I'm still on my first test diaper, lol. I'm making a few out of old T-shirts and microsuede before I cut into my new PUL and microsuede. I'm doing double-opening pocket diapers with internal gussets with elastic, back elastic and Velcro. Regular Velcro, not Aplix or Touch Tape. I've heard bad things about all three and regular Velcro was most available to me, plus it was 50% off. I'll just turn the diaper inside out and redo the tabs when I wash.
I thought about buying Babyville stuff but I decided to just stick to the white PUL and butter suede from Hancock and make diaper covers for color. I'm glad I didn't buy any now, I've heard a lot of the same stuff about the quality issues. From what I've seen, so far everyone that's complained has had good luck getting them to replace it, but I'd be so upset if I spent the time to make a diaper only to have the PUL delaminate or the snaps break a few uses in.
This is a very preliminary list, mostly because I'm not feeling very inspired yet.
DH--cross stitch of a Will Ferrell SNL quote ("get off the shed!"), don't know what else
ODS--at least three pairs of pajama pants, maybe with bleach-stenciled or just regular stenciled shirts--the kids are obsessed with pajamas. Maybe a fort kit, don't know what else
YDS--pajamas as with ODS, fort kit?, don't know what else
Mom--probably baked goods*
Boys' teachers--baked goods* as long as they're OK with them--I always ask before I make them because sometimes people are weird about homemade food. If they don't like baked goods then a $10 gift card to Target or something. They'll also each get an ornament painted by the kids. Last year I put them in cloth shopping bags and everyone seemed to like that, I might do that again this year.
I'll also have two gift exchange gifts for the other nieces and nephews. I won't know who I get until Thanksgiving, I think, so I'll have to wait until then to do anything. Crafting for them is a crapshoot. If I get the older kids I just buy gift cards, but sometimes I can still make stuff for the younger kids.
*Baked goods--so far my ideas for these are kiss cookies, haystacks, peanut brittle, Russian tea cakes, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, mini loaves of banana bread, cocoa mix with chocolate-dipped spoons, puppy chow and buckeyes. I won't make all of these, this is just my ideas so far.
It's getting cold here so I'm in the mood for soup and comfort food a lot now. For tonight I'm thinking chicken noodle soup, maybe just with chicken broth and no actual chicken (because I don't really feel like thawing and cooking any, plus sometimes the boneless skinless chicken breast has a weird texture to me).
I haven't finished my planning yet, and sadly some of these are left over from previous years when I didn't get everything done. We don't have to do gifts for the adults and we draw names for everyone's kids. We'll do that next weekend, so I don't know whom I'll have to make gifts for or even if I will make them gifts. Some members of my family don't really appreciate homemade stuff.
Anyway, here's what I have so far.
DH--Mario felt board with a question mark box to hold all the pieces.
6yo DS--Nerf gun (maybe), handmade Nerf bandolier with holster, bleach stencil T-shirt, case for a play laptop? (not sure because I'm not sure if he's getting it, it would come from my mom), finish his play kitchen and make a couple sets of felt food.
4yo DS--Quiet Book, bleach stencil T-shirt, finish play kitchen and felt food, finish his dollhouse. I want to do more for him but I don't know what.
Mom--Redoing her kitchen with some of my siblings so I will be putting in some cash and lots of sweat equity.
Dad--No idea, he's diabetic so can't have baked goods. Might buy him work gloves or something, that's usually what he wants.
Other adults (siblings, friends, etc)--If I give gifts to adults, it's baked goods. I plan on making Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls for teacher gifts this year so I might put those in here too. Otherwise it's the typical cookies, maybe some peanut brittle, maybe banana bread.
6yo's teacher--Rice bag for neck?, Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls, note or drawing from DS, maybe a gift card to Borders or Target?, packaged in a reusable tote bag that folds into a pocket.
4yo's teacher--Same as 6yo's teacher.
4yo's class helpers--I think there are 4, I would probably do cinnamon rolls and cookies. Not sure. If I don't do the gift cards for the other teachers I'll probably just give all of them the same gift.
I don't know which of these kids we'll be getting in the drawing, but here are my ideas so far:
16yo niece--Probably a gift card in a wristlet I can make in a few hours with stash material.
16yo nephew--No idea. Boys are hard to buy for; probably a gift card.
11yo niece--Purse or tote bag, she asked for one.
6yo niece--No idea. Maybe a game for her new V-Reader, I would make her a doll set but I'm sure she has a ton of them already.
2yo niece--Dress or tunic top with ruffled bloomers/pants and maybe a cute jacket. Might also do a quick toy.
6mo nephew--No idea. A toy of some sort, probably.
I LOVE this! Thanks so much sharing your awesome idea with us! I'm in a yucky rental, but luckily, I'm allowed to paint all I want...great for the cupboards, but I didn't think anything could be done about the ugly counters...you're a lifesaver!!
I covered my countertops in a rental (started out solid country blue) with granite-look contact paper. It really held up well, although when you take it off you'll need Goo Gone or something to clean it because it will be very sticky. Just don't let wet stuff sit on it and don't put hot dishes on it.
It's seven feet long, so yes, it is an enormous couch. I wouldn't mind getting something shorter, though, it takes up a lot of room.
I think I figured once that it would take 15-20 yards of fabric to recover it, but I recovered a couch a while back with canvas painter's dropcloths. It would probably take three of those, which would be around $50, but I think if I were buying actual fabric it'd be a lot easier just to buy a new couch. Although I wouldn't be able to get the color I wanted, so maybe I'd do the hard thing there.
I am eclectic, you're right. Unfortunately I don't have enough of the wavy stripe left to reupholster the chair. I think I have enough to make some throw pillows. I want to stick with a floral for the chair, definitely with the orange and coral and sapphire, and I think kelly green, but something more modern and abstract than what's on there. I have yet to find anything I like that I can afford, though. I am toying with the idea of recovering both chairs in the same fabric, though. It's a smallish room--13x15 but a good two feet along almost one whole wall is taken up by TV and computer stuff. Sometimes I think it's too small to have a lot of different loud patterns going.