Construction Baby Shower

My lovely little sister was pregnant with her 3rd baby, and she didn’t find out what she was having.  I’m a planner, so I think she did it just to annoy me.  (You know how sisters can be.  ha ha)

She and her hubby already had 2 beautiful daughters, and when I say beautiful, I mean BEAUTIFUL, not to mention smart and fun.  So, having another daughter would have been wonderful.  But, they kinda wanted a boy, and SURPRISE!  That’s what they got!  :)

My brother-in-law is a diesel mechanic and they decided that they liked that name… Diesel!  I *love* it!  It’s unique and so masculine.  I don’t think it would work with every occupation.  For instance, my husband is a chemical engineer, and I don’t think that would fly.  Nor would photographer or blogger.  Oooooh… unless I named a little boy Canon.  Now that’s kinda cool.  But, I’m not pregnant, nor do I plan to be, so I digress.

We planned to go up to see the new addition after my daughter got out of school for the summer, which luckily was right after he was scheduled to arrive.  Not knowing at the time whether he was a boy, we decided to go with our gut and we started planning a shower.  (If little baby Diesel would have been a girl, they didn’t want a shower because it was their 3rd and they already had everything girly that they would need).  We decided on a caterpillar theme, but not like a cute little green caterpillar.  We went with a CATERPILLAR shower, as in CAT tractors and big trucks, etc.  I know black and bright yellow aren’t the typical baby shower colors, but it worked for this theme, and turned out pretty cute!

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  construction baby shower

www.ourinspiredhome.com * construction baby shower

I used my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo to make the “Diesel” banner and the “re-fuel here” signs.  I also used it to make some vinyl trucks to decorate the walls.  But, my favorite part was the onesie decorating station.  I bought a bunch of white onesies in various sizes, and then I cut out various designs on heat transfer vinyl.  Each design was cut out and put at the onesie decorating station with an iron.  Each attendee got to choose their favorite design and iron it on to the front and/or the back of the onesie.  (I made special “CAUTION” ones for the butt.  ha ha!)

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  baby shower iron-on onesie station using Silhouette Cameo

www.ourinspiredhome.com * baby shower iron-on onesie station using Silhouette Cameo

 

 

Custom Easter Baskets

If you remember from my previous post on my Easter Basket conundrum, I knew I wanted custom Easter Basket liners and was running out of time to do them myself and get them to the monogramming shop.  So, I took my plain fabric to be monogrammed, thinking it wouldn’t be that much harder to work backwards.  Boy was I wrong.

Well, I suppose it wasn’t that much harder.  But, I have made basket liners using an easy method I found from curbly on youtube.  It’s relatively easy when you start with just plain fabric.  Unfortunately, it’s more difficult when you’re trying to figure out how to position the already placed monogram, which just so happened to accidentally be on the short side instead of the long side of the fabric.  In the end, it worked out, it just took more effort.  But, I recommend making your basket liner and THEN having it monogrammed!  {wink}

I started with the two yellow baskets that were a great size, and easily stacked.  (I was inspired by the yellow for the lemonade stand, and chose one of the fabrics accordingly.  The second fabric coordinated with the first, but did not have any yellow, so I just decided to paint the second basket white.  While the paint on the white basket was drying, I used the yellow basket for measurements.  Because of the monogram, I ended up having to measure the inside bottom of the basket, then the four sides which folded over.  I used the monogrammed fabric to decide how much of an overhang, and then adjusted the other sides accordingly, adding an extra 1/2″ to all sides for the seams.  Then I realized I had given myself yet another challenge:  the handles on the baskets.  I had to figure out how to get the liner on and still be able to use the handles.  I am definitely not a seamstress, so I don’t know what an experienced seamstress would do, but I muddled through it.  I really hate having to change out anything on my sewing machine (needles, feet, etc.)  I don’t do it often, and honestly, I guess it’s a bit intimidating and time consuming (because I also have to consult the manual).  So, I thought the button hole thingamajig would be perfect, but I really didn’t want to deal with that right then.  I decided to cheat and see what happened.  I went ahead and cut my fabric where I wanted it to go over the handles.  It was a risk, considering I was almost done and didn’t want to somehow screw it all up!  Then, I just used the back and forth stitch and went along the cut line.  In the end, I basically did the same thing as the button hole attachment, but it wasn’t graceful.  Not that most of my projects are!  lol  In the end, I think it worked.  I’m not sure how well it will hold up with any washings, so I need to go back and put some fray check stuff on there.  But… I got them done, and with {a little} time to spare!

 

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  Sewing Basket Liners

www.ourinspiredhome.com * Sewing Basket Liners

I should mention that I got the baskets at 40% off at Hobby Lobby, the fabric was about $3 each, and each large monogram was about $11. So, I spent about $25 on each basket. Pricey? Well… it depends how you look at it. It was way less than if I had paid someone to do them, I got the look I wanted, all in a re-useable basket! To me, that’s a successful project!
 

Lemonade Stand Update

Thought you might want an update on our latest project:  The Lemonade Stand.  It is definitely coming along.  It is assembled (except for the corrugated metal top), and is in the process of being painted.  Abby chose lemon yellow and white, and we’re doing angled stripes.  The overall dimensions and most of the project is similar to the example, but there are some differences.  (Remember, we were using up supplies we had on hand… for the most part.)  It’s looking pretty cute!  Can’t wait for the reveal… and the grand opening!

lemonade stand

www.ourinspiredhome.com * Lemonade Stand in progress

The Pantry Project

I was inspired by all the neat and organized pantries that I keep seeing on Pinterest. So, I decided to tackle our own Pantry Project. Here are is a BEFORE pic. Yikes! It definitely needs some work. Keep watching for the final reveal, but for now, I’ve included a Sneak Peek!

pantry project

www.ourinspiredhome.com * The Pantry Project {Before}

the BEST grout cleaner EVER

Okay, okay.  That’s a pretty big statement, right?  But, hear me out.  Our house has white tile and {what used to be} white grout.  WHO DOES THAT?  I mean, I’ve seen some beautiful images of gorgeous white rooms, and I know it can be beautiful.  But for a family with kids and dogs, it’s TOTALLY IMPRACTICAL!  We have tried just about every product on the market over the years, and nothing has helped.  We got so frustrated that at one point we just painted the grout lines, but that only works for a while.  I had a friend suggest we just dye the grout a darker color so it looks like it was a design choice.  But, white tile and dark grout is NOT my design choice.

So, when someone told me about this little miracle combination, I wanted to scoff and roll my eyes.  I mean, NOTHING can clean white grout, especially not something as easy and inexpensive as this.  But, being willing to give anything a try, I pulled out my old toothbrush, my hydrogen peroxide, and my baking soda, and started scrubbing.  It was AH-MAZING!

I know what you’re thinking.  How is anyone that excited about cleaning grout?  And I hear you.  I do.  I mean, it’s grout.  But when you’ve lived with white dirty ugly gross grout for as long as I have, and you’ve spent lots and lots of time and money over the years trying to find something to make it cleaner and look better, you would be excited too!

So, without further ado, here is a before and after.  Be prepared to be amazed.  Or, at least to file away the “recipe” on pinterest!  ;-)  It works to clean any grout, but is particularly great for white grout!

www.ourinspiredhome.com * best grout cleaner

www.ourinspiredhome.com * best grout cleaner

As far as the recipe… well… I don’t exactly have one.  I just winged it.  It works best when it was a paste consistency.  But, I would literally just sprinkle some baking soda along the grout lines, and pour little bits of hydrogen peroxide in little tiny puddles every so often.  If I accidentally poured too much liquid, I’d just add more powder.  Then I scrubbed.  No, it’s definitely not the most fun you’ll ever have, but it certainly gets the job done if you put in the effort.  The room above is our kids’ bathroom, and it was pretty small and not bad at all.  The kitchen / dining room was another story.  That took a lot more effort!