Nan's Nappies

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sports Themes

I recently stitched this burp cloth to give as a gift. Our church gives baby showers for EVERY baby born to our congregation. I try to give at least two burp cloths to everyone and sometimes 3 if I have time and money. I was told that this family loves the Cowboys so I thought a football theme would be good for their little boy who is due in June. 

*Jan 2012 update. I wasn't crazy over the way "Will " looked when I chose to put it in a curve.  Live and Learn.  I have since started using a vasrsity style font.  A football or a helmet can be used.

This one was ordered by a dear friend who is soon going to be a grandmother for the very first time. I am so excited for her. She didn't think her only child would ever have a baby with his wife but God had other plans! We are all thrilled. They are expecting a little boy.  The star glows in the dark!  One mom told me that was very helpful in the middle of the night.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Dear Daughter!

My "baby" daughter turns 27 today! I still have the burp cloths I hand painted for her! I have so many people who purchase my burp cloths that tell me the same thing! I have people who have kept them for 25 years and will continue to keep them!

Here are some more that I recently stitched for customers.
The customer who ordered the two above, wanted them to color coordinate. I like the way they turned out.

This is the cute little giraffe with a name added. He's gotten a lot of looks on my Etsy site!

My mother watched as I stitched this pattern one time. She was fascinated by how nicely my machine runs and also at how many times I had to change thread colors! I could cheat and not use so many colors, but I'm picky and love the details in the designs. You can't get those without the many subtle shades of thread.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Designs

I've been busy this week. Here are some new burp cloths and a new swaddler that I made.

I loved the jungle print on this fabric and the cute little elephant embroidered on the front added a special touch.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Swaddler!

I used a nice soft flannel to make this cute little swaddler. It has a nice simple tri-fold design with a little pocket on the inside to keep the babies little feet wrapped.

Just lift up one side of the pocket, place the bay inside and tuck it around the baby. Then wrap the right side of the blanket over the baby and tuck in , and then wrap the left side over and secure with the Velcro fasteners.

I embroidered a cute little frog on here but after I saw it I thought a dragonfly would have been cute also. I didn't have a particular baby in mind when I made this so it doesn't have a name or monogram but those will be placed on swaddlers that are custom ordered. There are so many choices for colors and embroidery.

This one is sized for 0-3 month olds. I wash all of my baby items in Dreft before shipping them and all are made in my smoke free home.

Our New Vacuum Has Arrived!

One month ago our 25 year old Rainbow vacuum finally died. It was a great vacuum and I will miss it. I will especially miss it's ability to vacuum water. That was a really nice feature when I defrosted my big upright freezer. I've been shopping for a new vacuum ever since and thought I wanted the Dyson Animal Ball but I just couldn't bring myself to pay over $400 for a vacuum. If any of you have ever owned a Rainbow, you may find it funny for me to say that since I paid around $1000 for that vacuum! But I've gotten older and wiser and maybe tighter! My husband and I buy tons of stuff from Amazon. Their prices are great and most of the things we buy qualify for the Amazon Prime shipping. The product reviews are extremely helpful.

As I read about different vacuums, I noticed that a lot of people compared their vacuums to the Dyson Ball. The Shark Navigator NV22L appealed to us for a number of different reasons. The price was good ( less than half of the cost of the Dyson Ball) , the filters were lifetime, it is compact, fairly lightweight, baggless and has great attachments. The turbo hand held brush is important to us since we own two little dogs who love to shed!
Yesterday our vacuum arrived and we assembled it right away. I've been using a small little upright that we have for small jobs but it just wasn't doing a thorough job so our house was in desperate need of a good vacuuming.

We opened the top flap on the box...

The instructions!

The accessories.

And there is it!

The short crevice tool and dusting brush have storage places right on the body of the vacuum but the turbo brush and 24" long crevice tool have their own storage bag.

Here it is all laid out on our living room floor before we began the three step assembly which was as easy as they claimed!

These are the accessory tools which I explained above.

I started vacuuming right away and was impressed with how quiet it was! I could talk to my husband while vacuuming and he could hear me. You can see that in the video below. It was amazing how much suction this machine has. In fact, my only complaint is that it has so much suction that I had to turn off the beater brush to do the runner in our hallway. It sucked the rug up enough to cause the beater brush to stop turning and thus turn on the over heat light. Little scatter rubs will suck right up into the machine. It got a ton of pet hair and dirt out of our carpets. I had to empty the dust bin 4 times and we have a small house! I'm hoping we won't always have that much dirt but our other vacuum was old and we haven't had a decent vacuum for a month.

Today I used the turbo brush attachment and the crevice tool to vacuum our van and it did a great job. So as of right now, I'd highly recommend this vacuum!