autumn and baby booties

The harvest moon hangs round and high
It dodges clouds high in the sky,
The stars wink down their love and mirth
The Autumn season is giving birth.
Oh, it must be October . . .
~Pearl N. Sorrels

Orange Baby Booties

 

Last week I was visiting my family in southern Indiana where I saw beautiful and nostalgic (to me) scenes like this.

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And this.

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And this.

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And this.

Leaf

 

Oh, it did my soul good.

The same weekend my girl Caitlin was hosting a baby shower for her sweet friend, Samantha back in Texas. We’ve known Sam for 20 years, and I was heart broken not be able to be at the shower. I wanted Sam to know I was there in spirit which was the only excuse I needed to make some cutie Baby Bootie party favors in the colors of Caitlin’s Autumn themed party.

Papertry Ink Baby Booties

How Cute are These?!

Two Booties

 

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When Papertrey Ink introduced Erin Lincoln’s stitching dies to make these booties out of felt I knew then I needed a baby in my life! Okay, well, not in my immediate household, but definitely a baby to make booties for. Thank you Sam!

The booties will actually fit a three to five month old infant, but I think they also make an adorable party favor filled with little jelly beans or mints. You can find all the information you need to make a wide variety of booties with Erin’s stitching dies at Nicole Heady’s blog here: Ultimate Baby Inspiration.

Just a word about felt. I strongly recommend investing in high-quality felt to make these booties for two reasons. (1) Each pair of booties took me several hours to make, and of course I hope they become a keepsake. So, I want them to keep their shape and last a long time. (2) The stitching holes are close to the edge of the fabric. If your felt is thin, the holes will rip as you sew and tug the felt into shape. My favorite sources for wool blend felt are Benzie Design, My Favorite Things and, of course, Papertrey Ink.

Here are the rest of the supplies I used. Not pictured are the glass beads I used for the center of the flowers.


As we say in Texas, Happy Fall Y’all!

Light Orange Bootie

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end zone recipe swap quickfire

The reason women don’t play football is because
eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
~ Phyllis Diller

Catered Crop Recipe Swap Button

It’s week two of our End Zone recipe swap challenge, and time to check in with all of you and our fabulous designers.

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For this challenge, we’re using the picture above for our inspiration. You can celebrate the sport of football and/or take direct inspiration from the colors, patterns, etc. of the picture.

  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often, but be sure you link up by 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, November 1.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.
  • Check back with us on November 2 to see if you’ve won an opportunity to be a guest designer.

As always, I have a Pinterest board to help you here: End Zone. And, check out what our designers have done with this picture – Touchdown! Just click on the pictures of their projects to visit our designers’ blogs.

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Congratulations to Dee (Deepti) and Cecilia, winners of our last challenge. We’re so honored to have these talented ladies as guest designers.

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end zone recipe swap

The reason women don’t play football is because
eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.
~ Phyllis Diller

Catered Crop Recipe Swap Button

Please forgive me for the terribly sexist quote. But, it’s classic Phyllis Diller and I’m old enough to remember how hilarious (and usually sexist and inappropriate) she was.

It’s full-on football season and for the first time ever College Football will have a playoff. That’s worth celebrating! And, besides that, I really love this picture. Phyllis Diller probably wouldn’t approve of this outfit, but I think there’s all kinds of inspiration here.

touchdown

For this challenge, use the picture above for your inspiration. You can celebrate the sport of football and/or take direct inspiration from the colors, patterns, etc. of the picture.

  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often, but be sure you link up by 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, November 1.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.
  • Check back with us on November 2 to see if you’ve won an opportunity to be a guest designer.

Our fabulous designers will be back on Sunday, October 26. As always, I have a Pinterest board to help you here: End Zone.

EndZoneFootballMosaic

My Pinterest-mosaic is all about the black and white stripes, but don’t let that limit you. Interpret the challenge anyway you like. And . . . Play Ball!


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