There was another baby born last month, so another cuddly toy was needed. This time I chose to make a dragon. I went for knotted paws again (this time I made sure they were long enough for easy knotting… 😋) and he also got the same striped belly as Pepe’s little bear. The pieces were a bit more intricate, especially the wings and the spikes along the back, but the fleece’s stretch was helpful and somewhat forgiving while flipping and assembling everything. The head got a little bit of padding, but overall it’s another really flabby fellow. But a cute one, isn’t he?! 🤗 So, sweet little Jakob, I hope you’ll like your new friend!
The initial inspiration for the dragon came from these two fabrics that Paul found a few months ago. Beer-drinking knights might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking of babies, but I think they’re a great motif for a bib – so that’s what I made as well. 😉
I also wanted to add something for Victoria, Jakob’s older sister, before sending the parcel. Pre-Christmas season in Germany is also Plätzchen season and assuming that the 5-year-old lady enjoys baking I chose to make a little apron. The dimensions are mostly identical to Yannick’s apron plus some extra length of course. The tiny strawberries are maybe not exactly a winter theme but I just liked the pattern so much. For an extra girly touch I also added some pink scallops to the front pocket and I find they make for a really charming detail!
Congratulations to the whole family again to the arrival of the youngest one!! 💛
We have a new spot for our aprons and potholders! Now they’re no longer hanging from random cabinet handles – which makes the kitchen look a lot tidier, I find. For the same reason I am planning to abandon my usual habit of having my groceries list lay around beside the fruit bowl, and just take a picture of the chalkboard before heading to the store. Not that my discipline is always sufficient to fulfill all my resolutions, but this time I have a good feeling. 😉
For the frame, Paul used some maple leftovers from the kids furniture and for the centre, he covered a thin sheet with black board paint. Then he attached four little hooks et voilà… so pretty, eh?! The back wall of the kitchen is a really nice spot for it, I think. And my favorite detail is the little groove for the chalk – but thankfully, I wasn’t around when Paul did this terrifying cut on the table saw…
Over the last few weeks, the big monster has shown a real interest in cooking. Besides watching me in the kitchen, stirring his building blocks and making lego soup have been some of the first activities that would keep him busy on his own for (somewhat) extended periods of time. So after he had transferred the armrest of our couch into his counter top/stove using more and more of our kitchen equipment, I decided to make him an apron for his birthday and give him his first own utensils.
I found the scribbled grey and white pin stripes were perfect for a little mister’s kitchen gear and added a red pocket and straps as color accents. And, as I simply couldn’t resist, I also made him a little chef hat… 😛
Just as I had expected, he instantly liked the apron but really didn’t want to wear the hat when we first tried everything on. To my big surprise though, he didn’t mind wearing it during our last pizza making session. And even better: daddy had the camera ready! 😉