Baby Crochet

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Having a baby has been an immediate excuse to crochet to our hearts content for both my mother (who taught me the craft), and myself. I focused on making a couple of blankets and some hats similar to those I’ve made in the past, while my mother created some lovely blankets, clothes, and toys.

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As soon as I found out we were expecting a baby girl, I started planning this granny square flowers blanket for her nursery. This was my first time making a granny squares blanket involving four colors per square, and to this scale. It took more hours than I care to count up, but the finished product is perfect for her room.

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Even before finding out the sex of the baby, my mom got busy making blankets and clothes for our little one. I absolutely love the variety in patterns and colors, and have already made great use out of them for taking her outside and wrapping her up for daytime naps.

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Here are just some of the beautiful clothing pieces my mom crafted. Each blanket she made also has an entire matching outfit to go with it – including pants, bloomers, hats, and shoes.

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Another project my mom tackled was making crochet toys for Eva’s baby gym. I sent her an image of crochet fruit that I found online, and asked her if she thought she could make something like it. Sure enough, she had these all done by the end of that same day, and her versions are undoubtably more detailed and better constructed.

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I’m so happy to have these lovely pieces for Eva, and something tells me that this baby girl has more handmade crochet items coming her way from her mom and grandmother. Having the pieces made with so much love makes them even more beautiful, and we will treasure each of them for years to come.

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Nursery

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Ever since we purchased our home, we designated one of the bedrooms as the nursery. Though we knew it would be a couple of years before we would be ready for children, we decided to leave that room untouched until the time came. That time came this past summer when we found out we were expecting, and the opportunity to design this final room in our home has been one of the most exciting projects during my pregnancy. The room came together slowly over the past few months, and now that we’re mere weeks away from meeting our baby girl, we can at last say that it’s ready for her arrival.

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The anchor piece to the room is this lovely mural that James hand painted above the crib. Adventure awaits our little one as she sets off on a ‘voyage extraordinaire’ to the furthest recesses of her imagination.

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We will of course be spending a lot of time in this room as she grows, and having a comfortable spot for feeding and reading is an essential. After looking at various chairs, we decided on this wingback chair that didn’t feel too bulky, and fit this corner of the room perfectly.

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Opposite the window we set up a changing station with a simple shelf above it to fill up the empty space. Owl hooks above the changing pad will be used to hang up her clothes for easy access as we get her dressed.

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A variety of toys and animal friends are used throughout the room to make the space welcoming. One of my favorite touches is the blocks spelling out her name on top of the bookshelf. The blocks use Spanish words such as ‘gato’ and ‘buho,’ which will come in handy raising bilingual children.

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We also used some decor pieces from Guatemala, like the wooden mask we brought back from our travels, and an adorable tiny pitcher and teacup that my mother brought from Guatemala on her latest trip.

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Even when it came to practical items such as a hamper, we took the opportunity to make it a fun and endearing element by picking one shaped like a cute elephant.

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Another instance where we took something practical and made it more whimsical was in hiding the baby monitor inside a painted birdhouse. This solution is not only a more pleasant visual touch, it allows us to securely hold the monitor in place where it can look over the crib, while also hiding away cables.

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On the wall by the door we put up a small decorative mounted coat rack to easily access coats and jackets when we’re heading outdoors. I love how it gives us the opportunity to display more of her adorable tiny clothes.

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Though we know that this room will continue to evolve as our baby grows up, it’s just right for welcoming her to her new home. We are so grateful that we have this space that she will be able to call her own.

 

 

 


Baby Shower Cookies

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A few weekends ago, I helped host a friend’s baby shower, and took on the task of making favors. When thinking about favor ideas, I decided on going with something edible. I had never seriously decorated cookies with icing before, so i decided to take a crack at it, using a design for a very dapper little boy.

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The first step was simply making sugar cookies. I used a very basic sugar cookie recipe, and cut out over 50 cookies from three batches of cookie dough. This was a large shower, so I made sure there would be more than enough for guests to take home. The onesie cookie cutter was easy to find online, and I have also seen it at local craft stores.

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For the colors, I took inspiration from the party invitations, and stuck with a classy black and white outfit with a pop of light blue. The piping was certainly more difficult than James and I anticipated; one tricky issue was figuring out the consistency of the icing. We needed some thick icing for outlining, as well as some that was thinner and looser that would pool to fill in shapes.

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After a while, we got the hang of it, and set all cookies out to decorate in an assembly line fashion. James was in charge of doing a lot of the more precise lines, and determined that he couldn’t get the buttons to be neat enough with icing, so we decided instead to use some candy pearls for those.

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The baby blue bow ties added the final touch to these treats, tying the little outfit together. Being a first time effort, they certainly were not perfect, but I was pleased with them overall. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to try out cookie decorating, and most importantly to put a smile on the expectant mother’s face.


Crochet Gifts for Baby

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Over the past few weeks there have been three new babies born into either our family or that of our friends. As I’ve mentioned before, I love to crochet and jumped to the opportunity to make blankets, hats, and shoes for the new little ones.

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For one of the baby girls, I made this sweet little set using a dark reddish pink as my primary color to step away from the traditional baby pink, and softened it with light pink and white accents.

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For a baby boy, I made a two colored blanket to resemble one large granny square. I was able to accomplish this look by using a very thick yarn. I love this emerald green color that also serves as a departure from the conventional baby blanket colors.

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For the second baby girl’s blanket, I used lavender and periwinkle squares with white trim to tie both colors together into one cohesive pattern. I used a medium sized ultra soft yarn to make each square large enough without feeling too heavy and bulky.

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I then made a few extra baby hats using a variety of colors and patterns to add to each of the gifts. I’m sure each baby will quickly outgrow their hats, but I do hope that the blankets will give them warmth and comfort for a few of their first years. Welcome to the world little ones!