I went to a good friend’s baby shower last weekend, so I can finally share what I made. Although if you follow me on Instagram, there were a few sneak peaks.
This isn’t the first time I’ve used these particular patterns even in this size, but it always amazes me how small newborn baby clothes are. How on earth will a human being fit in them!
The shirt didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. Part of which was definitely the machine I used. My sewing machine died on me recently. (I may need to hold a memorial service for it.) Fortunately my Mom was able to gift me her old machine to use until I’m able to get a new sewing machine. BUT this machine has few of the bells and whistles I’m used to. I prefer to use a double needle to sew knits. And there’s no second spindle to hold a second spool of thread. I kind of made do, but it wasn’t great and required a bit of finagling. So when I might have taken out a seam and redone it, I chose not to, because I didn’t want to sew more than necessary. Also, I must have stretched out the neck when I sewed on the edging, or attached the front and back at the shoulders incorrectly. Either way, I didn’t realize it until was far too late to fix, without practically starting over. My last shirt from this pattern turned out much better.
The pants pattern is a free pattern from The Allison Show.
The shirt pattern is from Small Dream Factory and comes in sizes all the way up to 2T.
I also bought a pack of newborn onesies to screen print on. Because I had a few ideas I wanted to print.
I LOVE how they turned out. The bunny was probably the most difficult to draw, cut out, and print. I won’t be recreating it, because I didn’t end up with a clear print even once, but I still like it. The bear and the mountain scene were comparatively easier. I’ve included a pdf of them at the bottom of this post that you’re welcome to print out and use to make your own screen printing stencils from. They would both work with my screen printing kit (available for sale in my etsy store).
It seems that every spring, I have a few baby showers to attend. This year, is no different. I’m happy that this one is for a close friend here in Portland. No traveling and I’ll get to see the baby as frequently as I’m able.
Part of the present is a pacifier clip. Surprisingly easy to make, it’s a strip of fabric, a metal snap, and the clip from a suspender. The suspender clip is sturdier than what they use for most pacifier clips you can buy. So this one will actually stay where you put it.
I’m going to add some pacifiers to the package, but instead of giving an opened package, I drew a pacifier to attach to the clip so that the new parents would immediately know what they’re looking at. Out of context, it really doesn’t look like much.
Some other baby shower ideas here and here.
There are always tons of adorable Valentines running around the internet this time of year. These are just a few to get you in the mood for the big day. Is that really tomorrow already?
This printable from Frolic! is actually from 2012, but I still love it. It’s actually one of my inspirations for the watercolor washed cards I made.
These printable Yoda Valentines from Design Wash Rinse Repeat are cute and clever. Using the mini glow sticks as light sabers is brilliant.
I’m a sucker for all things pop up. This card from Lia Griffith is lovely and easy to make (just print, cut, and glue).
These cards from Design is Yay are my personal favorite. A combination of easy to make and a little personal with the origami hearts tucked into their clever little paws.
J and I don’t have anything planned really for Valentine’s day. It happens to fall on his day off this weekend. If we’re luck we may spend an hour or so somewhere nice drinking fancy coffee. Although I can’t say we wouldn’t do that even if it wasn’t Valentine’s Day.
I don’t usually write about personal dilemmas here; this one affects my blog (and business).
Red Circle Crafts still feels brand new and full of beginnings. I have some really exciting ideas for things I’d like to be working towards, but, to be honest, I’m not sure what that means for the short term. I’ve spent the last month or so avoiding this blog because I don’t know what’s next. And while I was really trying to avoid admitting that I don’t know, it meant fewer posts here about the things I have been working on. Emotions sometimes get in the way of common sense though.
One of the things that J and I have been talking about for short term goals is becoming completely debt free. That would mean a great deal of freedom for us to work less and live more. We could travel; I could realistically pursue my dream of living in tiny house; it would be easier to have my own business. A little bit of math shows that if we both work full time jobs, we could be completely debt free in about 5 years. Five years seems like a lot less time than it used to.
I’m not entirely sure how this will change things. Historically, I need some sort of creative outlet or I will be really unhappy working in an office. I hope that this means that I will still make time to blog here. I hope this means I continue to create things to put up in my etsy store. But events like the Holiday Market will definitely be put on hold.
Nothing is changing too soon. We’re still figuring out how this is all going to happen. In the mean time I’d like to get back to crafting and sharing it here.
One of the people I follow on Instagram (Cookoorikoo) has inspired me to be a bit wordy. She has this amazing wall of embroidered words, with black fabric hung in embroidery hoops. As a lover of weird words, I’m completely smitten. So I’m building my own word wall. Though I don’t plan to stick to just embroidery.
I started with the word erinaceous: n. of or pertaining to hedgehogs. It’s a word I never would have heard of if not for a fabulous TED Talk by Erin McKean about the point of lexicography and the flexibility of language. The word itself has become synonymous in my mind with that TED talk. So it seems fitting to start a collection of words with it.
I’m including the pattern I made for this, in case you’d like to embroider this as well. Download here.
I’ve been meaning to make some coaster for ages now. It makes me think I might be a real grown up worrying about drinks on surfaces. I end up pulling out place mats during game nights to put drinks on around whatever we’re playing. My desk is probably a lost cause at this point, but it would be nice to have a stack of colorful coasters sitting on my desk in any case.
I love these felt hexagons from Leelah Loves (in German). She glued the pieces together to make a larger surface, but I love that they could be tiled or used individually. I can imagine putting a few together to set a pot of tea on or using just one at a time for drinks. The only difficulty is finding that thick felt. She specifies 3mm thickness.
The Cottage Mama has a tutorial to turn tiles from the hardware store into coasters. She uses scrapbook paper, but I’m eyeing the old maps I’ve got tucked away for a rainy day project.
These Citrus Felt Coasters from The Purl Bee are VERY summery, but I’m still drawn to them. I’m just a summer kind of girl, I guess. They look fairly simple. I would be sure to use wool felt and not polyester though, so they continue to look so nice even after wear and tear.
The last idea floating around in my brain is just to cut some circles from a tree branch around the right thickness. The raw wood would age nicely and I love the way they look with the bark still on.
After I made myself a lap loom at the end of August, I did in fact get bitten by the weaving bug. It’s a real thing. Everyone I know that weaves (a surprising lot, honestly) nod their head knowingly when I say that I’m addicted.
I’ve posted some work in progress shots on Instagram of weavings I made. Most of them were given away for Christmas presents, as I predicted.
One of the things I’ve noticed though is that pictures of weavings attract weavers. Just from sharing my own projects I’ve picked up some great people to follow. Here are three of my favorites.
Isn’t that one from agateandelm amazing! I’m dying to try out that technique; I’ve never seen anything like it. Although I think I’d like to get a little better at making diamond shapes first.
One of the best things about following weavers on Instagram is seeing in process shots, different looms and tools people use, and, my favorite, the backs of weavings.