Apparently I've decided to forego the traditional cleaning side of nesting, and instead make craft projects like a mad woman. I spent the majority of my weekend either painting, ironing, or sewing, while my house was left seriously neglected.
Btw, for a good laugh you can just picture my almost 37 week pregnant self sitting in the floor leaning over my giant belly to pin fabric together. I'm sure it was a pretty entertaining sight to see. Thankfully, only my husband and the cat had to actually witness this, and they're smart enough to not make fun of me. Well, at least not to my face, I'm pretty sure the cat laughs at me behind my back all the time. ;)
The following are the products of my weekend crafting spree...
Friday night, I spent about 5 or 6 hours painting a large, (it's 30x24), canvas for Henry's room:
The color is a little off in this picture, the letter H and the border are navy blue, not black, and the border around the chevron is orange, not red. It's cloudy here today, so there's kind of a shadow on everything.
I plan on painting Jeremiah 29:11 - "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." in the green area on the canvas, but I've been putting it off because I'm not 100% sure I can make the whole verse fit, so I'm chickening out and putting it on hold for a couple days to work up some courage to finish it up.
Saturday someone I follow on pintrest pinned this cute little owl taggie, and I set out to see if I could make one too. This was my finished product:
It was pretty easy to do, and didn't take too long once I figured out a couple things. He definitely has his flaws; I think his wings are a little too small, I forgot to allow for a seam allowance when I put his eyes on, and I accidentally sewed one ribbon tag back into a seam, but I thought he didn't look too bad for a first attempt.
I decided to see if I could remedy some of the boy owls flaws by making a girly version, so here is my boy owl's girly cousin:
I managed to fix some of the boy owl's flaws, while coming up with a whole new set on the girl. Go figure. I'm really disappointed in her "a" applique, because I somehow pulled a thread that made the A pucker up a lot. There's also a stray line of stitches at the top that should be inside. Oh well, live and learn. The perfectionist in me wants to make a few more until I get them perfect. ha!
Here are the two owls together:
I finally finished Henry's bedskirt:
I only started it before Christmas! You know how when I was talking about the name canvas for his room earlier, and I mentioned putting off something when I got nervous about messing it up. Well, that's why it has taken me so stinkin' long to get this bedskirt finished. It wasn't hard, but somehow the instructions I used and the dimensions of our crib weren't quite adding up and it frustrated me to no end! Someone forgot to mention to me that there's actually quite a bit of math in sewing! Last night I just decided to stop thinking about it and just finish it up once and for all. Besides the side that looks the worst faces a wall and no one can see it anyway. ;)
While I was working on the bedskirt, husband finished up hanging the curtain rods in Henry's room, so now he has curtains:
The canvas will eventually be hung a little higher, right now it's just on a nail that was already in the wall.
Now that the rods are up, I have to go back in and iron the curtains and hem them, but that's the least of my worries. After everything else that won't take any time at all!
And finally, here's a project that I did one day last week, (or maybe the week before?), that I never posted. I saw a couple of cute things on etsy that had paper airplanes on them, so I thought I would try it out on a pillow cover to put in the chair in Henry's room, and here's the end result:
It doesn't actually have a pillow insert inside right now, (it's just draped over the top of a pillow I swiped from the living room temporarily), because I need to go pick one up at JoAnn's, so the bottom is still unsewn, but you get the idea. I was pretty proud of the airplane applique because it actually came out looking more like a paper airplane than any paper airplane I was every actually able to create out of paper! ;) Plus, I just used scraps that I already had to make the entire thing, so it was free and didn't even take me an hour. That's my kind of project!
That's pretty much it! Did you make anything fun this weekend?