Involving Your Small Children in Operation Christmas Child

Involving you small child in Operation Christmas Child --

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are falling, pumpkin flavoring is in everything, winter squash is part of every meal, and we’re buying Christmas gifts – wait, what? Yes! It’s time to collect and make boxes for Operation Christmas Child!

Never heard of Operation Christmas Child (OCC)? Go here to watch some inspiring and informative videos about OCC.
Operation Christmas Child

As you’ll remember from this post, I am in a MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) group.  MOPS International partners with OCC as a service project and OCC is a wonderful way to teach children about giving, thankfulness, and helping others.  While I was looking into how to present OCC to my MOPS group, I wasn’t happy with my internet searches.  So I compiled a list of the resources to involve small children in OCC.  Included are resources (mostly official OCC resources), packing list suggestions and DIY projects, and scripture ideas to use in teaching. Continue reading →

A New Use for Yarn Poms

Introducing Lace and Yarn’s newest endeavor, jewelry making!

A new project!  I haven’t made jewelry since I was a teenager, but man, was it great back then!  Especially in my preteen days where my friends and I would take string everywhere to make bracelets and necklaces.  Remember those friendship bracelets that were so cool in the 90s?  Okay, maybe it was just dorky little me, but I loved it!  Everyone got a friendship bracelet from me.  Well, grown up me has outgrown friendship bracelets, and has moved onto prettier things.

Behold, Lace and Yarn’s yarn pom necklaces!
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Messiness Equals Craftiness

With my baby boy no longer a baby anymore, I was enjoying “free time,” as he likes playing by himself sometimes.  Well, that was before it got super nice and warm outside.  Now that we’re going outside to play quite often, I’m finding less time to make things and to blog!  This is creating a lot of unfinished projects.  And my poor dining room carries the mess of it all.

being a crafty mom

You’ll see several unfinished projects laying around here, and some of my vintage items (both currently listed and unlisted in my shop).  Take your guess as to what projects you see! Continue reading →

Sailboat Softie by Sew and the City

As DIY nautical baby gifts go, this is one of the easiest if you’ve got some scrap fabric, a sewing machine, and an hour!  Sew and the City did a wonderful tutorial you can view here.  And didn’t she take a cute picture?  How creative! Continue reading →

Vintage Nautical Baby Outfits

When thinking about baby nautical outfits, I say the only way to go is vintage.  

Last year, I found this beautiful vintage nautical romper for my little guy at a local (Pittsburgh) children’s consignment sale, Sunflower Sprouts.  Consignment sales are a great place to find vintage (and handmade) clothes cheap.  I’ve found the vintage items are often times skipped over by other buyers, which is fine with me!  I think I’ve even found some on the half-price days.  If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, I highly suggest checking out Sunflower Sprouts either this weekend or next (see their website here for full schedule).  It’s by far the best and biggest in the area and I always come home with an entire new wardrobe for my son (of really nice stuff!).

Etsy is another great place to find vintage baby outfits.  Here are some of my favorite vintage nautical outfits on sale now (in no particular order): Continue reading →

Nautical Handbag with Hand Painted Anchor by Love of Buttons

Today, I’m featuring this gorgeous Nautical handbag with hand painted anchor by Love of Buttons.

nautical handbag

I kind of love everything about this bag.  I’m a sucker for polka dots; grey and navy make me swoon; plus, it’s got that handmade touch that I’m hooked on. Continue reading →

Whale Softie Tutorial by Craftiness is Not Optional

Softies are such a great DIY baby gift, and so simple!  I have a sewing machine, but honestly, it’s been so long since I’ve used it, and I need a complete refresher course.  I used the tutorial by Craftiness is Not Optional to make a whale like the ones below, but I could not figure out my sewing machine, so I did it all by hand.  It took about five times longer than it needed to, but the end result is pretty good!  In other words, whether you’re a sewing expert or novice (like me), you can make this cute whale!  You can see the full tutorial here or by clicking on the photo.

Whale Softie tutorial

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My Favorite Nautical Baby Treasuries on Etsy

I love the treasuries feature on Etsy.  It’s a place where shoppers create themed shopping lists.  It’s a wonderful to place to start shopping, especially when you’re looking for a specific themed item — such as a nautical baby gift!  In no particular order, here are a few of my favorite “nautical baby” treasuries.  (Click the photo to visit the treasury on Etsy).

Nautical Baby Nursery by Errikos Artdesign from Hand Painting

nautical baby gift
This first featured treasury is what I think of when I think of a typical nautical nursery and a great place to start in baby gift searching.

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Nautical Themed Baby Gift Week

If there are two things I love, it’s baby gifts and themed things!  This week I’ll be featuring some of my favorite nautical themed baby gifts.  Posts will range from knitting patterns to DIY tutorials to ready made items you can buy on Etsy.

Follow my “nautical baby” board on Pinterest for other ideas.

nautical baby gifts

Anchor’s Away!