Jane’s Wardrobe

BLM-1823 copyBLM-1827 copyBLM-1861-2BLM-1873 copy-RecoveredBLM-1899-AnnouncementBLM-1911 copyI believe I may have sewn more this summer than I have ever sewn before. You can blame it on the pregnancy insomnia if you want or the nesting, I’m sure that had something to do with it, but the truth is I am on a personal mission of my own. I promised myself that by the end of this year at least 90% of the children’s wardrobes would be handmade. (I am fighting fast fashion one garment at a time, but that’s a story for another day…) As far as Jane, Madeleine, and Kilian are concerned I have almost reached that percentage. The older boys are a bit harder to sew for, so that may be a bit of a lofty goal, but we’ll see. I plan on sharing each of their wardobes over time, and as I add to them… so what better place to start than with Jane’s! You can refer to my last post to see her wearing each item.  Below are links to the patterns, fabric and accessories I used. (Some of the outfits I made without using a pattern… if you have any questions on those just ask and I’ll try my best to answer!)
handmade (to make)
handmade (to buy)
  • paci clip
  • the sweetest knit baby socks
  • bonnet and bonnet (not pictured here but shown in last post)
  • sandals (These have been sold out, but every pair they sell is adorable. Handmade in Nicaragua!)

Acorn Patchwork and Pattern

AcornPatch5October is here which marks the start of my favorite months of the year! That time of the year when you can add cinnamon and pumpkin to everything and it just makes it better. Mmmm….
I am still not sure what to expect as far as seasons go in Florida, but I know not to expect any of the wonderful fall weather that I am used to in Kentucky. I love Florida, but I sure am missing the trees changing colors, the leaves falling, the chilly breeze and that smell… that glorious smell of autumn. AcornPatch6Thankfully, as I mentioned on Instagram, there are still Pumpkin Spice Lattes to be had, chai tea with lots of cinnamon, and caramel apples at our bakery. To top it all off, I was able to pull together a nice stack of fun fall fabrics… for something… for something fall”y”… something patchwork”y”…. but exactly what, I wasn’t sure.
Then one day this past week,  I was outside playing with the kids and it suddenly dawned on me, I hadn’t seen a single acorn recently. Another one of those signature fall things I guess I had to say goodbye to. So, I decided if I wasn’t going to see real acorns, I could at least make one out of patchwork.AcornPatch1Acornpatch2 AcornPatch3I plan on turning my acorn patchwork into a pillow, and will share it as soon as I am finished with it. I think this block would also make a cute mini quilt or center table mat, etc. so I wrote up a quick pattern for anyone who may be interested in it.

You can download the pattern and instructions here: Acorn Block Pattern and Instructions

If you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to let me know! If you are on Instagram, share your picture with the hashtag #fhacornblock and/or tag me @bellbridgette. I would love to see what you make!

xoxo, Bridgette

Crochet Apples

DSC_2490AI know I recently stated that I was going to take a small break from crochet for awhile, and that truly was my intent until I saw the most darling crochet apples ever. Ever!
Sedef from Down Grapevine Lane posted a pattern (available for free for a limited period of time!) for these crochet apples and I just couldn’t resist.     DSC_2502 DSC_2504A DSC_2505ADSC_2493DSC_2498They make such happy little friends, don’t they?
Now I really am taking a break from crochet. I think. I have some exciting sewing projects calling my name!
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

xoxo, Bridgette

Bunny Business

DSC_2014I have had these cute little “jackrabbits” pinned on my Pinterest for sometime now. Until a few weeks ago, I had not been able to find a pattern for them. Needless to say I was elated to find out that there is now a pattern for these available for instant download by eineldee on Etsy. You can find the shop here. They also have a few other reeeally cute patterns!DSC_1911DSC_1847DSC_1849I try to always put something homemade in the children’s Easter basket. This year they each received a rabbit of a different color. They love them, and it makes every stitch worth it! (Especially when every stitch brought on an increasingly worse case of carpal tunnel! Ick. I think I’ll have to lay off the crochet for awhile.)
I made Madeleine’s bunny with a tad bit smaller head, and added fabric to her ears to help her look a bit more girly.DSC_1860DSC_1854
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With all this talk about bunnies, I think it’s time to introduce you to our newest little pet, Beatrice the Bunny. She arrived just in time for Easter and the children are completely in love. DSC_2038ADSC_2051cA DSC_2048AA Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!

xoxo, Bridgette

 A quick note: For anyone who is interested in buying this pattern, be aware that an understanding in the difference of crochet terms among different countries is necessary, as this pattern is not written in US crochet terms. However, anyone with a bit of crochet experience shouldn’t find it hard to translate into English terms.