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Valentine Idea: Day 8 – Hair Accessories + Giveaway!

Hair Accessories + Giveaway – If only I could get my baby to grow more hair, she might be wearing a set of these conversation heart hair clips some day. For now, I’ll just have fun making them. And guess what? One lucky reader gets to keep them! Just leave a comment on this post for your chance to win and I’ll announce the winner on Saturday the 13th. Want to make your own hair clips? It’s easy! Here’s a link to my hair clip tutorial. If you’re not the crafty type, below are links to several adorable handmade hair accessories available on Etsy.


Heart Ponytail Holders (set of 2)


Love is in the air – pony and clip set


Wool Felt Hearts Hair Clips


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Felt Flower Hair Clip Giveaway!

I finally found some time to make some new hair clips! These are just so fun. I can’t wait until Chloe has enough hair. Meanwhile it gives me plenty of time to build up my stash, since I’ve been giving most away as little gifts. I also decided to add a few to my sorely neglected etsy shop, and included a couple with matching cards:


Would you like to win the white felt flower hair clip in the top photo? Leave a comment below on this post and I’ll announce a random winner next weekend. Good Luck!


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One pretty dress


Bubble Bird dress
made for Chloe by Liza

We recently received another huge influx of hand-me-downs for Chloe. Combined with all that we were given previously, we are now close to being set for the entire year.

One would think organizing baby clothes would be an easy task. We picked up several more Ikea bins to help us sort sizes, but it isn’t a perfect system. One shirt might say size 9 months, for example, but actually be more like 6 months. And then there is the shifting of summer clothes into the 6-9 month bin, even if they say 12 months, because what good would tank tops be in winter? Now the nursery is filled with bins, and there is hardly room to stand. That is a whole other challenge.

I was reminded of a few really great pieces during the sorting, like the sweet handmade Bubble Bird dress above, made by Chloe’s Aunt Liza. I’ve thought several times about sewing Chloe some simple summer outfits, but I wasn’t sure where to begin. Then I saw a post about another Etsy shop called Little Fish Big Pond, where you can purchase DIY dress kits. All the materials and instructions are included. I really love that idea. I think I might have to try it. Here are two I’m considering…

via Cool Mom Picks


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Bottlecap Pincushion Tutorial

I was perusing swap-bot this morning when I came across the cutest little tutorial for a bottlecap pincushion. Love it! Jen also provides a link to more little cuties and other handcrafted cushions for sale in her etsy shop Schmaltzy Craftsy and her on her blog. She even has a book out called Pretty Little Pincushions. I think I’m going to have a go at making a couple myself. You can join the Bottlecap Pincushion swap here.

If you’re interested, it’s not too late to join my plastic pendant giveaway! Just leave a comment on the previous post. The drawing will be held tomorrow!


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Custom banner design

I was contacted via Etsy by the talented Sarah Gilreath back in November about doing a custom banner for her blog Sarah’s Studio. Lucky for me she is an incredibly patient person, because it took a while to complete due to the mad holiday rush. I recently sent her three versions, of which she chose this one. Then, because she liked one of the alternates as well, she decided to purchase a second along with an avatar for her Etsy shop, LadyGil Designs. Be sure to check out her adorable 2008 mini coaster calendar, too!


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A little down time

I haven’t really posted in a couple days, which is unfortunate, because I was on a roll there for a while. I guess I’m feeling a little down right now. Things are still good, though. David and I are healthy. We’re both picking up a little more freelance work. I recently sold 3 of our recycled birdhouses on Etsy (2 were custom orders!) and painted a couple more replacements (1,2,3). I picked up some fun new fabric at Ikea this weekend to continue my “learn to sew” projects and yesterday David and I spent the day fishing with two other guys on a boat on the beautiful Columbia River (check out the catch). Pretty hard life, eh?

I know that making the adjustment from full-time to freelance is not an easy one, but I can’t quite shake the remnants of doubt, even after this long. I think it is affecting our relationship, too. In some ways I expected more from us. So its hard. Plus, we made a questionable purchase recently, which will probably turn out fine, as long as we get past the second-thoughts we’re having.

Anyway, I’m almost back to normal. I’m one of those people who likes a certain amount of balance regarding work, being social, physical exercise, mental time, and quiet “me” time. The past week has been unusually heavy on the social and almost nil on the exercise and quiet “me” time. I rectified some of that tonight with a nice long run/walk with Barkley, which helped (tempered with a little comfort food – a slice of toasted Oatnut bread minus the crust, spread with Nutella, plus a glass of milk).


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Crafting A Greeting Card

flower cards

For the past few days I’ve been feeling crafty, so yesterday I sat down at my computer and created a few designs for greeting cards. Nothing fancy, just something sweet and light. The photograph above shows the design I ended up using and I am surprisingly happy with the way they turned out. I think I might even list them up on my etsy shop, which I’ve sadly neglected for so long.

It all started with a trip to Michael’s for inspiration. I hadn’t been there in ages. Eventually I left with a package of Martha Stewart: CraftsFlourish” blank stationery and brought them home to try with my new Canon Pixma ip3500, which came free using a promotional rebate when I bought my imac. I did try using our color laser, but I noticed on the test print (with one sacrificed card) that the heat really warped this particular paper stock.

However, in order to truly fulfill that crafty part of myself, I took it one tiny step further after printing and glued on little cut-out circles for the flower heads. I like how it adds a subtle dimensionality and playfulness. My only regret is that I didn’t purchase more of the blank stationery while I had the chance, because the Michaels’ in my area have run-out. C’est la vie.


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Drawing on other people's creativity

“Treehouses” limited edition cards (photo and design from Kirin & Co)

I was thinking today that I should feature other people’s designs more often, especially the ones that really strike me as particularly beautiful, creative, cool or otherwise inspiring. Since I can’t afford to buy anything right now (see this post if you’re wondering why), I thought it would be like “window shopping” using my monitor… or maybe it would be more like curating my own imagined shop? Plus, I’m really hoping to motivate myself to begin at least one of the projects that have been sitting in the back of my mind.

One of my very recent favorite finds is the letterpressed card shown above, a collaboration between Lara Cameron, an Australian designer, and Lynn Russel of Satsuma Press, based right here in Portland. There are a set of three designs: treehouses (above), japanese tree, and birch. According to Lara’s Etsy shop, each card is letterpress printed with a vandercook sp-15 on crane’s 100% cotton lettra paper with hand mixed inks. However, if you live in the US you’d save on postage by purchasing from Lynn’s shop. I love the single use of color, the mixture of thin lines and solid shapes, and especially the little details.

“Japanese Tree” limited edition letterpressed cards (photo and design from Kirin & Co)

“Birch” limited edition letterpressed cards (photo and design from Kirin & Co)
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