For some reason I find myself completely enthralled by the color Lilac.
I think it started when I was going through one of my mom's Real Simple magazines, and spotted a spread about nail polish—and there it was. Unfortunately, I can't remember exactly where to find this delightful nail polish, but I think I found a really good alternative below.
it's a neutral. It says a lot in a quiet sort of way."
—Kristen Panitch, March 2010 issue of House Beautiful
This week my mom and I worked on making a plethora of things for the arrival of my baby. We don't know the sex of this little one, so I wanted something neutral for the bedding. Added to this desire was the fact that the baby will be sharing a room with me and my husband, so unfortunately, coming up with a complete nursery scheme would not do.
I felt a little guilty leaving JoAnn Fabrics with a bundle of mostly blue fabrics, but I just couldn't say no to them. I also thought they would look great with the orange walls and gray crib. My final selection? Blue gingham, flannel pinstripe, and Peter Rabbit fabric—which I also purchased in brown because I loved it so much. Actually, I'm not quite sure if it's actually Peter Rabbit, but it is definitely little bunnies in little clothes, so I'm going with it.
My mom surging the edges before I put the elastic around the bottom.
To make the sheets for the crib mattress, we started with the gingham, so that we could count squares in order to have the placement right. We ended up with a piece of fabric that was 29" x 46". After placing it on the mattress wrong side up, we pinned the corners.
After pinning the corners, my mom sewed a straight seam along the pins. We then cut the excess fabric off, leaving 1/4' of fabric after the seams. You can then surge the edges if you like. After that, it was my turn to sew on the elastic. We cut a 60" piece and then pinned it in alternating places. The first pin goes at the 9" mark, then 21" after the first pin, then 9", then 21" inches. Following still? You then match the pins on the elastic with the corners of the sheets, and stretch as you sew. This ensures that you use your elastic evenly around the edge of the sheet.
Here you can see the crib in all it's loveliness. In case you can't tell, I put the blue Peter Rabbit sheets on first.
Yes, it's as amazing as its delightfully German name sounds. Spritzdekor is a special technique of decorating everyday glassware such as cake platters, vases, and butter dishes. This expressive dinnerware reached it's zenith during the heyday of the Weimar Republic, but it's seemingly promising life was abruptly cut short when the Nazi's took power in 1933.
No one can argue that a good bag is hard to come by, but even more true is that a good bag is absolutely necessary. Therefore I have here compiled a list of ones that are durable, beautiful, and functional. There is a smattering of bags with many different uses, shapes and sizes, but I think they're all rather wonderful, fun and functional. I hope you find the perfect one for your needs/fancy. Enjoy!
A terrarium for the Imaginative mom, or the Garden Lover, here or here.
If you like the terrarium idea, and want to give your mom a homemade gift, may I suggest making one? Here is the succulent terrarium that I made.
What you need to make your own succulent terrarium:
1. A clear glass container
2. Desert mix soil, Activated Charcoal, and Sand—found at most garden centers or greenhouses
3. Rocks (I used aquarium rocks)
Watch this Martha Stewart tutorial to learn how to put it all together!
For the mom who really doesn't want anything. Through World Vision, give a new mother and baby kit, here. You can give it in your mom's name and get a card to give to her, showing her how her gift helped a new mother and child.
And lastly, to the mom of someone on a tight budget. Pair one of these ideas with a loving note.
I just stumbled upon this shop and because it had felt in the name, of course had to explore. Here is what I found:
It is an online company that independent designers sell their products on—you can visit here to sign-in and then will receive an application. Or perhaps, the word create doesn't suit you in the realm of paper goods. Maybe you need to write, invite, nest, package, or read? Well then you definitely need to check out the Felt & Wire Shop. There is also a Felt & Wireblog that may be of interest to you.
The Three Musketeers art poster, here by Legendre+Rutter
"Robots in Love" silkscreen print, here by Mengsel
Wrapping Paper and Italian Cotton Ribbon, here by Angela Liguori