Saturday, September 28, 2013

Evie's Orange Chrysanthemum Headband

Leaves are starting to fall off the trees with the autumn breeze. Mornings are becoming chillier, put-on-a-light-sweater type of chilly. I love it. Pumpkins. Mums. Acorn squash. Cinnamon tea. Apple picking. Today we'll start with an orange chrysanthemum baby headband!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Brick Red Poppies Mustard Yellow Fabric Necklace

I just love this graphic cotton duck fabric of brick red poppies over a soft mustard yellow. I bought it seasons ago without a particular project in mind. Sometimes you find that perfect fabric that you just got to have (you know it'll turn into something beautiful someday!). At one point, it was going to be a pleated purse. Then, it changed into an apron. Then, it stayed in the fabric bin for months. Digging back into things that have been put away for months is like finding money in a winter coat pocket! 

Note: The wood ring didn't end up making it on this necklace. It'll make its debut in another creation!

The fabric necklaces I've been making aren't exclusive to nursing mothers of teething babies. They're fun for anyone! Happy birthday month E! This one's coming to you!

My spunky little helper.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Orange Poppy Blue Fabric Nursing/Teething Necklace

After making the Red and Blue Bird Fabric Nursing/Teething Necklace, I had to make another one with this bold fun bright poppy print! This time I cut the fabric longer and sewed the ends separately at an angle so I didn't need ribbon to make the ties.

The perfect pop of color for our family photo shoot!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Red and Blue Bird Fabric Nursing/Teething Necklace

Little Miss E loves to grab things like my hair, my face, my shirt, or basically anything within her reach while nursing or being carried. Further, everything she can reach, goes into her mouth. Being that the majority of my pre-baby jewelry isn't baby-friendly, I was on the search for alternatives. Some refer to it as "chewlery." Many nursing/teething necklaces also include a wood teething ring as a pendant (look for a future post!).

There are plenty of great tutorials out there so this isn't anything new (just new to me). There are also many beautiful ones sold on Etsy and by other individual businesses. With scrap fabric at home, I made mine based on Skip to My Lou Blog: Bead & Knot Fabric Necklace Tutorial. Things I did differently:

  • double-stitched the fabric tube before turning it right-side-out (to make sure the wood balls will be super secure) 
  • double-stitched the ribbon to the fabric ends
  • used a longer strip of fabric 50" x 4.5" and then adjusted the length by cutting the ends after knotting in the wood balls
  • used nine, unfinished 1 inch diameter wood balls instead of beads (no need for the holes)
  • to prevent the ends of the ribbon from fraying, melt the edge of the ribbon slightly with a lit match

I love this idea of braiding the ends in this tutorial (instead of using ribbon): A Little Bit of Sunshine:make something monday :: teething necklace. May try it for the next necklace!

Note: The necklace is meant to be a mama accessory, not a baby toy. Never let a baby play with the necklace unattended. As far as cleaning the necklace goes, hand wash with a little detergent and air dry.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Honey Pepitas Granola

Granola is such an easy snack to take on the go, to sprinkle on top of yogurt with fresh fruit, to add to cereal or oatmeal. If you don't have the specific ingredients below, make up your own recipe! Add dried fruit if you'd like. Or maybe shredded coconut. Some times I add a happy dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup roasted pepitas (I suppose you could use raw since they'll end up roasted but this is what I had!)
  • 1/2 cup roasted sliced almonds (same note on "roasted" from above)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • pinch of sea salt
Mix all ingredients together in large bowl with wooden spoon. Spread it out in an even layer on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake at 300F for 40-50 minutes, stirring the granola with a wooden spoon every 10 minutes. Granola is done when golden brown and when your kitchen smells like fall. Let tray cool on wire rack. Break up into pieces. Store in airtight container.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Robots and Tutus

I've never been the tutu tulle type of girl. Growing up yes, we played dress-up, yes, we played school (and the kindergarten school picture of me on the wall we referred to as "the President"), yes, we played wizards and dragons (I don't recall any princesses). But the most loved place of our imagination was our version of playing "house." We referred to it as "gypsy" (but in the winter it was called "December"). Inspired by The Boxcar Children series, we were always foraging for food (picking up acorns and wild berries in the forest), building bonfires (pretend, in the basement), and fiercely protecting each other from make-believe villains. Oh the imagination we had! I hope our daughter has the most vivid of imaginations and that we continue to tap into our own imagination to help her explore her beautiful creative world. Maybe she'll love tutus. Maybe she'll love robots. Maybe she'll play with robots in a tutu.

Tutu tutorial inspired by The Ribbon Retreat.
I used 2 x 25 yards of tulle (2 spools) in white and lavender. I cut lengths of 24-26" and alternated between knotting two colors together and each color knotted separately.