Handmade Life + Giveaway!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It seems weird to pick up a new hobby immediately after having a baby. But that's what I did. I have less spare time now than ever before! As I've found, if you love something, if it makes you happy and restores sanity, then you just make time for it. So often I'm sewing long after Margaret has been put to bed, or stealing away naptimes or shirking cleaning duties to have a little pocket of time to create. I haven't been as connected to an art form in years. Bringing forth that creativity has been so rewarding for me. It's completely worth it- even if I only manage 20 minutes before some other duty calls.

Enough sap. Here's what I've been making.

 This quilt is obviously the big thing and this is already an old picture. Right now, all blocks
are assembled and I am in the process of putting the quilt top together (stitching each block
to the one next to it.) Seeing it come together gives me a huge thrill!

This is Margaret's little sun ray toy. It quickly became a favorite around 3 months,
but she still seems to love it. It's just so easy for her to grab! 

I quickly got bored of her awesome burp rags (these Gerber diapers) just 
being plain white. My mom showed me how to make these and it makes me 
happy to see them all folded in her dresser.

These are my latest projects. In a giveaway I won a keychain similar to the one pictured,
but that was ages ago and it was really faded and filthy. So I picked it apart and figured out
how to make my own from a fabric that hopefully won't show much dirt!

 It's perfect for my wrist and easy to find in a big diaper bag!
This is one of my favorite projects to date. Thomas got me these gorgeous swanky
Ray Bans for Christmas. The case they came in was bulky and... ugly. So to make my
life easier, I sewed up this little quilted glasses case to protect them.

So in honor of almost reaching 300 posts (hopefully by the end of this month), I'm going to do a little giveaway! The easier, the better right? I don't want to make this unduly complicated, so just click enter. See how much I love you? Enough for me to recognize your valuable time. The prize? Any of the above! (Except for a quilt- I don't have enough money/time to give one of those away.) But an awesome burp rag, glasses case, keychain, or sun ray toy? You pick! Click below to enter. (please leave a comment if it's not working!) I hope you win...

Update: I really wish I could have given you all a prize! Congrats to the winners and look for an email at the address you provided to Rafflecopter. The emails have been sent. Didn't see an email from me? Comment on this post please!


  1. Feeling like a Faith and Macaroni groupie because I'm first! Wheeeeeeee!

  2. fun!! Love your cute sun toy and glasses case!

    1. Thank you. The sun ray toy took up one evening and has been invaluable. Can't beat baby toys that you can throw in the wash every week too!

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    1. You're welcome! Thank you for entering.

  4. Your first quilt is going to be awesome.

    1. Thank you! It's been quite the process, but I'm loving it.

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    1. Thank you! I wish I had thought to make it weeks ago! :)

  6. Love your handmade creations Lauren!
    For the past six months or so, I've gotten back into crafting as well - it's amazing how calming and good it feels to do something simple as modge podging printed paper onto a cardboard box :)