Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Teething giraffes and more

Wow how time flies, TW is seven months, is crawling like crazy, pulling himself up and standing whenever he can, and has two teeth coming in already. At lunch time my husband will take the little chomping terror for about an hour or two while he naps (the boy won't nap on his own) and I will either make baby food to freeze or craft.

Pictures of baby food are pretty boring, but I have a lot of crafty stuff too.

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Newest first are some teething giraffes, (did I mention that TW is chewing on EVERYTHING right now?)
I originally hear about teething giraffes from a baby forum I'm on and immediately went looking for a pattern. I found this one but wasn't very happy with my results (it didn't even get stuffed) so I fiddled around and came up with a slightly better model, but I found the body too square and its legs too spindly to be stable, also my first attempt at head gust to give it more umph for chewing was a lopsided failure. But the boy loved it. The plain boring, muslin, lopsided, spindly giraffe hung around for a while, and I got more and more annoyed with it, I knew I could do better. I widened the legs, sloped the back and tried to make a better head gusset. Along the way I discovered starbright baby on etsy. Well huh. After a bit of brooding I tried my third giraffe (the white one) and it was much better, but the head gusset was even worse than before! A little more fiddling, and a crappy attempt at ears and I had the best giraffe of them all, (the blue one). TW loves them all

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Obviously since there is already somebody out there selling teething giraffes (at a very reasonable price, I might add) I'm not going to post my pattern. Go buy one of her's, and support a crafty work at home mom.

bug wrap pod 07-15-10

More of my babywearing madness, I made a narrow bodied wrap strapped Podaegi (Pod for short). It's kinda like if a mei tai and a wrap had a baby.
I really like it, the fabric is a light/med weight denim with bugs, lizards and frogs embroidered al over it that I found in the red tag bin at Jo-Anns. It went together really quickly and easy using this pattern and this pattern (which seems to have disappeared, hmph - still posting link for future reference) as inspiration.

RR wrap pod 07-15-10 side

I forgot to se my walking foot, so the fabric puckered a bit, but I reinforced the heck out of the straps, so while not aesthetically perfect, it's quite secure. There are tons of different ways to wear a Pod, a few can be seen here on you tube.

FWCC wrap pod 07-15-10

And we love it.

I made another baby block using fabric leftover from my crappy dress to awesome skirt project for a while back. TW loves the bright colours. And it gets manhandled and chewed often.

visiting grandparents 07-03-10 11

You can see it on my Grandmother's lap while she plays with the best baby ever.

And finally there is Marmalade the doorstop cat.

marmalade the cat 2

Pattern: fat kitty
Hook: J
Yarn: two strands of random worsted acrylic I had lying around

Stuffed with a freezer bag full of kitty litter and fiberfill for padding.

marmalade the cat 1

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