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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My Baby Girl

Babies are such a nice way to start people.
     ~ Don Herrold



When I was pregnant with my second baby I wanted a girl so much I was afraid to tell anyone. I thought someone might suspect my disappointment if it was a boy. That was 25 years ago when sonograms were mostly shadows, so when the doctor said he thought it might maybe, possibly be a girl . . . I still kept it a secret how badly I wanted her.


Pure Innocence Girl and Baby


It was a hectic delivery and the doctor arrived with just barely enough time to put on his scrubs. He placed this perfect little redhead on my belly and announced it was a girl. Well, my secret was out. All I could say was "it's a girl, it's a girl!" She was and still is my very special gift.


Catered Crop Recipe


I used some Graphic 45 paper from my stash and made kind of a bow bouquet – a bow tied up with all kinds of goodies (taffeta ribbon, tulle, a charm, the new Vintage Flourish Die-namic, a tag with the Notched Tag Die-Namic, and some Distress Stickles). And, of course, I used the new Pure Innocence stamp, Girl and Baby. She's colored with Copic markers and her cheeks are blushed with a little Stampin' Up! pastels.





It's day six and my favorite of all the Teasers with six new Pure Innocence images by Heather Ellis. If you'd like to see all six new Pure Innocence stamps and the Design Team's creations, click on over to Kim's blog. Be sure to leave comments as you go for a chance to win one of two $10 vouchers being given away daily, just for leaving a comment.

The My Favorite Things release is on October 4 at 10:00 PM EST. You can join the release party from 8:00 to 10:00 PM EST here in the forum for fun, games, and prizes! All the new sets and dies will be available October 4 at 10:00 PM EST.

Stampers! The guest designer contest is ON! Check out the forum for details on how you can win over $100 in stamp sets and play along with the design team for a month. But, don't wait – the deadline is coming up soon!



Love you always Baby Girl!


Oh Baby – Animal Magnetism


I'm having so much fun with this Farm Animal set of stamps from DeNami Designs I can't seem to put them down. Good thing, because my girl needs a baby card for one of her preggo girlfriends. I made magnets to match this card and, with the magic of Basic Grey magnetic snaps, the magnets attach to the card.

Here's the card with one magnet attached.


And here's the card with all three magnets attached.


It's a multi-tasking card! Caitlin's friend can use the magnets to put baby pictures on the refrigerator after the baby comes! Cool, huh?



I wrote a tutorial on how to make these magnets way back in February 2007, here (don't laugh – it was my very first tutorial). And, there's a sequel on how to attach your magnet to your card, here. If you want to try this, just

  1. Cut out your image with a 1" or 1-1/4" circle punch.
  2. Attach your image to a flat bottom glass marble with Crystal Lacquer. You can usually find these marbles in the floral section of your craft store.
  3. Add a positively charged magnet to the back of the flat bottom glass marble.
  4. Add a negatively charged magnet snap under one of your layers of paper on the card. The trick is just putting the snaps in the right place so the magnet lines up correctly on your card.

I love, love these sweet colors from this week's Embellish Magazine, Stitching/Coloring challenge.


This week's Clearly Inspired Challenge Sketch #10 (CIC10) gave me the perfect sketch for what I wanted to do with this set.



And, finally, here are the Copic markers and the rest of the recipe.

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  • Embellishments – Heidi Grace decorative pins
  • Fibers – DeNami Designs grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink gingham ribbon
  • Ink – Memento Tuxedo, Copic Markers (see above), Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink
  • Paper – Neenah, Stampin' Up! Welcome Neighbor paper pad, Kraft and Pretty in Pink card stock
  • Stamp: DeNami Designs Petit Four Farm Animals,   LOVE Circle. Stampin' up! Tiny Tags
  • Tools: Stampin' up!/EK Success 1-3/8" circle, 1" circle and jewelry tag punches. Nestabilities Classic Scallop Circles
  • Miscellaneous: flat-back glass marbles, Basic Grey magnetic snaps