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First baby clothing purchase

I’ve made a point of not purchasing any baby items for a while, but now I’m clearly ramping up. First the yarn, then the campfire light, now the first piece of baby clothing. It was just too precious to pass up. It’s a little Zutano 0-3 month old hat with owls on it! I’m a sucker for wildlife.

I bought it at Majama’s in Oak Park, IL.


Corn Bunting has begun

My DH’s parents both grew up on farms and so when I was searching on Ravelry for bunting patterns, I thought this one would be fantastic, not to mention funny. I’m making the 3-6 month size so that it’s wear will coincide with Halloween and harvest time.

I’m knitting it out of Berroco Comfort in:

Lovage                                        Buttercup

Unfortunately, the gauge wasn’t working out because this yarn is worsted, rather than sport weight. So, I just adjusted the pattern instead. I’m also adding a hole in the back for a car seat strap to go through. In the front, it will just go through the snaps.

I hope my baby is as cute as the one in this picture!

Campfire Tea Light

I picked up one of these Kikkerland Campfire Tea Light on clearance at the At Institute of Chicago. Love it! I’m planning on putting it in the baby’s room.

Nursery Planning – Woodland Decor

Well, there’s a little bundle of joy on the way and I’m starting to think about crafty ways to decorate for the little peanut. Even though we are planning on finding out the sex, I want to stick with green as a basic color and nature/forest/woodland as a theme. If the baby is a girl, I couldn’t bring myself to get all pink-ed out. To each her own, but for this girl: Gross. I was never a girly girl myself and don’t plan on pushing any of my progeny in that direction.

Anyhow, here are some things that I’m hoping to make or purchase or find:

I saw this Acorn Lamp craft on the Martha Stewart show some time ago and thought it looked so whimsical. I thought about making it for our guest room, but never actually got the bug to do it. Now, though, I have a little more motivation!

I like that these use a very low wattage bulb (although with CFLs, I suppose you could go quite a bit brighter) because the acorn looks like it’s glowing when you turn it on. Seems like it could be a good light at night, especially for sleepy, stumbling parents.

I found this room on Oh Dee Oh. It’s is very sparse and while I doubt I will be so restrained in my decorating, I like that it’s not an excessively cutesy space. Too many room ideas I find are way too over the top for my liking. The thing that I really like is the branch above the bed. It has two little fluffy owls perched on it!

I also dig the faux bear skin rug on the floor. It makes me think of a cabin in the woods.

I find terrariums to be so cool and magical. The ones at Green Briar’s Etsy shop are no exception. I envision putting one on a dresser or shelf.

I know that I could make one easily enough, but I’ll have to be on the lookout for cool clear containers like this one is housed in.

Small Constellation MobileI have always been fascinated by Calder’s mobiles and gaze up at them at the Art Institute whenever possible. I like how mobiles look different from various angles and how they sway around, altering their appearance with each movement. This one, found at The Wonderland Studio, looks like a good nursery version.
Birch Tree Decals These birch trees from Single Stone Studios are so statuesque! I think that they would add some height to the room and make it feel more like an intimate space in the forest.
More to come as I continue to nest!

Baby Presents

Both my cousin and my husband’s cousin had babies in August!

I love the Ann Norling Fruit Hat and decided to make gifts for the babies that would last through the fall when it starts to cool down. Fortunately, these hats knit up very quickly so I was able to make them in record time (even while in the midst of finals, boards, and surgery). (I used Annie Blatt yarn that I bought at Chix with Stix in Forest Park, IL)

Here’s a pictures of one of the precious babies with her hat on:

Another present was a sign for my cousin’s baby boy’s room. She’s very has a very country/down home style and I wanted to make something that would fit in with that. In my husband’s home town, there’s a coffee shop called Cabin Coffee that has a very cowboy feel to it. They sell all sorts of cowboy kitch and the like – iron stars, witty cowboy wisdom signs, etc. Last year, I spotted an adorable sign that said “Little Buckaroo” and decided then and there that I would get it for her when she had a baby.  When she got pregnant, I went back to buy it and found that the simple piece of painted wood retailed for over $30. I figured I could make it for less.

I had some left over paint from painting my desk. My husband found some beat up wood in our garage. He cut it to size and painted it light green for me. I went back when it was dry and added the words to it. I then stapled some wire to the back to hang it from the wall.

My cousin loved the sign and the hat! I can’t wait to see it in his room!