Happy Friday! It’s an extra special Friday here. My dear friend Leslie just brought her first baby, little Emmett, into the world. I’m so thrilled for her, her fantastic husband Rob, and their new little one. Can’t wait to meet you, Emmett!
These Friday Finds are kid-inspired and all handmade.
It’s the Tall Guy’s birthday. I’m always thrilled for an opportunity to celebrate him. He rocks. We are planning on a birthday evening of baked goods, our favorite local pizza, perhaps a few libations, and some selct gifts.
So, in honor of this special September event, a birthday edition of likes.
Does your family (or your friend-family) have particular birthday traditions? We’re slipping into a tradition of a dinner of choice for the birthday honoree. Then, the adults get parties that go all night that Saturday. And the Little Guy gets a family/friend party on the weekend nearest his birthday.
Peeping in on Rubyellen Bratcher’s family birthday traditions is superfun. Her youngest daughter, Glow, recently turned one and got her first birthday breakfast in bed.
Here’s a fun celebratory banner made with fabric strips and baker’s twine.
If you’re leaning toward birthday breakfast, you could try making your own pancake mix, like ARMommy. As she says, it will make you feel like you live on a farm. “And farms are cool.”
How about a farm party for your kiddo’s next bday? There’s a lovely little photo round-up of this party at Apartment Therapy. I adore the green cake.
Righteous DIY gift boxes.
I leave you with these super festive party hats from the party experts at The Sweetest Occasion.
I can’t wait to be able to sew like a boss. I got a sewing machine for my shower and am so excited to learn how to sew up dresses, shorts, tops, the works. I have a fabric fetish and have been known to prowl the fabric store in a daze for a time before coming to and remembering what I came to buy. Then I buy four more things. Right now I love the idea of using prints aimed toward more adult tastes for children’s clothes. I think a nice Ikea fabric can give a little pair of overalls a modern twist.
Here’s what I’ve been mulling over.
I think the sundress and overalls are my favorites.
Whatta’ you think?
Sometimes I like to make something that has nothing to do with my wedding. And thanks to an early wedding present, a super-nice Swingline paper cutter, from my Uncle Scott and Aunt Michelle, I felt a burst of inspiration this afternoon. Also thanks to Soule Mama and her book Handmade Home. In it she writes a tutorial for making a field notebook using sheets of colorful paper mixed with blank sheets, small enough for a little one to carry in a pocket or satchel and record bits of nature on the go.
My little guy has plenty of opportunities for observations at hand. Luckily, I had a stack of Anthropologie wallpaper samples in my possession just waiting for the right project.
This one is simple.
I cut blank cardstock and several sheets of colorful papers to the size of the wallpaper samples. Then, I punched holes in the margins of all the sheets.
I cut an old hanging file–of just the right dingy color for a field notebook–to about 1/2 inches larger on all sides than the papers. I figured the file would give the book a little stability. And I kept the crease of the folder in tact rather than cutting it so that the backing for the book would be one sturdy-ish piece.
I then strung the pages and file together with hemp cord. Soule Mama suggests professional binding at a print shop and I admit that would be a more solid option, but honestly, I wasn’t really feeling an outing this afternoon. (I wanted to finish the project before the Little Guy got home.)
Add a little cover art and there ya’ go.
Simple enough for me and for the kids–so they can totally make their own.
I just discovered Little Elf. Here are some of her fun things.
An interview with illustrator Kaye Blegvad via Papier Mache Magazine.
Plans and instructions for this DIY Dream Dollhouse via
Ana White: Homemaker
This was created with Washi Tape.
Gift ideas from Anthropologie. Sigh.
Peacock tights from ModCloth.
a collection of beautiful Danish chairs
So glad you stopped by!
via The Decorologist
I can’t believe I haven’t singled out this trend on Gypsy Mind yet…
clockwise from top left: Danielle Oakey Interiors, Giraffe Silhouette Lamp, Simply Silhouettes rockstar plate, wall arrangement via Country Living, Flora Necklace, Custom Stockings, Silhouette Shirt, DIY Silhouette Headboard,