DIY Zone

Thursday, July 21, 2011

At lot of my initial blog friends and readers were gained by my posting on the Decorating and Renovating board of The Nest, you know back when I had time and money for such things. I honestly haven't been on that board in months, if not years, just like my flower beds and neglected pots.

The thing is though, as much as I love to shoot photos and play on the computer, it does not bring near the satisfaction of making something with my hands and seeing it in use. And, so I wanted to make things for Ezra and the bug hasn't stopped biting!

Although it wasn't quite the prayer/birthing quilt I imagined due to how hastily it was made in the last 3 weeks of my pregnancy, I am so glad to have this quilt.

It's riddled with minor imperfections, but it's perfect to me. It's the first major project I've completed in quite some time and represents so many things to me. I followed the directions from this site and made it roughly the same size of my favorite throw, which ended up being 11 x 15 with 6" squares.
[homespun cottons from hawthorne threads and perfectly complementary flannel from a local shop]

It was a key component of my birthing ensemble.
[receiving blanket, pillowcase, quilt, hats and onesie]

The Ezra hat and love onesie were purchased from Rock Bottom T-shirts and the top knot hat was through Zulilly credit, but still doesn't fit Ezra. I got the idea for the onesie from this site and the hat from this etsy store. The hat was the last project I took on while waiting for my Mom the day before Ezra was born. I'm so glad I did it! Basically, all you need is the clothing item, contrasting thread and a $.34 sheet of felt. That's it. Sketch out the word or design, cut it out of the felt and then top stitch it onto the clothing item. Easy peasy, although a bit time consuming.

I can't take any credit for the pillowcase or receiving blanket, as those were a little more advanced than my straight line sewing on the machine or top stitching ability by hand. My Mom totally knocked them out in a just an evening though.

Next up, our gallery wall is going to get a major overhaul!

It's going on 4 years old right now and I'm pretty constrained with the shelves with what size and orientation the images can go, plus they are all wonky! I don't think a single shelf or image is straight, which I am totally to blame for! So . . . we're going to make our first Ana White Knock-Off Wood design. We're going to do the Barn Beam Ledges, but slightly tweaked in that they will be 6" wide instead of 3 1/2" and we're doing 2 4' ledges instead of 2'.

Additionally, I'm going to do my take on little brother/big brother shirts using the same top stitching and freezer paper paint stenciling thanks to the wonder of pinterest.

Also thanks to pinterest, I'm finally going to take a stab at making our own detergent! I love that neither my husband or my Mom even blinked an eye when I brought up wanting to do it. Gotta love the Dave Ramsey mindset. Also gotta love that my Mom had the Borax and Arm & Hammer, so I can make the first batch without any expense more than the $.97 Fels Naptha bar of soap from Walmart.


Unknown said...

You go, mama! I adore DIY projects but I gotta say, a thread and needle are completely foreign to me. I totally look up to you for accomplishing all of this!

And about the homemade detergent, we make our own for cloth diapers and I'm in L-O-V-E. Jim and I made a huge batch LAST summer that cost us around $20 and we're oh...half way through the gallon bucket on our washing machine. This batch will probably last us until NEXT summer. Well, well, well worth the effort if you like saving a penny or two :)

Meredith said...

Whoop whoop! Yeah for D&R! I haven't been on there in months either, but I've been meaning to pop on because I think a bunch of the nesties have had babies recently :)

I love all your DIY projects, and I can't wait to see the ledges!

Noe said...

AWESOME! Thank You for this post! Great ideas for projects, everytime I read you Mommy's it just makes my whole entire soul want to have a baby so incredibly bad!...
Go You Leah!...

Sara said...

Your quilt is amazing. I love it. And the onesie and hat are so awesome. They are both super cute gift ideas for a new baby.

DianeTaylor said...

Can't wait to see your projects in action. I still visit D&R from time to time. I remember watching a part of your wedding video on your bio from the D&R days, made me cry! Yes I am a total sap. Love the quilt too, it seems perfect for Ezra's sleeping body.

MV said...

Everything is beautiful! I'm curious to see how you like the DIY detergent. I've been meaning to make it too.

Anonymous said...

I haven't been on D&R in ages either...I have reason to get on, as we are doing a lot around our house, but I never have the time!

The projects are all amazing, but I'm especially fond of the quilt and the love onesie.

And I hope the detergent works well for you! It didn't go so well for us, but I think it would have been better had I made it liquid instead of powder.

Megan said...

You go girl! I haven't been on D&R for years... probably 4-5 years. Crazy!

I am so happy for you in these projects because I can tell how happy they are making you by completing them. You are amazing!

Jill said...

love it all!!

Rose said...

So funny....

I have also fallen victim to pinterest and I have my very own ana white shelf I just built this week! I'm just waiting for my husband to help me hang it! :o)

Melissa said...

I don't get on D&R much anymore either... not enough time when you have a kiddo.

We made both the liquid and dry laundry detergent and while they both worked out well, the liquid lasted longer and did a better job. I really liked making my own. It makes me feel accomplished :).

Julie S. said...

I cannot even tell you how jealous I am of that quilt and all of that stuff! I AM SO not crafty, don't know the first thing about a sewing machine- but I love all of this kind of stuff.

Natalie | Make Today Great said...

So amazing! I'm bookmarking those felt hats so I can try it out. I think it would make a great baby gift. I am very much not a DIY-er but I like to try.

Bridget said...

Your quilt is beautiful and just so you will love making your own detergent. We have done it for about 2 years now and love it! It's so easy and for those of us who don't want to waste too much time on such a thing, I can make it way faster than going to the store to buy it. I actually make it in a double batch when I do it so I don't have to do it as often. I finally bought a big 5 gallon bucket for mixing and this makes the process fairly easy. A huge pot on the stove will work too though. Good luck!

Desiree said...

Thanks for sharing! I love when you can look at something and know the time and effort you put into it was well worth it - usually it's about three years down the road, when you have forgotten all of the frustrations that went into it:) You have inspired now to make some things for my daughter. I'm happy to hear you hand-stitched the onesie...I think I should be able to do that, because me and the sewing machine do not get along very well.

Yehoot123 said...

You did such a beautiful job with all of your projects! I love the fabrics you used for the quilt. Any chance you remember the name of the multi-colored fabric with the leaves/branches? I checked hawthorne threads but can't seem to find it. Thanks!


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