Handmade Love

I am a sucker for crafty, homemade, small business, or handmade stuff. There is a reason my Paypal balance never stays positive for more than a few days. Here are some of my most recent purchases (plus a one-of-a-kind gift from a friend that is going to make you squee with cuteness). If you have a baby, are expecting a baby, know someone having a baby or just love heandbands, this will be very very bad for your wallet.

Don't even think about taking my animal crackers

Diaper clutch

How much do you love that fabric? LOVE. I won a store credit from Bird E Studios last year and spent it on a gorgeous baby blanket with this print on it. The quality was outstanding and I liked it so much I asked Erika if she could make me a matching bib and diaper clutch. She did – but the post office lost them somewhere between the West Coast and the East Coast. When I mentioned it to Erika she sent me replacement items and told me if the other ones showed up I should just give them to someone as a gift. Is that great customer service or what?! (Sadly, they never did show up. Stupid post office.)

Bebeh shoes

Have you signed up for Heartsy? I heart Heartsy. It’s like Groupon, but for Etsy shops. If you sign up here, you get a $5 credit after your first purchase (also, I get a $5 credit so go do that, OK?) I bought a gift certificate for $9 to Weepereas and got $24 to spend in the shop, which covered a pair of adorable reversible baby shoes, plus the shipping. These have TINY SHEEP on one side and little blue circles on the other. Perfect soft shoes for Caroline.

There are TWO things I love in this photo. Three if you count Caroline. The super cute crochet turtle was a gift from my friend Ashley (it MIGHT have been for Little Evan, but don’t tell the baby. She loooves it). Ashley has a shop on Etsy or check out her Facebook page for more crocheted dolls and animals.

Second is the headband I bought Caroline for my sister-in-law’s wedding from Audry & Ulric. Can’t beat the extremely reasonable prices and free shipping. I think I’m going to buy the sunflower or the water lily ones next.

Despite The Face, she does love her Giddy Up and Grow headbands. Or maybe I’m projecting because they are seriously amazing – the details are like art. I showed the site to my friend Megan right after I ordered this one…and she bought 2 of her own immediately. They’re impossible to resist!

Allora Handmade headband, obviously. It looks fantastic with her vintage pinnafore. How much do I love dressing her in something called a pinafore? SO MUCH.

And do you see what she’s gnawing on? That right there is the best handmade baby gift EVER:

Flat Chicken. My internet friend Audrey invented the pattern from her own head. It’s seriously genius – Caroline loves the silky ribbon tail and the bumpy comb and the pointy feet for chewing. I brought it with us to a doctor’s checkup and our nurse would NOT STOP gushing over it. She eventually asked if she could take a picture to try and recreate one for her daughter. So Audrey, OBVIOUSLY you need to make these available to people besides me.

And last but not least, my darling Emily from Uff Da Deigns made the beautiful baby dress and those adorable felt flowers, which are actually clippies attached to a stretchy headband. Super useful now when Caroline’s hair is still too fine for barrettes but they’ll be useable for years and years (and can also be borrowed by mamas who love felt flowers too). The trio flower clips are coming to the Etsy shop soon, but because I *might* be her best customer, Emily made me a couple already. Is there ANYTHING she makes that I don’t love? (Answer: NO).

Have you ordered anything yet? Don’t worry, I’ll do this again in the next couple weeks with non-baby related stuff for my non-mom friends. I’m an addict. It’s cool.

Blah de blah hopefully unnecessary disclosure because you KNOW always honest with you: I bought all this crap with my own cash money and/or got them as legit gifts from friends who had no idea I was going to blog their crafty talents. I’m just sharing because I like sharing.

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17 Responses to “Handmade Love”

  1. Oh man, that’s some adorable stuff!!! I’m gonna sign up for Heartsy. I had no idea that existed. Thanks for ruining my life!!! :)

  2. Kimmie says:

    Everything is so cute! And thanks for the head’s up on Heartsy–I signed up and made a purchase. I thank you, but my wallet might be giving you the stink-eye :)

  3. Rebecca says:

    Ah, Heartsy just blew my mind! Thanks for sharing!

  4. sarrible says:

    I am going to have to start buying stuff for a boy baby in the very near future. And while I’m all in favor of my brother and sister-in-law raising their son to wear pink and play with dolls and otherwise be gender-subversive, I’m not sure if headbands are the right gift. So, any suggestions? Perhaps the Player to be Named Later needs a flat chicken?

  5. Amanda says:

    I love it alllllll! Baby stuff is always so tempting!

  6. Page says:

    And now I want everything on your list…even though I’m having a boy.

  7. Kimberly says:

    How did I not know about heartsy???!!! And how many boys do I have to have to get a girl?

  8. Suz B says:

    Caroline has the cutest stuff! What a lucky baby!!

  9. FourInchHeels says:

    I’ve always loved Caroline’s giant eyes, but it wasn’t until the bottom right picture in that last montage that I realized she’s got crazy long lashes to go with those big pretty eyes of hers. WHOAH they’re long. You made such a pretty baby *sigh*

  10. Cole says:

    Mommy just signed up for Heartsy – this could be a problem…

  11. Erika says:

    Thanks, lady!!! You’re the best. But most of all I am so glad you love your stuff!

  12. molly says:

    I will not have another baby. I will not have another baby. I will not have another baby.

    You are torturing me with the cute on purpose, aren’t you?

  13. Samantha says:

    Thank You for featuring me! She looks adorable in ALL of her new headbands:) You’re Awesome to talk about all of your handmade goodies for no other reason then just to share. Just for that I have something for you! I’ll email you, k? Blessings! Samantha Kale

  14. Audrey says:

    Lol! Good to know Flat Chicken is getting loved so much! I didn’t make a pattern when i made yours, it was a one off. But I’ll see if I can recreate it for the interested parties. :)

  15. Julie S. says:

    You did this since I am having a baby girl, right? AHHH I die of cuteness! :)

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