Thursday, August 28, 2008

First Day of Preschool

Well, the 1st day of Preschool has come and gone! I'm surprised at how emotional the event was - I cried! After all, my little girl is starting school! I felt happy, sad, and way old all at the same time. (by the way I am the only one who cried. She was a champ!) There she is in the new shirt that I made for her & decked out with her super cute backpack and lunch tote. *sniff sniff.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Kindergarten Week - Kid Supplies

Crayons-a-Go-G0 by sweetdarlinranch

Kindergarten Week Continues.....check out these fun kid supplies. Inspire imagination!

I love the bright fun colors in this crayon rollup by sweetdarlinranch. Their Crayons-A-Go-Go hold up to 16 crayons. (16 crayons are included when you purchase!) How Fun!
Speckled frogs finger puppets by staceyrebecca

How cute are these guys! This set of 5 little froggy finger puppets is sure to spark that imagination in your little one. They even come with a little felt log for to hop around on!

Twelve month Subscription of play dough by Do Si Dough

If your little one is anything like mine, he/she LOVES to get a package in the mail that is just for them. Even better that it can be play dough - hello! Do Si Dough offers a 12 month subscription where your child can receive a new play dough in the mail every month! a 6 month subscription is also available. Their dough is made with all natural ingredients...and can even be scented if you'd like. wow!

Oil Cloth Art Smock by JessicaLeman

When you are 4yrs old imagination = major mess! (now that I think of it, that equation might just apply to adulthood too!) Battle kindergarten mess with a super cute oilcloth art smock from JessicaLeman. Styles for boy and girl.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Kindergarten Week - Make an Insulated Lunch Tote

Do-It-Yourself Kit by cascadelemonade

Continuing with Kindergarten week....up today is a fabulous DIY lunch tote.

Make your own lunch tote! Grab one of these kits from cascadelemonade. Each kit includes all the supplies needed already cut to size to make one insulated lunch tote. - that's right, I said insulated! You can pick your own fabric too. I purchased one of these kits yesterday and can't wait for it to arrive so I can make my daughter a lunch tote to go with her new little backpack!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Kindergarten Week - Backpacks

Kindergarten Week!

In honor of my little one starting Pre-Kindergarten next week I give you...Kindergarten Week! This week I will be showcasing super great handmade items perfect for your little girl or guy to to start kindergarten.

First up: Backpacks. I bought this owls backpack from Etsy seller gardencris a few months ago in anticipation of my daughter's first day. How fabulous is this thing! It's pink, it's quilted, and its one of my favorite Kaufman prints. LOVE!

Want an alternative to the backpack? This mini person sized messenger bag is for you. It measures 9" x 6" with a 2 inch gusset. Recommended for age 2-4. Super cute! by meeabee

Bratsacksbaby makes these cute corduroy backpacks. Each one has a little applique on it. She does custom orders too. ...and how cute is her shop name! by bratsacksbaby

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

How to Make a Gift Box

As is a paper box tutorial comin' at ya!

O.k, so here is how I make the boxes that my little soft shoes come in. This tutorial is a slight variation of one that I found online. The difference: this one gives you a CLEAN box top with no creases. Other tutorials produce a box that has fold creases running from corner to corner. (a visible "x" on the top of your box. ewww!) The perfectionist in me can not cope with that! So here it goes...

You'll need:
12" x 12" square of paper (box top)
11.75" x 11.75" square of paper (box bottom)

Finished box will measure: 4" x 4"

1. Place your paper wrong side up. Start by using a simple trick learned in middle school geometry. (and you thought you'd never use that stuff!) Place your ruler diagonally from corner to corner and mark a pencil line in what seems to be the middle of the ruler. (eyeball it) Do this again from the other corners. Where the two pencil marks form an "x" is the middle of your piece of paper. TIP: If you mark the "x" lightly, you can erase it later so as not to be seen.

2. Fold each corner of your paper up so that the point meets the center of the "x". After you've folded up all four corners, you can erase the "x" mark if you wish for it not to be seen.

3. Fold the bottom edge up to the center. Repeat with the top edge as shown above.

4. Fold the Right edge in to the center. Repeat with the Left edge as shown above.

5. Now unfold the last couple of steps until your paper looks like that above. Fold botom edge up as shown. Place index finger where shown. Keep it here.

With your other hand fold the left crease inward so that the two edges meet as shown below.

I hope the picture is worth a thousand words for this step since it's not easy to describe.

6. Once you fold in the sections on both sides they will look as shown in the top picture above.
Now fold the vertical section down into the box top. This forms one side of the box.

Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the other side.

7. Wipe the sweat from your brow, 'cuz your box top is complete baby! Pinch your sides in so that they stay down. Pinch at the inner corners to conquer any flaps that will not lay flat.

8. Repeat with the smaller square paper for your box bottom. You are a box-making machine!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

DIY Bird Mobile

Someone pointed out this bird mobile to me and I just have to pass it on. I can't wait to have a second bundle of joy so I can make one of these! Modern and fabulous...LOVE it! You'll just need some scraps of fabric and a few clean twigs. I've seen some fabric shops offering fabric scrap packs on Etsy - perfect for this project! Get the bird pattern at spool.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pinstripe Baby Boots

Pinstripe Baby Boots by Pogibabies

Keeping it a secret. That's what many expecting moms seem to be doing these days when it comes to the gender of their babies to be. I've met many customers and mommies looking for unisex baby gifts. Me personally, I couldn't wait to find out....even paid extra money to find out! Maybe when I have another I'll be able to wait for the surprise the second time around.

I've come up with this version of my winter boots for those secretive types. This pair of pinstripe booties would look perfect on a little boy or girl alike.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Item! - Bitty Bird Shoes

Introducing my newest item: Bitty Bird Shoes!

Bitty Bird Shoes by Pogibabies

Tweet, Tweet! I've used a heavy stretch denim and 100% cotton lining for my newest creation. Each pair features a Bitty Bird perched on the toes. I'll be making these shoes with different colored birds and in 3 sizes: 0-3m, 3-6m, and 6-12m. These little babies will arrive ready for gift giving inside a handmade Pogibabies gift box. (I'll be posting a tutorial for making these gift boxes later this week. Stay tuned!)

Visit my Etsy Shop and get your pair of Bitty Birds today!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Open Air Market this Sunday 7/27

Pogibabies will be showing this Sunday 7/27 at the SOWA Open Market in Boston. If you are in the area you'll need to come check out Boston's only weekly artisian outdoor market!

The Market hosts a wide variety of vendors, whether you're looking for hand-crafted accessories, original art, antiques or just a fresh loaf of bread, you'll find painters, sculptors, photographers, clothing and jewelry designers, milliners, handbag designers, house wares, antique dealers, florists, bakers, local farmer's produce, and much more every week!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Rain rain, Go Away!

Mint Chocolate Tutu by kennedyandfriendsco

These finds are inspired by the tornado watch we had here last night. yup, an actual tornado watch in MA! Ok, so a tutu is not the perfect tornado wear...but pair it with some rain boots and you have total cuteness!

April Showers... by calobee

This print would look lovely in your little one's room.

the Wizard of Oz Bracelet by Fluffington

What tornado isn't complete without a tin man and scarecrow! This kawaii little bracelet is fun for your little girl.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

20% off Summer Sale!

Pogibabies Apples n' Pears Hat

Pogibabies Blue Pez Hat

20% off Summer Sale!

Summer is finally here! To celebrate, Pogibabies is having a 20% off Summer Hat Sale. Grab one of these stylish toppers and your little one will be the talk of the barbecue! These handmade hats are Reversible with no exposed seams. So you are really getting two in one, can't beat that. I have several fabric choices available for your baby boy or girl.

Stop by my Etsy Shop today to save 20% off your new hat! Sale ends 8/5/08

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Make your own Boutique Bow

Make your own boutique bow!
check out the Ribbon Retreat's free tutorial

Like most crafters, I have a large stockpile of ribbon. I just can't seem to resist the gravitational pull of the $1 ribbon bin at the craft store. So what to do with all this ribbon? I decided to try my hand at making a boutique hair bow. What do you think?

I used this great tutorial in PDF format from Ribbon Retreat. It's quick and easy to do...and it's FREE! You'll need a blank silver hair clip which you can find at any craft store or at Wal-Mart. So get out your glue guns and bust out some super unique birthday gifts for the little girl in your life!

My daughter (a total girly-girl) instantly fell in love with this bow and would have slept in it had I let her!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Fair Baby

black and white Audrey by Rockerbaby

Today I was watching my favorite movie of all time: My Fair Lady - the Audrey Hepburn version of course! You know the one..."c'mon Dover, move yer bloomin arse!". love it! The most inspiring scene for me is the black and white Ascot Race. The dresses are fierce, the choreography is's just all around visually stunning. watch a clip on YouTube

Here are my pics for dressing your little Audrey for the Ascot opening race!

set of two clippies by LittleFortuneCookie

magnolia baby booties by FrostingCoture

Uber Numbers Dress by TuffAsSnails

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New Item! - Madeline Capelet

I'm currently obsessed with the look of a pleated ruffle! It's simple yet sweet and sophisticated at the same time. I love it so much that I've decided to design my entire 2008 Fall/Winter around this one little detail. This hooded capelet is the first piece for the line. Other pieces that I have in mind are a Fall Coat and matching Earflap Hat. I'm still in the planning stages for those...but keep an eye out for them to drop into my Etsy Shop soon!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hello from Pogibabies...

Welcome to my new blog!

I am a self-taught seamstress and the designer behind a line of baby & toddler accessories titled Pogibabies. My focus is to bring new parents a stylish alternative to what you find in the baby superstore.

While my website is strictly for babies, this blog will cover a wide range of items for Baby, Mom, and for the Home...always hand made of course! I also look forward to featuring some DIY projects for mom and kids and maybe some sewing tips. There will also be info on new Pogibabies products and promotions too *wink*.

Since starting my own business I've come across so many other talented artists and tons of fabulous handmade items. I can't wait to share them with you!

stay tuned....


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