I have always loved Halloween, but I’m not much of a scary Halloween person. I’m also not much of a dress my baby as a princess person. I’m sure that one Halloween before I know it, Alice is going to want me to make her a princess or a witch, but until then, I’ll dress her up in cute little forest animal costumes.
I used this super easy tutorial from Prudent Baby. I made the costume a little big on her so that she can use it for dress-up as she grows older. Who doesn’t need a bird costume in their dress up box?
Alice is walking just in time to trick-or-treat! We’ll just visit a few houses of some good friends, but maybe we’ll let her have a taste of candy this year.
Last year I crocheted this hat for my bitty bear the night before Halloween following this YouTube tutorial. She was such a grumpy baby back then! It’s so nice to have a cheery 14-month old for Halloween this year!
We had family photos taken when Alice turned one, and I couldn’t be happier with them. Alice is quite the serious, skeptical kid in public, so we were nervous that subjecting her to a photo session would be rough. But Alice was in a great mood and the photographer very sweet, so we ended up with some adorable photos.
Who do you think Alice looks like? We can never decide!
On the front of the pattern envelope there is a red box that says “YES! It’s easy.” Luckily, that was true, and I was able to sew the dress and bloomers in less than three hours. Which was useful as I started it the night before and finished it 10 minutes after we were supposed to leave to meet the photographer.
She got to wear her cute summer dress a few more times before the rain set in here in Oregon. It’s officially fall here now!
Alice had her first birthday in August! I can’t believe it’s been a year already and I don’t have a tiny baby any more. But I have to admit, I much prefer having a one-year old over having a newborn. Sleep is a wonderful thing, and so is watching Alice pick up new skills by the hour. She’s amazing!
My birthday gift to her was this super cute elephant jumper and amigurumi elephant. I grew up with the Ed Emberly drawing books, so I can’t get enough of this elephant fabric. Isn’t it adorable?! I want the rest of the fabric collection! The elephant amigurumi pattern is from the Tiny Yarn Animals book.
The dress is reversible! The pattern is the Jump-N dress from Olive Ann Designs. The dress is a bit too big on her now, but it should fit some time in the next year.
We had a quiet birthday with just the three of us. I promise I’ll throw big, fun parties when Alice gets a bit older. But this time, we just had a picnic in the park and Alice got to eat her first processed sugar. I made homemade funfetti cupcakes and she loved them (of course).
Update with a photo of Alice wearing the elephant dress. It finally fits her now that she is 20 months old.
Alice doesn’t pull herself up in her crib yet, but I wanted to be prepared because she certainly likes to chew on everything. So I sewed up these cute little crib rail teething guards.
I used this tutorial from Baby Rabies. Instead of folding over the main fabric, though, I just used store-bought bias tape to finish the edges. I cut my fabric and quilted backing to size, sewed strips of bias tape closed for the ties, and basted around the edges.
Then I just finished the edge with bias tape. It was super easy and I love the contrasting color edge.
Doesn’t her crib look cozy? I wish I could snuggle up with her in there to read her a bedtime story. Her grandma made the super cute blanket and pillows to match her mobile.
This is another little hat that I made for Alice when I was past due and dreaming of her. Amazingly, it fits her just right now that the sun is starting to shine in Oregon. It sews up so fast with fabric scraps and bias tape, that I think I need to make a few more for this summer!
I used this pattern from The Purl Bee. It says it fits newborn – 4 months, but Alice is almost 9 months and it fits her now (maybe she has a small head?)!
She wore it to our community garden plot last weekend.
Alice is growing like a weed and desperately needed some new diaper covers. We use Mother-Ease cloth diapers (and LOVE them), but the covers they offer aren’t very cute. Thirsties covers are cute, but they don’t fit right over the diapers. So I was pretty excited when I discovered Babyville Boutique. They have super cute PUL fabric, buttons, and elastic. Plus patterns and instructions that take a lot of the scariness out of sewing your own diapers.
Plus I was so happy to see that the basic pattern they provide fit perfectly over the Mother-Ease diapers. Hooray! Here’s my little girl in a dinosaur cover. She’s working on learning how to crawl.
Here are the other covers I’ve made so far. I made the red one with the 4th of July in mind. But now I just think of Wonder Woman when I see it!
They are so simple to make – just cut out the shape, add the snaps, and sew the elastic around the outside. They sell everything at Joann Fabrics, so it’s not too expensive if you use those handy 40% off coupons.
Yay! I love cloth diapering, and am so happy that I can now add some cuteness into the system!
I made this adorable bonnet for Alice in my last days of pregnancy. I was past my due date and needed something to do to pass the time. It was August, and every little baby I saw around town had on a cute summer hat. So I pulled out some fabric scraps and whipped up a few hats. I used this pattern from Prudent Baby, but made the straps longer so that I could tie them into a bow.
We have spent the weekend recovering from various sicknesses, so I didn’t get much crafting done. But I was able to take a few minutes to finish up this yo-yo robot that I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks. I made a few yo-yos a night using the Clover large yo-yo maker and used this tutorial for the robot. I love how colorful it is!
I made extra yo-yos to make some barrettes for when Alice’s hair grows longer. What are some other things that you’ve used yo-yos for?
My name is Annie, I’m married to a wonderful boy named Dave, and we have the cutest kitty cat in the world named Cricket. We are new transplants to Oregon, and by day I am an environmental educator. In my free time I like to sew, bake, cook, letterpress, and do any crafty thing that I can get my hands on. I hope I can inspire others with my projects! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.