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Friday, October 19, 2012

A tale of two diaper bags...

        To be honest, I waited awhile before I took a pregnancy test. I don't know if I was scared, or in denial or what it was, but I waited. And waited. And waited. When I did find out for sure, I was probably 8 weeks along. After telling my husband, I called my mother next. Then, a few weeks later, I called my older brother. His response, of course, was, "Well, it's about time." :) A few weeks later, he called me, laughing, to tell me that he was having a baby, too.
         It's been really cool to be able to go through this experience with my brother. We don't physically live close to each other (the Army made him live in New York, where he settled down, and the Marine Corps made my husband and I live in California, where we settled down), but this experience has brought us closer. It's very cool to be able to talk to each other about nurseries and baby names, and doctor's appointments and all of those things. And, as it turns out, we're both having girls, so we'll have even more to talk about. It's been wonderful. It's also really great to know that my brother is having a child because he is going to be an amazing father! He has always been really great with kids, and to see him with one of his own will be SO COOL!
        Now, as soon as my husband and I found out we were expecting, I knew that I would make our diaper bag. Making bags is kind of my thing, so that was a no brainer for me. I wanted to make sure, though, that whatever I made would be something that my husband would be able to carry if I asked him to. Now, I could count on one hand the number of times that I have ever asked my husband to hold my purse, and I think that all of those times involved me leaving a hospital. He would do it, if I asked him to, but I just don't. So, I wanted to make sure that, even though we're having a girl, our diaper bag would still be manly enough for him. So, I decided to chop up an old set of his cammies, and re-purpose them into a diaper bag. I've made a few of these bags for the shop before, but I like the idea that the diaper bag that I'll be carrying for my daughter is made from the actual cammies that her father wore. I just think there's something cool about that.
      These are the pockets from the front of the blouse. I took them off, and moved them to the sides of the bag to be used for extra storage.
      I didn't take a picture, but the inside is a solid brown that matches the cammies. As you can see here, you can see some of the uneven fading from where I took things apart and moved things around, but, to be honest, I think it's cool. It shows that these cammies were worn, and there a great sense of pride that comes along with that.

    Now, for my brother's diaper bag, I wasn't so worried about making it manly. I'm not sure if he'll ever end up carrying it around, but the idea of him carrying around a super girlie diaper bag kind of makes me chuckle anyway.....So, I focused on making something that his girlfriend would love. I asked him what her favorite colors are, and this is what I came up with.

Like ours, I wanted to give her an adjustable strap, so that if she needs to carry it over one shoulder, or across the body, she'd have those options. 
 I added the ribbon on the front and the bow to break up the zebra print, and to add a touch of femininity. You can't tell in this picture, but the bow is attached with a heart shaped stitch.

 
 There is a back pocket for extra storage, just like on ours.
 The inside is lined in a vibrant purple and have plenty of pockets for storage.
I hope she likes it!!!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

A tale of two diaper bags...

        To be honest, I waited awhile before I took a pregnancy test. I don't know if I was scared, or in denial or what it was, but I waited. And waited. And waited. When I did find out for sure, I was probably 8 weeks along. After telling my husband, I called my mother next. Then, a few weeks later, I called my older brother. His response, of course, was, "Well, it's about time." :) A few weeks later, he called me, laughing, to tell me that he was having a baby, too.
         It's been really cool to be able to go through this experience with my brother. We don't physically live close to each other (the Army made him live in New York, where he settled down, and the Marine Corps made my husband and I live in California, where we settled down), but this experience has brought us closer. It's very cool to be able to talk to each other about nurseries and baby names, and doctor's appointments and all of those things. And, as it turns out, we're both having girls, so we'll have even more to talk about. It's been wonderful. It's also really great to know that my brother is having a child because he is going to be an amazing father! He has always been really great with kids, and to see him with one of his own will be SO COOL!
        Now, as soon as my husband and I found out we were expecting, I knew that I would make our diaper bag. Making bags is kind of my thing, so that was a no brainer for me. I wanted to make sure, though, that whatever I made would be something that my husband would be able to carry if I asked him to. Now, I could count on one hand the number of times that I have ever asked my husband to hold my purse, and I think that all of those times involved me leaving a hospital. He would do it, if I asked him to, but I just don't. So, I wanted to make sure that, even though we're having a girl, our diaper bag would still be manly enough for him. So, I decided to chop up an old set of his cammies, and re-purpose them into a diaper bag. I've made a few of these bags for the shop before, but I like the idea that the diaper bag that I'll be carrying for my daughter is made from the actual cammies that her father wore. I just think there's something cool about that.
      These are the pockets from the front of the blouse. I took them off, and moved them to the sides of the bag to be used for extra storage.
      I didn't take a picture, but the inside is a solid brown that matches the cammies. As you can see here, you can see some of the uneven fading from where I took things apart and moved things around, but, to be honest, I think it's cool. It shows that these cammies were worn, and there a great sense of pride that comes along with that.

    Now, for my brother's diaper bag, I wasn't so worried about making it manly. I'm not sure if he'll ever end up carrying it around, but the idea of him carrying around a super girlie diaper bag kind of makes me chuckle anyway.....So, I focused on making something that his girlfriend would love. I asked him what her favorite colors are, and this is what I came up with.

Like ours, I wanted to give her an adjustable strap, so that if she needs to carry it over one shoulder, or across the body, she'd have those options. 
 I added the ribbon on the front and the bow to break up the zebra print, and to add a touch of femininity. You can't tell in this picture, but the bow is attached with a heart shaped stitch.

 
 There is a back pocket for extra storage, just like on ours.
 The inside is lined in a vibrant purple and have plenty of pockets for storage.
I hope she likes it!!!

2 comments:

  1. It's very easy to find out any topic on net as compared to textbooks, as I found this piece of writing at this website.
    Also see my webpage: diets that work fast

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hello,
    Have you ever heard of TypoBounty.com? It’s a game like website that pays cash reward for errors found on the internet. Here is a link to a video explaining the website. http://youtu.be/zRfdXiAZFIM They also have a million dollar contest called the $1,000,000 Team Leader Challenge Contest. Here is a link to the press release.
    http://www.prweb.com/releases/FreeContest/Online/prweb8739529.htm

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