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On tiny people.

Little (well) known fact: Lady is obsessed with babies.

Other little known fact: When you get to be roughly 24 or 25 years old, suddenly you will be surrounded with tiny people. Sometimes a little sooner, sometimes a little later, but roughly around this time in your life, you will feel like everyone you know is on a mission to repopulate the (already over populated) earth.

I like tiny people. Not quite as much as Lady does, but I do. This is obviously evidenced by my gushing, gooey, full of photos post about my little niece and nephew. While I’m not looking to have kids just yet (Sorry, Lady, you have to wait a few more years if I can help it) I am lucky that I have TONS of friends and family members popping ’em out.

So, what’s a girl surrounded by pregnant ladies to do? She finds a couple really useful crochet patterns and buys a bunch of yarn.

Baby blankets make fantastic gifts, especially when they are soft, cozy, and made with love.

I got the idea for this particular blanket from this post on Purl Bee, but…. um.. secret: It’s just a giant granny square. Lots of people make tons of small granny squares and stitch them together to make a blanket, but with this one, you just keep going. You just do row after row until you get it to the size you want.

I also added a scalloped edge to mine, but that’s totally optional. For those wondering how I did it: Starting at a corner, do 6dc, ch1, sc, ch1, 6dc, and so on.

And then of course there are hats. (P.Bizzle is representing today, as I do not have my own tiny person to model hats for me.) Tiny people are, well, tiny, and they are obviously prone to having chilly little heads, especially when you live in an area that is subjected to cold winters.

So, hats are also a wonderful option as well- I personally like the idea of gifting them with blankets as matching sets, but if you’re low on funds/time/patience, hats work up much faster than blankets, and still get the handmade gesture across.

This particular hat pattern (well, part of it) was purchased from a very wonderful Etsy seller. You can find her shop here.

From what I can tell, most of the patterns from the shop use the same base pattern, with different decorative motifs. I purchased one with a decorative motif I specifically wanted, but this particular hat was made using the base hat pattern, plus a flower from another pattern I have.

And that’s that! Wrap it up, maybe add a thing or two off a registry if it’s for a baby shower, and gift away!

Until Next Time!

-Bird

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Week one: *just under the wire* Bubsy’s Birthday Blowout

Greetings!  Lady here with a confession of monstrous proportions….

I didn’t actually do a project this week! *shock*

I know, “For Shame Lady!”  This week was a bit crazy as my someday hubby came down with a mean case of Poison Oak.  As he is always wonderful and patient when I’m sick, or sad, or begging for yet another footrub, (he gives them on first request, it’s AMAZING!) much of my freetime this week was spent tending to his needs.  I also squeezed in buying a new car.  Well… not new, just new to me.  Nevertheless, its the first car with my name on the title, so I’m pretty stinkin’ excited.  Oh, it’s a 2001 PT Cruiser for those who are curious.

But wait, I’m loosing myself.  Stop.  Collaborate.  Listen.

Okay.  So, my point was that I was crazy busy.  And at the end of long days during the week, I kept thinking “Self, we must come up with a quick project to post.  We cannot disappoint Bird of the blogsphere with the very first project!”  But alas, life took over, as it often does, and creatvity just didn’t get its chance to shine.

Then I realized that I had a mountain of pictures from my nephew’s 2nd birthday and some pretty decent shots of his handmade birthday card suite and homemade cake.  My nephew is my favorite person to exist on this planet, so I tend to spare no detail when it comes to making his gifts nothing less than perfect.  Because he is perfect.  Seriously, look:

My little man turned the ripe old age of 2 back in early July.  This years theme was tractors, as he is just a tiny bit obsessed with them.  My brother and sister-in-law put me in charge of the smash cake. I’ve taken a cake decorating class at JoAnn Fabrics (an anniversary gift from the mister!) and was addicted to Ace of Cakes for a solid few years, so I was excited for the challenge.  I took the Duff route and wanted to make a tractor cake that was 100% edible.  Afterall, you can’t just hand a 2 year old a cake and have any chance of him NOT trying to eat everything.

So, without further ado,


I started the process by baking 2 mini loaf cakes (simple vanilla box mix).  I then cut the top one in half and stacked the cakes and evened the edges.  The cakes are covered with vanilla buttercream, colored green for that farmtown effect.  Chocolate donuts serve as the tires.  I love how the chocolate glaze turned out to look like mud!  A Reese cup stands in for the steering wheel, Pretzel M&Ms as the headlights, Hersey bar as the seat, and pretzels served as dowels to hold it all together.  The whole thing was then placed on a cookie sheet, where I alternated pretzels to look like plowed fields. Final touch was to crumble some of the leftover cake set aside from trimming down the sides, and make a trail.  uses a bit of crushed chocolate, pretzels, and cocoa powder to create a dirt line between the “fields” and the “path.”  I call this one a success.  I’m thinking little man liked it too…

Look Mommy, no hands!

I had already purchased Bubs a sweet little table and chair set from Hobby Lobby when I found it on supersale back in March.  I need to take a picture so you can see how absolutely precious it is.  Basically oversized pencils in primary colors serve as the legs of the table and 2 chairs.  Precious.  But since my gift was not handmade, it just had to be presented with a knockout card.  To fit the theme, of course!

Carson’s Birthday

Suite

Complete with Personalized Poem:

“A year ago you were crawling

Could barely walk an inch

And now you’re running everywhere

And climbing seems a cinche.

You’ve learned to say your name

Numbers and colors too,

And nothing can beat that smile you’ve learned

Will make us all give into you.

I can hardly believe you’re here already

Time has gone by so fast

But with all you know and all you’ve learned

Age 2 will be a blast!”

So there you have it.  Carson loved his cake, his card, and his whole big day.

And I loved watching it all from the front row. =)

Until next time.

Lady

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Week One: A Bitty Birdy Project

Hey all!

After several weeks of packing/moving/unpacking, I have finally gotten to a point where I feel like I have time to post a project. (Ok, truth time: I’ve had this project done and on my computer since before the move… but as my craft room is still not organized, I’ve been putting off posting anything… so, consider this motivation to get organized by next week.)

So, I suppose I should start by announcing this weeks theme: Baby Boys!

This theme was inspired by the birth of my nephew, who is pretty adorable, as well as Lady’s life long obsession with little souls.

For my project, I chose to go digital (I was packing up all my fabric at the time, after all)

It started when I found this photo on Pintrest:

And I really liked it, and I decided that I should do something similar for my nephew (Who I am calling Little Man), as well as his older sister (Miss L).

And this is what I came up with.

It was pretty simple to design… I just picked a font I liked, arranged everything in Adobe Illustrator, and picked colors inspired by their bedroom sets (his ended up being pretty similar to the original image… Common baby boy colors?).

And here is the finished product, printed and framed:

Hopefully my sister will enjoy having these sweet reminders hanging up in the kiddos room 🙂

Quick Tip: 

If you’re going to print at home, you may have trouble getting the print quality you want with a standard inkjet printer and card stock. I found that I had the best luck using a matte photo paper and the photo print setting. The paper is thinner than what I would have gotten at a print shop, but since it’s getting framed anyway, I think it works.

-Bird

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