Weekly Favorites - March 29th

Fabulous Etsy finds that are making my heart smile this week :)

Darling Hanging Mobile by LovelyFriend

Gorgeous Julie Tsai Hair Clip by ChinnyLuLu

Reusable Flour and Sugar Bags by Threadbaresticher

Letterpress Recipe Cards and Storage Box by 1canoe2

African Queen fabric by Alexander Henry available with CRICKETCOURT

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial

Burp cloths are an absolute necessity for any baby! Actually, having absorbent burp cloths are an absolute necessity! I love terry cloth for this exact reason. It's incredibly absorbent and protects your clothes against baby's lil messes :) I also find that flannel is the perfect fabric for the backing of the burp cloths as it helps keep the burp cloth stable on your shoulders. 

For this fun and useful project you'll need the following:
  • 1/2 yard terry cloth fabric
  • 1/2 yard flannel fabric
  • scissors
  • cutting mat
  • measuring tape
  • pins
  • thread
  • sewing machine

I used a darling Winnie the Pooh flannel fabric and an ivory terry cloth. I love the little chicks on the fabric with the rest of the Pooh characters :) As always, it's important to iron the fabrics first.

Then, use a tape measure or ruler and a cutting mat to cut the fabrics to the desired dimensions for the burp cloths. Allow an extra 1/2" of fabric on each side for seams. Meaning, if you're wanting a 13" x 19" burp cloth, you would cut your fabric to measure 14" x 20". 

I find it's easiest to cut the flannel fabric first and then cut the terry cloth.  The  terry cloth is a bit more difficult to cut because it is ribbed unevenly.  The flannel tends to be sturdier so it's a breeze to cut the terry cloth by using the flannel piece as a guide.

Next, it's time to pin the fabric. Some burp cloths are made by sewing the right sides of the two pieces together, turning them ride sight out and placing a stitch on the border. I prefer not to use this method but rather have the flannel piece sit a bit lower on the terry cloth to create a nice terry cloth border. To do this, fold over 1/2" of the terry cloth piece on each side and pin. Be sure to fold the wrong side of the fabric down.

Continue folding all the way around the terry cloth. Fold the two shorter sides first. Then, fold the two longer sides down creating right angles at the corners.

Fold down 5/8" of the flannel fabric piece and pin. 

After you've folded over the ends of each fabric piece, place the wrong side of the flannel onto the wrong side of the terry cloth and center the fabric pieces. Use the pins to keep the fabrics in place once they've been centered.

Once you've pinned all the burb cloths you're making, you're ready to start sewing! I always place my burp cloths on top of one another on the cutting mat to ensure they're all the same size and pinned straight.

Stitch the burp cloths together by placing the seam close to the edge of the flannel piece. 

The final product should look something like these:

Weekly Favorites - March 22nd

Fabulous Etsy finds that are brightening my days this week :)

Daisy Sunrise convertible wrap dress by Coralie Beatrix
Unpaper Towel Dispenser by Made in the Red Barn:
White linen pillow cover by Sukanart:
Felted lunch combo toys by Downy Tree Toys:
Tank - letterpress card by Penelope's Press:

Inside reads: "Hope your birthday is a blast!" 

Bringing the Outdoors In

There’s an innate need in all of us to be connected in some way to the natural environment. Even with the comfiest of couches those white concrete walls and inanimate decorations just don’t seem to make us feel cozy and relaxed. Heck, looking outside my window I’m surrounded by wonderful blue skies, sunshine, beach and foliage here in gorgeous Southern California, but without some of those elements inside I feel like I’m stuck inside a box.
I know how lucky I am to live here and I remember the drab winter months lingering back in my hometown of Buffalo, New York. Just having a little house plant to attend to reminded me of the times of year when things grow and the aroma of soil could get me out of that winter rut. It’s amazing how a little bit of earthy elements can completely transform our homes into a comfortable space that actually makes us feel more human. There’s so many options available to incorporate a little inspiration from nature into our homes. I found a bunch of handmade items on Etsy to fit the bill!

Of course choosing certain “earthy” colors like blues, greens, and browns is a very easy way to have some natural inspiration.
Wavelength ii Abstract art by Jon Allen of Statements 2000
Handwoven rug by Gunas Palate

Or, changing the colors we choose to decorate our homes with to fit the color scheme of nature during that season.
Autumn leaves placemats by Such Pretty Colors
Snowflake Coaster by Raine Style Home
Napkin rings in spring colors by Bragging Bags
Watermelon wall hanging summer decoration by Crafts a la Carte

Going a step further, representations of leaves, florals, and animal-themes remind us of the beauty of nature.
Orange leaves with off white pillow cover by Point de Amour
Safari paper flowers bouquet by Flower Thyme
3 Round Circle vinyl wall decal trees by iWalls
Birds on a tree branch duvet cover and 2 pillow cases by Custom Bedding
Fern tea towel by Linea Carta

Interior plants and gardens allow us to literally have a bit of natural life in our homes. The variety in shapes and sizes is immense, ranging from the smallest potted house plant to full indoor atriums.
Royal Collection Terrarium by Doodle Bird Imaginariums
Wheatgrass soil-less kit by Plantology
Air plant globes by Sea and Asters
Green Wall Garden by Ginkgo Studio
Kitchen herb garden by Wall Flower Studio
How awesome is this herb garden GoGoGardens?! It has the planted garden incorporated into this fully functional and stunning piece of furniture.

If you're bold enough to go for an indoor garden as elaborate as this, power to you!
If the full indoor garden isn't for you but you'd like to have some earthy elements try a potted plant or two. Simply adding a few plants will enhance your living space with texture, color, and fresh odors and oxygen. Here's a few examples of tasteful ways to do so:

How do you incorporate plants into your living space? How does it make you feel to do so?

Weekly Favorites: March 15th

Today is my Dad's birthday!! (Happy Birthday, Dad!) In honor of him, this week's favorites are items that I think would make him happy:

Spock gadget case by Nokomomo:

Star Treck rocks glass set by Jackglass:

A Cabin in the Woods 8 x 10 print by Cricket Pics:

Apollo Cockpit silkscreen necktie by Cyperoptix Tie Lab:

Teak travel mug by Sageland Studio:

Kiss My Putt golf marker by Tiny Tokens Designs:

Bean Me Up Scotty magnet by The Artful Badger: