Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The "Cribsie" Award

I posted about these earlier but wanted to let you know that they have won a big AWARD!!

We're so proud to announce that aden + anais® has received The Cribsie Award
for "Best Sleep-Inducing Swaddle Blanket"! 

The Cribsie Awards are toted as THE definitive hot list for new moms.

You can get them at A Slice of Life, they can even be personalized!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Getting ready for # 3 (Grandchild) Part 3

Almost everything is cleaned, ironed and ready to go to Birmingham.
It won't be long before our "Little Moss" will be wearing them!

All of these little outfits were worn by my 2 sons, Heyward and Alex.

Most of these were made by me for Alex. My mother made some of the daygowns for Heyward.
 I didn't know how to make these pretty things when expecting Heyward!

Alex came home from the hospital in this one!

This was for Alex's first Easter!

Daygowns made by my Mother

And this little outfit was worn by my Husband, Robert
(better known as Robbie, by the grandkids), when he was a little boy!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Getting ready for # 3 (Grandchild) Part 2

These are few of the things that I need on hand when I start to iron all these "cute little clothes".

"Faultless Starch" is my favorite but I'll use others if I can't find it in the store.

These sleeve boards are great for getting into all those little places.

A Puffing Iron, "VIN-MAX PUFF IRON",  is a must for sleeves and ruffles.
Sadly, I don't think they are on the market anymore.
If you are lucky enough to get your hand on one, it's worth it!
You might try "E-Bay".

I found this cute little iron at "Jo-Anns", I though it would be good for ironing lace,

and those other tiny places.

Whenever you are ironing on embroidery, always iron on the wrong side of the fabric and place it on a towel or other padded surface, so that you don't flatten the embroidery.

This is a sneak peek of Part 3!

While I was ironing last week, one of my neighbors cats came to visit.


I'm a dog (not cat) person,so all the cats in the neighborhood love to hang out in our yard, they will sit right in front of my sewing room window and just watch me all day!

Friday, March 18, 2011


These are some of the stains I was writing about in my last post.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Getting ready for # 3 (Grandchild) Part 1

Camilla & Walker are expecting their first baby in May. Everyone asked me if I'm sewing lots of things for the baby. The answer is no, (I will sew some things) but mostly I have been washing & ironing all the clothes that I made about 30 years ago. It's really fun to pull out all the old things, some of them my mother made when I was expecting my first. I've already gone through this process with Heyward's 2 girls, but it was really fun to see all the "Little Boy" clothes.

Over the years I have had lots of friends and clients ask me "How to" questions about cleaning and storing their linens and valuable childrens clothing, so I thought I would share with you what I do with them.

I start with these two things, "Oxi Clean" & "Biz", I like to pre-treat with "Oxi Clean" all the spots and stains, then I soak everything in lots of "Biz" in the hottest water that you think your fabrics will tolerate. Sometimes it will takes weeks for the stains to come out, change the solution several times if it takes a while.

Rinsing takes a couple of days, I usually do this about 4-5 times a day, cool freah water, squish around a little, drain, and start over. They say you should rinse until you would drink the water! After this, just spread them out on a towel and let them air dry.

 If all you are trying to do is get them ready to store, then they are ready to be put up. The best way to store them is wrapped in acid-free paper or put into a cotton or linen pillowcase. You can then put them away in a box. You should get them out every couple of years and rearrange the way they are folded.

Now after saying all that, I will say that I have found clothes in the attic wrapped in brown paper bags and clothes hanging on wire coat hangers in Florida, no less, and they have all been great. Cleaned and worn by another generation or two. I do put my things in big plastic boxes with slivers of "Irish Spring" soap, after wrapping in acid-free paper.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Just in from market, these wonderful blankets and bibs from aden + anais

They are made of real "old fashion" diaper fabric!

They are available in several colors, white, pink or blue dots

They even give you directions on "how to" swaddle, for us Baby Boomers!

This is what aden+anais has to say about them

Also from aden+anais
 The Burpy Bib

This is what aden+anais has to say about them

They are available in Pink or Blue, with either stars or dots

These are all available at
They can be monogrammed

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