Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Today I am 25 weeks!! Can you believe it??  I'm starting to have this irrational fear that my belly isn't going to grow as large as it needs to and at the same time, I can't imagine getting any bigger!  Anyways, I started this post last week and never finished, so I am going to be doing multiple posts this week because there is a lot to cover!  So, first up... projects!

These past few weeks have been busy!!  Between projects, growing babies, activity days, an amazing baby shower, my dad having back surgery and dr appts- I'm exhausted!

One of the projects I've been working on is figuring out how to make sheets for the cribs.  Because we have mini cribs, there isn't a whole lot to select from to fit our mattresses.  People on Etsy have custom bedding for mini cribs, but it's too dang expensive!  So, I decided to take matters into my own hands :)  I found a tutorial with measurements and directions for the exact mattresses we are getting- score!  However, we don't have the mattresses yet.  Even if I made the sheets now- I can't try them on the mattresses to see if it fits.  So, I decided to get some practice in.  I decided to make a cover for our changing pad (which btw I scored on clearance at Target.  I found it stuffed between crib mattresses.  $7!  Woo hoo!).  I figured, the pad was like a really small mattress and it totally worked!  I am really happy with it!  My friend, Christy let me make one for her too.  They are super easy to make and I am excited to be able to make my own sheets for not very much money!  If you want to try your hand at this let me know- I have the video/tutorial if you want it :) 

Next: crib skirts!! I've only finished one. Our 2nd crib got here yesterday, so I will be starting on the 2nd one today (I have everything cut out and measured, just need to hem it to fit and put on velcro!).  The best part about this- no sewing whatsoever!  I mean, I had to measure and cut the fabric, but no thread, needles or machine :) I made 3 panels- no one is going to see the side against the wall anyways.  To get a nice hem I used Heat N Bond to help me out.  You just iron out your hem and then place the Heat N Bond inside and iron it down and it bonds the fabric together.  Genius.  So, no raw edges!  Then, I had fabric fusible velcro (it's washable) that I bonded to the fabric and then regular sticky velcro that I attached to the crib and stuck it all together.  I made 3 sides total.  Really easy to take off and clean!!  (PS: it is all the same length.. the fan was on and it blew the long side in when I was taking the picture)  I did follow a tutorial for this.  If you are interested, let me know and I'll send it to you! Also... check out the sky blue paint job!!  Gorgeous!!

This next project was a team effort.  I painted a birdhouse to look like the UP house and Jon hung these awesome plastic balloons we found at Hobby Lobby.  It looks so awesome!  I am so excited about it!  The balloons are hung with really thin fishing line and when the fan is on, they just look like they're floating :)  Awesome.  Not the best picture in the world.. sorry.

Okay, last but not least- mobiles!! I found these really inexpensive wire photo mobiles and instead of hanging pictures on them... I hung mini Japanese lanterns (to look like balloons) and homemade clouds from them.  I used fabric scraps for the clouds and I ended up running out of white fabric.  I ended up making 2 pink clouds and 2 blue clouds :)  Jon helped me stuff the clouds during the BYU vs. Hawaii football game and then we finished hand sewing the last little bit of it the next day.  I'm just waiting to hang these!  We first hung them on the fan to get an idea of what it would look like.  We really like them :)  This picture is the girl's mobile.  I know the clouds look red, but they are pink.


Kaylynn said...

Wow! You are so talented... I love how everything turned out! :)

Michelle said...

I love it all! Esp the birdhouse!

Shannon said...

You did a great job on all of this stuff Crystal!

Allie said...

So cute! I love your UP house :) You're so talented

George & Amanda Ballew said...

Awesome! I'd love the tutorials you used for the crib and changing pad sets!

Amy said...

Sooo cute! I'm super impressed by your mad crafting skills, Crystal!