Posts Tagged "baby"

Cotton Gauze Baby Blankets

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Blog, Feature | 0 comments

Cotton Gauze Baby Blankets, angle

One of my coworkers is expecting her first child in a little less than a month from now. We had a baby shower for her at work, and I planned to whip up these light weight swaddle blankets for her. Unfortunately as I was sewing the first one, the needle on my machine hit a pin straight on and jammed it into the machine. I couldn’t get it to work that night (I was doing some last minute sewing, you see, and started to look for the best intermediate sewing machines already) so I ended up giving her a cute crocheted owl (really quick to make) and some soft blocks that Lex had outgrown. I didn’t get a picture of the owl before I gave it away, but maybe I’ll get a cute picture of it with the baby eventually. 🙂

So, without the looming baby shower deadline, these blankets got put on the back burner. This past weekend has been the first without any house guests or major cleaning or medical emergency in a looong time so I was finally able to get them done. Luckily, I’d already taken my machine apart and fiddled with it a bit and somehow got it working again. I got the idea and how-to for this project from my crafting idol, Dana from Made. She comes up with the cutest stuff and great tutorials. As for this tutorial, I went with option 2 and didn’t bother with ironing. This fabric keeps a fold well without ironing, so that saves you a step!

I chose neutral colors because they’re not 100% sure of the baby’s sex. They think it’s a girl but the ultrasound wasn’t very clear. At the fabric store, aside from these neutrals, there were only primary colors or pink and personally I’m not a big fan of primary colors. After she got them, the new mama said she really liked the colors, so I’m glad it worked out.

Cotton Gauze Baby Blankets

When Lex was born, I kept him swaddled a lot of the time because it helped him sleep. The standard swaddling blankets are made of flannel, which is nice and absorbent but also warm. Since the baby’s due in August and we live in Arkansas, I wanted to give her a lightweight alternative for swaddling, ‘ll give her a comfortable child stroller once the baby is born. A couple of other great things about these are their size (45 x 48 in), which means they can grow with baby, and they have some stretch, so baby will stay nice and snug. I wish I’d had some of these when Lex was teeny tiny!

As for packaging, I tied the rolled up blankets together with a ribbon I had in my stash. See that perfect little bow? My husband did that! I was impressed. I just wanted him to tie a simple knot while I was holding them together, but he went and got all fancy on me.  🙂

These were a great baby shower gift. They were really simple to make, they’re really useful, and they’re lovely. If you’re expecting or know someone who is, I’d highly recommend making some of these!

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A Ms. Ashley Original

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Blog, Feature | 1 comment

A little over a week ago, our little cousin, Harper Payslee, turned one. When I asked her mama what she needed, she said “A Ms. Ashley original.” Now, I am a pretty indecisive person when it comes to picking out gifts. I always worry that the person on the receiving end will hate it or wonder why on earth I decided to get it for them. I’m probably over thinking it, but that’s what I do. Originally I was going to crochet some kind of stuffed animal, but I wasn’t inspired by any of the patterns I saw. I finally decided on something embroidered using my new book. The stuff in there is so girly and cute, I knew it would be perfect for a baby girl. Here’s the design I finally settled on:

I love this curly tree, and since owls are all the rage right now, I wanted to stick one up in the branches. I decided to make him pink to give it a girly touch.

Originally I was just going to make a hoop to hang in the wall of her room, but I remembered that I had a blank onesie that I had planned on using for Lex’s first birthday. So, I cut the embroidery into a circle and sewed it on. Ta-da!

I was quite happy with how it turned out. And just in case the onesie didn’t fit Harper, I sewed it in such a way that I can remove the applique and sew it to another, bigger onesie. As a bonus, Lex liked feeling the texture of the embroidery floss, so I’m sure Harper will, too. Her mama was very happy with her Ms. Ashley original.

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Weekly Inspiration

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Weekly Inspiration | 0 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I thought it would be appropriate since I’ve been feeling inspired this week. I got a little burnt out after all the holiday crafting, but now I’m ready for a new project. It’s been a long time coming but I’m finally determined to finish Lex’s room. For some reason when I was pregnant, I didn’t really nest a lot, and I blame that for his room not getting done before he was born. Plus we were broke. And I had a soul-sucking job which caused me to be constantly tired. And I was pregnant. Anyway, now that Lex can sort of entertain himself for short periods of time, I have hope again that I can finally get it done!

So, I’ve been dreaming up a storm and have a vision of what it’s going to look like.

First and foremost, I was dying to get some cubbies like this for Lex’s room. I don’t have a dresser for his room, but there are built-in drawers. I thought a cubbie unit would be great because it can be bookshelves or, if you add some baskets, it can also hold clothing. Thanks to Ana White, woodworking goddess, I am going to build them myself. These exact cubbies:

On Saturday I went and got my supplies and have already started cutting, with help from my talented husband. (He’s making sure I don’t cut my hands off.) I’m a little worried about how it’s going to turn out but I’m also very excited to actually be building something with real wood from scratch.

Above the cubbies I want to hang some art and photos on the wall in a sort of montage. Along those  lines, here are some things I’ve seen around and may want to replicate:



Source: via Ashley on Pinterest


I want to get some of those paper machĂŞ letters from Hobby Lobby, cover them with moss and use them to spell “LEX”


The next big thing I’ve been wanting to get for Lex’s room is a big comfy chair. At first I wanted a rocker, but Lex doesn’t need to be rocked to fall asleep. Then I wanted an oversized armchair, but then I thought of a papasan chair. I have always wanted one of these chairs but was afraid it would get torn up. When I found one on Craigslist for $30, though, I couldn’t pass it up. It’s from Pier1, and the cushion is micro suede ochre. Here’s a photo from Pier1’s website:

Papasan Chair & Frame - Brown

The reason mine was so cheap is that part of the bowl is a little broken. I’m planning on using some sugru to patch it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

When I went to visit my mom last spring, we went to the IKEA in Tampa, and I got this fabulous leaf canopy for Lex.

LĂ–VA Bed canopy IKEA Can be mounted on the wall above a bed, an armchair etc. Filters the light, creates an atmosphere without blacking out.

Originally I was planning on just putting it over his crib, but now I’m thinking it would be great to use as a cover for a reading nook. Then there’s this idea for a giant leaf planetarium:


Giant Leaf Planetarium

I love the idea of twinkling stars above Lex as he falls asleep. Plus his daddy has been messing around with arduino lately, and I’m sure he could make this happen.

At Lex’s daycare in each room they have something called a “cozy corner” with pillows and stuffed animals. I really want to have something like that in his room, too, where he can snuggle up and look through books. I really love these:




He’s probably too little for the little canopy just yet (in that he would probably just tear it down all the time), but eventually it would be lovely.

Here’s where I’m a little stuck. Remember these great shelves that came with the house?

What should I put on those shelves? It would need to be items that are only decorative. I’m working toward a double theme of dinosaurs/nature and astronomy/space, but I don’t want to get too matchy with everything. I got a little T-Rex 3-D puzzle and I think I’m going to copy my talented sister’s idea and do it up like this:

So he’ll go up there once finished. But what else?

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Like Father, Like Son: Viking Hats

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Blog, Feature | 1 comment

My husband and I have been together for five years now, and in all that time, I’ve only knitted him one thing- a scarf. It’s not that I didn’t want to knit anything else for him. He’s just not a knit-wearing kind of guy. That is, until I stumbled across this wonderful, free pattern for a Viking hat on Chile con Yarne. A friend of ours commissioned me to knit one for her nephew for Christmas, and since I had plenty of leftover yarn, I jumped at the chance to make something for both my husband and my son. Aren’t they the cutest manliest father-son duo you’ve ever seen!?


Lex truly seems to love his hat. He kept taking it from me and indicating that he wanted to put it on. He especially likes the horns (of course!). I, for one, am very excited to be able to cross a project off of my list!

Vinnie’s hat was done about a month ago. He has worn it proudly and received many compliments. 🙂 Now I just need one, and we’ll be quite the Viking family!


Thanks for reading! Far vel and goodbye!

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My Grown-up House {Lex’s Room}

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Feature, My Grown-up House | 0 comments

This is the second post in my series “My Grown-up House.”

The first room I’m making over belongs to my sweet baby Lex. When we first moved in, his room needed the most work. It had a lot of issues but also a lot of potential.

Don’t you just love these windows?
See the icky fake wood paneling?
  Lots of built-in storage, which is great.

See what I mean? Lots of work but lots of potential. I pleaded with my landlord to let me paint over the paneling. Being the awesome guy that he is, he agreed, as long as I painted it the same color as the rest of the house. Enhance the look of your home by adding accessories to your iron door. He even provided the primer and the paint! After several weeks of painting while very pregnant and with help from friends, the kids and the husband, we finally got it done. Ta-da!

And yes, I also repainted the trim and built-ins. It was a big fat pain in the butt but completely necessary. Unfortunately, I made a rookie mistake and bought the cheapest possible paint. It was way too thin and I ended up doing three coats even after priming! And the worst part is that the tape pulled some big chunks off when I was removing it, and you can tell that it’s not going to hold up very well to wear and tear. I may end up having to sand and repaint all the trim again, but I really really hope not.

I saw some beautiful rugs for sale yesterday and I got one for Lex’s room that goes great with the new painted walls. Overall, I think it turned out pretty great. One thing I’ve heard over and over from decorating shows is that paint gives you the biggest bang for your buck. I think this little transformation proves that quite well.

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