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.


And this.


And this.


And this.



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


tips and techniques

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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Frost on the Punkin’

   I don’t know how to tell it—but ef sich a thing could be
   As the Angels wantin’ boardin’, and they’d call around on me
   I’d want to ’commodate ’em—all the whole-indurin’ flock—
   When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock!
~ James Whitcomb Riley

When I was in the fifth grade at Marlin Elementary School (Bloomington, Indiana) we had a substitute teacher who was old and stern. But if we did everything she asked, at the end of the day she read us a poem from Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. I loved her!


Gingham Pumpkin Treat Box

When she read Little Orphant Annie, “the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you” got me every time. When the Frost is on the Punkin’ described everything I loved about a Southern Indiana Autumn. It’s the inspiration for my frosted pumpkin treat boxes.

Frosted Pumpkins

In full disclosure, James Whitcomb Riley and Mom McClain were my muses. Mom McClain started the family tradition of putting little trinkets at the top of our place settings at Thanksgiving and Christmas: woodland animals, Christmas ornaments, little candles . . . I still have all of them.


3d Pumpkin Treat Box

I thought these would be sweet atop our plates this Thanksgiving, especially since they have a sweet center. Rolos!


Pumpkin Treat Box


Tips & Techniques

I modeled the berry basket after the vintage balsa wood baskets the apple orchards filled with their fruits and vegetables. You can find the cut file (or template) here. This Greengrocer’s 100% recyclable Brown Bag card stock  is perfect for this basket. To make it as close to the original as possible, I added a little bit of crackling medium along the top and sponged some kraft ink around the edges. I aged the staples by coloring them with a Copic marker (E59).


Berry Basket

Here’s how to assemble the pumpkins from this Silhouette SVG cut file. I varied the instructions a little to accommodate a twine and button pumpkin stem.

Pumpkin Box Tutorial

  1. After you cut out the leaves and pumpkin shapes ink the edges with a soft brown ink. Add a little frost (glitter) to the leaves. You can also ran the orange paper through a Dotted Swiss embossing folder for a nice warty gourd look.
  2. Bend the creases of the pumpkin and gently push the bottom up, so the pumpkin can sit flat. Glue the tab to secure.
  3. Lace some brown twine (at least 12″ long) through the button. This will just keep the twine secure for the next step.
  4. Thread both ends of the twine through the first pumpkin hole so the button will be on the inside. Then continue to thread the twine through the pumpkin holes in a clockwise order. Don’t forget to add your treat before you finish threading the last hole. Push the pumpkin top down, arrange and tie a knot in the twine to secure.
  5. Add the green top. Push down and tie a bow to the top.
  6. Thread the twine through the button, tie a couple of knots to secure, and trim the twine.

Here are the rest of the ingredients.

We’re celebrating the color orange here at the Catered Crop Orange is the New Black Recipe Swap. And I’m adding this to these challenge sites: Chocolate, Coffee & Cards #50, Papercraft Star Challenge #166, and Really Reasonable Ribbon #82 (RRR82).

I found two videos  with my favorite James Whitcomb Riley poems. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and I’ll leave you with Mr. Riley’s words of caution.

You better mind yer parunts, an’ yer teachurs fond an’ dear,
An’ churish them ‘at loves you, an’ dry the orphant’s tear,
An’ he’p the pore an’ needy ones ‘at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns ‘ll git you
Ef you




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Twisted Treats – Part 2

Nothing on Earth so beautiful
as the final haul on Halloween night.
~ Steve Almond

I’m baaaaack! With part 2 of Twisted Treats.

It’s cupcake time.


This stamp set, Twisted Treats, is perfect for topping Pumpkin Cupcakes.

For more giggles and grins, seal some sprinkles (a.k.a. edible glitter!) inside a straw and you have Halloween Sprinkle Sticks that double as cupcake toppers. When it’s time to savor your cupcake, just rip open one end of your DIY Pixie Stick to spread yummy colored sugar over your cupcakes.

Sinfully Sweet Sprinkle STick

And now, you’re all part of my evil Halloween plot. . . . to spread sugary yummy goodness across the land.



   Tips & Tricks

Joining i {heart} papers this month has given me the glorious pleasure of playing with stamps from some new-to-me companies, like Avery Elle.

To advance my evil plot and make your own cupcake toppers . . .

  • Simply seal the end of a straw by stapling with a small stapler (like Tim Holtz’s Tiny Attacher) or machine sewing across the bottom. Carefully pour your sugar sprinkles into the top of the straw and then seal the top.
  • Stamp your frame image and sentiment, like “Sinfully Sweet,” and cut them out with the Twisted Treats die.
  • Embellish with sequins or other images from the stamp set.


  • Create a backing using the SVG file or PDF file from the Avery Elle site, here.
  • Glue your frame and oval to your backing and adhere it to your Sprinkle Stick with Washi tape.


CupcakeTopperBackAnd, Bone Appetit!

Twisted Treats


Here are all the ingredients, including a link to Mr. Catered Crop approved pumpkin cupcakes.

Don’t you just love a big Haul of Halloween Treats? Here’s our big haul of chocolate, marshmallow, graham crackers, cupcakes, sprinkles, oh yeah, and some paper and ink.



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