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Texas Sheath Cake

Well, I am back from the craft fair and I thought I would mix things up a little bit!  My mom makes this delicious chocolate cake that is to-die-for and I just had to share the recipe!  Now, I am normally not a chocoholic but seriously, I could eat this cake every day… if I did, I would be showing you how to let out pants! 🙂

Cake Ingredients:
2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
1 stick of butter
4 tbs of cocoa powder
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
2 tsp of cinnamon

Frosting Ingredients:
4 tbs of cocoa
1 stick of butter
6 tbs of milk
16 oz of powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
1 cup of pecans (optional)

How to do it:

I hope y’all like it! It is so good!

Quick and Easy Paci Clip

Item: Paci Clip
Why I wanted to make this:  All of Everett’s paci clips were.. umm.. orange.  It’s not that I don’t like the color orange but they were all that color and I figured that I could probably whip something up that would be much cuter!  Also, Everett has figured out how to grab on to things and 9 times 10 times out of 10, the paci hits the floor if it’s not on a “leash.”  Gross!  The nice thing about these paci clips is that you can adjust the width and length of them to a size that is good for your child (i.e. if you have a toddler you may want something a little longer than 6-8″ or if you have an infant, you might want something a little shorter.)  Please note: paci clips should only be used while child is supervised!!
Items you will need:
– Strip of fabric (1-3″ wide x 7-10″ long)
– Snaps, paci rings, or small hair elastic bands
– Paci clips or suspender/mitten clips
– Sewing machine with thread

How to do it:

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Patchwork “Lovey” Blankets

Item: Patchwork “Lovey” Blankets
Why I wanted to make this:  My son likes to hold on to things and especially loves to hold onto a blanket when he falls asleep.  If you read all of the parenting books and ask your pediatrician they will likely tell you not to let your baby sleep with a blanket just yet, so after thinking about it in my head I decided that a little “lovey” blanket may do the trick.  I had a few pieces of fabric left over from Everett’s Sprocket Pillow and Patchwork Pillows to make a few of these cute little blankets.
Items you will need: 
– 9: 4″x4″ squares of fabric
– 1: 11″x11″ square of flannel or cotton
– Various colors of ribbon
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

After I made one for Everett, I came up with an idea to make it even better!  More on that soon!

Enjoy!

Receiving Blankets turned Swaddle Blanket

Item: Receiving Blankets turned Swaddle Blanket
Why I wanted to make this:  My sweet sweet boy is quite a squirmy one while he is sleeping and truly needs to be swaddled in order to get a good nights rest however my little big boy can no longer fit into his swaddle.  The swaddle blanket we have been using is The Miracle Blanket and it is amazing! I am quite sad that he has outgrown it but you know I LOVE a good project, so I grabbed my husband and a few receiving blankets and we got started.
Items you will need:
– 2 receiving blankets
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

Here’s the final product!  I want so say THANK YOU to my wonderful husband for helping me with this!  It turned out pretty well and I am sure I would have had to redo it at least three or four times if he wasn’t helping me along the way!  (Check out his blog, here!)

Let me know how you guys like this one! 🙂

DIY Cloth Wipes

Item: DIY Cloth Wipes
Why I wanted to make this:  You know those pink and blue receiving blankets that you stole.. err I mean brought home from the hospital after your bundle of joy was born?  (Seriously, you’re paying for it- you might as well take a few parting gifts, right?) Well since I was done using my receiving blankets and I couldn’t bear the thought of just throwing them away, I figured I could upcycle them.  A friend and I (hi, Gina!) were chatting about cloth wipes (we both use cloth diapers) and how easy it might be to make them so I remembered the left over receiving blankets and thought they would be perfect!  I wanted the wipes to be able to fit into my wipe warmer and/or a disposable baby wipe container so mine measure around 6″ x 4.5″ (the same size as a folded disposable wipe.)  You can easily add more to the length/width on the pattern to make them bigger.
Items you will need:
– 1 receiving blanket (or flannel)
Pattern
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

Even if you don’t cloth diaper, these little wipes can still come in handy for wiping spit bubbles, countertops, getting the fog off of the inside of your windshield.. etc. 

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Enjoy!

 

Cloth Diapers, Clothesline, and a New Outlook on Life

A little over three months ago my life changed drastically with the birth of my sweet baby boy, Everett.  I never knew how much I could love someone until I saw him. 

In planning for his birth my husband and I knew that we wanted to provide him with the most “natural” life that we could- with the exception of the epidural!! 🙂  Kudos to y’all who can do without it!  I’ve always been pretty “crunchy” (granola, hippy, whatever you want to call it) so I knew that I would want to breastfeed my baby as well as “wear” him in a wrap.  I had heard of cloth diapering but I wasn’t sure if I would be up for it- I did know that it was much better for the environment as well as for my wallet!  When I started researching cloth diapering I was surprised and excited (yes, excited) to see how far cloth diapers had come!

"Old School" Cloth Diapers

It was out with the “Old School” cloth diapers and in with the “New School” diapers.  There are so many types: pockets, all-in-ones (AOIs), prefolds, fitted, covers, and contours!  I didn’t know where to start!  After many hours of research and careful consideration Tyler and I decided that cloth diapering was the best way to go for our family.  We would be able to save money as well as not contribute to the landfills.  Thanks to some friends I was able to navigate my way through the world of cloth diapers and figure out the ones that work best for my baby.  I use one size pocket diapers for Everett, if you were wondering!  (There are a few links at the bottom of the page for anyone that may be interested in learning more about cloth diapers!)

"New School" Cloth Diapers

After cloth diapering Everett for about a month, I decided that I wanted a clothesline and I was determined to figure out a way to get one.  “Sunning” your diapers helps to naturally remove stains as well as sanitize the diapers.  I browsed the internet to find different ideas and helpful hints but couldn’t really come up with something that would work in our backyard where we have lots of sun in an area but not very much “yard.”  My husband and my dad are pretty handy so I recruited them to help me figure this out.  They decided that they would build the clothesline off of our existing wooden pathway that goes down the side of the house to the basement.  This is the optimum spot as the sun hits it directly for 8 or more hours a day.  

Wanna build your own clothes line?  Here’s how they did it:

Items you will need:
1- 20ft Wire Rope Dog Run
1- 2×4
2- Eye Hooks
Screws and Drill
Saw

How to do it:

First, you will want to decide where to put up your clothesline. Tyler and my dad decided to use the wooden pathway leading down to the basement.

 

Next, cut your 2x4 into two- they cut this one into different sizes since the pathway is on an incline. This made the clothesline more level.

 

Attach the 2x4 at the base by using the screws and the drill.

Screw in the eye hook. You may want to use a wrench or the like to help you get it in nice and tight.

 

Repeat the last two steps.

 

Hook the dog run onto both posts...

 

.. and TA-DA!

 

Instant clothesline! Thanks guys!

So this might not work in your backyard, but maybe there is an idea or two that you can use if you are looking for a way to put up a clothesline! 🙂
 

Diapers out on the line!

If you’re interested in learning more about cloth diapering here are a few links to check out!  Please feel free to email me if you would like to learn more about cloth diapers, breast-feeding, baby “wearing,” etc,  I would be more than happy to give you any information or advice!

 
 
 
Happy building! 🙂
 
 

Baby Mobile

Item: Baby Mobile
As seen onLittle Pink Monster
You can find the tutorial here!
Why I wanted to make this:  Tyler and I decided that we didn’t want to know what the sex of the baby was going to be (yes, we’re old school) so we decorated our baby’s nursery in brown and teal.  I couldn’t find a mobile that I was really in love with anywhere so I took to the internet (or inner-webs as some folks call it) and set out to find a DIY mobile.  While browsing one of my FAVORITE blogs Little Pink Monster (formally Samster Mommy) I came across this beautiful mobile she made and thought I might be able to tweak it to fit my little one’s room.

Image from LittlePinkMonster.com

Deviations from the tutorial: Instead of using butterflies (cute as they are) I decided to go with flowers.  I had a lot of other more “masculine” elements in the room so I wanted to add in a few “feminine” touches.  I looked all over for a craft punch that I liked but couldn’t find one.  I came across these flowers at Michael’s Craft Store and figured I would be able to finagle a way to make them work.  I also grabbed some pearls to use as weights rather than using the penny technique that Natasha used.

Just a few of the materials.

As  I began to add the flowers to the string I realized that I was very meticulous with the placement of the flowers.  I tried to alternate brown and teal as well as patterns and place them sporadically to create visual interest.  It probably took me longer than it should have however I was pregnant and it turned out really cute!

I used the pearls to “tie-off” each flower so they wouldn’t fall down.  Let me try to explain.. I put the string through the hole in the center of the flower and then I slid on a pearl and would wrap the string around and back through the pearl.

Please excuse my "paint" skills..

After I had made all the strands of flowers/pearls I  spray painted the wreath base and patiently let it dry.. (okay not really but you can’t see the fingerprints when it’s hanging up!)  I added the strands of flowers to the wreath as well as added a little bit of pre-made flower strands to the top.

Ta-da!

Overall I am very pleased with the mobile!  Everett loves to lay under it and watch it- which makes me very happy seeing as I made it and all! 🙂

This is what Everett sees!

Hope y’all get inspired and make something cool! 🙂

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The “Little Mister” Tie Bib

Item: The “Little Mister” Tie Bib
Why I wanted to make this:  I have seen these popping up all over the place and thought that I might be able to make my own at home.. why buy one if you can make it out of items you already have?
Items you will need:
– 1 towel (or hand towel depending on how many bibs you intend to make)
– 2 different colors of fabric (one for the tie and the other for the base of the bib)
– Sew on velcro or snaps
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these darling bibs head over to my Etsy shop and check them out!

 

Patchwork Pillow

Item: Patchwork Pillow
Why I wanted to make this: My grandmother made Everett a beautiful quilt and had leftover fabric that she gave to me.  You may recall I used some of this in the Sprocket Pillow.  Some of the scraps that were left over were 2″ by 10″ strips and I figured there had to be something that I could make out of them!
Items you will need:
– Ten to Fifteen strips of fabric 2″ wide by 10″-12″ long
– Large piece of fabric for back side of pillow
– Polyfil or the like
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

You can make any shape of pillow you want depending on the type of scrap fabric you have! 🙂

Reversible Baby Pants

Item: Reversible Baby Pants
Why I wanted to make this:  Baby pants are just so darn cute that I couldn’t resist another project! Also, I had several types of fabric that “go together” and wanted to get some good use out of them!
Items you’ll need:
– You are going to need to cut out two patterns of baby pants (four pieces of fabric).  I used a pair of Everett’s 0-6 month sized pants to make the pattern.
– 2″ of ribbon
– Elastic- measure around your baby’s waist to determine the length you need.  I used 17″ of  1/2″ elastic.
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

If you are interested in purchasing a pair of Reversible Baby Pants, please see the pricing page!

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