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Pimped out carseat.

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The day I got home from the hospital I was inspired.

Nobody gets to breath their germy, gross breath on my baby.

Oh to the no.

I have never been one to care about germs, but Baby Bo needs some protection.

From the elements and the sickies.

I made him a carseat cover hangy thing.

And…

Since that was all cute now, I didn’t want to put it on my hand-me-down 90’s carseat.

So I covered that too.

I am kind of getting into this sewing thing.

I wish I would have rounded the edges of the carseat cover but other than that, for just winging it, I think it is pretty much what I wanted.

Bo looks super cute in it.

And no one can bother him, and the cold can’t touch him.

Operation Keep Bo Healthy is in effect.

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Move over Martha.

I made a rag quilt.

And a floor cushion.

Boom.

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I made this rag quilt in about 24 hours.

I started it one night after the kids went to sleep,

And finished it the next morning.

I really love it.

I can’t wait to make more.

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This is the second floor cushion I have made for the boys this week.

The other one is a completely different style.

I didn’t use any tutorial or pattern to make this.

It was just a wing it type of project.

And I think it turned out pretty well.

Linc is a fan.


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3 Hour Quilt: Did it!

I am a novice sewer.

I cracked open my new sewing machine just a few months ago with not a clue what I was doing.

And bam.

Now I’m a quilter.

Sorta.

Sorta, just because I am not that good at it yet.

When my mom was in town she helped me learn some of the basics of quilting.

The real challenging part was the trim.  I think there is another name for it but quilting lingo has yet to be engrained in my brain.

My first quilt was solid fabric where the quilting created the pattern.

I think it turned out pretty cute.

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My next quilt I used some patterns and sewed strips together.

I used a tutorial for a 3 hour quilt and I think it turned out pretty well.

I did time it just to be terd.

I didn’t think it would actually take 3 hours but it actually came pretty close.

I didn’t have 3 solid hours in a row to work on this but I did do most of it on Monday night when I was sans kiddos.

And finished it Tuesday morning.

3.5 hours to be exact.

I think it is cute for only my second quilt.  I am quite proud.

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So now I am addicted.

I am bidding on Ebay fabrics and getting ready for my next project.

A quilt for BoBo.

What do you think of the fabric choice???

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I think it is going to be pretty cute.

I just hope I don’t screw it up.


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A series of uneventful events.

It started with Bo’s appointment.

Apparently I am feeding him well.

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Then McDonald’s play place.

We had originally planned on the park but the weather put a damper on our healthy ambitions. So junk food and indoor slides it is.

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Next, nap time.  Otherwise known as mommy time.

I messed around on the sewing machine some more and made this little sensory blanket for Bo.  He thanked me by only crying a little bit while I tried to do something productive.

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After nap came movie and lunch.  We watched Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days.  Linc could have cared less.  I thought it was hysterical, we are actually watching it again right now.

Football outside.

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Outside was very chilly so we thought we should warm up with a bath.

A boring bath in the middle of the day is unacceptable so we added some “bath paints.”

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Basically I added food coloring to some shaving cream and poof…bath time fun for the whole family.  AKA Linc.

Bo tolerated it and I had to clean it up.

But at least Lincoln had fun.

Now dad is here, so I get a break!  He even brought dinner.

Taco John’s, pretty delicious.

 


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I made burp cloths!!!

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I have been scouring Pinterest for months now posting random things that I would love to make if I ever learned to sew.  I think it is funny that I have such a desire to start sewing because every time I picture someone sewing they are about 70 years old making prairie dresses.

No offense, I know this is not actually reality.

But for whatever reason that is the image that pops into my mind.  I do not picture a young 30 something, PE teacher.

But here I am, sewing away and I love it.

I bought this sewing machine about 3 months ago.  My loving mother helped me make the purchase, cause Lord knows, I sure don’t have any extra money, and she wanted to make sure I got a nice one.

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(check out that sweet work space…right between the wooden blocks, treadmill, and basketball hoop.  I’m pretty sure this house is going to make it on some sort of home tour soon)  (I’m just kidding, if you didn’t pick up on that.)

I was really proud of myself earlier in the week when I busted it out of the box, finally, read the directions, and figured it out.

To my amazement, it was easy.

My first project was some very homely bean bags.  Actually “Quinoa Bags” because I had some expired in the pantry and no beans, go figure.

But yesterday I got serious….Burp Cloths.

I saw these on Pinterest, I followed a tutorial online.

And to my glorious amazement, I made something pretty cute.

…and useful, because this new baby will not stop vomiting on me.

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First Sewing Project

Well after several months with a brand new sewing machine sitting in a box in my garage…

I opened it up,

I read the directions,

I got it to work,

I made some bean bags with my little side-kick,

and then we played.

 

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I can’t wait to start making some of the cute sewing projects that I have seen in Pinterest.


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DIY Dresser

I have had a few people ask me where I bought the dressers in my room.

Well I don’t have any money to spend on furniture, but I do like things to look nice and I have kind of a unique style.

I bought cheap black dressers at Nebraska Furniture Mart, which is basically the midwest version of IKEA, and then I added different patterned knobs to each drawer.

 

Ta Daa.

Unique dresser.

Truth be told, I believe I actually spent more on the knobs than the actual dresser.

I bought most of the knobs on sale at Anthropology.  The hardware at that store can be really expensive, but I love the look of unique knobs on cabinets and dressers.  So any time I see them on sale I snatch them up.

I love the look, but I know it is not the style for everyone.

Also, I have the luxury of decorating for only myself.  I don’t need to worry about masculating anything because it is just me.

Add that to the short list of single parent perks.