A Simple Shower

Sarah, my roomie from college who now lives in NorCal, was visiting LA this past weekend for her PsyD graduation– so I planned a simple but sweet baby shower on Saturday with our closest girlfriends.

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(Dr.) Sarah… soon to be mother of a baby boy…!

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Shower colors were navy, teal, and gold. Paradise cake from King’s Hawaiian (best ever), cake stand from the Oh Joy for Target spring collection, diaper cake topper is the ever-popular Sophie the Giraffe teether, and real cake topper is DIY.

Btw, I made the diaper cake using a no-roll method (typically diapers are individually rolled up and rubberbanded). I found it to be much faster (and more hygienic, IMHO). In case you’re wondering, I used a total of 60 size 1 diapers to make the three tiers.

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After lunch (catered from Panini Cafe), we decorated onesies with fabric paint, which turned out to be a stress-inducing activity for most of us (but… they turned out cute!)

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Trying to take one group picture with a gorillapod and self-timer turned into 50… after this one, they mostly looked like this:

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…and this is one of the better ones. 😉

Hooray Sarah! Proud of you and your doctorate, and so excited to meet your baby boy in a few months!

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Room / Life / Mess

Does anyone else agree that when your room is a mess, your life is a mess? They are one and the same to me.

My room right now looks like a friggin’ tornado hit it. A few glimpses of what’s going on inside, with the *actual* mess carefully hidden from the camera. 😉

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Calligraphy practice paper, nibs, and ink spread out all over my desk. Why is the learning curve so steep for me? I guess it would help if I practiced more than once a month… kinda like how I should have practiced piano growing up, or Korean, or guitar, or… (damn, I’m kind of a quitter, aren’t I).

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Christmas presents on the ground. If your name is Daisy (or Karin, or Tina), I have not seen you since before 12/2013. -_- This is a problem, and not just because you’re contributing to the clutter in my room.

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An unfinished 3-tiered cake. Made from diapers, obvi. (I would prefer it if this were a 3-tiered cake made out of… cake. And strawberries.)

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Random stacks of fabric, because my box of fabrics is officially overflowing. I always make sewing projects and end up with leftover fabric swatches, which are typically too small to make something substantial but too big to throw away without it feeling like a waste. Wait. I’ve got it. Time to make a quilt. I literally thought of that right now, so you just caught a #geniusmoment. *bows*

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I went to Joann’s yesterday and bought THE GILDED PAPER STACK. Which is 48 sheets of 12″x12″ cardstock paper. Because I love gold. And I love anything 50% off. The name is pretty deceiving, as you can see above that only about half the stack is actually gilded. Also, I currently have no use for this paper, as I have not scrapbooked or made a card in months, but this is not what I was thinking in the store as I mentally patted myself on the back for the find. I embellished that teal plate with gold dots, because I love gold. Wait, did I already say that?

Anyway.

In the time it took me to photograph and write this post, I could have probably cleaned my entire room. Eff.

Tina Made a Baby Blanket

I have 4 friends and 1 boss who are simultaneously pregnant so my life has been filled with lots of baby-talk these days.  Yikes. I’m gonna be the world’s best aunt. Anyway, I promised my friend Pri that I would make her a baby blanket to match with her nursery, but I’d been procrastinating like crazy. And then I found out last weekend that she was starting to dilate, so that was obviously reason enough to sit down and make it. :X

I used this simple tutorial and I’m happy with the way it turned out! It fakes mitered corners without compromising the look of the final product. (Note that in the pictures in the original tutorial, the corners of the blanket look a bit stretched/sharp..? I was able to square them off pretty easily though so it shouldn’t be an issue if you’re careful.)

Materials:

  • 36″x36″ cotton fabric
  • 41″x41″ some type of fluffy fabric (I used a super soft polyester)
  • matching thread

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Kind of in love with this neon coral fabric (from Joann’s), which matches beautifully with the sprinkle crib sheets and changing pad cover from Joy’s Land of Nod line that Pri bought a few weeks ago.

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Cameo by Patrick the Pup

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I was able to give the blanket to Pri on Monday and she loved it. Yay! Her husband even wrapped himself in it (trust me, it’s soft) and asked if I could make it in a bigger size. 😉

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Baby C loved it too! 🙂 A quick (fuzzy) iPhone pic from Monday evening. So happy we got to talk over dinner and dessert– which will probably be a rare occasion from here on out.

Pri is actually in labor RIGHT NOW (I’m writing this Wed 11pm, though this post will be published in a few hours), so everyone send a quick prayer her way!

Tina Made Onesie Cupcakes

I posted this past Monday about the DIY appliqued onesies I made for my friend Pri’s baby shower. Seriously though, the packaging was the best part of the gift. I cannot take credit for the original idea (oh how I wish I could), but I love how it turned out. Onesie cupcakes!

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Materials:

  • 4 onesies (mine came in a pack of 4 from Target)
  • 4 receiving blankets (also a pack of 4 from Target)
  • 4 regular size coffee filters (base diameter 3.25″)
  • 4 rubber bands
  • 4 pieces of ribbon
  • 1 cupcake box (mine was a Wilton’s window treat box 4″x8″x8″– came in a pack of 3 from Joann’s)

Directions:

  1. Fold your receiving blanket lengthwise into thirds. This will be the base of your cupcake.
  2. Gather your onesie as best as you can (can hold with one hand and poke into your fist… or do whatever works for you). This will be the “frosting” of the cupcake. I made sure the applique shape was at the top so that there was a pop of color.
  3. Wrap your receiving blanket around and around your onesie, starting at the bottom. Secure with a rubber band.
  4. Place it inside of a coffee filter (the “wrapper” of the cupcake) and tie a ribbon around it.
  5. Repeat x4, then place all 4 cupcakes inside a cake/treats box with a window and tie with a ribbon and tag!

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Aren’t they so deliciously cute?

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I ended up putting some tissue paper inside the box so the cupcakes wouldn’t slide around too much.

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I decorated the top of the box with some gold polka dot washi tape.

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Also made a hand-stamped tag, using my crop-a-dile tool to set an eyelet at the top

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Tied it all up with thin yellow grosgrain ribbon. Huzzah!

Tina Made Appliqued Onesies

Has it come to this?

Yes. Yes it has. I am now spending the little free time I have making baby DIYs because apparently many friends are now in the life stage of…. having babies. I don’t know how this happened, but my bff from high school, my bff from college, and my bff from grad school…. are all pregnant right now.

WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE.

Anyway. Ignore my existential crisis because hot damn, these baby onesies came out cute, if I must say. I gave them to my friend Pri, whose baby shower I attended this past Saturday. Tutorial and templates (bird, giraffe, elephant) from here; heart template free-handed. I bought a pack of four Carter’s brand onesies from Target, and all fabric swatches were from scraps I had.

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Directions:

  1. Iron Wonder-Under (fusible interfacing) onto fabric (both large enough to fit your template of choice).
  2. Trace your template onto the back of the Wonder-Under (which should now be fused to your fabric).
  3. Cut out your shape.
  4. Peel the backing off the Wonder-Under.
  5. Place your fabric shape onto the onesie and iron.
  6. Top stitch around the edge of your shape.

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Better than the onesies was the packaging though– will save that for another post!

Life Lately

Last Thursday, Jessica (from Bramble Workshop) and I went on a field trip. We walked around LA visiting a bunch of cool stores (and oh, there are so many), got inspired, and enjoyed the perfect weather.

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First stop: CHAY. We both fell in love with this store…!

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Ack. Lurrrrve all this gold. For more pictures of the store, check out designlovefest‘s post of CHAY from last week, all floral-ed out by Moon Canyon Design)

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Third stop (second stop was the OK Store) was RTH. Upcycled robots + cement lightbulbs.

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Chair made out of horseshoes. People are creative.

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Perfect weather!

Today’s my last day working with Jessica. 😦 We’re still trying to figure out how we’ll continue to work together though, and she’ll be back in LA often enough for projects, so I guess it’s less a good-bye and more a see-you-later…!

A few pictures from our latest photo shoot for another DIY for designlovefest— a gorgeous amethyst mirror. I painted my nails for this one… -_- (too bad there’s nothing I can do about my veiny hands).

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Photos above by Brittany Wood. And a few behind-the-scenes pictures…

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Brittany and Jessica setting up

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Oops my chicken legs.

Finally, a few pictures of my first project with Oh Joy— a photo shoot for a DIY table runner with Joy’s gold confetti from her Target line. It was literally the first thing I did when I walked through her studio doors on the first day of my internship. Is hand modeling in my future? Ha. Photos by Casey Brodley.

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That’s all for now, folks. It’s been go-go-go and it’s gonna be another busy week. Let’s do this.

Tina Made an Insulated Casserole Carrier

I made this project a few times in the last few years but never posted pictures! I used this tutorial (with a few changes as suggested here) and it’s definitely a more complicated sewing project (takes ~5 hours from start to finish). It carries a Pyrex 9″x13″ baking/casserole dish and I’ve given them as bridal shower gifts– include the Pyrex in the carrier, and put some kitchen goodies inside (or lingerie, I suppose).

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I really need to get back on the sewing machine……. so many projects bookmarked, so little time!