Homemade Gifts Part 2

Wasn’t able to fit in all the homemade gifts in that last post. I’ve been pre-washing all the clothing and sheets we were gifted and wow there’s a lot of stuff. This post is solely dedicated to the handmade gifts lovingly made by my good friend Leslie.

First, she made a double sided UCLA fleece blanket. Hubby was ecstatic about the UCLA print. After all, UCLA is near and dear to his heart. Plus, the blanket is SOOOO soft!! (We know it’s intended for the baby, but we just may steal this for ourselves instead haha)
UCLA blanket

The underside of the blanket:
UCLA blanket (backside)

And a matching baby hat to go with it! Too bad it doesn’t fit Hubby’s head. I would have made him wear it all over the house… haha!
UCLA hat

And then a very pretty nursing cover for me. I love the print!!
Pretty nursing cover =)

And lastly, this is not really homemade, but I appreciate it just the same – Hello Kitty socks! For my hospital stay!
HK hospital socks! Yea!

Thoughtful, handmade, personal. We love it. Thanks Les!!

Handmade Gifts

Because this blog is on crafterly things, how could I not show of some of the wonderfully handcrafted baby items recently gifted to me?? Because I understand how much time and love it takes to make a handmade item, it means so much more to me. Here are a couple of handmade things I love:

A handspun, handknit, and handsewn Baby Surprise Jacket!
jacket front

It’s reversible too, with a very cool lining. I absolutely love the colors:
open jacket

Complete with Cheri’s etsy shop label (so professional and clean looking too! So impressive!):
label

(Visit her etsy shop here for all things children’s apparel, handspun yarn, and other gifts: Enchanted)

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And then there is a quilt that was put together by my high school friend Karen:
Karen's Baby Quilt - folded

Karen's Baby Quilt - spread out

Aren’t the colors gorgeous?! I am so in love with this blanket, I know it will be one of my favorites. I was so touched by all the time and effort she put into this. And it has a yellow fleece underside:
Karen's Baby Quilt - yellow fleece side

And another delightful label lovingly placed at the edge:
Quilt Label

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Lastly, handsewn baby leg warmers by Esther! Aren’t they adorable??
Esther's Handsewn Baby Leg Warmers

And just for kicks, I always love the gifts given by other fellow moms, who are always thinking practically.
OXO Brite

Love the handwritten note on top. Thanks Esther! =)
OXO Brite note

Bending The Rules

Have you guys seen Amy Karol’s (of Angry Chicken) new book? I preordered it on Amazon awhile back, and it just arrived this week:

Amy Karol’s “Bend The Rules Sewing”

I love love love this sewing book. It has a ton of fun projects, and here are just a few to wet your palate (click on thumbnail for a close-up):

The Zip Pouch Simple Tote Heidi Headband The No Cash Wallet Artsy Clutch Charming Handbag Pleated Beauty Handbag Clever Coasters Amazing Tea Towel Apron Apron Pockets Simple Bib Scalloped Baby Blanket

Of course, these are just some of the pictures of the projects I really liked. There are also pillow patterns, an easy quilt, table runners, placemats, teapot cozy, dog collars, you name it. Lots of fun stuff. And not only does it have fun and easy patterns, a good third of this book has tutorials for beginning sewers – from basic tools to fabric know-how to basic hand sewing techniques. The way she writes is very organized, detailed, and practical. LOVE it.

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And on a totally different note, I’ve made my very first few pieces of jewelry (with real pearls and swarovski crystals). I proudly showed my hubby my creations, and he launched into a whole discussion on how I can totally make money from this and he proceeded to give me a very detailed business plan and approach. I took a step back and said, WHOA there fella, this is just my first couple of bracelets/earrings! Who knows what will happen? But I’m flattered that he supports my crafts/creativity 110%, and thinks I have alot of talent.

Pearl bracelet & earrings set

Of course, I have to practice learning how to photography jewelry properly. It’s so much harder than photographing a simple knit or sewing project! No handheld snapshots, this definately needs a tripod, as my hand isn’t steady enough.

Gifts

Don’t you just love friends? Especially when they come bearing gifts.

Yarn!

Goodies!

Yummies!

Thanks to the lovely and generous Rain… THANK YOU! I have projects in queue with those yarns in mind, and I especially love the food items! I’ve already used one packet already. And the mango gummies…. I think I found my favorite gummy candy now. If only I can find this in the States…

And of course, beyond receiving gifts, it’s always nice to give as well. I was recently in a secret pal exchange with my local SnB group, and boy was that fun! I got so many great goodies (thanks Marin!)! Sorry to say, I don’t have pictures of my received gifts and alot of my own gifting, but the only thing I have was something I whipped up super fast last week. May I present, Amy Butler’s Swing Bag! With zippered pockets!! (The zippered pockets on a reversible bag was a big deal for me, being a newbie with my zipper foot)

The recipient, a good friend (hi Lacy!), is a collector of all things parrots:

Lacy’s Swing Bag

A zipper pocket (yea!):

Zipper pocket

The interior (see the other zipper pocket in there?):

The bag interior (reversible side)

This pattern was by far the easiest bag I’ve ever done (did I mention that this was a reversible bag??). =) I’m in the midst of making one for myself – I couldn’t resist. I’m usually a small bag kinda gal, but this bag is sturdy, roomy, practical, and I just love it. Next week, watch out the completion of another one! Yippee! =)

A Little Bear

Yes, Little Miss Squirrel has a friend!

Squirrel and Bear

I haven’t decided whether this little dark bear is a boy or a girl. Hubby votes for girl because the little blue outfit looks too much like a dress. And my triple french knots for the eyes weren’t big enough – resulting in really shocked looking eyes. =P

A bear reflection

A bit on the thin side, so I tried to see if this little Bear could make a good bookmarker. It didn’t look so good (especially with the bugged out looking eyes):

Bear bookmark

(P.S. The Lonely Guide Kenya book we just purchased – yes, we’ll be going there soon! Details to come later) These little stuffed felt animals are fast, cute, and addicting to make. Definately great if you need an instant gratification project (which is what I need now!). =)

Lastly, I made one of my favorite potato dishes – scalloped potatoes!

Homemade Scalloped Potatoes

I love it creamy and cheesy, even though it is so NOT healthy. In this recipe, however, I thinned out the cream with nonfat milk, and it made a big difference in how it tasted -lighter, not so heavy – but still really yummy! I also parboiled the potato slices in the cream/milk beforehand, so it would cook faster/more evenly in the oven. Yummy! (The pan, on the other hand, was a sucker to scrub afterwards.)

P.S. Comments Update – Alot of you may notice that there has been an error message when commenting on my posts. Happy to say, I think I finally fixed it. Do let me know if it pops up again or not! Thanks! =)