As I'm getting ready for my upcoming hospital stay, I realized I could use a laundry bag (not just a random plastic bag) : I assume people will use the bathroom when they visit me and the baby, and they will see all my stuff in there, so let's stay elegant with nice accessories ... Does it make me a weird perfectionist ?
This was my first experience with fabric paint, and I think I'll do that again very soon !! It's so simple, and gives a nice personalized touch ... and with the Liberty fabric, it's a real girl bag !!
I've also stitched a little fish and made a softie with it : I'll probably hang it to the stroller to entertain the baby. For now, I've attached it to my "baby bag" (awsome gift from my mother, thank you so much !)
Nope, still no baby !! He/she can be here anytime now. I'd been lying if I told you I wasn't getting a bit nervous about the whole labour thing ... Anyway, I try not to think about it all day long. How can I do that ? By staying busy ! Well, as much as I physically can...
I've prepared my luggage for the hospital (another post about that subject later this week, if I'm still at home of course ...), and even if I already made 2 blankets (see here, and here), I wanted to sew another one, a bit bigger, and with a quilt look. I've also incorporated some stitching (I started stitching a few weeks ago, OMG, I'm a real pregnant Martha Stewart now !!).
The quilt pattern was very simple : 7x7 fabric squares (including 5 stitched ones - I've used this free cupcake embroidery pattern). Some polar fleece for the back, some machine quilting on a few squares, and a blanket stitch for the border. And of course a few hours of work ...
And here's the result. Without showing off too much, I'm kinda proud of myself, as it's my first incursion in the quilting world !
A closer look at the cupcake stitching :
I love this blanket, it's so soft and warm, I bet the baby will like it too ... And I hope he/she'll keep it for a long time. And as I obviously couldn't stitch his/her name, I wrote "Baby" and "2010", so it's kinda personalized ... and he/she'll know his/her mama made this just before his/her birth !! I'm sort of getting tired of not knowing if it's a HIM or a HER !!! We've been picking names and some are so cute, I wish I had boy and girl twins so that I can use them !!
I've also made some hooded baby towels, with matching bibs (among other things since my last post - back in May, I feel so ashamed !)
I hope you like these new homemade baby accessories.
I'm sorry if I don't write very often during these final pregnancy weeks (some of you have been wondering what was going on around here, thanks for your kind emails by the way !) but when I'm done sewing, crafting and shopping for baby stuff all day long, I usually just fall asleep, without taking the time to write about it ! I promise I'll get back to a more regular rhythm soon.
I'm still enjoying your blogs everyday though (check out this cute blog I've discovered a few days ago) !
I might have noticed that I have been MIA this week. No, I didn't have the baby yet (only 6 weeks to go though ...), but we've been away for a few days with some friends in their beautiful countryside house.
But I managed to stay productive during our getaway. Here's a peak at my new project :
And the great thing about it is that I can work on it in the car ...
... by the pool ...
... or by the fireplace !
That's right, I started stitching ! Another mum-to-be-craft I wanted to discover .... More about that next week. By then, enjoy a great sunday night !
We're back from our friend's wedding. It was a beautiful day, and the bride and groom were gorgeous. I even managed to stay at the party till 1.30 am !!! I feel so tired now ... But it was worth it !
Here I am with my darling sisters ...
... and with my big belly !
This week I've been working on a little table for the nursery. It's not the first one I picked (see here), but a new one I've found at my favorite thrift store, for 5€ I think.
So, after sanding (ouch, my back !!), applying some primer and 2 coats of white paint, I've decided to add a fun touch by using turquoise chalkboard paint on the top. I'd bought the paint a long time ago, but didn't get a chance to try it before. I'm pretty pleased with the result.
Here it was before : great shape, but with damaged wood ...
Just to give you an idea of the atmosphere at night ... Great for night breastfeeding !
And since my paint brushes were out, I also gave an old random plastic tray a new look with some black chalkboard paint (I feel so foolish not to have taken a "before" picture, it had some weird flowers on it !) ...
I don't know what's with me now, but I can't help picturing everything with chalkboard paint on it. Is it serious doctor ?