-The letters: I bought the cardboard letters from Joann's. I'm sure you could get them at hobby lobby too.
-A hot glue gun and LOTS of hot glue sticks
-Scotch Tape: in case your fingers get tired of being burned by the hot glue- opt for the tape. :)
-Fabric: I just used some scraps I had left over from past projects and I bought a couple of fat quarters from Joann's. You will need less than a quarter for each letter.
-Backing: Now, because Anthropologie uses corduroy on their letters, I was set on using that as well. My mom suggested using felt. If you want to save yourself some time and money, go for the felt. If you're like me and are committed to using the corduroy (for part of the letter that no one will ever see:)) then here's what you'll need: corduroy fabric (I used several different colors) and fusible interfacing.
Hot glue fiber fill to the front of your letter.
This is the most difficult part: Place your fabric on top of your letter and begin pulling it around towards the back. This will require some cutting around the corners. You'll see this is where I opted for the scotch tape to secure my fabric on the back.
You'll notice your fabric didn't quite cover up the sides. That's ok. You'll need to measure the length of the side, cut a strip of fabric 1/2 inch longer, iron each end under 1/4 inch.
You'll iron one side of the fabric under 1/4 inch. (Please excuse the look of my crusty old iron, it's the best and I just can't get rid of it).
Hot glue the sides you just made onto the letter, then glue it to the back.
Step 7: (If you opted for corduroy-if using felt skip to step 8)
Iron your fabric onto your fusible interfacing.
Trace your letter onto the felt or the interfacing.
Cut out your letter from felt/fabric.
Hot glue your felt/fabric letter onto the back of your cardboard letter (to cover up the mess).
Well I didn't take many pictures at Ryan's shower on Saturday, but my friend Emily did. I'm sure she'll have a mega picture loaded post up soon.
I did, however, take some pictures of my gifts for baby Olive.
With inspiration from anthro, I made these fabric letters. Which, I've decided, I'm going to post a tutorial on soon, because I searched and searched for one and NADA! So, if anyone out there has been searching for how to make these anthro fabric letters, I'll help you out. It was a lot of trial and error, but by the time I got to the "E" in Olive, I think I had it figured out! ha. We hung the letters from a tree branch on the mantel. I think it turned out cute!
I also made this peasant top and bloomer set for baby Olive. I really love the way it turned out so much I almost kept it for Laney! I kid.
(because some of you at the shower asked: if you're interested in purchasing a peasant top/bloomer set or commissioning some clothing just send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oh! I also made a pacifier clip and matching burp cloth.
It got COLD here this weekend!! I LOVED every second of it! The months of November and December are by FAR my favorite months of the year: cooler weather, scarves, pumpkins, college football, soups, Thanksgiving, family visits, Christmas, New Years Eve! I mean, come on! What's not to love!?
Anyway, our weekend was FANTASTIC! Besides it being really cold outside we got to hang out with some of our favorite people.
Saturday morning Caitlin came over to check out what I had been working on for Ryan's baby shower...and later that afternoon Emily, Molly, Laney and I met up with Caitlin to look at wedding dresses!! It was so fun! (side note- have I mentioned that two of my closest friends are getting married in 2011. Cait in Feb and Em in Mar- we are BUSY people round here).
Isn't she beautiful! That morning, while Caitlin was at our house, she said, "now I really need you to be honest with me when I'm trying on all these dresses." I said, "umm...I will...but just so you know every thing's going to look awesome on you!" And it totally did! (ps- this isn't her dress. That's why I feel like it's ok to show you pictures).
Saturday night we took dinner to our friends, Nathan and Larrisa. They just had a baby boy two weeks ago. His name is Lincoln and he is so cute!
After the Westerfields we met up with Caitlin and her fiance Scott for dinner. We really haven't hung out with them in a while and it was SO good for our souls, especially poor Eric. He's worn out on school- but that's a whole-nother blog post.
Sunday was church and then we lunched it up with Emily, Josh, Scott and Caitlin. Again, SO good for us. We love our friends, can you tell!?
It's Friday! And guess what we're up to this weekend...a whole bunch of NOTHING! I'm so excited! We've been super busy almost every weekend for the past few months. Either Laney and I are traveling out of town or someone's coming to visit us. Not that we don't LOVE every minute of our visits, but it's nice to have a relaxing weekend to rest and recoup.
Anyway...Here's a little sneak peak at some baby gifts I've been working on for little baby Olive (due to arrive in late February). We're having a shower for Ryan next weekend, so I've been busy and I'm so excited with the results!
This is going to be a really random post. Here we go...
First- I have a new blog title. I am not creative in that department. If I was ever asked to market something, I couldn't do it. Seriously. I can never come up with catchy phrases, EVER. My sister is good at it. Her blog "Boots and Barefeet". I mean, come on, how adorable AND completely describes their little family! So, I'm going to lean on a little Sara Groves to help me out here. "Just showed up." New blog title. Done.
Second- Laney doesn't have much hair. But what little she has I HAVE to brush after her bath each night or it does this...
She looks like a little alph alpha (sp?).
Thirdly- Nursing update: We're doing better. I still haven't figured out why she wouldn't nurse, but I know that now she will. PTL! Glad that's over. And thanks to all of you who offered your support. It was greatly appreciated!
Fourthly- It's November! What the heck!?! Where did October go?! Thanksgiving is 3 weeks from TODAY! Really!?
Fifthly- I've been sewing A LOT lately. First, on addy-paddy's bday gift and now for my friend Ryan's little baby girl on the way! I can't wait to show you!! Maybe I'll post a little teaser pic tomorrow.