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It’s always an adventure exploring fandoms in diaper cake form, so I was excited to tackle a World of Warcraft themed cake for a friend whose wife is expecting their first baby this month. I kept it fairly small and simple, and hoped that he would ‘get’  it, even if no one else at the shower did. It was a hit!

World of Warcraft Diaper Cake

Like our Star Wars nursery and the Harry Potter diaper cake that I made a few years ago, I didn’t have much luck finding WoW baby items, so I made do with some DIY instead. Knowing nothing about this game meant that lots of research was required, from funny bib ideas right down to the exact fonts used in the game.

I used my embroidery machine digitize fonts and logos to make three custom bibs. Unfortunately I was in a rush and didn’t get a chance to take pictures before it was assembled. The first was a twist on the ubiquitous “Green Linen Shirt” available in the game.

World of Warcraft Diaper Cake

The second reads “Home is where the hearthstone is.”

World of Warcraft Diaper Cake

And lastly, “For the horde”!

World of Warcraft Diaper Cake

The plush murloc (an in-game baddie) was an eBay purchase. You really can find anything on the internet these days! Washcloth lollipops and travel sized toiletries rounded out the cake.

World of Warcraft Diaper Cake

Cellophane and a custom gift tag completed the presentation.

World of Warcraft Diaper Cake

Come one, come all!

People aren’t kidding when they say your child’s first year flies by. I feel like we just brought our baby boy home, but last weekend we celebrated his first birthday!

Any and all party planning credit needs to be split with Pinterest. I pinned the stuffing out of this party.

First up we have the birthday boy as a ringmaster, greeting guests at the door.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

Here’s the most finished shot I have of the party spread. Too busy enjoying myself to get a final picture! The canopy is from IKEA (MYSIG), as is the red striped fabric (SOFIA).

Elliott's Circus Birthday

The banner is made from scrapbook paper, white cardstock, and ribbon.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

Staples transformed raffle tickets into a festive chain garland.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

The marquee number one is made from posterboard, foam core board, and string lights that I already had. 

Elliott's Circus Birthday

I’m so happy with how the decorations turned out! Lots time spent during naps and after Elliott’s bedtime brought it all together.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

My mother in law made this beautiful and delicious cake for the occasion. I was blown away! Can you believe it was her first time ever working with fondant?

Elliott's Circus Birthday

These yellow carnation “popcorn” arrangements were one of my favorite details.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

Paper straws and daisy lids transformed canning jars I had on hand into glasses for the pineapple lemonade punch.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

The popcorn maker was borrowed from my parents. I made a mini popcorn bar with candy and savory snacks to mix in. Word to the wise – use coconut oil. It tastes like it came right out of a theater bucket!

Elliott's Circus Birthday

Popping action!

Elliott's Circus Birthday

I ran paper bags through our printer to make custom popcorn bags. Still can’t believe that worked! I was sure this was going to be a failed project.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

There’s chalkboard inspiration to be found all over Pinterest. Here’s my attempt, with black foam core board and metallic markers.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

Paired with polka dot balloons!

Elliott's Circus Birthday

I bought some circus-y clipart on Etsy and blew it up for decorations. Printed on cardstock, trimmed, and mounted on polka dot cardstock.

Elliott's Circus Birthday 

Elliott's Circus Birthday

I used the same clipart (and a Husqvarna Designer SE) to embroider a custom onesie for Elliott. The buttons and bowtie are repurposed from a teeny tiny tux he wore at four months to a black tie event.

Simple hand sewing is about the only thing I have energy for today #sickdaysewing

I think he looked smashing! And not just because he adorably slathered himself in cake.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

I even made a little party hat, which was soundly rejected by the guest of honor.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

Here’s the $2 photo booth backdrop I made from crepe paper and painter’s tape.

Elliott's Circus Birthday

We took photos with a camera on a tripod, and I used PhotoFunia’s photo booth tool to make the authentic-looking strips below.

Elliott's Circus Birthday Elliott's Circus Birthday Elliott's Circus Birthday

Elliott's Circus Birthday Elliott's Circus Birthday

All in all, a wonderful day with wonderful people. Happy birthday, Elliott!

These days I’m happy to be busy mom-ing, but every now and then I get the chance to indulge in something crafty… mostly during naps and after bedtime! I managed to find time to make E his first Halloween costume this year.

My husband was good enough to make it a group costume! They went as Seymour and Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.

Audrey II & Seymour

For the body of the costume, I used a pair of pajamas that fits as a rough pattern. Everything is made of fleece.

Audrey II & Seymour

For the hat, I used McCall’s #6812 to start, then added leaves, lips, teeth, gums, and an elastic chin strap to help keep it on his little noggin.

Audrey II & Seymour

Inner workings of the hat.

Audrey II & Seymour

The treat bag is made from felt and decorated it with a fabric marker.

Audrey II & Seymour

E was a great sport walking around to a few neighbors. Mostly he got a kick out of hanging onto fun sized candy bars.

Audrey II & Seymour

Between the thrift store sweater vest, dollar store glasses, and fleece for the baby’s costume, we only spent around $25.

Audrey II & Seymour Audrey II & Seymour

Boo!

It was July 2nd when I realized our little guy didn’t have a thing to wear on Independence Day. A quick trip for supplies, some craft time after his bedtime, and soon he had some custom threads to celebrate the birth of our nation.

Fourth of July Onesie

I cut into some freezer paper that’s been hanging around for years for the very first time. Kind of embarrassing!

I traced the design from Word the old fashioned way.Fourth of July Onesie

It took a lot of trimming to get it all cut out!

Fourth of July Onesie

A quick iron, and we were ready for paint. I used Tulip’s ‘Soft’ fabric paint.

Fourth of July Onesie

First blue…

Fourth of July Onesie

Then white… then overnight to dry. The stencil peeled off without any problems, and after a few quick touch ups, it was ready to wear.

Fourth of July Onesie

Of course, any craft project is improved with a pint-sized model.

Fourth of July Onesie

Especially a smiley one!

Fourth of July Onesie

A Quilt for Clare

[Yes that’s a quilt on a quilt. Kind of like sewing Inception.]

A coworker and his wife welcomed a baby girl on Valentine’s Day, and I wanted to make them a little quilt as a gift. Unfortunately, I think I may have overestimated my post-baby free time… This quilt, which I would normally be able to crank out in a weekend, was completed in fits and starts over about eight weeks. So glad to finally put the last stitch in!

A Quilt for Clare

Materials: Front – charm pack of ‘Good Fortune’ by Kate Spain, white quilter’s cotton; Back – ‘Farmdale Blossom’ by Alexander Henry, selections from solids charm pack; Binding – grey quilter’s cotton

A Quilt for Clare

A Quilt for Clare

It’s always fun to personalize, especially when you get to use a Husqvarna Viking for the appliqué. Unfortunately, it was only borrowed. Sort of like renting a Ferrari for the weekend. That machine is a-ma-zing! Fortunately it’s my mom’s, so I have the opportunity to borrow it from time to time…

A Quilt for Clare

Since babies are pretty much the best photo prop, here are a few shots of E doing some rigorous quality testing. Thanks, boo.

A Quilt for Clare

A Quilt for Clare

Now I’m set to make a quilt for E… nap-willing, of course. I’m thinking about a more involved version of my train quilt, with a lot of fussy cutting and a circus theme. By my calculations (zero free time – two broken machines + need to buy a new one) it should be complete roughly in time for his high school graduation!

I’ve never been so happy to have no time to sew :)

Boy Oh Boy!

He’s here! Our incredible, adorable son arrived on January 14th, and I’ve been happily ensconced in Mommy-dom since then. Here are a few pictures of him donning some handmade duds — including his first piece of clothing ever, as he got cleaned up for his big debut.

Crafty + Baby

It’s tiring work, being born!

Baby + Crafty

All the nurses loved his dino hat…

Baby + Crafty

Ignore the wet hair in this shot. On the positive side, it’s proof that I got a shower that day!

Baby + Crafty

It’s been almost seven weeks, and I finally had time this weekend to pick up a crochet hook again. My first project was finishing up these booties that I started a few months ago. They had been languishing half-finished in my sewing room for quite some time, and I wanted to finish them up before he outgrows them!

Crocheted Lion  Booties

Pattern: Lion House Slippers by TwoGirlsPatterns on Etsy

Crocheted Lion  Booties

Crocheted Lion  Booties

Crocheted Lion  Booties

I’m enjoying the peace and quiet as he naps, so no modeled shots for now…

First FO of 2013

I found myself overdue and without anything to do this past Sunday, so I finished up a quilt whose top was completed back in June of 2011. If not for flickr, I would have deluded myself into thinking that I started this quilt sometime last year.

Finished Hope Valley Quilt

Here’s my original post on this quilt, which goes into detail about the pattern and the modifications I used.

Finished Hope Valley Quilt

I finished it up with a scrap of batting and an IKEA sheet for the back and binding. To keep it as simple as possible, I opted for quick and easy all over stippling. I had toyed with the idea of straight line quilting, but I’m just a sucker for the warm, crinkly, inviting look of free motion.

Finished Hope Valley Quilt

The best quilt pictures always have excellent models. Fortunately, Leela was happy to oblige.

Finished Hope Valley Quilt, Modeled

Finished Hope Valley Quilt, Modeled

Finished Hope Valley Quilt, Modeled

Finished Hope Valley Quilt, Modeled

Still on baby watch… but the silver lining is that it gave me the opportunity to squeeze one last quilt in under the offspring deadline!

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