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vintage rickrack, eyelet fabric, and my due date

i’m keeping myself busy today, my due date, by carefully pinning vintage rickrack to an eyelet fabric baby dress cut from an old skirt of mine. the dog is freshly bathed and smells of essential oils and sunshine (yes, sunshine has a scent). the blue light pouring in through the windows doesn’t hide the fact that it was a mere shivering 28 degrees this morning, or that overnight, the sleeping world was covered in icy frost.

cutting a pattern for a little girl dress out of an old skirt

homemade baby girl dress pattern laid out on old skirt fabric

macro photo of vintage black rickrack trim being pinned to hem of tan eyelet fabric

inside, i’m warm, with my decaf mocha and my quiet music. and i know you’re wondering — am i feeling patient? well, not so much, but i’m working on it. =)

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thoughts on a cloudy and tired january morning [& a whimsical embroidered onesie]

it’s cloudy this morning. a touch of grey fog, quiet and calm. the dampness clings to the long slender shoots of grass and wraps around the tired oak fingers. the earth seems to sigh, and the clouds heavily roll along, lumbering, as if even they are too tired to take another celestial step. the occasional hum of a passing vehicle sounds far away and distant, the sound too weary to cut through the morning grey. inside, the dog rests his furry head between his paws, his eyes half open and lifted, watching me as a he fights a losing battle to stay awake.

me? in keepin’ with the situation, i try to eat my cereal with a fork. i feel clumsy, sleepy, already ready for a nap.

i wonder how much longer it will be before baby girl makes her debut. today we’re just three days away from 40 weeks.

closeup of embroidered girl design on white baby shirt - with vintage rikrak/rickrack

closeup macro shot of turquoise and pink vintage rickrack pinned to a green and white background

macro photograph of embroidered whimsical little girl - taken with canon 58mm 250D

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handmade baby gown upcycled from women’s dress [with link to tutorial]

thanks to a great tutorial i found here, i was able to create a baby gown/infant sack from one of my old dresses!  the tutorial was intended for cotton t-shirts, but of course i had to make things way more complicated and use a silky chiffon-like fabric.  seriously, what was i thinking?! i love the way it turned out, though. and i also love that since i got the original dress at a thrift store ages ago, the baby gown is it’s third life!
Before and After photos of a women's dress upcycled into an infant sleep sack/baby gown - vintage daisies 60's

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tiny sewing projects, and baby adventures

it’s only wednesday, but so far it’s been a lovely and busy week-between-christmas-and-the-new-year!

now that all the christmas crocheting is done (hats for everyone!), i was able to finally finish this sweater for sweet little baby. i think i might like it even more than the first tiny sweater i made.
handmade crochet simple baby sweater - variegated green with brown buttons

this week, i’m about to make the leap into sewing…with an actual sewing machine. (thank you, grandma, for such an awesome christmas gift!) i’ve got the most darling fabric all washed and ready to go. tiny little baby dress, i think you’ll be my first project. you know, after i’ve learned to properly thread the machine. perhaps it would be a good thing to read the instruction manual, as my twitter friend lottie pointed out. ;-) in any case, i’m really looking forward to this new sewing adventure.

not that we’re short on adventures around here. i mean, we’re about to add another real live person to our family. eeee! i had my 38 week checkup a few days ago, and looks like baby is still very much content to stay where she is. (it doesn’t feel like she’s very content where she is, though! pressing up against my tailbone isn’t really the most comfortable of places. =P) my doctor doesn’t think baby will make an appearance any time before next year.  my due date is still 12 days away. but who’s counting? who’s paying attention to all this heartburn and nerve pain and random contractions?

it’s all becoming so.very.real.

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newborn baby onesie: embroidered owl applique from upcycled tshirt fabric

Squee! Just finished making this little owl applique for a newborn onesie. I had an old green t-shirt that was destined to become a rag, so I used a piece of that fabric for the owl’s body. I used standard thread for the embroidery. It’s not perfect, but then again, baby will only wear this for the blink of an eye before she outgrows it.

[Update: Owl baby hats are now available via my Etsy shop!]

appliqued upcycled tshirt green embroidered fabric owl on baby onesie

fabric owl, upcycled from tshirt, emroidered onto a baby onesie

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Hand-embroidered, Japanese, and Mexican Baby Girl Clothes

It was deliciously cold this morning: 27 degrees. (Go ahead, you Midwesterners, laugh at me. But this IS California, after all.) I woke up to the little dog curled up tightly in his bed…and my husband outside in shirt sleeves and wet hair — taking photographs of ice and frost. Brrrr. Even the sunlight looked cold this morning…icy blue and shivering. I grabbed my camera too (well, eventually; after reveling in the warm covers for an rather lovely amount of time), but didn’t leave the warm house. No sirree bob. Instead, I stayed inside and took some photos of lovely baby clothes. Ohhhh, I can’t wait to put a tiny little human into these clothes!

Hand-embroidered onesie in progress

close-up macro detail photo of colorful abstract hand embroidery on white baby girls onesie

hand-embroidered white baby girl onesie - taken in front of white curtains and blue christmas garland in morning light

Infant sleep sack from Japan

close-up macro photo of detail on japanese baby girl outfit

japanese baby girl outfit, hanging in blue light in front of window and curtains

Little Girl’s Dress/Shirt from Oaxaca, Mexico

mexican little girl's embroidered shirt from oaxaca, mexico

mexican little girl's dress/shirt from oaxaca, mexico

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a foray* into embroidery

i had some fun with an embroidery needle, a white onesie and some thread which belonged to my husband’s great-grandma. and don’t laugh at my stitches. i haven’t embroidered anything since i was twelve years old.

pink embroidered flower on white baby onesie

embroidered pink thread on back snaps of a white baby onesie

*foray: (n) a brief excursion or attempt especially outside one’s accustomed sphere

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