Saturday, February 26, 2011

What I forgot to blog about...


This blog has been taking a back seat to my new hobby lately. That means that I haven't updated it in a LONG time and that I have neglected to keep up with my monthly updates on Jellybean. This makes me sad, but that's life. I'm going to attempt to make up for those missing posts, so you might just have to bear with me.

Yesterday Jellybean turned 11 months old and I started thinking about her and the funny, sweet, wonderful little girl that she is. She is going to be a year old in just a month and I can't believe where the time has gone.

9 months

10 months

11 months

She can say (with varying degrees of clarity) mama, dada, hi, yeah, owl, and "wassat". Today we worked on "uh-oh". It was a fun practice session in which she picked up her baby doll and repeatedly dropped her on purpose looking at me each time, wide eyed, and exclaiming just the end of the phrase: "ohhh".

Things Jellybean LOVES:
Peekaboo (it never, ever gets old)
Hanging upside down (it never, ever gets old)
Pretending to hand you toys and then withholding them at the last moment (and again, it never ever gets old)
Big brother tickles! (She really enjoys it when Buddy tickles her under the chin)
Having her nose beeped
Putting small objects in larger objects (i.e. putting toys in our recycle bin, or lint in her mouth)
Being carried around so she can point to things and say "wassat".
Things she doesn't like:
Having her hands held
Staying still
Cuddling
Yogurt (though she is extremely pleasant in her refusal to eat it)
Being alone or being put on the floor when she would rather be carried around
Jellybean started out as such a screamy, screamy child. I never imagined, at that point in time, that she would turn into the sweet, good natured little girl that she is. We love that funny, little, red headed sprite.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fantasy Craft Room (Part One)

I often find myself fantasizing about the craft room I will have someday in the future. Right now we have barely enough room for a dining room table (see this post here), but a girl can dream.

First thing on my list? Storage!

I love this drawer unit by Ikea.
Multiply it by at least 3 and now we're talking.

Two Etsy finds that I find particularly inspiring for decor:

Farouche's Make Do and Mend print at the top and this adorable KayandEE toy sewing machine from Vintage Sams'.
I would love to have it up on a shelf just to look at and enjoy.

Stay tuned for future posts on my fantasy crafting room. Anything you'd die to have in your craft room?

Have a happy day!

Monday, February 21, 2011

In Stitches

When I was young I took up counted cross-stitch. I made a few folksy gifts for my siblings and began some more ambitious projects that never found their way to completion.

Recently, I found my old cross-stitch bag in my fabric bin and got looking through it. I found some of my old projects and decided that I needed to pick up my old hobby again.

I started by modifying a few patterns from others online and then I started creating my own patterns to be used in the shop.
I really like the way cross-stitch looks and I'm enjoying working with my floss and needle again. Sometimes life comes full circle like that.

So far Sunshine & Lolli features two styles of hair clips using cross-stitch:
The Ava Leigh and The Elise.
The Ava Leigh
The Elise

I'm adding a third style just in time for Easter. Here's a sneak peak at "Bunny Love."
Have a Happy Day!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fancy Felt!

We are pleased to announce that our first shipment of Giant Dwarf felt is here and being used in our felt flower hair clips. We've chosen the Rose Garden collection for Spring.
Giant Dwarf's fancy felt is soft and vibrant. Fancy Felt is an eco-friendly wool + viscose blend fabric made in the United States. Plus, it makes me happy just looking at the stack of colorful felt.

I love to create with high quality materials!

Check out one of our cute models: Alexandra wearing "The Alexandra".
Have a happy day!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Embrace The Camera

I'm hopping aboard the "Embrace The Camera" train.
The challenge from Emily of The Anderson Crew: get in front of the camera rather than being behind it.
I attempted to document a couch wrestling session with the boy. Am I happy with the way I look in this photo? Not especially, but I wouldn't trade this moment for anything. Ever try to hold a camera steady while a 2 1/2 year old attacks you? Didn't think so. heh.
Jellybean tried to get in on the action but alas, she is too little to get up on the couch, not that she didn't try.
I hope that my children will remember the day to day fun we had and that they won't remember a time when I was ever too busy to wrestle.

If you'd like to embrace your camera, link up here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Alphabet Love

One thing I wasn't prepared for when becoming a mother was how much your child's obsessions can seep into your own tastes. My son is absolutely crazy for anything that has to do with the ABCs. We therefore own dozens of alphabet themed books, flashcards and yes, we have a few alphabet posters. I find myself inexplicably drawn to alphabet items of all sorts. By this point I have amassed quite a list of items that either I would like to own because I like the way they look, or because they would make my son's head explode if I were to purchase them for him.

Up top is the last one I found that I feel I must have. It is "alphabetty" a color yourself poster by Summersville.

Here are some more of my faves:
1. Woodland Forest Friends by Potato Patch
2. Alphabet Eye Chart by My Sweet Prints
3. ABC Blue and Green Pillow by Pillow Factory
4. Animal Alphabet by Giraffes and Stuff

Here are a couple of the posters we currently have hanging in my kids' rooms:


5. ABC Poster by Enna
6. Now I know my ABCs by Sugarfresh

Are those enough for you? If not, I'm sure I can provide a few more.

Fortunately, the ABCs are not my son's only obsession. He also adores clocks. Stay tuned for a future post featuring all of the clocks I've been coveting.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Clay Gift Tags


I've decided that this year will be dubbed: "The Year of Gifts" I'm not very good at remembering birthdays, but this year I have vowed to not only remember the birthdays of my friends and family, but also to work on buying truly thoughtful gifts that they will hopefully enjoy.
Because a gift isn't truly finished until it is wrapped in a pretty package, I decided to try my hand at some clay gift tags. This project has already made the rounds about the "blogosphere", but it's still a fun project; one I had a lot of fun doing. I found this tutorial and had it marked for more than a year before I decided I had to try it.
I didn't need to purchase many materials. I bought two colors of clay, some gold acrylic paint, and some small cookie cutters. I did decide to order a metal stamping kit (the one recommended in the tutorial) so I could stamp the small letters. Now that I have it, I'm thinking of trying my had at some metal working in the future.
Besides those materials, I found some popsicle sticks, a toothpick and a small plastic rolling pin from my son's play dough set.
Here are the results. I think they turned out cute and I can't wait to give them away on gifts. I'll be giving out a few today.


Happy Valentines Day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Some of My Favorite Things

There are so many things that frustrate me about my house, but there are also things that make me smile every time I look at them.
Here are a few of the things I get to look at on a daily basis that just make me happy:

1. My prints from Farouche

Farouche is one of my very favorite shops on Etsy. I love how clean and bright their images are. I purchased these last year and have them hanging in my kitchen. The bottom print, "Crocodile Scales," is read regularly to my daughter. "How doth the little crocodile improve his shining tail and pour the waters of the Nile on every golden scale." She will definitely grow up knowing Alice in Wonderland.

2. My shelves
It may seem strange that shelves in and of themselves would make me happy, but they do. It is no small feat hanging shelves on the walls of our 1949 brick and mortar. My husband grumbles every time I ask him to hang something and it inevitably takes weeks/months/years to get it done. I'd take up the drill myself, but the vision of a crack forming all of the way down the wall makes me think the better of it.

Our newest shelf was installed just before Christmas (I desperately needed a place to hang our stockings). Right now it holds our family photos, but I have grand plans in mind for a rotating display. I just haven't made up my mind yet.

These shelves have been in for a little while and I had a fun time finding/making some little things to go on them. The top shelf holds the leaves from a little baby Orangeola Japanese Maple tree that I planted the year we moved into our home. I love this little reminder of something beautiful that I helped to create. I'm so glad I saved these leaves. The tree was damaged last fall (I think by our rowdy neighbors during a party) and I don't think it will be the same after that.
The second shelf holds a print from Lisa Congdon. It reads, "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising up everytime we fall." -Emerson
This shelf also holds the little, yellow porcelain heels that I inherited from my Great-Aunt Jo. I have wonderful memories of visiting her at her house and seeing these little shoes on her book shelf. I smile and think of her every time I see them.

3. Beautiful Photos of My Children

I'm sure this goes without saying, but seeing these beautiful photos of my children brightens my day, every day. My sweet neighbor took time out of her day to take them and my husband (with some grumbling) hung them for me. There's not much that is better than that.

4. An extra drawer

My husband and I share a chest of drawers in our bedroom. He uses the tiny closet in the bedroom and my tiny closet is in our little girl's room. For some time we have split the chest of drawers 50/50, but I guess he finally realized that I clearly didn't have enough room for my clothing. He gifted me one extra drawer. Probably the best gift I've received from him to date in our marriage. It is a wonderful reminder, too, of the sweet, funny guy that I had the fortune of marrying.

Just a few of my favorite things around the house. What are your favorite things?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Birds


I have a crazy idea about decorating my baby girl's room. The unfortunate part is that we are hoping to move this year and I just can't stand the thought of going to all of the time and effort to get it just the way I like it and then to go ahead and leave it. That really long sentence sounds crazy to me. Doesn't it sound crazy to you?
So, to appease my need for decoration I have started a few projects that can be moved from her room to a new room. My first project was inspired by this bird mobile project. I found some beautiful fabric at Purl Soho and started making bird after bird...after bird. I spent a lot of quality time with a needle and some thread in front of the television knocking back many of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes (a series that I would later finish for the second time in my life, I might add).
I love living in a tree lined neighborhood. After a few windy days in the fall, I collected a ton of beautiful branches. I painstakingly mounted each bird to the branches using my trusty glue gun. I'm sure there is a much more sophisticated way to do it, but I just couldn't figure that one out.
After stringing it up with some fishing line, here is the fruit of my labor. I dearly wish I were a better photographer.


I will say that I am pleased with the results. I like the way it looks and I LOVE the look on my little girl's face every morning when she sees it, points to it and smiles. She appears to enjoy her "birdies".

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hair Clips

I have been experimenting with hair clips for the past month. I was originally inspired to put some together after reading this awesome blog post (one of my favorite blogs by the way). I had an immediate, "hey, I can make that!" moment. Here are some examples of clips I've put together. I've gathered a lot of inspiration from other mom friends and on Etsy.

I'm interested in all materials for making my clips. My original clips used scrap booking materials that I had lying around.



I've since gravitated more towards felt and fabric. Although, I've been experimenting with all kinds ideas. I really enjoy creating clips using my cross stitching.



These cross stitched clips were created for my niece. I'll need to get a photo of her wearing them, she is adorable.



I also made some special clips for my 8 year old niece's birthday.



Some heart clips for Valentine's day. Inspired my this wonderful tutorial.




And finally, some creations for another niece who will also be turning 8. I think the first clip is my favorite using a fabric yo yo.



There will be many more clips to come. I love that making hair clips is a get-in-get-out project. It doesn't take much time and you get to see someone else enjoy it.