Thursday, June 30, 2011

Matryoshka Onsie

Oh. Hello there.
What's that? You want to make an impressive gift on the cheap?
Or, you just want it for your bebe? That's fine too.
Check out this super cute embroidered onsie. 

She's sleeeepy
I re-purposed a onsie and used embroidery floss that I already had. So, I didn't buy anything to make this. That means I saved at least 25 dollars ( Etsy guesstimate).. that means I have at least 25 dollars more to spend. Whohoo!! (Lindsey math = accuracy)

How To:
1) I used a pattern that I found here. It's really meant to be a little paper craft. Whateva, just print it. I chose to use the larger doll for this project.

2) Be ghetto like me, and shade the back of the printed image with a pencil, then flip the image over on your fabric and trace it, pressing firmly. OR, if you plan ahead, you can get some of this embroidery transfer paper from JoAnn's.


 You can tell I didn't follow the outline exactly. Whateva. You don't have to either. 
3) Then embroider away. If you have never embroidered before, don't worry. It's super easy, you'll get the hang of it. You can check out some great stitching tutorials on Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials and make your own, or look up each stitch below in the stitch dictionary.

4) Here is a visual of the stitches that I used. 

Disclaimer*
I have a tendency for grossly underestimating the amount of time it will take to complete a project. I just never get the amount of time *quite* right. My estimation is especially thrown off now, since my 'creative time' is directly related to the length of a certain little cutie's nap time.

My guesstimate for this was Ehhh... 45 minutes of embroidery. WRONG. This took me 3 naps worth of work, that's serious people. For other people that translates to a little over three hours. I feel like it was really worth it though. I love the end result. 


Selah likes it too!
-Lindsey 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Momma Guilt

I have some really fun things to share in the next few days, a little embroidery project,  and a sourdough recipe, but I felt like I needed to talk about something else first.

Today, I did something that makes me feel really guilty as a mom. Especially, as a mom who prescribes meeting the needs of my child over the 'prescriptions' of popular culture. 

This morning, I got all wrapped up in the fact that Selah hates 'tummy time.' I watched a video of a cute little playmate of Selah's scooting across the floor, and a I started COMPARING my daughter. Then I started QUESTIONING myself. 

It went a little like this..
 "Selah doesn't scoot around yet. She doesn't even try to scoot. Is she ok? Maybe I haven't done a good enough job making her do 'tummy time'? Oh no. Today we will do tummy time."

So, succumbing to the pressures of the 'tummy time' police, I put my happily playing baby on the floor on her stomach, and it went a little like this..

"WAAAAahHHHH wah WAH wahWAHHHHHHH." All this from a baby that can easily go a week without crying.

And I'm even more ashamed to say, I didn't pick her up. I thought she'd get used to it, and stop crying. She didn't. She kept crying, and cried for about ten minutes. Then, when I picked her up, she cried some more just to let me know how upset she was. I could tell she was confused. I don't let her cry without responding, because she rarely cries at all. She even had the little out-of-breath hiccups :(

I made her cry because of my own COMPARISON. This makes me sick, that she would suffer because of my own issues. She'll learn to walk just fine I'm sure, just like the BILLIONS of other babies around the world who never did 'tummy time'.(Thanks friends for bringing this to light.) The truth is, her needs are being met. She's usually in my lap reading with me, rolling around on the floor playing, or in the baby wrap if  I'm working around the house. She is getting just what she needs. She does not need to cry on her stomach, head buried in the carpet, for extended periods of time. 

Why did I let Dr. Google get to me? Comparing my kid, really?? Why did I choose my own feelings of inadequacy over the needs of my child? Hmmmm. Food for thought. I think some self-examination is in order. 

Any words of wisdom?

-Lindsey

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Giant Bubbles!

Whoa!
This is my niece, Mercy. I'm surprised I got a picture of her at all, because she is usually just a little blur running around! She is beyond adorable, and talks with mixed gibberish and words, like you should fully understand what she's saying; and golly people, she has STUFF TO SAY. This little girl is going to accomplish big things one day. Currently, her favorite hobbies include alternating being super sweet to Selah and poking her in the eye...

We went to the children's museum a couple of days ago and had so much fun. The giant bubbles were MIND BLOWING!

You can do this at home too. Check out this tutorial on Two Prince Bakery Theater.

-Lindsey

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Silly little tidbits...

The post in which I reveal way too much nonsense about moi!

1) I just got these shoes, and they are rocking my world.Perfect for casual summertime. I seriously contemplated writing an entire blog post about them. I AM NOT KIDDING. I have it that bad for these shoes. Holy Moly!
Simply Lovely.
2) I have one particular bra that puts me in a bad mood every time I wear it. It pokes my side all day long. I hate it. But I still wear it. I should really stop; it'll probably give me tetanus or something.

3) My creative tenancies got me into trouble as a kid more than once. I once cut fabric out of the foot of my parents bedsheets (convinced they wouldn't notice) to make clothes for my stuffed bunny.

4) I drove the same vehicle, my first, for 10 years. My trusty 'Teal Mobile.' I got it $3,000 cheaper because no one liked the paint color. I didn't like it at first either, but it grew on me.*tear* I sorta miss it.
The 'Teal Mobile'
5) I am completely unproductive without shoes on. It's like they give me superpowers or something. I have to put on my tennis shoes if I need to do housework. Mostly, I'm barefoot. I'll let you do the math.

6) Once, I stuck pantyliners in my shoes, because I misplaced my shoe insoles and I was in a hurry. One slipped out of my shoe at work, in front of my boss. *crickets chirping*

7) I still sleep with my baby-blanket. Hey! My mom made it for me! I put it over my head every night. In college I had a night-owl roommate, and I just got used to sleeping that way..I've done it ever since.
Ducky. Thanks mom!
8) I like to paint, but it's really more of an exercise of self-torture. I'm never happy with the results, and my paintings just kinda fill up closets until I'm so absolutely fed up with them that I toss them out. Grrrr.
Exhibit A

9) I love mushrooms. My family enjoys going to the mushroom festival each year. We are nerds. Nerds  who love mushrooms. Minus Daniel. He hates them, and he thinks that we are gross mushroom-eating nerds. 
10) This is our dog Bailey. She looks cute here, but don't let her fool you. She is a slimy drool machine; it's like a giant white hair-shedding slug lives in my house. Slimy trails everywhere. Bleh. Daniel dances around her each morning in his black slacks shouting 'keep away.' It's hilarious. She is super sweet, so she stays.

And there you have it. More than you ever wanted to know..

-Lindsey

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Easy-Peasy Baby Dress

As I mentioned before, I am NOT an experienced seamstress by any means. My first independant sewing project was this blanket, and my second was this dress for Selah.
Do you see that itty bitty Earmes-era chair?
It ranks as my all-time favorite thrift-store find.  $18.00 Huzzah.
I try to find projects that I am really stoked about completing, so that I have the motivation to work through the kinks and learning curve of being a new sew-er (seamstress sounds so dated). That way, I love the idea of the end result so much, that I wouldn't dream of not finishing the project.

*Ahem* not that there are any unfinished projects laying around my house!

I followed the  Prudent Baby: Snappy Toddler Top tutorial. It's great for beginners, and there are awesome step-by-step pictures to help you out! Of course, being me, I made some modifications.

  1. I used some IKEA fabric, Susanna, multi-color stripe, to make the collar and add some trim at the bottom hemline. Actually, the body of the dress is made from an IKEA sheet I found in the 'discount' section. It's a great place to find cheap fabric.
  2. LOVE Ikea.  
  3.  I added a few inches to the pattern to make it dress-length. I just found a dress that was the appropriate length and tagged a few inches to the bottom of the pattern. Viola! It's a dress. 
  4. I forwent snappy closures because I had some vintage buttons that I wanted to use. Aaaand I don't have a snappy tool. Minor detail. 

Photos by Bluelily Photography
Have fun. Go make something!

-Lindsey

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day.

Daniel,

It's Father's Day, and your very first one since Selah was born!

This is such a sweet day.You were so strong for me during the time that we were struggling to conceive, even though it was tough for you too. You held fast to the promise of the Lord, and you never wavered. I wanted so badly for you to have the opportunity to  be a father, because I knew that you would be such an amazing one.

And you are.
                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Tiffany Bonow

Selah adores you. I think it's beyond all realms of cuteness that she has started shrieking and bouncing when you walk in from work. She knows her daddy, and she LOVES her daddy. I think it's pretty obvious that she gets her ridiculous good-nature from you, along with that adorable chin dimple! I know that you cherish spending time with her each day, and I can't wait to see your relationship with her flourish and grow as the years go by; you both will have a special relationship. You are gentle, patient, and very protective of your sweet "Baby Girl."

I wanted to thank you for the hard-work that you do every day. I do not take it for granted. You take care of us so well, and I am forever grateful.

-Lindsey

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tabbouleh


It's HOT. (I know..I just can't get over it.) Cooking makes it HOTTER. 
Tabbouleh is a nourishing, quick, and delicious salad which requires no cooking. Yea! It is fresh, herbaceous, lemony, whole-grained goodness. Eat this as a side dish or make it a complete meal by adding some grilled veggies or chicken. Fresh summer food. Yum. 
Yes, that is a miracle-blade knife. Go ahead and laugh.
It is my favorite 'chopper' knife..even above some fancy knives!

Tabbouleh Recipe
2 cups boiling water OR room temp water
2 cups ground bulghur (you can use fine or coarse..your preference)
1 bunch green onions, sliced  finely
1 bunch parsley, stems removed, chopped finely
1 bunch fresh mint leaves, chopped finely
 2 large tomatoes,chopped and blanched IF you like (or 2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered)
1 medium onion, chopped  finely
*my addition*1 large cucumber, seeded and chopped 
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of 2 lemons
1 T soy sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place bulghur in a large mixing bowl.  (In a hurry?)Cover with boiling water and let stand 5 to 10 minutes, then fluff grains with a wooden spoon. (Got more time?) Just let the bulghur soak in room temp water for 2 hours. 
  2. Drain bulghur in colander   
  3. Add onions, parsley, mint,cucumbers and tomatoes and mix well.
  4. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients one at a time. Mix thoroughly. Chill in the refrigerator and toss once again before serving.
This recipe is adapted from Siren's Feast: An Edible Odyssey

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Foodie Tourism, Chef Tats, and Why We Could Never be Spies.

While living in a tiny town definitely has its perks (friendly neighbors and  a little grocery store straight out of Mayberry). Our 'exotic food' choices are very limited. Good luck sister, if you need pine nuts, wonton wrappers, or anything else that didn't appear in a casserole in the 1950's. You'll have to make a trip to town for that!

So, my favorite part of traveling to big-cities is trying new foods. Last weekend we had the privilege of attending my cousin's wedding in Houston. She is an award-winning pastry chef with the most awesome pastry-themed sleeve you could ever imagine! Check out her sleeve in more detail here on Chef Tats.
Beautiful Katie! Photo by Erica Moncada Photography
Afterwards, OF COURSE we hit up Houston's Chinatown for some great eats. My husband has grown to enjoy these little foodie excursions, although he has also learned that they come with a price. My philosophy is a little embarassment is always worth some yummy food! 

Example: The dim sum ladies nearly lost their minds over Selah.  In fact, I'm pretty sure we caused the first ever dim sum cart TRAFFIC JAM... I think we were angering some patrons waiting for congee. Seriously.

Our General Rules of Foodie Tourism
1) We will almost certainly be the only Caucasian people present
2) Pointing and exaggerated gesturing will be involved in ordering most food
3) Frequent illegal U-turns is just part of the fun of finding great places
4) See number 1, and add in the fact that I am 6ft tall...and Daniel 6'7" ALSO we are toting a happily- shrieking, curly-headed blue-eyed baby
                            **WE COULD NOT BE SPIES** Bummer.
Top: Dim Sum, Chicken Feet and Shumai
Bottom: Banh Mi and Bubble Tea
-Lindsey

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tutorial: Picasa Printables

Picasa is your friend. It is free, and it can do more than you probably ever imagined. I have been drooling over a sweet birth announcement print on Etsy for a while now. In fact, I looked at it so long, that I actually recognized a particular font as one that I had used before in Picasa. *cue idea*
Viola! Custom print.
I could make my own birth announcement in Picasa! You can too! You can make wedding prints, your favorite quotes; the possibilities are endless. Let's do this! Let's not spend money! Let's all have personalized art! This would make a great gift too :)

You will need:
1) Picasa. It's free!
2) Photoshop or another photo-editing software to create your background image. Picasa only lets you edit already exisiting images, not create new ones. I use Paint.Net. It's free!

How to create background image in Paint.Net:
You need to start with a white background that is the appropriate for the size that you want your printable to be. For example, I wanted an 8x10 finished print, so my background image needed to be 1200 pixels wide by 1600 pixels tall.

This is a nice little widgit that will tell you exactly how many pixels your print should be according to your desired print size.

1) Go to the "Image" tab and select "Canvas Size."

  2) Then fill in the appropriate pixel size and click "Ok."
 3) Save your file as a .jpg  file extension so you can open it in Picasa. I called mine 8x10template.

How to add writing to your blank background image in Picasa:
1) Open the file that you just created, and click on the "Text button."
2) Click anywhere on the image to begin writing. Use a seperate text box for anything you want to be a differing color or font. Use the little wheel to adjust the size of the text and the drop down box to select your font. Use fonts that contrast one another.

Use this to preview your fonts.

Use this to adjust the size and angle of text.

3) After you type out all of the desired text, you can play with the color by clicking on the T. 
Choose your colors! 

 4) Adjust transparency by using the sliding tool. Adjusting the transparency is also a great way to
add depth to your print. This makes it look professional. In this example, the fonts are all the same color; they just have varying transparencies. 
 5) In case you like to copy  (and you know who you are), here is a cheater version of the fonts  I used :)
Have Fun! Let me know how yours turn out!
-Lindsey

Dr. Google

I'm a researcher and a general collector of knowledge. I enjoy learning about almost everything. I went on a reading binge during pregnancy on books about natural childbirth, midwifery, and the modern health-care system. I knew all sorts of ways to get that baby positioned correctly; I could have probably done an emergency c-section on myself. Just kidding!!

But everything changed once Selah was born, and I didn't want to spend my time reading or researching. I want to spend my time actually being with her. Here's the thing (this phrase is a bad habit of mine, and it drives Daniel NUTS). Generally, I just trust my gut instincts. If I have a question,of course I seek out the wisdom of those who have mothered before me, but I try not to belabor the simple choices.

I WAS MADE TO DO THIS. That's what I told myself in labor and that's how I feel about mothering.
Do you see those two little teeth in there? Cuteness.
Since Selah has started lunging for food, and acting generally more hungry, I've decided to start introducing some big-people food in addition to her nursing. She is 6 months old. It feels right now. It did not feel right when the doctor suggested cereal at her 4 month check-up. Holy moly, what a bundle of controversy there can be about this!


I fed her cereal twice last week; it felt wrong to be feeding her unidentifiable flakes from a plastic-wrapped box. So, we've moved on to veggies and egg yolk. Sometimes it's smashed, sometimes it's whole. Sometimes I feed her with a spoon, sometimes she attempts to feed herself.  


I don't care if you call it a fancy name, baby-led weaning, natural parenting, or otherwise. I just call it feeding my child.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thoughtful Gift Giving

Anyone who knows me, will tell you that I love giving (and receiving!) gifts. I really enjoy searching out the perfect treasure for the special people in my life. I feel loved when I get a gift that shows that someone knows me well.

I purchased this great vintage linen tablecloth a while back via Etsy, and have been saving it for just the right occasion. CoffeeKlatch is the name of the shop, and they have tons of great vintage kitchen linens.

This is just adorable beyond belief.
It's my cousin Katie's wedding, and she has the perfect personality to appreciate this kitschy gift. (Katie, I hope you're not reading this, it'll spoil your gift!!)

I'm all about re-purposing, and have a special vendetta against commercially purchased cards, so I decided to go ultra-simple here and use a large button as a tag. I just wrote on it using a fine-tip Sharpie marker. Then, I sewed the button to the embroidery floss that I used to tie-up the tablecloth.

It's a button, and a tag!

My advice for gift-giving? Have fun, say no to candles and bath soaps. Plan ahead and give yourself some time to ruminate about who your recipient really is. If you see something unique, purchase it for future occasions, and don't be afraid to get creative.

Tada1 All wrapped up.

JunkIntheTrunkTrio


-Lindsey

It's HOT outside.

My family, on both sides, has been in Texas since it was it's own Republic. This makes me something official called a Daughter of the Republic, for which I got no college scholarship or bumper-sticker. Bummer.

Anyhow, with all this pure Texan blood running through my veins, you'd think I'd at least be acclimated to the heat. Wrong; bleh! I dream of winter all year long. We've hit official summer temps here, which means consistently in the high 90s to 100s. Oven-like cars, crunchy brown grass, and beads of perspiration dripping down your back. The heat feels oppressive.

Central Texas does generally gets one standard freak snowstorm each year, usually in January or February. This is close enough to Christmas (which was probably 70 degrees-ish) for Texas to remind you just who is boss.

Selah is at first not amused, but then she comes around...

I relish each moment of snow on the ground; I drag my brand-new baby out in the cold. I wake up early, I stop through my yard, write messages on car windows, and take pictures of it all. (I think I have pictures of every time it has snowed in the last 10 years). I am no better than a giddy child. My husband, who was born in Alaska, does not share my amazement of this white stuff. He is not fond of 7am snowball fights..fyi.

Our little blue bungalow blanketed in snow.

This is just to remind myself that summer won't last forever. Thank you for participating in my RSAD (Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder) therapy.

-Lindsey

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer, and the Great Grill-tastrophe of 2011

Summertimes means tomatoes from the garden and the intoxicating aroma of nightshades filling the evening air. There is nothing like picking a tomato and feeling the sun's radiant warmth in your hand. Something about seeing these in my kitchen window sill makes all seem right with the world...


That is until the GREAT GRILL-TASTROPHE OF 2011. Behold our trusty BBQ pit. Take notice of the gaping hole where once red-hot charcoal was strewn on the ground. Let's just say Daniel is lucky that he still has ten toes, and more importantly, I am lucky that the burgers were still delicious! Priorities people. Priorities.

-Lindsey

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

More than the eye can see

I was super-stoked to get our family pictures from Blue Lily Photography yesterday. Wendy and Tyler are just such talented and fun people!



I got so swept up in the gorgeous pictures and sharing them with everyone, that it wasn't until today that a wave of solemnity washed over me as I looked at our pictures again and again. It's strange how seeing photographs can make things seem even more real. There before my very eyes was a family, MY FAMILY. There were dark days, in which I never thought this moment would be.

This picture isn't just of a happy little family, and this blog isn't about our perfect little life. In this moment we are JOYOUS as we revel in the beauty of our little girl, but there were years of tears and prayers to get us there. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I'm pretty certain there are more than a thousand words worth of backstory here. That, I'll share another time.

For now, I just want to say to those of you who are hurting and yearning, that I am sorry. I too have been on that gut-wrenching journey and shared your sorrow. Don't feel alone or left-behind; I haven't forgotten. It is my most sincere and earnest prayer that you too will experience the indescribable thankfulness of looking at your very own family pictures one day.

Lots of Love,
Lindsey

BiggerPictureMomentsThankful


Monday, June 6, 2011

How does that much happiness fit in such a little body?

This child is ridiculously happy..cartoonishly so. I'm so thankful for the joy that she brings into our home. This is Selah right before bedtime, teething, and having skipped a nap. I'm not sure we have the guts to ever have another child, we'd just be asking for it.

p.s. she laid right down and went to sleep

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Roast Chicken

Roasted chicken is soul-comforting food, and it makes for an impressive table if you have guests. Shhhhhh! It also just so happens to be one of the easiest things ever to make!

A recent Friday night family dinner.


Next time, instead of buying the store-roasted rotisserie chicken, try roasting your own. It's significantly cheaper and takes under an hour.

This isn't so much a recipe as a method to roasting chicken. It's a la Thomas Keller in regards to the roasting time and temperature, but it varies from there. Roasting a chicken is a personal ritual. Don't let anyone boss you around in your kitchen! Use whatever seasonings you and your family like. Rosemary, garlic, and thyme would all be great flavor additions. Keep your hard root veggies trimmed to only a little larger than a golf ball, any larger and they won't cook through all the way.

Ingredients
One whole chicken 4-5 lbs. (these are usually called fryer chickens NOT the larger roasting chickens)
Veggies of your choice- I love carrots, mushrooms, leeks or onion, smallish red-skinned potatoes
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
Lemon
Olive oil

Instructions
  • Pre-heat your oven to 475 degrees
  • Rinse your chicken and remove the 'goodies' (liver, heart, gizzards). Do with these as you wish.
  • Pat your chicken dry with paper towels, and let come to room temperature. Usually about an hour.
  • Rub your chicken with olive oil and season outside and inside GENEROUSLY with salt and pepper. 
  • Place lemon in the cavity of chicken
  • Tuck back wings into 'lounging' position, and secure drumsticks by criss-crossing them and poking them through the excess flap of skin on the chicken cavity.
  • Scatter trimmed veggies around chicken in large roasting pan.
Roast chicken for the first 20 minutes at 475 degrees, then REDUCE oven temperature to 400 degrees for the remaining 35-40 minutes. You can rest assured your chicken is done when you prick the thigh and the juices run clear, or it registers 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.

Don't forget to use those bones for stock!
Enjoy :)

-Lindsey

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Faux Chenille Baby Blanket

I mentioned in my last post that I recently made a baby blanket for Selah. Honestly, I never thought I'd be able to sew her a blanket, but I knew I had to when I saw this tutorial on Dana's blog: MADE: Faux Chenille Baby Blanket Tutorial 

My faux chenille blanket in all it's glorious splendor

There were a few obstacles in my way... Mainly, that I had NEVER sewn anything by myself in my entire life. This was closely followed by the minor detail that I didn't have a sewing machine. Never one to let practical details spoil my dreaming, I borrowed a sewing machine from my mom and watched some YouTube videos on how to thread a sewing machine and load a bobbin. There a tons of videos available, just search 'how to..' for your particular machine brand.
 
Selah loves her blanket!

  
You have to start somewhere, so why not make it fabulous?
 Before you are scared away, let me say this project is a great beginner project for several reasons:
  1. It's almost all STRAIGHT LINES. This makes things easy for fumbly bumbly new sewers like myself.
  2. It's on a large scale, so it's easy to fix mistakes.
  3. It's not technically difficult, but it looks complicated.
  4. It's an easy(ish) project with a big WOW factor.

An itty-bitty Selah watching me sew.

Choosing Fabric
I chose to use fabric designer Alexander Henry's Masai Swirl Blue for the top side of Selah's blanket. I fell in love with the motion of the pattern and the vivid colors. It was girly, without being overwhelmingly so. I purchased mine at City Craft Modern Fabrics, a virtual wonderland of hip fabrics. If you are near Dallas, TX it's worth a visit to drool in person over the amazing fabrics. If not, you can also buy fabric from them on their website.


For the back of the blanket I choose a cream, rust, peacock blue, and plum 100% cotton.  This is a close-up of the layers after one wash and dry. The layers will continue to 'ruffle' and soften, just like chenille, as the blanket is loved.


Learn from my Mistakes: Tips I Gained Along the Way 
Although I followed Dana's tutorial very closely, I messed up learned a few things along the way!
  • Check the alignment of your stitching every 4-5 rows or so. About that far in, my STRAIGHT LINES were not so, umm STRAIGHT anymore. Take the time to carefully re-draw another correct line with a fabric marker before your line goes seriously wonky.
  • After cutting between one row of stitching with scissors, I quickly went to my local sewing store and picked up a chenille cutter. It will save you hours upon hours, and you can use it for all the blankets you make for your friends!
  • Be diligent to backstitch the beginning and end of each row, and slash the layers BEFORE you trim the blanket to a square. I didn't do either of these, and then when I cut the layers on the back of the blanket, my careful stitching was pulled out at the ends of several of the rows. Gah!
  •  I double-stitched the binding just to make it extra durable; plus I liked the added detail.

Just be patient with yourself and take your time :) I'd love to answer any questions you have and see the blankets that you have made!

-Lindsey

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vintage Chenille.

 I have a slight obsession with vintage chenille. I tend to get on little collecting kicks now and then and this one was sandwiched somewhere between the anodized aluminum tableware of  '08 and vintage embroidery patterns of '10. We'll talk about those another day.

For now, let's just say I have more bedspreads than actual beds in my home. I love the knobby texture, the weight of pure cotton, and the reminisence of summers gone by that these blankets bring. 

Classy Elegance - guest bedroom for usual visitors

Cheery and Light- Selah's nursery

Indescribable Awsomeness- guest bedroom for special friends
Not everyone appreciates the design aesthetic of a giant, hand-tufted, flourescent peacock bedspread, but I happen to adore it. If this beauty is donning the guest bed when you come to spend the night, know that you are loved. 
If you are interested in finding one for yourself, I've had great luck finding these bedspreads on Ebay for much cheaper than Etsy or vintage stores.
Naturally, following my inclination toward vintage chenille, I was SUPER exited to find this tutorial for a homemade baby blanket version of my loves!  MADE: Faux Chenille Blanket Tutorial I'll share the blanket that I made for Selah in my next post, and offer my tips and advice on this project. 
-Lindsey