Our Customer’s Vintage School-themed Party

I often spend hours working on a custom party order for a customer… when it’s done, I ship it off. I typically know the date of the party and think of the mom on that day, wondering how her party is going!

Sometimes I hear back after with a message or feedback, and occasionally, I get pictures from the party! Of course they always make my day!

This summer, a customer contacted me wanting to do a vintage schoolhouse theme. After poking around for fabric options, I found Michael Miller’s Dick and Jane collection. Of course, it was out of print, but I was able to still find a couple of fat quarters of it – enough to complete her order! :)

So I made little Caroline bunting flags & a birthday hat out of it it, and a cake bunting as well!  And when I took it to the post office to mail it, Sweet Caroline was playing on the radio at the post office!

Caroline’s mama was happy to get it, and we got to see some photos taken by Through the Looking Glass at the party! :)

I LOVE this photo with the bunting flag & the chalkboard to go with the theme.
See Caroline.
See Caroline have fun.
See Caroline turn one!

 

Cake Bunting I made!

Her Mama asked for a “girly” hat, so I found some ruffley pink ribbon to trim the hat! :)

and topped it with a pink pompom handmade {with love}

Here are the Bunting Flags in Color

and one last picture of Sweet Caroline!

Love it? See our etsy shop for our party packages! – We do custom themes! :)

30-Minute Ruffle Bum Diaper Cover Tutorial

Yesterday, I showed you the Harlowe Halter Top I made for my daughter. Of course when you make a cute top, you need a good bottom, right? Typically, I’d have paired this with some leggings or jeans, but since it was over 90 degrees, I figured a diaper cover would be fine!

 

I rarely use those diaper covers that come with most dresses for under 2T – they just end up in a pile. So I figured, why not modify one? I checked my pile of diaper covers and found duplicate white ones from Baby Gap, so I decided to just use one of those!

First, I raided my stash of scraps from the top. I found 3 wide pieces so I cut them to 3″ thick and they were about 24″ wide. Then I ironed the bottom up 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch so I could hem it:

once they were hemmed (and the edges hemmed as well) I added a gathering stitch across the top:

Then I gathered the strips to the length I needed.

Next, I pinned the bottom layer to where I wanted it on the back of the diaper cover.

Then I sewed it in place upside down, and then flipped in in the right direction and top stitched.
(This step will hide the rough edge on the ruffle)

Next,I placed the second ruffle about 1 inch above the first, and did the same step for the 2nd ruffle.
Here you can see them facing down with the top stitching:

I did the same again with the 3rd ruffle.
Here it is, pinned in place above the 2nd one:

Then I top stitched, ruffle #3:

and my Ruffle Bum Diaper Cover is all done!

I think it took me about 30 minutes, start to finish to make!


Now we look a lot more ladylike at the park on the slide…


and when sneaking around on the windowsill!

Try it! And if you make your own, be sure to post a link below, or a pic on our facebook page!

Unique, Handcrafted Mobiles by Jenna Bee’s Paper Creations

Today, I’m featuring Jenna of Jenna Bee’s Paper Creations on Etsy!

Jenna is the original designer of these awesome mobiles and was featured in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazines Fall 2011 Buyers Guide, as well as LIL Sugar, Awakened Aesthetic, and Modern Handmade Child.


1. Tell us about yourself:
I like long walks on the beach and holding hands while watching the sunset. Long stemmed roses are beautiful and nothing beats a glass of merlot after a long day of walking my rescue dog and being a role model for orphaned children in my community.

Just kidding.

I am the mother of one little girl who keeps me very busy. I like listening to music and playing sports in my free time. I also write, but that’s a secret.

2. Tell us about your company, why you started your company.
When I was pregnant, I wanted to buy as much handmade stuff as possible for my daughter’s nursery, however, I couldn’t find the exact crib mobile that I was envisioning.  So I decided to create one myself.  The resulting design is what you see on my website. I enjoyed making the mobiles so much that I decided to do it as a hobby and see if people would buy them so that I could continue making them.  As the demand for them increased, it slowly transformed from a hobby into an actual profitable job.

3. Tell us about the products you make and your future plans for your company:
I make baby mobiles in custom and standard sizes.  The mobile has a rather modern look to it and can come in any color under the sun.  My plans for 2012 are that I will be introducing a new design within the next month that will be a very different shape from what I’ve been doing.  And I’m pretty excited about it.


4. What is your favorite product in your shop and why?
Currently my favorite product in the shop is the Somewhere over the Rainbow mobile in size large.  I love the way the colors fade into each other so well in that mobile.  And it makes SUCH a statement in a nursery.  I also really like Tropical and Splash which are two new designs for summer.

 

5. Tell us about how you manage your time as a work-at-home mom.
I don’t know how I manage my time. I don’t think I do “manage” time. Does any work-from-home mom manage her time? I’m pretty sure you just learn to roll with the punches and do as much as you can, when you can. Typically I do housework and take care of my daughter during the day. It’s usually not until after she goes to bed that I’m able to get much work in.  I spend many nights up until 2am or 3am trying to get everything done.

6. What inspires you?
Nature.  Almost all of my designs are inspired and named after something I saw in nature.


7. When you’re not creating products for your shop, what are your hobbies?
My hobbies are painting, photography, softball, volleyball, reading, and writing.


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