Thursday, June 30, 2011

Baby Pinwheel Quilt

When my mom and I started on this quilt
2 inch squares seemed like SUCH a great idea. 
We didn't really think about seam allowance
or how small 2 inch squares really are...
Or how much smaller they are when you turn them into triangles. 
I'm not quite sure when we'll be brave enough to tackle such small quilting pieces again. 
But I DO think it turned out flipping cute

Check it homeboy. 

It's awesome huh? 
It's too bad that my "contribution" to this quilt mostly involved
 a pair of scissors and an ironing board...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Heal My Sole Giveaway

                         I found out about a great company the other day. 
They're called Heal My Sole, and they specialize in all natural lotions, foot scrubs, massage oils, lip balm, and even bug spray (I for one can't STAND the smell of store bought bug spray...I'd almost rather be eaten alive).
One of the greatest things though is that everything is priced for people like me who want quality, 
but hate spending a fortune. 

Wanna win something?
Heal My Sole is giving away a lip balm to 3 people. 

How to enter?

3 ways:
Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite Heal My Sole Product is
Leave a comment telling me that you've "liked" Heal My Sole on Facebook
Leave a comment telling me you're a You Seriously Made That follower (Follower...It makes it sound like we're a cult...maybe we are...)

and that's it.
Giveaway ends this Friday, and a winner will be chosen using

Can't wait until then? Use the coupon code YSMTlip on any purchase of $15 or more, and get a free lip balm with your purchase. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fabric Baby Booties

Another thing crossed off my 2011 to do list...
Fabric Baby Booties

I can't wait to try them on the baby!!
You can find the tutorial I used HERE

It's the perfect project for those left over scraps.
Especially for those of us who are too cheap to waste fabric. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

First Father's Day Gift

My husband is an amazing guy

He is the type of guy who would get up in the middle of the night while camping to walk me to the bathroom.
A guy who lets me take the last bite of his ice cream bar, even when it's his favorite one. 
A guy who takes me to New Moon when I don't have anyone else to go with.
A guy who puts up with my shannagains and thinks I'm funny, even when I am most definitely being annoying. 

"Who WOULDN'T want Jesus on their research team?!"

Yep. My husband is something else. 
And I just know he's going to be an amazing dad
because he loves our little girl so much already. 
And she isn't even here yet. 
So for Father's Day this year, I made him something from Zoey and me.

I think it's cute. 
And seeing how much he loves this little girl
I'm pretty sure he'll think it's cute too.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Car Seat Canopy

I keep seeing these car seat canopies wherever I go...
It seems like the perfect way to keep out the cold, and say "Don't touch my baby weirdo
Since we just found out we're having a GIRL, I figured it was time to lug out ol' Sally 
(my trusty sewing machine)
And put her to work using THIS tutorial...

I LOVE how it turned out. 
See mom? I CAN sew
Just don't look too closely...

It's a......

Last week was our BIG Ultrasound...
You know, the one where you find out if the baby is going to one day pee all over the bathroom floor or just fall into the toilet...  (I know, I know, girls pee on the floor too, and boys get stuck in the toilet as well...but let me just say, it's a lot easier for a girl to fall into a toilet. I know. From experience. Last week.)

Well, it was QUITE obvious at the ultrasound
that we're having....


My husband is so excited, it's ridiculous
And me, well, I just can't wait to start making all sorts of girly stuff!!

We're excited to meet you baby girl!
(Oh, and please kick a little harder so your dad can feel it too... he's getting a little jealous that you only like playing with me.)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Crocheted Blanket: No Hemstitching Needed!!

I absolutely love making large receiving blankets for friends who are having babies.
They take forever to make, but so worth it. And oh so practical (which I love)
I'm too lazy (and cheap) to go get my blankets hemstitched, but with this tutorial, you will never need to hemstitch your receiving blankets again because I came up with a cute and easy solution... 
okay okay, my MOM came up with a cute an easy solution. She's smarter than me anyways. 

Crocheted Receiving Blanket Tutorial

1 1/2 yards of flannel (fun print)
1 1/2 yards of flannel (corresponding print)
Sewing Machine, pins, scissors etc.
# 10 cotton string
Small Crochet Hook (size 1)

Step 1: Cut and Sew
Grab both pieces of flannel, and cut two identical large squares. Mine ended up 42x42, but yours can be bigger or smaller, depending on the width of your fabric. It's easiest when you use a rotary blade, but you can get away with scissors. Line up both pieces of fabric, right sides together, and pin it in place, and sew with a 1/4 inch seam. If you want a rounded edge, line a can up with the corners of the fabric, and trace with a pencil. That'll give you a good idea on where you need to sew. Once you've finished, trim, and cut notches into the rounded corners (makes it sit nice and flat once you've turned it right side out). Then turn it!

Step 2: Blanket Stitching
Before blanket stitching it, you're gonna need to iron all the edges nice and flat. Set your blanket stitch to the largest settings, and sew around the entire perimeter of the blanket. This will also stitch up the hole you left to flip the blanket. Grab your needle and thread, and use that machine stitching as a guideline (see pictures below for example). For instructions on how to create a blanket stitch, go HERE

Step 3: Crochet Edge.
Alright. Here's where we get a little complicated. There are TWO rounds or crocheting. 
Round 1: 2 single crochets on each blanket stitch. Don't make tight stitches or your blanket will bunch up weird  Sometimes I do 3 stitches around the corners. Totally up to you.
Round 2: 4 half double crochets, skip stitch, single crochet, repeat. This is gonna create a really cute shell stitch. At the end, tie off, and hide the ends of your string by weaving them into your crocheted shells. 

Yeah..this is where most of my crocheting occurs...My husband HATES when I put my feet on the dashboard... but how else am I supposed to crochet?!
And that's it! Now you have the perfect baby shower gift, without having to get it hemstitched. 
Now you too can waste hours and hours of your life like the rest of us crazy crocheters