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HANDMADE TOOL BELT

I love to give handmade gifts. There’s just something special about giving something that you’ve put time, thought, talent, and creativity into . When it’s time to make a gift for a little girl, my mind starts spinning with the possibilities… dresses and tutus, and other fun frilly things. But when I need a gift for a little boy panic sets in. What do you make for a boy???
Here’s my current solution:




Isn’t that adorable… in a handsome, boyish sort of way? My dad is very talented when it comes to wood-working, and he very generously cut out the tools for us. My mom put together the tool belt and I embroidered it… a family effort! I told you, it’s a LOT of work coming up with things for little boys!

- Brooke

AN OLIVIA-THE-PIG DRESS

Remember Clara’s Olivia the Pig birthday party and the Olivia gift I made for her? I promised to share pictures of her wearing her new dress… well, they’re finally here! Sorry it took so long… I’m a mother of an almost-one-year-old and just-turned-two-year-old… everything seems to take longer than planned these days!

Thanks for being so patient with me!
- Brooke

TUTU

Today I got some sweet shots of Clara in the first tutu I’ve ever made. What a cutie she is! It’s got a sheer skirt as the base with layers of strips of sheer organza in white and a light green on top. Tiny flowers in white, lime, and teal are sprinkled all over the skirt and a pretty teal rick rack trim finished off the bottom hem. This skirt transformed my little girl into a dancing fairy!
I love that precious little face. Clara thoroughly enjoyed dancing in her fairy tutu and smelling the flowers, and I enjoyed watching her carefree spirit! Such sweet times.
- Brooke

AN OLIVIA-THE-PIG BIRTHDAY PRESENT

Clara loves Olivia the Pig and she is quite the little mama. She loves to feed and burp her baby dolls. She also changes their diapers and “takes them shopping” in her little toy stroller, with her purse slung over her shoulder. So, for her birthday, I decided to use some great Olivia the Pig fabric I got at fabric.com to make a diaper bag, baby blanket, and two burp cloths for Clara to use with her baby dolls. (By the way, I love fabric.com. They’ve got awesome customer service. I highly recommend them.) The backs of the blanket and burp cloths are lined in a super-soft minky fabric. Here are some pics of Clara’s gift:

I also made her an adorable Olivia pillowcase dress. I usually despise clothes, home decor, and fabrics with characters. They typically look so cheap and tacky, but I think this Olivia fabric is pretty adorable, especially when trimmed with the gorgeous cream embroidered trim I found in my mom’s craft room stash!

I haven’t had a chance to get Clara to try on her little dress yet. We’ve been so busy, going straight from one thing to the next. When life calms down a little, I’ll be sure to get some pictures of her in her Olivia dress and share them with everyone.

- Brooke

AN OLIVIA-THE-PIG BIRTHDAY PARTY

My sweet Clara just turned two and we wanted to throw her a special birthday party, so we went with Olivia the pig, one of her favorite characters. Are you familiar with Ian Falconer’s Olivia? I can’t lie – I think I like Olivia as much as Clara does. If you haven’t read Falconer’s children’s books, you’ve got to check them out. Here’s his Olivia:

and here is my Olivia, all dressed up for her party. Clara, say hi to everyone!

I LOVE her little outfit!!! She’s wearing a special birthday dress, embroidered with a frilly cupcake and some awesome red and white striped tights that my mom came across at Target months ago. I’ve been saving them for today! And of course, just like all of our other birthday dresses (available here) this one also has embroidered bloomers that I just had to get a picture of.

I love, love little tushes. So adorable! Ok, now that you’ve met the birthday girl, let me show you all of the special little touches at this Olivia party! We put our embroidery machine to work making this Happy Birthday banner. I think the mis-matched red and white fabrics are charming, and it’s so practical because the red and white design can be used for a boy too… if we ever have one.

Our cupcakes were also a mis-match of patterns using white, chocolate, and pink (that was supposed to be red, but you know how red icing never tastes good… so we went with pink instead) icing. Now, don’t judge too harshly. I’m just a mom with some icing and a piping bag. I’ve never had a cake decorating class… although I would love to take one some day! I liked how they turned out.

I also made party hats with pig ears for all of the kiddos. Each of the girl’s hats had a little red ribbon tied on each ear… just like Olivia.

And here is Clara in her party hat. It really completes the outfit!

Here’s our baby girl, Macy Jane, in her party hat. I was very impressed that she kept it on.

I love, love, love how my girls love one another. They’re 13-1/2 months apart, and they’re already the best of friends!

We embroidered Edwin, Olivia’s kitty, on the felt goody bags for all of the kiddos and clothes-pinned a name tag to each bag.

We also had a party craft to entertain the little ones. I assembled the pieces for personalized block necklaces in little cellophane bags and let the kids put their own necklaces together. All of the components were red, black, and white to go along with the Olivia theme. I have party craft packs available in my Nanny Birds shop.

While Clara was busy opening gifts… and everyone was focused on her, Macy Jane toddled over to the picnic bench where someone left a piece of chocolate, and discovered her new favorite food!

Here are a few more pictures I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share.

It was such a fun party… but truth be told, at the end of the day I had to say, “Clara, you really wear me out. But I love you anyway!” … just like Olivia’s mom tells her in Falconer’s books.

I forgot to take pictures of the Olivia gift that I made for Clara, but I want to share it too. I’ll probably post it tomorrow.

- Brooke

CLARA’S BIRTHDAY DRESS

My baby just turned two, so I had to make a special birthday dress for her. It’s similar to my other birthday dresses that I wrote about here and that are available in my etsy shop Nanny Birds, but this dress has a sweet little ruffle on the hem. I adore that little detail.

I know it’s not very lady-like… but she’s only two years old… so we went around showing everyone her Happy Birthday bloomers! How could we not show off such an adorable feature???

Clara definitely felt very special on her birthday. In fact, she sang “Happy Birthday” all day long. At home. In the car. In the fabric store. In the grocery store…. Everyone knew it was her birthday! She also woke up singing it the following morning, and the morning after that, and the morning after that… I think she just wanted all of the attention… and cake… again! We’ve had to tell her, “No Baby. You already had your birthday. It’s only once a year…” So, we’ll probably really confuse her when we have her birthday party tomorrow! … Which, by the way, I can’t wait to tell you all about!

- Brooke

BIRTHDAY DRESSES WITH BLOOMERS

Clara was recently invited to the birthday party of a sweet little girl who is exactly five days older than her. The birthday girl’s mom and I are friends. We were pregnant together, with due dates only one day apart! I wanted to give Birthday Girl a special gift… but what?

Here’s what I came up with: an embroidered birthday dress and bloomers. Instantly, I LOVED the idea, and the dress, when completed, was even cuter than I’d imagined. The frilly cupcake embroidery design is one of my absolute favorite designs. It’s so feminine. And, I think the “Happy Birthday” bloomers are absolutely adorable!! Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take a picture of the first birthday dress I made, but since that party, my mom and I have been busy making this dress in several different color combinations, and I’ve gotten several pictures of them. Here they are.

- Brooke

GREEN TRELLIS DRESSES

This is my third, and final, post with pictures by the amazing Joy Wilson of Joy Wilson Photography. My precious baby girls are wearing some little pillowcase dresses I made.  I’m a big fan of the green trellis fabric.

At the very end of the photoshoot, Joy unexpectedly threw me into the picture too.  I hadn’t dressed to have my picture taken, so I didn’t think I’d like it, but I absolutely treasure it!  I’m so glad she tossed me in the mix.
- Brooke

WHITE PILLOWCASE DRESSES

Talk about talented!!! A new friend, Joy Wilson, just photographed my babies. Joy is sooo wonderful to work with and her pictures are breathtakingly beautiful (…especially when your own babies are the main subjects)!!! You’ve got to check out her website. She’s done great work photographing babies, children, families, and now she’s focusing mostly on engagement and wedding sessions. She’s in the Nashville area, but travels some, so watch her blog to see if she’s coming near you. Thank you so very much Joy! I love so many of the pictures, that I’m going to have to break up my posts by dress. (She let us have FOUR dress changes!) Here are some of my favorite shots of the girls in the little white dresses I made for them.

- Brooke

WHITE EYELET DRESS FEATURED

Reflections by Cindy also purchased my White Eyelet Pillowcase Dress and was kind enough to share one of her shots of it too! Isn’t her work stunning? If you love it, you’ve GOT to check out her blog. I’m just in awe every time I go to her site.

 

- Brooke