Remember this post? So this first project doesn’t have anything to do with having another girl in the house, I just thought I’d show the “before” and “after”…

Notice my ‘new’ theatre seating in the background. We have to build a base for them, but I am a fan!

Another “before” and “after” – inspired by Rachel’s receipt box. Mine will hold diapers…we are leaving the changing table in Rett’s room.

I’m all for having diapers, wipes and a changing pad stashed somewhere in every room for convience:)

After the Little Dresses for Africa party, I decided I would attempt to make a “coming home from the hospital” dress for our girl using that pattern. I sew pillows and other straight lines, so attempting a dress by myself was a big deal. My mom was nearby to help…and her help was needed. Anyway, I bought some Heather Bailey fabric to use, but it was a little bright for me. So I decided to try to fade it using bleach. If you ever want to fade fabric, here are some simple instructions:

You need 3 bins:

1. In first bin combine 1 part bleach with 10 parts VERY HOT water

2. Fill second bin with COLD water

3. Fill third bin with a mixture of water and chlorine neutralizer (I had to buy it online and felt like I was breaking a law ordering chemicals online). Follow manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Try test strips first

5. Submerge fabric in first bin until desired color (remember it will dry lighter). Submerge in cold water and ring out. Submerge in third bin according to neutralizer’s instructions.

6. Launder with detergent….dry in dryer.

And my faded newborn dress. I am pretty proud I made an article of clothing. The second picture is a sneak peak at the nursery:)

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  • Charissa - You amaze me.

  • Christina Larsen - Beautiful completed projects. I wish I had one ounce of your creativity.

  • Shannon Phillips - I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with for the nursery! I love the little dress. I would wear one. ;)

  • Lisa - Oh my goodness! I can only imagine how amazing that nursery is going to be!

  • Serena - I can’t wait to see more!! You inspire me all the time!! :)

  • Cassie Raney - Ohhhhhhh you are killing me with the sneak peak at the nursery! I can’t wait to see it!

  • jill - Wow- can’t wait to see the rest of the nursery- that little peek looks AMAZING! Love your “dressed up” vintage finds too! :)

  • rachel denbow - I love how you thought to bleach those fabrics! They look so good! I am in love with your nursery sneak peek. I’ve been dreaming of reds, oranges and pinks, too! Except I can’t get my hopes up yet. We may have more of the same aquas and greens still.

    And your diaper holder is so pretty! AND…everything else. This was such a good eye candy post.

  • meg duerksen - it’s all very cool.
    i got a metal box like that at the thrift store awhile back and it’s way uglier than yours was. i plan on doing just what you did…not for diapers though.
    i love it.
    when we had our fourth we ditched the changing table too.
    :)

  • Carla - i’m just loving your blog! and i wanted to let you know that i was so inspired by your Little Dresses for Africa post you did, that i’m hosting my own with some friends and family. i linked you from my blog, and just thought i’d let you know. thanks for the wonderful idea, and good luck with your newest daughter! she is lucky to have a momma like you :)

Remember this post? Well I kind of got to try out my new camera case. The water was too cold for me, so the only pictures I took consisted of me dunking my hand and camera into the water hoping I got things in the frame. Chris…being the dad…was the one to brave the cold water with the boys. I am looking forward to warmer water so I can try it out more…meaning taking a picture and actually looking at what I am taking instead of guessing!

this is as far as I got in the water…

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  • Shannon Phillips - How fun! It makes me want to go swimming.

  • Christina Larsen - Those were so cool. For not being able to see what you were shooting, they were cool to look at. Can’t wait to see more.

  • Jeannette Swan - You seem to always be having fun!!

  • bopha - How fun, I’m impressed that Rett goes under water.

  • meg duerksen - i want one of those!!

Little Cal….adorable! After spending a small bit of time with Cal I am more and more ready to see my daughter. I have been ready to NOT be pregnant for a while, but a newborn daughter has still been a little scary. Cal and his big sister were so sweet…he did want to sleep most of the session, but that is what a 10 day old is supposed to do right?! I think this first picture is my favorite from the day…now to figure out how to get my 3 to do something similar with their sister. Probably not going to happen.

While Cal needed a little break to eat his sister and I hung out for a bit. She is SO CUTE!

Just FYI to the first round of SnapShop girls…this is Jamie’s son….

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  • Jamie - Thank you, Ashley, for capturing my babies! I love the pics and can’t wait to see the rest.

  • Emily - Ashley, I love them…Jamie..congrats. Your baby is so adorable, I loved meeting him the other night.

  • amanda torres - Such beautiful kids! Cal is such a handsome addition and Lola is as sweet as ever. Ashley, you have mad photog skills!

  • Amber - Ashley, you’re so good!! I’m mourning the fact that you’re not doing sessions anymore!! And Jamie, your kiddos are just darling!! You have much to be proud of!

  • Jeannette Swan - Jamie – he is beautiful, what a sweet blessing!

  • Bridgette - jamie…the pics of lola and cal are adorable! she did a great job! lola is getting so big! cal is handsome and i can’t wait to catch up with you soon!

  • Kara Spahn Jordan - Jamie & Kendall – They are such beautiful children!!! Thank you for sharing! Love you guys! -Kara