Nov 25, 2012

Baby Shower Gift- Baby First Aid Kit!!

so.. I realize I'm totally sporadic with my posts- and that's just how it's gonna be. I'm not obsessed with this blog thing, but every once in a while, there comes something I'd like to share. For example- the baby shower gift I put together! 
Baby First Aid Kit!!
New moms and dads don't think about the medical necessities they need when they are busy registering for bobby's and bottles. As a new mom myself, I quickly learned the importance and expense these medicines really are! 
Here's the kit I made:
- Infant's Ibuprofen (Motrin)
- Infant's Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Little Noses (Saline drops)
- Vaseline (great for red sore skin!)
- Thermometer 
- Bandaids (In a cute kid print of course!) 
- Neosporin
- Children's Benadryl-D
- Baby Q-tips
- Baby Vicks Chest Rub 
- Boogie Wipes
- Orajel
- Boo-Boo Buddy
- Hand Sanitizer
- Finger Brush

Some other things that are great to include are:

- Forehead Thermometer
- Medicine Kit (syringe, medicine spoon)
- Nasal syringe
- Alcohol Wipes

I even added a cute little "Red Cross" on the front that says Baby First Aid Kit! And of course- I picked up a Red-handled Box from Target. :D 

and that's it. Sweet. Simple. Around $60 to $70 dollars if you keep your eye out for sales on things. 

What a Nice Gift! I know that the parents I gave this kit to really appreciated it!! And I know they will truly appreciate it when they have a feverish Teething baby screaming her head off at midnight! ;)


Jul 12, 2012

So today I wanted to share my furniture restore. JW and I found two matching pieces of furniture, from two different locations, (quite the find!) and I transformed them into beautiful pieces for the nursery.  The tall dresser is used for just that, and the long dresser will be used as a changing table.  I love the idea of having a low, long dresser as a changing table, because she will be able to use it afterwards.  What do you do what a changing table.. put it in a yard sale.. that's it.  Anyway, the dressers started out white-ish with gold trim. I sanded them down to remove most of the paint. I used a spray paint primer, and then brushed the small spots and rolled the rest with the Sunshiney-Yellow Paint.  I also removed the hardware and spray painted them with a silver spray paint.  Makes them look brand new! (And I love Spray Paint!) Some of the handles were missing a screw, and BOY! was it hard to find screws that matched!! Who knew!? But JW finally made it work after a few trips to the hardware store.  Machine thread screws with a few tiny washers and the handles were on perfect. These were really fun to re-finish. And i love the way they look in the nursery against the teal walls! 
And here is the finished, completed, put together, in action Nursery! 


Apr 15, 2012

Welcome Sign!

So here's the Door Hanger I crafted for Our hospital door to Welcome Baby Elle into the world! We got so many compliments on it! People stopped by our room (people there to see other people!) just to say that they loved it. The nurses said that they haven't seen a sign like it! Now, why is that?! I wanted the world to Welcome my Precious Gem! Not to mention find our room when they came to visit! :DI made this Welcome hanger using a matting board (From Michaels), painted it pink then hot glued my signature flowers, buttons, and rhinestones to the edges. Not to mention a few silver trinkets, including an 'E' charm of course. For the banners, I cut out small triangles, chalked one sided heavier than the other with Yellow chalk, and the lettering is just a sparkly sticker. I attached one to the next using the smallest white brad I could find. I wanted the banner to be able to move if it had to, and brads work great for that. All that was left was to hang it with some ribbon. :D The welcome sign is now hanging in our daughter's room. And of course could be used for the next member of the family, but why would I deprive myself of making a new craft!?

Apr 10, 2012

In Your Easter Bonnet!

Happy Easter! Now that I'm a Momma to a Beautiful Baby Girl, I just had to go all Girly for her first Easter! I bought her a very fluffy yellow dress, tulle underlay of course!, and was left with the task of creating her Easter Bonnet. So here's what I came up with!

Staw hat (the kind used for displayed glass dolls)
- thank you Hobby Lobby for having this!
ribbon, buttons, rhinestones, & other small
trinkets including a circle brad with the letter E on it.
fake flowers- of the daffodil type (Very Eastery)
and a stretchy headband (white)

Channeling a 1900's style hat, I got to work on my infants headpiece. I love hot glue. I love to scrap with fake flowers and buttons, it's sorta my calling card. So I usually buy full stemmed flowers from Michaels when they are on sale, then tear them apart to use the pieces for my scrapbook pages. For the $1.50 I spent, I'll get way more flower petals than I would buying a canister of flower petals some company put together for $10! For this hat, I left the stems on the flowers so they would hold their shape, but cut them very short. Then started bunching the pieces together. The last thing I did was glue the headband on. I tried to gage where on Elle's head I wanted it to sit, then pasted the headband to the hat accordingly.

And here's the finished product, complete with fluffy sunshine yellow dress.
(And satin white shoes, but you just can't see them.)
The bonnet is meant to be a token piece: purposely small on the head, cocked to the side and worn low towards the forehead.
It turned out just adorable! Everyone loved it!
And more importantly- Elle wore it for a long while on Easter!
Proud to be her Momma!

Dec 9, 2009

Our First Christmas Tree (Skirt!)

Joy to the World, Our Tree Skirt's Done! It took longer than I thought it would, but as you can see, it turned out BEAUTIFUL! I handmade this skirt without a Pattern! (sorry there's no pattern to share!) When I'm sewing, I just kinda wing things! I also wanted to quilt it, but more wanted to get it around our tree! Maybe it'll be quilted before next Christmas. The dark green around the edges was my favorite. I sort of folded and bunched the fabric at the top to make a flowing skirt like appearence. Some spots were difficult to sew, but the end result is an A+! I also have to thank my neighbor King for the patch with our name and year. She has a fancy machine that embroiderers, and was willing to make this for us! How Professional! Thank you! Now that the skirt is finished, I'm going to make matching stockings! (again, with no pattern! Just going to wing-it!)
And here is our completed (almost) 1st Christmas tree!! Tree in a box didn't turn out to shabby. I miss the smell. The tree is 7 1/2 ft tall, with only 400 lights on it. I think next year, we'll double it. I want to see that pine glow! We are also still without a Tree topper! YIKES!!! This weekend we're completing our shopping, so I think we'll find one together then. And lastly, thoughts on Tinsel???? Some people drown their tree in the silverly strands. I'm not one of those. I like to pick out each and every ornament. But a little tinsel won't hurt.

Dec 4, 2009

O Christmas Tree...

So jdw and I have made a decision about Our First Christmas Tree. We bought what' I'm calling, 'Tree in a Box', which is a Fake tree to everyone else. Yup.. unit C3, it's just full of the Christmas Spirit. And as sad as that sounds, it's even sadder through my eyes. In the compromise, I did manage to swaggle a Real Wreath for the front door. :) (Secretly, I was very worried about the pine needles falling into the MicroShag carpet! They'd probaly be stuck there until July! So it's a win for me.) Now I just need to complete the Tree skirt I'm working on! (to be posted, Once complete!)

Nov 20, 2009

Giving Thanks!

One Week til Thanksgiving- and so much to give Thanks for.

7. another year of working. May I continue to be blessed in 2010!

6. Another Semester done! Only 3 more to go!

5. Our First House, and making it a Home Together.

4. That jdw leaves the light on for me on class nights.

3. The Surprise Dinners MIL, Sheri, makes me.

2. The continued support from my Mom.

1. That jdw & I are Happy, Healthy, and Hopeful!

(Somewhat wishing that this picture captured Mr. Turkey's Feet. He so has leg warmers on. I'm thankful for Legwarmers.)