Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I've finally decided that it's my turn to make a quilt for myself or rather, our master bedroom. After much debating, I started working on a "Square Dance" pattern using blues and greens with pops of red and yellow. I want it to be bright and admittedly, I am having trouble with layout and fabrics. The square dance block calls for lots of different patterns/colors. So, I'm overwhelmed. After piecing about half the blocks of white centers, I'm now integrating white blocks with different color centers. Work in progress.
I recently made a baby quilt with curvy pinwheels in which I GAVE THE GIFT WITHOUT TAKING A PHOTO OF IT! I'm so disappointed. I guess I could ask my friend to take a pic of it and send it to me however I know what it's like to have a newborn. Ugh! It was so adorable. I used the same fabrics that I used in Lily's quilt. I also made coordinating onesies, burp cloths and a bib of oranges and pinks. So so sweet.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
I'm in the throes of making baby gifts! The gifts below are for a sweet little baby boy who was born last week. His nursery is decorated in red, gray and black with elephants. I decided to mix it up a bit with greens and blues. The burp cloths were my go-to when Ella was a newborn as were the onesies so I'm getting these out asap so the new mom will have them handy. I love the bib pattern because it's larger and really is more useful when babies get to the age where they actually need to wear them. Next up, baby gifts for a Christmas baby girl.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
I fell in love with scrapbooking years ago before they had all the fancy packages at Michael's and other stores. Before the stickers, cut outs, stamps, dies, etc. Back in the day - mid to late 90s, I would use paper, magazines, ticket stubs, souvenirs, postcards, and articles. Now, I'm completely overwhelmed by all that's available and my old school scrapbooking just isn't going to make the cut. So, I headed out to Michael's and began with a fresh slate album. I passed on the premade kits and settled on some stickers, letters, and packet of cards that have quotes about babies (see 3 months below). I wanted to do something authentic and well, me. Packages and kits just seem so commercial. The theme of the first album (the one below) is Ella's first six months. What an undertaking. I printed all of the photos we had taken of her at Walmart (9 cents each) and began the arduous task of sorting them by date. How old was Ella here? and here? Finally, I got them identified so that I could begin developing a theme which I decided would be month by month so I could see her grow all over again. It was such a blessing to do the scrapbook. I love it. There's nothing like flipping through an album. I look at it much more than I do going through photos on my computer or phone. The album just begs to be read so I read it. I laugh. I tear up. I touch her sweet sleepy face. And I can't wait to share it with her.