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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Introducing Michael Grace Designs

I'm excited to create handmade baby and mama related products. I love to create baby carriers and bags, so most of my little shop is mei tais and diaper bags; with a ring sling and a few purses thrown in. I just created some toddler and preschool spa towel wraps. I'm working on designing and sewing a soft structured carrier, and I'm pretty sure that I will eventually be offering those for sale as well.

Here is a preview of a couple of items available right now. First, the Autumn Inspired Mei Tai. Constructed with heavyweight khaki twill and a flannel brown and pink floral print. Both the shoulder straps and the waist strap are padded on this comfortable mei tai.

Secondly, the ultimate messenger bag. This bag was created using Wired Up Design's Hot Mama Messenger Bag Pattern. This messenger bag is perfect as a diaper bag, beach bag, gym bag, or just an all-around town bag. This bag boasts 6 interior elasticized pockets, a changing pad or water bottle holder and two external slip pockets.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

48 Hour Sale @ Elegant Scraps

Enjoy 15% off of your total purchase for the next 48 hours at Elegant Scraps!!!

Here are some highlights:

custom sized tutu with reused elastic

custom zipped pouches made from remnants and thrifted zippers

Thinking of a custom order? Convo me and we can work out the details!

Sale ends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 18.

Take care,

Monday, October 13, 2008

Be the Envy of Your Mommy Group

Diaper changes may be messy, but there's no reason why they can't also be chic. I just finished making this beautiful Little Peanut Baby Care Set for my shop using some gorgeous Alexander Henry fabric I discovered recently. 

Pull out this diaper change pad or one of the matching burp cloths and I guarantee the other mammas in your play group will be green with envy!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Stand Up to your Letdown!

I'm a breastfeeding mother with a heavy letdown. I had to nurse my baby sitting up for the first 4 months because I had so much milk it choked him if I laid him down. I tried several nursing pads and everything soaked through the moment I started nursing on the other side. So I did what I always do in these situations: I figured out what I wanted and made it myself!

Voila, PUL-backed nursing pads that can actually stand up to my letdown!
They come with a variety of print and solid flannels on the side facing you, but have discreet white PUL on the outside.

Even for those mothers with average letdown, these make great nighttime pads.

I also have fleece-backed pads for lighter protection.
All my nursing pads come in sets of 4 (two pairs) and I can mix and match types if you prefer. Come visit LilBees to see my full selection!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Finally: Headbands at Binky-Bird!

I really like these headbands; they're simple, but really cute, and? They stay put even on baby-fine hair like mine. Keep your hair out of your eyes AND look good. Check them out at binky-bird!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Remembering Angels

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.
As the mother of three angel babies, I feel strongly about this cause.

During the month of October, 10% off all sales from both of my shops (LilBees and BrightBlack) will be donated to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a non-profit organization that provides free remembrance photos for families of angels. (I've posted about them here.)
I hope you will join me in supporting this group and their awesome organization.

(By the way, all purchases from my shops are currently getting a coupon for 20% off any Christmas item from BrightBlack...so right now you can support a good cause and get a coupon at the same time!)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Harvest Time!

Fall is upon us and its a wonderful time of year for pumpkins and gourds and cascading leaves.
Here is my newest creation and a few others that remind me of fall.
Felted wool pumpkin

Autumn Colored Breastfeeding Mama with Children
Wooden Doll House Table and Chairs
Halloween Sticker Made from an Original Papercut
Thanks for looking!
Stephanie at Elemental Handcrafts

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

We've Got You Covered

or at last we've got your toes covered!!

Introducing SOCKS at PB&J.
Staying true to our mission these are simple socks made with natural fibers at an affordable price.

Place your custom order today or watch for us to stock.

Discounts available when you buy more than one pair!!!

See my store for more details!!