Monday, November 23, 2009

Changing pad, wipes case, and hat

I made some more stuff last week. This is a diaper changing pad and wipes case. I'm working on the purse that matches them too, but it isn't done. The wipes case didn't turn out as well as I would have liked, but the changing pad did. I used an old curtain liner for the part that the baby lays on so it can just wipe clean. The fabric is glued on the wipes case. Here is a tutorial if you want to see how it is done.

This is how it folds up. I still need to put something on there like velcro or a button, but I don't want to use something bulky because the baby has to lay on it.

This is a hat. Every baby needs a bear hat. This time I actually made it big enough to fit on a baby's head.
Evan is done with school for the week! And I got some awesome grocery deals today. And we sold our BYU/Utah tickets and got a bunch of money. Sweet.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Birth Class, week 3

Well, tonight we attended another horrifying childbirth class. We are learning useful information in our class, but honestly, every time I leave that class I just want to keep the baby inside me and never give birth. There are so many things that are going to be painful that no one ever talks about.

Today we watched some birthing videos. I think the reason the baby comes out down there is so the mother can't see it because it is disgusting. And all the babies look dead when they are coming out. After the two vaginal birth videos, I was so traumatised that I couldn't even watch the C-section video. Evan didn't watch much of it either.

We also talked about all the things that can go wrong with your baby after it is born. There are a lot. And we talked about post-partum depression and how you never get any sleep after the baby is born. It sounds miserable.

If we had to take this class before deciding to have a kid, I would have chosen differently. Okay, I probably wouldn't have. I just wish that our class focused a little more on the positive side. Like maybe instead of saying, "You are going to be absolutely miserable," they could say "You are going to be absolutely miserable, but you will forget all about it when your baby falls asleep in your arms." Or whatever. At least make it sound like it isn't going to be the absolutely worst experience of my life.

Books on Tape

I've been listening to a lot of books on tape while I work on my projects, but I never know if the book is going to be any good or not. I've turned a few off because they had too much swearing for my taste and I've listened to a few books that were just lame. Mostly I just really like Harry Potter these days but I only have two left to listen to so I'll need something else soon. Has anyone read any good books recently? Got any suggestions for me?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Apron

Here is my weekend project. A Christmas apron! I can't wait until I can put up Christmas decorations.
I really love red zig-zag stitches on green fabric for Christmas. The patterned fabric is from a sheet I bought at DI and the green fabric is more leftovers from Tank's room.

Friday, November 13, 2009


You may be wondering how I get this to and from the laundry room in one trip.

Ta da!
We don't even have a baby yet and our stroller is already useful!

A couple more things I made

I know it is probably getting boring for people like Bruce to read this when all I do is post pictures of the stuff I made, but oh well.

1. These are completely impractical burp cloths. Made from scraps of fabric that are way too nice to be used for burp cloths. At least the back side of these is made from an old towel though.

2. BYU hoodie for 0-3 months made with freezer paper stencil. Probably illegal to use that Y picture, but oh well. I got the sweatshirt and a pair of matching pants from Walmart for $3!
3. BYU hoodie size 12 months. I got the sweatshirt for freeeeeee from Gifts of the Heart. It is a clothing exchange for BYU student families.

4. Elf chart. Evan's family has a Christmas tradition that is kinda fun. The elfs bring a present a day every day before Christmas and put them on the elf chart. Then the family opens them on Christmas Eve. Kinda like an advent calendar. I made mine out of an old bulletin board. I glued a leftover piece of green fabric on and painted the frame red. Then I made giant push pins out of those glass gem things and glued paper to the underside of them with the numbers on them. I should have taken a close up because they are actually kinda neato. And I even thought of the push pin idea myself!

5. Pillow. For Tank's room. The buttons are hiding under the gathers. I discovered that using home decorating fabrics work way better for making pillows than regular old thin fabric. They don't look as squashed after people sit on them.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


I spent a lot of time studying Spanish in school. Two or three years in high school plus 6 or 7 classes in college plus living in the foreign language Spanish house for a term and visiting Mexico and staying with a Mexican family. Nevertheless, I still can't really speak Spanish. However, apparently I can still understand it!

I went to the grocery store today to get some yams and all they had left were tiny little yams, about an inch or less in diameter. There was a Hispanic lady speaking to her friend right next to me. I wasn't listening, but I thought they might be saying something about me because I heard the word "muchacha" so I looked up at her. Then she looked right at me and told me in Spanish that they were bringing out more yams in a minute. Then she said to her friend in spanish, "she understands me" and told me again that they were bringing out more yams and I repeated it back to her in English and she nodded and smiled. A minute later they brought out some bigger yams. It was pretty cool.

What I'm working on

When our dishwasher arrived, it had a giant piece of Styrofoam in the box that I knew would be perfect for some kind of project. I now have a use for it. I am going to stretch some fabric across itand make it into a piece of art for Tank's room. Not that I am an artist. But I found a really cool idea here. This person/company makes personalized geneology charts as art. I can't afford their prices and they don't have anything that would really match my decor in terms of color, but I think they are really cool.

I am going to make a family tree for Tank. I started working on it tonight.

I also finished my first freezer paper stencil item today. And the elf chart. Pictures to follow.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Birthing class

Evan and I started our birthing class on Thursday night. Evan thought it was boring but I am now officially terrified to have a baby. Not that our teacher said it was going to be terrible or anything, but she certainly didn't sugar coat it. At least I get to have Evan there with me. It must have been awful back in the day when your husband couldn't join you in the hospital. And when there were no pain medications.

What I didn't realize was that getting an epidural slows down the labor process so they wait to give it to you. That means you can have contractions for hours before they will give an epidural. Yikes!

I am due 9 weeks from today. Weird.

Last night Tank was moving around as usual while I was trying to go to sleep. I like to feel him with my hand while he is moving and he kept sticking his arm or leg right under my hand. It was kinda cute.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fine Doodles

I don't really have anything to write about today so I am going to tell you about my friend's new business.

My sophomore year I had a roommate (and friend) named Summer who was some kind of art major and always drew and painted really cool stuff. Now she is married and has a kid and she just started her own business where she takes kid's drawings and turns them into real artwork. It is pretty awesome. You should check out her website:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Baby Beanies

Check out this giveaway with adorable baby hats! Hope I win. Tank would look so cute!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Today's projects

Here's what I did today. I got both of the ideas from this web site:

1. Argyle shirt. I sewed felt onto a shirt and then used embroidery thread to make the 2nd set of diamonds. I realized that it is going to be a major pain to wash this because you can't wash felt easily and I didn't pre-shrink the shirt. Woops!
2. Tuxedo bib. I cut up an old towel and used it for the back of the bib so it will be sooooo absorbent. Our baby can spit up on it all it wants, as long as he misses the big white part in the middle.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween: 30 weeks

For Halloween this year, I went as a pregnant woman. Ha. Just kidding. But I am getting quite large. Here I am yesterday at 30 weeks. Only 10 to go.

For dinner last night we had a Halloween feast.

Monster eyeballs,

Monster bones,

Mummy dogs,

More monster eyeballs,

in the monster blood soup.