Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Good [Handmade] Stuff: a little miracle

We've had a little miracle at our house.  I am expecting a baby!  And with the long 40 weeks of anticipation come many dreams of who this person is, proposals for what this person should be called, and, one of my favorite parts, making little tiny things that can only fit a new infant.  Looking back to Pete's newborn picture, there is one unifying theme: 

obviously, the miracle blanket did not always calm this child.
The pink miracle blanket. It was a hand-me-down gift from my sister-in-law, and it was the one thing that calmed his troubled soul, as he was pretty fussy. Bless his heart. Although it seems unkind to put a newborn in a straightjacket, there was nothing more soothing to Peter than being all wrapped up.  The miracle blanket was truly that: miraculous.

Our pink miracle blanket has been loved beyond further use.  However, my neighbor has ingeniously made a pattern for the miracle blanket and let me borrow it.  Here is our new and improved miracle blanket:

 I used the leftover fabric from our Christmas pajamas, and lined it with the same white flannel to warm up our fall baby.  If the Lloyds are going to have matching pjs, we might as well include the little dude/dudette in the matchyfest.  

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Good [Handmade] Stuff: There will be a day when we need this.

Winter cannot last forever!

As a way to boost our seasonal morale, I made this beach bag. No more will we stick the shovel and bucket in the same bag with our graham crackers and granola bars and cell phones, only to find it one nasty mess when we unload it all back at home! Pete will have his own place for sand toys and my beach novel can remain intact. This bag is made from woven vinyl and ribbon. The vinyl was a little tricky to find, but I bought mine on ebay. It's genius material for a beach bag--not only waterproof, but the sand can easily sift out. Thank goodness.

I wish I could link to the pattern and instructions, but I got it from an old Martha Stewart magazine that I'd been saving for a while.  It's really a one evening project, and I'd be happy to talk you through if you want to try it out!

Ok, we're ready to go! You hear that, sun?!