Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Bird, A Nest, And A Mouse

I am new to the whole knitting/crafting world.  I learned to sew in San Diego from a neighbor who kinda took me under her wing. I thought it was something I liked doing but I was never THAT into it.  Fast forward a few years and now I am a completely different person.

It has changed me in so many ways.  Now when summer birthday season comes along (Jack in May, Lucy in June, and Molly in July) I now think to myself, "What should I make them?"  I love that!!  I have learned so much from others in this blog world..especially my Ginny!!!  She always makes such sweet things for her kids on their birthdays and I always think how special her kids must feel...even if they don't know it now...they will always remember those gifts above all others.

So taking a cue from my knitting mentor, I decided to give a go at toy knitting.  I wanted to make something quick and easy because I know me, and I ALWAYS run out of time....

Well...I found these little chicks from Rebecca Danger and LOVED them.  Then I remembered the nest and eggs from Purl Bee back at Easter.  I decided to knit Lucy and mama bird with her nest and eggs....

I can write a whole post about my little go at toy knitting...but for now I will say that I NEED PRACTICE!! It was fun and she turned out cute...but little parts with small stitches is a type of knitting that takes patience and precision...2 things I lack at 10:00 at night.  The eggs and nest were SO FUN to knit. I REALLY loved the nest.  All the yarn I used was scrap yarn and the yarn I used for the chick was NOT perfect.  I really want to knit one for Drew in a lighter blue color.
While I was knitting her toys over the week I decided to try sewing her a little bag that I had wanted to try long ago.  This pattern was from Sew Liberated and it is SO CUTE!!! I kinda made this more for me than her.  I really wanted to own this little bag but was not sure I could pull off a lady bug purse.  So I thought, if nothing else I can hang it off a hook by our coats in the hall and enjoy seeing it's cuteness.

She really did like it!!  She stuffed it full of lip gloss as soon as she opened it.

Then one night while I was flipping through a book I have looking for a birthday crown idea I found this little mouse to sew.  I LOVED it and whipped one up for Lucy (or me?).  I remember loving little woods animals when I was young and if it had a home I was even more in I made the little mouse a home too.  I think I was more excited about this mouse and mouse house than any other thing I made her this year.  I stayed up way to late putting in curtains and knitting a throw rug for the little mouse house...but I could not sleep until the house felt like a home...

This project is from a kids sewing book.  I felt like a little kid making it.  I was so excited.  I MADE THIS!!!  I MADE THIS!!  It was simple and I loved every little moment I spent on it.

 Lucy liked it...but Priscilla LOVED it.  Lucy was pretty busy with her flamenco dress and fan that Pete's mom sent from her trip to Spain.  I understood...a flashy fancy dress...or a little mouse house???

Handmade stuff aside...Lucy was pretty focused on one thing...

Getting her Bitty Baby a stroller.  And we knew just the place to go for that!!!

Lucy got this Bitty Baby at a garage sale 2 weeks ago.  The baby was $5. She had no idea it was an American Girl Doll baby.  She just saw her and LOVED her.  Since then Lucy has not put this baby down.  The older girls never really played with baby doll. When I was little I LOVED baby dolls.  So watching Lucy "mama" her baby is so sweet.

So now I have Molly up next and my wheels are spinning.  Making them things makes the preparation to celebrate the person feel more focused and special..

So thank you Ginny..and all the other inspirational moms who have taught me the joy of making and giving.


  1. Happy birthday to your little one! Everything is beautiful!!
    I have been trying to comment on your blog for weeks now but this is the first time it let me Woo hooo! I am so excited. You inspire me :)

  2. LOVE IT!! All of it! So stinkin' cute! I love making homemade gifts for my kids!
    And what a great deal on that American Girl doll!!

    Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl!

  3. All of those gifts made from you came out so cute. She will treasure those gifts forever. I want that ladybug bag! I am going to have to try that chick pattern.

  4. What a nice thing to say. I feel so inspired by so many people.