I really did get a little crazy with the handmade baby gifts this time--but there were unforeseen forces of which I was under the influence--like that damn organic cotton fleece that kept wooing me to make just one more thing, and the fact that this gift would be for my dear friend J. who has had such a long, perilous road to pregnancy. And I do believe that there is no better way to welcome new life into the world than with something handmade, something you have put part of yourself into, love sewn in with each stitch (and maybe a little blood too if you often prick your finger because you are watching MadMen while hand-sewing).
So, you see the fruits of my baby-stuff-making-mania above. Mostly my designs, but I could not resist including the lovely Kokeshi Stuffie designed by Melly and Me. Also, Beeper picked out the board books: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle and Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli. They were favorites of his when he was a babe. And, of course, the itty bitty knit booties from Funchi that could break your heart they are so perfectly made--they definitely caused an outcry of admiration when they were held up for all to see.
I will be posting a tutorial next week for one of those baby items, and within the next couple of weeks, a pattern pack in my little shop that will include patterns and illustrated instructions for 5 or 6 different baby things...just in case you too may want to engage in your own baby gift-making mania.