Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Lucy's Christmas Milestone

There's my 6-month old daughter Lucy Belle, sitting up all by herself right after Christmas...and her aunt reaching out in case the little one starts her slow slide downwards! :)

Merry Christmas everybody! And best wishes for a joyous and blessed New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Blessings!

What a fun month it's been, getting geared up for Christmas! I'm so excited to see what my daughter Lucy thinks of all the boxes and paper this year.  I made her a few things and bought some books, but I know better than to go nuts with gifts at her age. My son Zach will probably lose it when he sees his presents! It's going to be a blast. :) 
My shop will be on "vacation" until 2010! And this is probably my last post until the new year. Hard to grasp that this year is nearly over! Since I'm not doing a Wednesday Crafty Wrap-Up tomorrow, here's a shot of the new hair bow holder I made for my daughter's room. 

I made it out of an old picture frame, after the glass broke. You can get a similar effect by attaching fabric over a layer of batting to a piece of cardboard.

 I just pinned the ribbons to the underside of the cardboard before reassembling the photo frame. In fact, everything is pinned so I can easily switch out fabric or reconfigure the ribbons. I like to keep things flexible! :)

May you all be blessed this Holiday Season and may the *real* meaning of Christmas remain ever before us!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday Crafty Wrap-Up: Butternut Squash Soup

Is cooking a craft? Absolutely, undeniably, it is. Although my husband makes dinner most every night (lucky me), I'm cooking more and more now that we have two kids. I've just started making baby food for our 6-month old daughter, and what a cost savings for minimal effort!! Here's a recipe I concocted last weekend for butternut squash soup that will please the whole family--kids included.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday Crafty Wrap-Up: Crafty Faves Part II

You might already be aware of the fact that I live in Minnesota, which is known for turning into a frigid wasteland at least 6 months out of the year. That being said, it is SNOWMAGEDDON 2009 outside right now! Wind, ice, cold, snow...ugh. So let's stay inside and knit, sew, on our name it.

As promised in last week's installment, here are even more fun and helpful links for those who love to craft, knit and sew. There's nothing like the all-hours, multi-media convenience of online resources to help you in your crafty here are some additional favorites of mine!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Shop Notes: 12/8/09

First of all...let me say a big Happy Half-Birthday to my daughter Lucy Belle, who turns 6 months old today! :) :) :)

My shop, Fancybelle Boutique, is looking a mite sparse suddenly! It's actually pretty exciting in a way, because my sale on Baby Belle cloth dolls was so successful over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday shop-a-thon.

I'm now old hat at shipping's just incredible to think someone in Japan has a set of my ponytail holders!

Please note that I decided to remove my listings for most of my made-to-order handknit items until after the holidays. This is due to my own time constraints through Christmas. I have lots of family gifts to make!! :) 

If you are looking for handknit baby legs that are ready to ship, I have three pairs that will be posted later this week. My grandmother, an incredible knitter, prepared these for the shop and added a darling little picot lacy edge to each! So cute.

Also keep an eye out for two roll-up knitting needle cases, designed with 10 pockets for 7" double pointed needles. Ideal for that knitter on your Christmas list. Bigger cases for longer knitting needles are in the works as well, for those of you with many different sizes to accommodate.

Oh, I almost forgot!! Folks have been contacting me about more Baby Belle dolls and I have about 10 ready to sew, so please let me know if there's a particular doll you're interested in. My own daughter is getting a set for Christmas and they really do look adorable peeking out of a Christmas stocking!

Okay, take care and have an awesome week--more project photos and part II of my Crafty Faves is coming up this Wednesday. :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday Crafty Wrap-Up: Crafty Faves Part I

It's Wednesday again and time to wrap up this past week in crafts! To help you in your crafty pursuits, I've also put together an assortment of my favorite websites to find knitting and sewing patterns. All of these I have bookmarked or know by heart for quick reference! More useful links will be showcased next Wednesday during my second installment, so keep an eye out. :)

First off, let me introduce you to my son's Christmas stocking.