bybmg: August 2013

First, you're probably wondering...will this yellow chevron fabric ever go away? I've done so. many. projects. with it. I'm nearing the end...but there's still enough left for a project or two! ;)

We got this green cube storage a few years back for the living room. It was about $15 at Target. It matched out furniture and was wonderful. Then sippy cups that leak a little came into the game. It got spilled on too many time and I just couldn't keep up.  Nasty!

I bought a new one for the living room, but I just couldn't throw this one away. I thought it'd be great storage for Henry's room. So, less than an hour of work, and it was recovered! I'll admit I was going more for the speed factor than making it look perfect, so the insides don't look that great. Does Henry care? Not a bit! Will it probably get spilled on again. Yep. I just needed to make it less of an eye sore for myself.

Here's how I did it. All I used was fabric, a hot glue gun, needle and thread.

I cut the fabric about 2 inches wider on each side than the cube.

I got out the trusty hot glue gun.

I glued the fabric to the side of the cube.

I then wrapped the fabric around and stitched it together. It BARELY fit around. I used thread instead of hot glue on this step because I wanted it to be very secure.

Then I went to the bottom and folded the fabric over so that if it frayed, it wouldn't get all over.

I then hot glued it all the way around. I figured hot glue would work well on this part because the fabric was already secure around the cube by stitching up the side, and hot glue is faster than sewing!

I folded it the same way on the top/inside of the cube and hot glued again.

For the lid, I just cut a square of fabric about 2-3 inches longer than the top all around. 

I wrapped it around and hot glued some spots

Then I stitched the corners so they were snug.

The bottom of the lid does not look pretty, but I was getting to the point that the baby might wake and Henry wanted to play, so I just wanted to get done! Besides, no one will see the bottom of the lid anyway...

This is the view of the side seam. You can tell it's there, but it doesn't look too bad.

This is the other side. I think it looks great!

Henry agreed and already started filling it with his treasures.

Now it's in his room. His bed is on risers so I can store things under it, so it will be a nice replacement for the ugly step stool I had in there. (Don't mind the Amazon box...Henry's just storing his preschool backpack in the box it came in because that's how he rolls. :))

Here are some things I've been loving on Etsy lately!

three diamond band - by klawrence designs 

Some day I'd like another band with my wedding set, possibly to represent mommyhood. We hope to have three children, so this would would be awesome.


Mom's Necklace - by Clammys Closet

This is soooo pretty! I want to buy it now!

Mason Jar Wind Chime - by Treasure Again

This screams summer/fall to me. I can totally picture this hanging on the big tree in our yard.

Navy Chevron Pop Up Lunch Tote - by Nana Ts Stitchery 

This lunch tote is ADORABLE! It may be mine soon!

Nursing Poncho by Aly Rhea Reusables

My cousin is at it again. She gave me a chevron nursing poncho when they came over for dinner a few weeks ago and I love it! You can't beat the price, either!

Today marks the last official week day of summer for me. I go back to work tomorrow and kiddos come next Wednesday. I have been soooo blessed to spend 4 months home with Wesley and have great times with our whole family this summer. Russ, my husband, is a teacher, too.

Here are a few of my favorite times from the summer!

I'm so thankful the hubby is home with me!

I participated in my first Color Run!

Des Moines has some great, FREE, splash pads and wading pools.

Henry asked me the other day if we could have another baby...ummm hold on there, friend!

This little boy is so brave...

and creative!

We may have made these a few times...

My boy loves to dance!

I got some reading in!

We spent some quality time in the back yard.

We also had some great family time!

Summer was amazing!
Since I'm still nursing, I need  outfits with a top/bottom. I put a lot of my dresses in storage just so they don't take up space in my closet and I don't wish that I could wear them.

I seriously love our Goodwill. It's about a mile from our home, so I frequent there during nap times. Other consignment stores are great, but their prices can be higher and they aren't nearby! I went to Goodwill the other day to look for a couple tops to spice up my back to school wardrobe. I was especially looking for tops to wear under all the cardigans I have.

I was most excited about this find. I think it will look super cute with cardigans. It's Mossimo.

 This beauty was hanging in the window. It's from Express and still had the tag on! $40! 

It's lowcut, so I will be wearing a camisole under it, but I like the detail on the empire waist and that it has some drape in the front to camouflage my stomach.

This was more casual than I was looking for, bit it's cute. I wear this color a lot. It's Eddie Bauer. I see myself wearing this a lot casually yet this summer.

I have to admit I've never stepped foot in a Talbots. I don't really know what the store is like, but this Talbots top that I found is cute. It's casual, again, but I think I can dress it up. I think it will look cute with my white or mint skinnies.

So, those are the four things I found! Sleeveless tops at our Goodwill are $2.29, so the four of these were under $10 total! You can't really even get one shirt for that most places. I also found the hubby two dress shirts and Henry 3 pairs of pants the next size up along with a pair of shoes. All together I spent $22 and came home with a bag full!

I'm reminded again that I just need to keep shopping at Goodwill. The little extra time it takes to dig through the racks and try things are is worth it.
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