Archives for July 2010

Lazy La-Z Lindsay

We had a very traumatic event in our house this past weekend.

Our perfectly placed living room was infected with a hideous rocking recliner. :GASP:

Before my son was born, we bought an extremely comfy but extremely ugly rocking recliner from La-Z-Boy. Really, guys, it’s ugly. I feel like it looks like it’s going to come to live and eat my head. Weird, huh?

Anyway, said recliner was a god-send during Zack’s first year. I’m pretty sure that every picture of me during that time in his life was taken of me sitting in that chair. Sometimes, you just have to choose function over beauty. For the past 3 1/2 years, the recliner has been cleverly hidden in Zack’s playroom, but now that it’s almost baby time, it needed to come back downstairs.

My husband was scarred by it’s addition to our living room. I must have had him move every single piece of furniture in the room around 3 or 4 times before we settled on placement. Now that it’s here, I pretty much haven’t gotten out of it. Looks like it will be another year of photos in the La-Z-Boy!

I’m sure you want to see pictures, but since my house looks like a 4-year old tornado blew through here. I’m too lazy in my La-Z-Boy to get up and pick up toys. I can’t use the “I’m pregnant and I can’t clean” excuse for much longer, so I’m going to use it here just because I can.

Do you have a hideous piece of furniture that you adore?

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Tell Me Yes

Where has the time gone?

It seems like just a few weeks ago I was telling you guys that we were expecting.  Then, it felt like two days later when we found out we were having a little girl.

Well, it’s definitely been longer than just a few weeks.  Look at me now!

We have, at most, four more weeks until our precious daughter is going to make her arrival.  I know this because she has a pending eviction date of August 15th, if she’s not already here by then.

I know projects have been scarce as of late, but I know that most of you guys understand what I’m going through.  I’m still feeling great physically, but chores such as, oh, bending over to pick something up off the floor and standing for too long just exhaust me.  My glue gun is feeling very unloved right now, and I’m not sure I even remember how to operate a can of spray paint!

However, at the core of my being, I’m definitely struggling with the concept of being a mother of two.  Zack has gotten our undivided attention for 4 1/2 years now, and that’s all about to change.  He is undeniably excited about having a baby sister, but I don’t think he fully understands how is life is going to be turned upside down.  Obviously, we aren’t the first family that’s experienced this feeling – I’m sure everyone goes through it, and we’ll get through it, too.

Just this morning, I started crying when thinking about it, and Zack and I had this conversation:

Zack: Why are you crying, Mama?

Me: Because I love you so much, and I’m scared about being a Mama to two babies.

Zack: It’s okay, Mama.  When Baby Emma gets here, you can take care of her and I will take care of you.

Cue the water works, again.  How did I get so lucky to have a little boy as great as Zack?

It gets easier, right?  Someone please tell me yes.  :)

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How to Create a Layered & Ruffled Cribskirt

One of the first inspirations I had for Emma’s nursery came in the form of vintage bedskirts I found at Austin’s City Wide Garage Sale.  I’ve talked about this show before, and you may remember that it’s more a vintage and collectible show than it is a “garage sale.”  In the piles and piles of old linens that one vendor always carries, I found white bedskirts edged in lace and crocheting for $4 each, so I bought four of them to turn into Emma’s new cribskirt.

I also used some pre-made curtains that I cut up for the brown layer in between the white (the curtains were cheaper to buy than it would have been for me to buy the actual fabric yardage).

I needed to piece together the bedskirts and curtain panels to fit the crib.  I simply made three panels in each fabric (one for the front and two for the sides – I didn’t worry about the back of the crib, since it would never be seen) that were about 2.5 times the length of each side.   I made the height of each panel exactly the same – 19 inches.  It was enough for a few inches to tuck under the mattress and the rest to hang down and just touch the floor.

After I had my panels pieced together and hemmed, I ran them through the ruffler on my sewing machine.  If you don’t have a ruffler and have some extra money lying around, you should TOTALLY get one.  I used to pull all of my ruffles by hand, but that was just too much work for the length of each of these panels.  I would marry my ruffler if could.  Anyway, after the fabric panels were ruffled, there were just about the length I needed for each side of the crib.

I found this genius idea to make your skirt panels with ties on the top so that you can just tie them onto the mattress frame for easy adjustment.  I love this idea, because there’s nothing I hate more than a cribskirt that drags on the floor once you have to lower the mattress when the baby gets bigger.  Zack’s cribskirt was too long once we had to lower his mattress, and it drove me crazy!

But, here’s where I got completely lazy.  Instead of sewing all of those little ties onto the top of my panels, I used safety pins and ribbon that I already had on hand.  I just pinned a length of ribbon onto the panels and tied it to the mattress frame.  I started with my bottom layer, and tied it so that the bottom of the skirt just touched the floor.

Then, I took the 2nd layer (my brown layer) and did the same thing, tying it a little higher so that the lace from the bottom layer just peeked through.

It looks like SUCH a mess, I know, but you can’t see that when the mattress is in the crib.

Then, I did the same thing with the top layer, again tying it a little higher so that the brown layer just peeked out from the bottom.

Now, I have a tiered, ruffled cribskirt that can be easily adjusted and took very little time to put together.  Go me!


I’m very excited to announce the winner of the Xpresiv Designs vinyl giveaway!  Our winning commenter was #52, Megan from Motherhood Unedited, who said:

Today’s Moments are Tomorrow’s Memories and always remember to kiss me goodnight for my sons room.

Awww, so sweet!  Congrats, Megan!

In case you aren’t Megan, Aimee is offering a fabulous 20% off code for Living With Lindsay readers!  Just enter LINDSAY at checkout for your discount.  Thanks, Aimee!

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!  I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family.


Around here, we have fingers, toes, legs, and arms crossed that the rain will hold out.  My own little Firecracker, Zack, has been counting down to July 4th since March.  As soon as he woke up this morning, he put on his new red, white, and blue shirt and socks.  I’m going to have a very disappointed little boy on my hands if our fireworks get rained out!

How are you celebrating today?

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