Monday, December 12, 2011

The Happy Stacker

Did you know I turned 30 earlier this year?  It seems like forever ago (April) since the rest of 2011 has been dominated by my pregnancy and baby planning.  At the time, I didn't yet know that I was pregnant but I was in full sewing and quilting mode.  

It's no secret that one of my favorite fabric designers is Kate Spain and one of my favorite collections is Central Park.  (See my birthday hints here.)  Well, my hints paid off and I received lots of yardage of some gorgeous prints as well as two jelly rolls.  Little did I know at the time that the fabric line would become a large color inspiration for our entire nursery.

One of my favorite projects for the nursery is this stacking ring toy using some of the fabrics from the Central Park line.  The pattern is by Heather Bailey and called the Happy Stacker.  I'm admittedly no expert when it comes to following patterns, so this one was a bit of a challenge.  There was quite a bit of hand sewing involved which kept me occupied during my 2 hour glucose test at the hospital lab.  Without all of that dedicated time to kill, I'm not sure I could have mustered the will power to get through this one.  It was a process for a beginner like me!

The finished project now lives happily on our nursery bookcase.  I love seeing all of the colors and can't wait to see it finally in use.  Hope you like it little guy!
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Oh boy!

Where have I been?  Well, here's a little hint...

We're having a baby!  After a rough few weeks in the early part of my pregnancy, I eventually bounced back and got back on the sewing horse.  It was a dream to come true to learn that we were expecting and the nursery ideas immediately started flowing.

I'm so lucky to have a creative and hard working hubby.  I couldn't have done half of the stuff in the nursery decorating department without his help and feedback.

After months and months away from my blog, it's tough to pick a starting point, but I'll start with our fun little alphabet.

We purchased this set of letters via etsy at a little shop called Joy of Children.  Etsy was a huge inspiration throughout the decorating process.  These letters arrived unpainted so we did a little DIY project in the garage over several nights.  After priming and several coats of paint, I'm very happy with how they turned out.  

I hope you like the start of my nursery tour.  Trust me, I have tons more projects to share, and now that I'm on maternity leave, I hope to get more posted.  (But if I don't, it's probably because I have a bigger project in the works!  Official due date is only 6 days away :)
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