Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Deer and Birch Tree baby set.

A sweet friend of mine is expecting a baby girl soon. I like to match the gift set I give friends with colors or themes I know they like. My friend stenciled her nursery wall in a beautiful birch tree design. When I saw the fabrics below online, I knew they were the ones for her.
 How cute are these deer with florals on their antlers?
I made a pacifier clip to match the set. I like to use this tutorial for pacifier clips. (I did attach elastic on mine instead of Velcro though.)
I found these ribbons at Hobby Lobby for the taggy blanket.
The whole set together.
I hope my friend loves these like I do. I'm so excited to meet her baby soon!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Wreath.

When a friend of mine commented that she'd like to have a wreath like the one I made, I immediately told her that I'd love to make her one! (She's a wonderful friend, and I would do anything for her!) So, to Hobby Lobby I went! I purchased all the supplies in a few different trips - waited for the florals to go on sale before I got those. (They can be expensive!) Aren't they so pretty?
 I wasn't sure at first that I like the green fuzzy lookin' ones, but then they grew on me. And I only ended up using one of those, so it all worked out. I just go with different textures, colors, and let it flow.
 I also wasn't sure at first if I wanted two or three birds on it, but because it's a bigger wreath, I figured why not. The pink bird must be a mommy, as she's hangin' out back by her eggs in the nest.
Isn't the fabric on the birds so cool? Love it! Wish I had a pillow made with it.
Hope my friend loves it as much as I do. I'm half tempted to give her my original wreath and keep this one. ;)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Sewing: Fox Baby Set and Ballerina Baby Set

I was so excited when I got an invitation to a friend's baby shower. I asked her what theme and colors she was using for her nursery, and she said foxes and orange, gray, and turquoise. I knew right away what fabric I was going to use for her burp cloths... this awesome set called "Fox and the Houndstooth" from Robert Kaufman. I mean, look at those foxes! They are too much!
I was also beyond thrilled to find these ribbons at Hobby Lobby for the taggy blanket. They went so perfectly with the fabrics. Love, love, love!!
I am having a hard time using any other type of minky than this rosebud kind. It is so dreamy and soft. I wasn't sure it would work for a baby boy blanket, but I actually kind of love it. I think the soft swirls look great against the boyish mustaches and foxes.
I hope she loves them as much as I do!!
I wanted to make this Ballerina set for another friend who is having a baby girl very soon. I love the gold detail in the ribbons.
The ballerina fabric is from the "Girlfriends" collection by Ann Kelle. I bought the turquoise and gold chevron fabric at Hobby Lobby, and the pink pearl bracelet fabric is by Lizzy House.  
These make me want another baby girl!
Beautiful yes?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sewing: Jungle Baby Set

A friend asked me to make her a set of burp cloths and a taggy blanket for a baby gift. She wanted a jungle theme. I had a lot of fun looking at fabrics online (where I do all my fabric shopping nowadays). These are the ones I ended up choosing: an elephant, citron green scribble, and alligator print from Ed Emberley's Happy Drawing collection. I love them. I bought green minky for the blanket and some assorted ribbons from Hobby Lobby in green, bright blue, and gray. (Finding ribbons that looked jungle-y was harder than I thought it'd be. The geometric ones reminded me of the alligators and felt tribal for some reason, so I went with them!)
 I love the blue birds sitting on the alligators' backs.
And here they are all bundled up and ready to ship out to a sweet mama to be. I have to say that sewing for babies and their mamas makes me really happy.
And looking at these adorable prints almost makes me want to have another baby! (Almost.)  ;)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Party Series: Avery's 3rd Birthday!

Things have been a bit crazy at our house lately, as we are preparing to move in a few days! We knew Avery girl's birthday was coming up though and she'd been talking about having an Ariel party for quite a while now. I decided Tuesday of this past week to throw a party together for her since her birthday was yesterday! Somehow, I got it all done. I think I work well with a short time limit - I make decisions faster, and I am able to simplify (well at least a little bit). Here's a photo of Ariel I used for color inspiration in planning this party. I originally thought I'd use turquoise, purple, and yellow (for Flounder) in the color scheme.
But as I started gathering what I'd found around my house (the seahorses) and from Target and such, I quickly realized that I wanted to stick with purple and turquoise with white as the neutral. I took these few photos the night before the party when I was staging the food table.
I didn't do a whole lot for décor. I made this simple sign for the front door by printing a picture of Ariel from the internet and then running it through the printer again to put the words on it.
I hung these streamers above the food table.
When the kids first got to the party, they guessed how many candy fish were in this jar. They wrote their answer on a post it note, and whomever guessed close enough got to take the whole jar home with them.
The kids also decorated bags for the piñata candy.
My sister-in-law, Janine, made the amazing cake and cupcakes. I love how they turned out! They are gorgeous! (I was so happy she agreed to make them, as I am not a great baker.)
Since all 3 of my kiddos are allergic to eggs and nuts, these cupcakes were just for them. This is the best vegan and egg/nut free chocolate cake recipe I've come across. It's really good.
I had completely forgotten about these sea horse hooks I had. I got them years ago from Pier 1 to hang my aprons on in my kitchen. I didn't have a place for them in my current home, so they've been sitting in my hutch for 3 years. I was so happy to rediscover them for this party! They were the perfect touch for the tables and I love that they added some height. The flowers and blue vase fillers were awesome Dollar Store finds.
Here's the food table. I was so excited to find this awesome blue tablecloth from Target! I think the geometric pattern was great to balance out the flowery feel of the décor and pretty Ariel picture. I also love that it looks like the color of the ocean. All the food labels were designed by my sister, Jaime. Love, love, love!
 I saw this idea on Pinterest: take Vanilla Oreos and make "sand dollars" using icing gel to make a pattern on the top. I also put brown sugar on the tray first to make it look like they were on the sand. So cute, yes?
 I  had the idea to make this sign for the table a few hours before the party started! I found this picture of Ariel online. The pretty cursive font felt right for the pretty picture of Ariel.
The octopus hot dogs were hysterical. Some of the kids were grossed out by them, so I made them regular hot dogs. Ha!
 
 After the kids ate, we played "Put the sea shell in Ariel's hand". I got the game at Party City.
We had a slip 'n' slide, water table, sand castle molds, and buckets and shovels out for the kids to play with.
We also hid plastic star fish in the sand for the kids to find. After the kids played for awhile, we came inside to sing to the birthday girl and have cake and ice cream.
 After dessert, we let the kids take a whack at the Ariel piñata.
 For some reason I always find the piñata to be so entertaining. Just look at the kids' faces! So awesome!
Opening presents was hysterical, too. Avery kept taking one thing out of a bag then taking something out of another without finishing the first.
We all laughed when Avery got a new puppy toy that was just like Stella the real puppy. Avery looooves Stella (our cousin's dog), so it was the perfect gift!
All in all, the party was so much fun! I felt like the kids had a blast outside and the adults had fun talking and eating. Here are the party favors. Simple lollipops from Michael's with cute ribbon and twine tied around them.
We love you, Avery girl! Happy 3rd birthday!
 Took these of Avery in her new birthday outfit her cousins gave her. She was showing me how old she is now.