Linen for Lorna

Aren’t these shoes too cute? I love the pleats on the top.

The pattern is here.

Of course she needed a new dress to match the shoes! So its linen for Lorna. Doesn’t she look thrilled?

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Weaving Potholders

Remember these? I do! And I remember always wanting to make more. As with all store-bought craft kits, the supplies run out too quickly.  While at the store a few weeks ago, I saw an inexpensive box of the knit bands. I didn’t realize that the loom was is the expensive box beside it. So, I came home with a bunch of bands and no loom. Stephen to the rescue! He framed 4 – 2x2s and lined the sides with trim nails (the ones with no heads). 18 per side. Eleanor made one potholder and was done. Maybe Henry will like it better. I have plans for it too along the lines of this woven trivet.

Crafty Valentine Ideas for My First Grader

I think I’ll let Eleanor decide what to make her class this year. Happy Picking!

Long-stem roses using egg cartons.

Love bugs

Stick of Gum Butterflies

Sucker Flowers

Heartbreakers (again, so cute!)

Sew felt heart cards

I Got a Crush!

Bento Box Lunch Tote

Eleanor uses boxes for lunch and when I’m creative, it gets prettied-up. I love the idea of cute, well-packed bento boxes. Here are a few of my favorite inspiration blogs for bentos:

I had picked up two cheap Daiso (we are lucky to have one at our mall) bento bags at the beginning of the school year, but they are falling apart already. Here’s her new one made from Ayumi’s tutorial at Pink Penguin.

Swaddling Blanket

A few years ago, I found this sweet, embroidered tea towel at a garage sale for $1.00. I put it away with all my other non-practical linens, and forgot about it. At the time, I bought it to make a framed display for a nursery, or a baby shower gift of some sort. I never thought I’d use it for another of MY babies! I’m so happy I get to! The stitching is so fun. I could gaze at it for hours.

The sampler has 7 different sized alphabets, and well as 30 alphabetic pictures.

I used this tutorial for a swaddle blanket-a self-binding method. It is backed with a light pink flannel that has bright swirls and flowers.

Baby Clothes

I’ve been hanging on to stained or holey t-shirts recently to up-cycle into tights or leggings for Lorna. Dana and Rae taught me all about re-using knits. So here are two simple cotton tops and leggings (from Eleanor’s recycled t shirts).

Another photo of a Baby shower gift I made a year ago: Fancy frock and cloth shoes. My ironing board is covered in this fabric, too!

Baby Quilt for Lorna

It is my tradition to make a baby quilt for each one of my kids. Eleanor’s quilt was the ABC’s in Bears cross-stitched on each square. You can read about that huge undertaking here. Henry’s has appliqued airplanes for the squares. For Lorna, due in a few months, I wanted something simple and vintage. A friend of mine gave me her grandmother’s stash of fabrics from the 80’s, so I combined some of those prints with my own stash.

The front is patchwork squares in blue, red and pink. The back is cream linen with a strip of patchwork off-centered. I machine quilted in the ditch around the squares, because I wanted that old-fashioned puffy square-quilted look. We have a few vintage books laying around, and that type of quilt seems to be the most prominent in baby quilts.