Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Self Delivery

A few weekends ago, I convinced Paul to go to the furniture store to "browse". We went with all of the kids, which is always fun and in no way stressful. ;) After browsing and discussing all the living room sets we might consider, I ran into a set that I instantly fell in love with!

It turns out that it was a set that had been discontinued, so while we saved money, delivery wasn't an option. These are the moments Paul looks at me with the "this is why I should have a truck" look. We decided we would buy them and figure out a way to get them home over lunch. Paul went in to the closet U-Haul place to see how much it was for one-way (so we wouldn't have to drive back to Raleigh to drop it off). He also wanted to see how much another place would charge, so we drove over there to check it out but they ended up being closed. So instead of going back to the U-Haul store we had just come from, Paul called the U-Haul # and told them which store. We headed back towards the U-Haul store while waiting for our e-mail confirm and when we got it I realized that they had booked the truck at another location. We turned around and went to pick the truck back up.

After what seemed like driving around all day, we got our couches loaded up and brought them home. This is when I give Paul the "where are your brother's at when you need them" look. With 4 kids running amuck, I helped Paul unload the couches from the truck and into the living room. These are NOT light couches by the way.

Paul pulled out the paper work to call the nearest U-Haul drop off to us, but there were already closed, so we had to drive all the way back to Raleigh.YAY! When we finally got back to the house, I had the pleasure of helping Paul carry the old couch, love seat and over sized chair upstairs to the bonus room. Just for reference, Paul and I should never attempt to be on any shows like Amazing Race. We may get the job done, but it is not pretty!

So by the end of the night, we finally had our new living room set up. No one can sit in these unless they ask permission first LOL

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cloth Teething Guard

I never had many issues with our first 3 children chewing on the crib rails. Of course, they'd chew on them every once and a while but G must be part baby girl and part beaver. We bought the plastic/rubber rail guards but she just takes them off and beats her crib with them. Never mind the fact that the guards don't fit particularly well to begin with.

Here's a picture of the area she chewed on the back rail...

I had pretty much given up on saving the crib. I figured it would just have to be sanded down and re-stained anyway. While on pinterest, I came across this teething guard. I seriously wasn't even looking! It looked simple enough, so I ran out and grabbed the material.

My crib rail is 51.5", so I bought:
  • 1.5 yards of single face quilted fabric (so I wouldn't have to sew 2 pieces together)
  • 3 yards of fabric ( I bought 1 in one pattern and 2 in another)
  • Spool of ribbon (so I wouldn't have to make ties)

SN: I did not need that much fabric and have a ton left over.

1. I cut my fabric to size. Since I was using 2 different patterns, I added a few inches to allow for room to sew them all together. My pieces were 18" x 6". I cut my quilted fabric to 51.5" X 5". Then I sewed the 3 pieces of fabric together.

2. I put the fabric face down and placed the quilted fabric on top. Then I folded the edges and pinned into place. I did not iron...just folded and pinned.

3. Instead of making the ties, I just used ribbon. I think the ties would have been stronger, but only time will tell:) I cut the ribbon in 5" strips and pinned them into place. I used shorter ties so that they wouldn't hang down. I put the guard on G's crib and marked where I wanted the ties placed, just like the website said to do.

 4. I used my sewing machine to straight stitch the entire thing together. Placed it on the crib and tied the ribbon.

I think it turned out really cute. I am still working on the back rail. I had to rush through the front rails gaurd since she has really been going to town on it LOL

Update: I ended up adding actual ties to the guard because G proved to be too strong for the ribbon I used.