Crib Rail Guard

Posted On October 13, 2010

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A couple of months ago I thought my baby might have been half human, half termite.  If your baby is anything like mine, you know what I’m talking about.  He’d crawl over to the end table, side table and just about anything else, pull himself up, and start chewing.  My husband and I were always there to redirect him during the day, but we were not in the room with him when he was in his crib during naps and at night.  And it wasn’t long before we noticed teeth marks on the crib rail.  I believe I mentioned my obsession with craft blogs.  I love Craft Gossip and knew that I could find the solution to my problem there, mainly because you can find almost anything there.  I typed “crib rail guard” into their search box and found it…a homemade crib rail guard.  Click on the link for detailed instructions. 

Here’s my take…polka dotted, of course.

 

First I knotted the ribbons together then I tied them into a bow.  This way, when my baby learned to untie the bows, the guards stayed on.  I also took a lighter and held it close to the ends of the ribbons one by one to melt them slightly and prevent them from fraying.

Opps…I forgot to point out the crib skirt I made with the left over fabric, though you don’t really get a good view of it from these pictures.  I had another crib skirt and I used the middle part of that as my base.  I then added panels of the polka dotted fabric.

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halloween ribbon wreath

Posted On October 10, 2010

Filed under halloween, polka dots, Projects, ribbon

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Move over buttons, I have a new love…ribbons!  especially ric rac.  Love it.  So when I came across a halloween boo wreath, I fell in love.  I had to make my own.  Here’s a peek at my attempt. 

First I gathered all my supplies:  round styrofoam wreath

and lots of different ribbons.

At the top of the wreath was a pretty deep seam, which worried me.  I found out later that you don’t even see it under the ribbon, so don’t fret if you’re making one.  Ignore it and if you can see it, put another layer of ribbon on top of it at the end. 

Same thing comes when you are wrapping your ribbons; if they aren’t perfect, that’s ok.  You can easily hide mistakes with another ribbon.

I started out with the orange ribbon and wrapped it around.  It didn’t make it all the way around, so I had to either go to the store to pick up more or come up with a plan.  Laziness won out and I came up with a new plan. 

I pulled off all the orange and cut it into four equal pieces.  I then spaced them around the wreath.

I filled in the empty spaces with purple.  Right about now I also chose a front and back side.

Then I added black.

The next part took the most time.  I played around with my decorative ribbons and slowly glued them down. 

Finally it looked like this:

But it needed more.  I didn’t want to make the “boo” found on my inspiration because my sewing machine hasn’t been too cooperative lately, so I just decided to make the bow.  Bows are not my specialty…if only I had thought of asking my mom to make it for me when she was here.  But I didn’t, so I was left to attempt it myself. 

I figured out how long to cut my ribbons (I used three here), cut them and put them face down on a flat surface. 

I folded over one side at a time, then used one of those wire ties that comes with garbage bags to fasten the middle.

I hot glued the end of another piece of ribbon to the back and wrapped it around twice, then hot glued it again to fasten it. 

Opps…I almost forgot to mention that I snipped the ends at an angle and then used a lighter to singe the ends so they didn’t fray.

I wasn’t in love with the way the bow looked so I didn’t want to glue it directly onto my wreath, so I glued it on the wreath holder.  The paint is scratched up in a few places, so I wasn’t worry about ruining it. 

I played around with the bow and probably will continue to mess around with it.  I might even make a new one.  But here’s what it looks like for now on my front door.

Here are a few close ups:

polka dot comfy pants!

Posted On October 6, 2010

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If there is one thing that I love more than polka dots, it’s polka dot comfy pants.  These pants actually combine three of my favorite things:

1. Polka dots

2. Comfy pants

3. Target

I love these pants.  Just thought I’d share.