Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Blog Hop!

Well, other than waking up twice with the baby last night and once to pee and then spilling my coffee all over myself this morning I'm doin' good. Surprisingly good! How are you this fine Tuesday?

I've been doing a little scrapbooking lately... and by a little I really mean "a little". It seems like I go through cycles. The gathering cycle and the consuming cycle... and right now I'm definitely gathering more and more and more supplies. They just pile up in their crinkly little cellophane wrappers, all shiny and new. I like to look at them and imagine what I would do with them. And then I go dig through my scraps and squeeze out one over-worked layout. I'm buying a lot more than I'm using! But I know that I'll end this phase (when my hubby stares and my piles and says no. or when I feel guilty about my self-indulgences) and then I'll start using it all up.

Speaking of pretty things to collect... have you SEEN all the cute baby & kids clothes out there? The influx of adorable mermaids, ice creams, robots, dinosaurs, fish, snails, frogs, and fruits is too much to resist! I am constantly inspired by the cutesy little characters embroidered or pieced onto them. Like this adorable little outfit my daughter wears (from Gymboree):


Which leads me to my next topic... paper piecing! Have you ever tried it? Officially? I was feeling particularly crafty the other day and designed a few birdies to put on the layout I was working on. Here's my layout:




Here's the pattern:


I have to run now, but I'll post the printable pattern for you all to download tomorrow!

Tootles!!! ;)

38 comments:

Jenny said...

love your birdies, Brook. As an aside, sophie has the same outfit. Besides my scrappy product obsession, i also have a Gymboree purchasing obsession, too. We are a lot alike!

Estee said...

I love those birds, Brook!! SO cute! I am so jealous that you get to buy baby clothes! That is the best part of having a baby! Well, one of the best parts. :)

connie said...

I love your birds and LO. The outfit is so cute! Need to check it out for the granddaughters.

Tiffany said...

The birdies are so adorable. Just like your baby. :) I love to shop for baby clothes too. But I have 2 boys so I don't get to buy all those cute dresses.

ellen s. said...

omw! cuuuuuute. that is so creative

Joli said...

Your birdies are adorable!!!!!

I also have a Gymboree obsession, but its getting better as the clothes are not fitting my daughter very well these days.

CherrieScraps said...

the birdies are just adorable Brook!!

FirstLady Jen said...

Oh, I adore Gymboree! My daughter is a walking billboard for them. : ) Love the paper pieced birds, very sweet!

Miss Em said...

Funny you bring up paper piecing I just did it for the first time yesterday. I wanted a haunted house on my halloween layout and didn't have one so...I made it! I still have to post it though. I am always behind at that.

Michelle said...

Your birds are so cute!! I love your LO you made with them!! I am still enjoying the "hunt" for cute boy clothes for Ben. It can be a hunt to find cute boy stuff too. Girls definitely are much more fun to shop for!!

Monica said...

Adorable birdies Brook! I remember years ago at MP when you just had baby Benjamin....great to see you as a happy mother of 2! Thanks for the pattern and the baby outfit is just scrumptious.

Nicole Laird said...

I've done an owl and a bird with the paper piecing...they turned out ok...lol.
My last slow scrappy cycle lasted 3months, and I'm just pulling myself out of it!

patty w said...

Those birdies are adorable!

Hope you get some rest!

Holly said...

Really cute birdies!! Great inspiration!

Shana said...

Oh those birdies are adorable!
Having two little girls I cannot express to you how much I LOVE to get clothes!! I'm not sure which I am addicted to more. Little girls clothes or scrappin' supplies!

Jennifer said...

THose birdies are so adorable! Love the crooked beak ;) I used to do paper piercings a long time ago, maybe time to pull some out again!

Jenn in Vancouver

gudrun said...

the birds are so, so cute!! :) :)

kyopuce said...

what a beautiful bird !!
your LO are beautiful
Kiss From France
Kyopuce

Charisma3103 said...

I love your layout and those birds are to stinking cute thanks for the pattern I may have to use it..

lifeheARTist said...

OMG! Those birds are just too darn cute!

abbie said...

Brook, I LOVE your birdie family!!! So adorable!

lam said...

Love your birdies and yes I have made paper piecing myself but is a long time ago

pictures2pages said...

Those birdies are super cute!!!

Jen said...

These are sooooooo cute! Thanks for sharing :)

Katherine said...

I can relate! I was up with a my baby last night too. She was sicky :(

I absolutely ADORE those birdies! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Carmen O. said...

Oh MY! Your birdies are the cutest!! What a fabulous LO and all the detail is just awesome. Beautiful work!

ange said...

Love the little birdies...great lo!!

interactthis said...

cute birdies

Bethany Kartchner said...

That is seriously adorable! TFS!

Z said...

that lo is so cute love the birds--congrats and yes baby girl clothes are so cute I love all the colors they have nowadays not just pink--and not just pastel I love some of the bright vibrant colors they have not to matching all the coordinates!! just like scrapping but in real life-lol!

Tezzan said...

That's adorable...

rosegarden said...

Love the Birds - Thank you for the pattern!

Sigmagirl said...

Adorable birdies... good luck with the sleep thing. I'm right there with ya and a 4 month old who resists naps. LOL! Happy Blog hopping!

Heather said...

Oooh I can't wait to be able to download the paper piecing. So cute! I really love that outfit, and I agree about how inspiring the little characters can be on them.

*Chelle* said...

Love those birdies!! Can I say, HELLO FELLOW COLLECTOR!!!! LOL

NanaBeth said...

Totally adorable-those are the cutest birds I have seen. Thank you so much for the download!

pattyb said...

I have never tried paper piercing...I have to admit I am a little intimidated but thank you for the pattern. I might try it.

ClaraD said...

I'm a little late with the blog hopping, but I loved visiting your site today Brook! I love your work :)

And as a fellow Gymboree addict, I have to agree ... it's the best part about having a girl :)