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Family sleeping :)

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Co-sleeping or what I like to call it ‘Family Sleeping’ does not have to be taboo, I doesn’t have to be crowded, and it most certainly doesn’t have to be ugly :) Our son is three years old and sleeps in our king size family bed, when we found out we were expecting baby number two I was trying to think of how to make our family bed work for all of us. None of us were ready for Leo to sleep in his own bed and definitely not his own room. We asked Leo if he wanted to sleep on the other side of daddy (we have a platform bed and it is 13 inches off the ground) so baby could sleep in the middle and he wasn’t happy with that idea either. After lots of thinking and researching I came across Peaceful Parenting’s blog post about co-sleeping and decided that a side car co-sleeper with Leonidas’ old crib would be perfect for baby number two. I would be able to breastfeed him during the night and slide him safely into his own space.

My husband had to move the room around a little to make the bed and crib fit along one wall since we have a small room, but he made it work. He moved the bed and assembled the crib next to it, he then lowered the crib mattress to the lowest setting (since our bed is so low to the ground) and our mattress was lower than the crib mattress so he got to work of removing our mattress and the slats and raising the mattress.

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While re assembling the bed and slats the mattress (that was propped against the wall) fell on him.. hahaha. I know I’m so mean for laughing and posting the picture, but he wasn’t hurt and it was funny.

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After he got the evil mattress back on the bed it lined up perfect with the crib mattress. Our bed is on a rug and extremely heavy and low to the ground so it doesn’t move, we pushed the crib and bed against the wall and it didn’t budge. Some people use tie straps to attach the beds or bungee cords to secure it. He then pushed the crib mattress up against our bed mattress and rest it on the lip of our platform bed. The is a rather large gap on the far side of the crib but that is normal when side car-ing a crib. There are many ways to fill this gap safely. You want to make sure you use something firm enough that the baby will not suffocate or get stuck in the gap and something soft enough that the baby will not be injured. High density foam is what I wanted to use but it was kind of expensive, I waited for it to go on sale at a local craft store but it didn’t. I wanted to finish the bed before baby arrived and decided to use a twin size egg crate foam mattress pad from joann’s with a 40% off coupon. The gap in the crib was 6″ wide 6″ deep and 51″ long. I measured long ways 51″ and cut the access off, I then rolled the foam and tucked it in the gap nice and tight. It fit perfect and nothing moved :)

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The crafter inside of me couldn’t stand putting a sheet on the mattress and then cover the foam with pillow cases or blankets, so I came up with a solution. I decided to take one of our sheets (they all match) and make a custom crib sheet that would fit over the mattress and the padding. So I started googling for a tutorial on how to make a crib sheet. I found one and got to work. :) The first thing I did was take all of the elastic out of the king size sheet (I recommend not being impatient and finding or purchasing a seam ripper if you ever need to remove stitches) so that I could re purpose as much as possible. The tutorial I found was measurements for a regular size crib sheet so I had to do some math, and added the 6″ gap to the width of the sheet pattern and tried to follow the directions the best I could. (I am so bad about following directions) The sheet came out great and fit on the mattress and padding perfect. Making a matching custom sized crib sheet was a success. But that wasn’t enough for me.. It looked to plain and didn’t add anything to the room so I came up with another idea. Matching decorative crib bumpers. I had Leonidas’ bumper set still so I decided to remove all of the fabric and recover them using my king size pillow shams. I also had to take all the stitches out of the pillow shams so that I didn’t waist any fabric. The bumpers that I had were for a full crib so they were to long for the partial crib I had. I measured the three side and cut the bumpers to the appropriate length. I then measured all the pieces of the pillow shams and pinned it all. I used the excess pieces and made ties to secure it to the crib sides and started sewing it all together to fit the bumper padding. When it was done I sewed three vertical lines in the bumpers so that it would fold in each of the corners and one in the center. This helped it fit tighter to the crib sides.

20120112-225053.jpgThis is what the finished project looked like. (Don’t mind Leo sleeping in the picture) I was very happy with the outcome :)

If you would like some information on the benefits of co-sleeping, here is a link to Peaceful Parenting’s ‘Baby Sleep Resource Page’ that I found helpful. She has a large list of articles, books, and subscriptions about the subject.

Happy Family Sleeping :)

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Homemade Christmas gifts 2011

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For Christmas this year We were tight on funds and I decided I would put some of my talent to work for gifts. I made gifts for my Grandmothers, my Mother, my Father and my Mother-in-Law. My Creativeness was curved by the new pin board web site, Pinterest. That website is amazing, but well leave that for another day.

For my Mother-in-Law I searched Craigslist for weeks to find a decent wicker set. I finally found one at an incredibly reasonable price that didn’t need too much work. This set of chairs and the table needed some repair on the legs and a fresh coat of paint. I had no idea that I couldn’t purchase reed (wicker) locally, so I had to find a company that would be able to ship it to me quickly and at a good price. Once the Reed arrived in the mail I watched a DIY video tutorial on how to repair wicker furniture and got to work. In just a couple of hours I fixed and painted (well the Hubs helped paint) the chairs and table. Here is the finished project :)

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For my father I made a padded hammock cover. I purchased Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon and got the fabric on sale at Ikea. I never follow a pattern and have never quilted before so this was also a first time project for me. I measured the hammock and cut the batting. I then cut the top and bottom pieces of the fabric to be one inch larger on every side. I folded the batting in to the bottom layer and then folded the top and pinned it all together. I took the extra fabric and made ties for the cover. I pinned them in and sewed the whole thing together. I then quilted three lines horizontally in the cover. This hammock cover was a lot of work. This one took me a couple of days to do and finish, but so worth it. Here it is.

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For my mother, I made her a cushion for the bench in front of her house. I think this was the hardest project for me. Like I said I do not follow patterns well while sewing. (I really need to work on that..lol) So after doing all of the work I was hoping it would fit on her bench. I was really worried about this one. I already had the fabric that I used on this cushion, I wanted to use it on my dad’s hammock cover but there wasn’t enough. But I was so happy I got to use it on this one. I purchased a big piece of Smart Foam cushion fabric from Hobby Lobby and again used the 40% off coupon. They sell this foam by the yard. This cushion came out looking really good and I was very happy with it. Now I just have to help her repaint it, I wish I could have done that without her knowing but I think she would have noticed it missing.. lol Her is a picture of the cushion!

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I am so happy with how all of my projects / gifts turned out. I would like to make my gifts from now on. Maybe that can be one of my New Year Resolutions ;)

Happy Crafting!!