Saturday, February 23, 2013


This Valentines Day was seriously one of the best ones we have ever had.  I'm the type of person that would much rather be doing/eating something simple that me and my husband both really enjoy instead of stressing over buying each other cheesy gifts. Especially right now when we have limited money. Trust me, we have done our fair share of cheesy over the years. Particularly in high school. Now, we usually just go to a Steakhouse and treat ourselves to deliciousness. Sometimes we snuggle and watch a movie. But this year we were struggling on finding something to do because we had just eaten at our favorite steakhouse the week before when we found out we were having a girl.

I suggested that we make something and after bouncing a few ideas around we eventually decided to paint and tie-dye baby onesies together while watching our shows on Hulu Plus and eating chocolate ice cream. Yes. My husband, Chris Redfern, wanted to do CRAFTS for fun. What more can a girl ask for? If it were for any other reason than making things for baby RJ it would have been torture for him. But he was super excited! And that made it all the more fun for me.

To be honest I had very low expectations as to how his would turn out. So I was pleasantly surprised when he came up with this (he did the light blue and yellow striped one by himself! I am so proud!) Painters tape, people. It works miracles.

The best part about this whole thing was that it was a project I was planning on doing anyways! So the money was already going to be spent and we made it into a fun and cute date instead of a project I would do by myself later.

I saw this on pinterest awhile back, but there was no tutorial linked to it. Just a caption with the materials needed. And so that is all I went off of! (We decided to save the tie-dye for another day.)

Here is what we did

Step 1: Collect or purchase the materials you will need:
  • white onesies
  • painters tape
  • martha stewart craft paint
  • stencil sponges
  • cardboard (to put in onesies)


  • fabric paint markers (if you want to draw or write anything free hand)
  • fabric paint medium (we didn’t use this, but it might be helpful)

We found everything we needed at Joann’s and Babies R Us, which for us was in the same parking lot so it was super convenient.

Step 2: Set everything up. Make sure you have newspaper or something under you, cardboard in the onesie so the paint doesn't leak through to the other side, and some place to keep your paint like a paper plate.

Step 3: Tape the onesie to the design you like. We didn’t get too crazy.

Step 4: Paint!

This is what we came up with that night. The top is the front and back of mine, the bottom is the front and back of Chris’s.

If you want to add anything extra you can sketch it (I used micron pens) and tape around it. I did this with the heart on the front and the little RJ on the back. Chris used fabric paint markers that we had to write “Booty Booty Booty” on the rear end of his. Very classy.

Afterwards we still had two extra onesies. We finished them together the next week for family night. Here are all the finished products. 

I love them!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

where the redfern grows

Meet Rylie Jane Redfern (RJ)

This is her profile. She looks like Casper the friendly ghost.

Here she is lying on her side.
Those are her sweet little legs with her ankles crossed.

Here she is covering her face with her arm.

And this is her little alien face.

She is due June 29th.  She is about the length of a large carrot. She moves around all the time. We were calling her “Heartbeat” before we knew she was a girl; that was my Dad’s nickname for the new “H” baby. (My entire immediate family starts with H’s.) Chris and I used to talk about the nickname Rj way back when we were in high school. Now she is almost here! Rylie is the only girl name we both liked, plus it feels right for this baby girl. If she were a boy we were going to name her Jude Watson Redfern. Maybe (i hope) some day she will have a little brother named Jude. But for now, it is just

C & H and RJ.