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Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Twins' Care Bear Nursery

For the twins nursery I wanted to do something bright and cheery that they could enjoy for a while.  I love classic care bears and decided to use those type of colors for the nursery. Also the Care Bear quilts would go good with the decor. We had already painted the room yellow when we moved into our house 3 years ago (planning that it would be a gender neutral nursery).

Their changing station- my husband's great grandfather made this changing station for him as a baby and it is still in great shape for us to use for the twins- there is storage behind the doors which works perfectly for holding cloth diaper covers, cloth wipes, receiving blankets and burp clothes!

We kept the twin bed in the bed room because I knew with twins I would be spending a lot of nights in the nursery. I sewed the curtains and matching pillow covers several years ago for a house I had in college. I made the care bear pillow to match the rest of the decor.

A book shelf for holding toys and books.

Little Man's bassinet/pack and play with his quilt hanging above it.

My sister drew this picture for the twins before they were born.

Diaper basket with all of their GMD newborn pre folds ready to go. It makes me sad that they have almost outgrown their newborn  pre folds already!

I made the cradle pad cover from leftover quilt fabric.

Care Bear lamp along with little monsters from my other sister.

I made this cross stitch as soon as I knew I was pregnant.  It was done before we even knew we were having twins and it hangs in the nursery. It is a design that came from Care Bear Baby Book.

The changing station. The babies love the little rattles while they are getting their diapers changed.  I made the changing pad cover using this tutorial from Family Julius.

For the rainbow and cloud mobiles I used a Rainbow Brite Mobile pattern that I altered to fit my needs. I used felt for the rainbow, stars and hearts. I used a cotton fabric for the clouds. I love the way it looks in the corner of the room and the twins already love staring at it as it moves.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Care Bear Baby Quilts for Twins

I had previously posted finished Care Bear Cross stitches on my blog. I had always wanted to make a baby quilt out of them when the time came.  I had four of them all ready to go- bedtime bear, good luck bear, cozy heart penguin and proud heart cat (yes I am a nerd who knows all the names of the Care Bears and the Care Bear Cousins!).  But then I found out we were having twins! I knew I wouldn't have time to stitch four more Care Bears, so I altered the quilt design to have an appliqué in the center square and put their name with a border on the lower right square.  Then I stitched Baby Hugs and Baby Tugs Bear which was perfect for Little Man and Little Lady's quilts!

The finished quilt for Little Lady.

I used the quilt as you go method to put these quilts together, because I don't have a quilting machine at home and I knew the shop I usually take quilts to couldn't have them done in time for the babies' arrival.  There was definitely a learning curve with getting the back to line up right, so Little Lady's quilt is definitely sewn better than Little Man's because I did it second.  It is a method I would use again, but probably only on quilts this small or smaller.

The finished quilt for Little Man.

The quilts hang in their nursery and I love how cheerful they look on the walls.  I also use them as a background for the twins monthly growth pictures. 

 Little Lady at 2 Months

Little Man at 2 Months.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's Been a While...

It has been a while since I last posted.  Since my last post a lot of things have happened, I got a new job, went on several vacations,  got pregnant, had an amazing set of twins, fell in love with the two sweetest babies in the world, and quit my job as a dietitian to stay home and take care of them.  I happened upon this blog post today on While She Naps, and decided I wanted to start blogging again to keep track of the crafts that I am doing.  I hope I can remember how to do all of this blogging stuff!

The sweetest babies ever.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stuffed Tommy T-Rex

There is nothing quite as precious as a new baby. I got to meet my nephew Baby John for the first time this month. He was two months old and just so precious!! We bonded a lot and he liked talking with me- I think I am his favorite aunt already :).

I also made him this cute little stuffed animal. I used the Tommy T-Rex pattern from Bit of Whimsy Dolls. I really liked the pattern- it was affordable, cute and really easy to follow. It didn't take long at all to make this cute little dino!

Cutest Story about the dinosaur- my 3 year old niece really loved this dino and when Baby John got fussy one night she said- "Oh, maybe he is crying because he wants his dinosaur!" Then she went and brought it to him. Too cute!

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Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Homemade Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

This is a sauce that I love to make in the summer when the garden produce is plentiful. I then freeze it in quart bags and enjoy throughout the winter.

One batch makes about 3 quarts.

Chunky Spaghetti Sauce
1 tsp olive oil
1 large yellow squash, diced
1 large zucchini squash, diced
3-4 peppers (I use green, banana, anaheim), diced
1 large onion, diced
15 medium tomatoes, diced (and peeled if you prefer)
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp parsley
quart freezer bags

Heat olive oil in large stockpot over medium heat.
Add squash, pepper and onion. Saute until soft. Add diced tomatoes and seasonings. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer for about 90 minutes until sauce has cooked down. 
Let cool and measure into freezer bags.

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