Monday, September 13, 2010

Baby, baby, BABY!

I'm not sure if it's something in the water, the time of year, or just the time of life most folks my age are entering into but boy are there a lot of babies on their way into the world right now!  Several of my close friends are expecting baby number 2, and many other folks I know are getting ready to welcome their first.  I think between November and April I know of almost ten impending arrivals.  So exciting and so crazy!

I realized this weekend that I needed to step up the baby gift making in order to keep up with all of these folks!  I'm working on a stock of (mostly) gender-neutral congratulations cards (some for now - congrats on being pregnant, and some for later - congrats on the birth) since most friends are not finding out the gender of their babies, and sewing up baby bibs like it's my job!

(I used Stampin' Up!'s "Baby Bundle" stamp set with Chocolate Chip cardstock and accent colored cardstock in Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Pretty in Pink, and Bashful Blue.  I inked around the edge of my white circles in Chocolate Chip ink to add a little texture)

(Baby bibs galore!  A couple of my current faves below - I love the soft green flannel backing with the little animal images!)

I also saw this post over at UCreate, by the amazingly talented Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest.  If you haven't been over to her recently made public blog yet, you MUST!  She makes beautiful things.  Anyhoo, her guest post is a tutorial for the "Luxe Lovey" and it is so lovely.  It just so happens that JoAnn's has a big sale this weekend - and you can bet that I'll be over there stocking up on fabric to try my hand and making some of these.  What a great idea!

What are your favorite gifts to make for baby?  Or if you're a mom yourself, what do you love to receive?


Katie said...

I love those bibs.. so cute!! I've always had a thing for knitted and crocheted baby things, too - booties, hats, cardigans, etc. :)

Maiden Jane said...

The cards and bibs are adorable! I'll have to check out the lovey!

I like to knit baby sweaters and am almost done with one now. I've also made very simple baby quilts using flannel squares. And my most recent baby gift was a t-shirt "daddy" quilt! My niece made a bunch of bibs, similar to yours, using cast off t-shirts from mom and dad.

Arwen said...

Joanne those bibs (and cards of course!) are beautiful! I love the idea of handmade gifts for new babies. I've been sewing grocery cart shopping covers, and diaper wetbags like they're going out of style for new baby gifts!