Thursday, May 3, 2012

Abby or Lena... that is the question.

Some of you know that John and I have settled on naming the baby girl Abilene and I had just assumed we were going to call her Abby for short. Well as I was slouching on the couch the other evening John says to me "what about calling her Lena for short?" I had several thoughts run through my head within seconds. "no, were calling her Abby" " where did you get Lena from oh abiLENE" "huh, I never thought of that...what do I think of that" "well it's sooo different from Abby" "I kind of like it". All that came out of my mouth was "I don't know". Some things come with the baby and nicknames are definitely one of them. But I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. Maybe it's my tendency to plan things in advance or maybe it's just because my brain is on baby stuff. Either way I'd like to know what you think. So share your thoughts...Abby or Lena???

I did put together some things last week for said girl. I made two coordinating sheets for her crib. I use Dana"s pattern from MADE, which you can find here. I love making crib sheets and only wish i had know how simple it was sooner. Buying boring or baby looking sheets is just no fun and so for the same price (or way cheaper if you've got a coupon) you can make you own out of cotton, flannel or knit.

Both of these are cotton and I found the fabric at Joann's. They came together real simply. Just a little udder 2 yds of fabric and 80 inch of 1/4 inch elastic.

I also whipped out (..up...out..??) this gauze blanket, mentioned here. I had gotten some really cute gauze fabric from in order to make some gauze swaddle blankets. Here is one of the fabrics I got.

I also love how easy and cost effective this was. It only takes a yard and 1/4, or a 45 inch square to be exact. So at $3.99 a yd it only cost about $5 bucks.

To finish off the edges I just did a double fold hem and straight stitched it. When I got to the corners I just folded one down onto the other so I didn't have to worry about being too fancy.

After I washed it up and was so soft and wrinkly I just love it!!! Can't wait to swaddle the little cutie in this cute blanket... 13 (to 15) weeks left and counting down.

Until next time...



  1. I like Abby. Although I will love either one!

  2. I am partial to Abby just cause of the cuteness factor. Lena is a little more formal but sweet just the same! I just can't wait to meet her and love on her. Love the sheets and blankies!!

  3. I'll call her Abby... Or Abbington Charles Luzzi. Ok, just kidding. I was just thinking of what I call Remi EVERY time I come over and he barks at me. :)
    You are my inspiration for making sheets, once I find out what I'm having!

  4. Yay I am finally commenting! Ok...first of all, I'd like to cast my vote for Lena. I like it because it's super cute for a little girl but also sophisticated for when she is older. So, I gather Izzy's suggestions aren't going to happen?! haha...
    Also I'm super curious about other uses for gauze fabric...I don't think I've ever used it and/or seen it.

  5. Oh I vote for Lena all the way, it's adorable and fairly uncommon. And then when she's really little you can call her
    Anyway, thank you for the sheet inspiration over the past year I finally made one and it was a cinch. PS- you can get two crib sheets out of one twin sized sheet just perfectly if you cut it in half...