Hi Blog Friends!
As you will see I have been QUITE BUSY here! I have been working on a gift for a friends' daughter & I FINALLY have it ready for mailing! Hubby will take it to the Post Office tomorrow! (Written on the 22nd.) I have a friend who is going to be a Grandmother in June! Her FIRST GRANDCHILD! And it's going to be A BOY! When you think of having a boy, what do you think, "Life is?" (I'll give you my answer in a little bit! Just think on that...!)
Here are some pictures of what's inside my package!
It's a Hand Knit Baby Sweater Set, size birth -9 months! It's my "standard" baby gift! I LOVE to make these! (Not knowing anyone who was having a baby for awhile, I've MISSED making these!) It's an OLD PATTERN from an Intermediate Knitting Class I took in my teens from Sears! (THAT probably dates me!) Here are a few more pictures of each of the pieces. First, the little hat.
The Little mittens & I added a crochet chain so they won't be lost.
The Little booties.
This pattern is pretty easy in that it's basically Stockinette & Garter stitch throughout.
I added a SPECIAL TAG to the collar- SU-Hand Knit set. (" Hand Knit for you. This item is a one-of-a-kind creation for your enjoyment.") I just used Cotton Ribbon & stamped it with Stazon & used Fray Check on the edges.
I HAD TO create some Care Labels...Sweater image is SU- Hand Knit set, PTI- Dies-Thread Cards & other stamps-Hanging by a thread.
Here's the other side of these tags- "Hand Knit by" is by SU- Hand Knit set, NOTICE the little Laundry Care Label? I just LOOOOOOOVE this! I've wanted a set like this FOR AGES!!!! PTI- Handle with Care set. (I've been "observing PTI Designer blogs for SOME TIME now & this is the FIRST TIME I've had some! In my observations, I've DISCOVERED they are EXTREMELY VERSATILE, & FUNCTIONAL for everyday type uses! I've always been one who likes "Functionality" in the things I make! And I'm SO HAPPY to have this little Laundry Care set! I've ALWAYS thought it would be nice to add a "care label" rather than a piece of the yarn label! ) One of the little Thread Cards holds extra yarn for mending if needed too.
I've added some SPECIAL LITTLE GOODIES just for the baby too! I made these for BOTH of our kids before they were born & placed them in the Hospital bassinet! When they were little, they carried them all around the house, slept with them, chewed on them, & cried on them! They're just the right size for little-ones hands! I made a special little Laundry Care Tag for them too, SU-Chocolate Bunny!
***BABY SOCK BUNNY TOYS***
They're made out of white sport socks! I got the pattern out of a magazine, (Sorry, can't remember which one.) when I was a kid & tucked it away for keeping... (If you'd like the PATTERN & a TUTORIAL on these leave me a comment asking for them & I'll post it!) Oh yeah, our kids STILL HAVE THEIR little Bunnies, tucked away now, a little worn, but they've been LOVED!
Now, for the Tag on the outside of the Gift Bag I've made:
I LOOOOOVE Peter Rabbit! (Crafter's Companion), he seems PERFECT to go with my Sock Bunnies, AND the little Garden Gate? Flourishes- Garden Gate set. I used SU- Watercolor Crayons. And you've probably noticed the sheer bag that you can see the little boy bunny peeking out of... I made that out of Sheer Material! (Seriously, it is material to make "Sheers" for windows! IF you want instructions for this too, let me know in the comments!)
I tied off the top with a large blue ribbon.
This is a NEW DIE from PTI! It's called the "Zipper Die Boarder!" (They have smaller ones too for card making, Mover & Shakers Zipper Dies. This is one of the things that helped to sell me on PTI!) The little arrow says "Pull here," from the Movers & Shakers Sentiments set. You pull that back & underneath is stripped designer paper that gives the answer to "Life is..." Have you thought of the answer yet? What would you say Life is with a little boy in your life? "Life is....Full of Adventures!" I thought that REALLY FIT because being a mom of a "little boy," I know little boys just BRING ADVENTURE to your life! LOTS of fun & wonderful things happen & SOMETIMES MISCHIEF! (Here's an example of "mischief," that I think might make you chuckle! Way back when our boy was little, I sold Pampered Chef & Daddy would watched the kids as I would do the home parties. I came home one night carrying in my crates of Kitchen Tools & almost slipped when I walked in the door. I found out, our little boy had gotten into the Pam & sprayed the kitchen down! Another time, he had taken the Sugar Shaker & covered the dog in Cinnamon! The house smelled good but, the poor dog was sneezing! Our son LOVED the kitchen tools & he enjoyed his own type of "cooking," I guess! I look back on those days & giggle!)
And Peter Rabbit is only at the gate of the garden in this picture!
For the back of the tag I added this little sentiment- SU-Curvy Verses, along with To & From:
Next, Peter is in the garden.... & into mischief! "Welcome Baby"-SU Short & Sweet, Modern Punch. The Picket Fence is a PTI die. I LOVE how the dies are decent priced & I believe "MADE IN THE U.S.A!" Nichole even gives SUPER IDEAS on how to store them!
I popped most everything up on dimensionals to give that added 3-D look!
UH-OH!!! Peter got caught! "Let the Adventures begin!" Notice, he only has one shoe on now!
I popped him up on demensionals too!
Lastly, I HAD TO tuck a card & letter in for the NEW GRANDMA! It's quite simple, made with SU-Movers & Shapers dies. (I got it SUPER CHEAP awhile back when it was discontinued!) It says, "Congratulations" on the outside & "Grandma" on the inside! (I DISCOVERED I don't have ANY STAMPS with Grandma/Grandpa etc.! (Something I'll have to look for!)
Well, that's it for me for now! HOPE you like this post & I'd LOVE to hear what you think! Also, don't forget to ask if you'd like the pattern & tutorial on the Baby Sock Bunny Toys & Sheer Bag! Let me know!
"Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Remembering those "adventurous" days of chasing my little boy around, they grow up too quickly!
Additional supplies used:
(Things not mentioned above)
* SU paper & DCWV
* SU Labels Collection
* SU- Festive Paper- Piercing Pack
* SU- Adorning Accents Edgelits die
* Edgelits Embossing Folder
*Tim Holtz- Tea Die
* SU- Flower Punches
* Dimensionals & Glue Dots
* Becca Bow Maker
SU- Punch- Decorative Label
* Flourishes- "Congratulations"- Sentimental Favorites set
SU- " On the birth of your new baby"- Congrats set
Grandmother Card- (Front)
* Flourishes- "Congratulations"-Sentimental Favorites set
SU- Punch- Full Heart
SU- Scallop Edge Boarder
**** Things with a star are things used on most of the other pieces!****