17 September, 2008

a few favourite baby crafting tutorials

Well, it is amazing what happens when one is no longer spending six hours a day expressing.

Six midwives, one electric breastpump, four maternity bras, three lactation consultants, five hundred and sixty expressed feeds (about 56 litres of breastmilk!), one maternal and child health nurse, three rounds of mastitis, two breastfeeding clinics, one GP, australian breastfeeding association support and a paediatrician later, without any breakthrough, little gherkin's paediatrician has convinced us that no matter how much I may want to breastfeed, the gherkin is not going to be able to meet me half way.

So the weaning has begun... I am devastated, but there is nothing more we can do other than keep expressing... and I just can't keep this up - I was just becoming a complete exhausted wreck.

So, with a couple of extra hours on my hands (am doing the gradual wean, so have about two extra hours at the moment), I am thinking about craft again, and not just thinking, but getting out fabrics and patterns and starting (finally) to get my act together on the online baby swap! About time some might say!

I thought perhaps some of you might be interested to have a look at some of my favourite baby craft tutorials out there. I haven't tested these yet, but they look like they will be good. Once I have had some more time to craft, I will show off some of my creations using these tutorials...

Michael Miller baby rings here
Stardust Shoes cloth baby shoes here
Healther Bailey bitty booties here
Spool bird mobile here
Toddler sunhats x 2 here and here

Not strictly baby, but is a toddler's dress and I love it - here - also love her tshirt dress... those of you who have girls should check it out.

And just because, Molly Chicken's fabric pom-pom here

I am sure there are plenty more fabulous gems out there... drop me a line if you have a favourite that is not on this list...

Enjoy, chat soon xo


fiona said...

well done you! what a jounery, you sounds like you have tryed everything humanly possiable(and some that arnt)!
It may feel like the end of the world but i promise it isnt:)Enjoy 'the wee gerk', thanks for the links! xoxo fi

leslie said...

no rush on the online baby swap (did mine get there, by the way? i finally got around to mailing it on friday and then realised i had forgotten to put my return address sticker on it...) and man, i know you wish you could breastfeed but it must be such a relief to finally let it all go, it sounds like you guys have been through the wars trying to make it happen. thanks for posting the links, i've been meaning to look for sunhat patterns and you've just saved me some precious time : )

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to my other half who puts up with the mess, makes me happy and keeps me sane.
to my beautiful boys who give me so much i want to remember and make the everyday something to treasure.
to my mum who alway let me play with fabric and the good scissors, and who knows a lot of songs.
to my dad who was always happy for us to make a mess and who laughs at us when we deserve it.
to both parents for making sure i still got the work done.
to my dear friends for listening and for sharing the laughs.
and, to you for visiting!