Friday, March 27, 2009

Off to Winona!!

So, tomorrow morning we leave for Winona, Minnesota - it's our first road trip with Addie!! I'm excited and scared at the same time, she does like to sleep in the car sometimes, but other times is just miserable, so hopefully it will go well. The trip is only about four and a half hours, we plan to stop for lunch, and will allow enough time to stop here and there to let her out to run around if need be (and weather permitting). The good news is here in Chicago we are supposed to have a windy, rainy, snowy weekend, so we'll be missing that, and the snow is not intended to hit Winona until Monday, so hopefully we'll miss out on these crazy spring storms alltogether.

I'll write more later, the doodle has just awoken and I must go comfort her!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Elephant Flannel & Terry Cloth Bib

Here's the newest bib I've finished. I'm giving it to an old girlfriend for her newest son's baptism this weekend. I'm planning on making her two burp cloths too (but probably out of a different material/fabric). I know it's not a religious gift, but I'm sure she'll be getting plenty of those from the other attendees, so I wanted to give her something that was functional and cute!

The elephant fabric is flannel, and I've backed it with a brown/greenish colored terry cloth (perfect for wiping up extra mess afterwards), and I just binded it with white binding...Not sure if I'll do another bib in this fashion, just depends on whether or not I can get better at sewing the binding on.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I Won!!!

Whoo-hoo, I just won a Sprout Shell from Jamie's Precious Peas blog and I'm so excited! It's a really great product that covers your infant car seat and shields your baby from the elements and I would've loved to have had one with Adeline. I picked a gender neutral fabric, in case our second baby isn't another girl. But I just had to share because I love to win things (who doesn't?). Thanks so much to Jamie & Sprout Shell for the opportunity to win this awesome product!!

This is the third blog giveaway I've won since February (although one of the items I "forfeited" cuz I didn't get back to the blog owner in the specified timeframe), and I'm totally addicted to entering bloggy giveaways now. There are so many great products out there for children & babies that I would never had heard of had it not been for starting my blog and seeking out other blogs by moms...and to be able to win some of these products is just awesome!!! It takes about a half hour every day to go through all of the bloggy giveaways (that I frequent) and enter the giveaways I'm interested in, and I think it's well worth the time spent! So, I highly recommend checking it out, because you CAN actually win stuff!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Baby Bib & Burp Cloth Set

Ok, so I finished the burp cloth to go with the baby bib I made the other day to send to my friend who recently had a baby girl. There was definitely some trial and error, as in my tired state last night, I sewed the burp cloth pieces together backwards and had to completely unstitch it and start over...and there were a couple other minor boo-boos as well, but overall I think they're cute!! Not sure why a couple of the pics are not posting landscape...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pics of the Baby Bib

Ok, here are the pics of the baby bib I made yesterday. So, I need a little practice with my top-stitching, but other than that, I think it turned out really nice. The neck hole might need to be made a little smaller (as it looks huge on Addie) for any future bibs as well, but I love the soft flannel material, and the bib is reversible and can be worn on either side (the pics of the finished product on Addie are the proper color, it's a cream fabric which is hard to see in the first few pics I took). I can't wait to work up a couple of matching burp cloths, which I will post pics of as well. I plan on working on those today (since I'm not working, yah!!).
Before Top Stitching

The Reverse Side

After Top Stitching

Handsewn Snaps
The Finished Bib on My Baby Model Adeline (Whom I couldn't get to sit/stand still)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Baby Bib

So, I went to JoAnn's the other day and picked up some really cute flannel prints to start working on some baby bibs and burp cloths and am really excited!!! I have started my first bib, made the template myself (using my daughter as a guide), just need to top stitch it and add the snaps and it's completed! It actually turned out really well for my first time, I think. I'll post the pictures of the finished project when I'm done.

I'm getting so inspired by all of you other crafty blogs out there, and everyday am finding other fun sewing projects I'd like to try! I really do enjoy sewing, and it's super easy once you get the hang of it. I would definitely like to sell these bibs and burp cloths once I figure out how to do them. I'm lucky because I've had a lot of friends give birth recently, so I have presents to make, which will give me some practice before I try to sell them. I'll post more later when I'm finished.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Natural Mommie Spring Giveaway Event!!

Natural Mommie is having a eco-chic & eco-friendly "Naturally Step Into Spring" event that begins March 21st! She's going to be holding a month's worth of eco-friendly daily giveaways.

I've become obsessed (for lack of a better word) with entering bloggy giveaways lately, and it's always a bonus when the giveaways are for green products or from companies that are environmentally conscious!

Visit her blog at today for a chance at winning a $25 Starbucks card and continue to visit through April for other fabulous giveaways, can't wait to see what else she has to give away!!!

I absolutely love Starbucks, but since becoming a stay-at-home mom I've had to give up my expensive daily grande peppermint mocha habit, so winning a gift card to Starbucks would really be awesome.

Anyways, be sure to check out her blog at and join in on the fun!!!

Friday, March 13, 2009


Ok, so it's been awhile since I've last written. I decided that attempting to write every day was just too great a challenge for me, so I'm going to keep up with it when I can.

Just a few updates:

  • My baby girl Adeline is now one year old. I can't believe how quickly time has flown! She is the most amazing baby and is constantly changing and growing, it's so much fun to watch! She has learned to say "hi" and "bye bye" within the past month, and I'm waiting to hear what other fun words will be coming soon. She can identify "ears" on a person's face, and sometimes their nose or eyes. She's also recently started to shake her head "no" when we use the word, which just makes me laugh. Here are a few pics from her First Birthday Party, which was a blast!!

  • I just finished posting my first ever etsy handmade items to my etsy account, I'm selling two baby girl tag blankies. I had made a bunch of them (some boy and uni-sex too) but have recently had a few friends give birth so wanted to send them the blankies instead of selling them. I'm really excited, so I'll see how it all goes! I plan on working on more blankies soon and am hoping to branch out into other baby items like burp cloths, bibs, and possibly even diaper bags, changing pads, etc. to sell. My etsy store is whitneyellen77 - it's a work in progress, so it's a very basic looking site with no logo/etc yet...if the selling goes well, I'll look into revamping it.
  • My husband and I just recently paid off six credit card/medical/other bills and I'm looking forward to being debt free in the near future (we still have 3 more credit card bills to go, and am hoping to have those paid off within the next year). But right now, our current goal is to buy our first home this summer, and I'm getting so excited at the prospect of having much more space than our current two bedroom apartment (and being able to store all of our holiday, baby, etc. items properly) and be able to consider expanding our family! We've been working hard on fixing our credit and getting rid of old debt, so it's nice to see our hard work finally paying off (especially since we're living off of my husband's salary alone, with just a little supplemental income from me).

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