Several weeks ago I babysat our two year old granddaughter for a week. During the stay she found our diaper stash. We literally have diapers of every size. When our grandbabies come to visit, I often tell their parents not to bring too many diapers with them. That way they have more room in their luggage for other essentials. As a result we have a stash of diapers in every size. Our little Ellie has an affinity for playing with baby dolls, so when she found the stash of diapers every doll in the house was diapered immediately. And, of course, being the good momma that she is, she changed her babies frequently. The newborn size diapers in my stash was greatly diminished that week. Soon after they left I searched Pinterest to find a baby doll diaper and bib pattern. A few days later all our dolls were appropriately attired.
The doll in the photo above is 13" long.
I found the diaper pattern at Skip to my Lou. I twerked it a little (making the back a little higher, and the front tabs a little longer), but for the most part I used Cindy's cute pattern. This cloth diaper can be used on dolls 13" to 17" tall because of the expandable waist. Because we have dolls all different sizes, I put a strip of velcro (soft side up) across the front of the diaper, instead of putting smaller pieces on the front at exact places to fit a specific doll. By doing this the waist of the diaper can be expanded to fit a variety of dolls. See photo below...
I found a baby doll bib pattern at The Crafty Cupboard. I added 1/2" around the outside edge of the bib and made the neck hole a little larger to better accommodate the variety of dolls we have. I whipped up a half dozen diapers and as many bibs in one day. I'm also going to make a few little cloth "wet-wipes" and a dolly Dwipe, so our little mommas who come to visit have a place to store these baby supplies.
In a month some of our grandkids will visit again, and I'm looking forward to seeing them play with these items and a few more I'll be making in the coming weeks.
Are you one of those women that uses Pinterest with a passion, but rarely creates anything from the myriad of pins you've stored? Me too. I've decided to turn over a new leaf ...
I store the plastic bags I accumulate from the grocery store under my kitchen sink. The other day I opened it up, and it looked like a plastic bag factory blew up in my cupboard. Seriously. I decided right then and there what my next project would be, and, fortunately, I remembered I had pinned a tutorial for this very item. This Grocery Bag Dispenser is from a tutorial at Moda Bake Shop.
I happened to have a "charm pack" of fabrics in my stash, but you could also cut your own 5" x 5" squares from scraps or fabric you currently have. The project only takes 16 squares.
I used a 1/2" seam on this project, which makes finished squares that are 4" x 4".
It's amazing how many plastic bags fit into one of these dispensers. It tidies up a cupboard lickity-split!
I added a tab to the top of mine in case I ever want to hang it from a hook...
This project takes about an hour to complete, and it's the perfect project for a someone just beginning to sew.
Some of you may know that the last few months I've been redecorating our play room. It started with a fresh paint job and a herringbone accent wall. Then we added some new carpet to the mix. One of the last things I wanted to accomplish was a redo of our glider rocker. I checked that off the list yesterday.
Once again I forgot to take a proper "before" photo, so I had to rummage through some photos I took recently of my grandkids. I watched three of these kiddos earlier this month while their parents lived it up on a Caribbean cruise. The glider rocker is in the background of the photo -- their car and boat in the foreground. Clearly, these kids have people to see and places to go. Anyway, the upholstery on the glider rocker was shot. One too many has been put to sleep on that rocker, and it was obviously in need of a total face lift.
Here's what a day at the spa can do...
I'm making an appointment for myself at my favorite spa the minute I'm finished typing this post.
I'm trying to create a fun atmosphere in this room where our children and grandchildren can gather and relax as the little ones play. I chose Premier Prints Small Dandelion in turquoise and white for the fabric. It's a medium weight twill that should hold up nicely for the occasional use it will encounter.I chose this fabric because it picks up one of the colors in the herringbone accent wall behind it.
I used the same technique to recover these cushions as I have in the past. Go here and here for a tutorial. One simply takes apart the seams of the old fabric covering the cushion and uses that fabric as a pattern piece to cut out the new. Then recover the same cushions with the new fabric.
To delineate the curve where stitching had been on the old cushion, I used covered buttons...
Some cording was covered with fabric to make piping which was inserted in the seams on both the back and seat cushion...
A few tucks were added where old ones had been...
With this makeover, I think this rocker has a few good years left. It's a good thing because I think there will be more grandbabies to rock before we can retire her.
Our family has been thrown a few curve balls these last couple of years. I know that isn't anything unusual. I don't know a family that hasn't had some type of serious issue lately. It's an epidemic, but I've felt like we've spent time in the major leagues -- fast balls, curve balls, strike outs. I yearn for a little down time playing t-ball with 4 year olds and getting some easy home runs.
When life seems a bit overwhelming, I often turn to gardening. It lifts my spirit and satisfies my creative bent. February in Colorado isn't exactly the best time to do yard work. In a few months I'll be wrist-deep in dirt planting impatiens and tomatoes, but in the middle of winter I have to concentrate on inside gardens if I want that calming, creative influence in my life.
I have a corner window in my kitchen that houses a variety of blue and white pottery that I've collected over the years. I pick up items here and there (often at thrift stores) that strike my fancy.
Occasionally, I've received a few pieces as gifts...
The other day I decided to put them to better use and fill them with succulents. Here are some of the containers that I used. Gravy boats, different sized pitchers, and other odd sized containers became receptacles for these gorgeous succulents.
I love the feeling of bringing the outside indoors.
These plants will do beautifully in our window, and when it gets warmer outside and they've outgrown their containers, I will plant them in our garden to enjoy over the spring and summer.