Pics from Z’s room

27 08 2011

My sister sent me a couple of pics with baby Z’s stuff.  They are a little fuzzy but you can get the idea.

Do you like that bed without a mattress? 🙂Hmmmm, does she need a changing pad cover or two?  I might need to get on that!

She sent the canvas back home so I could put fabric on it instead of vinyl.  I’ll mail it to her when I get it done.  Now, we just need baby Z!

I have a “list” of weekend projects.  Of course, I’m sitting at the computer right now, NOT doing them.  Hopefully I will have some crafty goodness to share by this evening!

baby stuff for baby Z

20 08 2011

Baby Z (my new nephew) will be arriving in September and I have been working on stuff for his nursery all summer.  My mom took the stuff out to my sister so I think it’s safe to post all of this now.  She chose the monkey fabric from JoAnn’s and I supplemented with other fabrics.  I wasn’t super enthusiastic about it to begin with because the colors are so light and honestly the coordinating fabric was hard to find as well because the colors were hard to match.  In the end, I fell in love with it and hope my sister likes it too.  I will post pics of the stuff in the nursery when she sends them to me.  In her package she received a 12 x 12 x 10 basket for diapers and later toys, a quilt, bumper pad, 3-43 x 43 receiving blankets, 5 initial burps, 1 name burp, and a canvas sign for his wall. I will be working on some bibs for him made out of recycled t-shirts because I think they’re super cute!

The quilt pattern came from moda with the idea of just using one row coming from The Absolute Luckiest blog.  The blog is amazing and I love to get ideas from her.  I knew when I saw her quilt it would be perfect and I’m not disappointed at all.

Thanks T2 for holding the quilt for me 🙂

The bumper pad came from a collection of websites but I mostly referenced the tutorial at Vanilla Joy. I used ribbon instead of bias tape because I had seen it on several other sites and liked how it looked.

The rest is all mine.  The basket is a pattern I came up with and I already make the other stuff and sell in my smaller gift baskets.

I modpodged some fabric to canvas and then cut the z out of vinyl on my silhouette.  I might have her bring it back at Thanksgiving and modpodge fabric on it instead of the vinyl.  I’m still not satisfied with it.

I hope to hear from her after the shower today to see if she likes everything and to see if the bumper pad actually fits.  It hard to make one with out an actual crib to work with.  Most of all, I can’t wait to hold and spoil baby z when he gets here!

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Border and Order

17 08 2011

School is back in session and my time is back to basically none.  It makes me sad, especially since my blogging was sporadic this summer anyway.  Here are two projects I completed before school started.  The first is some letters I cut for the Mr. T’s classroom out of bulletin board border.  He wanted some map letters and couldn’t find any, but found this border. So, using the handy dandy Silhouette, I cut his letters out.  Now it wasn’t just a short word like “history”, nooooo, it was two FULL sentences.  My mat was losing tackiness by the end and giving me issues, but the letters looked good in the end.

The order part of this blog post  is for a baby Emerson.  I’m starting to really love making these basket sets.

I have my sister’s nursery stuff done but I’m going to wait until she gets it this weekend to post it.  It all turned out pretty cute! I also managed to get T1 to take pics of the sibs before school started too, but they’re not edited yet, so that’s a post for another time too.

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bathroom finished! (almost)

11 08 2011

Another project almost marked off the list – T1/2’s bathroom.  We made a little built in unit last summer when we had the tub installed and that was all we did to it.  No baseboard, no trim, not paint, just MDF piled with crap.  With T2’s help, we painted and trimmed the area a few days ago. I also whipped up a little sign for above the toilet. The “almost” in the post happened when I turned around and realized we only have 1 of 3 door frame pieces up.  Oh well, maybe next weekend because I report back to school tomorrow 😦

T2 painting 🙂

I used vinyl from Expressions Vinyl.  They have some frosted vinyl that I used for the soap bubbles.  They ship quickly and have a huge selection of vinyl and they are having a sale right now getting ready for the Silhouette Cameo so check them out!

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Zelda and a photo shoot

9 08 2011

As summer wraps up at the Tolen home, we have been getting in some last activities.  T2 has been reading ALOT! She knows homework will be coming soon as a Freshy. She has also been helping the Mr. T get their bathroom finished (pics when finished.)

T3 & T4 decided to use some lego guys and make a Link from Zelda.  This was done completely on their own and WOW! What talent from a 8 & 11 year old. The hair and hat are even removable, sculpted from clay and baked.  They used my craft paint for the outfits and then I sprayed them with a clear sealer.

T1 has been busy with another photo shoot.  The handsome young man will be a senior this year and T1 volunteered to take his pictures.  This was her first sr. pic photo shoot and it turned out great.  I’m only posting a few of the pics but there were SOOO many good ones to choose from.

I really want her to take some pics of the sibs before shool starts, but she made the varsity volleyball team yesterday and still has band camp of an evening so maybe on Saturday….

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turning 1

7 08 2011

Remember this cute rag quilt I made for a beautiful baby?  Well that baby is turning 1 and my cousin asked if I would make her a personalized onesie. I have done this before but was excited to use the silhouette to cut out the fabric.  It worked quite well although I’m not sure it saves tons of time and I don’t like the fabric waste.  My issue came when I began to sew it to the onesie.  It was skipping stitches and not feeding properly, yet I pressed on.  The onesie is OK, disappointed on my end.  It should have arrived in the mail yesterday so I hope to hear from them soon and she promised pics of the birthday with her tutu on.

My wonderful mom came to visit yesterday and I was telling her about taking my machine for service.  She convinced me to tear it apart myself and do it. So, the Mr. T and I worked on it last night.  It sings to me now-what a difference.  I’m thankful for the wisdom of my mama who saved me $65 and a week and a half without a sewing machine.

The writing’s on the table

4 08 2011

I picked up this table at Goodwill a few months back for $24.  It was a solid piece with a little mold here and there and two functional drawers on rollers.  I knew it would be perfect for the craft area so I bought it and it sat in my garage.

I love when a table has writing on it and this isn’t the last project I intend to do this to, but when I saw the post at It’s Just Me via Graphics Fairy and I knew this was the design.  I painted the base with my leaf green spray paint (love me some leaf green!!!), sanded and painted this image from Graphics Fairy.  I then put a darker stain over the top and two coats of poly. I debated about distressing and glazing, but in the end decided not to.  I may go back later and work on the base some.


I have a drop leaf table that I want to redo for the basement and I want the #4 on it somehow.  I did see a cute copy of the Cocao graphic at Graphics Fairy only using their name.  That’s an option too.  This could get addictive!

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Engagement Pics

1 08 2011

I have two projects I’m working on right now AND trying to get ready for a garage sale.  So for now, enjoy the engagement pics T1 took for some friends of ours.  Not bad for a Sophomore!


This last one is their save the date card that we made for them.

Hopefully either my quilt or table will be done in the next few days and I can post one of them 🙂