I'd like to begin this post with a "shout out" to Mrs. Rhonda at "If You Do Stuff, Stuff Gets Done" blog. She usually begins her week with a "to do" list and seems to consistently whittle away at it. She accomplishes quite a bit. I'd like to acknowledge her because as of late, I've been battling some situational depression. As such, I've found on some days accomplishing much of anything is a struggle. However, her blog has been a great source of inspiration to me on those "difficult" days. I follow her lead and make myself a list of things that need to be done, should be done and / or things I know I would enjoy doing or accomplishing under normal circumstances. So, Thank you Mrs. Rhonda for encouraging me!
Some of you may remember the Best Birthday Gift Ever! post from September 2016, where I shared that our Musician and his beautiful Bride announced they were expecting their first baby and our first grandbaby. The sewing and crochet projects I listed in the "Post Holiday To Do's" entry back in January 2017, were all about goodies for the new addition to our family.
Here are photos of all the sewing and crochet projects I've completed for our little G-bear.
Four reversible bibs
Three reversible burp cloths
These bibs and burb cloths were made by recycling flannel receiving blankets found at the thrift store for only $0.25 each. I purchased 7 coordinating blankets and after finishing these bibs and burp cloths, I still have enough material left over for 1 or 2 other projects.
Infant sized granny square afghan. Grey, yellow and white are the colors selected for G-bear's nursery.
Although I did not use left over or recycled yarns for this crochet project, I do have some left that will eventually find its way into, what I call, a scrap-aghan. The yellow centers surrounded by white reminds me of daisies - my favorite flower.
Crib sized strip quilt
This feminine crib sized strip quilt is a very frugal gift. I spent less than $5.00 on the quilt backing. The pieced top and batting were scraps from other projects.
Nursing cape with "cupped" opening and handy storage pouches.
A young friend of mine has a nursing cape with a "cupped" opening at the top. When I saw hers, I decided I would have to figure out how to make one for my dear daughter-in-love. I decided to add pouch style pockets for things like a pacifier, teething ring and a toy. This fabric was originally purchased for another project that I never got around to making. Instead of allowing to it sit on my fabric shelves for another year, or so, I decided it would be perfect for a nursing cape that matches G-bear's nursery theme. I used free plastic box strapping from a recent mail order shipment to make the "cup" form at the top of the cape. The sunflower button for the neck strap is recycled from one of Songbird's nursery projects - 18 years ago!
If you choose to follow my lead by turning recycled materials into gifts, please don't ever be ashamed or think you've given a "cheap" gift. Anyone who crafts, sews, paints, etc. knows that hours, days and, sometimes, months of ones time is invested in a handmade gift. The hours, care and prayers poured into a handcrafted project by the artisan is a priceless gift to the recipient.
What can you find in your closet, scrap pile, garage or basement that can be made into something new?