& a Sweet Baby Fox Cross Stitch ..

I finished Coco’s cross stitch over the weekend and will stitch this into a cushion for the nursery. Somehow foxes have been a recurring theme in what we’ve chosen for the nursery, and I found this pattern so sweet I couldn’t pass it up.

Fox Cross Stitch

 

If you’re interested in the pattern, you can find it here. I’ve been stitching it on and off over the last 4 weeks and love how it has turned out. I’m planning on bordering it in navy fabric to suit the navy feature wall, and found some lovely grey metallic chevron fabric to back it with.

Looking forward to showing you the finished result.

 

Erin1

DIY Bassinet Sheets

Did you know that there isn’t a standard bassinet size in Australia? I sure didn’t!

We purchased a secondhand bassinet as I couldn’t justify spending over $100 on an item that might only be used for a few months. We picked up a bargain, and were able to buy a great quality bassinet for $20. The only issue was the mattress including (from the original supplier) was so thin, and covered in a PVC material that it would rustle every time we touched it – not ideal when trying to put a newborn to sleep!

I searched online for a new mattress which is when I realised there is no standard size. Our bassinet is 800mm x 400mm with rounded corners, and the cheapest I could find was over $60, as it would need to be posted – kind of defeating the purpose of purchasing second hand! I ended up gettingย foam which is 50mm thick, cut to the exact size required for half that cost thankfully.

Whilst I was searching online, I also realised that bassinet sheets would be hard to come by, and the few sheets that I did find were quite plain and simple.

I decided to make our own following similar instructions to those that I used for our DIY changing mat cover. They were really easy to make, and only took me an hour or so to sew up and to add the elastic in them. Check out my previous post and the link to instructions if you’d like to try your own. The best thing is there were great value ($18 for 4 bassinet covers, versus over $20 for 1 in the shops) AND I got to pick awesome fabric!

I gave the fabric a wash and dry before I stitched it up of course, mainly to get rid of any chemicals that might be residing on it, but also to prevent shrinkage after their first wash. ย I used cotton for the sheets, and also stitched up a custom waterproof cover for the bassinet mattress (which I won’t show you, because let’s be honest, it’s not nearly as exciting as the sheets!).

I picked some vibrant fabric, and I think it’s gender neutral personally. It’s just another touch of personality in Coco’s nursery now :)

It’s a measly 7 weeks until we reach our due date, and Coco is baking away happily right now! There are lots of bumps and stretches which I love feeling, and we cannot wait to meet our new addition.

DIY Bassinet Sheets

 

Erin1

Delicious Green Smoothie

IMG_1832Green smoothies are my go to breakfast now, because I’m trying to make sure I get enough minerals and vitamins into me during my last trimester to support Coco’s growth spurts!

I thought I’d share my go to green smoothie recipe, because it’s just so delicious.

Ingredients

  • Frozen banana
  • Handful of spinach
  • Half a Lebanese cucumber
  • Half an avocado
  • 200g (1 and a half cup) of almond milk
  • Chocolate protein powder
  • Handful of ice

Chuck it all in to your Thermomix / blender / Nutribullet, pop it into whatever jar you’d like, and drink away!

A great way to start your day and make sure your kick start your body with healthy, wholesome ingredients.

Minky / PUL Change Mat Cover

Mr A and I were kindly given a changing mat for Coco, and due to space constraints in the nursery, we’ve set it up on a chest of drawers for changing.

Having heard a lot of babies who love nappy free time, and who get a little ‘wee’ happy, I thought it would be best to make a waterproof change mat cover to go over the change mat which will allow us to simple wipe down the cover instead of having to wash the whole thing when ‘accidents’ occur.

I thought having a completely waterproof fabric across the change mat might be a little cold for Coco, so decided to do a combined minky / PUL combination. This will allow Coco to lay on the warm minky, whilst we change nappies on the waterproof PUL section.

I used this tutorial as the guide, and simply swapped out fabrics to suit what I wanted.ย One piece of advice is to make sure you measure your change mat before you sew or cut, because I followed this tutorial thinking it was a universal size, but it turns out our change mat is waaaay bigger! Here’s how it turned out – I’m super happy with it, and the minky is sure to keep Coco nice and warm, whilst the PUL is sure to be easy to wipe down for any ‘accidents’ whilst nappy changing.

Minky / PUL Change Mat Cover