Last summer, we signed Avery up for a “Big Sister Class” at the hospital. During the class, they took all of the kids on a tour of the hospital, explained where the babies would be born, and showed them the rooms where the moms and dads would sleep.

After we got home, Avery told me that we needed to make decorations for the hospital room because her baby sister needed beautiful things to look at when she got here. I asked what she had in mind, and she told me we needed pictures on the wall and a garland like the one she has above her bed.

I had this bright and cheerful birthday card from Rifle Paper Co., which we decided would be perfect to welcome baby girl to the world. So we chose some embroidery floss to match the candles in the birthday card and made mini tassels for a garland for brighten up our room.

These, along with the special pictures that she drew for the baby, really did add a lot to our otherwise sterile and boring hospital room!

This would work equally well to send to a friend to brighten up their special day!

Mini Tassel Garland

You will need:

  • A skein of embroidery floss for each mini tassel you want to make. I like the DMC floss that you can pick up for less than 50 cents at any craft store. I tried to show the color code for each color that I used, in case you are trying to find similar colors.
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue (optional)

DIY Mini Tassel Garland


1. Start with a standard skein of embroidery floss.

2. Cut off about 10 inches of floss and set aside.

3. Fold the skein in half. The folded edge should be on top.

4. Wrap the 10 inch piece of floss around the folded skein about a half inch from the top.

5. Tie in a double knot and trim the tails. You can use a drop of hot glue on top of the knot to secure it if you want.

6. Cut through the loop at the bottom.

7. You have a perfect little mini tassel ready for any garland or other embellishment you want!

8. To string it into a garland, simply thread a piece of twine through the loop at the top.

how to make mini tassels with a skein of embroidery floss

DIY Mini Tassel Garland

DIY Mini Tassel Garland


These colorful carrots.


Because don’t they look so perfectly Easter-ish? What a fun treat to leave out for the Easter bunny.


Screw perfection.
Looking forward to this book coming out.
What we will be eating for brunch on Sunday.
Next week, no complaining! Do you think you can do it?
Why babies cry at night. My baby must really not want a younger sibling.

And a big thank you to everyone who has linked to my Easter eggs in the last few weeks. I feel so very honored! Here are just a few of the recent features, check them out for a ton of Easter inspiration:

Along Abbey Road
Apartment Therapy
Blah Blah Birds
Blog Arredamento
Bonjour Jacqueline
Crafty Sundries
Ganduri Si Bucatareala
Harp on Life
Housing A Forest
Le Frufru
On The Brightside
Random Llamas 
Say Yes
Smallish Blog
The Crafted Life
The Sweetest Occasion
To Live Beautifully
We Are Far From Normal

Happy Easter Everyone!


DIY Bunny Onesie - Great Easter Project!

I saw this sweet Bunny Tee the other day and knew I had to make my own version for my babe to wear this Easter. Especially since the heart onesie is still worn regularly.

As usual, I needed to work with only things that I already had in the house, so the materials needed for this one are minimal. And it only took about 15 minutes, including gathering the supplies. Perfect for a last minute project.

It came out so cute. It is very subtle, with just a hint of Easter style. She will definitely be wearing this all spring!

Bunny Onesie

You will need:

  • a white onesie (or tee if you are making it for an older tot)
  • embroidery thread in your choice of colors
  • a needle
  • scissors
  • pencil or erasable fabric marker (not shown)

DIY Bunny Onesie


  1. With a pencil or erasable fabric marker, lightly mark where you want your eyes and nose to go.
  2. Using the embroidery floss, make a vertical straight stitch and then two horizontal straight stitches above it for the nose.
  3. Go over it a few times until you are happy with how it looks.
  4. For each eye, make a french knot.
  5. Voila!

DIY Bunny Onesie
DIY Bunny Onesie
DIY Bunny Onesie
DIY Bunny Onesie
Bunny Onesie

  • Marilyn - What a cute idea! Now I just need one of my friends to have a baby so I have someone to make this for!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Kaley! She is sooooooo cute, and growing up quick! Great images & post!! xoxoReplyCancel

Home Depot Cleaning Tips

For all of you who have babies in the house…do you ever wonder how something so small can make such huge messes?

Me too.

Thankfully I am really good at cleaning. Like so good that there was a time in my life that I considered being a cleaning lady. And, as it turns out, that is pretty much what I am these days. :)

So you can imagine how excited I was when Home Depot asked me to share my top ten cleaning tips for new parents.

Because I spend a lot of my time cleaning. And I just so happen to have a baby and a preschooler in the house. That must give me some sort of expertise, right?

So I shared a few of my favorite ideas, from cleaning the air in baby’s room with plants to how to encourage older siblings to join in the fun. (Thankfully Avery shares in my love for cleaning!) Plus my go-to gift for new parents, which is also a great gift for yourself.

You can read the whole article here.

What are your favorite cleaning tips? I’m especially interested in ideas to prevent the mess in the first place!

  • Kellie - My favorite cleaning tip is to hire a cleaning lady! hahaha!ReplyCancel

A lot of you have been asking about the link posts that I was doing a while back. So back by popular demand, but trying a different format. A little of what I am loving lately, along with some links for your weekend reading pleasure.


These baby food cookbooks.

My Favorite Baby Food Cookbooks

Because things just got a lot more fun around our house. I love, love, love making my own baby food, and checked out a few books from the library to give me a little inspiration since it has been a while. And have I mentioned before that I love the San Francisco Public Library? Because I do. A lot.

(from top to bottom)

201 Organic Baby Purees  |  The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market Cookbook  |  Weaning  |  Cooking for Baby  |  The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook  |  The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet  |  Organic Baby & Toddler Cookbook  |  The Petit Appetit Cookbook  |  Bébé Gourmet  |  Baby and Toddler On the Go Cookbook  |  The Baby and Toddler Cookbook


Love. Just love.
In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day tomorrow.
Could somebody please improve the breast pump already?
I have been guilty of this. Trying to remember to never do it again.
Bright, fun, and ice cream themed.
Playdough for the Easter baskets.
My new wallpaper.
Cute Pencils.
Go Ags!

  • jenny - thank you for all the great links! love the playdough in the eggs idea! and that honeymaid commercial…. so beautiful :)ReplyCancel