Fanfare shorts

Okay, I know I’m way late to the fanfare flannel party, but when this fabric first came out, I was busy becoming a mother and wasn’t able to think about much else.  Now that I’ve stopped my full-time job, finished moving and almost wrapped up a part-time job, I finally have time to sew again!  I was secretly (but not hiding it so well) jealous of all these other people I know and follow creating one awesome thing after another and wanted to yell at them to wait for me!  Naturally, the first thing I made was for little mister himself.  I’ve always wanted to make little shorts for Des and create my own pattern, but was never quite successful on my own.

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I took a pair of knit shorts that fit Des well and traced them out as a start for the pattern.  Then, I made a few pairs and made adjustments as I went until one finally worked.  They’re the perfect little pajama shorts!  He can crawl around in them without sliding on the hardwood floors, but the flannel keeps him nice and cozy.  Aren’t they just the cutest!

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Can you believe how much he’s grown!  Already 10 months old!

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All work and no play

Since my maternity leave ended, I haven’t had a lot of time for sewing. I spend my day at work, come home and hold my baby until I have to do things like cook supper or go to bed. People keep telling me that you can’t spoil a newborn… When does that newborn stage end? As far as I’m concerned, he’s still pretty new. I have had a few minutes here and there to whip up some more burp cloths. It took multiple days to finish what normally takes a few hours. These soft, cuddly burp cloths are now available in my shop.

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Hand Embroidery Tutorials

I’ve been working on hand embroidery a lot the last few weeks and loving it!  My mother-in-law taught me how to do several different stitches a while back, and since then, I’ve been playing around with different patterns.  I’m currently working on creating my own patterns to sell in my etsy shop.  I will offer the patterns by themselves and in a kit with all the materials you need to complete the project.  For those of you that need a project completed in a rush, I’ll even have finished products ready to ship.  My goal is to have a few completed projects up and ready to purchase in the next week or two.  In the meantime, here’s a little freebie for you to work on for Valentine’s Day!

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The only traditional Valentine’s Day color I had was red, so I had to use some other not so normal colors.  I embroidered on a plain white drying towel, so that when it’s hung up you can see the heart in the center front.  Now if only our oven had a place to hang it from…

Click below for the design:

You’re My Favorite

If you need instructions on how to hand embroidery, there are two tutorials below to download as well!  Enjoy!

Backstitch Tutorial

French Knot Tutorial

Around here

With all the holidays and all the traveling to see grandparents and great grands, I haven’t had a chance to post.  The holidays are always pretty awesome, but turns out they’re even better with a new baby.  Here’s what we’ve been up to the last few weeks:

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We had our Christmas at home with just the three of us, and Desmond made a new friend.

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We decided not to get too complex with our present wrapping this year.  This wooden tags from The Woody Beckers were super cute.

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Desmond turned 2 months. He’s growing way too fast!

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I’m working on some new projects that I’ll post about soon!
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Christmas stockings

The stockings were hung from the china cabinet with care…

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We don’t usually put up stockings for Christmas because we’re never home to celebrate, but this year I’m feeling extra festive.  I made three different stockings three different ways.  They look pretty much the same from the outside, but the cuff of each stocking was attached differently.  I wasn’t really satisfied with any of the methods I used, but they’re still cute and make it look like Christmas around here.  I tried to choose fabrics that didn’t go crazy with the normal green and red color combination, but still looked like Christmas.

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Arrow burp cloths

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Check out my etsy shop today!  These sweet burp cloths are finished and ready to be shipped!  I might have a hard time letting this grey arrow one go… I love it!

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More swaddle blankets

Like I promised, I made more swaddle blankets for baby.  They are in my etsy shop and ready to ship!  Perfect gift for someone with a baby this holiday.  Next up… burp cloths!  Check back tomorrow for recent additions.

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DIY gold votives

I got a late start on decorating for Christmas this year, but I think I’ve managed to spread a little of the holiday cheer around the house.  I stopped by a local nursery and picked up some Christmas tree limb scraps that they had piled out by the road.  Yay a free “Christmas tree!”  I was really tempted to buy one of their mini Christmas trees, but quickly reminded myself that I would only kill it with my black thumb.  Maybe next year, I’ll be more ambitious.  So our tree this year consists of limbs delightfully arranged in a glass jar.  It works!  gold votives  (8 of 1)

So, I’ve recently noticed a lot of people in the blogging world spray painting tea cups, mugs, vases, etc. gold.  Until yesterday, I was able to resist, but the Cuban in me, that loves shiny things, finally gave in.  I bought some votives at a local craft store, taped them with painter’s tape and had some fun with my gold spray paint.  It was the perfect, quick DIY project for this tired new mama.

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