Heart Attack!

by ilene on February 13, 2013 · 4 comments

in decor, holidays, valentines day

You know why I’ve been having heart attacks lately? Jeff is on a business trip this whole week and I left by myself with a needy, colicky baby. Jeff’s job frequently takes him out of town and its not easy being a single mom on those weeks!  I give mad props to single parents out […]


Last year, I shared how I handmade some sweet felt hair clips for two special little girls (see tutorial here!)  This year, I got lazy.  I discovered an easier way to make felt hair clips that was much faster  and turned out way cuter than anything I could sew.  It’s kind of cheating, but I […]


Fabric Flower Pin/ Gift Decor

by ilene on July 18, 2012 · 1 comment

in decor, sewing, stationary

After sewing Jeff’s sister’s bridal shower present (see customized dinosaur and robot blanket tutorial here), I had some  leftover scraps of flannel fabric in their wedding colors that I thought I should use up somehow.  I decided to decorate their wedding present with some fabric flowers that I pieced together by hand which she could […]

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I made this blanket for baby Luke, the second son of some dear friends of mine. One of the first baby blankets I ever made a few years ago was for their first born son, Seth, so I had to make something for their second child as well. I feel bad for second babies who […]


Versatile Felt Flower Clip (tutorial)

by ilene on September 29, 2011 · 5 comments

in sewing, tutorial

My friend S gives the best presents. Not only are they sweet and thoughtful, they were always prettily packaged in some cute pastel wrapping paper or teeny tiny box.  When it was my turn to gift her with something for her bridal shower, I felt like I needed to step up wrap her gift in […]