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decisions, decisions.

by @according2kelly on April 15, 2009


way, way back, what seems like a zillion years ago, i thought i had things figured out. of course that particular quilt was more purple-y & girly in the traditional kind of way. but i pretty much assumed it had been hung on the wall to stay. but now that this quilt has arrived home & is currently testing out the spot on the wall, i’m having a hard time making a decision. it really isn’t that big of a deal, or at least that’s what the hubby is continually telling me. but, right now it is a big deal, at least to my sanity. this simple decision will have a huge, no astronomical impact on the entire room. whichever quilt is chosen will ultimately play a big part in the decision regarding what color to paint the powder blue dresser (perhaps a bright tangerine for a little pop! or maybe we don’t paint it at all?). it will also effect (or is it affect?) the wall hangings, light fixtures & all the other little odds & ends that will play apart of making this room “hers”… in the end, this simple quilt decision could totally & completely shape this little lady’s personality & life-to-be. okay, so maybe i am being just a bit over dramatic, it’s just the hormones talking. but seriously, this is a big decision, & i hate making decisions.

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something old, something new…

by @according2kelly on April 14, 2009


vintage bed sheets, some new onesies, & ┬ájust a wee, little bit of trim, & this little girl of mine has some new dresses to lounge around in. thank you carrie for the inspiration & chelsey for the instruction. another “to do” has now been crossed off the list.

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something pink-ish is hanging in the closet.

by @according2kelly on April 8, 2009

three weeks to go. wow! as i re-read that sentence i get chills up & down my spine. but it’s really happening. & after much assurance from my doctor that she really is a girl, i’ve finally started to give in, just a bit, to the power of pink.

here’s my first attempt at crafting a little ensemble for her to wear. (click on picture to enlarge). but i couldn’t make only a dress, every little girl needs some matching accessories. so, i whipped up a blanket to match. i’m sure once she sees it, she’ll be drooling to wear it.

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this is what happens when i go the bathroom…

by @according2kelly on April 6, 2009

no, no – this isn’t the result of an edward scissorhands inspiration that came to me suddenly while sitting on the pot. instead, this is the work of my own personal edward scissorhands – my 2 year old. apparently he didn’t think that my carrie-inspired re-usable shopping bag had enough flair to it. so, he found some scissors (& i’m using the term “found” very loosely here. what i really mean to say is he went to my locked sewing cupboard, i guess the “child locks” no longer are a match for him, & purposely got out a pair of scissors) & started snipping away. who knows? he may have had a real vision here, unfortunately for him, i caught him in the middle of the act & prevented him completing his “masterpiece”. now, my over-the-shoulder bag is more of a clutch, but it’s okay, it’s still cute. hopefully, this will be owen’s “scissor story”. it seems every child has one, & this is way better than the story of gavin giving himself a haircut.

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progress.

by @according2kelly on April 2, 2009

her walls are still (& probably will remain) a boring shade of beige. the recently purchased dresser is still powder blue & there isn’t a whole lot hanging in her closet. but yesterday, i did manage to hang a quilt on the wall, silently proclaiming the room “hers”. granted, i’m not promising that this particular quilt will stay on the wall, i am retaining the right to possibly make a change, depending on how this quilt turns out. but for now, it’ll due. so, just in case you were starting to worry that she was going to make her grand entrance into this world, & i wasn’t going to be prepared (because let’s face it, you might not be worried about that, but i certainly am)… i am still taking those “baby steps”, slowly, ever so slowly i’m making progress.

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just in case you doubted me…

by @according2kelly on March 25, 2009

just in case you thought there was a slight possibility that i was exaggerating just a touch regrading my current mental state – here’s some proof. randomly & totally out of the blue, this week i decided i needed to sew a quilt for the baby. mind you, i’ve already sewn one quilt & several blankets. what i really should be working on is stocking her boudoir with clothes, that she might actually wear. but no, the bee in my bonnet insisted i sew another quilt… i was a little worried that my the other quilt i had made was a bit too girly – because it had purple & pink in it, gasp! so, i thought i needed another, more subtle-ly pink quilt. anyway, long story short – i sewed the quilt. but, when all was said & done, there were two patchwork squares driving me crazy. one square had two pieces of the exact same fabric touching at the corners (yes! just the corners were touching). the other square had two pieces of the exact same fabric separated by only one small square. when i actually thought about it, i knew i was being crazy. hello?! the ENTIRE quilt is patchwork. lots of different fabrics going on there. no one would ever notice, except for me. & yet, all day long, i kept looking at that quilt, letting those two little squares eat me up inside. until finally, i picked up my trusty seam reaper, un-picked my way to those devilish little squares & fixed the problem. when i was done, i really & truly felt like i could breathe again.

believe me now? i’m definitely on the fast-track to the funny farm. hopefully this baby arrives before i make it the entire way.

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making big things small.

by @according2kelly on February 23, 2009

just by looking, you’d never guess that the original size of these t-shirts were MEN’S XL. a few snips of my scissors here & there, & the sewing of a straight seam or two, & ta da! new t-shirts my little munchkins can be proud of! for a little more instruction & how-to, go HERE.

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work in progress.

by @according2kelly on January 29, 2009

i have to admit, it’s still hard to believe that i’m having a girl. already outnumbered 3 to 1, i was totally prepared to hear that another boy was on the way. so, it’s taken some time to adjust to the fact that this little one will be bundled in a little bit more pink than blue. & to tell you the truth, the thought of all that pink kinda scares me! so i’m starting slowly, i wouldn’t want to overwhelm my senses. this first quilt is actually more blue, with just a few touches of pink… it’s all about the baby steps.

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it’s beginning to look a touch like christmas.

by @according2kelly on November 13, 2008

just putting the finishing touches on my newest quilt. (featuring michael miller’s christmas line, it’s called “christmas with a twist”. fitting don’t you think?) this is definitely putting me in the holiday spirit. i can’t wait to hang this bad boy on the wall.

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twofer.

by @according2kelly on October 15, 2008

here’s a sneak peak at a custom apron i just sent out. besides being one of absolutely favorite apron patterns, i love that it’s reversible… a twofer. hope she enjoys.

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