Monday, June 28, 2010

3 different parties, 3 different projects!

This weekend was a busy one!  I went to three different parties for three different occasions!  And of course I had to make something for each of them!  

Party number one was for my wonderful friend Kara's bridal shower.  I went in on a group gift with the girls, but I also added something extra: an oven mitt and hot pad that match her wedding colors.  They took awhile, since they are quilted and I don't have much experience quilting (i.e. no experience quilting!).  I used the patterns from the book, The New Handmade.  The book has lots of cute, simple projects that would make great gifts.  Although I can see every single flaw in the oven mitt, I think they turned out cute.  Here are pictures of both the sides.

For party number two, I took the kids and went to my friend Kelsey's baby's first birthday.  I got the birthday girl, Genevieve, a really cute baby's first birthday book by Karen Katz and I made her an adorable owl out of girly flannel fabric.  I used this tutorial to make it.  I think next time I make an owl, I'll put a bell or some crinkle fabric inside so it can make noise.  Babies love toys that make noise!

For party number three I made a diaper cake for my friend Bob's baby shower.  He and his fiance, Elle, are having a little girl, and since Bob went to U of O, I made a duck themed girly cake.  It had a little Oregon cheerleader teddy bear on top and lots of cute pink, yellow, and green decorations.  Inside the bottom layer was a little outfit I put together: a burp cloth, a onesie with a duck sewn on it, little yellow shorts, and a headband made by my friend at work, Michelle.  Bob and Elle loved it!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wooden Ring Toy

A couple of weeks ago I made a new toy for Audrey, from this tutorial. I love it! I used scrap fabric and scrap ribbon to make a fun, interesting, and colorful toy. Babies love contrasting colors and also bright colors, so Audrey really loves this! I made sure to vary the sizes and textures of the ribbon to make it even more interesting. I bought the wooden rings from this website, sanded them smooth, and coated them in beeswax from the PSU Farmer's Market that I melted it in a double boiler (one from Goodwill, a nice one would be ruined after this project!) and poured into a large mason jar to keep and use again. The wood smells really good and is soft and smooth for her teething gums. I have some extra rings, so let me know if you'd like me to make you one!

On the subject of toys, I LOVE Vulli's Sophie and also Pie.  What other baby toys do you love?