Sunday, January 31, 2010

Baby Shower Gifts

I attended a shower for a friend having her first baby yesterday. They decided not to find out if they are having a boy or a girl, so rather than go with the usual green and yellow, I asked to mommy-to-be what her favorite color is. She said RED! I was so excited to find this great red, yellow and blue fabric at JoAnn's that has little birds on it. I think these little bibs and burp cloths will be perfect whether they have a boy or a girl.

I used this pattern from home Made by Jill for the burp cloths and this pattern from ChickPea Sewing Studio for the bibs. The front side is quilting cotton and the back is chenille. In this photo the bibs don't have snaps yet. I couldn't find my snap setting tool so I had to make a pit-stop at JoAnns on my way to the shower to buy one! Luckily, I work there part-time so I was able to go in the back room and find a hammer and get the snaps applied. :)

I used the little birds in the fabric to make up an applique pattern for the bibs. This was my first time doing applique and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.

The funniest part was when she opened the gift - she pulled out the burp cloths and the expression on her face was priceless - she had no idea what they were! I could tell she was thinking that they were kind of little for blankets. LOL! Once we all explained what they were she loved them. Oh, does she have a lot to learn, but she is so excited and will be a wonderful mommy.

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Creations by Kara

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Visit

The blog I'm going to visit today does not offer crafting ideas, or decorating projects, or even recipes.  There are no photos to admire, or free tutorials to be found.  What is does offer is a great laugh.  If you can visit this Blog and not laugh out loud at least one time then you ought to check your pulse.  I'm serious. is the creation of an American woman who is married to a British man.  Not just ANY British man, mind you. This man has the habit of talking in his sleep.  Unlike most people who mumble unrecognizable babble in their sleep, he blurts out hilariousness.  One night she decided to use a voice activated recorder to document some of the random thoughts that he comes up with in his sleep and it has turned into a  world-wide phenomenon. They even sell t-shirts with some of his sleeping thoughts. 

Go visit Sleep Talking Man - you won't regret it. I should warn you that some of the language he uses is a little harsh, something his wife claims is not at all his usual character. I leave you with one of his more,ummm...."philosophical" mutterings.

"I haven't put on weight. Your eyes are fat."


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Visit

I am going to try to start a new tradition and pick a new blog to visit every Sunday.  I spend way too much not nearly enough time jumping around blogland and I have discovered some fantastic blogs written by some amazingly creative people. 

It's only appropriate that my maiden voyage be to the blog of one of my oldest and dearest friends.  She is a stay at home mom to 3 rambunctious boys.  Lets take a trip to the the land of Amy Short Art....

Amy is a sculptor, painter, photographer and illustrator.  Her drawings of children are simply beautiful.  She does commission work as well.  Here are a few examples of her work (all available for purchase in her Etsy shop)


I suggest you take the time to go over and visit her!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Winter decor

Like many people, once I took all of the Christmas decorations down the house felt empty. There is still a lot of winter left in central NY so I wanted to do something that would help us get through the dreary winter days ahead.  I re-purposed the snowballs I made for my tree along with the leftover snowflakes from my gift wrapping stash.  The addition of some garland and picks that never made it out of the storage totes this year finished it off.  Have a look!

In the first photo you can see the reflection in the window of the 3 larger snowflakes hanging from the light fixture.  I couldn't get a good picture of them.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous new year!