Monday, May 18, 2009

Homemade is just so rockin awesome!

Here are some Puzzle Balls that I made this past week. The name isn't completely correct - the balls arn't really a puzzle, but they are colorful and fun for babies to play with.
They have many areas that to grab onto to help with baby's
hand-eye coordination ;)
The vintage fabrics are also a big plus...

I made three different sizes - I'm a fan of making things in "threes."
I can either make them with fabric that I already have - or if you have a color theme in mind I can work with that too.
Large Puzzle Ball [7 inch diameter] $ 8
Medium Puzzle Ball [5.5 inch diameter] $ 11
Small Puzzle Ball [4 inch diameter] $ 15
L'Bugs Baby Bedding!!
If you know me, I really like to have unique things and baby bedding was no exception.
I looked around, but couldn't find anything that really matched the
style that I want for L'bug's room.
I've only got 6 weeks left - so this weekend I cranked up the sewing and finally finished her bed quilt!
The star points are randomly placed throughout - they are made from pieces of fabric from my baby clothes / vintage japanese fabric / and other cute pieces that
I had left over.
The backing and the border are made from a soft cotton that I found with my mom.
To add more detail I used a different fabric for the corners.
Making this quilt really opened my eyes to making "Memory Quilts." I looked online and there are several places that allow you to send them fabric from clothing.
You know - the clothing that you can't wear anymore, but has many memories so you can't bear to throw or give it away... also - baby clothes are another great idea for quilts.
What better way to preserve the memories than to have a quilt made out of them. The memory quilts I found online... on average run around $75 - $150 (plus shipping) depending on the size.
I'll gladly make a Memory Quilt for anyone that wants one - Now that I've got the thought in my head I'm planning on saving back some of L'bugs baby clothes and making on for her 1st birthday.
If you'd like one for baby / yourself / or as a gift - by all means contact me!
Quilt sizes can be anywhere from 36" x 36" [Approx. $45] to 60" x 60" [Approx. $ 90]


Eclectically Home Grown

Monday, May 11, 2009

Old/New Furniture

Thrifting, I would say is a favorite hobby of mine. I love finding furniture that's... a little under the weather, and fixing it up to look like new. Here in St. Louis, St. Vincent's is the best place to find the coolest pieces.
But really - anything that needs a little lovin' will do. I found this office chair in my parent's basement. It was covered in an ugly black/brown textured fabric, and was in desperate need of attention.

I got the notion to fix it last Wednesday night - It took me about 5 hours for everything... but the outcome is well worth it.
Most people are nervous about taking apart furniture, but truly it's quite simple. The old pieces of fabrics are your patterns for the new ones... As long as the basic structure of the item(s) isn't damaged the project will go smoothly with a little time and patience.
And, of course a staple gun :)
If you'd like me to recover anything just let me know -or- if you want to tackle a recovering project on your own and want some guidance feel free to email!

Friday, May 1, 2009

L-Bug's Going Green

Ok, I'm not - if you know me - a massive "organic" person [love ya E] but I do love love love to
reuse stuff! p.s. the GoodWill is the best place to start :)
Here's L-bug's diaper bag that I made for her - about 40% of it is from an existing bag that
I didn't like - but hated to throw away. It's approx. 18" x 8" x 12" with two side pockets /
and inner organizer pouch / and two front pockets.
The strap is from the old bag.
Here's the inside - gotta love those organizers!
Here are the front pockets with a bandana as the liner - the teal color is the reused liner from the old bag. The gray side pockets are also from the old bag.

Let me know if you'd like a bag. I've made diaper bags for people in the past.
I can either go off a pattern or we can design it together if you want!
Along with the "green" theme of this entry - I took an old t-shirt of mine and made some cute pants. This size is 0 - 3 months, and I had plenty of material from a med. size woman's shirt. Starting with a woman's med. shirt - I can also get a 3 - 6 month size pant.
I did make a 6 - 9 month pant out of one of my husband's shirts though.
Here's a step by step of how I made it.
First find a cute shirt -
Finish the bottom edges -

Finish the top
Sew up the legs

Finish sewing
Add the elastic - and...
Waalah! You've got some pants! :-)

If you want some pants - let me know. If you provide the shirt then I can make you some for
$5 a pair up to a 9 month size
Here's an apron that I made from a shirt!
A lady at my baby shower had one for her grandaughter to use when she comes to grandma's house and they do crafting projects. I thought it was such a cute idea that I had to make L-bug one!
Finding a shirt with a cute design is half the fun -

Apron's are $15 (using fabric that I have on hand)