The mini-boden challenge is still underway. And I am still working on the coat. The gorgeous faux rabbit fur arrived yesterday and it is PERFECT.
But oy, that coat has slowed me down.
So let's make this fun again, shall we?
I'm going to give away a PPF charcoal gray toddler dress, size 2-6, just like this one.
It's made of the softest herringbone suiting fabric ever. I know, you don't think suiting = soft, but take my word for it. This Is Luscious! Perfect with leggings or tights or jeans or bobbie socks. Dress it up or down... and throw it in the wash when you're done. Doesn't get easier than that.
Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post for one entry.
And link back to the this post for a second entry...
and share it on Facebook for a third!
(ok, I'm having a hard time figuring out who has shared it or liked or whatever on FB. Any tips here from those of you who have?)
I'll announce the winner Friday morning. We can celebrate while I'm on my way to Seattle for the Dottie Angel Workshop. Wooohoo!
Did you think I had forgotten?
Because I so have not.
I have, however, gotten all up-to-my-ears in this coat for Fidget. As I was waiting for the Duffle Coat pattern from Oliver + S to arrive, it occurred to me that I had never used the Wanderings Coat pattern that I bought two years ago from Sugar City.
While I am very impatient, it seems I also procrastinate. Ha ha! I'm so complex.
At any rate, Fidget's new Wanderings Coat is very close to completion (and I kind of want one for myself). It is taking longer than the usual one or two-day project, so if it weren't so yummy and delicious I would have put it down a while ago. My goal is to finish it this week.
So, no. I don't have anything new to show you.
I am thrilled that a few of you have posted some of your own back to school wardrobe knock-offs in the Mini Boden Challenge Flickr Group! Woohoo!
What clever, creative mamas you are!
[ Got a knock-off up your sleeve? Doesn't have to have mini-boden, my friend. Anything! If you said, heck, I could *make* something like that, and did, join in in the fun. Make sure you link to the original, and I'd love to showcase them here! ]
Have a happy and productive week~
(oh and thanks for the sweet comments on the nursery! It might be my favorite room of the house.)
15 months ago I had a baby. Since we didn't know for certain (although Hubs 100% suspected) that our newest little bundle would be yet another girl, the nursery sat unadorned for many months.
And then I started picking away at it.
Knowing that by the time it was complete, she would be quite past the new-baby stage (sigh. Do not let me go There.), I didn't want to incorporate anything that we would have to switch out again for a few years.
Also, there was the color palette. Deep Red. Aqua. Bright yellow. Pink. An overscaled Heather Bailey Pineapple Brocade! I could even do it from my stash, as there was serious yardage left over from a project for the teengirl that took a u-turn long ago.
Honestly, when I shared this with others, there was often a courteous smile and nod. I am positive they thought I was creating some kind of circus-like nightmare. Giant pineapples in a baby's room. Heavens to Betsy!
Neveryoumind. I knew what I was doing and marched on, albeit with some trepidation.
There is a mini down comforter for which I made a duvet. Wonderbaby likes her blankets and coziness. The bedding is simple. I made a pink bedskirt and added coordinating ties to a simple pink yard-sale bumper. The framed crewel piece is one of my favorite finds from a local thrift. I've had it for years and it works perfectly in here.
The window faces east, so it is lit up with the most gorgeous sunshine in the morning. Makes getting decent photos a bit tricky for some reason... seems like there is either a lot of light in there, or not. At any rate, The exposure meant that the floor length curtains needed a heavy duty lining. I tried pleating the curtains for the first time, and they are quite far from perfect, but I like how it reduced bulk at the rod. And it gives a playful print a more tailored look.
The dresser was picked up for $25 and given a new life with paint. I love love love this color. It's not too bubble gum or cadillac. The hardware is original. I know, it was perfect. I say it all the time, but they just don't make furniture like this anymore. They don't. It is so solid! (Do you like the finger smudges on the mirror?! Good. I'm just keeping it real. )
There are plenty of blankets that get moved around and used all over. One is a gorgeous quilt made by Beki, another is a red baby blanket from miss laeroport, one was picked up in the nie-nie auction in 2008, and a couple others are vintage finds that I had to rescue. They take turns in the crib and out and sometimes covering up with white rocker that has seen years of constant use. Jade made us one as well, but babygirl has adopted that as her snuggly favorite and it is never around for a photoshoot.
My favorite corner of the room is this, which is directly in front of you when you are walking up the stairs. The print is from Elsie, and I picked it up at the Red Velvet Art brick and mortar store when home in Springfield last year. The red shoes are from Jen. I made the green dress in a last minute mad dash for St. Patty's wear. The deer was picked up antiquing with my mom in Florida two years ago.
I still love embroidery. The simple stuff especially. I'm breaking tradition and by putting it up there, but I really like how her name became art so easily.
My mother in law made a cross stitch birth announcement for the wall, and it hangs by my rocker with this felt circle garland (from the Craft Hope for Haiti fundraiser) that I love but for which I can't seem to find a home. That moves around the room and sometimes comes downstairs for parties. Lucky garland!
The nursery is not finished, of course. What room ever is? I have a vinyl cuckoo clock decal on it's way from Etsy to go over the mirror, and some day I would love to replace this carpet and/or get a pretty area rug. But for now, it's all good.
It's a happy little space and Wonderbaby wakes up cheery every day.
Thank you so much for the sweet comments left about Rory's baby quilt. It was a joy to make and design, but a girl still has self doubt. I do. I don't often blog about blogging... it's a bit to meta for me, but I do think about it all the time. The tiny impact that little comments and encouragement leave on a person. Or negativity for that matter. It's so much more than virtual. I know you know what I'm talking about, so I'll get on with things. In short, thanks. It means a lot. xo
Jade called me out (on FB) when she said the Rory quilt was Dottie Angel-ish. I do have her aesthetic on the brain, as we are getting ready for our weekend retreat on the 24th. (With Beki too! Look out, Seattle. You have no idea what havoc awaits.)
Amassing the supplies has been terribly fun. So far they have all been found thrifting. This is my stash of trims and binding and hem tape.
There is talk about refashioning a slip and making all sorts of lovely things from a variety of scraps and grannyish doohickies we were told to bring along. I'm quite sure everyone in my day to day life who has heard me rambling on about this is hoping they don't end up with some stranger's upcycled undergarments for Christmas this year.
I have had very good luck finding the doilies and trimmings. Pillowcases and whatnots.
The stool, not so much. I thought I could fashion one myself. One with removable legs that I could fit into a suitcase. There is still time. It will involve power tools. Hubs doesn't like it so much when that happens. I'm clumsy. I don't have to bring one, but I love a challenge.
There still are two weeks, after all.
Until then, I have some crochet videos to watch. Apparently the needles have not yet seen the last of my lame attempts at blanket-making. Need I remind you what happened last time? The giant ruffle that would. not. stop. Miss Dottie Angel has her work cut out for her.
We have been celebrating the sweetest news a la Fence.
There is a new cousin to love.
To grow with.
Another little girl for the gaggle.
And we are so very very thrilled.
Little Rory, we can't wait to love you up in person. (New Mexico is So Far!)
miss chris and her girlies
Supplies: vintage sheeting + quilting cotton + flannel backing.
Technique: In lieu of batting, I used simple quilter's cotton inside. This is not a fluffy or stiff quilt -- very lightweight! Running-stitch embroidery both before and after quilting. Cotton heart doily applique on reverse. Crazy quilted stripes in all directions.
I loved making this one with all my heart. The sheets are so incredibly soft, and the doily adds that special extra texture that babies love. We heard the nursery was pink and brown (or tan), so I just went with that. I hope it doesn't clash too terribly much and gets lots of use.