Friday, January 27, 2012

Burlap Bedskirt + Ruffled Duvet Cover {a preview}

On Wednesday, I decided it was time to make a new bedskirt--so although this DIY did in fact happen on a Wednesday, I am just now getting around to posting it.  I blame it on the bad lighting on Wednesday--decent pictures would have been hard to take.

Anyway, this is about the easiest DIY there is--very little explaination needed. 

I needed a new bedskirt to go with the duvet cover that I made from a tutorial I found here.

I didn't want to spend a lot of time or money on it--I've got a baby nursery to decorate for heaven's sake!  So I got the brilliant idea that I would turn to my favorite textile on God's green earth: burlap.

For less than $12 I got the 3.5 yards of burlap it would take to make a bedskirt for our bed.  I cut the burlap in half, lengthwise, giving it a width of 3.5 yards & a height of 22".  Now you could, fold, iron & hem up the burlap to make a certain statement, and with most fabrics you'd just have to give it that tailored look anyway, but with burlap, you can also just cut it & leave as is with the natural fraying--which I think gives a lovely raw look. So of course, I just left the burlap as is, unhemmed & proceeded to pull out the staple gun. 

I first cut out two small pieces of burlap for each corner of the bed frame & stapled them neatly to each corner, stapling down the top as well as the sides.  I then cut out pieces to fit the length of both sides of the bed & the foot of the bed.  Keeping in mind, that the height of the burlap remained the same, at 22".  I pinned each individual strip to it's cooresponding side, then staple  gunned away, this time only stapling at the top of the frame. 

3 sides later, and you are done.  Easy as pie.

Can you tell what my next project will be?  PILLOWS.  I am in desperate need of them. 

Oh & I am hoping to add a project to my honey's to-do list:  the headboard.  I love my framed map, but it's only a place holder right now for the fantastic headboard I know my hubby will create-he's talented like that! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Twice Baked Sweet Potato {Mexican Style}

This is a yummy little dish I came up with the other day--if you've never tried sweet potatoes in combination with Mexican food, you're missing out. It's delish.

Here's the recipe:

Preheat oven to 400* F. Wash sweet potatoe & coat in olive oil. Bake at 400* for 1 hour.

In the meantime gather these ingredients:

1/4 cup black beans, cooked
1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
3TBSP reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 tsp. cumin
2 TBSP monterrey jack cheese, shredded
salt & pepper to taste

When potato is baked, remove from oven & cut in half, lengthwise. Scoop the potato filling out of shell, gently without messing up the shell. In a bowl, combine potato filling, sour cream, cumin, black beans, tomatoes, salt & pepper. Put the filling back into each shell & top with cheese. Bake at 400* for 15-20 minutes.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DIY Wednesday {Portable Changing Pad}

As I get ready for baby boy Carter to arrive, I constantly have a running list in my head of things I want to make.  A changing pad to carry in my diaper bag (also an item on that list to be done) was one of the items I wanted to make.  I knew I could find much cuter fabric to use than most of what you'll find in stores, plus I really wanted to test out iron-on vinyl :)

Take a look at how it turned out...  

I used herringbone & argyle printed fabrics, with both sides covered in vinyl, making each side easy to wipe down & waterproof.  I also added a magnetic snap so I could fold the changing pad up in one of two ways & snap it shut! 

LOVE the combo of these two prints together

And option number 2 for folding the pad down & closing it shut!

I had a lot of fun with this, LOVED using vinyl & really loved that the changing pad is boyish but not cartoony.  It will suit little man's tastes as well as mine, I do believe.

What have you been working on lately?

Friday, January 13, 2012


My Little Sunshine is doing a little housekeeping these days--lucky for you, it means we are having a MASSIVE SALE on ALL our FABRICS!

Check out the fabulous prices we have on all our designer fabrics!  This is a HUGE steal, so these cute prints won't last long!

Shop here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I suppose it could be my husband, or maybe this little boy cooking in my belly, that has me thinking about superheros.  The connection between men & their superheros is something I'll never understand, but that I do love. 

Here are some of my favorites as of late.  I am thinking they will make a nice wall collage in the nursery :)

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Friday, January 6, 2012

the 20 week bump

Baby Boy C is a growing!  My belly has really started to pooch out more in the past couple of weeks.  AND for the past three weeks I have been feeling the little man kick & squirm.  He is quite the mover & shaker! 

It was fun to have all these changes occur over the Christmas season & to have my family experience some pregnancy milestones with me.

I also had an amazing opportunity to have an ultrasound done by the woman who sonogrammed me in my mom's tummy when I was just a little dot in the womb.  She is a great friend to our family & was the one who revealed to us that we are having a boy!

This sonogram was also such a gift, because Ben was not going to be able to be present for it, but through her amazing connections, God's grace & the wonderful world of technology, we were able to Skype him into the ultrasound.  He got to see our little boy as though he were actually in the room!  God's provisions are good :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

did I mention...

that we are having a little BOY?!

Well, you may or may not already know it--but now there is proof.  I've finally returned from my little Christmas hiatus & have the pictures to prove it!  

You can be sure he is already stocking up on cute clothes & his momma is gearing up for the nursery decor!