beating the system.

Mitchell out of town + me by myself = lots of free time.    I never seem to get much accomplished (sewing projects, cleaning etc) when Mitchell is around … because, well, hanging out with Mitchell is just much more fun.   So with Mitchell out of town to a work seminar this weekend I decided to take advantage of my bored state and work on some projects. 

I introduce you to the car seat cover thingy.   I sent a picture of it to Mitchell and he said: “it looks like material from an old throw pillow I would find at DI”   Uhhhh … its cute … its got a vintage vibe … and its not screaming pink.  I guess Mitchell and I will never quite see eye to eye when it comes to style/taste.   He should be grateful I didn’t make something with weird teddy bears, etc on it.

Total cost: $6.00  (yellow fabric on sale at Hancock Fabric and the lining is a sheet from a thrift store.  Cha ching!



I had a co-worker give us a bunch of her old baby stuff …. this wonderful gem included …

ugly boppy

The poor thing (the boppy pillow) could use a face lift.  I am definitely not a good plastic surgeon, so I entrusted the help of my sweet mom.  As we were dissecting this lovely creature we discovered that there wasn’t an actual pillow form under that “cute” material … just a bunch of stuffing …  so that made it slightly more complicated.  But my mom is a genius and with her brains we managed to transform it into this:

please ignore the fact that is hasn’t been ironed yet and it still needs a zipper in the back …

Total cost:  $4.00  (clearance material, this runs around $35 new)  boo ya!


My grandma found this Bumbo seat at a thrift store.  And I love that it is mint green, after all, mint is one of the “it” colors this season.

Total cost:  under $5.00 (compared to the $35 you would pay for it new)


I also found this cute, practically brand new minky blanket at Savers

Total cost:  $1.00 


Boppy … Bumbo … Minky …. who the heck comes up with these names?  Whoever it is … should be fired.  

So overall, I’m proud to say that we are beating the system.  Take that you, expensive- baby –product- making companies. No, I will not be buying your over priced baby stuff.   In. Your. Face.