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Make a baby shower special with this memorial baby quilt.

Are you planning a Baby shower for someone special here’s an extra special gift idea you may want to consider. Custom baby quilts where the guest and family makes the squares. Also here few other items we made for the shower.1471811_10201624896559084_955801222_n

diaper cake for twins

I made a diaper cake with two colors one color for each of the twins.

DSC07713 prayer candles                                                         We even had shower favors.

The fall is one of my favorite times of year and yet it always seems to move at the speed of light and this year was no exception. It started off with a bang trying to finish these projects I started for my sister in law.

Last fall my sister and brother in law had there first born and second born. First and second you ask yep you guessed it twins right out of the box. They are so precious and love able. Well you know I wanted to do something special that they would always have to look back on as they grew older.

So last year when helping to plan the baby shower I borrowed and expanded on an idea I got from a friend. I wanted to created a quilt that was filled with all the love of the friends and family that surrounded them when they were little.

I used evite.com picked a super cute invite and sent this out to all their families and friends and the results were great! Here is what the evite said.

Be a part of the SURPRISE!

Twins Quilt Project 

Come on we need some help or this will be the tinniest quilt ever...

Send me your address and I will mail you blank squares and Direction on how to embellish your very own square that will become a part of an extra special love filled quilt…  Order extras and let your kids help.

 I asked every one to make one square for each of the babies, I sent them a solid white back ground and asked that they personalize it anyway that they want many used fabric markers while some knitted a square that we sewed on. While others did applique, fabric photo paper you name it. I asked that they all sign the front of the square but as you can see many forgot. They then brought the finished squares to the shower or for those who could not attend they mailed them in and we used them to decorate.


Quilt squared used to decorate the shower.

I made a center square that gave the given name birthdate, weight etc all in a heart and them put the quilt together. It was a bit hard bringing so many styles together in a “Non baby” fashion that hopefully they would enjoy as they grow older.


I think the results were awesome. Because not everyone remembered to sign their square, I put a sort of index guide to who did what on the back with a cute saying I found that goes like this.

Families are like quilts

Lives pieced together

Stitched with

Smiles and tears

Colored by memories

And bound by love


Below are some photos of the finished quilts that the twins received completed on their 1st Birthday.

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Camping in Southern California, but don’t forget to check the lake levels!

So with the summer coming to an end marked by the last holiday of summer you know we just had to take advantage of it. We did a quick run to Santa Barbara County for a little camping get away.

With our planing and web browsing done, we thought we were gold, Lake Cachuma here we come.  What we wanted was a week of camp side fishing, peace and quiet and maybe even a day trip or two. We were even excited to see that they had a handicapped accessible fishing pier, perfect! Or so we thought.

camping in southern california08292013034 The drive was beautiful, we left late morning and skirted the heavy LA traffic out to the 101 and headed north.

We were making good time so I just had to put in a plea for a quilt/yarn and needle shop stop in Carpinteria. Say that 10 x’s fast.  How did I know it was there, it must be my radar LOL.

I have been working on two quilts and just could not find what I wanted. Ok I’m just making the layout and fabric choices. I can’t even say I made all the squares as that was done by the babies family and loved ones, and were displayed at the baby shower for my lovely niece and nephew. I’ve left the heavy lifting to the expert with a long arm machine .  Anyway I had done a little recon. prior to leaving  and boy was it worth the stop. Roxannes quilts was the cutest, coolest quilt shop I’ve had the good fortune to enter. IMG_1042

If your ever in Carpinteria be sure to stop in. This is no traditional quilt shop. They have super hip, cool and current fabrics. www.roxannequilts.com

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Shopping done we set out to set up our beautiful lakeside campsite.

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Well kinda lakeside seem there lake levels were down about 30 feet. Total bummer. Chris could traverse the 30 foot drop to the lake but not me. Walkers are not really any help on a cliff. LOL

CachumaYurt1 See this picture posted on the Lake Cachuma web site of these cool yurts.

camping in southern california08302013023This is the real view see them way up on the hill. Yep same Yurts, but not quite the lakeside they thought they would get either. In fact the real boat ramp ends about 30 feet up in the air, just ends, in the air. Yikes!

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We did take a nice nature cruise and the naturalist was supper nice and well informed. See the mule deer, Awe.

As for quiet, not really the campers next to us had the tallest, biggest portable antenna I’ve ever seen, and when it wasn’t spouting political talk shows it was just really loud static.

camping in southern california08302013027Can you guess what this is?

camping in southern california08302013028It’s a floating porta potty for boaters.  I’ve done lots of boating in my life, but I’ve never seen anything like this. What a cool idea.

camping in southern california08302013022Well, we ended up not getting to fish at all. Remember the cool handicapped fishing dock. It seems that when the water is low it’s just like the boat ramps, except ending 30′ in the air. It stops short of the water by, I don’t know maybe a half a mile. Yep no way this girl was getting any fishing done.

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So instead we took a few day trips, my favorite was Morro Bay.

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We used their trolly system to explore the town and watched the sea lions play.

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Did a drive by of Morro Rock

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And ended our day in this cute fishing village                                                                   with a super fresh fish dinner at the docks.

Our trip was just so typical of life. So to quote the Rolling Stones “You can’t always get what, no you can’t always get what you want but if you try sometimes, you just might find, that you get what you need”.  And we did just that, a relaxing break from everyday life, lots of reading time, a bit of back to nature time and great side trip that brought it all together.