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dear mae,

while baby is due in a mere 12 days (!!!!) i can’t stop trying to make sure everything is absolutely perfect for him.  boiling bottles, sizing onesies in the closet, buying things like nipple cream (tmi?).  gosh, it’s a whole lot of things you never thought you would see yourself doing.  it sometimes freaks me out, i know tom gets weirded out with the talk of breast pumps and diaper cream, but soon enough these will be everyday normal things around here…. les sigh… parenthood.

but anyway, there is a much more adorable side of pending motherhood and it is all at the end of the hallway in the nursery:

tom and i have always collected vintage board games and for the last couple years we haven’t really been playing them, but the boards themselves make fantastic art.  they are just loosely pinned to the wall so we can take them down if we ever want to play risk or clue or go for broke.  plus my granny square afghan is getting really big! I’m intending on working on it and using it for “tummy time” in the living room until i either run out of yarn (ha) or get bored with it (more likely).
i love these old fisher price toys from goodwill  and i was so excited to get a sophie giraffe at my baby shower! i’m sure she’s gonna get lots of lovin’ and squeezin’!lots of books, with lots more to come i’m sure! my favorite toy is the set of blocks hiding away in the big red basket with the monkey, oh, and the otter pops box is full of matchbox cars that tom has been buying since we found out we were pregnant.

i think the nursery might be done… i keep saying that, and then making another big change.  the dresser is still quite ugly and is awaiting some kind of inspiration. i’m thinking perhaps wood-grain contact paper stripes… or something…

well, just maybe my next post will be an introduction to my little guy, who knows?

❤ betty

p.s. you can see more pictures at apartment therapy, but i wish i would have had the foresight to wait until the room was more complete before submitting it!

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dear mae,

so far for me, the best part about being pregnant is collecting all of the tiny little sweet smelling baby items i’ll need when my little guy finally gets here.  i’ve been painting old furniture, sewing curtains, crafting like a mad woman…. and it’s awesome.  finally his little corner of the world is coming together ready for late night feedings, story book reading, diaper changes, and i’m certain it’s never going to look this nice again, so i’d better get some pictures up before he gets here and destroys his beautiful nursery!

art is from land of nod and ikea, crib is from target and the deer pillow was my very first baby craft

both lamps are goodwill finds, the red one got a fresh coat of paint, but the blue one already fit in just right!baby doesn’t have a whole lot of toys  of his own just yet, so tom’s robot collection is saving a shelf for now.this globe is another brilliant goodwill find, only $6!
oh, my baby stands no chance but to be a nerd…. i spy a dalek and a tardis, a gameboy, superman, number twenty four, maths…. and that’s only on one side of his room!

i’ve been spending a lot of time in this little room, and it’s becoming quite cozy, i hope my little guy likes it in there as much as i do!

<3,

betty

p.s. my personal favorite part is the marquee letter lights! i made them myself for less that $20 with this tutorial!

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dear mae,

i foresee a lot of crafty type posts in my future as i am a crafting whirlwind lately! a couple months ago i came across this blog, and incidentally, a butt load (a common unit of measurement) of inspiration.  i have never been much into crochet, i’m more of a knitter myself.  i like hard structured rules more often than willy-nilly shape forming and color picking, but i did go out on a limb and try somthing new when i found this enormously helpful tutorial for granny squares.

i’ve always wanted to make an afghan like this, but finishing process seams (ha) like a real bear, stitching together hundreds of little squares after you’ve already devoted months to a project, which is where that tutorial comes in. why hadn’t i thought to attach the squares as you go? i’m doing to zig-zag edge for added interest, and when i’ve finished i’ll throw on some kind of border stitch.  i’ve not decided on a finished size for my afghan, i’m going to keep poking at it until little niles or margot makes their debut. it’s a satisifactory baby blanket size at the moment, so any time i get to work on it now is just bonus, as i have quite a few other projects on the back burner.

i’ve also just finished a simple baby afghan for one of my girlfriends who is expecting this winter.  it’s one giant granny square made from this deliciously soft self striping yarn.  i’m finding it hard to give it away.

if you are a crocheter, i highly recommend you check out lucy’s blog at attic 24, it’s a rainbow of delicious tutorials in a menagerie of colors.  it was enough to get me hooked! (sorry, last pun, i promise.)

❤ betty

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dear mae,

next time you feel like you need a super great craft project, or two, and short on cash, i can tell you that your local thrift store’s linen isle might need a good sifting though.  the bed sheet i bought in my last post has been transformed into both a lightweight summer frock, as well as a curtain for my bed room! at the local good will in town they have a plethora of fun bed sheets ranging from graphic star wars prints to dainty florals and neat tickings.  the instant i saw this sweet floral/stripe/polka dot fabric i knew it would soon be a dress hanging in my closet! well, with no further ado…

i even used the trim from the top edge of the sheet for my skirt, sweet little polka dots!

i used a vintage dress that i already had for the pattern, i love the low scoop back.  i added my own little twist with the wrap around so there would be something just as pleasing for the front.
and then there were curtains! or kind of, they are only thumb-tacked to the wall until i get some proper rods.

well, how have you been spending your time when you aren’t busy working, or schooling or what have you? i also spent a good long time cleaning my bedroom. its funny how a little thing like tacking half a bed sheet to your wall can inspire you to get other things straitened out!

❤ betty

 

 

 

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dear mae,

my mind has been spinning about little projects to do for my new bicycle, and i think it needs some saddle bags.  something to tote along a picnic lunch, or bring home some groceries from the market, and i got to thinking about what kind of fabric i need.  something water resistant, something durable, and something that won’t clash with the retro stylings of my new friend.  there is really only one simple answer to this quest.

oilcloth! it is all of these things and more!

now, this is how my brain works, after spending about 5 minutes looking for a local retailer, i want to buy 100 rolls of all of the different patterns for all of my sewing projects:  tablecloths, tote bags, wallets, archery target covers….

gosh, the possibilities are unlimited!!

is this the start of some new obsession of mine that will last a few months and lead to a dusty pile of vinyl in the bottom of a closet? or is this true love? only time will tell dear friend.

❤ betty

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dear mae,

i’m a slave to good looking labels. it’s no wonder why the people who design them get paid the big bucks.  i found at the grocery the other day, a particularly attractive six pack, and brought it home with me.  after a couple, i got the urge to cut up the cans, but i have approximately one million can ashtrays floating around, and heaven knows they are just taking up drawer space.  any who, i recalled finding a tutorial for a light switch plate cover, and thought, “gosh, wouldn’t it be classy to have one of those?” so i whipped one up! it was really fun and easy, but in my slightly intoxicated state, it came out a little crooked.

oh, and then i did make another ash tray, because you can never have too many.

❤ betty

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dear mae,

i bought these pants a few weeks back, i was in love with the nautical styling, the brass buttons and pinstripes.  at first it didn’t bother me that they were four sizes too big, made my behind look enormous, and about two inches too short. they were just nice comfy lounge pants.  but then i wanted to wear them outside of the house, so i cut them up and made them into a skirt! the whole process reminded me of highschool when i used to make jeans into floor length patchwork hippie skirts, but more tailored and grown up.

don’t discriminate against adorable thrift store finds just because they don’t fit right. there are dozes of tutorials online to help you salvage those rusty old trousers, and turn them into something adorable!

❤ always,

betty

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