat
Going-home outfit for Baby

My friend Cindy gave me all kinds of great tips while she was cutting my hair yesterday (thanks again, Cindy!), and it got me thinking that I should call on all you experienced mommies to help me out here. So here you go: any secret tips or items that would come in handy for me to bring to the hospital on D-day?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

at 31 weeks (plus a few days) I...

...have "graduated" from the prenatal class and breastfeeding class; experience Baby's hiccups regularly; passed the 3-hour glucose test after failing the 1-hour test; did not enjoy being hooked up to an IV during said test; am excited for the baby shower that my sweet friends are throwing for me next month; think I have the kindest and most attentive husband in the whole wide world; have scheduled a maternity photo shoot; am in a crafty mood of late, sewing receiving blankets, knitting baby sweaters, and making a string of felt garland for a mobile in the nursery; have committed all the cardinal pregnancy sins, including sleeping on my back, taking hot baths, dyeing my hair, painting, and drinking coffee and am wondering if our babe might be born with three eyes as a result; still feel pretty good overall, albeit rather large.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

love is spoken here.

I'm snowed in this week (well, I could get out, but it's a good excuse to stay in). So in between knitting a crib blanket, working on our birth plan (a/k/a prenatal class homework), and watching a Jane Austen PBS special, I made a sign for above the patio door that I've been wanting to make for a long time. It's a reminder to me to speak in a loving tone, be it to my husband or to the annoying salesman on the phone.

While scavenging around the barn the other day, I found the perfect piece of barn board to use for my project (not to mention the cutest little chair for the nursery...but more about that in another post). Here is the piece of board after Winn cut it to size and sanded it for me...

I then painted the board a vintage white, letting some of the old barn paint show through, and sanded the edges to give it a more weathered look. After deciding on a font I liked, I made a stencil on the computer, cutting it out of card stock with a utility knife (the tedious part) and temporarily adhering it to the board with spray adhesive...

Then I experimented with my craft paint to come up with a bronze-ish brown color (a little orange, mustard, brown, black, and cream did the trick) and dabbed it on with a sponge brush...

Next I watered down the paint and dabbed it in the cracks and on the edges to make it look a bit more aged...

And then I roughened up the whole thing by giving it another sanding, including the painted-on letters, and attached some hanging brackets to the back. And here she is...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Cradic Farm B&B.

How to turn your home into a bed & breakfast get-away for your friends...

1. Set out lots of extra pillows and quilts and rugs in the guest room.

2. Have some wine and cheese and chocolate-covered strawberries ready for your guests when they arrive.

3. Light candles all around.

4. Set up a home theater for a midnight showing of a favorite movie (be sure to have popcorn on hand).

5. Fix lattes, crepes, and quiche for brunch the next morning and enjoy good conversation (forgot to take photos of this step).

Let's do it again soon, friends!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Handmade Christmas No. 5: Stenciled T-Shirts

With the recent loss of my mother-in-law, breast cancer awareness has been on our hearts this past year. That is why this gift was probably my favorite project of the season. I started out making one for myself as a trial run, and then I made them for my three sisters-in-law's stockings. I wish I would have remembered to snap a photo of all of us wearing them!

Supplies Needed:
1. Plain t-shirt (pre-washed)
2. Double-sided fusible webbing
3. Fabric paint
4. Small foam brush
5. Card stock

Mini tutorial:
1. Decide on the font you want to use and print your saying onto a piece of card stock.
2. Cut out the stencil using a utility knife.

3. Iron the stencil onto your fabric per fusible webbing instructions, being careful that all edges adhere.

4. Using a foam brush, apply 2 or 3 thin coats of fabric paint, letting it thoroughly dry in between coats.

5. When washing t-shirt, be sure to follow the fabric care instructions on the back of the paint bottle.

Friday, February 5, 2010

couch potato or knitting machine?

All I want to do on these days when I'm not working is sit on the couch with a cup of something warm to drink and knit goodies for our little one. It makes me feel a bit lazy, but I guess I will take advantage of the quiet time while I can. I'm working on a blanket for the crib and have finished knitting two cocoons (one creamy and the other avocado). Since I don't have a little model to go inside them yet, I'll show you the photo that came with the pattern...adorable, right?

Baby Cocoon (Photo and pattern found here.)

Winn has finished skim-coating and painting the nursery and plans to get the trim finished up this weekend. Last night we made a trip to Lowe's for some paint for the crib and dresser. In the meantime, I'm recovering an ottoman for the rocking chair and sewing a linen bumper pad, bed skirt, and curtains. I'll post photos of the nursery when it's finished, but here are some "before" shots (post skim-coating and pre-painting):

And now I'm going to grab my veggie pizza out of the oven and inhale it (as I seem to do with all food these days) and then go for a walk in the snow to get my daily dose of Vitamin D.

I'll see you back here tomorrow for the final Handmade Christmas post!