Modern Folksy Bunny 2017 Sewing Kit

Modern Folksy Bunny 2017 Sewing Kit

  I can’t resist making Modern Folksy Bunny Sewing Kits!  It’s something I look forward to every spring.  My youngest, Marion, loves the Peter Rabbit stories.  My others were only moderately interested but she loves them.  Something about being naughty I think!  Although she is interested in the stories about Peter, Benjamin, (and that very naughty Squirel Nutkin), she likes how the very sweet Flopsy Mopsy and Cottontail look.  She always wants me to stop and admire their pretty pink shawls and sweet innocent faces.  So, this year I decided to change up the modern Folksy Bunny and give it a new look inspired by those sweet sisters of the more famous Peter Rabbit.   I changed the regular Modern Folksy Bunny Pattern quite a bit to create this version.  First, I changed the shape of the head by moving the dart to the center.  Then I made both ears face forward and created this sweet little face.  There is something so special about embroidering little faces and it really takes your handmade projects to the next level.  From a simple afternoon project to a family heirloom in my opinion!  In the altered pattern you get with this kit,  I provide lots of instruction (including links to very helpful video tutorials) to insure that you are successful at the embroidery.  No need to feel intimidated if you have never done embroidery before.  It is easier than you think and you will probably find that you love it. The shawl is also a new creation and it adds a special touch for sure.  My girl loves playing and dressing her bunny with the shawl!  I think I will make her a few more so she can change it up.  It is a quick and easy sew with the pattern pieces included in the kit.   It took a lot of trails to get this shawl just right, but it was worth it since the fit is so nice 🙂 Although I originally wanted to use linen, I decided to use this lovely Robert Kaufman Essex Linen Blend instead and I think it’s a better choice.  The essex blend gives the pretty look of linen (and is part linen!) but is much easier to sew with.  The pink shawl fabric is Art Gallery fabric and has that wonderful “art gallery feel.”  The fabric is smooth and easy to sew with, and has a lovely bright pink color and delicate white pattern.    The kit not only includes the fabrics, you will also receive yarn for the tail, interfacing for the ears,  and the embroidery floss for the bunny face.  Visit my shop to get your Modern Folksy Bunny Spring 2017 Kit...

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Sara sews an elephant and 24 hours left to enter!

Sara sews an elephant and 24 hours left to enter!

Sara Soares of Made by Sara is a talented sewer and makes the most beautiful children’s clothes!  She just had her 4th baby (a little boy!) and wanted to make his first made by mama gift.  She chose the Lucky the Elephant pattern. Sara made him at 75% size (better for little hands!), added a rattle while stuffing and made a grabby t-shirt tail (you have to visit her blog to see it!). Less than 24 hours are left to enter the Week 1 giveaway of the Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series!  Up for grabs is FIVE  C&T publishing books! Including my book, Sewing to Sell!  This set of books will keep you inspired for a long time! a Rafflecopter giveaway Next week will start out with my friend Kristy of Sweet KM and a brand new Giveaway!  YAY!  I can’t wait to share it with...

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Baby Announcement Quilted Fabric Frame

Baby Announcement Quilted Fabric Frame

I made a few of these cute birth announcements to send to family and friends when Marion was born.  Almost 4 years ago!  I kept one for myself to do something pretty with, but it just ended up stuck in the baby book with all the other STUFF.  When I was thinking about how to use the new quilted fabric frame pattern, I realized this would be the perfect little piece to frame for her bedroom!  It turned out so cute. You can see the simple quilting and the way the frame hangs nicely.  The fabric is the out to sea line by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller.  Baby announcements and narwhals?  yes please! This is a very simple and quick version of the quilted fabric frame.  No fuss with patchwork or trim!  I simply added grosgrain ribbon to the top as I sewed the 2 sides together.  I used about 18” (a total of 36”) for each side and it made a pretty bow. I didn’t center the zipper as well as I should have in the back!  Oh well- it still works fine for me 🙂  The zipper I had available was too short to use the way I describe in the pattern, so I used this method to lengthen it.  It add a little time but helps you to be more flexible in using up your supplies you have on hand.  I am all about using what you already have in the sewing supply stash! There you have it!  Another cute version of the Quilted Fabric Frame.  This is also framing a 4” x 6” announcement instead of the 5” x 7” photos that I used to make the pattern instructions.  No worries!  Changing the size of the frame is very simple and described in the pattern also.    ...

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Sew Fabulous Norah Dress from the Sew Fab Bundle Sale!

Sew Fabulous Norah Dress from the Sew Fab Bundle Sale!

I sewed up the Norah Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House for Miss Marion and she looks so so sweet!  This pattern is another great one in the Sew Fab Bundle.  I loved how easily it came together and how nice it looks on my girl. Since the Norah Dress is a simple A line, the assembly was very straight forward.  The collar and sleeves came together beautifully!  I was pretty relieved not to have to do any skirt gathering! The dress is lined only on the top which was really nice for the finish but kept it from being too heavy as fully lined dresses can sometime become.  Also, the back closure is a simple button and loop which looked great!  I can finally do a decent button hole but appreciate avoiding the process if possible! I added 2 little white buttons under the collar fo some extra interest since my dress fabric was so simple.  I love how sweet and nostalgic this turned out!  The norah dress is a wonderful staple to have in your patterncollection.  It doesn’t use too much fabric, it’s easy to assemble, and it produces a lovely dress.  Hurrah! Only 2 days left to get your Sew fab Bundle!  Visit my original blog post about the Sew Fab Sale to get all the details and enter for your chance to win the Sew Fab Giveaway!   The Sew Fab sale is an affiliate program.  I recieve a portion of all sale made through my website.  Thank you so much for your...

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Nigh Nigh Time… Doll, Carrier & Blankie for Sew Fab Sale

Nigh Nigh Time…  Doll, Carrier & Blankie for Sew Fab Sale

Another adorable pattern that is part of the Sew Fab Bundle is this Doll, Carrier & Blankie from Patchwork Posse.  This pattern called out to me and said “Gingercake must sew this!”  and I loved it. I used some Get Together fabric by David Walker for the baby body and AnnKelle fabrics for the handles, blanket and carrier.  It was really easy to add the pom poms and I think it made a really cute addition! Little Miss Marion loves it too.  She immediately picked up the baby and said “nigh nigh baby” and cuddled it to her shoulder.  She is a baby doll lover already.  Her oldest sister was the same way- all about the baby dolls.  Her other sister is more into things like her new robot (but that is a whole other story!). Marion immediatley took the blanket off and pushed it back on and held the baby and then put the baby back in the carrier again.  And round and round like all 18 month olds, right?  I had to gently sneak it away from her though because this baby was actually a gift to a super sweet 1 year old cousin.  I will happily make my baby another one though! My favorite part of making this was sewing that sweet face.  The sew fab sale is still going strong!  Check out my original blog post with the info on all the patterns and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the...

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TooSweets Tulip Pinafore for the Sew Fab Pattern Sale

TooSweets Tulip Pinafore for the Sew Fab Pattern Sale

This simple and sweet pattern is part of the Sew fab pattern bundle that I am promoting this week.  Read all about the bundle details here.  I really loved making this fun (I learned some new tricks too!) and easy pattern.  I made it during a naptime with extra time to spare… TooSweets did a great job designing this pattern.  It is simple and straightforward and I love Miss Marion's new top! This is just one of the several things I sewed from the bundle that I will be sharing this week!  I used Leah Duncan's Tule line from Art Gallery fabrics.  Art Gallery fabrics are wonderful for garmet clothing since they are lighter and softer than many of the quilting cottons out there. It was really fun to make this fully lined garmet that involved not one bit of hand sewing!  Well, with the exception of the button, but you could do a snap and completely avoid getting out your needle and thread.  That is one problem with lined garmets for me- having to handsew in that lining to get a nice finish is always a drag, right? And, she's running out the door!  Obviously the end of our photo shoot 🙂 Get your sew fab bundles while they last! AND- don't miss out on those amazing...

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Making Lemonade from a Lemon: Baby Bloomers

Making Lemonade from a Lemon:  Baby Bloomers

Yesterday's bubble dress has a back story.  I rushed and made the skirt section too short.  I was just on the verge of abandoning the whole thing when I took a breath and brought out my seam ripper.  I made the skirt all over again but then had this cute bottom section left over.  A simple elastic waste band meant that all that work wasn't waste after all!  And they are seriously cute on her…  What mistakes have you made that turned out to be...

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Baby in a Bubble

Baby in a Bubble

Miss Marion is trying hard to be on the move.  She is not there yet and usually ends up on her face.  It's actually pretty funny since she lays there flat for awhile until she suddenly starts to yell.  Like, is she thinking we won't see her flat on her face?  Or is she wondering "What went wrong this time?  Is it that my head is still too heavy for the muscles in my neck???!" At this age a dress just gets all caught up in her knees and is frustrating for baby.  For this project, I made the geranium dress (faux sleeves option without the notch neckline) and turned the bottom into a romper/ bubble.  A pretty simple addition but adds some time to your project.  You could follow a tutorial like this one. Another plus of the bubble is that we get a good look at those chubby chubby legs! The geranium dress pattern is as great as everyone says.  Yes, it's true!  I will be making more of this dress in the future and I imagine it will become a staple in Marion's wardrobe.   The fabric is Riley Blake So Happy Together Happy Stripe Multi.  It's perfect for summer and the small print looks sweet on a baby.  The weight of the fabric is a little thick for clothing but still fine since it's for the baby.  I think you can get away with quilting weight more easily on clothing for little ones, don't you?  Mostly because you use a smaller amount of fabric for their...

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Some Weekend Sewing- Mushroom Short Pants

Some Weekend Sewing- Mushroom Short Pants

Over the weekend I sewed a couple things for the baby.  She is so cute right now and it's fun to pick out fabrics for her.  I like sweet but fun fabrics on babies and this ann kelle print is perfect! I followed Made by Rae's baby pants but added a panel to the bottom for some extra space.  I also shortened them for a shorts/ bloomers look.  I made a bunch of these pants before the baby was born.  They look so tiny now!   I added a 7" piece of 1/4" elastic to the hemmed pant openings and stretched it to make a simple ruching. They turned out really cute!  More baby clothes cutenss later in the week… Fabric: Ann Kelle Woodland Pals...

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Baby’s New Shoes

Baby’s New Shoes

I have been losing a lot of baby socks lately.  On our Washington DC trip, strangers kept coming up to me and either handing me fallen off socks or letting me know the baby was missing a sock.  Whoops!  Socks don't work so well to keep baby's feet warm but these little shoes do the trick. I cruised Pinterest to find a free pattern but then just decided to search on Etsy "baby shoe pattern PDF"  and this great pattern by Petitboo appeared in the results.  They are adorable and totally functional.  The clever construction makes them fully lined too.  By the 3rd pair I had them done in 1/2 hour.  I made them in 6-9 month size and they are a little big (since she isn't 6 months yet) but they still work great.  Yeah for a useful baby item that I could sew up myself!  There are lots more baby shoe patterns that include frills and ruffles but I just wanted a shoe to keep her feet warm and wouldn't fall off! She sits!  Loving this stage.  Just in time for spring-  I can just plop her down and be outside.  Thanks to PetitBoo for such a cute pattern.  I'll be making more when she grows out of these! Related articles Super Simple Little Bib Tutorial- for my Slobberer and Craft...

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Color Block Triangle Quilt

Color Block Triangle Quilt

It always feels great to complete a quilt.  Even the simple versions of quilts that I make!  I love how this one turned out.  Cal was ready to celebrate too… I made this by using a 1/2 yard of six solid fabrics.  For inspiration I visited this site which is great way to guide you for mixing solids.  I never would have thought to add the navy and it really makes the whole quilt pop.   Cut the 1/2 yards of fabric in 18" x 18" pieces (each color will make 2 squares for a total of 12 squares).   Match up the pieces with 6 different combinations.  Then use this method to make your HSTs.  Awesome tip!  The only change I made was to increase the size of the squares to 18" x 18".  I like the bigger pieces and it comes together really quickly.  Then just mess around until you have a fun pattern.   I quilted it by stiching in the ditch (along the seams) along the zig zag and then down the center of the triangles.  I like the fun pattern it made on the back!  The binding is simply more of the solids and then finished using this method by Jeni Baker.  You would have to purchase a little more than 1/2 yard of the solids to make the binding the same way.   I used Bella Solids by Moda.  They are lovely!  The backing is just pink flannel.  The finished size of the quilt is 47" x 62".  It's not big enough for a bed but more for the baby to play on the floor and for picnics or a cuddle on the...

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How Bunny got a Pocket

How Bunny got a Pocket

Since I am having the bunny sale this week, I was trying to think of a way to make more versions of the pattern.  In the past I made the bunny smaller by printing it at 65%.  You can read about those here.  Very cute!  I have gotten lots of emails by sewers saying they are excited to use the pattern to make bunnies for the easter basket.  I thought, why not make Bunny the easter basket?! This was surprisingly easy and fun.  I thought it would be perfect for the baby this easter too since she is obviously not going to be eating chocolate or jelly beans!  I am thinking the easter bunny can fill the pocket with baby toys and onsies. To make the pocket in the bunny, you have to just make a couple adjustments.  First, give yourself some extra width so the pillow will stand on its own.   Add about an inch to the base and backside when you are cutting out your pattern.  Like in this fuzzy camera picture below! Follow the pattern instructions with interfacing, sewing the darts, making the ears, and all that other stuff.  Next cut out a rounded piece of fabric for the pocket.  I didn't take measurements here but from the picture below you can get the general idea of size… Before you sew the 2 bunny sides together, attach the pocket pieces to each side of the bunny like in the photo above.  Then, flip up the pocket piece and layer the 2 bunny sides together and sew all the way around the bunny edges and, instead of going straight down the bunny back, sew your seam around the pocket edges.  Trim your seams and clip the corners around the pocket. Turn it right sides out and push the pocket inside.  See?  works!  I then used a funnel and added about an inch layer of rice to the base before I stuffed the bunny with polyfil.  This gave it a nice weighted bottom so it stands up easily. Stuffing the polyfil was a little extra work since you need to keep your hand in the pocket but it doesn't have to be perfect since the bow hides folds in the neck area and when you stuff your items in the pocket it fixes problems there too! I stuffed it with the super simple bibs I made a couple weeks ago.  I went to a baby shower over the weekend and I thought this would have been a perfect gift!  The kids are loving trying to figure out what they can stuff into the pocket.  It would be fun to make one for a big kid that has...

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Super Simple Little Bib Tutorial- for my Slobberer and Craft Hope!

Super Simple Little Bib Tutorial- for my Slobberer and Craft Hope!

My sweet little Marion is almost 4 months old.  She is precious but the girl can slobber!  And spit up all over me and her clothes several times a day.  My other babies were not big spitters/ slobberers so I always looked a little sideways at the moms whose babies had bibs on all the time.  I found a small bib pattern I drafted years ago that worked great for her size and should be good for a few months at least! This has been saving me from changing her clothes like 10 times a day. Also, I try to contribute to craft hope projects when I can and figured I could make extras and send over bibs for their current project.  So even if you don’t have a baby to sew for right now, making these little bibs is fun and fast and you can contribute your work to craft hope’s excellent cause! UPDATE!  I made a youtube video featuring this cute bib that I know you will LOVE. I made mine reversible and with pearl snaps.  This way baby can slobber (my 8 year old, who is always dying to hold her, says “MOOOOOMMM!  She slobbered on me again!  Come and get her please!”) on one side and then she can slobber on the other side too.  OR, you can switch the bib around to match her outfit if you care about that (and I admit that I do…). First gather your materials~ 2 pieces of cotton fabric that measure 9.5″ x 12″ 1 piece of cotton batting that measures 9.5″ x 12″ – flannel can substitute pearl snaps (or velcro, regular snaps, or ties) chopstick to poke out corners sewing machine, coordinating thread, scissors, & iron optional- rotary cutter & self healing mat 1.  Print pattern pieces, cut them out and tape A & B together. Download Gingercake Little Bib Pattern Pieces 2.  Use pattern piece to cut out mirror image pieces of the 2 cottons.  This is important since the sides of the pattern are not symetrical!  Maybe layer the fabrics right sides facing and cut them out together.  Also cut out a piece of matching cotton batting. 3.  Layer the materials together- starting with batting, then a piece of cotton face up and then the other piece of cotton face down.  Pin together.  Sew the 3 pieces together with a 1/4″ seam allowance and leave a 3″ opening to turn the piece right side out.  Trim the seams down to 1/8″ except at the opening. 4.  Turn the piece right sides out and poke out tip with a chopstick.  Iron it nice and flat and match up the opening edges.  I use a piece...

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A Baby Book

A Baby Book

Baby Books!  Love em or hate em?  The pressure of filling them out makes me aprehensive.  I am fine with the initial info about when baby was born, what was happening, what the birth was like, etc.  It's just the follow up that gets me!  All the other kids have half filled baby books- great at the beginning and then lots of blank pages!  Life gets in the way and I forget to stop and fill out baby book info.   This is where my big girls will be helping future Marion.  They are PSYCHED about the baby book.   Fabric used: Pretty Little Things Tree by Dena Designs, Free Spirit Get Together Flock of Birds Pink & Valori Wells Wrenly Rosette Cerulean Blue I knew the notebook slipcover pattern would come in handy for this project.  My older daughters helped me choose the fabrics.  I added a double layer of cotton batting to make it softer and decided not to add the extra top stitching.  A cleaner edge just seemed right for this project. I purchased the whole set of pages from the lovely Shanda over at CustomMemoryBooks.  These are so nice!  Shanda customizes the cover page and all the pages just for the baby.  Check it out if you are in the baby book market.  So so sweet.  You can either have her print the pages and send to you or she will customize a set that you can print out yourself.  They are clean and simple with modern graphics. Brilliant. I bought a binder and clear protector pages from Office Max- an invest of about $15.  At first I thought I wouldn't like using the protector pages but they are actually really nice.  You can insert photos and cards in with certain pages and it keeps the whole thing more organized.  You scrap bookers probably already know about this trick but it was new to me!   So, were you good about your baby books?  Does it really even matter?  All I know is that when I mentioned baby book to the big girls they were so excited.  We brought out their baby books and it turns out that I filled in just enough to make them happy and together we talked about their baby times.  Phew!  Hopefully we can give that gift to Marion...

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Traveling Changing Pad PDF Sewing Pattern is ready!

Traveling Changing Pad PDF Sewing Pattern is ready!

Yeah!!  The pattern is ready and in the shop.  No big surprise that pattern writing and testing takes a lot longer with baby in the house but I am proud of myself for finally getting it done!   I love this project mostly because it is so useful.  I have used mine a bunch of times already and it works so well!  I love folding it back up and doing the cute tie.  The tie is awesome because you can stuff it with diapers and wipes and don't have to worry about it being too full to close up.  Also, you can get as creative as you want with the pad and pockets- patchwork, quilting, whatever! The wipes pocket requires PUL which was really easy to work with and does a great job of keeping the wipes moist and ready for baby.  It is available at Joanns or online.  Head on over to the shop and take a...

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Changing Pad with Pockets

Changing Pad with Pockets

Here is a little something I have been working on.  It was only a matter of time before I started with some baby ideas!  I wanted a changing pad with the diaper & wipes pocket attached.   She is getting chubby!  3 months old tomorrow!  The pad folds up nicely to fit in your bag~ I like the ties but I also made a version with a flap.  The flap was nice but the ties are more fun to me.  What do you think?  The best part is that the pockets are attached and you can put your wipes directly in.  I love that since I was carrying around a loose diaper and plastic baggie with wipes since she was born and it just wasn't looking cute in my bag! Hoping to have the pattern done in a couple weeks.  Actually I was hoping to have it done this week but pattern creating and writing is in slow motion with Miss Marion in the house!...

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2 Months Old

2 Months Old

Miss Marion is already 2 months old today.  It has gone by fast!  She is so so sweet. I made this Kimono from a vintage pillowcase a few months before she was born.  I put it on a month ago and thought I had wasted my time making it since it was so big and looked all bunched up.  I tried it again today and found it much prettier.  Why do we forget that our babies grow so fast? The pattern is from a vintage layette set.  Some of it seems insanely impractical with all the tiny bias tape and ties but I had to try a few.  I may make another in fabric that doesn't wrinkle so easily!  Did you have a favorite thing you made for your baby to wear?  She has already almost grown out of those cute baby pants I made!...

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Handmade Gifts from Friends

Handmade Gifts from Friends

I meant to share these amazing gifts from my blog friends before I went to the hospital.  They are so precious.  Thank you friends! Vanessa made these adorable hats for the baby.  They fit beautifully and the bold color blocking is perfect Vanessa style!  I am so jealous of people who can crochet!  Maybe I will finally learn this winter… and also this super soft crocheted stroller blanket.  Awesome.  Thanks Vanessa!  You are so thoughtful and Marion and I both are happy about these soft and lovely gifts. Back in August, Amy sent me a box full of beautiful handmade baby gifts that really lifted my spirits and helped get me in the mood for baby.  Above is a cute diaper changing mat and sweet little soft bunny.  Precious! These bibs are almost too beautiful to use.  Seriously.  These are from Amy's darling tutorial on her blog.   And matching burp cloths.  Look at those hexagons!  Thank you so much my friends.  You are special to me and Marion and I both appreciate your lovely and thoughtful gifts.    Related articles Crib Skirt and Quick Bedding Makeover Contoured Changing Pad Tutorial Oven Mitt – found in a box of gifted...

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Crib Skirt and Quick Bedding Makeover

Crib Skirt and Quick Bedding Makeover

When Elsie was born eight and a half years ago, my mom made me a beautiful crib skirt.  It was fully lined with a tiny print floral fabric that I chose.  At my old house, I decorated the entire nursery around this fabric- the wall color, the dresser color, the curtains.  I still love that skirt but this time around I am going for a more casual look.  Sorry for all the wrinkles.  My other 3 kids have discovered that below the crib is an awesome place to hang out, read and have secret clubs.  Since I am officially PAST my due date now, I will not be taking apart the crib to iron the skirt again! I created the chevron by cutting this sheet pictured below on the bias in 6" strips.  I had to figure out that one side had to be from one end of the sheet and the other from the other end of the sheet- like a make a parallelogram.  I only used 1/2 of a twin sheet but I felt like there was lots of waste!  I removed the solid piece and the trim from the sheet and basted them on to finish the look.  The skirt is lined like a curtain- meaning the lining is not as wide as the exterior piece so it folds nicely behind. I bought the sheet at the thrift store for $2! I added some classic Gingercake pillows to the crib for photos!  These are actually the big girls' pillows and that ducky quilt was mine when I was a baby.  The bumper and gingham crib sheet are from my old crib bedding.  I switched out the ties on the bumper with ties made from scraps of the skirt- already cut on the bias! So not super fancy but sweet and I have been wanting to make my own chevron for awhile!  Like these awesome ladies did here and here.  This was a challenge since the stripes are not uniform, but I like the effect and feel like it was worth all the brain exercise. Alrighty kind readers and friends- send me your "go into labor" thoughts and prayers so we can meet this girl!  I would love not to be induced again (althought that is not really a big deal).  I do have some other things to share on the blog (like did you notice that pretty crocheted blanket on the crib in the first photo?) but they can wait until after she is born so help me get this baby going!!!  ...

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Infant car Seat Head Support – AKA no more wobbly head

Infant car Seat Head Support – AKA no more wobbly head

The car seat head support for your newborn is another useful little item to have.  Seeing their little heads all wobbly back there makes a new mama so nervous!  Like that little head on that tiny body is just going to roll right off.  HA! My awesome sis in law gave me a carseat in nice neautral colors.  Perfect!  To spruce it up a little I made my own head support thingy.  AnneKelle makes everything look more fun and cute, huh? This was ridiculously easy to make.  I took pictures for a tutorial and hope to share later.  Tutorials are a lot of work though so leave a comment if this even interests you.  Worth the wrok if people want to make one though!  These only cost about $15 at the store but the colors are always to blah.   Another thing ready for this tiny person!  The baby room is almost done and hope to share pictures of the bedding...

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