Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina




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Bib Pattern: Tips & Tricks

I've been making this baby bib for three years now. I don't know the exact count but I would say I have put together over a 100 of those little guys. I've come up with a few tips and tricks that make the bibs feel more finished and professional.

1. Make sure the fabric strips are parallel. I often mark lines on my pattern so that once I have my strips sewn together, I can line everything up perfectly from side to side.

2. Use a rotary and cutting mat to get accurate cuts. Honestly, I use a rotary every time I sew no matter the project. I have different size rotary cutters depending the project. For the bib pattern, you would want to use a smaller rotarty cutter because of all the curves.

3. Sew slowly and get your curves as perfect as you can. This bib is one curve after another and if you don't get them nice and round, it will all show once your bib is turned to the right side. I repeat, go slow and make nice curves -- it will pay off.

4. Edgestitch right along the edge. For my Bernina sewing machine, I use this presser foot to achieve a perfect edgestitch. 

And those are just a few tips to making perfect bibs every time! If you ever have questions, never hesitate to send them my way.


This Little Light of Mine

As you may remember when my daugther Mercer was born, she came with an undiagonsed heart defect that sent our heads whirling. It was a terrifying time in our lives and we were extremely fortuante to have caught her defect in enough time. Her medical condition (coartcation of the aorta) opened up my eyes to the world of congential heart defects. It was something I had vaguely heard of but lumped it into the category of things that I didn't worry too much about because so much emphasis is placed on other (less common) defects and because I had a seemingly healthy 20 week anatomy ultrasound. But oh what I've learned since...

A few things about congentinal heart defects:
- CHD's are the most common birth defect 
- 1 in 110 babies are born with one
- About 40,000 babies are born each year with a CHD
- 25% of babies born with a CHD will have to have a life-saving surgery
(my Mercer was one of those!)
- There is no known prevention or cure 
- There are over 40 types of CHD
- Twice as many chidlren die from CHD than from all forms of childhood cancers combined 

So! With all that being said, February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week and in honor of that, I'm selling a children's t-shirt in my etsy shop -- the proceeds of which will go to the Mended Little Hearts organization. Mended Little Hearts reached out to us while we were in the hospital with Mercer and we deeply appreciated their support.

Big sisters have to get in on all the fun... T-Shirt sizes available: 2 through 5/6

And a little update on Miss Mercer: She is now 5 months old and doing well :) We still have routine cardiologist appointments every couple of months to see how her repair is doing. So far, so good. It's something we will have to keep a close eye on since she has so much growing to do. But if you didn't know any better...she is a happy, sweet, and silly baby! ..With a special little heart <3


Nursery Re-Do

Sometimes things don't always work out as planned.  I'm pretty sure that was my anthem for 2014 -- but what can you do except to just go with it.

You might remember Mercer's nursery that I posted a few months ago. Well, we ended up swapping rooms. You see, Glory Maeve's room was right beside ours and Mercer's room was down the hall (and by down the hall...I mean like not THAT much further) but when Mercer was born with a heart defect we kept her in a bassinet in our room for a bit longer than expected. So when we finally did decide to move her to a crib, we still wanted her as close as possible. Make sense? We moved Glory Maeve into Mercer's nursery and Mercer got Glory Maeve's room. Long story short (or maybe that was just the long story), I'm in the processing of sprucing up Mercer's "second-hand" nursery re-do. 

I wanted to tie in the colors of the baby quilt her Grandma made for her...

...but  also stick with my favorite light and bright style. Here are few things I'm pondering over and a few things I've already clicked "purchase" on ;)

1. Foil-Stamped Art Print
2. Cinema Floor Lamp
3. Triangle Printed Pouf
4. Leka Rattles
5. Gold Dot Crib Sheet
6. Half Tone Cube Basket
7. Toy Storage Box
8. Whale Bookends 

Oh! and if you're into the foil-stamped goodness like I am, get 20% off over at Minted on foil cards, gifts, and art!


Baby Chicken Hats (Beanie or Toboggan)

Where I am from, we call it a toboggan -- but no matter how you say it, this is probably the cutest baby hat ever. Covered in my signature chicken print, this knit hat is perfect for keeping tiny heads warm! Just listed in my etsy shop for babies 0-6 months. 


Mercer's Baby Quilt

My mom pieced together this baby quilt for my daugther before she was born. We picked out the fabrics/colors together and she went to town with sewing and piecing strips together. My cousin then quilted it with wavy lines which I believe contrasts well with the linear design.


Mercer's Nursery

Like with Glory Maeve's nursery, I opted to reuse a lot of existing furniture and decoration that I already had for Mercer's room. Her nursery took over our spare bedroom and we decided to keep the extra bed in there as well. This room only has one set of windows and is probably the darkest room in our whole house, so keeping the walls white and decor light and bright was essential.



Now Available: Pink + Sunny Baby Quilt

I recently added this sweet new baby quilt to my etsy shop -- it's a pink/peach/white/cream/gold pinwheel-inspired square baby quilt with overlapping wavey line quilting, hand-sewn binding, and white backing (that was a mouth full!). It's super cheery and sunny! Enjoy..


Nursery #2

My second daugther is due in just a few short weeks so we've been in the process of converting our guest bedroom/office into a second nursery. Although I love daydreaming about a beautifully decorated room for the bundle, I've found myself repurposing so many things that I already owned to create a simple, sweet little space. There are still a few things that need to be finished but I thought I shared a few photos of the progress..