Cutie-pie. It’s been so fun watching Chanel change over these past couple of months. She’s gonna grow out of these onesies in a hot minute!
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.
(Dr.) Sarah… soon to be mother of a baby boy…!
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.
Trying to take one group picture with a gorillapod and self-timer turned into 50… after this one, they mostly looked like this:
…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!
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.)
Cameo by Patrick the Pup
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. 😉
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!
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!
Aren’t they so deliciously cute?
I ended up putting some tissue paper inside the box so the cupcakes wouldn’t slide around too much.
I decorated the top of the box with some gold polka dot washi tape.
Also made a hand-stamped tag, using my crop-a-dile tool to set an eyelet at the top
Tied it all up with thin yellow grosgrain ribbon. Huzzah!
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.
Better than the onesies was the packaging though– will save that for another post!
Last Saturday, I took a calligraphy workshop taught by Jenna Rainey of Monvoir and hosted by Oh, Hello Friend in Fullerton. I recently tried to teach myself and I gave up after one day, so obviously I needed some help learning.
The workshop was 2 hours and the $75 fee included supplies (ink, penholder, nib, practice paper, alphabet template) and snacks.
Left: Jenna’s alphabet (copyrighted, btw). Right: Cute wall decor at the Oh, Hello Friend studio
First we learned technique, then we practiced various strokes, then we traced, and finally, we practiced our own lettering (photo above right obviously traced).
Calligraphy is a lot harder than it looks (for me, I feel like the lettering is harder than the actual technique!), but I’m excited to practice. Buying more paper tomorrow… wish me luck!
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).
I really need to get back on the sewing machine……. so many projects bookmarked, so little time!
Designlovefest published another Bramble Workshop DIY this past Monday and I thought I’d share some pictures. Jessica made these pretty wall hangings made out of copper and yarn and we shot the pictures the same day as the dip-dye placemats (so yes, more hand modeling for me… ha!). Photographs by Brittany Wood; see the rest here.
And here are some behind the scenes shots:
Prepping all the materials for the shoot
Above left: Promise I’m not pissed.. just focusing intensely on keeping my hands as still as possible while straightening out that copper wire. Above right: Yup… shooting the placemats at the same time. 🙂
Closeup of the copper coupling
Brittany working her skillzz. What a dreamy studio with the best light.
There’s another Bramble Workshop for designlovefest photo shoot coming up soon so look out for more DIYs in the next few weeks!
Is it already Monday?! This past week and weekend flew by in a blurrr. Early last week, the Everly girls asked me to coordinate their oldest sister’s baby shower (this past Saturday) so it was a week of late nights, crazed DIY-ing, and multiple Joanns/Michaels/Target/Party City runs. I planned the whole thing from start to finish in four days. FOUR days! I hope it’s a record I will never have to beat. It felt extra crazy because I got sick and felt progressively worse throughout the week. Eeeep.
Hopefully I’ll post some detail shots (from a reeeeal camera) soon, but for now, here’s a picture of the dessert table. 🙂 It was whale/ocean-themed so we stuck with shades of mint and light blue, and of course, cute whale motifs.
After Saturday morning’s shower, I freelanced with the Zoie Events team for an event at the El Rey Theater. Kind of random but it was a surprise 75th bar mitzvah-themed birthday extravaganza. I was slated to work from 3pm-1am, but I must have sneezed one too many times, because halfway through, I got sent home sick. :X Ack. I felt bad but also equally thankful…!
Outside the El Rey. The family put a lot of love into this huge event– hopefully the guest of honor was truly surprised!
Now that I have the full-blown flu, I’m really looking forward to a (hopefully) chill week of recovery. Have a great week!
Jessica from Bramble Workshop invited me to assist her at a photo shoot a few weeks ago for a DIY she did for designlovefest— these beautiful dip-dyed placemats. When I got to the studio, turns out they needed me to be a hand model. :O Err… woulda gotten a manicure had I known.
And here are some behind the scenes shots:
We were pretty much on our hands and knees for the entire shoot 🙂
Left: Table setting… on the ground. So much easier to take aerial photos. 😉 Right: Love the bleed of the dyes, especially the pink!! Such a great (and easy!) DIY.
Thanks for inviting me, Jessica! Check out more of Bramble Workshop’s DIYs for designlovefest below: