Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Baby Sling

I bought the fabric for a sling a long time ago and was planning to work on it this weekend. Conveniently, a great friend gave me a pattern book called Handmade Home which has a super easy pattern for it. The only change I made was to make the sling reversible. The main fabric was $2/yd at Hobby Lobby. The inside is from a duvet I tore up.
It didn't take more than an hour and a half to make altogether. Easy and fun!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Crib Sheets

We finally got the gift cards together to buy a crib mattress this weekend. So, of course, the first thing I did was make bedsheets for her crib. A dear friend sent me bucketloads of beautiful fabric so I combined some of my favorite patterns for the first one.

The second one was made from a duvet we bought at Ikea in Turkey.
These didn't take more than an hour each, and threading the elastic through was surprisingly easy.

Also, check out the sweet yellow crib! It definitely didn't come that way!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

35 Weeks and Free Chicken

Though I'm not a big Chick Fil-A fan, I'm definitely not going to pass up a free meal. The catch: dress like cows. The udders were definitely the best part!

And just for fun when feeling a bit goofy...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Maternity Silhouettes

We're not really the maternity photo shoot kind of people. They're really beautiful, but when I look at others', I either feel like I'm gazing into a moment that is WAY too intimate for me to see, or that they just look awkward. Pregnancy is really beautiful, but it can be hard to capture.

Anyway, instead of doing an actual photo shoot, we went for an alternate route of documenting my big belly.
All we did was drop trow (in the privacy of our own home, by ourselves) and take some pictures of our profiles. We printed the picture, traced it, cut it out, and stuck it in a frame with some decorated paper. Easy and super fun!

Important Note: If you decide to do this, make sure to delete the pictures from your computer prior to letting your [male] friends use it. Say hello to my new most embarrassing moment. It's still a bit too fresh to give anymore details...

Monday, July 05, 2010

Rocking Chair Cushion

This rocking chair was our first baby room purchase. I love the look of rocking chairs compared to gliders, so I opted for a Craigslist deal. I know I'll probably be spending quite a bit of time in it, so I wanted to make some cushions for it. This only took me 45 minutes, and I had everything on hand. I made a simple pattern out of newspaper, and went for it!

Though, I do think egg crate foam or quilt batting as the cushioning would be better than the pillow stuffing I used. It may need more cushion in the future, but I'm happy with this for now!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

More With Less: Fashion, Food, & Fun

In preparing for baby Aurora to come, Jonathan and I have evaluated a lot of the ways we do things in life. Though the final decision has yet to be made, I think I am going to keep working. I love my job, and one of the fears I had about having kids was abandoning everything else I was pouring my life into. I am so thankful for a job that allows me to give to, support, and love a demographic of people that are often neglected, avoided, and even feared sometimes. It's all still up in the air, but ideally, I'd like to move into a part time schedule where I only work 3 days a week. This will change our finances somewhat. Not dramatically, but we have been making efforts to cut back or even to see what it would be like to live off of Jonathan's salary.

We're also always looking for ways to give more and consume less in everything. Living in the states, it's so easy to become a consumer and keep compiling more and more and more things and actually start believing we need them. When, in actuality, we don't.

These two ideas have led us to begin a project that we're calling More With Less: Fashion, Food, & Fun. Beginning July 1, 2010, we have committed the next year to spending and consuming less in all areas of our life. Specifically:

Fashion: Aside from personal items and absolutely unavoidable situations (i.e. uniforms, etc.), Jonathan, Aurora, and I will only be buying recycled clothing, wearing homemade items, or buying something new if it is less than $5. Honestly, this isn't much of a change from the ways we already spend. (I'm pretty much obsessed with the bi-weekly dollar day at my favorite consignment store, Revive.) But, making the commitment will make it all the more enjoyable. The other main perk to this is that, in my opinion, buying used clothing is the most ethical way to shop. You know exactly where the money you're spending is going. (Revive gives up to 50% of their profits to a homeless ministry, Goodwill puts people to work, Salvation Army does lots, etc.) And on top of this, you're not contributing to sweatshops, child labor, or abused and overworked individuals. Of course I will try to buy recycled fabric as well, but needing to buy new fabric is unavoidable. I also have the $5 limit at other stores, because sometimes it's even hard to find recycled clothing or shoes for that price. On top of this, we'll be using cloth diapers for Aurora and (hopefully!) making our own laundry and dishwasher soap.

Food: According to the USDA, the "thrifty" family of 2 will spend approximately $350/month on food. The liberal family will spend $695/month. Jonathan and I have committed to a grocery budget of $240/month with hopes to decrease that as we become more and more comfortable with finding deals. Aurora will be breastfeeding and eating homemade baby food when she gets older.

Fun: Since we both work at coffee shops, we come home with tip money. The past few months, we've called our tip money our "fun money." This means we can spend it on whatever "luxury" item we want. Jonathan makes frequent trips to Checkers and Wendys while I stock it up for remnant fabric at Joanns and Hobby Lobby, or opening weekend of Eclipse! I probably won't be working at the coffee shop much longer (7 1/2 months pregnant=very, very sore and uncomfortable after an 8 hr. shift on my feet), so we've decided to apply the mileage reimbursements I receive from Goodwill to my fun money stash. At the moment, Jonathan gets about $15/week and I get around $10.

We (really I) will be blogging about this occasionally. It'll be great accountability and perhaps inspire some of you to do the same thing. Let me know if you want to join in!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Itty Bitty Dress

When I saw this fabric remnant, I couldn't pass it up. A couple of hours later, it turned into Aurora's first homemade dress. I followed this great and super easy tutorial.

I think I'm going to make 100 more of these!