October 2011

Shop: Hello Lucky for the Holidays

by Cat on October 31, 2011

Hello!Lucky’s studio resides in the same beloved “hometown” as mine, San Francisco. They are always churning out quality letterpress on top of writing craft/wedding books…in addition to being new moms. And their latest? Well I am excited to introduce the release of their holiday collection and new website.  They have collaborated with 16 top indie designers including Hammerpress, Susy Jack and Lab Partners to name a few.  Have a look and be sure to use code: DesigningMoms to receive a 15% discount (expires Dec 31)!


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Happy Friday: Doc Costume

by Cat on October 28, 2011

by Designing Mom Kirsten of Simply Grove

Because I don’t make my kids costumes, (can’t sew worth beans) I love searching Amazon for creative costumes.  This year I let my kids pick their own.  Eden’s top 3 came down to a banana, a hot dog and a doctor.  Luckily she chose the doctor!  I love how detailed this costume is.  From the text on the shirt to the doctor’s badge.  Eden has told me at least 5 times, “Mommy, it’s like wearing pajamas!!”  She loves how comfortable it is.

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Shop: Megan Whitmarsh

by Cat on October 27, 2011

If you really want to side swipe me with cuteness then convert something…anything…into felt. There is something irresistible about a wool felt rendering of our everyday objects. What’s not to love about these felt school supplies by Megan Whitmarsh (via Handmade Charlotte and available at Grey Area)?


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Make: Q Tip Skeleton

by Cat on October 27, 2011

It’s a little bit of a teaser having Halloween on a Monday…  So if you’re looking to celebrate over the weekend, Designing Mom Julie of Lot 116 has a fun DIY for the little ones to try: Q tip skeletons.


* 21 Q-tips (or maybe a few more, since some kids like to make toes or extra pieces)
* Black card stock or construction paper
* White paper (construction paper works best)
* Black marker (and/or crayons)
* Scissors
* White glue
1. Draw and/or cut out a skull on the white paper, and then draw the face you would like with a black marker (or crayons if you want any color – see examples below).
2. Glue the skull to the very top of the black construction paper.
3. Glue 6 whole Q-tips (right under the skull) on the black cardstock for the skeleton’s ribs.
4. Glue 1 Q-tip perpendicular over the ribs to act as the backbone. Have the Q-tip lie flush with the last rib, but poke up longer than the top rib, to act as the neck bone.
5. Glue 8 whole Q-tips for the (4) arm joints and (4) leg joints, as shown in examples and drawings of the finished photos below.
6. Cut 5 whole Q-tips in half, or make them even shorter if you like (like I did – which looks a lot better). These are smaller bones that can be used as the 10 fingers. Cut 1 Q-tip cut in half (not smaller) for the feet. Glue them in place.

Supplies needed, and what they can make:

Examples on the board that I made/drew so that the class could get ideas of different ways to make them………..
In progress…….

Finished products…….


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Make: Anatole the Mouse Costume

by Cat on October 26, 2011

By Designing Mom Shinmin

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here on Mom Inc Daily. I’ve been keeping myself busy with various projects. But I’m always happy to be here and especially when it involves Halloween costumes.

I’m so happy to have Cat egging me on each year.  She and I always meet after the madness to compare battle wounds…. Cat with her burned fingers and me with my cuts and needle pricks.

The tough part of making homemade Halloween costumes (besides always running out of time) is figuring out what to make. Last year Mila was learning the names of animals and the sounds they make, so an owl was an easy choice since she loved the owl. This year Mila has stronger preferences and equally strong dislikes. A good friend suggested Anatole, the classic story of the cheese tasting mouse. Mila is obsessed with the book and we’ve read this book at least 300 times to her. So that was an Ah-Ha moment. And all the pieces immediately came flowing to my head.

First I started with a blue swing coat. I paired this up with a tutu skirt underneath to add more volume to the coat. This coat has a felt tail attached to the back.

Next I made a black felt beret.  This beret is actually very easy to make. I attached some fun mouse ears to the beret, which delighted Mila to no end.

I also made her a felt nose with whiskers, but since I haven’t exactly tried this on her yet (as I work at night while she sleeps), I’m not sure if she will be able breathe with this on.  I might have to attach it to the beret also.

Anatole, the cheese taster, carries a briefcase to work each day. It contains all his notes for the cheeses of the cheese factory – “good”,  “not so good”, ” extra especially good”, etc.

This briefcase gave me some trouble, so I ended up adding a shoulder strap to allow it to hang more naturally. It figured mila would enjoy having her hands free while trick or treating.

I haven’t had time to make the notes yet, so for now, this briefcase just has cheese.

And of course having worked a full day at the cheese factory, a mouse should be able to bring home some cheese for she has honorably earned it.  I better make her more felt cheese.

Throw in a simple red cotton neckerchief. I just sewed a square and the costume is complete.

I’ll send in photos of Mila wearing the costume later.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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