Thursday, June 30, 2011

Car Seat Canopy and Seat Belt Covers

This may not be the most exciting post, but it's nice to have one more thing done and ready for the baby. I just finished up the car seat canopy for her car seat.
I used my own measurements, but I basically used THIS same concept for it.

I did coordinating straps. I was going to put a big button on it, or maybe a fabric flower, but I obviously haven't yet. Maybe later. I've got other things I'm trying to get done, and only a little over a week to do them. So all in good time!

Here's the fabric on the underside of the canopy. Matchy, matchy!

Then I made some coordinating seat belt covers that are...


Again, I used my own measurements, but I used THIS same concept.
And just a note for anyone concerned, they don't prevent the chest buckle from coming up to where it needs to be. Safety, always!!

So now it's all ready to bring new baby home in!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another watermelon accent

We finished up another little piece that is at home in the baby room.

The changing table.

I bought this changing table before Gavin was born for about $20 at the thrift store, but never took the time to paint/use it. But I always wish I had.
With some more Krylon Watermelon spray paint, she fits right in!

The pink may be too bright for some, but I personally love it. The walls and carpet are neutral and the crib and rocking chair are white, so why not have a couple bold pieces

She's all ready to hold a smelly child! :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Diaper Pouch

Are you sick of projects using this fabric combo yet?

I'm not!! I put together this diaper pouch using Noodlehead's Diaper Pouch Tutorial. Anna's tutorials are so well explained, she makes it so simple!
The only thing I changed was the strap. I didn't have any belting, and I didn't want to run to the store, so I just used fabric, and embellished it with a coordinating vintage button. I L-O-V-E buttons.

As Anna said, it easily fits 3-4 diapers, travel wipes, and a tube of diaper cream! PERFECT!

And OF COARSE I had to use the Amy Butler fabric again. Had to have it coordinate with my bag!

Now I'm ready to change some diapers!
Not so sure I should be too enthusiastic about that part. :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Nursery song posters

I've been browsing around on the internet, looking for some posters for the baby nursery,

but being as cheap as I am, I have a hard time spending $20 for one, frame not included.

Then I thought, "Why can't I make some myself?"And here's what I came up with.

I loved the idea of having songs on the posters. So I picked 3 that my mom used to sing to me, among many.
"My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. Always one of my favorites.

"You Are My Sunshine"

Here's a close up of that one since it's a little hard to see.

And of coarse, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".

I got the white frames from Walmart, $14 a piece with the mat included.

And now they hang above the crib.

Plus, a little something else will be going above them...but I'll wait until it's done.

Happy Monday!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Just a quick note...

After asking for opinions, it seems that most people don't love the "Loom" idea,

so we'll just stick to Nature's Heirloom!!

Which is fine by me!!!

Thank you for all your input and love on the new look!!

You guys ROCK!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pretty In Pink

This, plus...this, plus a little of...

this, and you have...

This! Isn't she pretty?!

The spray paint is Krylon in Watermelon. Yum.Perfect for the baby's new room. And I had to show off her mini chandelier.
Next week there will be projects galore! I only have a little over 2 weeks until they induce me!! So I've got to hurry and get things done!!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blog makeover

So I've been working on my little blog makeover for the last few days. I'm not very good at figuring out things on the computer, so it was probably more work then it would be for most.

But I have to ask.

What do you think?

Honest opinions!

And I wanted to know what you honestly think of the "Loom" as kind of the nickname? I wanted something a little shorter, and I figured it has to do with sewing since a loom weaves fabric, plus it's in the name "Nature's HeirLOOM".

So help me out and tell me your opinion!


You guys are the BEST!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Lemon Sugar hand scrub

I've seen some recipes for Lemon Sugar hand scrub on a few other blogs and thought that was such a great idea for a quick gift.So here's my version:
I mixed together about 1 1/2-2 cups of sugar, 3-4 TBL canola oil (most recipes said olive oil, but the smell just overpowers the lemon too much) and then 1/3-1/2 cup of lemon juice. OPTIONAL: you can add a bit of lemon scented essential oil for an extra lemony smell.
(these are approximate measurements. I pretty much did it to texture and smell)I had enough to fill up one of these little jars I got at Walmart for just a couple bucks. I tied a long skinny scrap of yellow fabric around the neck,I made a quick label with photoshop, printed it out to the size of the face of my jar onto a large (full sheet) packaging label and cut it down to size,
and stuck her on.
And that's it! Super quick and easy. And I used some of it (gotta test your own product!) and it was heavenly. The hint of lemon scent, the sugar exfoliates so nicely, and the oil definitely moisturizes.

Gotta love such a quick project.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Carved leather cuffs

I saw this tutorial on Lil Blue Boo, and I had to make one for Mr. J for Father's Day. He likes sentimental, he wears leather cuffs, and he likes gifts that reflect or are involving his children. Mine don't look NEARLY as good as Ashley's. Like, not even close. I ordered the same items she mentioned in her tutorial, but either I got a weird kind of leather, my new tools were too dull, or you have to be awesome and pocess some kind of special ability or technique. Whatever the case was, mine kept shredding the leather as I carved, no matter what position of the carving tool, making chunks stick up every which way. Not as smooth as hers. But I still like it! We'll just call it "extra rustic". Humor me.

The small one I had Kadie write "Daddy I love you" just like on the tutorial. And for the big one, I did the kids birthdays on it (leaving a blank space for the day of when new baby will be arriving). Kind of a man's version of those charm bracelets women get with their kids' birth stones on them. Those little numbers were HARD to carve out. But I'm still happy with the result. I just hope he likes them!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Gathered Clutch

It feels so good to start crossing things off my "to try patterns and tutorials" list that is pages and pages long.

I took a small break from making all baby stuff. And honestly, it was kinda nice. Even though I still have a million things to do and only 3 weeks left! We have a family reunion coming up, and we usually do a raffle. This year we're raffling items for money which will go towards a charity.

So I decided that one of my items would be a gathered clutch from Noodlehead. I've been wanting to try one of these for quite some time, and now that I've made this one (especially since it matches my new bag), I SOO want to keep it. But I won't. It's for a good cause. I'll just make another one for me. Sometime. I obviously used left over fabric from the 241 Tote. I just love that fabric.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Towels/washcloths for baby

Kind of like with recieving blankets, I despise the towels and washcloths you can buy for babies. They're just not big enough in my opinion. I like to be able to wrap my cold, wet baby up in a big, fluffy, snuggly warm towel. And the mini wash cloths just don't do it for me. I like to have one big wash cloth to lay over their tummies to keep them a little more warm in the bath, and I like one with substance for washing.

Call me picky. So I made some towels and washcloths that will do exactly those things.
I made some hooded towels the same as my hooded towel tutorial. I realize the hood itself will be huge for the little baby head right now, but it will keep her snuggly, and it will last her a long time.
The light pink one I put two little ears on top.On the dark pink one, I used some 3/4" bias tape I made to decorate the hood to match...
the wash cloths!
I used some scraps from the towels to make a couple and just lined them with the bias tape (see tutorial here). The white washcloth was from a 8 pack of plain white, serged edged washcloths I found at Target for $2.50.
Then I used another white one and just added a few polka dots.

Now everything's ready for the new baby's bath time!