card making :: popping in by waffle flower

It seems to be that time of the year again where more than a handful of friends (including one of our daughter’s teachers) are expecting babies to arrive anytime soon.  I played around with the “Popping In” stamp and die sets from Waffle Flower Stamps to create a couple of super cute cards, and our…

digital scraps :: from this moment

A digital scrapbook layout – my first in a very long time!  Since she’s been born, I have already accumulated a ton of photos of our daughter.  I know this isn’t a traditional scrapbook layout using real paper and glue, but I’m hoping it’ll get me back into scrapping.  I already have so many ideas…

knitting :: tummy warmer baby sweater

I am in love with this baby sweater pattern!  I found it on Ravelry and decided to try it out since it’s knit in one piece (I hate seaming!) and I liked the look of the buttons on the shoulder.  It’s knit from the top down and the honeycomb pattern along the bottom was easy…

knitting :: baby hat and socks

As you can see, I’ve been on a knitting spree lately.  Thank goodness the carpal tunnel in my wrists has dwindled down enough so that I can get about an hour in before the tingling begins (compared to ten minutes before).  Luckily, too, I managed to find this super easy baby sock pattern that is…

knitting :: first baby sweater

It’s definitely not perfect (don’t even let me get started on pointing out the imperfections) but it’s the first baby sweater I’ve knitted for our anticipated bundle of joy.  It’s my second time working with this pattern after making one earlier this year for a friend’s baby.  I really like how simple the pattern is…

size does matter

In this case, we’re talking about knitting needles and yarn weight.  [Sorry folks if I lead you to believe this was going to be a dirty post.  🙂 ]   Back in the day when I worked at a craft store, I taught a few people how to knit (and a couple of my coworkers at…

benjamin’s album

Part of why I craft is because there is a particular joy in making something for someone else.  I love seeing the excitement on the recipient’s face when I tell them that it was handmade — it makes doing selfless tasks like this uplifting and in some ways inspirational, even if I’m the one doing…

it used to be a tablecloth

Another baby sewing project from the Lotta Jansdotter “Simple Sewing for Baby” book that caught my interest was the wipeable baby bibs made with oilcloth or laminated cotton fabric.  However, I didn’t have any oilcloth or laminated cotton fabric on hand so I thought I would search online to see if I could order a small…

sewing :: first baby dress

For my birthday this year, my super thoughtful husband shopped from my Amazon wish list (have you made one yet?  You should check out their universal registry button.  Awesome.) and bought this Lotta Jansdotter book of patterns for me.  I added it to my wish list the minute we found out we were expecting hoping…

thousand layer cake

This may look like an ordinary cake, and that’s just one of the many things I love about it.  You see, it’s anything but ordinary.  It’s extraordinary.  It’s a fabulous creation.  It was what held the secret of whether we are having a baby boy or baby girl. I hear you, I hear you ……

t minus 3 days and counting

That’s right, just three days to go until Saturday’s show! (Hey, that rhymes!) So I’ve been busy trying to figure out my table set up, printing labels, and of course – making cards! I got a special request to make my “snappy birthday” crab card with a “thanks” message instead, so I got busy tonight…

i *heart* shopping for babies

I love shopping for baby stuff, it’s true! Our friends, Tim & Maryea, welcomed their first born earlier this week (more details and hopefully a pic to post soon!), Meghan Jane – congrats to the new parents!! In preparation for her arrival, I bought this adorable bib and a set of “burp and bum rags”…