A Shibori-ing Afternoon

What do you do on a hot summer day in France…Shibori of course!

My friend Tara convinced me to try this Japanese dyeing technique with her. We’re hooked! We did some onesies, various sheets cut for pillow cases, a summer kimono-like wrap and a picnic blanket. I won’t bore you with the details of how it’s done as the post here explains it all perfectly and even links to the exact product we used. There are just a few tips we would give and that’s buy thick rubber gloves or else you’ll have a Smurf hand like I do, and be patient with your folding and rubber-banding as that’s where the magic happens. I have to say taking them apart to see the patterns it creates is like waking up on Christmas morning. Check out our creations…

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Holiday Cards 2014

This year everyone in the family had a hand (or should I say thumb) in making our cards. We turned our thumbprints into little reindeer; I stamped a little message, embossed it with glitter embossing powder; and used a punch to scallop the edges. Here’s to a very merry 2015!

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Embroidered Heart on Canvas

Heart

When I was planning my daughter’s room I knew I wanted to add a few things that I made myself, but since I really didn’t have the patience during my pregnancy to make something big like a blanket I decided to craft a few smaller items. One of those is the embroidered heart featured above, which came from an idea I saw here.

What you need:

  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle (I recommend investing in a tool to thread the needle as you will be threading a lot)
  • Printed design
  • Scotch tape

How I made it:

  1. Paint the canvas the color of your choice
  2. Print out your design in the size you want and tape it to your canvas
  3. Using a split stitch (video here) outline your design (I’ve never embroidered in my life and found this easy). Then once you’ve finished, the paper you taped to your canvas will be perforated and will easily tear away from the canvas.
  4. Using a satin stitch (video here) fill in your heart
  5. Add a cute message on the back

I found it to be an easy project that I can see myself doing again with another design, possibly a monogram.

Baby Journal

When I first learned I was pregnant I knew I wanted to document my pregnancy in the form of a journal, which I thought would make a nice gift to my daughter when she got pregnant. So, I found the journal my sister-in-law gave me a few birthday’s ago that I had tucked away and began writing on the very first day the doctor told us we were expecting.

Baby Journal

{The journal (from Anthrophology), which I try to write in as much as possible with how we both are doing; what I’m thinking/feeling at the moment; and helpful tips for when she’s pregnant}

Baby Journal

{This is the beginning of the journal, which has a great little pouch. I inserted some photos and a CD my husband and I created of songs for her. We thought it would be neat 30 or so years from now for her to hear what we liked back when she was born.}

Baby Journal

{I’ve added photos from her ultrasounds and mounted them with washi tape}

Baby Journal

{Some more photos of my husband working on her room and one of us, which we took for our graphic designer who created a super awesome birth announcement for us (I’ll share that when she arrives)}

Baby Journal

{Photos of the baby bump at 7 months}

I’m was 30 days away from her due date yesterday and am now in the process of providing her with 30 thoughts on pregnancy, parenting and petite life lessons. I still have quite a few pages left, so I plan on documenting her milestones as well instead of buying a separate baby book. We’re over the moon waiting for her arrival! In the meantime, happy journaling….