It’s a Fun Bucket Kind of Day…

I spent the morning sewing up a bunch of Fun Buckets for a new Honeyflower retail location – the Wenham Children’s Museum!  I’ll have items in their shop for Mother’s Day, so that’s pretty exciting.

I hadn’t sewn Fun Buckets for a while – I had forgotten how much fun they really are!

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They come together pretty quickly, and sell really well – so definitely a bonus there!

This one’s my favorite:

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Which one do you like?

Winter Inspiration

Hello all!  Wow, it’s been a busy 4 months.  November and December was a gigantic push to get out a whole bunch of custom orders for the holidays and preparing for a really successful market at the Wenham Shop and Sip event in early December.  About a week after that, we left for the holidays – headed to Arizona to visit family for 10 days.  And when we returned, my son Griffin turned 1, we had a birthday party – and then…. we were sick for almost the rest of the month!  Flu followed by stomach flu, ugh!  Finally we are better and back to life as we knew it back in October!  Ha!  But through it all, I’ve been keeping quite busy.

I’ve been working on a quilt for a good friend of mine’s daughter.  When her daughter was a newborn, I made her a quilt as a gift.  She loved it so much that I’m making her a big girl quilt, based on this pattern.

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Given our ‘state’ over the last month, there has been lots of fits and starts and most recently I ran out of the solid Kona snow background that I was using.  So, while I was waiting for more fabric to arrive, I thought I’d take a little inspiration break and make something fresh.

I’ve been enjoying watching the online quilt along for the Scrappy Trip Along.  Instagram has 100’s of photos of this quilt-along, and I couldn’t resist joining in the fun.  I thought I’d start by first making a block and sure enough – I realized what all the hype was.  What fun!  I knew I didn’t have the time to make a full quilt, so I thought some redecorating was necessary.

Remember this quilt?  Oh how I love this quilt.  It is, like I knew it would be, a favorite. Super warm and snuggly, perfect for cold nights in front of the fire knitting.  Our living room was instantly cheered by the bright colors and fun prints on this quilt, I thought doing pillows to match would be a perfect, small project for this quilt-along.  I made a couple of blocks, and added some white sashing and my precious  yarn-dyed essex linen.  It’s a super simple pocket pillow design, no zippers, no frills.  But I’m super happy with the results.

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So now, I’m back on finishing up the bunting quilt.  Can’t wait to see the finished results on that one!

In other news, I now have labels, yay!  Totally love them.  They are easy to sew in and just what I hoped for.  Really happy with the results from this company.

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And that’s all for now!  Lots of work to do.  Hope you all are finding your own winter inspiration to help pass these dark, cold days of winter.

First Day of Summer Quilt and Product Updates

 

 

My first inspiration for the First Day of Summer Quilt came last June (of 2011) when we found out we were having a baby boy.  It was a really great excuse to buy new fabric – so I found an awesome 100% organic cotton fat quarter bundle from Birch Fabrics – their circa 60 Beach Mod by Monaluna.  It was love at first sight.  How can you go wrong with trees, surf boards, tents, ducks, guitars and polka dots all together in awesome shades of teal, brown, orange and yellow?  You absolutely cannot.  I hoarded the bundle for a long time (as you can see), and finally after I signed up my first Farmer’s Market, it became time to cut in to that gorgeous stack of fabric.  I really loved the quilt I did for little Finn (I never did a proper blog post because I was too busy being pregnant- the nerve!), it was simple but really showed off the mix of fabrics nicely.  So I decided on another of the same pattern, a good way to get me back into the groove of quilting since my hiatus after having the baby.  This quilt was a blast to make.  Every print I just adore, and they all go so nicely together.  The back is an uneven split of brown and yellow, with a strip of squares of the various prints in the middle, and quilted with straight lines, binded with a Joel Dewberry fabric.  This quilt shouts summer – so how fitting that I finished it on the first day of summer.  I am in love… hard to sell it but it is up for sale, and will be available to purchase at the Farmer’s Market this Sunday, July 29.  It’s a mix of just plain old awesome cotton, with 100% organic cotton and has a light cotton batting.  The dimensions are crib sized at 40″x50″ but could make a great lap throw. I am always using Finn’s to cuddle under while he’s falling asleep in his crib.

 

 

In other news, I’ll have other non-baby product this weekend at the farmer’s market – thought I might capture a larger audience.  I’ll be selling iPad cases – double lined with cotton batting and with fun exterior fabric combinations.  I’ll have cotton laminated zipper pouches – perfect for anything, really – and made out super fun fabric prints with coordinating zippers.  Must have.  I also  have some simple snap pouches, which would be perfect for your phone, camera or sunglasses.  They are lined with cotton batting so will actually protect what goes in them.  And my latest baby product addition are some cuffed pants made out of fun fabrics, like these (I made these for baby Finn):

 

They are super fun and have simple cuffs that roll up at the bottom.  I have one size available – 12 months.  But I’ll take any custom orders, so make a list!  And… the usuals – Fun Buckets, Sun Hats, Grab n’ Go change kits, bib/burp cloth sets, tag blankets, wet bags, project/toy bags… etc.  Fun stuff, and something for everyone.  Come and visit on Sunday from 9-1!

 

First Farmer’s Market a Success!

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us at our first Farmer’s Market!  It was a huge success, we had a great time and made some new friends!  I’ll be updating product information over the coming weeks –  but please don’t hesitate to contact me if you saw something you liked but didn’t purchase it.  All my product is available anytime, and I’m happy to do custom orders.  I’m local (in Newburyport) and willing to ship anywhere.

We’ll be away on vacation for a week in early July (Finn’s first camping trip) but I’ll have my etsy shop up and running by the middle of the month and you can browse items there as well.

Thanks again for making our day a success!  Baby Finn had a great time meeting you all (and now he’s fast asleep).

 

 

 

I won’t be *that* mom anymore…

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to be ‘that’ mom that is forgetting stuff.  Like, for example – the first visit to the pediatrician’s office when Finn was 4 days old.  We showed up, they stripped him down naked, weighed him and then Alex and I looked at each other realizing our predicament.  The thought hadn’t even crossed our minds until that moment to actually bring the diaper bag WITH us.  It was fully packed and sitting nicely at home, us clueless about its purpose.  But at that moment, it dawned on us.  Diaper bags are for moments like these!  Wow, genius.  The second visit we did manage to get the diaper bag to the car, but sadly it did not make it to the office and the doctors and nurses got quite a kick out of our naiveté.  It didn’t stop there for me.  I always seemed to be running late, which meant Finn (who was born New Year’s Day) was constantly underdressed during his winter outings.  His jacket was often unzipped (mine was too) and I’d be sprinting into La Leche meetings an hour late, with a screaming, hungry baby and all the other moms would have their babies on their backs (or tummies -imagine that!) cooing and purring on their cute little play mats, or nursing contentedly while Finn gagged on his milk.  I was lucky to remember a burp cloth.  And my baby spits up ALL the time.  Yet still there never seems to be a cloth available when I need it.  Despite the fact that I make the darn things by the 100’s  (exaggeration).  But I persevered and still left the house mostly every day with my little boy, for walks in the woods, trips to Walmart (of all places (!!), but it was close and had baby supplies that I desperately needed, and heck – it was an outing, right?), and walks in the park with the dog.  I can’t even tell you how many blow outs, forgotten diapers, jackets, burp cloths that occurred on those outings, but it’s the effort that counts.

And Finn is now almost 6 months and I am STILL that mom.  Like last week, for example.  I am rushing to meet our little playgroup at the park, and grabbing things, throwing them in the stroller, my purse, which is jammed full of toys, diapers, wipes, wallet, phone.  I manage to get a water bottle, strap the baby in, tie the dog’s leash to my waist (I do manage to grab a poop bag for the dog!) and rush out the door.  The second I get to the park and meet up with the other half dozen moms who are kindly waiting for me, I notice Finn has a giant wet spot on his pants.  And it’s not just drool.  The poor kid had a massive blowout from the time it took to get from the house to the park (approximately 10 minutes).  And then it dawns on me, I do not have a change of clothes.  I picked them up before I left the house, but they never made it into the bag.  So, I change Finn’s diaper and start to load him in the stroller without anything but a diaper and fortunately one of the other mom’s offers me a clean change of clothes for the baby.  I swear I’m the only one that manages to forget these things!  Fortunately my mom friends are some seriously together ladies so I can count on them in those moments.  But I’d really like to not be THAT mom anymore.  So … I think I’ve solved my problem.  At least the remembering most of the baby supplies part.  The late/rushing part I think will perpetually be a problem for me.  One of those, I try to do too much in a day things, I think.

This here is a changing pad, and it carries diapers, wipes and a change of clothes – and a few other things, I would imagine, if you crammed them in the pockets.  The little elastic around the button means that it will stretch really nicely.  And I can just grab it, throw it in the stroller and GO, or just leave it there, novel!  Check it out:

I’m pretty happy about this little thing.  Really hoping it makes life a little easier.  I said to Alex the other day – you know – I make all these cool baby items, yet never make any for myself!  Well, I took care of that, didn’t I?

In other news, prep for the market on Sunday is going awesome.  I took a vacation day from work today (only 2 more days at my job!!) to get some work done.  I’ve taken 3 breaks since 9AM – twice to pump and once to eat.  It’s an extremely hot day out so I don’t feel too guilty not getting outside today.  Finn went to daycare – I needed to focus 100% of my energy on finishing up my work.  I’m close, I just need to do the quilting on 2 quilts and the binding.  That should be pretty doable by Sunday.

I made a bunch of wet bags this afternoon – loving the fabric.

But before I finished these guys, I had a major pinning mistake.  Guess that’s what late night pinning will get you.  Had to redo it all (glad I noticed after the first one!):

But my stash is growing, yay!  Almost there.  Super excited about Sunday – regardless of whether I sell anything or not.  At least I’ll have a good inventory!

Enjoy the rest of your week all, hope you have fun plans for the weekend!  If you’re in Newburyport, stop in for a visit on Sunday.