Snug As A Bug Making Snow Angels

Um… Did you see all the new kids infinity scarves in the shop? This seems totally biased to say, but… these are the best kids scarves! And I only say that because they totally are. But let me tell you why…

Whether you call it a tube scarf, cowl, infinity scarf, double loop scarf, I’m here to tell you that this scarf lasts for years; stays on while kids play; is bright and fun; and with that fleece lining–oh so warm and cozy! Real mom talk: It’s just nice to be able to shovel snow without having to stop every 2 minutes to re-wrap my kid in her scarf. And less scarf fussing means more play (for the kids) and quicker shoveling (hopefully) for me!

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Snug As A 4 Year-Old Bug Making Snow Angels!

There are seven fun prints of these cotton and warm fleece scarf blends: super heroes, black bears, foxes, mermaids, pandas, space, and sharks! Just $24! Shop cozy warmth today!

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My Creative Director wearing the same scarf 3 years prior. Also, I’m not kidding that these last!)

The Cost of A Quilt

Quilts are kind of my favorite thing right now. They are the cozy marriage of beauty and function. They are a comfy place for baby to enjoy tummy time, they keep us warm when we are reading a good book in the winter, they comfort your sick kid when you’re warming soup on the stove, they make spaces beautiful.

So during vacation I decided to treat myself and my family, by making us a Christmas quilt. I chose a free quilt block pattern of Christmas trees to save costs (find the pattern and tutorial here). I can’t wait to tell you just how much money I saved making my own quilt!

I made the festively colorful quilt pictured below with the dimensions 38 x 45 inches (96.5 x 114 centimeters). Take a guess the cost of the materials for the entire quilt… fabric, binding, batting, thread, tools. Jot it down even! In fact, write down your guess now before you see the cost of materials below.

Oh! Before I reveal the cost of materials, I want to mention that the price of the materials is not counting the time (hours/days) it took me to:

  • pair prints and colors for the tree blocks,
  • make the quilt blocks (each of those 8 Christmas trees),
  • arrange the trees and sashing to my liking,
  • trim the blocks to uniform size
  • sew all of the blocks and sashing together to make the quilt top,
  • quilt the top, batting, and back together,
  • hand sew the binding (that red fabric tape around the quilt that hides the inside layer from view.

All told the cost of materials was: $80.11. Is that more or less than you expected? Let me know in the comments below!

Compare the materials cost to the 50 x 60 inch finished quilts I saw on Amazon for $13.85 and $20.99. Those prices include shipping too if you are a Prime member. You can see for yourself by searching “throw quilts” on Amazon. So money saved… um, none. But I knew that going in, of course!

Breakdown of Cost of Materials (Retail Prices):

  • $33.55: Beautiful Christmas-y Fabric for Top
  • $9.49: Batting
  • $17.98: Backing Fabric
  • $11.60: Binding: (I spent more $ by not making my own, but saved $ in time)
  • $7.49: Spool of Thread, Machine Wear, New Needles, Use of Quilters Rulers, Rotary Blades, Shears, Thread Snips, Seam Ripper, Cutting Mat.

The real reason I made my own quilt was not to save money. In fact, I tend to choose handmade expecting it to cost more. It should! It is special. It is unique. It tends to be a higher quality.

I made this quilt because I’ve caught the quilting bug. I can’t wait to share some of my more recent projects with you. (Squeee!) You won’t see any of these creations in my shop just yet, but I wanted to share this bit of my handmade journey with you. And in case you hadn’t considered it before, I wanted to share the exact cost of materials of a little handmade quilt. 🙂

Hope you are all having a happy New Year so far! I’ll be posting again next week!

Babes and Books: pen&thimble Gift Guide and Giveaway! 

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I love the holidays! I love being surrounded by my loved ones, eating all the comfort food, and cuddling under cozy throws by a crackling fire! But honestly, the gifting part can be a bit stressful. Is it just me?

In the event you find yourself needing some guidance while shopping for little ones, I’ve helped you out with my favorite go-to gift for little ones–a handmade goodie and a book! Because what is more comforting and cozy than gifting handmade/small business and snuggling reading a book with a loved one?

Let’s start with some cute pairings for babies. You can match colors, feeling, themes:

Poppy bib, poppy teething toy, for baby girl,hello spring book
For Baby Girl (Newborn-9mo): Bib and Teething Toy
Baby boy gift, blue gift, little blue truck, blue bib, blue teething toy
For Baby Boy Blue (Newborn – 9mo): Bandana Bib and Teething Toy

 

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For Bilingual Baby or Toddler (6mo – 3 years+): Feeding Bib

Next up! Darling gift sets for toddlers and preschoolers:

Crown, placemat, napkins, fairy tales
For Toddler Dreamer: Crown, Placemat, and Napkins
Apple feeding bib, napkin, pen and thimble, gift set
For Toddler Foodie: Feeding Bib and Napkins
Kids infinity scarves, CPSC certified, penandthimble, toddler scarves
For Toddlers and Preschoolers: Warm Cotton Flannel Scarves

 

Need help finding the perfect book to complete a gift set of your own creation? Visit my friend Molly, a Barefoot Books Ambassador, and basically a childrens’ book expert! She can find anything for you, like a magic book wizard! Drop her a note on her Facebook Group: Barefoot Books By Molly Wohlk.

No matter where you start–a bib or book–you can’t go wrong! What is your favorite book to read with littles?

Three Giveaway Winners Won These Sets:

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Giveaway Set One (Closeup)
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Giveaway Set Two
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Giveaway Set Three