Baby, hue make me so happy
I never planned to live vicariously through my daughter, but I have to tell you that I am positively reveling in all of the color that she has brought into our lives (both literally and metaphorically, of course).
Rae just wrote about her changing relationship to pink, and I am right there with her. I am having a blast putting together baby Grace’s room, with Michael Miller’s Pretty Bird fabric popping up everywhere.
I’ve noticed that a rainbow theme is an excellent way to make a simple project exciting, like these little rice bags:
Some of them were supposed to have real pictures of our family on one side, but the photo transfer paper I used to iron on didn’t stand up to the abuse of a teething baby so that idea quickly fell by the wayside. (The unexpected bonus, however, is that I’ve started throwing a few of these in the freezer and they are excellent for gnawing.)
My big color-and-scraps project for the summer was inspired by a fellow blogger. When K at West Coast Creative started her landscape projects this summer, I was intrigued by her every stitch. And although I knew I wouldn’t do hand sewing at this moment in time, I decided to apply some of the free form principles to something that had been stirring in my mind for a while: a color and texture baby book for Grace. No patterns, no forethought, just using scraps as best I could! Some edges I incorporated into the design, others I properly finished, some I just zig-zagged in place. I was careful to stitch everything very securely, especially snaps and buttons. It’s not quite as sophisticated as the quiet book I saw a while ago, but it was age appropriate for her this summer and fun for both of us. I used crumply bags and ahem, cat toys inside a few of the pages for added texture and noise, and it was a hit!
And then there’s the stash enhancement that all of this color bliss brings along with it. I mean, I am using my scraps, but can you imagine how much fun I had when I won the PR Children’s Sewing Contest (the random entry prize, thank goodness, because if I had won for my sewing skills I’d probably have been too shy to share it with you) and got a gift certificate to the Fabric Fairy? Not only did I finally get my paws on an Ottobre, but I also got some fun and funky knits for fall. Thank you, Fabric Fairy and PR!