Manly Man Soothers

Your baby cant grow his own mustache? No problem!

Sounds like a little late night infomercial to me. But a cute one. And I seem to watch a lot of them lately. Sleep is getting harder and harder. Between pee breaks and flipping left to right, it seems to only come in 15 minute increments. It give me lots of time to browse pinterest for baby idea’s and more.

So on one of those late nights I found this idea and thought it was too funny. After playing in the nursery all week I grabbed some felt and just free handed some mini mustaches. Cant wait to see how funny they look on the little guy. Brandon likes the Hitler style one the best. Surprise surprise.

The Easy Peasy Baby Blanket

Remember the last baby blanket? THE Baby blanket. The one that took forever to make. It might have made me never touch my sewing machine again. But then I found this pattern and how could I not try it!

You will need:

1 1/4 yard cotton fabric

1 1/4 yard Minky fabric

coordinating thread


sewing machine

I swear its easy you just have to keep some reminders in mind. Minky is not the easiest fabric to sew, so I looked up some tips. And I will be sharing those with you but maybe look up all of them for yourselves just to be safe! O and hey remember that silly little puppy that likes to be a part of all my sewing projects. The exact minute that fabric hit the ground she made it her new home. But she is cute, so I let it slide.

First your going to lay your fabrics out. the bumpy side of the minky up and the pattern side of the cotton down. So that your final fabrics are facing each other. Then pin away! With minky you want to pin as much as possible. Its recommended every 1-1.5 inches apart.

Make sure you leave a couple inches open. I marked mine with two vertical pins. This is where you will be turning your blanket once you’ve finished the first round of sewing.

Starting at the bottom vertical pin start your 1/2 inch seam, go the entire way around until you hit your top vertical pin. Make sure to leave that space open! Now you can trim and cut your corners. Then turn your whole blanket inside out and pop those corners all the way out. Then lightly press the blanket, cotton side only, minky does not like to be ironed! Press your edges so you have a clean edge to sew.

Now you can pin that opening closed. I had a slight pull in my minky fabric, remember that I said its a hard fabric to sew. So I’m happy mine was only slight so I also pinned that to try and fix it. Good enough for a first time! Now sew another 1/2 inch seam around your edges. Make sure to back stitch your beginning and end to finish it.

And there you have it! A simple but cozy baby blanket. Who doesn’t love to be curled into a minky blanket. And this one was so simple and easy it only took me one episode of Brothers and Sisters to finish it. That last one took almost 3 seasons worth of episodes! So try it. Show me your results!

And again more fun stuff to come so make sure you’re always checking back with us!

Nursery Updates!

Its coming along! I can see the finishing stage soon! We are still lots of nails and hammering away but we are so close, that  wanted to share some details with you.

My mom was just here and like always we did a bit of shopping! O the baby stuff. So we finally got around to putting some of it together. Welcome to Sawyers room!

Last week I had no idea what to do with our one wall. Now its quite possibly my favorite piece. (Though that’s not possible because every piece in this room is my favorite!) It started with the scrolling brackets. I found only two of them, in exactly my teal and cream. How perfect was that! We bought and painted a plain plank of wood, and made our own shelf. The “wish” is from Marshalls, a piece acquired over the years. A small frame with a picture of my late “crazy grandpa” in his younger days. A sentimental piece for the only family we’ve lost. A second larger frame with a maternity picture. To be replaced as soon as little man makes his appearance. A vintage camera I gave Brandon our first Christmas. And a vintage scale I just recently bought on our trip through Pasoga Springs, CO. (cant wait to put that to use in some new born shots!) Below the shelf are his initials in hooks. They were also an anthropology find. But they came in the same color as my walls. Blah. So I painted, inked, sanded, and re-inked them! Perfect! And that is indeed my diaper bag hanging from them. I went really non traditional and found a messenger bag I loved from Fossil. Lucky I picked blue and green!

There is my dresser/change table and end table again. A gallery wall still waiting to be finished and filled. The large frame on the wall is from Ikea and originally comes in black. Surprise, I painted it! That can of spray paint went a long way this week. The glass would have been painted with chalk board paint, had it not broken in half 🙁 I’ll be replacing it asap.

Another non traditional piece. I looked everywhere for a tiered fruit basket. Apparently the only one available is from pottery barn for 90$ that’s just a wee bit out of my price range. So when I found this at the local consignment store and they went 50% off I jumped on it! Diapers on top. Lotions, powder, wipes, and distractions on bottom! love it, and again how we keep managing to find so many items in antique teal and cream is starting to amaze me.

And our final touch today. I really went non traditional with this one! Our room is small and without much space or storage, you’ve got to get creative! I also wanted the books to be at a height where the little man could eventually pick his own books out. So this my friends is the simplest book shelf. An outdoor flower planter, secured with drywall anchors. That baby can hold over 100 pounds, so books are easy. I also added a trimmed piece of cardboard so no books would slip through the iron basket. And tada done! All that was left was to fill it! Good thing I hit up Calgary’s famous “Herald book sale” An annual event in June, books are donated, collected and gathered in genre at the farmers market. We’ve even had to line up the last couple of years. This year I avoided all the novels for board books, Dr. Seuss, and nursery rhymes. You get a deal and the profits go to Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary and Postmedia Raise-a-Reader program. If your in Calgary next summer make sure you make a pit stop there!

I hope you enjoy’d todays tour through the nursery! Not much left to add but I’ll be sure to share any new details. Now Im off to watch Brothers and Sisters, my mom got me hooked during her trip! Happy Thursday everyone!

33 Weeks

Doesn’t it seem just around the corner and at the same time millions of years away! I flip back and forth between being very excited to meet this little monster who wont let me sleep, and being terrified for the moments before meeting him! But my mom is here visiting this week so that always helps. She said she is going into the nesting stage for me. And Im all for the extra help! Were putting some finishing touches on this nursery! Still having too much fun shopping, and going to way too many doctor appointments!

I am being monitored 2x a week because as I mentioned this kid is a monster! At least his massive head indicates so. Because he is so big and I’m carrying extra fluid my body thinks he is full term already. So I have begun having contractions already. So more pills and more machine hooked up to this bump every week. But he’s healthy and thats all that really matters! We just might be meeting him sooner than later.

And I got another maternity picture! That I adore. And there is a package in the mail with the rest of them. Im about to go stalk my mailman now!

Nursery Updates!

Should I even call it an update? I have barely shared this pregnancy with the blog. Maybe because its going so fast! How can 30 weeks already be gone. Now Im in the phase of “O my gosh there is going to be a baby here so soon, Im so excited lets get everything done/O my gosh there is going to be a baby here so soon, which means I have to actually give birth.” My goodness its pretty split between the two.

But for right now lets say its only excitement over this nursery coming together! First we painted the room. Gold Coast White by Behr. Then we put together the crib. Ive got to say Ive heard they are a pain to assemble. But this thing is solid, so it was as simple as it could possibly be.

This week with my mom we found the most amazing find at a consignment store. Around the first corner was a dresser and matching end table in the same color as my crib. Could it be possible. The lady who walked in behind us looked interested too but I had my whole pregnant body over it until the sold sign was on it. Its really completing the look I had envisioned. I am going for simple vintage. Lots of little antique touches, handmade tokens of love. I cant wait to see it all finished, because I love it so much already.

As we keep creating this adorable little room I will try to update you all! Ps If you love Clifford the Big Red Dog as much as I do and want to share it with your kids or just remember it for yourself, Kohls Cares is running a special fundraiser right now. 100% of the profits actually go to the foundation, and each dog (they have clifford, t-bone, cleo and mac) and hard cover book that contains two stories are only 5$ So you get something great from your childhood and support a good cause!

THE Baby Blanket

There was numerous projects I had in mind when we first got pregnant. But by far I knew most of all I wanted to make a baby blanket. Something this little man could have from the very beginning. What made me think I could sew my own baby blanket. Pregnant lunacy? Let clear something up, yes I own a sewing machine, I got it for Christmas in grade 11. I have never threaded the machine once since then. I have no idea how I even remembered how to thread it or the bobbin or get it running together at all. But miracles do happen!

Even though I definitely hit a few snags. I had just broken the needle the first time I tested it awhile back, so when I replaced it I must have put it in wrong because for the first hour of attempts the thread broke after a couple inches. I even had to phone my grandma for advice. But enough trial and error and we figured it out!

And I will show you step by step how to make this beautiful baby blanket! But I will warn you, above all your supplies, you will need most of all, patience. And lots of it. Although I am a first time sewer so I know it wouldnt take everyone as long on that part but most of the steps are monotonous. But it sure did pay off in the end. So if you have three days to yourself lets get started!


4-5 different fabrics, 1 for the pattern on the front, 3-4 colors for the back faux chenille.

You will need 1 1/4 yards of each fabric.

For the front You can use Any soft cotton, flannel, corduroy, but cotton weight or heavier works best. Avoid fabrics with lots of stretch.

For the back you need fabric that will fray easily. 100% cotton, linen, flannel (my next one will be made with flannel as its more squishy looking after.) I used 100% cotton though and mine turned out perfect! Choose solid colors as any pattern will not show up due to fraying.

Matching thread, make sure it matches your pattern on the front as thats where it will show the most.

2 packages of  quilt Binding + pins to hold in place

Spray adhesive


and of course a sewing machine! (dont worry that one in the picture is not the machine I used! Thats my grandma’s first sewing machine, I used my newer one for this project! Highly recommended!)

And remember lots and lots of patience. Doesn’t hurt to have a tv or radio near by too!

So lets start. These are the fabrics I picked. I wanted it to match the nursery but not scream IM A BOY! But lets put it out there, there is not as many manly fabrics haha. So the blue circle pattern was perfect! Then I found 3 coordinating solids for the back. You can add a fourth but three turned out just fine.

The first step is to temporarily attach your fabrics to each other. It makes it easier when your sewing as it wont slip around as much. But make sure you read all your instructions on it. I did not. Instead of waiting for the 5 minutes for temporary bonds, I attached them immediately, which on the later steps is very frustrating! So learn form my mistakes! Lay down your front fabric, pattern side down. And attach the back layer of the chenille fabrics. For best contract put your darkest color in the back. It also helps to lay it flat and then do one half and then spray the other half. And repeat until you have all your fabrics bonded. I also used some safety pins just in case.

Next step sewing! Get settled in this is going to be a long one. In fact I have to break mine down in two days, since it took almost 8 hours for me. However from veterans of sewing it should only be able half that time. You want to start at the middle and work your way out. So measure with a ruler or string and mark with a fabric marker your straight line. My pattern had lines in it so I ignored this and went ahead and followed those instead. Still working from the middle out. And it turned out fine but without that pattern you want to follow a guide for sure!

You want to sew on your patterned side as you wont see the stitches on the chenille side anyways, so put your best on the side that shows. Once you have your initial line you can now use the foot of your machine to act as a guide. Your lines should be able 1/2 inch apart. I was able to move my needle position to the far left side and from there it measures 1/2 inch from the edge of the foot.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Until you have covered your entire blanket in these uniform 1/2 inch lines diagonally. You will want to back stitch each side to hold your stitching in place. As this thing is going to meet the washing machine many times.

I dont know how I managed it, but mine came out with no bubbles. Must be that intense adhesive I did. But if you took my advice and yours comes out with a few bubbles here and there, no worries as the next step should take care of that. You wont even see them in the end.

This is where I am going to recommend buying a tool. Something I did not do. The Olfa Chenille Cutter. You can, as I did use scissors if you dont care to buy this, but with the amount of cutting it takes it sure would be easier. I’ll definitely have it in the mail days ahead of my next blanket project. Because this is where my well done adhesive job really took a toll on me. You want to cut in between each stitch line. Glide your scissors under your 3-4 chenille fabrics, DO NOT CUT THE FRONT PATTERN FABRIC.

This is the step that I thought “Never again will I make this stupid blanket.” And probably when I do I will think, “I already warned myself why am I doing this again!” But I swear the end result is more than thrilling. This is just going to take some time so put on a tv show and get settled in. Your going to be there for awhile. My blanket had 131 lines to cut. It took me 2 days to finish this one step but thats will my many 8 month pregnant trips to the kitchen and bathroom.

Now you have rows and rows of your beautiful fabrics poking out. Its starting to look like the finished product. Your going to want to trim off your edges at this point. Again I dont have the tools, Im a beginner so I improvised. I eyeballed it. Gutsy. I think part of it may have been the “I just want to finish it!” part of me. Its fine. It may not be perfect but Im ok with it. This is also where you decide if you want round or square corners. I opted for round so I used a plate to be my guide.

Next your going to attach your binding with pins. I would show you this step but I was fighting karma to get off the blanket. But you can sort of see the pins there. This was my first binding as with how smoothly everything else went  was terrified of it. But its easy! Sandwich your blanket in between your binding and secure with your pins. Smooth our your corners as much as possible. Its not going to be perfect but your not going to notice it.

On your binding there is one side slightly shorter than the other, your going to sew on the shorter side. I put mine on the chenille side. Then just remove the pins as your sew as close to the edge as possible. I used my foot as a guide on this one too. I had my needle in the far left position and I used the left side of the foot to line up with the binding edge. worked perfectly!

At this point I was running around Brandon’s office with the biggest smile in the world! I had done it. I was finished! I made this! You can see the binding worked like a charm on both sides. And thats the last time your going to see the cutting side look that clean. Next you throw that baby in the washing machine and its where the magic happens! All that work, those three days, of pulling your hair out, all pay off! I thought I was giddy before but when I pulled it out of the dryer I actually ran up the starts to show Brandon. I haven’t run up stairs in a long time since carrying this monster baby. And here it is! All beautiful and finished. The best part is that with each wash it will only fray more and continue to be more and more soft and cosy.

I am so happy with this blanket. It could not have turned out better! If anyone decides they also need to make this I would love to answer any questions and would love to see your version even more! Send them to

Karma seems to think this is her new blanket. Every time I lay it on the floor she re appears and immediately lays down on it. I cant wait to put little Sawyer on it. Baby’s are going to love this blanket because its so textured and soft. I  just love it.

Good Luck!

30 weeks

Well I am 30 weeks. Things have been going great. I was lucky to escape all morning sickness, I havent had any real cravings, although I do very much enjoy chicken wings and chinese food, two things I despised before pregnancy. I havent been on bedrest or had any complications. I just passed my glucose test, everything is going well!

Except the fact that this baby is measuring like a linebacker! Ive been scheduled for an additional ultrasound. At the high risk clinic. So of course I am super anxious for it, wanting to know if this is a bad thing or not. But Im a worrier so thats normal. Fingers crossed he is just fine, and going to be a star football player one day haha.

But here is the most updated bump pictures so you can see for yourself there is a big boy in there!

Ps as big as he is and all the “O my goodness you must be due ANY DAY!” comments I do love the bump. I think women are beautiful with them and I love that I finally have one. Plus the stretch marks are already there, no going back now!

Let talk Pregnancy!

We are finally done with travelling. Wahoo. Lets never ever ever ever ever ever ever do that again. We clocked 90 hours of driving across two countries in 4 weeks! And an additional 16 hours on a plane. Lets just say we didn’t plan this knowing we would be six months pregnant! But we did it and every one of those trips was special for their own reason so I wouldn’t change it! I just wouldn’t do it again!

So I am officially in the third trimester. Awesome. They are seriously flying by. Im in the land of many doctors appointments. Which means lots of needles. Yuck. Apparently I am never going to get over that fear! I almost pass out at every blood work appointment. In case you didn’t put that together I think I might be more afraid of the epidural needle than giving birth. Maybe its a toss between the two! But other than all that fun stuff I am doing good. This little guy is going to have a lot of energy apparently. He is always wiggling up a storm. Especially when mommy wants to sleep! And did I mention he’s big! They moved my due date up to October 12. I like the date, not liking that they already think he’s big. Because in case you didn’t notice, I am on the smaller side haha.

So I have a couple pregnancy projects going on. Besides the nursery which I only just began to think about yesterday. And a couple paper projects lined up to show you when they are complete. The Main ones are photo projects! Because if you know me at all, you know my camera is literally attached to my hands. Their are two I’m working on through this pregnancy, one in the same shirt and per month showing growth. The other is also a growth chart. Every week I get an email with a growth comparison of the little man and a fruit or veggie. We are up to cauliflower for 28 weeks. So enjoy these work in progresses!

Thats Week 13 for the lime, 14 for the lemon, 19 for the tomato, 20 for the Banana, 26 for the cucumber and 27 for the cauliflower. Of course there are many more in between but these are my favorite. Some weeks I have to skip it because rutabagas are not exactly piled high in my grocery store. But its fun to have a weekly picture done.

I cant wait to share more stuff with you. Once I start them! There is many many lined up, so we’ll see how many actually get done! Wish me luck, lets get this nursery started!

Maternity Teasers!

How exciting that I have two wonderfully talented friends. Who both did an amazing job of some maternity shots for me this past 2 weeks! I got to do the first set with our friends in Colorado. And the second set with my mom and a friend from High school Cheerleading. It was so much fun because it was also a little reunion! And the pictures they have shared with me so far as teasers are just beyond amazing!

Our first set I guilted Brandon enough to be in. We set up in Colorado with our friends for the week. So besides having great pictures, we also got to have a great visit with them! Gary is based out of Houston, Texas area. He is also the photographer who did our wedding! He specializes in engagement, bridals, and weddings but also does events and portraits too. So if you are travelling or live in that area hit up his website! You wont be disappointed!

The second set (seriously I am so lucky! who gets one let alone two awesome maternity sessions!) For the second session I met a friend I havent seen in years! She has her own photography company as well. And also a new adorable little girl! She is based out of Calgary, Alberta, so I got to take my mom along with me which was fun. This one was a solo trip as my hubby thought one session was overdoing it! But we had so much fun catching up and working together. She does everything from maternity and newborn, to bridal and family sessions. If you are looking for an awesome photographer in her area you can “like” her facebook page, and send her an email!

We also did a name reveal photo! So officially its out there! Sawyer James! Cant wait to meet you little man, but for 14 more weeks you stay inside there. And no more stretch marks please! haha

A special thank you to both of you for making this a fun memory to look back on!

Its A Boy!

Dear everyone, My mom is in town and hasn’t been since January. So all my time is spent with her instead of blogging. So sad for you, yet so great for me. If you live away from family you know what I’m talking about. Every little second counts. Today she is even going to work with me. Good thing I work for the best people ever! And will I ever get some sweet training for having kids because we went on Wednesday for our ultrasound and it is, in the ultrasound tech’s words “100% Boy, no questions asked.”

So needless to say we now own a lot of little boy outfits! I’ve discovered Baby Gap’s Boy section. In previous visits I was unaware there was a boy section because I was too caught up in frills and pink. But Ooing and ahhing was definitely going on on the other side this week. This is going to be one very sharply dressed kid.

So I have to run but I had to share the good news with all of you! I hope your all having as perfect a week as I am! Have a good weekend!