Aprons…

I think I found my new project to be OCD about for a while.  Making aprons!  Today is my friend’s birthday and I wanted to make her something special.  She cooks a lot, and has at least several people over for dinner pretty much every day, so I thought a cute apron would be fun for her to have.  It was really fun to make and now I’m excited to make more.  My mother-in-law’s birthday is coming up soon, so I think I’ll make one for her, and also one for my mom too since her birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I will be seeing her in a couple of weeks.  Hopefully neither of them checks my blog in the next couple of weeks!  

The best part about aprons is there is so many different variations that can be done.  I basically just sketched out a few ideas, and although I would change a few things same next time, I’m really happen with how it turned out.
I just left this posting to order a camera cord, so there will definitely be pictures very soon.  I’m sure you are all very excited, I really like to build the suspense.  If you can’t tell, I also really like to toot my own horn!
p.s. I know I said this is not a personal blog (and it’s not), but here’s a picture of my cute little boy since I don’t have my other pictures to post yet.

Hooray for me!

Okay, not really, but here are some pics from the Ikea fabric projects that I did (gulp) months ago.  We’ve moved for the summer and somehow I think my camera cord had the same fate as Angie’s did a while ago so I have to get the pictures put onto CD before I can use them.
This is the table runner I made (when I say “made”, I really mean I just had to hem the two ends… that’s right, not even 4 sides, just two ends):
p.s. I really do have 4 chairs for my table, I’m not sure where they were when I took this picture!
And here is the 2nd wall hanging I made.  After making it I decided it is a little too dorm-roomish for my likings, but it at least makes the wall a little less big and white for now.  Plus, I don’t even live in that house right now, so maybe absence will make the heart grow fonder?!

Shopping Cart Cover

You know those yucky shopping cart handles and high chairs that they have in restaurants that babies like to teeth on?  Well they’re probably the reason that I didn’t let Wyatt sit in the Walmart carts until he was 8 months old!  I didn’t want to find out if he liked to chew on them or not.  I found a great pattern online to make a simple shopping cart cover.

This is the one I made.
I used the basic idea from the pattern and just altered it a bit.  The link has a basic and a more custom fitted cover, I did the simple because I wanted it to fit in lots of different carts and high chairs.  Also, I did not put any batting in it as was suggested because I wanted it to fold up small enough to fit in my diaper bag or the bag that I haven’t made yet to carry it in :).  I used 2 layers of home decor fabric so it was still plenty thick without the batting.  I will post pics as soon as I remember to take my camera to Walmart to get a picture of it in action!  For now, you can find the link here.  

Soon…

Seriously, I know this is bad.  I start a blog, and then, not much of a surprise, don’t keep it up.  But I noticed that in April I actually got a comment (thanks, Jewel!) from someone, so I thought maybe I’ll try to be better at it.  Plus, my awesome sister-in-law Angie gave me a shout out on her blog, and I feel like I’ve failed her!  And I’m also gunning for a spot on her favorite links list, and it’s not gonna happen if I don’t smarten up!  I recently made a shopping cart cover, and I’ll post pics and the link with the instructions very soon.  It was super easy and has been so great to have.

Ikea Fabric



I went to Ikea today to look for fabric. When I asked the lady at the cutting table how long they’ve sold fabric by the yard for, she said forever! I can’t believe I’ve never seen it. It’s probably a really good thing (Martha Stewart, is that you?) actually, cause I would have had made a lot more trips to Ikea in the past few years if I had known. I don’t know how I missed the fabric before. I couldn’t decide exactly which fabric I wanted for my 36″x48″ wall hanging. I was choosing between three different prints, but the first (it was a really cute blue on blue damask) was sold out, and the second, which was the red and orange, ended up just being a remnant (luckily there was a yard and a half left, which would be just enough to do my wall hanging). So I thought I better get the two that I could while I was there and while they were in stock. The girl at Ikea told me that they sell out fast of the cute prints, so I didn’t want to take any chances of missing out on either print.


The trees on the one design are probably a little over a foot tall, so I think it would work great for a large wall hanging. And I just loved the colors on the red (it’s almost coral) and orange, so I’m not sure which I’ll do first, or where I’ll put either of them in my house, for that matter! Actually, now that I think about it, I think the red and orange print would be great for my sewing room.

The navy and green fabric is also from Ikea, and it’s great cause it’s already hemmed to an 18″ width on the sides. It was also on sale for only $1.99 a yard, so I knew I had to buy it for something. I think I’m gonna make a table runner with it. I’m usually anti-table runners cause even just the name makes me think of something unattractive, but I think it will be cute. Plus, all I have to do to “make” it is hem the two ends, so if I hate it after, no skin off my back. Let’s face it though, pretty much everything I make it awesome, so I’m sure it will be fancy schmancy. I hope you catch my sarcasm. Otherwise, this would be very awkward.

I’ll post pics of my finished projects which will hopefully be soon!

Can I just say that I love blogging? It’s so fun already.