March 2009

It’s shop time again and I’ve got some great deals and sales to announce!

A good friend of mine, Jihwon, sent over a link to join the “Mini Social” which sends out email invitations for up to 60% off of their weekly featured designers (the adorable Speesees brand will be their next featured designer on sale). Click here for the link. Thanks for sharing with us Jihwon!

And next is a blowout warehouse sale for those of you in the Bay Area. One of Jenn’s clients, Baby and Kids Company is having a huge sale this week. If you have had your eye on pricier brands like Stokke and Serena & Lilly but held back because of the price tag, here’s your chance!

“Largest Baby & Kids Company Warehouse Sale – Everything must go!! 50-75% off.

Children’s clothing, infant to 5T ( Including Spring 2009)- Shoes, furniture (beds, cribs, dressers, bookcases). Toys, books, décor, accessories, linens, comforters. Brands including- C&C, Puma, Tea, Kingsley & Fleurville. Newport Cottage, Stokke, Dutallier. Serena & Lilly and much much more…”

April 2nd through April 5th from 9-3pm.
Warehouse: 3427 Regatta Blvd Building G
Richmond, CA 94804


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Make: Applique Onesies

by Cat on March 31, 2009

by Designing Mom Liberty

What I’ve shown here is a group of onesies that I made for a moms group I belong to… The butterfly and helicopter were made with iron-on patches, but the car ones were really not much work and the payoff is great. As is my shtick, I love using scraps and stray buttons for the wheels… If you look at both cars, you can see the shape is not precise, but it’s the wheels that make it super cute. I only make the ones with buttons for tiny babies that can’t grab at them. Once they are at the grab-and-stick-in mouth phase, little felt circles work as well.

Step 1: Stick

I stick the appliqué one of two ways.

1- using iron-on fusible webbing – which you can get at any fabric store… (brief version is that you iron one side
. Onto your fabric, draw the design, cut it out, peel off the paper backing and iron into place on your shirt)
2- I use Beacon’s craft glue. My sister in law turned me onto this and I firmly believe every house in America needs a bottle! Beacon’s is so great because it glues everything and is (drumroll, please) washable!
When you use Beacon’s, use small drops every few inches–be careful not to drip, it doesn’t clean up well.

Step 2: Secure
Regardless of which sticking device you use…use a quick zig-zag stitch around the perimeter of the shape.

Step 3: Spice it up
If it’s a car, add the wheels by sewing on buttons (be very secure with these, add a little drop of Beacon’s) or stitching an “x” through the center of a felt circle. Or, like the onesie on the top left, use some Beacon’s and a straight stitch to add some ric-rac around the edge of a square. This project is so easy that it feels silly writing a tutorial about it, but it’s become a standby around here… And great for a quick shower gift with some handmade flair.


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Designing Moms: Meet Jenn

by Cat on March 30, 2009

When I saw that Jenn’s nickname is Crazy Glue, I could not agree more! Jenn possesses a genuine exuberance, warmth and wit that is downright infectious. Not only is she an amazing individual, she is also amazingly talented and I always look forward to catching up with her at the studio. Please help me welcome Designing Mom Jenn!

Name: Jenn White Topliff

Nickname: Crazy Glue (because I “bond instantly”)
Company Name: 13 Creative
I started designing when I was a fetus. I’m pretty sure! My childhood was colorful and when my dad would travel on business trips I would call him on our rotary dial phone, across continents and oceans, to ask what color tie he was wearing that day. I honestly grew up loving color and pattern and texture and when I was 13 I knew what I wanted to be… a designer.

I have paved my path with all sorts of creative exploration… Once 2D, 3D and 4D “foundation studies” were complete at the Art Institute of Chicago, I focused my studies on bookbinding and paper-making. I was supposedly in the Graphic Design Department, but I think the world of paper started knocking on my door. After 2 years of getting my hands dirty, I transferred to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where I honed my design skill further, really tapping in to a more commercial aspect of design; graphic and packaging design. Here I learned how to create a logo, and appease the “mass market” and satisfy the corporate design world.

However, satisfying “them” didn’t satisfy me… and in 2001 my graphic design firm 13 Creative was born. Tired of spending all of my passionate, creative talents on people who didn’t want them, I decided to create beautiful design solutions for a group of clients that wanted actual creative solutions… it was so rewarding.

13 Creative is a full-service design firm that specializes in producing high-quality, custom invitations, logos, business cards, collateral and packaging that pushes the envelopes (literally!), engages the viewer and elicits conversation.

I have a 1-year old baby girl named Grace. Grace is probably the biggest, and best project of my life! She started out a little ahead of schedule (kinda like how her mom works!) and was born 2 1/2 months early, weighing in at only 2lbs 15oz. A year later she’s a sumo-wrestler, weighing in at 23lbs and showing no signs of preemie-ness!

My whole life I thought I wanted to be a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) as the mother’s club like to refer to them! On my 4th date with my husband, I even told him as much – making sure there were no mixed signals if and when the time came! However, when Grace was born, and I came home from the hospital without her, there was nothing else to do but work. I had to throw myself back into the game, and quickly, to occupy my mind. And I’m SO grateful. Who knew that being a WAHM (Work At Home Mom) was even better! Being creative is something I thrive on. It’s not work, not by a longshot. Without my creative outlets I don’t think I’d be able to be as good a mom, or wife, or human being. Putting pen to paper, putting brush to canvas, or corner-punching 200 wedding invitations (!) makes me feel sane. While my office is in the back of my house, my projects tend to creep into our other living spaces. This really isn’t that much of a problem, although at my husband’s insistence, I’m not allowed to leave x-acto knives in the dining room-turned-playroom anymore!

I hope to have more kids, and more creative outlets as well… life is for the living and this is definitely how I want to spend my days.


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Shop: 50% off at Amenity

by Cat on March 27, 2009

Aya sent over an awesome 50% discount code for Amenity on anything in their organic nursery collection! If you aren’t familiar with Amenity, they happen to make the coolest baby blankets (especially if you’re into the woodland motif) and nursery bedding. It’s also a big plus that all of their products are natural and organic. Click here for the code and happy shopping!


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Raising Awareness: Earth Hour

by Cat on March 27, 2009

Preserving our planet Earth for our little ones is more vital than ever, and Guissell wanted to remind everyone about participating in this weekend’s Earth Hour:

Join me this Saturday and turn off your lights from 8:30-9:30pm local time. One voice may be hard to listen to but many voices are hard to ignore. Visit the WWF website to sign up for Earth Hour and while you are there also send a letter to President Barack Obama and government officials to join in and help us make a difference.

To watch the video click here.

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