DIY Bird Garland

DIY Bird Garland -- laceandyarn.com

Garland adds a certain whimsy to any party, or for that matter, any room.  I love this small threaded bird garland because it adds vertical interest without completely breaking up the space.  I hung these from my dining room chandelier and they hung down right over top of our centerpiece to add height to the centerpiece without obstructing your view to the other side of the table.   Continue reading →

DIY Birth Announcement: Printed by Ink Garden

ink garden birth announcement lace and yarn

I’ve been sharing how I came up with my daughter’s birth announcement from photos, to designing it on PicMonkey, and now the printing.

Ink Garden is a relatively new printing site to me, and there’s no hiding it, this post is a rave.  I had a wonderful experience using Ink Garden for my DIY Birth Announcement.

I found Ink Garden during a Google search after becoming frustrated with the printing sites I normally use.  I simply did not want to advertise for a company or have a line on the back of my announcements saying “design by xxx”  when the design was not by xxx, but by me (xxx meaning any printing company that always puts their name on products they print, even if they did not design it)!  Ink Garden, to my delight, printed my item free of advertising and did not attempt to take credit for my design. Continue reading →

DIY Birth Announcement Using PicMonkey

diy birth announcement

Over the past few days, I’ve been sharing what it took to come up with the above birth announcement for my sweet little girl starting with the photos and today, the design!  No fancy photo editing software, no problem!  Wow your friends and family by creating your own DIY birth announcement using a FREE program, PicMonkey*. Continue reading →

Birth Announcement

I’ve been sharing a selection from my DIY newborn photo shoot and some tips from the shoot.  Today, I’m sharing my birth announcement design.  Check out my work:

birth announcement by laceandyarn.com

 

What do you think?

Stay tuned in the coming days for how I created the announcements, some tips in doing your own, and where I printed them.

 

DIY Newborn Photo Tips

diy newborn photos

Yesterday I shared a selection from my DIY newborn photo shoot.  Today, I’m sharing how I did it!  Let me start by saying I am in no way a professional photographer.  I don’t have super fancy equipment and I am just starting to learn about photography as a hobby.  With that said, I’m NOT going to speak about what settings to have your camera on, or what camera to have, or what lens to use (here’s an awesome photography blog I’ve been learning from if you’re looking for that:  Click it Up a Notch).  I will be sharing what I did and how I think I captured some pretty good images.  My hope is that you can use some of my tips for some great photographs of your newborn. Continue reading →

Quick Newborn Beanie

cat baby hat

Being able to quickly knit up a newborn baby hat is always useful!  Here are some reasons why you might want to knit a quick newborn beanie:

  • You’re having a baby. Yay!  And congratulations!
  • You know someone having a baby. Yay for you! You can have all the fun and enjoy the cuteness without having to deal with the spit up and the poop-y explosions.
  • You’re bored and need something to knit, and want to make some newborn hats to donate (to a hospital, or local charity).
  • You want to have a baby and need somewhere to put your “I can’t believe another month has just passed and I’m still not pregnant” angst.  (No judgements here.)

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Baby Cabled Hat Pattern

newborn cabled hat pattern

I specifically designed this Newborn Baby Cabled Hat Pattern to go with Hipster Toddler Girl Cabled Slouchy Hat Pattern (also for sale in my Etsy store) as a little sister/big sister combo.  The patterns are similar, but I was careful to not make them too matchy-matchy.  But this hat is definitely also a cutie on it’s own!

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Adding Cat (or just general critter) Ears to a Knit Hat

critter knit hat

Last winter or spring sometime, I knit a quick newborn hat in this beautiful brown alpaca yarn.  Since then, it’s been sitting.  I thought it’d be a great idea to add some quick ears, a bow, and BAM!  A super cute ready-to-wear critter hat to throw on my newborn baby girl when she decides to show up!  I couldn’t decide what type of “critter” my hat looked like until my friend decided it looked like a cat.  So call it what you will, but this hat has ears…

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Hipster Toddler Girl Cabled Slouchy Hat Pattern

Hipster Toddler Girl Cabled Slouchy Hat PATTERN

The Hipster Toddler Girl Cabled Slouchy Hat Pattern is finally listed in the Lace and Yarn Etsy shop!  I love making these hats!  It’s such a fun project and rewarding, because it’s so cute to see it on a little girl!  The photo above is of my two-year-old son’s “girlfriend” (his term), miss Frankie B.  Isn’t she adorable in this hat?

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