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I Know Some Talented People

Two weekends ago, I had my baby shower. It was a very pretty affair, and it showed me I have alot of friends and family who love me. Faults, messed up sense of humor, recent inability to properly shave my legs (thanks, Baby S) and all. And I ate alot. But these days, when don’t I?

Anyway, what I really wanted to tell you about – because I’m sure you’re not as interested in every detail (and I’m just trying to streamline your day here) – are the handmade elements of the day. I talk all the time about what I do and make, and it’s time to shut my piehole about myself and brag about someone else for once. Thank you!

 


Welcome sign/banner for Baby S from one of my very best friends April and her sister Mackenzie.

 


Animal mobile also from April and Mackenzie.

 


Very colorful Hawaiian diaper cake form my momma Janet. The diapers are Hawaiian print too! This girl will love Hawaii if I have anything to say about it :)

 


Gorgeous gift set from my friend KC, AKA the Diaper Bag Wrangler. It contains her popular zippered wet bag and link loop diaper bag (both of which are for sale on her site, linked above), handcut chenille blanket, and burp cloth.

 


Hand-knitted gifts from my other very best friend Hollie. My favorite is the mini uterus. How can it not be?

 


Cupcakes from April and her mom, Momma Gwen. These ladies are talented bakers. Insanely so. They also did an excellent job on my wedding cake and cupcakes.

 


Also quite yummy Oreo biscotti, mini cheesecakes, and candy truffle favors from the appropriately named Moore Tasty Treats. I believe the Facebook Group may be invite-only so let me know if you have trouble accessing the page.

 


Adorable diaper wreath from my sister-in-law Kate and my 6-year old niece Emma. Emma was very proud of her contribution, it was quite cute.

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Pretty Pretty Princess Hat and Wand

So a few weeks ago it was my beautiful little niece Olivia’s 3rd birthday. I had no idea what to buy her, and I was itching to make something. Thanks to her dad (my brother… who is almost 31 and unnaturally in love with All Things Mouse), she has a healthy love for the Disney movies and, as a result, playing Disney Princess.

Princesses. A 3 year old. I can do this.

I figured, “hey, a princess hat and a magic wand shouldn’t be too hard, should they?” And you know what, they weren’t. For the hat, I used semi-stiff but still thin interfacing on the fabric for both the inside and outside of the hat. For the streamers and ribbon I used scraps I had been collecting (read: not hoarding!) “just because”, attaching self-stick rhinestones for a bit of girly sparkle. The hat itself was a simple semi-circle (well, a little less than half, more like a wedge), wrapped in a cone and sewed, streamers attached before turning right-side out. For the wand, I just purchased pre-fab wooden dowels and balls (don’t think dirty, this post is about a kid’s product, thakyouverymuch), used the same streamers and rhinestones, and a little bit of metallic non-toxic paint I had, connecting everything with the time-tested magic of a glue gun.

She gave the cutest little *gasp!* when she opened it, and I wish I got a photo of her wearing it (which I forgot, boo). But can you just imagine how adorable this would look on any pixie?

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Patchwork Scrap Blanket (and crafts)

In order to try to clean house – if even just a little bit before Baby S comes – I went through my shoeboxes upon shoeboxes of fabric scraps to try to whittle them down into usable pieces. I ended up being able to make a bunch of totes (all but one of which sold out!) and headbands that are for sale on my Etsy page. I also made some blankets for niece/nephew Christmas presents, and, of course, one for my very own soon-to-be daughter. This project was great because it was inexpensive, thrifty, and a good way to “save” all the fabric patterns I love so much but had all but finished off. I just cut the scraps I had into approximately similar size groups and sewed them together where I felt like they would fit, working those strips of scraps into bigger strips until it was the approximate size and shape I was looking for. I then interfaced the visually stimulating patchwork side with some light iron-on batting and backed it with a cushy flannel, finishing it off with a simple stretch of blanket binding. I can’t wait to see her take a nap with it. Or stretch it out on the floor and watch her roll over for the first time on it, then writhe around live an overturned beetle because she can’t figure out how to get herself back to where she was :)

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