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Lovely, Lovely Love

10 Feb

Welp.  I’m officially one of those people.  The kind that decorates for whatever holiday or season is next on the list.  Throughout the month of January, our house was filled with motivational quotes about new beginnings and cheers all around.  I was actually super excited to decorate for Valentines Day.  And, thanks to Target, our whole house is covered with love for less than $15.

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Rag Rug – The Beginning.

10 Apr

Okay, so I ventured over to Hobby Lobby on Monday night and spent a good amount of time choosing fabrics and purchasing a rag rug latch hook canvas backing (I am so crafty can’t you tell?).  To be honest, I probably spent as much time navigating my way through Hobby Lobby as I did actually playing with cloth.  That place is HUGE.  It was slightly overwhelming when I walked through the doors but overall it’s pretty bad ass.  Like if Joann’s and Michael’s had a baby.  And that baby was the size of a two year-old.  You get the picture.

I met a lovely older lady who helped me narrow down fabric choices and offered some input on what colors went together, what “popped,” and what didn’t.  Finally decided on three shades of pink, a grey, and a lavender:

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The rug canvas I purchased is 54″ x 60″.  The only other size they had was 36″ x 30″, but I think that would be too small for what I’m going for.  I started small and purchased a yard of each color for now.  I figure I’ll see how much that gets me and I can go from there.  Between the canvas and the fabrics (at 30% off!), I got out of there for around $40.

Next step: cuttin’ strips.  The various tutorials I found suggested 1″ wide and anywhere from 4″-6″ long.  Mine ended up about 1.5″ wide and so far range from 4.5-6″ long.  I’m okay with it, I think as long as they’re all fairly equal it should turn out alright.  And part of the appeal for me is that the strips aren’t exactly perfect.  At least that’s what I tell myself to keep from freaking out and starting over.  Okay.  Here are the long strips, before I cut them into chunks.  Took me a solid 2 hours to do this (pathetic or awesome?  I  have no idea.  All I know is I am developing some sort of blood blister/callous on my right hand but whatever.  How first world problems of me.)

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This was all done Monday night.  Last night I finished cutting up the last of the smaller strips then stared at my pile trying to figure out what the hell kind of pattern to make.  Then I laid out the rug for inspiration.  Actually that is a lie.  I laid out the rug to see how big it truly was and almost shit myself.  Much bigger in person than what I was picturing in my head, but it is the perfect size for Baby Girl’s room.  You can see I had a lot of help:

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I finally decided on just doing one of each color after another, row after row, after row.  I think that is the best way to get the “messy” effect I am going for, plus that way I don’t have to worry about royally fucking up some awesome design.  It can just be a colorful thing of fluff.  I took me about an hour to get through one row.  I figure at this rate, I should be done by Baby Girl’s 2nd birthday.  However long it takes, though, I am happy to be doing it.  I am in love with this project already.  It’s a nice mindless task to do while watching a movie or catching up on “The Voice” (can you guess what we did last night?).  So here we are, one row in:

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I totally love it!  I can’t wait to see it all done!  I think it is going to look fantastic in her room, too.  And Tosha seems to enjoy laying on it with her bone in the meantime.

If you want to attempt this on your own, here’s one of the tutorials I referenced before diving in head first:

http://www.our-everyday-art.com/2012/09/diy-handmade-rag-rug-tutorial.html

Obsessing.

3 Apr

Pinterest is going to be the death of me.  I can feel it.  This site was MADE for people having babies.  There are so many good ideas, tips, and products out there that I don’t even know where to start (or stop).  There are thousands of baby outfits!  And shoes!  And headbands!  And blankets!  It is insane.  So far, the most exciting part for me has been browsing for ideas for Baby Girl’s nursery.  I am not a “themey” person; I have no desire to have a shit-ton of monkeys or sea animals or birds floating around on everything.  I know I want her room to feel calm and serene and peaceful and pretty.  I find myself drawn towards light pink, grey and white color combos, with a pop of bright pink or coral here and there.  These are my favorite ideas so far (all found on Pinterest) and I cannot wait to put them into action!

fe824fd610e9fe172941f4e4e44d71c3Yarn Letters to display Baby Girl’s name.

Obviously I cannot do this until she actually has a name, but I love the look and feel of these letters and I especially love the little flowers.  Not sure how I feel about the ombre pattern, but I do love am really digging these colors for a pop of brightness in her room.

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Tissue Pom-Poms

I love these!  They are like mini explosions of pretty, tissuey fireworks (or not.)  I want to cluster them in a corner in the nursery, like a big bouquet.  I love this idea, it’s a more modern take on a standard baby mobile and it will still give her something colorful to look at.

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DIY Rag Rug

Again, I am completely into this rug, LOVE the color pattern and they are surprisingly easy to make from what I have read so far.  Although I am sure I will be in need a a YouTube tutorial soon enough.   Most people use old t-shirt scraps or sheets, but I think I may have to go on a hunt at the fabric store to find what I want in my head.  The rug in the photo is from Urban Outfitters and can be purchased here, but I just don’t see the point in spending $80 or $90 on something I can make myself for about $20.  And I want to be able to tell Baby Girl that I took the time, as opposed to spent the money, to do special things for her and make her nursery the exact perfect place to start her life.  Although truuuust me, money will be spent.  MUAHAHAHAA.

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Baby Rose Noir Infant Car Seat Cover

I seriously lost my shit when I saw this car seat cover.  It is so girly and sweet, I knew I had to have it.  Then…I saw the price.  Close to $300!  Uhm…no.   But I figured, what the hell, I have 5 months to teach myself how to make a car seat cover!  Although I gotta say, I believe this task will pose more of a challenge to me than the rug or the pom poms.  But I am motivated to give it a go and see what happens (probably I will end up frustrated and crying and bitching at Corey about how I am not a good seamstress why god why.)  However, if you desire a car seat of this caliber and cost, head on over to Dimples & Dandelions.  This exact model is no longer available, but they have tons of other gear available right here for your purchasing pleasure.

Well, that’s all for now, folks.  I am going to go back to counting the minutes until I can peace out of my office and head over to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and just go apeshit to start putting my nursery plans into action.  Kbye.

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