Category Archives: babies

brand new baby

my girlfriend meredith
recently gave birth to her second child
last week while i was visiting
she asked if i would snap a few photos for his announcements…
the little man
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his regal big brother kwinn
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a welcome kiss from big sister ella
(check out her stunning blue eyes!)
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is there anything sweeter than a brand new babe?!

henna baby send-off

last week, when i returned from NYC
i co-hosted a baby send-off party
at our house


this was not a traditional
gift-giving, game-playing, pastel and balloon baby shower

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the mama-to-be requested henna for her belly
and to relax for an evening
with friends

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with the fire glowing
we feasted on delicious indian fare

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laughed and were adorned
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and toasted
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to girlfriends.

good luck, meredith!
xoxo

twin quilts

i know you had a peek at my giraffe baby quilt that i whipped up at our crafting weekend
but when i first eyed that adorable giraffe print
i bought double.
i loved that it was modern, yet whimsical
and totally gender neutral
so i wanted to challenge myself…
twin baby quilts
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one for boy, one for girl
and though it seems like everyone is having babies at the moment
no doubles.
but i still went ahead with the plan…
this for sweet baby jane in california
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and this for a little mister who should be arriving any. day. now. in this neck of the woods
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i adore how perfectly complementary they turned out
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and really hate to part with them…
good thing they are personalized
making it slightly more socially unacceptable
to keep for myself
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baby knits

finally completing my babette blanket
totally re-charged my needlework motivation
i wanted to try knitting this time around
and with babies aplenty to knit for
seemed to be just right
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it was fast
and thus oh-so-satisfying…
and my weekend
with computer closed
television off
fire roaring
warm tea
and
fingers wrapped in merino + bamboo
has never felt so relaxing

violet

our next-door neighbors recently welcomed a little girl to their family…
the summer babe is named violet
and i thought it was the perfect excuse
to finally break into my purple stash
for a fun play quilt!

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this top was another project i managed to squeak out of girl’s weekend
inspired by one of the quilts in joelle’s book
but completely improvised with no planning or measuring
and i was thrilled with the ease and speed of which it came together
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i will definitely make similar quilts for baby gifts in the future!

baby shower brunch


a brunch is such a perfect type of part of a baby shower… a fresh new day, guests happy and energized, yummy food. but there is always the question of forbidden sweets in the early pat of the day. enter the perfect applesauce “cakes.”

i was introduced to this recipe (which I’ve since adapted) but my mother-in-law, as it was the “family” birthday cake.
when i was invited to my dear friend Deb’s recent baby shower brunch, i was quick to beg to lend a hand. these cupcakes were requested.
guilt-free for morning time, but wonderfully sweet and delicious, they are perfect any time of day, but extra- wonderful for showers, baby birthdays and the like… a minimal amount of sugar, whole wheat and organic… kid tested, mom approved!
for this batch, i wasn’t sure of a party theme, so a simple pale blue and green was perfect. with white non-peril sprinkles and toppers made from martha stewart paper seals stuck double-sided on a toothpick. SO easy and chic.
Recipe Here
Enjoy!

baby boy b.

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my dear friend deb is expecting her second child, a boy, next month after a very stressful pregnancy. i’ve been pulling images together for her for months wanting to get this board up for her before they moved… better late than never, i suppose. at least it’s here before the baby!
at long last, my ideas for baby boy b.’s nursery…
matouk crib bumper and sheets * an elephant bank * simple, clean, fun + CHEAP hanging lamp
love this photograph * modern yet comfy rocker * wonderful use of reuse- the rug
rikshaw’s ultimate baby gift * nightlight * the bookcase he’ll be taking to college!
much love, deb. we cannot wait to meet the little guy!
xoxo

baby shower by the bay

in celebration of my cousin-in-law, caroline’s soon-to-be baby, family and friends gathered on a perfect summer day at “blue shutters” to shower her with love, laughter, food and gifts.
the guest of honor
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perfect card for the day… “rock-a-bye baby on the sea tops”
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theresa, who discovered her passion for floral arranging this summer, put together all of the BEAUTIFUL bouquets
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sparkling pink lemonades in cut crystal cups… perfectly lady-like!
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my baby block cake, inspired by one from martha made for a adorable center-piece

caroline has a raspberry OBSESSION, so our cousin monica’s flan hit. the. spot! yummm.

the funniest gift of the day? from uncle tom, of course:
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“for caroline: i heard you were having a shower.”
good luck, caroline! we can’t wait to meet baby carrot!
xoxo