Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Sale!

Just wanted
to say THANK YOU
for supporting me and my little business!
And what says thank you better
than some free stuff!

So with every order from my shop
from now until Sunday at midnight
you will receive one of my
brand new Felt Flower Hair Clips!
*Coming to my shop soon

perfect for both kids and mommies

You can choose from this
red flower with dark green leaves and a black button center

or this
red flower with light green leaves and a white button center

each add the perfect touch of Christmas cheer to any outfit

*flowers are on a ribbon covered pinch clip.
Please note which style you would like in the note to seller section upon checkout :)

We are also discounting our Dress Up Capes from $22 to $17!
What are you waiting for...go!
Get them before they are gone.

And check out our new set of flower snappie clips
simple and chic

A Hot Pink and Brown Thanksgiving

I did it!
I conquered my fear of making clothes
(with the help of my awesome friend...thanks Cyndi!)
and made this

perfectly girly
hot pink and brown
flowery goodness
Thanksgiving dress for Mackenzie.

I even figured out how to make button holes with my sewing machine
(which ended up being super duper easy...who'd a thought?)

finished off with a hot pink sash
because a girl can never have too much pink :)

Stay tuned for my awesome Thanksgiving Sale...details later tonight!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas music....

makes my heart happy.

I could listen to it
every. single. day.
For real.

I have even been known to sneak in a song or two in July.
Just because.

And you know those radio stations that play only Christmas music during the holidays?
They are permanently set and allowed to be changed for no reason.
What so ever.

And did you know Cox cable has an entire radio station on TV devoted to Holiday music?
Yes, it's true.
We have been listening to it for the past month.

Yup, I'm Christmas music crazy.

What are some of the things you love about the holidays?

*I realize that some people (for who knows what reason..seriously) don't share the same love of Christmas music with me. I just want them to know (because I know at least one of you are reading this thinking I'm crazy) that I won't judge you. Maybe :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Good things ahead

Boutique over the weekend
2 sick kids
one tired mommy and neglected blog

I promise I have lots of fun ideas in my head that are just waiting to come to life (maybe... hopefully this week) plus a super cute Thanksgiving dress that I made (yes, made! well with my friends help, but still) for Mackenzie.

So stay tuned. Good things are ahead :)

On a side note the boutique was a total success! And I met a lady who gave me lots of good info about taking Lu Bird Baby to the next level. A totally scary but exciting thought!

And lastly we had a death in the family. Well kind of. Our beloved baby swing (AKA life saver/sanity keeper) broke. BOO! It had been acting funny lately but this past week it finally bit the dust. So I have been pushing it by hand (in desperate times) to get Wesley to fall asleep. Pathetic I know. Oh well. Just part of the craziness that is life right now.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Come visit me...

at the Mission Viejo
Gifts and Goodies Boutique
tomorrow from 8:00-5:00

Norman Murray Community & Senior Center
24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

*Mention that you read my blog and I'll give you a little somethin' somethin' for free!

Time for Tea Giveaway Winner!

And the winner is...

Email me to claim your prize :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I'm convinced...

I need it.

I saw it at Costco
laying on the shelf
just waiting to be tried.
I did what any girl who hates her current camera would do
pick it up and try it of course.
Big mistake.
Now no other camera will do.
If only I had a secret money stash
or a tree that grew large bills in my back yard.

Maybe Santa will be really, really nice to me this year.
A girl can dream right?

*We had an older model of this amazing camera
but it broke at the hospital when I had Wesley
(someone accidentally kicked it off the bed...oops)
so we bought the worst point and shoot camera ever
that makes me want to say bad words
as a replacement.
In case you were wondering.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Owl Ribbon Tag Baby Toy Tutorial

Owls are super trendy.
Ribbon is awesome.
Fabric is my BFF.

What do you get when you combine all 3?
This super cool baby toy.

Perfect for my baby boy.

You can make one for your little boy or girl too.

All you need is:
some fabric, felt and ribbon

Step 1:
Draw and then cut out your owl pattern pieces.
Just look at my pictures for the basic shapes. They don't have to be perfect :)

You will need:
-one body piece
(around 5" tall and 5 1/2" wide when measured at the top of the ears)
-2 wings (around 3 3/4" each)
-one chest piece
-2 outer eyes and 2 inner eyes (not pictured)
-1 beak (not pictured)

Step 2:
Using a water soluble fabric pen trace your body pattern onto your desired fabric.

Step 3:
Trace the chest pattern onto a piece of "Steam a Seam", peel off the back piece, and stick onto your fabric. Cut along the line.
*If this sounds confusing just read the directions on the back of the Steam a Seam will walk you through how to do it.

Step 4:
Using something round (I used the top of a baby food jar) trace two circles onto "Steam a Seam" paper. Peel the back side of the "Steam a Seam" paper off, stick onto fabric and then cut out.

Step 5:
Lay the chest piece and outer eyes onto the owl body until you have them positioned as you would like. Remove the last piece of "Steam a Seam" paper, stick onto the body and iron in place.

Step 6:
Top stitch around the eyes and chest piece. Then cut the beak and inner eyes out of felt, pin in place, and sew to secure.

Your little guy's looking cute already :)

Step 7:
For the wings...
Trace the wing patterns onto 2 separate pieces of fabric. Cut 6 small ribbon pieces. Fold the ribbon pieces in half, sandwich them between the piece of fabric with the pattern on it and another piece of fabric, and pin in place.

*Make sure the fold of the ribbon is positioned on the inside of the wing so you are sewing over the tails of the ribbon as you sew along the line.

I added 3 ribbon pieces on the bottom side of each wing.

Step 8:
Sew along the line, leaving a small opening to flip the wings right side out. Trim around the edge of the line you just sewed and then turn right side out.

Step 9:
Pin the wings to the front of the owl (as shown above). Make sure you position them so the open end of the wing will be sewn shut when sewn.
*I also pinned the ribbon tags on the wings up so I wouldn't catch them when I sewed the owl to the backing.

Step 10:
Pin the front of the owl to the backing of your choice (I used a super soft blanket material). The wings should be in between the two layers.

*I also added two more ribbon tags at the bottom of the owl for its feet.
Sew around the owl leaving a small opening on the side of its head by its ear.

Step 11:
Flip your owl right side out and add another ribbon tag inside the small opening. Pin the ribbon tag in place and top stitch around your owl, being sure to catch the ribbon tag as you go.

*FYI Don't iron your owl before you top stitch! Felt and a hot iron do not get along! Trust me :)

Slip your new cutie pie onto some plastic links

attach to your baby's car seat or stroller and let the fun begin (for your little one)!

Lots of fun colors and textures for them to look at and explore and lots of fun ribbon tags for them to play with or chew on.

And a super soft back perfect for cuddling :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Time for Tea Giveaway!

Polly put the kettle on
we'll all have tea!
Little girls
having a pretend tea party
with their dollies,
or a friend.
Can it get any better?
I think not.

Now your girly can have a tea party
any time she wants
with my new "Time for tea" felt set.

Each set includes
3 tea bags and 3 delicious sugar cookies topped with sprinkles


Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry goodness.


This week I'm giving away one of my new "Time for Tea" felt sets!

How can you win?
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry)
1. Leave a comment telling us your favorite kind of tea.
2. Blog about this giveaway.
Make sure to let me know the blog address where you linked from in your comment.
3. Become a "follower" of my blog "Lu Bird Baby".
It's easy, just click on the link to the right.
4. Follow me on Twitter.

Giveaway will end at midnight
Thursday, November 19th.
Winner will be announced the following day.

*Pictures of the girls having a tea party are Julie from Joy's Hope adorable daughters taken by the amazingly talented Drew B. Go check out their amazing blogs. Now. You will be hooked. I promise.

Daffollies Giveaway Winner!

And the winner is...

Email me to claim your prize :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stay in Bed Bag Tutorial

When Mackenzie wakes up in the morning
or from a nap
she has to stay in her bed until Aaron and I come and get her out.
To occupy my little angel
and to prevent this or this from happening again
I came up with the magical
Stay in Bed Bag

A bag that hangs from her bed
and is filled with her favorite
non breakable and mess free

Hopefully with the Stay in Bed Bag
we will have no more
Little Miss Trouble
incidents to report.
Fingers Crossed.

Sorry if this tutorial doesn't make sense. My baby still doesn't sleep through the night. And I require at least 10 hours of sleep to think clearly. Just email me if you have any questions :)

Step 1:
Draw your pattern
and cut it out.
I like to fold my piece of paper (or whatever scrap material you have on hand. I used the inside of an old gift bag) in half,
draw half of my pattern and then cut it out
to make sure both sides are symmetrical.
My pattern was approximately 28'' x 18''

Step 2:
Trace your pattern onto your fabric.
You will need two front pieces and two inside pieces.
Pin one front piece and one inside piece (right sides together).
Sew along the pattern line you just drew.
Make sure to leave an opening to turn it right side out with.

Trim around the line you just sewed
and turn right side out.
Repeat with the other front and inside piece.

Iron so they look nice and pretty.

Step 3:
If you would like to add any embellishment to the front of your bag
now is the time to do it.
I cut off the ruffle from an old sheet I had
and added it to the top of one of my pieces.
It would also be cute to add your child's initials
or the word "toys".

Step 4:
Pin your two pieces right side together
and sew around the perimeter
(leaving the top open)

Flip right side out
and your done with your bag!

Step 5:
Now for the ties...
Using a yard stick trace two front pieces
that are approximately 25" x 2"
(If I did it again I think I would make my ties a couple inches longer).
Pin your front pieces to your inside pieces (right sides together)
and sew (leaving a small opening for you to turn it right side out).

Turn right side out, iron and then top stitch.

Step 6:
Pin your ties to the top corners of the bag
(where the seam meets)

and sew to secure.


Your very own
Stay in Bed Bag!

Tie to the side of your kiddos bed or crib

Fill with kid proof toys
(I put chipboard books, dolls, stuffed animals, etc.)

and enjoy some peace of mind
knowing your little one will be entertained for a bit
when they wake up in the morning or from a nap.