Hanging Shelf

I’ve had a quite a few side projects on the go. Some friends wanted a sling bookshelf for their son’s bedroom and I was happy to oblige!

We found a tutorial from Penny Carnival. One of her shelves is pictured below—click on it to head over to her tutorial.

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My friends selected their fabric and in about an hour and a half, a shelf was born.

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Don’t you just love the puzzle fabric?

This shelf is such a sweet addition to a toddler’s room and it’s so easy for wee ones to take their books in and out. The tutorial is very clear and easy to follow. I think the sewing part of the project is suitable for someone with beginner’s sewing knowledge. And the hardware aspect doesn’t look too difficult… but I wasn’t involved in the installation of it. Regardless, it’s a quick project when all is said and done, and is such a great way to corral books while still encouraging your little reader’s interest.

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I think I need to make one for C’s room.

Sadness

Alas, my sewing machine died last week. For a month or two, the tension had been off, which required quite a bit of babying to avoid loops in my stitches. I’d also noticed a funny smell, like overheated electronics. And then, about an inch away from the end of my last seam on my most recent project, everything stopped. It wasn’t stuck, as it sometimes is when the thread gets all bunched up. I was able to finish the seam using the handwheel. But the pedal no longer triggered the motor. My work is now at a stand still.

My husband has the machine apart on the kitchen counter.

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He should be able to tell whether the issue is the motor or some other part of it. If it is the motor, though, he hasn’t been able to find the correct replacement. So for now, I will be unable to sew.

The good news is that all of the listings in my Etsy store are already made and ready to ship. The better news is that everything is on sale. If you’ve had your eye on something, now is the time to get it! Happy shopping!

Bow Ties, Anyone?

Boys are sadly under-represented in my shop. I aim for gender-neutral, but since I have a girl, my products tend to be evolutions of things I’ve made for her. But bow ties will soon arrive in my Etsy store. Keep an eye out! I’ll post updates once they’re there. In the meantime, sneak a peek at the fabric.

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Are you as excited as I am?

The Backpack

I made this backpack using a pattern from Made-by-Rae.com.

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I just love how it turned out.

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The piping finishes it so nicely.

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With adjustable straps, this bag easily fits my petite two-year-old, and would just as easily fit her 6-year-old friend.

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There’s also tonnes of room on the inside.

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This is everything we packed in for a trip to the dentist and the bag wasn’t even full. While Mommy and Daddy took turns getting their teeth cleaned, C entertained herself with colouring, reading, playing with her Little People figurines, and eating snacks from her Nest Boutique snack bag. And we had a change of clothes standing by in her mesh travel bag. Whew!

Are you interested in purchasing your own? Find it in my Etsy shop! If you’re looking for a school-age backpack or a smaller one (doll-sized, perhaps?) send me an email or contact me through Etsy.

Mini Luggage Set

We’re planning to travel by plane to see my sister-in-law, and that means that we need to consider packing requirements. We can certainly check luggage, but with my dad’s frequent travel for business and an incident or two of losing luggage while traveling with the family for vacation, I have been trained to be leery of checking luggage. That and the post-travel wait for bags with an either grumpy or wired (or both) wee babe, I’m aiming to avoid the checked luggage.

You’re allowed two items on the plane, plus some extra eligible items (like a diaper bag for your baby’s things). We only have a couple of bags that are the right size, I’ve been wanting to make a backpack for our daughter, C, and since I was on a roll (and had the fabric), I ended up making a wee set for the two of us (sorry Honey…).

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What you see pictured is a shoulder bag for me, a backpack for C, and a laptop sleeve to keep my computer safe in transit. How fun!

The laptop sleeve is lined with fleece and cotton to provide extra padding.

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The shoulder bag is just about as big as the airline will allow.

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And I’ll include detail pictures of the backpack tomorrow.

Don’t you just love the fabric?

Handsewn Gown

Every Christmas, we draw names on my husband’s side to determine who gets whom a gift. This past Christmas, I drew the name of one of my lovely sisters-in-law. In the fall, I’d been reading about couture sewing techniques and was especially taken by the hand-sewing. I love the blue dress I made last summer, but I remain dissatisfied with the long side seams. On the machine, the delicate fabric crinkled and bunched. The skirt has enough fabric that you don’t notice the waves unless you inspect it closely, but hand-sewing does prevent such a thing from happening. You have a lot more control over the shape of the garment.

Since my sister-in-law claimed that she had no particular requests (and even hinted that a handmade gift would not be amiss), I took it upon myself to handsew a gown for her.

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Excepting the hem and a bit of taking in, the dress fit her perfectly.

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I have, much to my own dismay, had the gown ever since Christmas to make those slight modifications and to finish the inside seams.

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We’re traveling to see them and I look forward to finally delivering the dress to its rightful owner.

Craft Show

As I said, I participated in a craft show a couple of weekends ago. It was lightly attended, but in a lot of ways, that made it a great first show to do.

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My main regret is that this is the only picture I took of my table. 😉

It’s cute and has potential, but I can already see lots of ways I would change it. Anything you can spot that would make it pop more? If you attended the show, what did you think of it?

Mesh Clothing Bags

I read an awesome idea in Today’s Parent this morning (the March 2013 issue). It had an entire article on ways to get organized and this was one of the suggestions:

Put your kids’ clothes away by daily outfit, rather than sorting by item. Make sure to include top, bottom, socks and underwear, as well as any sweaters, tights or leggings they may need.

What a great idea! And what better way to do that than by picking up some of my mesh clothing bags to keep each outfit together? 😉

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The mesh allows you and your kids to see which outfit they’re choosing, and you won’t have your organizational hard work go to waste if your kids start rummaging around in their drawers. Perfect also for packing clothes for a long trip (no more lost socks!) and even for short ones.

My daughter is in the early stages of potty training (can stay dry but can’t yet take herself to the bathroom), so I keep a complete outfit for her, including a wet bag, in my own bag.

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Then, if she has an accident while we’re out, I can quickly and easily get her cleaned up and ready to go. It’s also great for moving from bag to bag, whether it’s into my purse for a quick errand run, into my Lug bag for a longer day trip, or into my husband’s bag when he takes her on an adventure. Far easier than gathering all of the pieces each time.

Buy one or a dozen, in matching sets or all different colours, whatever will best suit your needs!

And check out the March 2013 Today’s Parent issue. There are some great tips in that article. (Or find it online here.)

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Mesh Clothing Bag $14 each

Interested in the wet bag you see above? Check out Nest Boutique on Facebook.

Bunting Baby Quilt

Two weeks ago, I participated in a local craft show. As my first experience, it was awesome (though the turnout wasn’t great). The other vendors were friendly and I learned a lot. And it gave me the opportunity to put together a bunch of new products I’ve had in mind but haven’t had the push to make.

This is my favourite new product right now! I love the bunting design and the bold colours. It’s also, as all quilts should be, soft and cozy. For more pictures (or to pick one up), head on over to my Etsy shop!

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Bunting Baby Quilt $150