(Photo Credit: Dave Cooper)
When I unpacked all of Jude's old baby items I realized that all the tiny clothes I planned on sewing would quite possibly go unworn. I have so many adorable little things Jude only wore once or twice. So for now the baby clothes sewing is mostly on hold. Of course there was no way I could have a new baby and NOT make him a few things.
First on that list? Swaddle blankets. I have heard nothing but good things about thin oversized gauzey swaddle blankets. Instead of paying a pretty penny for a set of four I decided to create my own custom ones, I must admit I'm pretty happy with the results.
So here we have DIY swaddle blankets four ways. I've included a tutorial for the basic blanket plus details on each design. I hope the baby likes them as much as I do!
Honestly, for me in my current state this is more of a DIY belly butter than a body butter, but it is fabulous for all skin, not just that which is being pulled as tight as a drum. With just three ingredients it couldn't be easier to make and the results are nothing short of divine. That is, if your definition of divine is slathering your body in a rich moisturizer that is 100% natural and smells like freshly baked cookies. I guess I should warn you: use of this product may cause an uncontrollable cookie craving.
I'm pretty sure I don't have to mention that this would make a wonderful shower gift. Oh, and don't forget to whip some up for mom on Mother's Day. Delicious homemade body butter for all! Now for the recipe.
Homemade Body (Belly) Butter
I hope this super simple recipe inspires you to ditch that bottle of lotion with far too many unpronoucable ingredients, or save big bucks by creating your own natural product.
Here's to sweet smelling super soft skin!
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We have entered the (pre)school years where Valentine's Day is a pretty big deal. And while we are still deciding on the perfect notes and treats to hand out, we've got the wardrobe covered. I have wanted to create a freezer paper stencil for years and I finally found the perfect excuse. I also can't believe I waited this long, it's so easy and the results are nothing short of amazing!
I created this hip, not too "cute" arrow design that (sort of) met Jude's approval. He said he didn't want the heart (I added a heartless version to the template download) but then he decided that the heart could shoot lasers at bad guys, so it's pretty much the coolest shirt ever.
Along with the free template I have included some very simple instructions. However, for a very detailed and beautiful freezer paper stenciling tutorial you must check out my friend Sara's blog: Bonzo, Chooch, Mushy & Me.
Valentine T-Shirt Tutorial
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And I'm going to try really hard not to be annoying about it.
For the past few years, I have turned various shades of green reading about all the awesomeness that is Altitude Summit. Each January it seems like all the cool kids are planning and preparing their fabulous outfits and elaborate business cards. While I am far from a cool kid, I decided to stop admiring the spectacle from afar and join in instead.
I'm not going to lie, I am super duper excited to be going. I've got serious packing anxiety, and I've given more than a little thought to my biz cards. But I also plan to go there and be myself. Personality wise, I feel as though I'm smack dab between the bold and bedazzled Alt crowd and the yarn-touting, free-spirits of Squam. Of course, I wish to impress people, but only by being who I am. I'm hoping my two best accessories (a cute baby bump and a quick sense of humor) are enough to help me stand out in the sea of fabulousness.
Despite the nerves, what I am most looking forward to is the chance to hug some of the lovely #creativemamas that have become my online tribe. So while my instagram feed is sure to be oddly full of cute outfits and precious details, know that I'm still the Carla you know and love. Hopefully I'll come back with all kinds of ways to make this space even better. And at the very least, I'll get to be a full-on grown-up independent woman for a few days. A very welcome concept after four years of pretty much non-stop mothering and only ten short weeks before it starts all over with number two!
Wish me luck! And feel free to roll your eyes a few times, we're all friends here.
Ladies and gents here is that tutorial for the DIY pillow sword and shield I promised. I've even thrown in a free pattern for the sword!
Quick note: As I have explained many times, my best creations (mini lounger, shark bag, etc.) are made in a mad dash. It is as if a flurry of inspiration takes over and I simply must figure out how to make something. It's really quite fun, although it leaves no time/energy for step by step pictures and meticulous notes. If I were charging you for this pattern it would have fully digitized pattern pieces and step by step photos. Instead, you get it for free and I will do my best to explain every step. I think it's a pretty fair deal. Plus, I'm only an email (smallfriendly at yahoo) away if have any questions!
All right, let's get crafting!
Update: Full tutorials and free sword pattern HERE!
You didn't think I let Jude's Christmas and birthday pass without at least one mama-made gift did you? Well, to be honest this year I came close. Thank goodness I had the day after Christmas to make his birthday present: a soft sword and pillow shield for my little knight. There will be full tutorials for both items in the very near future. But first, I thought I'd show you just how much he likes his them.
Now, I'm warning you. These weapons may be harmless, but they have the power to turn your sweet little boy ...
... into a fierce warrior.
Bad guys be warned ...
... Knight Jude shows no mercy.
Here's to the magic of make believe.
Don't worry you still have plenty of time to make this adorable crown. Seriously, it takes about ten minutes max. If were cool enough to be hosting a New Year's Eve party I would totally set up a "make your own crown" station - festive fun for kids and adults alike!
Alright, enough chatting, let's get to the tutorial before the clock strikes 2014!
- pipe cleaners, that's it!
Take four pipe cleaners, bend the top of each pipe cleaner into a number: 2 0 1 & 4
Form a crown buy wrapping two or more pipe cleaners around each other to fit your head.
Attach the numbers by twisting the bottom section around your crown.
Optional: add some extra flair with points or spirals, let your creativity run wild.
Ring in the new year with joy and great style!
Happy New Year from my home to yours!