A friend of ours recently gave birth to her second son. Because she already had all the baby stuff from her first son, I just asked her what DIY gift I could make. Turned out a mobile for Maxi Cosi would be useful and I got inspired by this white cloud mobile posted by the “Do Small Things with love” blog. Continue reading
This baby mobile was made to go with the colour block quilt we posted earlier this month.
From our experience, babies are more interested in mobiles that contain a combination of bold shapes and colours. Therefore we choose an easy star shape and decided to work with contrasting colours on each shape that are also used in the blanket. This way the quilt and mobile match well together and the baby is stimulated by the mobile (which benefits the parents as well). Continue reading
We made this colour block quilt for our good friend Laure’s little girl Anna. We decided to keep the patterns super simple (euhm, not less work intensive though) and work with bright colours. Our main inspiration was this ixxi ‘loco’ wall mural:
If you don’t know ixxi, check them out here: http://www.ixxidesign.com/ great budget friendly solutions to make a statement on a blank wall. I especially love the rijksmuseum plates design, but you have the choice of a wide variety of designs, or you can upload your own.
The inspiration sorted, the only thing left to do was make the actual quilt. Here’s a quick run through of materials and step by step of the process.
Really, we’ll use any excuse to start making something. But a new baby is definitely one of the better ones. When our friend Shirley told us she was having another baby we couldn’t wait to make something. For her firstborn we made this cute little cloud shaped mobile.
So now we had to pick something different (I secretly have to admit that mobiles are probably our favourite thing to make). Together with the proud new mum to be we picked out a fabric that would coordinate with the birth announcement card. She didn’t have a clue what we were planning to make, but it was fun being able to incorporate her in a part of the decision making process… We chose this gorgeous red apple fabric, for those of you living in Belgium, it’s part of the new Veritas line of crafting fabrics.
Then to decide what to do with it. We’ve made some quilts before, and I think it makes a lovely versatile gift: use it as a blanket, put it on the floor to play on, use it in a crib. So one of those was definitely on the list. Then we added some bibs, because Annelies is very good at making them (I still haven’t tried one) and well they’re super useful, obvious. So here’s the final gift:
We’re pretty proud of this one!
February is carnaval month and it was time to make my little girls fist costume. There are many easy DIY costumes for babies but most are only cute on kids that can already walk. I needed one for a baby that can only sit and since she will be wearing it to baby school, it needs to be comfortable enough to wear all day. Continue reading
In Belgium it is custom to offer chocolate or candy as a gift to people who come and visit your newborn baby. We call it doopsuiker, which is literally translated baptism sugar. Although nowadays it is given with birth regardless weather the child is baptised or not. Other names are suikerbonen (= sugar beans) or dragees.
Last week I made some new cushion covers for my cushions in the couch. I used a yellow fabric I once picked up in a sale (designer unknown) and a black pattern fabric from Robert Kaufman. Continue reading