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Big Announcement!

June 11, 2011

A lot has been happening here in the St. Clair household. I always get a little crazy busy close to the end of the school year. One more week of teaching then I’m on my summer schedule. However, there have been other exciting things going on here!

We're 13 weeks and due in December!

Anthony and I are expecting! We’ve been super excited and it feels so good to be able to talk about it now. I will be 14 weeks on Monday (woohoo 2nd trimester) and have been feeling great. I won’t rub it in, but I’m one of those lucky women that doesn’t get sick and has very few pregnancy symptoms. Here’s a better pic of the belly at 13 weeks.

13 week belly

I’m not really fitting into my clothes very much anymore, and of course I have grand plans to make a lot of my own maternity clothing. I’ve already started working on a few things. :) I’ll be sharing lots cute baby things, but first I want to show you how I made the shirt.

First I got the inspiration for this shirt from a fabulous tutorial on DIY Maternity. This site is so great if you think you’ll be making maternity clothes. Even if you just want to thrift a few things and modify them instead of starting from scratch, DIY Maternity has a ton of great tutorials.

I decided I didn’t want to go the freezer paper route. The idea of cutting out every single number just didn’t sound fun. So instead I decided to use my new found love of hand carving stamps. I picked a font that I liked (American Typewriter) and and printed it out at a size I thought would fit well across the shirt. Plus the stamps are reusable, who doesn’t need a good set of numbers?

Hand Carved Stamps

You can find several tutorials for carving stamps online. I got interested in t when I found this book; Printing by Hand: A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens.

However, you can also find several tutorials online. I especially like this one by Ishtar Olivera; Part 1 and Part 2.

Finished Numbers

I wasn’t too fussy about measuring and making the numbers in a perfect grid. For some reason 4 was the hardest to stamp and always wanted to go a little crooked. I don’t mind though, you can hardly tell when I’m wearing it. Now every Sunday night I paint off one of the numbers and have a great way to keep track of the pregnancy progress!

12 weeks

(12 week belly)

Can’t wait to show off more of the things I’ve been working on for baby!

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2011 11:10 pm

    such a cute idea! and congrats!!

  2. June 11, 2011 11:36 pm

    Congratulations!! You’re just a few weeks behind me :)

    That is SUCH a cute shirt idea – I totally want to copy it!

  3. June 12, 2011 1:01 am

    congrats! And awesome with the maternity links. Hope I don’t lose my bookmarks, as it’s still a few more years for me :-)

    I look forward to hearing more. And, of course, seeing lots of cute knitted baby projects. If you want to check out a blog of a knitting mama, Maiden Metallurgist just had a baby that she knitted a lot of cute things for.

  4. June 12, 2011 4:17 am

    Love the stamped shirt! Very cute!! Congratulations!!!!

  5. June 12, 2011 8:54 am

    Congrat Jodie & Anthony – love your little pregnancy shirt ;-) – Lucky me didnt show till I was nearly 6months – i think the baby was all in my behind!!! ;-)

  6. June 12, 2011 1:05 pm

    Hooray! So this is what you were printing. . . I’m so glad it worked out for you. And for something so exciting, too!

  7. June 12, 2011 3:54 pm

    congratulations!!! and that shirt is adorable! what a great idea!

  8. June 12, 2011 9:05 pm

    very cute! b’shah tovah! (may the littleone be born in the proper time)

  9. Amanda permalink
    June 13, 2011 11:26 pm

    Congratulations!!

  10. June 19, 2011 2:45 am

    Congratulations!

  11. Tamara permalink
    June 21, 2011 2:26 am

    Sweet! I made the girls diapers before Sarah was born. Birdseye flats, that washed so clean, and dried so fast. I just used Biobottoms wool covers, and skipped the diapers after the first 5-6 months or so. Have fun!

Trackbacks

  1. The scared and excited of big changes - Journal | Antsaint - Anthony St. Clair
  2. Your DIYM – Flickr Faves June | DIY maternity
  3. Handmade Occasions – Week 3 | Strings and Yarn

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