Monday, November 29, 2010

Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird...

Well, actually instead of buy, I would make a mockingbird... Ummm not a mockingbird per se, maybe just a generic bird.

With a Lil' one on the way, I wanted to make a lot of the items in her room. One of those items being the mobile that would hang above her crib. I found these felt birds on Purl Soho's website and I fell in love with them, but didn't fall in love with the price of the kit to make them. So I decided that I can totally make them with a fraction of the price..and by golly, I was right! I went to the local craft store, bought felt, in two shades of green and pink (each $.29 each) and some embroidery floss and I set out to make those beautiful felt birds...and I have to say, they came out pretty much exactly like the ones on the website. Phew! So, all that's left is to find a cool looking stick at the park to hang the pretty birds on and then, the mobile is done! Judge for yourself..what do you think?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A personal message from SANTA!!!

I found this site today and was super excited to try it out on my nieces and nephew. You personalize it by answering a few questions, uploading some pics and send to whomever you wish to receive a personalized message from Santa Claus. Once I was done, I had asked my sisters to put me on iChat or Skype so that I can see the reactions from my niece and nephew (unfortunately, my other niece was asleep already). The reaction from both of them was so priceless. Imagine! Getting a message from Santa Claus just for you. If you have a special little one or even a good friend who would get a kick out of it, go to Portable North Pole. It's definitely worth it!!

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Martha Martha Martha....

This past Tuesday, my friend Erika and myself went to see the taping of The Martha Stewart Show. Needless to say, it was definitely an experience. Since they expressed that we should wear bright solid colors, we were surrounded by pinks, oranges and bright blues. We waited over an hour and a half to sit in the studio, which must of been at least 50 degrees. (I guess all those bright lights, can make you hot) The music that they played was definitely not something we expected to hear...hip hop, R&B and a lot of pop. It was somewhat surreal...does she really listen to that? When the show finally started, it was a bit uneventful. After being there for over 3 and a half hours, we were offered nothing to eat, just water and the one thing we managed to bring home, was a book, that honestly, I would never read.

The one positive side about the whole thing, was checking out the set. The craft and kitchen area was set up beautifully. If anything, I left there with a little bit of interior decorating inspiration and unfortunately, nothing else.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A celebration in CANDY LAND....

Saturday, we celebrated my niece's 4th birthday with a Candy Land theme. If I was ever excited for a birthday theme it was this one! I, frankly, LOVE candy so setting up for the festivities was super fun for me. After doing much research on Google, we came up with some hand-made decorations that were totally doable and transformed my sister's digs into a candy wonderland. Check out the photos...

  1. welcome sign
  2. candyland path into play area
  3. create your own gingerbread man station
  4. gingerbread men
  5. gift station
  6. food station
  7. colorful utensils, plates, napkins
  8. mini muffins
  9. favor bags
  10. candyland cake
  11. piƱata
  12. happy birthday lila!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Baby booties...

So, here begins my 'hand-made' journey to the holidays. My first recipients: all the kids in my life..and there are a lot! So let's start with the smallest ones. I have a few lil ones under the age of one that can use some cute handmade booties. I knitted them using the pattern from the book, "Stitch 'n Bitch". Super fast to make, which I like, and what's even better, super easy! What more can you ask for?

Every year I crochet or knit at least one thing for either myself or someone else...and each year, I need to re-teach myself how to crochet and knit. Everything I do is mostly self-taught so I need to always go back to my books to remember how to do certain things. Yet these lil booties, were a cinch to create and hopefully the ones receiving it will enjoy them too...or at least their parents. =)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Handmade holidays....

So it seems the holidays are right around the corner and with that comes the anxiety that goes along with finding the perfect gift for the people in your life. So this year, I decided to try to make most of the gifts that I plan on giving people this year. A little too ambitious you say? Maybe, but I am going to attempt this feat anyway and if it ends up with me running out of time, then off to the stores I go. I need to get crack-a-lackin on this in order for me to have enough time to make something for everyone on my 'nice' the following posts will be dedicated to my hand-made holiday..let's keep our fingers crossed!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Warmth on a chilly day...(continued)

So continued from a previous post... here's the hand warmer for my sister's stroller that I had sewn for her last week. I finally moved away from the computer and walked over to give it to her...and here are the pics to prove it! Unfortunately, my sister wasn't there to showcase it, but Jacy, her babysitter was, who, by the way, is ecstatic that I made that for her! The lil one in the background, my almost 4 year old niece, Lila.

Eventually I plan on showcasing a bunch of them on Etsy, but for now, my younger sister gets first dibs...(Now to make another one for my older sibling).

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Facebook is for Friends...(and maybe new clients?)

So I am slowing getting the word out...Just finished creating my FB page...Come visit..'like' it..and keep coming back for more...Any suggestions are always appreciated!

Green Elephant Papery + Design

Paper...seen in a whole new level...

I have always been amazed at those that can create such amazing pieces of work with just the use of a piece of paper and a good pair of scissors, or in some cases, a good sharp Exacto knife. The intricacies of paper cutting is an art form that not many are aware of. These are just a few of the many talented artists out there that can do wonders with two simple tools.

  1. Tree with owls
  2. Script
  3. Lantern
  4. Elephant
  5. James
  6. Asian portrait

Monday, November 8, 2010

Warmth on a chilly day...

So if you ever have taken a lil one on a walk, in their stroller, on a chilly day, you know that even with gloves on, your hands start to freeze. For years, it happened to me when I would have to take my nephew or one of my nieces out of the house. So to solve this small predicament, I crafted a hand warmer out of 100% cotton and flannel that goes over my sister's Bugaboo. It velcros on both sides, and all you have to do, is insert your hands inside, and TA-DAA!!! your hands stay warm from the frigid air. Now all I have to do is give it to her. =)

Stay tuned for the reveal =)

  1. Fabrics: Orange polka-dot, black flannel and yellow piping
  2. Attaching the yellow piping to the fabric
  3. Sewing the piping on
  4. Creating a buttonhole
  5. Sewing button on
  6. Final product!
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