DIY Baby Mustache Pacifier + Printable Template PDF

Doesn’t it seem like the majority of the really cute “make for baby” projects are geared toward girls? I was reviewing the baby craft tutorial list and saw only a few for little boys. That got me thinking. What would be a fun and easy project to make for the baby?

How about mustache pacifiers!

These are hilarious. I’ve included the above printable pdf to download with several different styles. Handlebar mustache, anyone? Or perhaps a curling fu manchu? There are both Soothies and Avent pacifiers in our house, so that is what I used for sizing. You can cut the shapes straight from the printed sheet or use the template to cut the mustaches out of felt, as I did. Double stick tape worked well, although, if your child is older, you may want to do a better job of securing it, perhaps with hot glue or super glue.

Score one more for the boys club!

Common sense precaution: These are just a novelty. You probably shouldn’t leave your child unattended while using a mustache pacifier.

Copyright Note: Downloads are for personal, non-commercial use only. In addition, please do not redistribute or modify any of the templates. If you’d like to link to the pdf, please link to this post directly. Thanks!

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Chloe "Productivity" Lecture

I thought I posted this a while back, but now I can’t seem to find it. Anyway, when Chloe was about 5 months old I was busy trying to juggle some freelance design work and the baby at the same time. Not easy or fun, especially with a deadline looming. I was working at my computer when I heard David say “Mama, turn around.” When I finally did, I saw Chloe sitting up on her Dad’s office chair looking cute as can be (she was just starting to sit up with support). I grabbed my camera to take a photo, but the camera was set to video, which was how I was able to capture this precious “productivity” lecture by Chloe (with help from Dad). Side note: Although I’m from Virginia, I do not talk with an accent, despite what you hear me say in this video. I have no idea why I decided to respond with a drawl.


A Little Celebrity Hair Anyone?


This is silly, but David decided to take a photo of me and try Instyle’s Hollywood Hair Virtual Makeover. I wasn’t too into it at first, but some of the outcomes weren’t half bad. My real hair is pretty short and very dark brown. David got a real kick out of seeing it “smoldering orange” (see Sienna Miller’s, version 5). I don’t think so, honey, although I agree to start letting it grow out.

Here is the list of celebrity hair shown above (left to right, top to bottom):

1. Eva Mendes           2. Jennifer Lopez
3. Mandy Moore        4. Scarlett Johansson
5. Sienna Miller         6. Jessica Biel

I’d love to know if anyone has a preference! 🙂

Link originally spotted at how about orange.

P.S. Here is the link for iVillage’s Makeover-o-matic mentioned by Ana in the first comment. Pretty nifty!


"Stranger than Fiction" Movie + Infographics

It is very unusual for David and I to find a movie that we both enjoy, but we recently netflixed Stranger than Fiction, which falls into that rare category. It is a comedy/drama about a lonely IRS agent (Will Ferrell) who starts to hear a voice narrating in his head. Turns out the voice belongs to eccentric novelist Karen Eiffel (played by Emma Thompson) who is on the verge of killing him off, not realizing her main character is real. Other supporting roles are played by the ever charming Maggie Gyllenhaal (the love interest), Dustin Hoffman (a professor who Harold goes to for advice), and Queen Latifah (who plays Karen’s writing assistant). The film’s unique storyline is artistic, dramatic, funny, poignant, revealing and classic.

Picture clipping of two frames out of the animated opening credits sequence (see video, below)

Picture clippings during the introduction of the main character (see video, below)

Beyond the story, however, is a very well done method of info graphics that was pretty intriguing. I don’t know why, but there is no hint of it in the trailer, so it came as a surprise while we were watching. David did a little online research and found the info graphics were done by MK12. Their site is definitely worth checking out because they’ve done some wildly cool design and animation. David also came across the blog infosthetics.com, who also posts about this subject.

I suggest watching the trailer before watching the opening sequence below, just so there is a better understanding of the film.


X-Rated Postcard from Italy

David and I received this postcard in the mail from our friends Alex & Marcy, who just went to Italy. They wrote “David, when did you pose for a sculpture?” I’m surprised it came through the mail uncensored, even if it is “art.” So funny, in a kind of disturbing way!

david postcard italy

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