Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Beach Trip

We went to the beach last weekend as our last family trip before baby #2 arrives in May.  And it was wonderful and magical and so special to see the ocean through a toddler's eyes.

Many thanks Poppie and Gee Gee for sharing your condo with us again!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

I've Been Pinned!

Something funny happened a few months ago....I noticed that all of a sudden this little ole' blog was getting lots of traffic on a post I did over a year ago on making a Thanksgiving onesie.  I noticed it jump to the top of the column to the left on popular posts.  I couldn't figure it out, but I should have known that all interesting things (in blog world) come from Pinterest.  Someone found this post and pinned a onesie I made for McCord's first Thanksgiving (in 2010!).  And so High Cotton Handmade made a brief debut on Pinterest.  You can check it out here.

I feel sort of like a celebrity, but truly all the fame goes to the baby turkey.

He'll be available for autographs tomorrow after naptime.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Window Treatments: Kids' Room and Master BR

I made something!  

It's been a while since I've worked on a project that took several hours (i.e. 2.5 naptimes and and an evening), and it felt so good to spend my time creating something for the Kids' Room.  Below is a picture of the roman shade I finished today.  Window treatments are probably my least favorite thing to make,  and I usually end up getting in a fight with my sewing machine, but this one actually turned out!  I used this tutorial from fellow sewer and blogger, 12 Devonshire.'s the best part - I had to use the drill to hang the shade - and I did the whole thing on my own!  I have been dreading this because just knew that I'd somehow manage to knock the house down, but I survived it.  And it's still hanging!

It has a blackout lining to make the room especially sleep-friendly for McCord and is new baby brother or sister.  I still have a few projects left in this room before Baby #2 comes (make an identical shade for the other window in the room, sew a cushion and pillows for the window seat Mc is sitting on above, and finish up the big boy bed my dad and I've been working on for McCord).   I think I'm in nesting mode.

Here's another view of Mc's reading nook - my dad hung these great Ikea shelves on his last visit.  I stole this library idea from McCord's cousin Bayer who has a wall of books in his room.  They make storytime lots of fun. For before pictures of this space, click here.

Bo & I have a similar nook in our bedroom.  I finished these drapes with blackout lining about a month ago and forgot to post a picture of them.  I'd still like to raise the drapery rod a little to make the area a bit more dramatic, but it's not at the top of my list right now.

There's a before picture of the space over here.