Monday, April 30, 2012

Tutorial Tryout: Crinkle Toy

Meet my new favorite baby shower gift ever. I am pretty proud of this little darling, seeing as it only took me about 20 minutes to put together and was made from bits and pieces about my house. I didn't get any other pictures of it before I gave it away as a shower gift, but it's composed of the following:

Orange and white butterfly fabric, from my scrap stash.
Pink Minky (on the back), also from my scrap stash.
Rainbow ribbon, rummaged from a bathroom drawer of hair accessories.
Purple ribbon, packaging from a set of baby blankets given to me as a gift that hadn't been used yet.
Cellophane. Here's where I had to get creative. I took the outside wrapper from a bag of microwave popcorn and used that. 
Polyfill stuffing, about a handful. I wanted it squishy, but not too big for tiny hands to grab onto.

I searched around several tutorials for how to make this little beauty. I ended up using the tutorial I found on Simple Things, Sweet Life (sidenote: I love the gifts in a card section!). I didn't sew in my crinkle and I added that bit of poly, but the basics were the clearest on her tutorial. Also, her toy was adorable.

I adore giving handmade gifts and don't want to follow the common crowds by giving baby blankets, so this is a perfect idea. And considering how many babies are on the way in my world of friends and family, the adorable and easy factors of this toy cannot be denied. I've already sewn up a second one for baby Sage to play with. She likes to stuff it in her mouth. 

With this second one, I added a zig zag edge. I also didn't add any polyfill. Just playing around, trying to find my own personal groove. (I really need to work on this picture thing.)

Have fun!

Jubilant Jessi: Take Two

So.... I dropped off the face of the Earth.

So much in fact, that I've been sitting here for a good 45 minutes trying to figure out a blog name only to remember I had one. Then I had to remember how to log into it. So now that I'm all set up and ready to go again....

 Hi. :)

As a way to reintroduce myself, here are a few of my newest loves...

1) my lovely daughters. Yes, daughters as in plural. I have two of them now. A fact which makes me super smiley on a daily basis. Wait, make that a minute basis. Or maybe not, since it doesn't really make sense. My two beautiful flower girls, growing like crazy. I am constantly tickled by the things that comes out of Lily's mouth and I go gooey inside when baby Sage coos at me. I am under the impression now that I want a houseful of children and the Husband is enamored like I am so he thinks its a great idea. We'll see.

2) my addiction known as Pinterest. If you don't know what Pinterest is... go there now. Take a bathroom break and grab some snacks first because you won't be moving away from the computer for awhile I apologize for causing the hiccups in your social life that will result, but you'll have an amazing imaginary house, tons of recipes you might just try, and more crafty inspiration than you will ever know what to do with.

3) May 5th. Random? Yes. The last day of Spring semester? Kaaa-Ching! No more school until August. This is most excellent. I will have all summer to play with my new sewing machine, the blank journal I have, the creative ideas collected on the above mentioned addiction. So. exciting. I will get a read a book. A book I want to read. Woot!

So stay tuned, I'll have lots of time on my hands this summer and I'm sure I'll be spending a bit of it here in my little slice of bloggy land. And now, I'm off to go study chemistry. Blech. I can't put it off any longer, the final is Wednesday. Wish me luck!
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