Friday, July 15, 2016

Mickey Mouse Baby Shower

Another baby shower!  This time the theme was Mickey Mouse.  There are so many cute Mickey Mouse prints on the market that I couldn't make up my mind which one to use, so I used several.  I like that it was basically primary colors (recommended for new babies), and the fact that it was an easy-to-make square pattern was icing on the cake.

Included with the gift were several burp cloths made from a simple pattern given to me by good friend and fellow quilter Rhea.  These are so quick to sew and the perfect size.  I made these out of 3 pieces of flannel, double stitched around the peanut shape, then cut fringe approximately every half inch.  I made these baby friendly by washing them in Dreft before giving away.  This way the fringe is ruffled and any fabric stiffeners or chemicals are removed.   Mama-to-be Melissa was so happy with them she asked for a dozen more.

Also included with my gift were a couple of books, a crocheted afghan (bright yellow to go with the Mickey Mouse theme colors), and a plush Mickey.  Melissa and Baby Mikey had a wonderful shower, full of gifts, good food, and lots of laughter.  Due in early August, she has just enough time to prepare for his arrival. 

My Little Artists

What would Father's Day be without a gift from the kids?  And what is sweeter than a gift they made themselves . . . with a little help from Mom and Oma.

This year my daughter-in-law decided hand and footprint art would be the perfect gift and fun time activity for the kids to do for Father's Day.  Pinterest has loads of ideas for making these masterpieces.  I wouldn't say we picked the easiest pictures, but they were some of the cutest.  Besides, how hard could it be, right?  NOTE:  When babies are involved, be prepared for added clean-up time.

 My big girls had a great time and were an enormous help with two fussy babies who were not so sure they liked having their feet tickled with paintbrushes.

  In the end, it was a successful endeavor with pretty pictures for daddies and Opa.