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Ready for Baby Boy

Moving back to the South from California has been a major adjustment. We left many a close and true friends back in LA – it’s probably the hardest adjustment I’ve had to slowly accept. But the good thing about moving back to the South is that we moved BACK to the South. That means, we’re back where we have old ties. And to my surprise and much thankfulness, I have had many of those old ties pop up and flourish here in Nashville.

One of those is Claire.

Claire and I met blksjhk years ago as Freshmen in college at Furman University (no, that’s not a typo, I’m just not admitting the number of years it’s been because I would have to admit that I’m actually getting old and I refuse to damper my gorgeous fall weather buzz). We lived next door to one another on our Freshman hall … well, my first Freshman hall, but that’s a WHOLE other story for a totally different blog. Claire is from the Mississippi gulf, I grew up down the road in Pensacola, FL, so I liked her immediately. We didn’t become besties during our one semester as neighbors, but I always admired her (ok, and I was totally intimidated by her…but come to find out a few weeks ago she was intimidated by me, which I find hilarious. If we had both just known then!) After my awesome roommate and I moved to a second Freshman hall after first semester (ok, let’s just leave say our third roommate wasn’t so… compatible…even after group therapy, no, I’m no kidding), Claire and I remained friendly, but we lost touch after graduation. So, cut to the chase, when I was settled in Nashville, I began reaching out to fellow Furmanites on good ol’ Facebook. And there she was – Claire. We had coffee one day, started some sewing projects after that, swapped bargain shopping secrets, and the rest is history. She’s married to a fabulous gentleman, has a precious 2-year-old daughter and is having a little boy TOMORROW!  Eeee! BABY!

Well, naturally, I had to make sure baby boy would look great coming home. So, I took a sleep onesie that Claire got at a consignment sale for practically nothing (she is seriously the QUEEN of bargain shopping and Craigslist. Honestly, she should give workshops) and monogrammed his initials. After all, he will be a Southern gentleman.

 

And in the process, I, of course, went to the consignment sale shopping for my new niece and found another sleep onesie for baby and monogrammed that one too.

 

Baby boy can never have too many sleepers.

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Covered Bumpkins

I have been paring up with Femi at Coralily Photography in the past months. We are having a grand ol’ time exploring new fabrics, ideas and designs for her photoshoots.  When she booked a set of newborn twins (a boy and girl), we knew we needed soft & yummy, but really quick and easy. Moving one newborn with waking him is one thing, but two – all bets are off.  After searching around for ideas, diaper covers were the winner.

I did two test runs with simple, natural muslin.

Then made the two “real” covers in matching cotton fabric: one in blue and one in pink. All turned out beautifully.

 

 

Guess which ones Femi loved the most? Yup, the test muslin ones. Figures.

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There ARE Angels in Los Angeles!

About 8 months ago, Jeff from Project Angel Food’s Divine Design approached Li’l Bumpkin about donating items to their annual charity shopping event that benefits AIDS research. I got about five words into the email and he had me; I was in. I’ll do anything to make people’s lives a little happier and more hopeful.

I buddied up with PIVOT Furniture to create a Lush Baby Giveaway : a Li’l Bumpkin Bankie and Giraffe and a PIVOT 1 Hour Design Consultation, Walnut Playing Blocks and a Walnut Shadow Box.

 

The Shopping night was unreal; Divine Design managed to completely fill an entire Robinsons-May department building with donated items from lip gloss to entire bedroom sets. I couldn’t get over how much generosity was piled in on place at one time. I was so touched and honored to be a tiny part of it.

 

It was so exciting to see our donation displayed and hear people oogle over it!

 

Hopefully next year, Li’l Bumpkin will be able to donate a slew of bankies, quilts, burp cloths, bibs and more. I would love to be able to afford to ship a truck load of goodies. Oooo, perhaps I’ll get a ton of Etsy shops to do that same – imagine, a whole Etsy.com section! Love. Any of you sellers, let me know if you’re interested. I’ll get your info to Jeff.

 

The GORGEOUS walnut blocks are from Little Saplings Toys. Their products are phenomenal and they are a joy to work with. Check them out: http://www.littlesaplingtoys.com/ or http://www.etsy.com/shop/littlesaplingtoys

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More Burping of the T-Shirts

I have fallen in love with the vintage t-shirts turned burp cloths and bibs. It’s a one of a kind, handcrafted item that no one else in the world will ever have. So unique and cool. What else would I ever make my second cousin to wipe his spit up?

Jon and Mindy had their handsome son, Paul, back in June. Yes, June. I know, I’m slightly late. But, I look at it like I was waiting until all the “fuss” passed and then, BOOM!, surprise gift to make the fuss come right back (at least that’s what I’m telling myself).  Nevertheless, I think I came up with some presh designs. Jon is from Louisville, KY, so the slugger and horse cloths are a nod to home turf. And the 70s skiing dude, well, they live in Colorado. Need I say more?

Hope they enjoy using them as much as I loved creating them.

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Three Quilts-to-Be

It’s been a crazy few weeks in Li’l Bumpkin world. During that time I was excited to get three new quilt orders. I went shopping (my favorite part!) a few days ago and after 4 hours in Michael Levine Fabrics, I came out with MAJOR winners. I can’t wait  to get these assembled. Join me in welcoming three new custom quilts to the Li’l Bumpkin Family!

1. Mod Safari

2. Worker Man

3. Spring Green Giraffe

Hopefully I’ll have these done and photographed in the next few weeks, so I’ll update soon!

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Pastel Heaven turns to Emma’s Heaven

About a month ago, my friend, Celia, and I had lunch to catch up. It had been many months since we had been able to see each other. I found out she had experienced a terrible loss. One of her closest friends from college, Noel, died of brain cancer. He was 32. If that wasn’t bad enough, Noel was married, to Hannah, and had a baby girl, Emma, on the way. I can’t even imagine what the family is going through. And my heart breaks for all their friends. It’s so hard to loose anyone at any age, but to loose a friend so young and have the world robbed of amazing talent and laughter just plain sucks.

 Later that night, I was making some vintage t-shirt burp cloths and I couldn’t get Hannah and Baby Emma off my mind. At one point I tried to put myself in Hannah’s shoes and I just cried. I couldn’t even start to try to “get” where she is (and never want to). I wanted to do something to help, but I knew that there’s really nothing anyone can do to make it better. And plus, I don’t even know Hannah personally. But still, I couldn’t shake them from my thoughts. By the time finished the cloths, I had made a decision.

“Baby needs a quilt.”

I immediately emailed Celia and told her that I wanted give Hannah and Emma some love and the only way I know of doing that is giving them a quilt to hold and cry into when it hurts and to cuddle and make some happy memories when it doesn’t hurt. I instructed Celia to go onto my Etsy shop and choose the one she thought Noel would like best for Emma and it’s was hers. After much debate, Pastel Heaven won (the nursery walls are a pastel green that matches the quilt). It’s now officially called Emma’s Heaven.

Oh, it doesn’t stop there though. While Celia was in the shop she spied and bought the Giraffe onesie and then ordered a custom butterfly onesie. With the butterflies, I used a tiny pink flower fabric I knew Celia fell in love with when I made the Boob Quilt to auction off for her AVON Breast Cancer Walk. I was happy to see her immediately recognize and oogle over it.

I hate that we have to deal with sadness and pain in life. I hate that we are cheated out of friends early on in the game by diseases. It’s not fair. But thank the Lord we have little reminders of joy and the grand possibilities of life in babies like Emma. I pray her life is filled with happiness and endless hilarious stories of her Daddy. I hope that Hannah feels a little comfort when she tucks Emma in her quilt. I probably will never meet Hannah or Emma, but I hope their days are a tiny bit brighter and they can feel my hugs and prayers every time they snuggle their quilt.

Sometimes a quilt is just neeed. Simple as that.

Please read more about Noel and his beautiful life at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/noelsmith

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Vintage Shirts for Baby’s Burps

We all know I love sewing for my besties. Nicole is one of my closest friends and also my manager. She hosted a baby shower for one of her best friends, Stephanie. Steph is waiting to find her baby’s gender until the birth, so Nicole was looking for something  neutral. She also wanted to get something that Steph really NEEDED. I asked her what did she use most when she was a new Mom and she answered, “You can NEVER have too many bibs and burp cloths.” Done!

As I was sketching ideas, I came up with something completely new for me – Vintage T-Shirts. They are one of the most absorbent things ever, so I figured they would make great bibs and burp cloths. Talk about making something that no one else could every have. Plus, you know how I love to recycle and reuse. Double bonus.Nicole loved the idea and put her complete trust in me. 

Though I personally know and adore Stephanie, I wanted more details about her. Nicole  answered a questionnaire and gave me all sorts of fun Steph facts: eats organic, loves green living, her hubby is from Brazil, she is an artist, loves dogs and all things California.

I spent the weekend shopping at various Goodwill stores with David. We had so much fun plundering through the racks. Of course, we found shirts for our friends who are expecting (Needless to say, I have more sewing to do). We stocked up, people.

It took me a while to get the right size and shape for the bibs and cloths. It was a large learning curve, to say the least. I designed a pattern, but each bib or cloth took on is its own life depending on the design from the shirt. So, I had to make adjustments as I went. The edging was the hardest – and after consulting with a few senior crafters, I bought a new sewing machine foot and finished the edges.

I am in love with every bib and cloth.

The MTV bib is in honor of us growing up in the 80s. I’m sure Steph will appreciate it.

The doggie bib is in honor of Steph’s dog, Buddy. We musn’t neglect the first baby.

I wanted to visually honor Stephanie’s love for green living, eating local and organic and recycling and reusing. Luckily, I found three t-shirts that screamed green – literally. With all the cloths, I had to piece them together to give as much length as possible and give room for the neck cut-out (these won’t fall off as you’re burping baby!). The piecing made for some beautiful designs and imagary. I even added a decorative leaf stitch to the first cloth. It ties it together perfectly! 

Since all the cloths are reversable, I wanted both sides to be interesting. On the Tree Cloth, I appliqued the logo from the front of the t-shirt along with my logo label. It’s my favorite.

One of the most iconic places in California is In-And-Out Burger. We all love it and go often. I’m so incredibly jealous of this one, I’m currently on a mission from God to find another T-shirt to make one for me…you know, for the baby that I don’t have. Of course, I could always use it to throw under my cat when he throws up (when tends to happen on a bi-weekly basis).

When I gave them to Nicole all wrapped up and purdy like, she went ballistic she loved them so much.  The baby shower was this past Saturday and Nicole said, “Steph and the girls went [monkeypoop] over your stuff!!! They all asked about you. Thanks so much!”

I love love making my friends and clients happy. I can’t wait to see photos and video from the shower. I’ll share as soon as I hear from Nicole. You’ll see the bibs and cloths posted in my Etsy store for custom orders soon : www.etsy.com/shop/Lilbumpkin

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