Baby Gifts

My cousin Katie is having a baby, and we went down to her baby shower in Maryland over the weekend. I wanted to make something special for her and the baby, and I decided on a quilt like the one I made for my nephew. This is the second quilt I have ever made, and the nice thing about making a project for the second time is the lessons you learn from the first one. I think it came out great!I love using bright patterns and I picked up some new ones from my favorite fabric store, Make & Mingle, and then added some basic flannel in solid white. I cut the fabric into strips of varying width, then sewed them together until I got to the length I wanted.I used a pale green flannel for the back, so the blanket is nice and cosy. The invitation to the shower asked us to bring a onsie too, so Katie could guess who brought each one, so I made a matching one from the scraps.Here’s the full set with some small bunting that I made from some leftovers.I used the bunting as ribbon on the wrapped gift.It came out really cute and I can’t wait to make another one!

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Yay for April!

We’re definitely experiencing some April showers here in Scranton, and I’m making some really great progress on organizing inside while it’s not so nice outside. April is going to be lots of fun here, with some good Easter desserts, plans for a small vegetable garden on our back porch, more new stuff in my etsy shop, and some good ideas for party favors.

I’m also super excited because spring means that some of my most favorite vegetables are back in season. We’ll be eating tons of asparagus and peas this month, and I’m going to stock up on strawberries for my favorite dessert – strawberry shortcake cupcakes.

 

Planning for the Weekend

I love this quote because it reminds me to be prepared. I can’t go shopping without a list because otherwise I end up with a cart full of food and nothing that I really want. I’m working on getting better at planning my business and my life, making sure that my energy and effort is going towards things I really want to be doing. March has been a really fantastic month for me, and I’m so lucky to get to keep doing the things that I love. All of this is possible because I decided what I really wanted, and now I’m going for it.

There are so many wonderful people on the internet that inspire me to keep doing good things every day. Here are some of my favorite posts from the past week:

DIY Grocery Bag Easter Baskets from ellinée

Pretty Birthday Party from Somewhere Splendid

Cookie Dough Marshmallows from Love & Olive Oil (last time I tried to make marshmallows it was a sticky mess, but these ones look too delicious not to try)

Great, Affordable Furniture Picks from Restored Style (I have my eye on the gray Ikea buffet for our dining room)

Love this Outfit from Kendi Everyday

Peeps Garland

I have been cleaning out my craft room and trying to get it organized, and I had a huge stockpile of colored paper. Since Easter is coming, I decided to make some pretty Peeps garland.

It was pretty easy to make, so I thought I would share the template and how-to, so you can make your own. You just need a few supplies: colored card stock, scissors, an exacto knife, a sharpie, and some 1/8″ ribbon.

Print out this template directly onto the paper.Cut out the individual bunnies.I used 4 different colors, but you could do any colors you like.Once you have a big pile of bunnies, draw on the eyes and nose with a sharpie. It’s fine to have a little bit of variation, real Peeps do too!Then make slits on each ear with your exacto knife.And string the ribbon through the slits, one after another until your garland is as long as you want it to be.

Enjoy your Peeps!

Healthy Snack Treat Boxes

I love making treat boxes for gifts. Usually I buy a bunch of different candy, bake some cookies, and dip some stuff in chocolate and call it a day. Last week I got a call from a client with a challenge – she needed 16 gift boxes full of healthy snacks to give as gifts to people who helped out with her wellness fair.

Luckily we were headed back to Connecticut this weekend for a quick family visit, so I was able to hit up Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods for the treats. I combined the good stuff with some of the packaging supplies I had in my stockpile, and ended up with some really great results.

I think that my favorite part was the granola and muesli – I used clear poly tubes that I originally bought for jellybeans, but they looked pretty good full of the cereals. The chocolate berry granola was especially delicious and it smelled amazing.

I was so excited to deliver these boxes yesterday afternoon and now I have added some new treats and healthy options to my regular assortment of snacks.

New Invitations in the Shop!

I have been working on several new invitation designs in the past few weeks for lots of different parties and weddings. One of my favorites is this pink champagne invite that I originally created for a wedding shower, and also used for a birthday party.

The invitations are now available in my etsy shop, in either shimmer or glossy paper.

Organizing for the Weekend

This weekend is one of the first in a while that we don’t have any travel plans. I’m looking forward to doing some cleaning, organizing and cooking. There are some awesome things that I found on the internet this week that are inspiring me.

– This bathroom from Manhattan Nest is inspiring me to finally paint our bathroom. (I bought dark blue paint in September and have been afraid to use it).
– A paint job makes a boring table amazing on Yellow Brick Home.
Camille Styles starts a series on improving your photo skills.
– A beautiful wall of votives from Teal & Lime.
– The most organized pantry ever from The Social Home.
– I’m totally making these Freezer Chicken Pot Pies from America’s Test Kitchen.