Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

From Rock Paper Stitch and our Pooky Bear.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Halloween Couture - Where Imagination Has No End

In my last post I shared some fun handmade Halloween costumes for newborns, toddlers and kids. I thought the really amazing costumes deserved their own post. Here is a list of some whimsical couture costumes made by some very talented seamstresses.

Fairytale Jubilee
The attention to detail and luxurious materials in these costumes would make any child feel right at home in their character. What's so great about these costumes is they grow with your child. Each costume will most likely fit for 2-3 years.

Any little girl would feel like a princess in these dresses.
Cinderella Costume
Girl's Barbie Costume

Create your own mini circus with these costumes for both boys and girls.
The Ringmaster's Reverie
Cirque Inspired Costume


The accessories are stunning as well.
Pumpkin Inspired Top Hat
The Fairy's Overcoat

Friolina Fancy
For a more classic look try Friolina Fancy. These gorgeous, frilly dresses can be worn for any occasion. Although most of the dresses are fancier, some are more modern.
Cinderella Costume
Marie Antoinette Dress

Pink Lalaloopsy Costume
Snow White Costume

And a few honorable mentions...
Poseidons's Crush by The Whimsy Fin
Ice Princess Costume by Yaya Papaya

Carnival Circus Clown Costume by Elizabeth Laine

Monday, September 23, 2013

Playing Dress Up

What were you for Halloween as a kid? I can remember being a bear, a black cat, a witch and I especially loved the mermaid costume my mom made. Everyone was impressed with how it came out.

I've decided to start a tradition of costume making for my daughter. My husband wants her to be a bear because he always calls her Pookie. I want her to be a mermaid because I named her after an old Little Mermaid video I have (pre-Disney). We'll see what I actually have time to make. It's hard enough keeping up with the shop and a very demanding 6 month old.

In the meantime I've discovered a few handmade costumes for you to enjoy. There are SO MANY tutu costumes for girls. Although I added a few, I didn't want to flood my page with tutu costumes. If that is what you are looking for you'll find one in any character.

Newborn Frog Prince Outfit by Head to Toes

Baby Puppy Hat and Diaper Cover by Hat and Cold Crochet

Mermaid Tail Cocoon Set by Head to Toes

Baby/ Toddler
Little Red Riding Hood by Trinity's Tutus

Baby Pumpkin Romper by Nana Bugz

Baby Ghost Romper by Nana Bugz

Musketeer Costume for Toddlers by Beau Miracle for You

BEE - Girls Dress by Wild Things

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Atutudes

Spanish Flamenco Dancer by DIPdesigns

Wonder Woman Costume by SuperKid Capes

Lucha Libre Mask by iwishiwasa...

Dragon Costume by Beau Miracle for You

Felt Wolf Mask and Tail by Little Bit

Shark Cape by Seven Little Rabbits

Friday, September 20, 2013

Etsy Gift Card Giveaway with Nine Winners!

Cotton Ridge Giveaways

Welcome to the Fall Etsy Gift Cards Giveaway!

Hosted By

Cotton Ridge Create!, Barbara's Beat, and All About The Mommies

Sponsored By

Cotton Ridge Homeschool, Morning Tempest Studios, Pea of Sweetness, Rock Paper Stitch, Wire Queen Jewelry, Caravan Sonnet, PictureIt Creations, and Cotton Ridge Pottery

Are you ready for some early Christmas and Holiday shopping? Shop for yourself or someone special. We are excited to bring you a chance to win one of nine Etsy Gift Cards!

If you are not familiar with Etsy, please visit the site to discover individual shops run by artists and handcrafters. Many, like myself, do custom work. There are also shops featuring vintage goods and supplies for crafting!

This giveaway is entirely sponsored by Etsy shop owners and bloggers; please take a moment to visit their wonderful blogs and shops. Thank you to everyone who is joining us in promoting this event!

There Will Be Nine Winners!

First Prize: $50 Etsy Gift Card

Second Prize: $25 Etsy Gift Card

The first and second names drawn will receive gift cards that can be used at any Etsy shop that accepts Gift Cards.

Seven More Prizes!

The remaining seven winners will choose among these Etsy Shop Gift Cards! *

* The third winning name drawn will receive first choice, then the fourth name drawn will choose among the prizes remaining, and so on.

Giveaway Details

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer Sun Hats

Summer Adventures Art Print by Cinnamonink

Summer is in full swing and the days seem to be getting hotter. I've decided to put together a list of cute summer hats for babies after I made one for my own. You can see the hat I made in this post.

Floppy Hats
Maybe it's the hippy in me, but I've always enjoyed a cute floppy hat.

Purple Beach Hat by telepelekids

Strawberry Baby Sun Hat by Calico Caprice

Chevron Baby to Toddler Sun Hat by Aunt B's Bonnets

There are actually some really cute, modern designs out there in bonnets. I love taking something old and making it look new.

Baby Sun Hat Bonnet by Little Katy's Boutique

Rosewood Newborn Bonnet by Izzy & Isla

Raelynn Bonnet by onethirtynine: 13

I would never think of a yarn hat for summer use, but there are some cute ones that will keep the sun out just as well as a cotton or straw hat.

Baby Crochet Hat by Precious Moments Props

Summer Sun Hat by Babamoon

Baby Girl Crochet Summer Hat by Mariias

Boy's Summer Hats
Let's not forget about the boys. Trendy styles exist for them too, in both edgy and sweet.

Skull and Bones Hat by Bula Jean's Boutique

Eco Linen Boys Sun Hat with Seal by joy full things

Baby Toddler Newsboy Hat by JetsandLilys

Thursday, July 18, 2013

High Needs Bebe

I think Marina thinks her name is Bebe. We always call her that and she responds to it more than Marina.

We always wondered why things were never getting easier for us, like everyone keeps saying will happen. She still gets up about 5 times a night, can't fall asleep without us bouncing her, and gets bored or overstimulated really easily. Then my Aunt did some research and discovered she is a high needs baby. I thought this article about 12 Features of a High Needs Baby on Dr Sears' website was very informative.

She has every one of those traits. It can be difficult to get through the day when she always wants to be held and walked around, when she gets upset and it takes a loooong time to calm her down, or she goes from smiling into frowning and crying in an instant. Still, she has good moments too, when she'll lay on her play mat for half an hour and I can actually get something done or when we're doing something right and she smiles and smiles.

Getting through the day is much easier now.  Instead of thinking about this crying, fussing baby, I always try to look at the world through her eyes to find out what she needs. We've always done that, but now that I don't have this expectation that maybe next month she'll be a normal baby, I can address her needs a little better. It's easier to deal with knowing that some day things not only will get better, but we'll have this amazing, insightful, energetic kid. 

And then there are moments like this where I just can't stop laughing:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Better Late Than Never

Sorry for the silence over here. Little Marina is 3 months old now and I'm still trying to find enough time in my day to do everything that needs to get done. She's a fussy one, always needing to do something, and it has to change quickly. Either she wants to be held, sit in her chair, lay on her play mat (where she tries really hard to roll over) or bounced on my exercise ball. The only chance I get is during her naps, which never seem long enough.

At least for the summer my husband is off. (He's a teacher.) We've come up with a rotation so we each get a day to work and a day to take care of her. It's so nice getting time to work without worrying about entertaining her all day. I enjoy the days I have her so much more.

I've begun to catch up on re-listing some items in my shop. Items with embroidery will be back up in a week. I gave my mom my sewing machine to take to a repairman and I forgot to get it back from her last time I saw her.

Since my days are limited I don't know how often I will post. I prefer to spend my time working in my sewing room than sitting on a computer, so that is where you'll find me. Orders and emails will be sent at least every other day.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

She has arrived!

On March 17th little Marina entered the world. She doesn't leave me much time to write so I will leave you with these photos my sister took on the day we attempted to take her newborn photos. The camera she borrowed wasn't working so she took some quick snapshots with my point and shoot instead. I don't think Marina was much in the mood anyway. We'll try again when my other sister gets a chance to visit.

Thank you for your patience as I adjust to this new lifestyle. She sure keeps us busy.

If you're wondering where I got the romper and hair clip visit Chic Baby Rose. The headband I made myself with some velvet elastic from Frog Feathers and feathers from Hearty Art Supplies.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Shop Announcements

Sometimes Change Can Make Things Even More Beautiful
Print by Tatters & Nook

My pregnancy is nearing its end. While I gear up for baby's arrival I have a few announcements to make regarding a few changes to my shop. 

The shop will stay open, even after my baby is born. 

Starting March 1st I will no longer be taking any custom orders. I'd hate to start on your order only to have labor start and be unable to finish for many weeks after she is born. I will resume taking custom orders most likely in the beginning of summer. 

You can still purchase any of the items already in my shop. Keep in mind once the baby arrives my shipping time will slow down. I will also do my best to answer your questions, however, remember I may be resting and spending time with my new baby and not sitting at a computer.

Only 3 more weeks to go!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Recording Memories for Baby

With our first baby arriving in a couple months I've begun gathering all of the essential supplies needed to care for her. One item every new mom appreciates is a baby album. I've come to love the albums that read more like a journal of mom's pregnancy and baby's special memories and milestones. 

Pink Baby Book by The Sweet Rhino

Modern Baby Memory Book by Brella Baby

Orange Argyle Baby Book by Ruby Love

Forest Friends Memory Book by alabouffe

Teal Damask Memory Book by 2giggles

Purple Damask Memory Book by JaDazzles

If journaling seems too time consuming you'll still find gorgeous albums just for photos.

Custom Engraved Baby Book by lorgie and me 

Accordian Scrapbook Album by kowaikuma

Baby Brag Book by Creatively Kept

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