Bugging Out

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I had the bad luck of being sick this week-end. It was one of those bugs where you feel your limbs are lethargic with fatigue and soreness. I put myself under quarantine and stayed in for most of the week-end, but as a result, needed something to keep me from going stir-crazy.

Ever since I stumbled across this tutorial for DIY children’s hair clips, I’ve been secretly planning on my own version of this. I had come across this really cute tutorial here and had actually tried out the roses in this previous post, but I thought the rose was too big for my daughter at this time.

IMG_4951I had seen a bunch of different ideas of felt hair clips being sold on amazon.com or zulily.com. For those of you who don’t know, zulily.com is an online retailer that has daily sample sales of children’s or maternity related clothing, accessories, and gear for discounted prices. Seeing all the different possibilities inspired me to make my own spin off of the felt hair clip.

I decided to make a ladybug hair clips. My daughter really loves seeing pictures of ladybugs and gets very excited to point them out so I thought they would be especially cute and meaningful for her. I started with some small hair clips that I purchased from the local drugstore (not the adult size, but the smaller children’s size) and some felt I had leftover from all of my previous felt crafts.

IMG_4945I hand stitched the black spots of the ladybug, the shell on the pink body, and used two french knots for the ladybug eyes. I think these turned out quite cute, and my daughter, who hates anything in her hair, actually let me clip them in her hair and wear them for a morning. These were very easy to make and took about an hour each. I would encourage anyone to try this as a simple and quick craft, and I can’t wait to see what else I can make!  What do you think?

Come Fly With Me

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Don’t you hate how you always think you have more time than you do and put things off until you have no time at all?  Last year felt like that.  Well, starting the new year with a bang, it’s time to get crafting!

I haven’t made hats in a while so getting back into it, I was surprised how quickly they went. I’ve been focusing a lot on trying different things lately that I’d almost forgotten the project that began my blogging journey! You may recognize this adorable little aviator from my previous post. This time, I made this for a toddler. Our very good friend who had a baby boy grew out of the booties I made him so he didn’t get to enjoy them for the cold weather! What a big boy, they just grow so fast, don’t then?

This is the first time that I’ve give one baby two gifts so it took a little time for me to figure out what to get him as a second gift.  I settled on the aviator because it’s super cute and I love the simplicity for him.  He’s such a good-natured baby, always smiling and happy.  I just love watching him get super-excited and pump his chubby little legs up and down in the air!  There’s nothing quite so pure and beautiful as the sheer joy and excitement of baby when he’s happy.  I guess that’s one of the reasons I got into all of this crafting.  The idea of the looks of wonder on these adorable little kiddie’s faces as they see something new and exciting for the first time, even if I’m not there to witness it, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (I can’t believe how sappy I’m sounding…. and I used to pride myself on my New York cynicism!  Hahaha… joke’s on me I guess!)

Well little boy, I hope that you don’t grow too quickly out of this gift.  Remember, you’re only young once and I’m sure your mommy and daddy would love for you to stay young just a little longer!

All that glitters, sparkles

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Happy New Year Everyone!!!  Well this is a LONG overdue post!  My daughter had the honor of being in her first wedding at 18 months old! Her uncle was getting married and asked if she would be the flower girl. What an honor!

Now, we were very busy during this time, so squeezing in time to find a dress for the wedding was a challenge, The wedding colors were purple and grey. We found an absolutely adorable dress, but it was not quite the right colors, so I had to cross my fingers that when it arrived, I would be able to modify it to work.  I ordered this dress off of Gilt.com.  For those of you who don’t know, gilt.com is a designer sample sale website that has sales every day on clothing, accessories, and home goods for men, women and children.  I’ve found a lot of great things on Gilt at discounted prices.

We ordered this dress off of Gilt.com and it took FOREVER for it to arrive!  I must have ordered this almost 2 months in advance!  I waited and waited and finally, a mere 1.5 weeks before the wedding, it showed up on our doorstep.  Talk about cutting it close!  When I got the dress, I eagerly opened it to see what kind of monster modification we were talking about.  Well, I was a little out of luck.  I had gotten some purple ribbon that matched the wedding colors and was hoping that the sash on the dress was not going to be difficult to swap out.  It turns out, it was sewn into the dress on the sides, as well as at the empire waist.  I ended up having to disassemble the entire skirt off of the dress and carefully pull out the sash so that I could insert the new sash of the correct color.  It was, thankfully, a fairly quick process (it probably helped that it was a very little dress.. haha…)

I ended up using a shortcut by using a 2″ thick purple ribbon, sewn together and turned inside out so you didn’t see the edging of the ribbon (the real dress sash was made out of a satin material).  Now, I’m no expert seamstress by any means, so I was a little nervous about modifying this thing.  I’m glad that it turned out okay.  I think the most fun I had was making the rosette for the sash.  I followed this tutorial.  It was super-easy and got me thinking that I’ll have to make more of these things!

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Here is a photo of the dress before the modification:

I’m really happy with the result and my daughter literally sparkled in the dress.  I was able to round off the look with silver sparkle tights from baby gap and an adorable flower basket courtesy of the bride and groom.  Thanks guys for a beautiful wedding!