Sewing

Confessions of a baby clothes hoarder: A quilting story

I have a confession. I’m a hoarder. A baby clothes hoarder. Because for 21 years I kept a bag of my daughter’s baby clothes. For twenty one years. I lugged that garbage bag full of clothes from residence to residence. I have been a faithful hoarder to that bag of clothes. Now, they weren’t all of my daughter’s baby clothes, just my favorite outfits and hats. I just couldn’t part with them. They reminded me of her special baby memories.

From the day I put those baby clothes in that garbage bag with every intention of hoarding them, my goal was to make a quilt out of them. I didn’t even know how to sew back then, let alone sew a quilt. But I figured that one day I would teach myself. I knew it would be a long time before I would teach myself how to sew. So I knew that the sentence for these bag of hoarded baby clothes would be long. Yes, they were treated fairly. They lived in a nice cool garage safely tucked inside a box. I sometimes forgot about them. Every once in a while, I remembered that I had them and reminded myself about my intention to teach myself how to sew a quilt. Well, finally, about a year and a half ago, I taught myself how to sew.

Then this happened:

I finally made my daughter a baby clothes quilt! 21 years later. I made it and presented it to her at Christmas. She loved it! It isn’t a perfectly sewn quilt. But it’s a quilt made from clothes that I put on her when she was a little baby girl. And it’s a quilt made with love.

My little baby girl. Now she is a grown woman and the proud owner of a very special quilt made by her mommy with lots of love. This quilt contains very special memories. Her special memories. My special memories of her.

First party dress from Auntie Sherri and her first Minnie Mouse hat from Disneyland

Like her first baby gap outfit that I loved to death and put on her so many times. It even had little matching baby shoes. Her Minnie Mouse hat that we bought for her at Disneyland. Her first Disneyland hat. Her 1st birthday party dress that her Auntie bought for her.

First Baby Gap outfit, my favorite one for her.

What a great way to piece together and preserve all of your baby’s special memories. It was heartwarming to put this quilt together. As I worked with every article of clothing, I reminisced about my daughter when she was a baby. This quilt is so special because it contains the special memories of my daughter from when she was a little baby girl.

Totally worth the hoarding.

Today I am grateful for babies and memories.

DIY

Upcycled Tin

Got Altoids? Don’t throw away that tin! Recycle it or better yet, UP-cycle it! For this project, you will need:

-gift tissue paper
-pencil
-scissors
-modpodge
-acrylic sealer
-stickers

Turn your Altoids tin upside down and use it to trace an outline on the tissue paper. Cut the tissue paper accordingly.

Apply a thin layer of modpodge to the top of the Altoids tin and carefully apply the tissue paper. Be slow and careful so that you don’t make bubbles. Then, add another layer of modpdoge to the top of the tissue paper that has been adhered to the lid. Let dry.

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Apply a sticker of your choice to the top of the dried modpodged tissue paper. You might have to apply a little of the modpodge to the back of the sticker so that it adheres. Then, apply another layer of modpodge on top of that.

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Let dry and voila! A pretty tin to give as a gift or use as a storage box for yourself.

A fun and easy upcycle craft! 

What is upcycling? Here is a great post by Dishfunctional Designs:

What does upcycled mean? Recycling and upcycling explained by dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com.

Today I am grateful for our planet.

Baking

Whole wheat banana bread

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Making banana bread is great for all those bananas you know you won’t be eating. Make sure the bananas for your bread are ripe. Ripe bananas are browned peels and are really squishy on the inside. So let’s get started.

The ingredients for whole wheat banana bread are:

3 ripe bananas, peeled
1/3 cup of melted butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of walnut pieces (optional )

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Prepare the bread loaf pan by buttering it.

In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth.

Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.

Mix in the baking soda and salt.

Stir in the brown sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract.

Mix in the whole wheat flour.

Stir in the walnut pieces.

Pour the batter into the buttered loaf pan.

Bake for 1 hour at 350°F.

Cool, slice and serve!

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Happy Superbowl Sunday!