Summer projects

Posted by Liz on June 28, 2010 in Benjamin |

June is almost over and I have found myself feeling ambitious and crafty.  When Ben was born, we received a couple of homemade bibs from one of Aaron’s coworkers.  After using them, they seemed to be very absorbent and larger than most bibs you can get at the store. So I decided to use them as a pattern and make some bibs for Ben.  Ben and I went to the store and bought fabric.  (Notice I couldn’t just buy a couple, I had to buy enough variety of cute fabric!)

During Ben’s nap, I created my first bib using scrap material I already had.  I thought the creation was a little small (compared to the original bib) and I  realized it wasn’t symmetrical.  So, I created a pattern.  I know, I was suppose to do that first but I really thought, “ah, this is no problem.”

Over the last two weeks, I have made six bibs and only used 1 pattern of material that I purchased.  (I have lots of bibs left to make this summer!! :) )

Here’s my handsome model showing off one of my bib’s before a meal!

Then yesterday on the way home from church, I had another crafty idea . . . an infant car seat pillow.   Ben had fallen asleep in the car and his poor head was tilted forward in the car seat.  We had an adult neck pillow that I kept trying to wedge around his head/neck for support but it wasn’t quite doing the job.  So this morning, I used some left over material and created a pillow.

I used the bib pattern to determine the neck opening.  Then shortened the space, added some additional fabric in the back for some height, then sewed it.

Here’s the finished product.  Seems like it should do the job!!

And a summer project blog wouldn’t be complete without talking about our outdoor projects.  We spent half the day Saturday and a couple of hours on Sunday in the backyard constructing a play set.  We bought a box from Lowe’s with all the hardware and play components (except the slide).

Then we purchased all the lumber.  We spent about 1 hour cutting lumber, then about 5 hours constructing the main frame.  Yesterday, we put on the enclosures, including the tarp, and put together the rock wall.

We would like to add a platform/step area so Ben is able to access the slide a little more independently.  But here’s the project to date.

And that’s what has been keeping us busy.  As if climbing up and down the stairs after a one year old wasn’t enough.  Happy summer!!!

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