Friday, January 30, 2009

Crib organizer (for lack of a better term)

Not long ago my Mom mentioned that when one of us was little she made a pocket to hang in the crib. After the baby was asleep, she'd put in a bottle and a book. She claimed it bought her 20 minutes in the morning. I'm not holding out any hope for additional time in the morning, but any elimination of "I can't find my pacifier" in the middle of the night would be great.
I used a receiving blanket, with heavy lining (warm and natural?) for the base and lightweight interfacing for the pockets. Two of the pockets (for pacis and water) are pleated at the side. The top pocket, for a book, is just a flat patch pocket.

If I were to make another one of these, I'd have made the straps at the top a bit wider, and with wider velcro also. Instead of ties at the sides, I'd measure more thoroughly and put velcro straps there as well. (I'm like Claire in that, while numbers are how I earn a salary, they seem to be merely a suggestion when it comes to crafts). The water cup pocket I'd make a bit taller and narrower, and the paci one bigger all around. The lining of the base didn't need to be as thick as it is - sewing through the pleats on the pockets was not pretty. All of that having been said, it seems to be doing it's job pretty well.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


So I made these sometime before Megan's wedding, as a way to not make Brinda's dress, but I wanted to post them anyway. I love this blog, because it significantly adds to my feeling of accomplishment when I force others to look at things long finished. (Sarah, you're so wise.)

They really could use pockets, to add to child-enjoyment, but they're fun as they are. Also, super easy.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Morgan's latest "crafts"

Painting Cheyenne's room was HEAVEN!
I locked the door and let Carol deal with the girls!
Mariah's room... Almost finished, just have to remove the tape.

What a helper!
I now realize Mom didn't really want to surprise us when she painted...
She did it while we were at school so she didn't get "help"!

Cheyenne was much better help...
But got fired for painting the trim and carpet...

Does a Gingerbread House made from a kit count as crafty?