See Ya Later Alligator Easter Basket

When looking for an Easter basket last year, it struck me that there weren’t many options for boys. That might be a bit of a mischaracterization — there were LOTS of baskets, if you were looking for Spiderman’s head or Captain America’s shield or something sports related. (Not casting aspersions at superheroes — I’m a big fan!) But I couldn’t find anything that was cute, without being frilly and obviously intended for the princess set. It took very little effort to DIY something sweet and personalized.

Elliott's Gator-y Easter Basket

Here’s the before — nothing wrong with it, just lacking a bit of imagination.

Elliott's Gator-y Easter Basket, Before

The cute alligator print was from JoAnn Fabrics, as was the basket (40% off coupon!). I don’t have a big technical writeup for making the liner, because I just made a rough match of the liner that the basket came with. I did swap out the ruffles for basic pleats.

Elliott's Gator-y Easter Basket

Little ties to keep everything in place.

Elliott's Gator-y Easter Basket

And what kid doesn’t love having their name emblazoned on everything? I happened to have access to someone else’s embroidery machine at the time, but this could be done just as easily with letters cut out of felt, hand embroidery, or even iron-on letters that you can buy at the craft store.

Elliott's Gator-y Easter Basket

All ready for the Easter bunny!

Elliott's Gator-y Easter Basket

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Wibbly Wobbly Tardis Quilt

What is the perfect gift for a Dr. Who lover? A Tardis quilt. Obviously.

Wibbly Wobbly Tardis Quilt

It was pure dumb luck that I stumbled on to the recently released line of Dr. Who prints at Joann Fabrics right as I was looking for a backing. These daleks did the trick!

Wibbly Wobbly Tardis Quilt

Wibbly Wobbly Tardis Quilt

Pattern: Relatively Dimensional

Fabric: Assorted solids and a Dr. Who print, all from Joann Fabrics, plus a coordinating fat quarter from Spoonflower for the text portions of the quilt

Dimensions: Roughly 50″ x 80″ (but it’s bigger on the inside)

Wibbly Wobbly Tardis Quilt

And from the gag reel of our outdoor photo shoot…

Wibbly Wobbly Tardis Quilt

My husband really does put up with a lot.

A Quilt for Baby Clare

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!

The force is strong with this one…

After weeks of work, our little guy’s nursery is finally complete. And not a moment too soon: I’m due in a week, and we’ve already had one exciting (but baby-less) trip to the hospital. I couldn’t be happier with how it all came together. Without further ado… enjoy zillions of pictures of a tiny nursery in a galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Toy Box from Andrea & Sonny

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Bunting

Star Wars Mobile

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Light Saber Lamp

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Star Wars Nursery

Paint: Martha Stewart Living Driftwood Gray, Home Depot

LED star ceiling kit: Weidamark

Crib: Baby Mod ParkLane

Changing table: IKEA Expedit with drawer and door inserts, legs, and knobs

Dresser: IKEA [discontinued]

Glider: Little Castle Crown Reclining Swivel Glider from Target

Paper lanterns: Plain from Luna Bazaar, Death Star from ThinkGeek [sold out]

Prints: James Hance, aswegoArts Etsy shop, some DIY

Frames: IKEA Ribba, assorted sizes

Mobile: DIY

Bunting: DIY

Quilt: DIY

Crib Skirt: DIY

Boppy Cover: DIY

Upholstered initial: DIY (might make a tutorial for this at some point…)

Changing pad cover / crib sheet: Land of Nod

Light saber lamp: DIY

Closet shelving: Rubbermaid HomeFree series closet kit

Curtains: DIY, fabric from Spoonflower

Under the Sea

I found out recently that the hospital where baby boy will be making his debut offers photography on site to capture a few quality photos before we head home. Usually I’m a huge shutterbug, but it’s a big relief to know that I won’t have to stress about getting a really great photo while we’re there.

The photography service recommends bringing a special blanket of some kind for the photo shoot. I realized that I’d need to throw something together if I didn’t want to bring the R2D2 quilt to the hospital with us. Luckily I had a charm pack, a little bit of backing yardage, solid white and a large enough scrap of batting on hand. I used them to put together this little car seat quilt in a weekend. It’s a great size for a newborn, and will be useful later to tie on to his seat to ward off the winter chill.

Carrier Quilt

Pattern: Sophie Car Seat Quilt (free from the Moda Bake Shop)

Fabric: Moda’s ‘Odyssea’

Carrier Quilt

Along with his first hat, I think it will make for some great pictures.

There is a little embroidered label on the back, but it’s personalized so I won’t share it quite yet. We’re keeping his name under wraps until delivery day!

Carrier Quilt

In other news, the Lizzy House fabric that I had picked out for curtains has had its release date pushed back to January… necessitating a plan B. I searched high and low and finally settled on this molecule print from spoonflower. Not cheap, but I actually like it better than the print I had originally set my heart on.

Curtain Fabric

I’ll be making a roman shade for the nursery’s one window, as well as full length curtains to replace the metal doors on the closet. It will be great to have this last item ticked off of the list for the baby’s room! Can’t wait to share some pictures of the finished nursery.

One for Mom

As I write this, it’s an pleasantly unseasonable 65 degrees here in Philly. Perhaps not the most appropriate day for a scarf post, seeing as how it feels more like April than December! No matter, I’m sure we’ll be in for a chilly blast sometime soon.

Fall Scarf

Yarn: Delphine by Louisa Harding Yarns, 3 skeins

Pattern: An original from the Muskoka Yarn Connection in Bracebridge, Ontario

This is my last ‘travel’ project for the time being, started and finished on flights around the country. Making goodies for the baby is a lot of fun, but I wanted to be sure to make one nice, frivolous thing for myself before I have a whole lot less free time.

Fall Scarf

Looks great with my maternity coat, which is getting a tad snug as I head down the final stretch. I can’t believe there’s only a month left until my due date!

Fall Scarf

Now it’s back to the sewing machine for more nursery projects…

You’ve heard of the Leg Lamp…

How about a light saber lamp?

Light Saber Lamp

Another simple, inexpensive DIY project for the baby’s nursery. The light saber hilt is from my husband’s collection — just a cheapie plastic model. The lamp base is IKEA’s Hemma and the shade is Jara. Total cost? Just under $15.

Light Saber Lamp

This is my favorite kind of project: it doesn’t scream ‘STAR WARS’ on first look, but instead is a more of a subtle nod to the Jedi’s weapon of choice.

Want to make your own? Geek Crafts has a great tutorial on making one yourself. We used it mostly for inspiration and kinda winged the assembly.

In other news, I’ve finally settled on a fabric for the remaining big projects in the room. Current plan is for floor length curtains to replace the closet door, a roman shade for the window, and a simple pleated crib skirt.

72dpi-A-5976-B

The print is ‘Constellation’ by Lizzy House. Isn’t is cute? It’s so new that it hasn’t even been released yet. I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on it. There will be some furious sewing going on in early December so that everything is ready for the bambino’s arrival.