Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Used to Make Margaritas... Now I Make Onesies.

I accidentally bought a stained onesie from a garage sale. If you look close you can see the stains on the upper left corner of it. I tried everything to get that sucker out! My favorite method of stain removal is to lay in the sun and let the sun bleach it out. This stubborn stain even held on after the sun trick. Sooooo I decided to dye it black along with another stained onesie that I bought on accident.

After I dyed it black I cut letters out of freezer paper and ironed onto the onesie. The plan was to put bleach in a spray bottle and spray it on the onesie to make a cool design, but to leave the wording black. Well this didn't work for me. I think I sprayed waaaaay too much on the letters so they were completely drenched with bleach. After I was done you could see the wording, but barely.

Since plan A didn't work I decided to try plan B. I hand painted the wording in black. I used a paint pen for the first time. Not a fan. I'd much rather work with actual fabric paint. The baby isn't even born yet, but he still knows which team is the best!

I had two friends who had baby girls so I made them a special little gift.
For sweet baby "J."

And for sweet baby "b."

And another onesie for my boy. I love this one! This was originally white with multi-colored stripes, but I dyed it black also. I cut the stencil out of freezer paper using my Cricut and ironed onto the fabric. This time I used fabric paint and am much happier with the results.

What do you guys think?
XO! - Jess

Monday, July 25, 2011

Some Things Are Just Not Meant to Be

Sadly the "pee" chair and I just weren't meant to be friends. After ripping out all the stain colored fabric I was ready to get started covering it with navy blue corduroy. Man wasn't that original fabric nasty? 

Under that nasty fabric I discovered these little bastards. These are what size staples that were holding the whole shebang together. I've never seen staples this big. I was able to remove some of them, but my fingers were covered in blisters and the staples broke my needlenose, jewelry making pliers. In comes Chad. He started removing the rest of the staples and THEN the wood started falling apart. I almost cried. The chair was only $3 on a thrifting trip, but I had this image in my head of what it could be and was pretty excited about it. The image in my head was not of the chair laying in the dumpster where it currently is. I may or may not have started singing "Na na na na hey hey hey good-bye" when Chad took it to the dumpster.

Ignore my swollen fingers in this picture. The heat index was 110 when I took this picture yesterday. Now...... any ideas on what to do with 2 yards of navy blue corduroy? 

Happy Monday! 

Friday, July 22, 2011

I Made Some Pillows

The yellow pillows started out as hand towels from Target. The brown and tan square ones were cloth napkins from Wal-Mart. The flower print ones were clearance napkins from World Market. And the front blue flower pillow on the bed started out as a napkin from Kohl's. The red, white and blue pillow was a napkin from World Market. All you do is iron whatever it is you're using. Fold in half the wrong side out and iron. Sew along 2 of the edges and 1/2 of the 3rd edge. Then turn right side out, stuff with fiber fill and hand stitch close. Make sure you put enough stuffing inside! The couch pillows had to be cut open and re-stuffed because I didn't fill them up enough!!!!

Here is the only before picture of our bed I could find. I am soooooo ready to pack the ugly pregnancy pillows away!

And here is after! I love how the colors really brighten the room up. I made the pillow up front too, but I forgot to take a close up picture of it.

 This is what our bed really looks like on a daily basis. Hate the ugly preggo pillows!!!!!

Each of these pillows cost $3 max to make!!!!

Happy Weekend Friends!
XO! -Jess

Saturday, July 9, 2011

My Updated To-Do List!

1. Finish making the crib mobile
2. Finish painting the wooden high chair
3. Finish the "pee chair" (Monday?)
4. Make some onsies (I have one done, but two in the works)
5. Finish sewing the felt owl
6. Make an owl picture for the nursery w/ S's help
7. Finish cake stand #2 (Monday?)
8. Start the process of redoing the vintage port-a-crib (Need to work up a lot of energy to tackle this project!)
9. Clean up my 2 thrift store lamps
10. Start and hopefully finish knitting a baby blanket
11. Make an owl blanket for the baby  (I have the one done, but have decided to make a second one.)
12. Make a soap dispenser for the kitchen using one of my thrifting Mason jars
13. Clean up and paint the wooden silverware tray
14. Make pillows out of the thrifted cloth napkins I bought
15. Make a blue liner for the thrifted picnic basket (Tomorrow?)

I love checking stuff of the list!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Thrifted High Chair is Finished.... FINALLY!!!!! and other happenings...

Remember this????? 

 Well now it looks like this!!!

I'm pretty much in love with it. It seemed like it took forever to finish. And there were quite a few set backs. We don't have a covered spot at our apartment to work on projects like this. So I had to wake up pretty early to work on it for awhile and give it enough time to dry before moving it inside while I went to work. Not to mention I live in the Mid West and its super humid out the majority of summer. On really hot and humid days I couldn't do any work at all. First I sanded it down to get rid of any imperfections in the wood and to get the glossy finish off. Then I painted the majority of it (while wearing a fumes mask so the baby didn't get harmed). For some reason the paint wasn't drying after a few days so I had Chad take a look at it. Turns out I didn't sand it good enough. He said it needed to be primed before I could paint. And primer is too toxic for me to breathe in even with the fumes mask so I had to wait for Chad to do it. That took a few days! Not to mention time for it to dry and then he had to put a 2nd and 3rd coat on it. Then it was too humid to do any work for a few days. I finally got to start painting again. So the thing was finally painted and I started to go over it in acrylic gloss. Then I started noticing spots that weren't quite perfect! I couldn't live with that. So out came the paint again! I finally finished it yesterday after the rain stopped. And I'm so happy I did! I really love how it turned out! 

My new cupcake liner storage. I got the over sized Mason jar at a Salvation Army for $.50 or so. It didn't have a lid. So this is what I did with it.

And me at 29 weeks!

Back in this post I painted this basket aqua. I thought it was too much of that color after I painted the high chair the same shade. So I decided I would be happier if the basket was yellow!