a sewn fox pillow.

thanks to winter storm jonas, and living in southern virginia where snow removal infrastructure investment is not a top priority, i just had a pretty swell snow week. it involved a lot of hot chocolate drinking, fire sitting, bounding around in the snow with a tireless toddler, soup making, soup eating, and even some sewing, including this guy. he's my new favorite thing.

he's so fluffy!!

i bought the amazing mauvy (??) faux fur awhile ago, and wasn't really sure what i was going to do with it. it was too amazing to pass up though. seriously, it's the softest fabric ever.

when i finally decided on making a fox pillow, it all came together fairly quickly (and adorably). i was pleasantly surprised at how easy the fabric was to sew with (less easy to cut and much less easy to clean up after...) and am super excited about how it turned out.

the little details are always my favorite. the ear fabric is a floral print from and old blouse. and those rosy cheeks really put him over the top in the cuteness arena.

margot thinks it's her fox pillow. i'm pretty sure he's mine though. i just love him. so soft and the perfect spoonable size. don't tell margot...

i'm thinking about making some more and posting them for sale. if you're interested, let me know!


sewn baby doll bedding.

for jon's birthday in december we got a margot free day (thanks mee mee and papa), and we spent part of it exploring all of the floors of lou's antique mall in danville, a feat we've not been able to complete with the margot in tow. there, we found an unplanned christmas gift, this super awesome baby doll bed. since i just got around to finishing the bedding for it, i thought it was fair to share now, even though it's almost the end of january.

the tiny kitty quilt i made a while ago, before we even got the bed. i wanted to practice this cat quilt block from mer mag, because i was (and still am) debating using it in a larger quilt. i also made it with hopes of having a back up for margot's inseparable tiny quilt that she naps and sleeps with daily. that part was unsuccessful, but in a happy accident it turned out to fit this tiny bed perfectly.

and every good baby bed needs baby pillows, especially a sleepy cloud pillow. i stopped short of making a tiny pillowcase for the tiny pillow, but it may happen in the future. making small doll accessories is way too fun, not to mention super quick.

the mattress may be my favorite part. i used this tutorial for inspiration, and quilted the layers together with x's before sewing up the fourth side. this probably looked ridiculous while i was doing it, because i'm crazy and wanted both sides to be the same. this meant i had to reach inside the layers to pass the needle back and forth. the final look was totally worth it, though. a little vintage and little modern. 

margot really enjoys having a place to put the ladies to bed. 'night, night stella.' 'night, night louise.' man, she's my favorite (margot, that is).

after a good night's sleep (meaning twenty seconds in pretend play-land), louise wakes up first and tells stella to get up.

i'm pretty sure that this bed will get a lot of play. not too bad for an unexpected christmas gift found on a relaxing day out. did anyone else find any exciting, not on the list but must buy gifts? did any of your christmas makes get pushed into the new year? am i still allowed to ask christmas questions?


2016 calendar printables.

happy new year! a day late still counts, i think. and since i'm not one for big resolutions or giant to do lists, i thought i'd start this year off with some free calendar printables.

i think i'm going to make 2016 the year of printables. it's just so much fun. and once i make designs, i find it hard to not just put them on everything.

so go and grab your own copies here. i've only made january through march so far. i'll update throughout the year with the next ones (consider that a resolution!). so be sure to stop back when you start running out of calendar.

they're probably not the most practical of calendars, as there's not a lot of room to write stuff, but they're pretty, and that's what's really important.

i like mine hung simply with washi tape (apparently beside an embroidery hoop with some unintentionally similar fabric). i think they'd also look cute as a part of a wall mounted clipboard display (which i really want to do) or even on the fridge or taped inside of a notebook.

link pictures if you use it! i'd love to see it. and if you have any other ideas for printables, let me know!