Adorable Crochet Zebra Makes Sweet Homemade Gift

Adorable Crochet Zebra Makes Sweet Homemade Gift

Today, I’m sharing the crochet zebra, stuffed animal I made as a baby gift.


After a 40 plus year hiatus, I retaught myself how to crochet. I was motivated by all the mini crocheted animals seen online, called amigurumi. Many bloggers offer free patterns too.

Crocheting has been a good way to keep myself occupied during the darn pandemic. As a practice project, I found a cute little bee pattern on Pinterest.

When I discovered my college roomie and BFF was to become a grandma again, I quickly got to work on the crochet zebra.

It might be too late to make a crochet zebra in time for Christmas or Hanukkah this year. But it’s a good project to take on during the winter months, as either a baby or child’s birthday gift.

This month’s Craft Hop includes a sweet sixteen of ideas and inspiration. To those visiting from my friend Rebecca of Zucchini Sisters, and her sweet pom pom pillow, welcome!


DIY Hand Painted Glasses & Champagne Flutes

DIY Hand Painted Glasses & Champagne Flutes

Today, I’m going to show you how I hand painted glasses to compliment table settings and as favors for several parties.


I was prompted by several readers who asked how to make the decorated pilsners featured in last week’s Casual St. Patrick’s Day Table & Shamrock Glasses.

So far, I have created hand painted glasses for four different occasions. It all started when I wanted peacock themed tableware and favors for the second My Favorite Things Party.

Since the feather decorated wine glasses were such a crowd pleaser (everyone thought I had bought them!), I went on to paint Holly Golightly figures on champagnes for the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Theme Brunch. More recently for the Unbirthday Party, I upped the ante, painting four different Alice in Wonderland character goblets.

You don’t have to be an artist to create fun and unique hand painted glasses to grace a table or give as favors for a bridal or wedding shower. All it takes is a little patience and steady hand. Let me show you.


Tea Party Menu: Finger Sandwiches & Savories

Tea Party Menu: Finger Sandwiches & Savories

Last June, in Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party Reveal, I provided an overview of the mad event, with glimpses of decorations, tables, favors, and games. Also included was the iced tea party menu, but without much in the way of descriptions and pictures. 


Since then, I’ve received many inquiries asking for more details and photos of the beverages and food, recipes, and how I pulled off such an ambitious tea party menu.

In the meantime, I have shared other particulars and tutorials from the My Favorite Things Party. It was the fourth time for the annual event; each with a different theme.

You may have viewed several of these DIY posts as part of the monthly Pinterest Challenge; a blog hop hosted by Erlene of My Pinterventures. As always, bee sure to check out all the Pinterest-inspired projects at the end.

Today, I’m going to outline the second course of the tea party menu, which includes finger foods and a fabulous sandwich cake.


How to Make a Diaper Cake, Elephant Topper

How to Make a Diaper Cake, Elephant Topper

As part of the September Pinterest Challenge, I’m going to show you how to make an adorable diaper cake topped with an elephant made of receiving blankets.


The purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all to not just pin, but act on it!

At the end of the post you’ll find links to lots of other great projects, recipes and ideas by other bloggers. Bee sure to check them out!

The monthly blog hop is hosted by Erlene of My Pinterventures.

Diaper cakes make great table decorations and centerpieces for baby showers, or as personalized, hand-crafted gifts for new parents. I’ve made about five as gifts so far, and all have been big hits.

Come see what inspired the elephant-topped diaper cake, with tips on how to assemble and personalize your own creation.


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