Archives for May 2010

Baby Name Banner

Happy Memorial Day! I am so grateful for those brave men and women who serve our country. God bless you! I hope you enjoy a special day with your families remembering and honoring the brave.

It's only Day 2 of Baby Week, and I am having so much fun! It's been fabulous to collaborate with talented guest authors, and let them take over my blog!! πŸ™‚

But there is A LOT to see this week. I don't want you to miss a thing! Be sure to review the fabulous guest posts and giveaway each day. Yesterday, Heather from Smallfry & Co. shared an awesome carseat cover tutorial and Heather from Tales from the Cottage Cheese Cottage shared her knowledge about homemade cloth diapers and diaper wipes. And I hosted the first giveaway--for a "Baby Is Sleeping" sign.

Now, on to today's tutorial!

As soon as my nephew arrived, I knew that my trusty Cricut and I had work to do! We have a little tradition in my family that when we bring our babies home, the extended family decorates the house and has it ship shape! Well, my Mom did most of the ship-shaping. I just contributed this lovely little baby name banner.

It was so fun to make! I love me a good banner, and I used some techniques I saw in The Scrap Shoppe's ABC Banner to whip this one up.

I layered my letters on top of scallops (with distressed edges of course!) on top of accordion-folded squares.

Next, I wrapped brown crepe paper around the accordion paper. I just used Elmer's glue, and gathered as I went. Here is a very ugly shot of the back!

I realized that yet again, I had left gluey fingerprints on my letters. Man, I really am a messy crafter! So I fixed my oopsey by putting glitter all over my letters. I hadn't planned to use glitter, but it did help me to cover my tracks! πŸ™‚

After gluing each letter onto a paper pennant, I punched holes and strung them with brown yarn.

Here is a good view of how the pennants look close up... don't know why the pennants look white! They were definitely baby blue. Darn lighting!

Little Man helped me hang this banner in the baby's nursery. My sister has done such an adorable job with decorating this nursery! It's all blue and brown with polk-a-dots. This makes me want to redecorate!!

Welcome home, sweet nephew! We love you!

Booties Giveaway {Knits & Reads}

From Knits and Reads, we have Lulu sharing some sweet baby mama thoughts and offering a fabulous giveaway!! Just check out some of her fabulous crafts. This is pure talent:


First, I would like to thank Alison for inviting me to do a guest post on her blog for Baby Week! I am greatly honored and excited that she invited me! I've started to think of some of the funny things I've heard kids say.

About me, I am Lulu from Knits and Reads, I have been blogging for over a year now, I love children, I have a 15 yr old daughter and an almost 14-year-old son, but I still love to knit for babies! I did daycare before I had my own children, and stayed in daycare for 10 years, I no longer do daycare but I am a 4H leader, and still spend a lot of time with children, so come down memory lane with me:

From my daughter: daughter and I used to go bargain hunting, one day she said, "Mommy, I don't like bargains, I'm afraid of them" ...I think she thought they were monsters! daughter was sitting in the living room with a cup of water, I went into the next room, when I came back there was water everywhere, my daughter said, "Mom, I don't know what happened, all of the sudden the cup just jumped into the air, all by itself, and the water came out!" hmm, kind of iffy, don't you think!

From my son: son was about 3 and we were at a small quaint pizza restaurant with my parents, grandparents and in-laws. We were sitting right next to the single bathroom so my son went in to do his 'stuff' and came out butt naked, yelling, "Mommy, I did it, I pooped!" everyone in the restaurant laughed so hard, and my grandparents still talk about it.

Babies are so sweet and innocent, they grow up so fast...take the time to spend time with your children and enjoy them. I know so many people who never really talk to their kids, or have their kids spend more time in daycare than they do at home, I know this is not always avoidable, but cherish the time you do have with them! Find the time to laugh until tears run from your eyes, let the bathroom get a little wet and bubbly on the floor during bath time, don't sweat the small stuff because before you know it they'll be teens and you'll have an entirely new way of looking at life. Accidents will happen, and some moments may not seem funny until years later, but savor every moment with your children, take hundred's of photos, trace those little hands and feet, just enjoy them!


In honor of baby week, her love for knitting and all things small, Lulu is giving away 2 pairs of baby booties in your choice of pink, blue, or white with your choice of a pink, blue or white ribbon! These booties are extraordinary because they actually stay on babies' feet! Aren't they adorable?!
Here is how you can win your 2 pairs of booties:

(Please leave a separate comment for each entry in this giveaway)

* Follow Knits and Reads or let us know you already do.
* Follow Oopsey Daisy or let us know you already do.
* Blog about this giveaway and leave a link.

This giveaway will end at midnight on June 5, so leave a comment with your entries from now until then. Good luck!

I Spy Baby Blocks {A Vision to Remember}

Bobbie is here today from A Vision to Remember! She has such a fun blog with TONS of fun ideas. I adore her rag blankets. Check out her blog and enjoy this tutorial!
Hello Oopsey Daisy Readers!
I am so excited to be here guest posting for Baby Week.

Today, I am going to share with you how to make these fun Cloth Baby Blocks.

But first I would like to share with you a bit about myself. I am a stay at home mom of 2 girls. They definitely keep me busy.

I am the author of A Vision to Remember.
A Vision to Remember

Each Saturday I have a link party where everyone is welcome to link up what they have been working on. It is called Check ME Out Saturday. I hope you can stop by and share something.

I also have an Etsy shop where I sell lots of different patterns:
Like this flower pattern

And these rag quilts and car seat tent patterns.

I also sell many rag quilts and blankets there.

Now onto the tutorial:

This is a fun I Spy Baby Block that I whipped up in just a few minutes (ok maybe 1/2 hour)
You will need 6 square pieces of fabric. Mine are 5 inches. Also, if you are wanting to to add the appliques you can find them here.
I used 4 appliques.
Raw edge applique the animals onto the squares that you would like them on. Sew about 1/4 inch away from the edge of the applique.
Sew the squares together like in the picture above. Repeat with the 3 remaining squares.
Then sew the squares together as above
Now sew the 2 separate 3 square sections together. Notice that I sewed the sections together wrong. 2 of the animals ended up being upside down...
Sew them together all the way around so that you have a block. Make sure to leave a small hole to turn the block right side out.
Turn the block right side out:

Now stuff the block with batting or really small fabric scraps.
Sew the hole closed with a needle and thread. I hate doing this part, but remember that the smaller hole you leave open the less you have to sew back together πŸ™‚

Now try and take pictures of your block...this is my failed attempt. The wind blew the block over the railing and my dear 4 year old saved it for me. Man I love that girl!

Now you have a really fun I spy block.
Make sure to stop by and tell me hi!

Thank you Bobbie!! These are so cute!

First Giveaway of Baby Week

Welcome to Baby Week!

This week is going to be jampacked full of fun, fresh, and creative baby ideas. Every day, you can look forward to:
* Two posts from guest authors sharing useful baby mama information or creative crafts.
* A giveaway you won't want to miss!
* A post from lil' old me sharing some of the things I have been making for son or my 6-day-old nephew.

Yes, indeed, I'm an aunt (again!). My sister had her baby about a week early. I'd almost forgotten how tiny and sweet a newborn is!! Little Man and I have LOVED hanging out with our new nephew/cousin!
I seriously ADORE my readers. Blogging has been such a fun hobby for me, and I have so enjoyed connecting and learning from you. If you only knew how your comments and e-mails make my day!! So I am offering the first giveaway of this fun Baby Week!

I saw this idea on How Does She?, and knew I had to make my own "baby is sleeping" sign. Maybe because we live in an apartment building on the top floor--we hear everything! And naptime is such a sacred time to me for obvious reasons: CRAFTING. I get just a little annoyed when delivery men or others stop by and pound on my door and knock up Little Man from his precious naptime. So I took my own spin on it, made one for our front door, and had way too much fun with it!

So I made a couple more signs, and am offering one to a lucky reader! In a subtle way, you can let others know your little one is sleeping by hanging this little cutie on your front door! You could also hang it on baby's door so the family respects naptime also!

You can choose from the boy sign (in shades of blues and browns) or girl sign (in shades of pink and white). The signs are about 8 inches by 12 inches. Take a look:

Because I want this giveaway to celebrate Oopsey Daisy readers, the terms are pretty easy to win this little sign! There are 4 ways to win... Here's how:

**Please leave a separate comment for each entry**
1. Follow Oopsey Daisy or let me know you already do.
2. Follow me on Twitter or let me know you already do.
3. Add my button to your blog and let me know.
4. Oopsey Daisy joined Facebook!! Become a fan here and let me know!

This giveaway will close on June 3rd at midnight...
Thanks for reading Oopsey Daisy!!
Good luck! I can't wait to share this week with you!

Carseat Cover Tutorial {Small Fry and Co.}

I am thrilled to start off Baby Week with Heather from Smallfry and Co. I always wished that I'd made a carseat tent for my little guy, but it always seemed so complicated. I love how Heather breaks down this idea and make it seem simple--even for me!!! And I love that it is reversible!! I know you'll enjoy this tut!!


Hi, my name is Heather from over at Smallfry and Co. I am a stay at home mom of two girls ages 6 months and 2 years old. Life is pretty much a combination of insanity and laughter with a tantrum thrown in here and there. I have loved crafting since I was in High School but didn't know that my love for making things was incomplete until I fell in love with blogging as well-it just became a perfect combination for me (like Oreo's and milk) and a wonderful way to express myself. My blog is a place for me to share crafts, sewing projects, recipes, tidbits, vent, share experiences about my kids and sometimes just ramble. Each post seems to go in a different direction (kind of like my brain sometimes). Here is a small sampling of some of my baby related tutorials.

Burp Cloth Cupcakes

Alison has asked me to share my tutorial to make a carseat cover. These are super easy to make and so convenient to have (I love mine). They make a great shower gift and all you need is 2 yards of fabric (you can't go wrong with that). There are lots of different styles of these out there. This is how I made mine (it's reversible). Supplies:

2 yards of fabric
Thread to match

Step 1: Trim your piece of fabric. I tore 1 inch off of the edge with the white strip with the little colored dots (I don't know what it's technical name is). I also tore off a three inch strip off the length (so instead of it being 36 inches it is now 33 inches long). So my final rectangle was 40.5"X 33". Repeat for your second piece of fabric.
Step 2: Fold your fabric over hamburger style (so not the long tall skinny way, but the short way)
Step 3: Place one piece of fabric on top of the other making sure all the edges line up.
Step 4: I made mine with rounded corners To make a pattern for rounding your corners you can use a fourth of a circle, place a bowl or a plate on your corner, or eye ball it I guess. In any case cut off both of your top corners only. Don't cut the corners on the folded edge.

Step 5: With right sides together pin and sew all around the outside edge of the fabric using a 3/8 inch seam, leaving an opening on one edge for turning. Backstitch at the start and finish of the opening. Trim with pinking shears around your rounded corners before turning to reduce bulk. Turn right side out. Press flat with an iron being sure to press out the seams completely (meaning that there is nothing folded inward)

Step 6: Topstitch all around the outside of the fabric using a 1/8 inch seam. Step 7: Now to make the attachments. Using the 3" strips your tore off at the beginning, iron them flat and fold them in half. Cut along the fold to get 2 pieces. Step 8: Fold each of those pieces in half and cut along the fold again. You should now have 4 pieces of each fabric.

Step 9: Place one piece of each fabric right sides together and sew along the sides with a 1/4" seam. Turn them right side out and press flat.

Step 10: Fold down a little over an inch of fabric towards the inside at each end of the strip. You should end up with a strip that is 8 1/4 inches long. Top stitch around all sides of the this strip with an 1/8" seam.
Step 11: Placing velcro. Cut two pieces of velcro 1 1/4" long. Separate. Place the soft pieces together at the top of the strip like this (see picture) and sew all around the outside as well as down the middle (in the middle between the two pieces catching a bit of each piece.)

Place the rough end of the velcro at the bottom on the opposite side like this (the first one was 1 inch from the top of the strip and the second one was 2 1/2 inches from the top). Sew around each one. Velcro placement can vary as you wish. I like this placement especially if you are planning to give this to someone else. Every carseat is different and this allows the person to have some flexibility with the tightness or looseness of the attachments. I like mine tight so the cover doesn't slip all over the place. To make the second set repeat the exact same process only on the opposite sides of the fabric strips.

Step 12: Now fold your large fabric piece in half and press the fold with your iron.
Fold your attachment strips in half also and press with the iron. Match the center fold of the strip to the center fold of the large piece. I placed my attachment pieces 8 1/2 inches from each edge. Sew along the fold, backstitching at the start and stop. Then flip the fabric over and place the other set of strips on the other side the same way and sew through them making sure that the ones you just sewed previously don't get folded over or tucked under. And that is it. Now you can have it this way.....

or this way.

Thanks so much, Heather!!

Making Cloth Diapers & Wipes {Tales From the Cottage Cheese Cottage}

I stumbled across the blog Tales From the Cottage Cheese Cottage, and I knew Heather was the perfect guest author for Baby Week!! This girl knows her baby stuff!


Heather is the mother of two-- a basketball obsessed toddler and a charming, opinionated nursling. She started considering cloth diapers when she realized there was no way their small budget could afford buying diapers for two babies. Spurred on by economic reasons she started researching cloth diapers, liked what she discovered, and made the change. She hasn't looked back since. When she isn't changing diapers, chasing chickens, or snuggling babies she works as a doula and blogs at Tales From the Cottage Cheese Cottage and Women in the Scriptures.

After several fits of tantrums, numerous soggy accidents, and a dozen boxes of Buzz and Woody fruit snacks I've finally reached the point where I can now declare my toddler "potty trained." As I traded out his stash of cloth diapers for his "big boy" underwear it got me wondering just how many diapers I'd actually taken on and off that little boy's bottom in the last two and half years. Here is what I came up with...

He is two years and five months old= 883 days

On average he has used about 5 diapers a day since he was born
(He used ALOT more than that when he was an infant but tapered down to two or three at the end, so 5 a day is a pretty conservative average)

That means he has gone through at least 4,413 diapers.

The disposable diapers I buy cost about $11 a package and contain, on average, about 50 diapers.

This means if I'd used only disposable diapers for him I would have bought at least 89 packages of diapers and spent more than $971 in the last two and half years.

I want you just to take a minute and try to imagine what 4,413 diapers and $971 looks like.

That is one big pile of expensive poop.

I've been using cloth diapers now for over a year and I can confidently say that I love them. I started with this great tutorial about the basics of cloth diapering and tried out Jillian's Drawers trial program where you can try out a variety of different cloth diapers for only $10. After using the diapers for several weeks I was hooked. I loved that they worked better than disposables, especially for newborns (my little girl has only "blown out" a cloth diaper 3 or 4 times in her entire life). I loved how cute they were and the great variety in styles. I loved how easy they were to take care of and wash. I loved that I would be able to use them for multiple children (the companies claim they will survive six children). I loved that my children had less diaper rash... but mostly I really loved how much money they were saving me.

It is true that cloth diapers are a bit of an investment up front, anywhere from $200-600 depending on what brand you buy and if you get them new or used. Yet if you are handy with a sewing machine, which I assume most of you are seeing this is a crafting blog, then you can make your own for much cheaper.

The most popular type (also my personal favorite) of diaper is called a pocket diaper. They are usually made with fleece insides, PUL or fleece outsides, and snap or Velcro closures. This wonderful site has a variety of patterns for seeing cloth diapers and cloth "pull-ups" for toddlers. The challenging thing about making your own diapers in finding PUL material because most stores don't carry it. You can buy it by the yard (one yard makes around 4 diapers) or in "diaper cuts" which is usually around 21" x 20" and is enough to make one diaper. Diapershop and Diaper Cuts usually have a good selection and good prices, or if you are willing to wait a few months to get your order you can join a PUL buying co-op to get very cheap material. Another option is to make the outsides and the inside out of fleece or wool which are fairly waterproof.

For pocket diapers you also need inserts (sometimes called pre-folds) to go inside of them. You can buy them at most baby stores (even Wal-mart), sew them, or small microfiber towels, usually sold in the auto section of super markets, make really wonderful inserts that are easy to clean.

The other great part about using cloth diapers is that you can use cloth wipes, which are SUPER easy to make and to wash. I made my cloth wipes out of some old terry cloth material I had lying around. I've also used old baby washcloths and I've heard that old baby towels and receiving blankets also make good cloth wipe material. I cut them into 5X5 squares and ta da... cloth wipes. If you make them out of a material that frays you will need to serge the edges to keep them from unraveling.

I make and store my cloth wipes in a large mouthed disposable wipe container.

To make them I mix:

2 cups of warm water
1 TBSP of baby oil
1 TBSP of baby wash
20-25 cloth wipes

I squish the wipes around in the mix until they are all covered and all about the same wetness. They usually last about 2 or 3 days before they start to smell mildewy. I've found that keeping them in a diaper container rather than a Tupperware container keeps them from getting rancid as fast. If you have trouble with your wipes smelling rancid you can also make the above mixture and put it in a spray bottle. Then you just spray the baby down with the solution and wipe them with a dry wipe.

You can also use cloth wipes with disposable diapers. You just have to discard them in a diaper pail and then wash them like you would cloth diapers. Personally I really LOVE using cloth wipes because they are thicker and more moist than disposable ones. It also brings me great peace of mind knowing that if there were ever a disaster in our lives, natural or economic, that I wouldn't have to worry about how to diaper my children. I usually suggest to friends that even if they don't want to do cloth diapers they should think about getting a small stash of cloth diapers and wipes to put in their emergency preparedness kits... just in case.

In all honesty, cloth diapering isn't as intimidating, hard, or gross as it may seem. Once you get use to them they are just as easy as using disposables but with all the added bonuses of being eco-friendly, cheap and down right adorable. Besides it is sheer glee to be able to walk past the baby aisle at the grocery store and not have to buy anything.

If I've piqued your interest here are some more cloth diaper sites you might want to check out.

Simple Organic
The Diaper Jungle
Nicki's Diapers

Wow! Heather, you have really done your research!! I love that this is a green and economic alternative to regular old diapers and wipes! Thank you so much!

Wednesday’s Wowzers: BABY CRAZY

Hmmm... last night I made one of my infamous oopsey's! I accidentally published a post too soon. So just pretend like you never saw it πŸ™‚

Are you loving all of these fun baby ideas?! I can't believe it, but we've reached over 100 baby ideas in our link party. That's a wealth of creativity and baby-mama knowledge, my friends!! You can check past Baby Week's Wednesday Wowzer's here and here. So grab a treat, take a break from your crazy days, and enjoy checking out some of these baby crafts, ideas, and tutorials:

Go comment on 3 of your favorite ideas! They deserve some love! Thanks so much for participating in Baby Week... next week is going to be so much fun!

Golden Graham S’mores

This is what I've been munching on all week long.
I already have a s'more obsession. I have a very precise method for melting the chocolate and slow-roasting my marshmallow so it doesn't burn. The melted chocolate really is the key--at least according to me!!

But skip the campfire, and you can still enjoy these soft, yummy, chewy treats. One of my favorite snacks. Ever. I think I've gained weight just since I made this treat. (But totally worth it!)

Golden Graham S’mores
ΒΎ c. light corn syrup
3 T. butter
1 pkg milk chocolate morsels
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pkg. Golden Graham cereal (9 cups)
3 c. miniature marshmallows

Grease 9 x 13 pan. Heat syrup, butter, and morsels to boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Pour over cereal in bowl, toss until coated. Fold in marshmallows 1 cup at a time. Press into pan with buttered back of spoon. Let stand 1 hour. Cut into 2-inch squares. Store at room temperature.

Just take a look at this finished product:
No need to copy down the recipe.... just click and print.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a fabulous day!

Mr. Potato Head

We made it back into town yesterday, and I am still wrestling mountains of laundry. But I wanted to give a quick sneak peak on the latest quiet book page I finished.

Without any further ado, I would like to introduce you to Mr. Potato Head!
Isn't he cute?! All of his accessories are fastened on with velcro. Many quiet books have a "dress me" page. I decided to do Mr. Potato Head instead. I only sewed on his body and arms. So when he's bare and naked, he looks like this:
On the page next to the spud, I will sew a little pocket to put all of the accessories to be interchanged. Of course I had to do a Mrs. Potato Head also. Check out this hot potato:
Do you think I went overboard on her lips?! I like it!!

Happy Monday!

Bloggy News

A bit of blogging news...

Do you tweet? If so, join me on Twitter!! I swore I would never do it, but I started up an account yesterday. I am still learning the in's and out's.

Have you noticed my sidebar lately? All of the link parties I participate in are organized in cute little categories sorted by day. Now, I won't have to clutter the ends of my post with link party buttons any more!! I used this fabulous tutorial by my gal, Sweet Little Smoothie. We all know I am not an HTML expert at all, so this tutorial was perfect for me! It walks you through everything so you can resize your buttons and organize them. No more button clutter! So if you're in need of some bloggy organization, check it out. Thank you, Sweet Little Smoothie!!

PS Just a shout-out to my Utah readers.... my family is in Utah for the weekend for a wedding!! Haven't traveled with the Little Man in along time, so this is a fun adventure!!
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