Monday, May 24, 2010

One good turn, deserves another.

My youngest sister is expecting her first baby.  To add to the fun and excitement (i.e. craziness), she and her husband are moving to Brazil. They asked if I would help them make a bumper pad for the baby's crib. Because it was bulky, we needed to do it asap so it could go on the container being shipped to Brazil.
 
With fabric like this, how could I refuse? 
Think how literate this kid is going to be with a bumper like that.
 
To make it even more of a party, my brother-in-law wanted to learn how to sew. He is quite the renaissance man. (He's the one who installed and then re-installed our light fixture when it got flooded last summer.) He's also taking an upholstery class right now. (Sweet! So good to have upholsterer in the family! - except he'll be in Brazil for a few years. Maybe in the future.)
 
Within a couple hours, we had this.  
Now it just needs a quilt to go with it. 
Those are little more portable, so I think it can travel in a suitcase later.
And in return, guess what my kind b-in-law did while we finished up the bumper? Hung this mirror over my couch. I've had it ever since we moved in (7 months ago), propped against the wall, waiting for me to get my measuring tape and my act together.  He hung it securely in about 35 min.  I call that a great trade. I'll sew baby bumpers, while someone with better drill-skills than me, hangs the heavy mirror. Thanks B & L!

30 comments:

Amanda said...

gorgeous orange armchairs! and love the bumper and mirror too, of course :)

CherrySprinkle said...

That is a beautiful little bumper and that mirror looks fantastic!

angela said...

that is totally awesome! both the bumper and the mirror-hang trade!

MomBrose said...

Your living room is gorgeous! How do you keep it so nice with kiddos? :D
Did you use the bumper foam inserts? It looks fantastic!!

Marlynn said...

Awesome! Good Trade. I love your orange armchairs and brown sofa, looks so good together!

Joanna said...

Now I like that kind of trade! Love the living room and the orange!!

Di~ said...

Awesome, seriously.

Nicole said...

Love the bumper! Maybe someday you could make a tutorial????:) That would be soooooooooo awesome! You're very talented! Thank you for sharing with us.

Christine said...

That is what it's all about, family doing things together and for one another.
all looks great
Christine

Stephanie said...

That bumper turned out so cute! I also love your orange chairs, so fun :)

live a colorful life said...

LOVE those orange chairs. The perfect shade of orange yumminess.

Quiet Quilter said...

Bumpers are so perfect!

Now I'm going out after some orange sherbert.....don't know why...

Nichole said...

So cute! And the bumpers totally match your living room! Great job.

Aunt Spicy said...

living room looks amazing...want to help me redecorate? (and way to go BIL on learning to sew!)

A. said...

The mirror and the bumper are very nice and everything, but I LOVE your orange chairs!!!!!

pinksuedeshoe said...

My husband has armchair envy. Orange is his favorite color and he is getting all sorts of ideas about what our next furniture purchase should be. LOVE those.

Also- that fabric for the bumper is awesome. I'm making crib bedding this week too :o)

Angie said...

Ack. I love the orange! The chairs, the pillow, the bumper! I picked up some vintage sheets this week- in orange! I think I am attracted to it lately because I would like to see the yellow/orange ball in the sky more. :)

Leslie said...

the fabric for this bumper is adorable. i love it. he sounds like a handy guy to have around.

Sherri said...

Great trade! Your living room looks terrific!

Blue Is Bleu said...

Loooove the bumpers! Your bro in law sounds like a wonderful person to have around... pity he'll be off to Brazil! My husband's rubbish at hanging anything or fixing stuff, so whenever my FIL visits I beg him to do it for me lol

madebymum said...

its great to trade.

Luke & Kelsie Frazier said...

SO adorable! Will you please do a tutorial or just directions to make a bumper? What do you put in the bumper? batting? foam? You've definitely piqued my interest.

Trisha said...

Cute bumper! I absolutely love your living room. The colors, the style, love it!

Marta said...

BRAZIL!..This is my country, welcome....

Jackie said...

Cute bumper pads! I love that your brother in law helped make them. It makes them even more special.

Michelle said...

I am I love with those bumper pads! See, I really do need to learn to sew.

Kasi said...

oh my Amy, I LOVE those chairs!! The orange!!!

SK said...

Your furniture is awesome!

Nichole said...

the bumper looks great! i really like the fabric as well.

Corrie said...

well they say you shouldn't move house during a major event like a new baby let alone move to brazil! wow!

love the baby bumper and love to see a man getting handy with the sewing machine!

it's all lovely including your lounge room!

Corrie;)