For my nieces, I made a bean bag chair that also stores their stuffed animals. Now I can keep making them dolls without my sister-in-law ruing the day she bought me those Aranzi Aronzo books. I followed this pattern by Stardust Shoes, and modified one panel to be half mesh with a zipper up the middle. It's big enough for a two year old to get inside, or for an adult to sit on the floor and play a bit.
I have two little girls in my life that are INTO American Girl dolls. After searching every fabric store in town, sometimes twice, I settled on the fabric and trim for these Renaissance dresses. Both dresses came from Simplicity pattern 2768, but I wish I had an American Girl doll to see how they fit.
I searched high and low for the fabric for this apron as well. My mistake was thinking I would find the perfect fabric at one of the many quilting stores in town, and driving to each one with a 9 month old. It took me weeks! And not one of them had a black and white damask. So to JoAnns we went. The pattern is a fully lined and perfectly tailored design by Modest Maven.
I knitted this scarf for a grab bag present which my sister ended up with. The beautiful pattern is Drifted Pearls by Sadie and Oliver. (I made one for myself and have a better picture of the amazing cable design for another post.) I'm a new knitter, and this pattern helped me learn many techniques.
Finally, a major failure of a Christmas present. I wanted my daughter to create a messy masterpiece for my in-laws. I put paper stickers on a canvas to make the saying I wanted. Then she finger painted over it. When it dried, I went to pull the letters off and the paper came off but the glue didn't. So next time I'll use vinyl letters (even if I have to special order them). I'll also use a background that's smooth because the paint seeped under the letters because of the texture of the canvas. And I'll use bigger letters. Or a smaller canvas.
Plus, 9-month-olds don't know what finger painting is and you have to smear their hands all over the canvas for them.