No Fuss Baby Girl Headbands

No fuss baby girl headbands

One item that people always ask me to make are baby girl headbands because they just look so cute especially in photo shoots. The only part that I never liked were, if I made them with ties they would come untied or if I made them with a button then I had to make multiple holes for grow with the baby. After last years, Messy Bun hat craze, I decided to use hair ties to make the headbands grow with the baby because they would stretch over the head and then have a secure, snug fit.

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Since I can never get rid of even the smallest amount of yarn, I am making these headbands out of leftover yarn from other projects. Lately, I have been using the different multi-colored yarns like Lion Brand Mandala and Bernat Pop so no 2 headbands will be alike. Not to say I can’t use solid colors and make them that way which will probably happen in the future.

Now I can’t wait until my live model is born and I can put some of these headbands on her to show off! If you are interested in looking around my online shop please feel free to click the link or pictures and browse ar

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Cutest Pumpkin DIY Onesie

10Recently, a friend of mine gave me a box of baby clothes but it was taped so I had no idea what was inside of it. You should have seen my face when I discovered tons of new, white onesies because all I could think of was ideas to make them super cute for Evelynne. Now, I know that Evelynne won’t (or shouldn’t) be here in time to wear this for Halloween but I do have some friends with babies that I can give this as a gift.

If you have a baby they will look adorable in a onesie that Mommy or Daddy made. Or if you know someone that is having a baby in time for Halloween this will be a super cute idea to give as a gift.

What do you need? Super simple and easy supply list….

A onesie or t-shirt in the size you desire, sharpie markers in orange, green and brown, a piece of card and if you have clips they will help keep the onesie in place. Oh and don’t forget to print out the pumpkin stencil in this post.

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Step 1: Put the cardboard inside the onesie to help catch the marker bleeds, pull the cloth tight and clip (if you have clips). The tighter the onesie, the easier the markers will glide and less bleeding.

Step 2: Trace the Pumpkin Stencil with Pencil. This can seem difficult because of the grooves of the onesie but keep at it because it makes life easier to get your stencil down in pencil first.

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Step 3: Outline your pumpkin in brown and orange

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Step 4: Make your Pumpkin how you want. For my onesie, I used brown dots then colored the pumpkin in with orange lines and then added my words which I did free hand. You can use fabric paint or sequins to flash it up.

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26 Weeks Pregnant

26 Weeks Baby is the size of a coconut

I can’t believe I am 26 weeks and still have another 14 weeks to go (fingers crossed)! This has been one of the most uncomfortable weeks since the first trimester. I just feel like no matter how I sit or lay something hurts or goes numb. I ended up missing a class and being late (still working on) turning in my Art History discussion for this week. Sometimes you just need to listen to your body and slow down. In my case, it was staying in bed for a couple of days to feel a little better.

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Animal Baby Loveys

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With the holidays coming and the other part of my business life being my handmade business, I decided to make Wednesdays my day to feature different creations from my online boutique. My goal is to help people find gifts that could work for someone they are shopping for or inspire them to create a version of their own.

One of my most common request from a customer is something baby related but women are always having babies and will be having babies. Before I was pregnant, I began crocheting (yes I am a hooker) a variety of baby items because they sell so fast with people looking for something cute, soft and unique to give as a gift to a new mama. I came across a crochet lovey and was inspired to make different animal theme loveys. Some of these have been special requests that I made an extra for my shop which some of my best-selling creations came as a request from a customer!

 

Since being pregnant, I have been inspired to make other baby loveys so I have some other ones in the works which I can’t wait to debut. If you are interested in purchasing a lovey feel free to browse my online boutique Kaella Boutique or please feel free to pass this along to someone who might be interested in a unique gift.

As an artist/artisan, I have learned that nothing is truly our own creation but an idea that came before us and we just worked it to fit into our imagination. If you look at most art, those works are a form of someone else’s idea that the artist tweaked or revamped to make it their own. So please feel free to be inspired by my creations!

Be on the look out on Wednesdays, as I will be featuring different products that make great gifts from my online boutique, Kaella Boutique, that can help in giving a loved one, friend or boss a unique, handmade present.

Baby Evelynne’s Rainbow Dragonfly Blanket

Since Evelynne is our Rainbow Baby (if you don’t know what a Rainbow Baby is I will explain below), I knew that her color theme would be Rainbow for her first blanket but it was finding a pattern and yarn that were going to be the hard part. When it came to patterns, I didn’t want the “new” chevron fade blanket because it didn’t impress that much (currently singing Shania Twain in my head now) or a Granny Square because it just was to old fashioned. As far as yarn, I was assuming that I would buy the different skeins of colors I wanted to use…. until the Lion Brand Mandala yarn came onto the market! (This is going to be a whole lot of gushing about this yarn but it not paid or sponsored or anything like that just my opinion and love of this yarn BUT if you do click my link to purchase the yarn, I could be compensated for your purchase)
Back in the Spring, the Mandala yarn came on to the market in select Walmart stores (none were even a driving distance of me) and the ones online sold within minutes. Yarn lovers were in their glory over this yarn.

Now, Caron had similar yarn called Caron Cakes then Hobby Libby’s brand started making their own cakes but both were a 4 thickness compared to Mandala’s light and airy 3 thickness. I do have a bunch of cakes and have created vests and clothing from both brands but the moment I saw the Mandala yarn at my Walmart (I had given up on waiting), touched its soft, soothing texture and found Gnome (rainbow colored) I knew I found my yarn for Evelynne’s blanket. Now for a pattern….

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 Click the image or text to find the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn in Gnome

I joined a Mandala Lover’s Facebook group and as I browsing the amazing creations people made with this yarn I found it… I found the pattern! This dragonfly baby blanket was exactly what I wanted to make with my amazing new yarn. A dragonfly represents change in most cultures which having Baby Evelynne is a major change for our family in the happiest of ways.

I will admit I did change the pattern a little bit to fit the flow of my hands a little more. This is a super easy pattern that beginners can pick up easily. You can find the pattern at Charmed By Ewe 

So what is a Rainbow Baby? A rainbow baby is a baby born after a miscarriage (or multiple miscarriages), stillbirth or infancy death. It basically means that this baby is the hope and light after a storm. Anyone that has dealt with the loss of a baby that they were never able to meet or only held for a short time deals with a storm of emotions and floods of tears. This is the parents “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow because we get to hold and love our “Rainbow Baby”.

Overall, I love this pattern and yarn and the final product! It only took 1 1/2 cakes (that is the name for this type of yarn compared to skein) which means I have some of this yarn to create something else for Baby Evelynne which means I am on the hunt for a new pattern! Anyone have a suggestion or idea for a small baby item I can crochet or knit?

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22 Weeks and Noobie Box Reveal

Noobie Box ReviewNow that I have gotten past the half way mark in my pregnancy, I feel like I want to countdown how many weeks and days are left until my due date. Having to keeep going up just feels like it is taking soooo much longer.Photo Sep 02, 9 25 20 AM

I am 22 weeks today but in my mind I have 18 weeks left! Wow only 18 weeks! As far away as that seems it is coming so fast which means getting ready for baby Evelynne. We are starting completely over with baby which means needing to buy everything that she needs. As she isn’t my first, I have an idea of what I want/need and what I don’t to start off with but wow so much has changed in the baby world in just 10 years since I had Danyella.

The latest craze is having boxes filled with baby stuff delivered to you for accomplishing things like creating a registry on Amazon or Target or just paying shipping to a baby box company. A mama in my baby mama group showed us a picture of a box that she recently received just for paying shipping. The company is called Noobie Box and they offer a FREE pregnancy box for just the cost of shipping ($6.95) but there is a downfall…. They only deliver to the Northeast (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI and VT). Thankfully Jersey was on the list so I ordered away.Photo Sep 02, 9 49 06 AM

The box came pretty quickly compared to the Amazon free registry box. Inside the box…. discount cards for Carters and Stowaway Collection maternity clothes, advertisment postcards for babymoov (pregnancy pillow company), noobie milestone boxes for when baby is here (paid service that Noobie Box offers), Baby List registry, plus information brochures for cord blood and breastfeeding. Now comes the good stuff… sample of care/of prenatal vitamins, WaterWipes (I really want to try these!) and Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags and nursing pads. Plus a 4 ounce Mam bottle, Chat Cards Monthly Picture cards (might need to decorate them with some girly colors since they are just gray and a Carters (gender neutral) long sleeve outfit. Just the Carter’s outfit alone is worth the $6.95 that I basically paid for the box!

I am beginning to love these boxes but even better when the boxes are nearly free and filled with baby gear that I know I will use! The bottle was one that I wanted to try out because I learned in the past, not all babies and nipples are created equal so who knows what bottle she will take so buy a couple of each different ones and try them out.

If you live in one of the states they ship too and are pregnant or know someone who is pregnant this box is worth the shipping cost! Visit the their site to order yours today: Noobie Box 

*This review is an upaid review of my own opinions. The company did not compansate me in any way, shape or form.

Suprise Mommy Gift at My Door

I am not one who loves surprises (yes I used to find all the christmas presents before

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Christmas!) but receiving an email on my birthday that I was gifted the Bump Box! Say what?? In my baby moms group, other moms have talked about receiving the Bump Box as a gift or purchasing the Bump Box to pamper themselves during their pregnancy. The idea of the Bump Box was awesome but out of our budget especially now that I am on bed rest but now I get to be part the of the Bump Box club!

So what is the Bump Box? It is a monthly subscription that someone pays $39.99 a month to send themselves or a pregnant loved one a box of treats for a mommy to be. According to their website, they tailor each monthly box according to your due date so the pregnant woman receives items that will help them through whatever trimester they are currently in. Since I am 19 weeks today, I am in my second trimester and would receive 4-8 full size products to enjoy for the month of August. Another perk with Bump Boxes, is that with every purchase of the box (even if it’s a gift) plus a product review earns you points to discount when you purchase a reorder of a product from a box!

What did I receive for August??  I swear it is like the company knew

Photo Aug 11, 1 36 02 PMexactly what I have been going through lately because I received a pack of argon oil face clothes (this will hopefully help with the horrible acne on my face), a bottle of pregnancy safe probiotic (to hopefully help with my IBS that has been attacking at least once a week), bath salts (this is controversal to me because I have been told that bath salts, oils and bubble bath were a no no during pregnancy), and a bottle of belly oil to help with stretch marks ( I am on the fence of whether I will be trying this or not since I have been making my own body products for so long that I prefer my own stuff to everything else). Lastly, I received an adorable picture frame to put one of Evelynne’s ultrasound pictures in. The frame is so adorable and says Love At First Sight.

Overall, the box is super adorable and I look forward to receiving my next one in September. To the person that gave me the special gift…. Thank you!

**If you would like to purchase a Bump Box for yourself or a loved one flow this link: BumpBoxes

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