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Friday, January 27, 2012

Baby Boy Gift Basket

In addition to the mesh wreath I made for my friend’s new baby boy, you know I couldn’t resist burning up the embroidery machine making some cute gifts for him.  I assembled them all together in a gift basket.


If you never know what to get a new mom or a new baby, I always say stick to the registry.  But since this was my friend’s third baby, there was no registry so I had to wing it.  I always think you can’t go wrong with some basics like a blanket and bath products.  And of course anything personalized!


I found a free download for an in-the-hoop stuffed cow, and it turned out pretty cute, but I’m not sure it would be a best seller in my Etsy shop.  I didn’t take a better photo of it, but I embroidered “Jr.” across the front.


I outfitted him with several onesies, a gown, and some pants.


I couldn’t resist putting this little paw print on the backside!  How cute will a little diapered booty be in that?!


I’m not quite sure about the practicality of boxers for baby boys, but they sure are cute! I’m sure he’ll enjoy lounging around the house in these.


These sets below weren’t in the gift basket, but I had given them a couple weeks ago as shower gifts.  You can find the LSU Tiger Paw set HERE in my Etsy shop.


This was the first opportunity I’ve really had to make baby boy items, I seem to do a lot more things for girls.  So it was fun doing something different and getting a little creative.  But don’t worry, I’ve got plenty of pink and ruffles on the way as another good friend is expecting a baby girl and I went all out putting together a basket for her….coming soon! Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Baby Boy Mesh Wreath

As you probably noticed, poly-mesh wreaths are one of the popular new trends in wreath-making lately.  I had been dying to make one, and I finally got the perfect opportunity for my friend’s newest addition, a baby boy. 

There are lots of tutorials and YouTube videos on how to make these, so I won’t bore you with a step-by-step on how I made it, but I will share a few details.  I purchased a work wreath form like this one:

from Mardi Gras Outlet online and purchased the mesh rolls at Hobby Lobby.  I used two rolls for this wreath.


I went around the wreath once with white and blue mesh layered together and then around once more with just the blue.  So I have about half a roll of white leftover.   I also wove in some coordinating ribbon to give it more color.  The whole project really was quick and easy.  You can fluff and re-arrange as much as you need to. 


I painted this 5x7 canvas with the baby’s name (blurred for privacy) and stats and tied it on with some cute ribbon.


I found this little wooden alligator already painted at Hobby Lobby and just added his initials.

This was the perfect addition to the hospital door when he was born, and then can be displayed either in the baby’s room or on the front door when he gets home! 

I will definitely make another one of these to keep for myself for another occasion.  I really love how they can be customized to any occasion and they really make a bold statement. The possibilities are endless!

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

My “State of the Blog” Address

You may have (or not) noticed that I have pretty much been MIA on this blog for the past few months.  I can come up with all sorts of excuses as to why I haven’t maintained this blog like I did for the first two or three years, but the truth is I just really didn’t have it in me to blog.  It really fell to the last thing on my “to-do” list.  Of course, I have still been reading my long list of favorite blogs and popping in on Facebook and Pinterest, but I haven’t been sharing much here.

I have been struggling lately about what I want to do with this blog, what I want its “purpose” and “message” to be.  I have even thought about just quitting posting altogether.  The blogs I most enjoy reading not only share fun projects, yummy recipes, and useful tips, but also give me a peek into the writer’s life.  So I think I want this blog to become a little more personal in content.  I will still post about whatever home or craft projects I’m working on, what’s new in my Etsy shop, and the occasional recipe or tutorial, but you may also see more personal details and the highs and lows I’m experiencing.  That may consist of long ramblings or short quick posts with just a photo or phrase, who knows!

If you’d like to stick around with me on this journey, I’d love to have you stay on as a follower.  I’ll try to be more regular in my posts, and by “regular” I mean at least once or twice a week!

So, to get started, here are some recent highs…..

LSU beats Georgia to win the 2011 SEC Championship image source


Spending Christmas with our niece & nephew

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Plenty of snuggles with Gidget

and some recent lows….

LSU loses the National Championship to THAT team and THAT coach! BOO, HISS!!

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The San Francisco 49ers Celebrate

The Saints win the NFC South division, but lose to the 49ers in the Playoffs image source

So that’s where I’m at.  Who knows what 2012 has in store for all of us!

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