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Homemade Gifts for Christmas

I’m finishing up gifts for my nieces and nephews…many of these are homemade.  I haven’t embroidered anything since I was 11 years-old, but some how I got an urge to whip up some fabric creations from scratch.

I think I was inspired by all the beautiful creativity available on Etsy or cute shops like JasperHeartsWren who made my all-time favorite hoodie worn by Calvin.

I asked friends and family to use their fabric scraps.  I used embroidery floss, scraps of felt, unused spare buttons…and then, I let my imagination run wild.

Here’s what I made for one of my nieces (she’s only 8 months-old, so even though I posted this, I think she’ll still be surprised).

I also made a shirt for her brother with cowboy boot shapes I cut out of red “bandanna” fabric.

When I showed the two shirts to Calvin, I asked him what he thought.

Me: Do you like this shirt for your cousin? [when referring to the royal blue t-shirt with red bandanna cowboy boots].

Calvin: Nooo!

Me: Okay, how about this one? [referring to the flower shirt in the photo above]

Calvin: On, please [while he tried to pull it on].

It was a two-year-old’s feedback, but it WAS feedback.  So, I added a little more to the cowboy boot shirt…some extra embroidery to look like red and white swirls dancing forth from the boots with buttons on the top of the boots.

I’d show you a photo, but I mailed the darn thing to my nephew before I remembered to snap a photo.

End result, Calvin thought it was MUCH better, and he wanted to wear that one, too.

So, I have another plain blue shirt…and I want to make something sweet for Calvin, but I’m fresh out of creative ideas.  Although a turtle-shaped cookie cutter could definitely come in handy as a stencil!

YOUR TURN: Are you making homemade gifts for Christmas?  What’s your favorite homemade gift project?

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Calvin’s Birthday Bash: Day 4

Two creative moms with a heart for designing eco-friendly and modern play clothes for trendy tots created Jasper Hearts Wren.  These mamas use bright and colorful washable felt appliques made from 100% post-consumer recycled bottles on purdy dresses, irresistible totes, and the most adorable onesies.

JasperHeartsWren2I adore the eye-popping designs from the rocket ship, and skinny-legged birdies with button eyes, to the funky fridge magnet hoodie (featured above on Calvin).

The Fridge Mag Hoodie has “A-B-C” hand-stitched on the front and “1-2-3” on the back.  The design is available in the chocolate hoodie (shown above) and navy.  I love that it fits long on my tall-torso-toddler, so that he can still wear it in the spring.  The fuzzy, soft cotton-interior is snuggly and warm on chilly Autumn days.  Hoodies are available in sizes 2T-6T.

pandaI’m almost hurting to have another little one, just so I can put a baby in this adorable felt panda onesie.  Onesies/tee shirts are available 3-6M to 6T.  Dress sizes range from 6-12M to 3T, except for the one-size fits all apron dress.

When you support this mom-owned business, you support American workers (read: no sweatshop labor) in this green and humane business.

In Charlottesville, you can find Jasper Hearts Wren modern play clothing at Whimsies on Barracks Shopping Mall (North).  For a complete selection, you can purchase Jasper Hearts Wren clothing and apparel directly from their site.

The prices are a little high with felt onesies beginning at $30 ranging up to $65 for a dress.  However, all items are hand-stitched, American made, and eco-friendly–worth the investment to support high-quality and beautiful modern play clothing.


jasper-hearts-wrenOne winner will receive a Fridge Magnets Hoodie (retail value $48).  Hoodie size is subject to availability.  To enter, leave a comment relevant to this post before Sunday, November 5th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the contest rulesprizeypickall generic comments are ineligible.).  Eco-friendly, hand-stitched, and novel play clothes for the modern child–I’m in love.

For more in-the-know fun on Jasper Hearts Wren you can become a fan on Facebook.


I want to know…what features are important to you in children’s clothing?  Quality, durability, design, price–what’s most valuable to you and why?

Thank you to Jasper Hearts Wren for providing a Fridge Mag Hoodie for the purpose of this review.


Congratulations to the winner, #2 Leslie.

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