Sunday, April 4, 2010

Alphabet Soup

After a very busy week at work I really wanted to spend the weekend finishing up some nursery sewing projects and just being lazy. I was happy to find out that the hubby felt the same way. No car shopping this weekend, thank goodness. Car shopping is not fun.

While I sewed and crafted, he played games on his ipad and lounged in the glider. That's pretty much all we did yesterday except for lunch with a friend and a movie in the evening. Today was devoted to de-furing (Enzo sheds like it's going out of style) the house/cleaning, a bit of laundry, sewing some more, and finishing up the alphabet!

With the help of the hubby on the ladder, we finished putting up the rest of the letters above the molding on two walls in the nursery. Here's the finished product.

{wall above the door to the balcony}

{wall above the dresser and shelves}

Originally, I thought about hanging them on a ribbon across that same area, but the more I thought about it, the less I liked that idea. First off, I didn't find ribbon I liked. Second, they wouldn't be lined up perfectly across because the tension on the ribbon wouldn't be strong enough to keep them above the molding. So, I decided on a slightly more complicated way of hanging them up. 

Step One:

Cut a piece of Velcro to stick on one side of a clothes pin.

Step Two:

Cut the other piece of Velcro and attach it to a push pin. The push pins are easier to get in the wall, the hole is small, and the head has more area for the sticky Velcro to attach.

Step Three:

Use the clothes pin to hang the alphabet card. Easy as pie. 

Putting them on Velcro also makes it easier to adjust and remove. 

ps. here's a few more pictures of the other projects I finished this weekend. I completed more than these, but I want to save something for later. =) 

The finished glider. It was definitely a lot of work, but it was completely worth it. I'm very pleased with the end result. It's not perfect, but it's good enough for me. I also saved myself a boat-load of money by making them. 

{front view}

{side view}

{back view}

I sewed some blankets using the organic fabrics I'd purchased while under the influence of pregnancy brain. 
{zigzag stitch for the edges on this one}

{funny "H" pattern stitch for the edges of this one}

pps. We picked the bean's first name!! It's a secret. We haven't mentioned this name to anyone. So, it will really be a surprise. Maybe I'll give some clues for guesses. 


Maggie said...

Everything looks awesome! I love the alphabet cards and the blankets are so sweet. Congrats on picking a first name! That is such a difficult choice to make. Also, speaking of de-furring, we just bought the Furminator for the cats. It is AWESOME! I don't know how it works but it works so well! Normally they go for about $25 but get one on eBay for half the price. I know how you love a bargain! You'll be glad you did!

Elizabeth, Lawrence, Calvin and our Baby Girl on the way said...

Oh, a name! Is it Olivia??? Just wondering if we can keep that onour list or not :) I love the alphabet cards, too - very cute!

Stephanie said...

The letter cards are so cute! Well done.

estefanick said...

The room looks fabulous!! I think the glider looks amazing!! Congratulations on picking your little girl's name! Mike and I had a REALLY tough time with that! :)