Monday, September 19, 2011

Baby Quilt

So last week my computer decided to die, meaning this past week I had to recollect ideas, and thoughts that I wanted to incorporate into my Baby Quilt. Luckily I created an Amazon wish list, and had saved a lot of images that I thought were fun and cute.

First off, I believe I have selected a theme for the room: Home, where dreams come true. The original idea was to embroider that onto the baby quilt- but since I don't have an embroidery machine, nor do I know someone who does- I will have to use that idea while creating the room - rather than necessarily have it on the quilt.

Oh- and this is the blanket that I get to start to knit this coming week! I am really excited. Jo Ann is brilliant- they give you some free patterns, and then 'recommend' fabric, yarn, ect in order to complete the project. I have lots of projects saved on there, but this one first.

You can ignore all of the cute stuffed animals, and get an idea of what the blanket will look like.

Now my quilt. For everyone who thinks I am being overly ambitious, please remember I wont get into my new place till the beginning of November, and I work from home- distractions are wonderful, and I want to do a few large projects rather than a lot of small ones that I will end up tossing.

Design: As I had mentioned a few weeks ago I found this 'Neverland' themed quilt that I thought was just adorable, little simplistic, but adorable.
Then I recently came across this one, again it utilizes the Thomas Kinkade Disney Fabric, which both the Peter Pan, and Pinocchio panels have some cute prints that I may want to utilize, But I don't know yet.
This also gives you an idea of how complex this design is, and personally a little over the top- it needs to be simplified to a certain degree. I enjoy that they used 12 different fabrics in this quilt that is 48"x48". Anyway, since I know that I do not want to use either the large Pinocchio or Peter Pan main fabric panel, I am debating what I would use, fabrics, corner pictures, ect.
I like the Blue fairy, Big Ben, Peter, Wendy with John panels, which may all work out to make for cute corner panels of the quilt. But as for the middle panel- I am still thinking. One thought that I recently had was to piece together the 'Disney Castle' obviously dialed down alot- but I have found some cute quilted/ castles that don't look girly.

The first reminds me a little too much of It's a Small World ride, but it gives an idea of what a quilted castle would look like, the 2nd is the embroidered version of the toned down third castle- which serves as the inspiration for the middle of the quilt.

Those are the main thoughts for the baby quilt, I had more but after realizing that I actually want to use this quilt and not just have it out for show- I need to to be durable, and too much would make it too fragile.

As always thoughts are enjoyed, and I hope you appreciate seeing my two large baby projects that hopefully will take the next 4 months to complete! Oh and as a side note the Dr doesn't think I am very big yet, not for how far along I am, although in my defense I have grown a baby belly in the past two weeks, before that- not so much.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Nursery Ideas

Friday again, and time to post some of my thoughts for nursery ideas. I think today will be more about decoration ideas. I have been scouring the internet for fun baby toys, decorations, and other cute things. Again thoughts would be most useful and encouraging.

Brandon's mom was given a child's armoire when she was first pregnant and offered it to us. Our idea is for us to be able to custom choose the finish of our furniture. He is going to refinish the armoire, our rocking chair (below) is unfinished, and the crib should be the only other big piece of furniture that we have in the nursery. We are really excited about all of our furniture. it, and then the thought came as I was thinking about the dresser - why not find Disney dresser pulls? so of course I searched and these are the ones
that I found, and they could look really cute.

Rocking chair. Ok This is not an idea but rather a must. Being the old fashioned me that I am, I have looked high and low for a rocking chair, old wooden chair that I can enjoy with my beautiful little boy. In Fresno there is a cute little unfinished wood store called, "Beautiwood" and when we went in, I fell in love, not only with this rocking chair bu
t also a high chair that matches. So precious.

I have been looking for some type of growth chart- either something I can make or get, again Disney theme- any thoughts? This is the only cute one that I found online at Babies 'r' Us. But I think custom is always better than store bought.

So this next item I am really excited about and cannot wait to decide if we actually get this or if this will be one of those "wishful" additions to the nursery.

Isn't he amazing? 48" Mickey Mouse. He is huge! I love him. We went walking in Costco- one of our date trips and I saw him, and fell in love. Who wouldn't? And with Costco's prices how could we beat it? ($54 if anyone was wondering- a bit expensive). Anyway- so cute and adorable, he will probably have to stay at Costco- I don't even know if our little room would be able to handle him. Speaking of stuffed animals, there are a bit more reasonable and equally adorable...

These are patterns for your own stuffed animals, and how could you not get any simpler than this? Cut along the lines, sew, stuff, and voila your own cute stuffed animals! Fyi these are much more reasonably priced.

Lastly, I found this adorable piggy bank- Hamm from Toy Story! How classic- it suprisingly is one of the few items that I found at the Disney Store. Can't you just imagine Hamm sitting by a window on a shelf? So cute.
This may have to do for today- next week though look for my baby quilt ideas. Hopefully I will be able to start piecing everything together. We move into our house November 1st! So definitely look for more concrete ideas by then, otherwise I will post updates on blankets, quilts, and the additions to the nursery that we acquire. I am so excited!