Tailgate Themed Baby Shower

Tailgate Themed Baby Shower

One of my favorite parts of the last 8 months has been sharing this exciting time with family and friends. This last weekend was no exception! It’s often said in the south that Fall is not a great time to get married because your wedding will inevitably fall on a football Saturday. And well, that might upset some folks. Strange but true. The same could be said for most other non-football related get-togethers. However, with a little planning a few fabulous ladies managed to pull of the perfectly timed and perfectly themed baby shower for our baby girl!

It all started with these baby shower invitations from Tiny Prints. They were perfect with the orange and blue coloring and what I like to think is a baby eagle (War Eagle!) on the sippy cup. My sister added a little football lingo like “give a cheer,” “kickoff,” and “future Auburn tiger registry” before sending them to print. 

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And since all three of the amazing hosts were Auburn grads, their tailgating stash was able to take care of most of the decor and their tailgating experience the fantastic food! (and my DIY self couldn’t resist creating that bubble wreath!)

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PicMonkey Collage Auburn Shower

As I mentioned our friends and family’s support means so much to us! As I was soaking in the moments of the shower I realized there were 4 girls that I knew before we moved to Atlanta (and two were my mom and sister…the other two are dear friends from my time on the plains). Everyone else there celebrating baby girl  have also become great friends in the past 6 years. It’s amazing how God puts the right people in your lives at the right times. Old friendships continue to grow stronger as new ones blossom. I pray baby girl is blessed by great friends as I have been.

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Thank you to these three ladies (Rachel, Miriam, and Henley!) who went above and beyond!

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 It was an amazing time! I have more pictures to share from showers in our hometowns and with supportive co-workers who we are lucky to also call friends, but my sister has those on her camera! I’ll share soon :o) 

Yall the nursery is ALMOST finished so I’ll have more projects and pictures to share with you this week! As I type this III is putting the crib together….We are less than 30 days away from welcoming baby girl :o) Pray I remember to just BREATHE these next few weeks!

**Thanks to TinyPrints for providing the invitations! I LOVED them!

 

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How to Sew a Baby Sleep Sack

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Does anyone know what happens 14 days from today? If you aren’t sure, let me enlighten you. COLLEGE FOOTBALL kicks and Auburn begins it’s quest for a much better football season. Baby girl has no idea what she is getting into or her parents love/obsession with college football and the Auburn Tigers. After finding out I was pregnant we told some of our family her due date to which my uncle replied, you know that is the Alabama vs. LSU weekend? Yes, we know….we’ll see what we can do :o)

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So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that one of my first projects for little one shows hints of orange and blue! She will be quite small for this season, so I decided an embellished onsie would be the way to go! I’ve seen them called everything from a sleep sack/gown to a baby maxi dress. But for our baby girl it’s her first Auburn cheerleading outfit.  It was pretty simple to put together, so let me share with you how to sew a baby sleep sack.

 Now, what you will need will vary a little based on the size of the onsie you are using. These direction are for a 0-3 months size, so you’ll have to add a little here and there if you are making one for a larger size. (Also if you would like to see the directions in full without pictures you can scroll down to the bottom). 

Supplies: 3/4 – 1 yard of main fabric, 1/4 yard of ruffle fabric, ribbon or elastic, thread, sewing machine, onsie, scissors

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Step 1: Create a pattern using the onsie as a guide. You are going to want to use the width to be about half an inch wider than the width under the arms. I taped two pieces of paper together to trace mine, and I’ve included the measurements so you can see about what size it needs to be. 

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Step 2: Fold your fabric in half and pin your pattern on top. Cut out your fabric. 

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Step 3: I don’t have a picture of this step, but at the top of each piece fold over a 1/4 of an inch and hem.

Step 4: With right sides together stitch each of the long sides from top to about an inch from the bottom. You want to make sure you STOP about an inch from the bottom to leave room for adding the ribbon or elastic.

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Step 5: Now we are going to work with the inch hanging out at the bottom. Fold the bottom up to where the stitching stopped and iron. Now stitch along the top (the frayed part), leaving the little openings on each side. 

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Step 6: Slide the onsie onto the sack bottom. Match up the seams and pin in place.

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Step 7: Stitch the sack onto the onsie. Now this might seem silly, but make sure you open up the bottom of the sack, unbutton the bottom, and slide that onto your sewing machine to reach where to sew. 

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Step 8: Now you can thread the ribbon or elastic through the bottom of the sack/gown. 

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Step 9: Now it’s time to create the ruffle. Measure the length around the top of the sack. The measurement of your fabric will be 4 inches x double the length of the sleep sack. 

Step 10: Fold in half with right sides together and stitch closed. Then turn right side out & iron flat. 

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Step 11: Using a basting stitch (set your sewing machine to the longest stitch and lowest tension) sew  right down the middle. Do not back stitch.

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Step 12: Now create your ruffle by pulling on the bottom thread of your stitch slowly gathering the fabric.

Step 13: Pin the ruffle in place, lining up the center stitch with the stitch line on the onsie. Sew in the same fashion as when you attached the sack.

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Now a few other options….you could definitely get this baby monogrammed! Also if you used a more “flexible” fabric like t-shirt material it might have a little more give and comfort to baby. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m not a professional sewer in any sense of the imagination, but I’ll try my best to help! 

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 Here is a link to a printable PDF of  instructions for how to sew a sleep sack (no pictures).

I can’t wait for football and our baby girl to arrive!! WAR EAGLE everyone. Have a great weekend!

 

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Using a Pool Noodle to Make a Wreath

 

Did you all survive our first football Saturday!
I’m not sure I can put in to words how happy I am that college football is back on the weekend docket. And although my Auburn tigers didn’t pull out a W, I’m still smiling :o) Bring on week 2!

Last week, my cousin asked me about how she could make a wreath for her front door; I sent her some ideas along with a few “how to” posts…but with two kids & a full time job, she kindly asked if I could whip it up for her instead :o) She wanted something fun for the back door & since she is a fellow Auburn alum, here is what I came up with!

In order to save a little money, I borrowed an idea I saw over a Fox Hollow Cottage and used a noodle for my wreath form! Simply wrap it around & secure it with duct tape.

Next, I cut several long strips of burlap & used hot glue to cover the wreath. Since it was burlap, after the first wrapping you could still see the pink showing through, so I wrapped it again. It probably took about 3/4 of a yard to cover completely.

At this point it is really a blank canvas. Let your imagination run WILD!

I wanted a two tone look for the bow up top, so I used a little more hot glue to attach the two pieces of ribbon. I really think it gives the orange tiger print the extra pop. Want to tie the perfect bow? Follow this tutorial by Ms. Martha!

The last step before hanging this beauty on the door & crying WAR EAGLE is adding the rosettes. If you aren’t sure how to create the simple fabric flowers, here is a little rosette how to. Hot glue will be your best friend on this step too!

Don’t you want one of these hanging on your door this football season?? It can easily be changed up to match your school colors! While this wreath went home with my cousin I think I might be creating one for myself in the NEAR future!

What colors would you use to cheer on your team?

Sharing with a few LOVELY LADIES.

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Making an Auburn Yarn Wreath, Wreatholicious

With Fall approaching, I’ve been in a frenzy to create a new wreath for the front door!

Have you seen all of the yarn wreaths around? They give off such a warm & cozy vibe.
And I must admit, that nothing screams FALL more to me than college football, so with this creation my goal was to combine my love of yarn & Auburn!
It didn’t take me long to “fall” in love & start gaining inspiration.
 
After a quick stop at the craft store for 
a styrofoam wreath, navy yarn, letters, and some orange ribbon 
I got to work. 
 
Do you know how long it takes to wrap a wreath in very thin yarn? 
 
 
Let’s just say a two hour car ride is the perfect time to tackle this task!
 
 
With my ever trusty hot glue gun, I wrapped a few rosettes (tutorial).
 
 
Then I painted a few lovely letters.

And now, I can sleep in peace because everyone knows where this house stands :)

 

War Eagle!


Linking up to several amazing parties!!

 

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