Thursday, October 8, 2015

Care Bear Cradle

I recently finished a fun little sewing project for my cousin and her new baby, a sweet little girl. She wanted to do a Care Bears nursery with lots of rainbows. My sister-in-law and I went in together on this cradle for the baby - she bought the cradle, we both brainstormed ideas, and I made the bed skirt and bedding. 

I had to change it to a 5-color rainbow so that it would fit the cradle. I was
low on funds, so I had to raid my fabric stash and get a few pieces of clearance
fabric, but I managed to pull it off.

Once the rainbow bed skirt was done, I got to work on a Care Bear quilt, inspired by their tummies. 

Grumpy Bear

Take Care Bear

Lucky Bear

Funshine Bear

I simplified the graphics a bit as I'm still a novice quilter. This is my first attempt at anything other than squares, and I think it turned out pretty well.


There are several more babies in my life, recently born and soon-to-be-born, so I have an excuse to make a few more attempts in the next few months. Wish me luck!

Bits and Pieces

As artistically unproductive as I've been lately (for like the last year), I still daydream about projects left undone and things I would like to do. Just walking through the store, running errands with my kids, my eye is drawn to the things that I could use to furnish my dollhouse. Below are some items that sparked my imagination.

Do you see a pencil cup or a wire trash basket? Dollar Tree.

A little wood stain and this would make a lovely blanket chest for
Barbie. Dollar Tree.

These are the greatest - desk lamps for Barbie. Dollar Tree.

This tiny speaker plugged into an MP3 player would make the best
80's boom box for Ken. Dollar Tree.

I love contact paper for linoleum flooring, wallpaper, or hardwood.
Family Dollar.

This tiny dish would look great on Barbie's Thanksgiving table,
filled with green bean casserole. Goodwill.

This porcelain pram likely used to hold a floral arrangement. if
you add a little mattress, Barbie could let her baby sleep here.

I couldn't decide whether this would make a better bathtub for Barbie
or a coffee table - all it would need is a bit of paint or a nice piece of
wood or thin plexiglass top. Goodwill.

In comparison to everything else, the furniture actually designed for
Barbie looks so cheap and flimsy. No, thank you. Goodwill.

I would take them all home if I could! Goodwill.

I think these were meant for paper clips and pushpins, but I can see
Barbie filling them with pantry items or shoes. Big Lots.

For all those Thanksgiving leftovers... Big Lots.