maya mori

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the baby shower

this past weekend we hosted a baby shower for our friends who are having a sweet little boy in december. i had a great time making decorations, gifts and baked goods too! for the new baby i made a cute kimono wrap shirt & pants. i also made a dress for their daughter, to celebrate her becoming a big sister. (alas, i forgot to take pics)

for the decorations, i made some cream tissue poms, a polka dot paper garland and fabric bunting. i really enjoyed making the bunting…i used a variety of fabrics (polka dots, solids, owl print, etc), cut out triangles, roll hemmed the edges and zig zag stitched them together with bias tape.

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i had wanted to make a trio of fruit tarts, but my plums didn’t ripen in time. instead i made a rectangular apple hazelnut tart and cut out a mini paper bunting for it. i also made a pear frangipane tart. it turned out really nicely! all in all, it was a lovely celebration and i think our friends really enjoyed their special day!

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colette gaëlle

My goodness, it’s been too long!  A week after my last post, we had our baby.  She arrived 3 weeks early and was 6#5oz.  Her name is Colette Gaëlle and she is absolutely lovely. Here she is moments after birth.Coco arrivesThe surprise labor, fast c-section and subsequent recovery were challenging.  I feel so grateful for such a wonderful circle of friends & family.  And for Micah, who truly handled a difficult situation with grace.  After 2 months, we are finally getting into a groove of sorts.  The memory of hardship fades as we embrace our new family dynamic.  It’s crazy, it’s loud, it never sleeps, but it’s beautiful.


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nesting

my goodness, it’s been forever since i’ve posted!  life has been so very busy lately.  school projects, oya no kai’s auction, running after frankie and getting ready for our baby!  i am almost 36 weeks and it’s hard to believe that our little one will be here in less than a month.

my dear friend jen came to visit me a few weeks ago & we settled in for 4 days of sewing, crafting and catching up.  jen is one of the most creative people i know…check out her projects, ideas and her latest office re-design at creating bits of envy.

we sifted through piles of patterns/fabric and decided to make some clothes to fit the new baby in the fall.  she also encouraged me to complete my unfinished projects.  months ago i started several outfits for frankie and never finished them!

first up, a modern cowl dress for f.  i found the downloadable heidi & finn pattern on etsy.  i made a matching headband out of fabric scraps & vintage buttons.  jen finished the red velvet jacket i had cut out for christmas…it looks perfect with the stripes!striped modern cowl dressstripes headbandred velvet bolerored velvet bolero / vintage button detail

next we worked on some outfits for the baby.  i made a reversible jacket/dress out of vintage knit, red flannel and handmade bias tape.  jen pieced together an adorable dress out of the smallest fabric scraps EVER, using a patty young modkid pattern.dress 1dress detail 1dress 2the maya dressruffle detailfabric detail

we completed several other projects…i will take pictures & post soon!