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How to Make Infant Legwarmers from Ankle Socks

18 Oct

Why is it that it always takes me like 3 weeks to settle in once something changes in my life? And it always results in a blog break. Ah, well.

You may remember, a while back, that I wanted to participate in the Kid’s Clothing Week Challenge. I knew that there was no way I was going to make a different item every day, but I wanted to at least make one thing for S. I ended up choosing one of Prudent Baby’s tutorials, Baby legwarmers from a pair of socks. I had to modify it though, since the tutorial seemed like it was for larger babies/toddlers.

And so, I present to you, my tutorial for infant leg warmers from ankle socks!

Since this was the first time I was trying out this tutorial, I didn’t want to invest in really fancy socks, so I got this pair of socks at the dollar store.

1. Cut off the toes and discard.

2. Fold over the edges twice & sew to cover the rough edge.

3. Try the legwarmers on your baby to see if the top part fits. CAREFULLY make note of how big your little ones ankles/calves are & where you need to sew on the bottom. I drew on my picture to better illustrate where the stitches would go. The left sock hasn’t been sewn or cut yet, the right one has.

4. Cut along the seam in the ankle. Turn sock inside out and pinch opening closed until the ankle part is pretty much gone. Sew opening closed and trim of excess, so there is a straight(ish) tube. Left sock above has only been cut & the right one as been cut and sewn.

5. There will be a seam running up the back of the legging and another one running across the top under the elastic, but these never bothered me because the top seam gets tucked under his knee and they’re both in the back, so they aren’t really noticeable.

But that’s it! Pretty quick little infant legwarmers from ankle socks. I love seeing S hang out in them. I was surprised how warm they keep his feet. He doesn’t even need socks a lot of the time! (When we’re in the house, of course.)

If you make some for your little one, I’d love to see them!


Maternity Photos

13 Aug

It seems kind of weird to be posting these now that I’m not pregnant, but I had the baby just a few days after I got the photos, and didn’t get the chance to post them until now. I really like them though, so I’m going to post them anyway.

On June 18th, I met up with Tara and her husband from Indigo Butterfly Photography. We went to a castle at Highland Park, but I didn’t look good in my pics with the castle itself. :-/ The ones with the grounds came out though!

I’m a little bummed that the line from the bottom of my tank to shows, but what can ya do?

I connected with Tara because of a listing she posted on craigslist. She is actually coming to my house next week to take newborn pics of S too. I’m excited to see what silly poses we come up with.

They are really cool people and great to work with. Highly recommended.

Oh, Hi!

11 Aug

**I wanted to post this on Wednesday, so I dated the entry as such because, even though it’s technically Thursday as it’s after midnight, it still FEELS like Wednesday to me.**

Who would have known that the day after my last post would be the day I GAVE BIRTH TO MY SON?! Aaaand, that’s where I’ve been. I was on such a logging roll, too!

Meet my baby! I will be referring to him as “S” on the blog. John was able to make it home for S’s birth, which was awesome.

I had family at the house for the first couple weeks of S’s existence, and it was really nice to have the help. I ended up needing an emergency C-section, and the recovery was a little tough. All the turtling I did while I was pregnant carried over after his birth, except it HURT to get up instead of just being awkward. 😦 Guess cutting muscles will do that to ya.

It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve kind of got a schedule going (induce milk coma, get stuff done) so I’m hoping to be blogging more soon. I even did some sewing today, so I’ll have that to talk about next week. 🙂 Nothing fancy, but it was nice to cut some fabric and sit at my machine while my little man looked on.

Oh yeah, because I am a big nerd and needed something to do during feedings, I created S a twitter account (@EatSleepTwit) and a facebook fan page. So, feel free to add those.

Baby Shower – Food & Decorations

23 Jun

The first of the decorations is the wreath I made to hang on the front door. This is a little dollar store creation, and I really like it in it’s simplicity. Just a Styrofoam wreath, a couple shades of ribbon, a gift wrap bow, and some plastic baby rattles.  I used straight pins instead of glue too, so I can take the baby stuff off and use the wreath for something else.

Another project I did was the card garland. It was super easy, and I think it turned out really well. All I did was take some wooden clothes pins, trace the size of the top onto some scrapbooking paper, cut out all the little strips, glue the paper to the clothes pin, and clip them on a ribbon I’d hung to the wall. If I had more time, I probably would have coated them with some mod podge or something, but they are still hanging in my dining room and still going strong, so I didn’t need to. During the opening of presents, my mom would go over and pin up the cards so they added to the decoration!

The fabric hanging is (are?) some faux-quilt blocks I drew up and had printed by Spoonflower in Mario Brothers fabric I designed.  They came out really well, except my red is neon orange (boo you Spoonflower and your hatred of red!) and I made the Mario characters waaaay too small in one of my “fabric” patterns.  I didn’t really do the math right on how small they would actually be when they printed.  It still looks really cute though, and I can’t wait to use them in my baby quilt.

Now onto food!  We kept things pretty simple: bite-sized chicken salad sandwiches, tuna mac, veggies and dip, fresh fruit, and cupcakes.  Probably the fanciest thing was the baguettes with a cheese and bacon sauce, and that wasn’t even really fancy because the sauce came premade from Wegmans!

Do you like my Mario Brothers centerpiece?  My mom and I were in Toys-R-Us looking for Mario plates and things and we found those.  The way we rushed at those figurines, you would have thought we were in a desert and the dolls were filled with water.  Haha.

I made the cupcakes look like the mushrooms from the game. Well, I tried to anyway. The frosting demanded that it stay a little pastel. Oh well, it got the point across.  To make the spots, I used white chocolate wafers and white M&Ms.

And that’s that. There is another woman at work who is pregnant, and a guy who’s wife is pregnant, and all the people at work threw the three of us a baby shower. Do you guys want to see pictures of that, or should I just stick to crafty things? Comment and let me know. Until then, see you next time!

Baby Shower – Overview & Activities

18 Jun

Hold on to your hats, people, this is going to be a long one. Originally, I was going to split this up into a lot of entries, but I think since it’s been so long, I’ll just split it up into two: “Overview & Activities” and “Decorations & Food.” While my mom was up, she threw me a baby shower, and it was so much fun!

We, of course, had a Mario Brothers theme for the shower. This was the evite I made that my mom sent out to everyone. I don’t know if anyone would want it, but if you’d like, I can make it available as a download. Just leave a comment letting me know!

I got a lot of great presents, both from my registry and off. Just some of the things pictures are: “Give peas a chance” onesie from my friend Jess, a microwave bottle sanitizer from Mary, and the last two pictures have awesome Mario Brothers gifts from Nicole: Mario Brothers weebles and a print ad from a comic book for the Mario Brothers Atari game from 1983!  I would have included more pictures in this collage, but it would appear that I make TERRIBLE faces while opening presents, lol.

The above picture is a baby quilt that one of my co-worker’s mothers made, and I’m being a big nerd in the second picture and investigating the binding to see it it was machine or hand stitched on.  She said that it was a “cheater quilt” because the center is just a big panel, but I love it anyway.

Our activities were Mario Bingo*, baby shower word scrambles, “Colleen trivia,” and I had them decorate wooden “Ss” and “Ps” (the baby’s initials) that I’ll hang in the nursery.  Thanks to everyone who came out!

And that brings part 1 to a close!

*I made Bingo cards with Mario characters on them. Cute until I realized that I didn’t even know all the character’s names nevermind that no one else at the party knew the names… so I ended up calling things like “B little bullet guy” and “N angry looking alligator girl.” Ah well, lesson learned.

Mario Brothers / Old Games Nursery

15 Mar

This picture (source) has inspired me to make a Mario/old video game nursery. I was going to go with a classic Winnie the Pooh theme, but I think I’ll save that for when I have a girl. I think we’re going to nerd out on our little boy.

Here are some links to Mario rooms I’ve found on flickr:

Some of these look like they’re restickable wall decals, which I’m not opposed to, but I just haven’t found the look I want yet. I like the Super Mario 3 look more than the older, browner ones.

Other games we’re thinking of including: Bubble Bobble, Zelda, the dog from Duck Hunt, and Mega Man. Maybe Ninja Turtles later.

With as much as we might be moving around with the whole army life thing, I don’t really want to paint a mural on the walls. So that means that anything we make would have to be a stand-alone piece OR some kind of wall hanging.

I am also thinking up Nintendo bedding for the daybed that will stay in the room.  Stuff like this pillow and this quilt. And those are my thoughts so far. It’s going to be awesome.

Thank You, Christine!

18 Feb

Just a couple quick pics to show off the adorable clothes my work-friend Christine got for the baby. SO CUTE! I’ve added them to the clothing tab (0-3 Months) so you guys can click over there if you want the details.