Saturday, March 10, 2012

a Whale of a baby shower

I was delighted to help host a shower for a friend of mine this weekend

I was inspired by the baby shower eVite

working with that I made a banner with bright pink, orange, light pink and lighter orange
I drew free hand a whale and cut out a few.   I also made some picks to put in the treat jars.

Then of course I had to make something cute for this new baby girl!

A whale is a unique baby motif which I adored immediately.
I decided this baby needed a a "lovey" mini quilt with ribbons.
I appliqued the whales and waves with machine satin stitching
then I hand embroidered the spouting drops and hearts as well
as the faces of the little whales.
I used a cotton velveteen for the whales, so soft.  I also used some 
pink chenille and some dotty orange minky. 
This girly with have endless delight touching this mini quilt with 
all the different fuzzy textures and ribbon loops.

The baby shower was a success!
It was a fun group effort.  I made decorations and cupcakes and others did the food and shared the
use of their home.  That's the way to do it if you can and no one shouldered it all.
It turned out so cute! And of course the mama to be was so happy!

Maybe you are inspired and want to have a whale of a shower too.
 go ahead and use this whale shape for a template and have fun!

Sew it's a birthday

did some sewing this week...
for a birthday gift

made this cute mooshy rabbit from cute knits
re-purposed from one of my daughters tops.
I used a cute pattern found here.

I also made a cute top and skirt set
I made it pretty simple and using a pattern of my own making.
What do you think?

I had always wanted to try some bias ruffles
so I cut some bias and gathered and sewed it on
this top in the shape of a heart.

last I whipped together some ribbons to make a barrette.
What is it about ribbon with little stitches along the edge that I just love!

It was fun to share a handmade gift.

How about you do you like to make gifts for others?
Or how about when you receive a specially crafted present?
I love those!
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